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We the 4 is a blog on Rotary International, its clubs, districts, and Rotarians. It is the personal property of John Borst, Past President of the Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada. Borst is also the former web editor for District 5550 and writer for the blog 5550opinions.

The name We the 4 is a reference to the principles upon which Rotary is built. The values of Rotary International are expressed in its Four-Way Test and The four components of its Object.


Of the things we say or do
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOOD Will and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.