Posted by Chuck Lubbers on Nov 07, 2023
A message from Pat Sutliff:
I am excited to announce the Rotary 2023-24 annual District 5610 Four Way Test Essay Contest. This contest is a great way to spread our Rotary ideals within our communities.  The contest involves 6th graders who are asked to write a 200 to 500 word essay on "How can I apply the Rotary Four-Way Test to my life?"  You will be amazed and excited at the perspective 6th graders have on our Four-Way Test.
You need to find a 6th grade teacher or group of teachers who are willing to participate in this great project.  I have found that it is usually easier to approach teachers rather than the administrators as they have so many other issues on their minds. 
Also it sometimes helps to talk to the teachers early in the year as it does not matter when they have the students write the essays or even if they use it as an extra credit project.  Provide the teacher with the forms describing the contest, it's history and requirements. The necessary forms can be found in the News/Downloads section to the right. There you will find a description of the essay contest, a participant entry form, and the judging guidelines. 
When the essays have been written, the teachers can narrow down the group and submit their top ten or they can submit all of the essays that they collect to your club.  You need judges to determine the top essays and your club can award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize if you so choose.  Then by the deadline of April 1, 2023 you need to submit your winning essay to the district where it will be judged with all of the other club winners.  The District 5610 winners will be announced at PETS on April 27, 2024.  The first place winner will receive a $300 check, a certificate, a Four -Way Test coin and the chance to read their essay at the District Conference in Rapid City.  Second place receives a $150 check, a certificate and a Four -Way Test coin while third place receives a $75 check, a certificate and a Four -Way Test coin.
I hope that many of the District 5610 clubs will participate in this terrific project where we teach young people in our communities about what Rotary stands for and help them with their writing skills. For questions or more information contact Pat Sutliff ( or 605-593-2896.