The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay

Helping the community of the Nelson Mandela Metropole

Rotary Club of Algoa Bay’s Big Draw

The Big Draw is our Rotary Club’s main fund-raising event of the year.  The event is held at Grey Junior School and is a great evening to be had. The purchase of a ticket to Big Draws gives you entry into our evening’s draw as well as a feast of finger foods and refreshments. There are three main cash prizes to be won with lots of other lucky draw items.  The money raised at this event are used to fund the clubs various projects.

We look forward to seeing you at our event on the 23rd November 2017.

 

 

Rotary Fundraiser – Drakensberg Boys Choir visit to PE

A great event to support. All tickets sold through Computicket – don’t delay.  All proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Algoa Bay.


 

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/drakensberg_boys_choir/1195583037/0/83275515

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How to do an E make up

E Make Ups

If you were to visit a different Rotary Club meeting, you would be able to use that visit to make up a missing attendance from our own club.  This is known as a make up. An eMake-up works in the same way. The only difference is that you are visitng an eClub. eClubs are fully charatered Rotary clubs who meet online rather than for a meal. These eClubs are therefore able to offer make-up programmes on their websites for visiting Rotarians.

There are a number of eClubs to choose from.  Some eClubs are listed below.

On any day, visitors can select from many meeting programs (articles) ranging from Rotary information, case studies of successful service projects, news about our club activities, tips and hints for Rotary Clubs, and a personal growth department for Rotarians. There are many additional programs in the archives.

  1. https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/
  2. To start, choose a makeup program to read or watch.
  3. Upon completing your makeup program, fill out the form on the bottom and click submit.

On any day, visitors can select from many meeting programs (articles) ranging from Rotary information, case studies of successful service projects, news about our club activities, tips and hints for Rotary Clubs, and a personal growth department for Rotarians. There are many additional programs in the archives.

  1. https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/
  2. To start, choose a makeup program to read or watch.
  3. Upon completing your makeup program, fill out the form on the bottom and click submit.

The Rotary E-Club of South Africa One [No 83540] was chartered on 23rd November 2010. The sponsor club was the Rotary Club of Durban Bay.

Following the merger of D9270 and D9320 to form a new District 9370 the name of the club changed to E-Club of South Africa One.

The Club was the first Rotary E-Club on the African continent.

  1. Visit the Rotary E-Club of South Africa https://www.rotaryeclubsa.org/
  2. Read articles in our News [including our latest Club Newsletter OUTA SPACE], Links or About Us sections and please “Like” our Facebook page.
  3. Go to the Make Up form and complete it

 

  1. Visit the Rotary E-Club of South Africa https://www.rotaryeclubsa.org/
  2. Read articles in our News [including our latest Club Newsletter OUTA SPACE], Links or About Us sections and please “Like” our Facebook page.
  3. Go to the Make Up form and complete it

 

 

THE FOUR WAY TEST

Story of the Four-Way Test By Herbert J. TaylorRotarian Herbert J. Taylor

Back in 1932, the Creditors of the Club Aluminum Company assigned me the task of saving the company from being closed out as a bankrupt organization. The company was a distributor of cookware and other household items. We found that the company owed its creditors over $400,000 more than its total assets. It was bankrupt but still alive.

At that time we borrowed $6,100 from a Chicago bank to give us a little cash on which to operate.

While we had a good product our competitors also had fine cookware with well advertised brand names. Our company also had some fine people working for it, but our competitors also had the same. Our competitors were naturally in much stronger financial condition than we were.

The Four-Way Test, created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (served as RI president, 1954-1955)

With tremendous obstacles and handicaps facing us we felt that we must develop in our organization something which our competitors would not have in equal amount. We decided that it should be the character, dependability and service mindedness of our personnel.

We determined, first, to be very careful in the selection of our personnel and, second, to help them become better men and women as they progressed with our company.

We believed that “In right there is might” and we determined to do our best to always be right. Our industry, as was true of scores of other industries, had a code of ethics but the code was long, almost impossible to memorize and therefore impractical. We felt that we needed a simple measuring stick of ethics which everyone in the company could quickly memorize. We also believed that the proposed test should not tell our people what they must do, but ask them questions which would make it possible for them to find out whether their proposed plans, policies, statements or actions were right or wrong.

