by Corrine Gregory
Last week I asked my Rotary newsletter members this intriguing question. The answers I received were very interesting, particularly since everyone seemed to have a very passionate opinion about why "of course it HAS to be Question X!"

Last week, I asked for your input and opinion on...

"Of the four questions [in the Rotary Four-Way Test], which one do you think is THE most important? Why?"

I am quite amazed at the number of answers I received! My, you are an opinionated lot! No matter which answers you offered, you were very adamant that this was "The ONE."

Here are some of the responses you sent:


"The most important one to me is "is it fair to all concerned." I believe if everyone on this planet followed this basic rule 'is it fair to all concerned' there wouldn't be any wars, racism or discrimination based on religion or sexuality, people wouldn't abuse other people and children would be safe at school or the park.  'Is it fair to all concerned' seems so simple to me."

"I will go with “Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?” The number one reason people stay in Rotary is friendship/fellowship. If we are going to do more good work and continue building a strong organization for another 100 years, it will clearly be because we allowed friendship to transcend our differences."

"For me its truth. Not to tell the truth is unfair, it's a lie."

"There's nothing difficult about it. It's # 2, 'Is it fair to all concerned?' by a landslide--and for a number of reasons. I look forward to defending my choice.

But, there was no landslide about the results based on my query.   Here's how it shook out:

Q1: Is it the TRUTH57%
Q2: Is it FAIR29%
Q3: Will it build GOODWILL14%
Q4: Will it be BENEFICIAL0%

- Corinne Gregory
Author, "It's Not Who You Know, It's How You Treat Them"