Fascinating month of Rotary meetings

Roller Derby

Roller Derby

Norm Noble

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Rotary Club will have its annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest. If you want encouragement about the future, come hear these students compete in a challenging speech contest. Students from each of the six Chandler Unified District high schools will give a five- to seven-minute speech on the Rotary Four-Way Test and how it is applicable to their lives and our lives today. 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 that Rotarians endeavor to live and work by. The Four-Way Test is one of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of ethics, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. 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?”

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Bert Wall will be the speaker at the Sun Lakes Rotary Club meeting. Bert is one of the original inductees into the Roller Derby Hall of Fame. Bert will provide a historical perspective of the Roller Derby and highlight his outstanding career in this sport. Bert was both a competitive skater and a general manager of the league. The term “roller derby” dates back to the 1920s and originally described roller skate races with both men and women competing. In the mid-1930’s, 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 foundation of the sport we know today.

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. The meetings start at 7:00 and end promptly at 8:00 a.m. Cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations for any meeting, contact Rotarian Fred DePrez at 480-892-7499. For Sun Lakes residents, if you want to know more about the club, contact Charles Loew at 602-721-3680. SunBird residents should contact Walt Mills at 480-883-8007. See more about the club at www.sunlakesrotary.com.