Considerable time was spent in developing four short questions which now make up the Four-Way Test.  Here are the four questions:

  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?

I placed this little test under the glass top of my desk and determined to try it out for a few days before talking to anyone else in the company about it. I had a very discouraging experience. I almost threw it into the wastepaper basket the first day when I checked everything that passed over my desk with the first question, “Is it the truth?” I never realized before how far I often was from the truth and how many untruths appeared in our company’s literature, letters and advertising.

After about sixty days of faithful constant effort on my part to live up to the Four-Way Test I was thoroughly sold on its great worth and at the same time greatly humiliated, and at times discouraged, with my own performance as president of the company. I had, however, made sufficient progress in living up to the Four-Way Test to feel qualified to talk to some of my associates about it. I discussed: it with my four department heads. You may be interested in knowing the religious faith of these four men. One was a Roman Catholic, the second a Christian Scientist, the third an Orthodox Jew and the fourth a Presbyterian.

I asked each man whether or not there was anything in the Four Way Test which was contrary to the doctrines and ideals of his particular faith. They all four agreed that truth, justice, friendliness and helpfulness not only coincided with their religious ideals, but that if constantly applied in business they should result in greater success and progress. These four men agreed to use the Four Way Test in checking proposed plans, policies, statements and advertising of the company. Later, all employees were asked to memorize and use the Four-Way Test in their relations with others.

The checking of advertising copy against the Four-Way Test resulted in the elimination of statements the truth of which could not be proved. All superlatives such as the words better, best, greatest and finest disappeared from our advertisements. As a result, the public gradually placed more confidence in what we stated in our advertisements and bought more of our products.

The constant use of the Four-Way Test caused us to change our policies covering relations with competitors. We eliminated all adverse or detrimental comments on our competitors’ products from our advertisements and literature.

When we found an opportunity to speak well of our competitors we did so. Thus, we gained the confidence and friendship of our competitors.

The application of the Four-Way Test to our relations with our own personnel and that of our suppliers and customers helped us to win their friendship and good will. We have learned that the friendship and confidence of those with whom we associate is essential to permanent success in business.

Through over twenty years of sincere effort on the part of our personnel, we have been making steady progress toward reaching the ideals expressed in the Four-Way Test. We have been rewarded with a steady increase in sales, profits and earnings of our personnel. From a bankrupt condition in 1932 our company has paid its debts in full, has paid its stockholders over one million dollars in dividends and has a present value of over two million dollars. All of these rewards have come from a cash investment of only $6,100, the Four-Way Test and some good hard working people who have faith in God and high ideals.

Intangible dividends from the use of the Four-Way Test have been even greater than the financial ones. We have enjoyed a constant increase in the good will, friendship and confidence of our customers, our competitors and the public and what is even more valuable, a great improvement in the moral character of our own personnel.

We have found that you cannot constantly apply the Four-Way Test to all your relations with others eight hours each day in, business without getting into the habit of doing it in your home, social and community life. You thus become a better father, a better friend and a better citizen.”

Rotary Algoa Bay Fundraiser – The Muck Run

The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay sold Boerewors rolls at the Muck Run this weekend as a club fundraiser. What a great way to celebrate fellowship and raise funds to support our project. 

Diaz Digest 40 – 18 April

Happy Birthday Rotary Club Aloga Bay

On the 11th April 2017, our Rotary Club celebrated their annual charter Dinner.  on This year, the club turned 59!

During the evening, Rtn Tommy Bornman addressed the club about his work and in marine biology.  A new member was also inducted – welcome  Placide Ebongue.

Diaz Digest 32 – 21 February 2017

Rotary International celebrates 112 years of service

112 years of service above self

Rotary International logo for 112th year of service birthday 2017

The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay recognises Rotary International for their 112 years of dedicated service above self on this day, 23rd February 2017.

Rotary began in 1905 when Paul Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, United States, in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905.

Here’s to many more years of doing good in the community!

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