The Rotary Club of Hunt Valley James W.
Houck Foundation, Inc.
Four-Way Test, which has been a guiding principle of
Rotary International since 1943, asks its members to ask
themselves these four questions when making any decision:
Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build
goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to
In 1968, James W. Houck, Sr., then a member of the former
Timonium Rotary, initiated a Four-Way Test poster
contest at St. Stephen School, and throughout the years
the program was expanded to the essay contests in middle
schools and oratorical contests in high schools. The Rotary
District for Maryland & DC (7620) adopted the oratorical
contest as a district-wide activity, and now the program
is offered by Rotary clubs across the United States.
In 1996, Jim Houck and the The Rotary Club of Hunt Valley
established The James W. Houck Foundation, Inc. as a non-profit,
501(c)(3) organization to continue Jim’s mission and vision.
Today, the Foundation supports a number of community and
education-related programs including the
Four-Way Test Program,
The Dictionary Project,
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and a number of area