Submitted by Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Director

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) held its annual Rotary International Four-Way Test Speech Contest. Six students from six different Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) High Schools competed.  The purpose of the speech is to apply the principles of Rotary International’s (RI) Four Way Test to a current ethical issue.

Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel passionate about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. It should be something from the speaker’s personal experience or general knowledge.  Each part of the Four-Way Test was addressed during the speech.  

The Four Way Test addresses: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Judges at the event included: Bret McKeand (RI District 5495 Governor), Dr. Craig Gilbert (CUSD/RCSL member), Frank Narducci (CUSD), Leo Schlueter (CUSD/RCSL member), Larry Horton (RI District 5495 Governor-Elect), Bonnie Snow (RCSL member/Sun Lakes resident); with Bill Schink (RCSL member/Sun Lakes resident) serving as Judging Auditor. 

Bill McCoach, RCSL member/Sun Lakes resident and event chairperson; announced the following placement awards:

·       1st Place—$500:  Gauri Murkoth, Sophomore at Arizona College Prep with topic: 4-Way Test/Social Media

·       2nd Place—$250:  Gowri Biju, Sophomore at Hamilton High School with topic: 4-Way Test/Creator Herbert Taylor

·       Runner-up—$100:  Disha Sankhla, Freshman at Basha High School with topic: 4-Way Test/Relationships

·       Runner-up—$100:  Mikayla Pelt, Sophomore at Chandler High School with topic: 4-Way Test/Friendships

·       Runner-up—$100:  Wonjeaong “Danny” Han, Freshman at Casteel High School with topic: 4-Way Test/History Can be Fun

·       Runner-up—$100:  Grant Stieber, Freshman at Perry High School with topic: 4-Way Test/Housing Crisis

In addition to the 4 Way Test Competition, Rotary Club of Sun Lakes recently presented a $500 check to Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA.  The donation will be directed towards 10 scholarships to the YMCA’s Safety Around Water Week’s May 2022 Learn How to Swim Program.  Safety Around Water is a program that shows parents, caregivers, and children the importance of water safety skills and provides access to water safety lessons.


·         Chandler Unified School District students participating in the Annual RCSL East Valley Rotary International Four Way Test Speech Competition:  L-R: Gauri Murkoth, Disha Sankhla, Wonjeaong “Danny” Han, Mikayla Pelt, Gowri Biju, and Grant Stieber


·         Chandler/Gilbert YMCA Board members accept a $500 Check donation from RCSL Club President Jon Lyons. Chandler/Gilbert YMCA Board members in photo (L-R):  Bob Rice, Brandon Hebert, Jon Lyons (RCSL Club President), Garrett Brolsma, Shelley Huntoon, Jennifer Veitch, and Brittany Walker.