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 Dinner Feb. 7
What really happened when Felix Festus sent his gladiators to the exhibition? It's a task for the gods; think you're up to it?
Our annual Murder Mystery Dinner is Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner as you try to solve the murder mystery, Terror in a Toga. For all the details, and to purchase tickets, click on the link at right. ----------------------------------------------------- >>>
Skating through an award-winning career
Trevor Marsicano, speed skater and Olympic silver medal winner, offered a fascinating review of his sport and career during our meeting on Dec. 17.
He began by discussing the difference in the skates used for short track and long track. He then displayed his racing suit. Among the unique features: Its arms are textured for aerodynamics, similar in theory to the dimples on a golf ball. The back of the suit keeps him in the stooped position for maximum performance.
A native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Trevor first took to ice skates at age 4. He played ice hockey up to age 13, when he switched to speed skating. Saratoga Springs has a nice track, but Trevor knew that to advance he'd have to move to either Salt Lake City (home of the US Olympic Oval) or Milwaukee (Pettit National Ice Center). He settled on the Pettit Center. In 2008, at age 18, Trevor moved to Milwaukee. Upon seeing the Pettit Center, he knew he made a good decision. "I fell in love with the place," he said.
Trevor enjoyed remarkable success early on. He won four medals (one gold, one silver, two bronze) in the 2009 world speed skating championships. His gold medal was for setting a world record in 1,000 meters. His time, 1:06.80, was 0.2 seconds faster than the previous record, and represented the first time anyone had skated 1,000 meters in under 1 minute 7 seconds.
His proudest moment, of course, was winning the silver medal during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Trevor participated in the mens 1,500 meter event. In this image, Trevor displays his silver medal accompanied by club president Scott Klaas. (The medal is quite impressive. Cast of nearly pure silver, it weighs a hefty 5 lbs.)
Today, Trevor is Client/Event Manager at the Pettit. Back and knee injuries have sidelined him for the time being. Now 25, he still could compete and it remains on his mind. In addition to his duties at the Pettit, Trevor enjoys working with youth groups. One passion is an anti-bullying message, which he brings to area schools.
A fascinating look at "a very unusual country"
Members of the Rotary Club of New Berlin were treated to an interesting look at Ethiopia during their meeting on Dec. 10. Frequent traveler Rex Fritischi talked about his trip, which he took back in March.
Formally known as the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the country occupies an area of approximately 420,000 square miles in the Horn of Africa. Its population of roughly 88 million is "very religious," Rex says; 85-90% are members of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Churches were a common theme in Rex's presentation. He offered numerous images of churches both modern and old; some dated to 5th or 6th century BC. One, St. Mary of Zion Church (in Axum), claims to hold the Ark of the Covenant.
Rex, a certified travel consultant, has more than 30 years of travel experience involving approximately 160 countries. He was amazed and enlightened while traveling throughout Ethiopia, which he called "a very unusual country."
Rex's images displayed many facets of Ethiopia, including market day, the terrain (both high ground and lowlands), daily life, school days, farming, and more. With religion playing such a pivotal role in everyday life, we were treated to numerous colorful religious displays in churches and privately held artwork.
Wrapping up Christmas cheer for needy families
After our meeting on Dec. 10, club members wrapped gifts for three needy families in the area. This is a regular project for the Rotary Club of New Berlin, and one which brings us the most pride.
The gifts are scheduled to be delivered on Dec. 18.
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: