Justice Sharon L. Kennedy, Ohio Supreme Court
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Sharon L. Kennedy has been a Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court since December of 2012, and she hopes to remain on the Court for another 20 years.
When a Rotarian friend of Justice Kennedy asked her to speak to his Rotary Club, she politely hesitated. At the time, she was presiding in the Common Pleas Court hearing divorce cases, and she didn't feel that she could bring anything positive to the Club. After finding and reading the Rotary 4-Way test online, she had a change of heart. Upon contacting her friend to accept, he, of course, asked her subject matter. She told him not to fret as it would be totally relevant to Rotary.
Justice Kennedy compares the Rotary 4-Way Test to the vision of our nation's founding fathers as they drafted the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Our nation was founded on basic principles that were to protect and preserve the rights of its citizens with minimal interruption from the government and to create a society in which each individual would be afforded the same opportunities to succeed.
As Rotarians, perhaps we should remember and apply the 4-Way Test to the decisions that we make daily. One by one, Rotarians CAN make a difference - maybe even all to the way to our nation's Capitol.