By Norm Noble
The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes’ April events include hosting a speech contest and a roller derby athlete at its meetings.
The club will have its annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest on Tuesday, April 4, featuring students from each of the six Chandler Unified School District high schools giving 5- to 7-minute speeches. The top is the Rotary Four-Way Test and how it applies to themselves and the public.
These students will come from Arizona College Prep–Erie Campus, Basha, Casteel, Chandler, Hamilton and Perry high schools. The four Rotary codes of ethics promote the high ethical standards by which Rotarians endeavor to live and work. Created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor, The Four-Way Test is one of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of ethics. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways. It states, “Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
Roller Derby Hall of Fame member Bert Wall will speak on Tuesday, April 11. Wall will provide a historical perspective of his career and the sport. He was a competitive skater and a general manager of the league. The term “roller derby” emerged in the 1920s and originally described roller skate races with men and women. In the mid-1930s, Chicago sports promoter Leo Seltzer created a touring competition, the Transcontinental Roller Derby, which began to evolve from simply racing to a more physical competition emphasizing skater collisions and falls. Seltzer’s creation became the sport’s foundation.
The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. The meetings run from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations, contact Rotarian Fred DePrez at 480-892-7499. Sun Lakes residents should call Charles Loew at 602-721-3680. SunBird residents can call Walt Mills at 480-883-8007. See more about the club at sunlakesrotary.com.