The Four-Way Test
Of the things we think,
say or do:
1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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Murder Mystery a swashbuckling success!
More than 140 people turned out to for our Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday. All enjoyed a sumptuous dinner, head-scratching mystery, and some fine dancing later on.
This was our largest Murder Mystery event to date, and we raised more than $3,000 for our programs this year. Funds will be used to support scholarships for World Affairs Seminar, as well as other youth-oriented events.
We'd like to extend a hearty thank you to our sponsors:
The New Berlin Real Estate Team (Scott Klaas and Jeremy Rynder)
- Zaffiro's Pizzeria & Bar
- YMCA of Southeast Wisconsin
- Social Style Dance
- The Tool House, Inc.
- StoneFire Pizza Co.
- Cleveland Pub and Grill
- CherryBerry New Berlin
- Providence Home Lending
- Edward Jones & Co.
- Layton State Bank
- Jimmy Johns
- Spa Paw and Tail
- Senor Luna
- Champps Americana, Brookfield
- Master Z's
- Boneyard Pub & Grille
as well as all the guests for helping us make this such a success.
A simple exercise yields a powerful lesson
We learned a powerful lesson in budgeting during our meeting on Jan. 22. Rebecca Schimke, from United Way in Waukesha County, illustrated the difficulties the working poor have in making ends meet.
Using pieces of candy representing money, Rebecca walked us through various scenarios. In each case, we had to allocate our 15 pieces of candy between rent, healthcare, meals, technology (computer, cell phone, TV), laundry facilities, shopping (convenience of store), and spare cash.
Let's say a family member loses a job and gets no severance pay. The "cost" is four pieces of candy. What do you now have to give up?
People in Waukesha County make these tough choices all the time, Rebecca said. Approximately 16% of the households in the county earn incomes that are below the federal poverty level.
United Way's Financial Stability Program works with the disadvantaged to help them become more financially literate and gain control of their finances. Working one-on-one with a case manager, Rebecca said, clients learn budgeting and negotiating skills; the latter is helpful in obtaining higher pay and lower credit card bills. Those in need aren't always visible. "They are your friends, coworkers, neighbors," she said. "You just may not know [it]."
Rebecca said her chapter's goal is that by 2023 they will reduce by 85%--a total of 610--the number of targeted working poor families. She noted that one successful family has purchased a home in the area.
The United Way also offers programs for children who struggle in a traditional school setting. Students are offered a school/work program with local industries, she said. The students learn valuable skills while receiving classroom instruction. This allows them to graduate on time with their classmates.
Rotary: Doing good all around the world
The Rotary Foundation supports ongoing efforts to eradicate polio (now found in just three countries in the world!), bring clean water and sanitation services to impoverished communities, and build schools and other structures, to name just a few.
This video offers just a glimpse of the important work Rotary International does for the needy everywhere.
Do your deals benefit all parties involved?
Adhering to high business ethics not just right, it's also good business practice.
Rotary clubs follow the Four-Way Test, which is shown on the left side of this page. For more on the value of incorporating the Four-Way Test in your business, read this article from the BizTimes of Milwaukee: