Sep 032012
5.2-Min. Video, Rotary Approach To Ethics:
Ed Duryea Murrells 

   District 7770 Rotary Governor Ed Duryea gave Gray this citation during a luncheon at the Inlet Sports Lodge, Tuesday, Aug. 21.   Gray also becomes a district nominee for a Four-Way Test award Duryea will announce in the Myrtle Beach Marriott at a three-day “Rotary Roundup” conference, beginning March 22.  Gray earned MI Rotarian of the Year honors for 2010 and 2011, when he ran a MI flounder and off-shore fishing tournament.

   As a 20-year member of the State Ethics Commission, Duryea is used to dealing with moral and ethical issues.  He said he keeps in mind the Four-Way Test, “Of the things we think, say or do–Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
   Gray is owner of Graycrest Realty of Pawleys Island. He moved to the Grand Strand In 1983 and quickly settled into the restaurant business.  After bartending and managing area restaurants, he said he decided a challenge was needed so he purchased a one-way ticket to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, staying for seven months.
   Gray said his life started getting busy in 1992.  “I married my beautiful wife, Ashley, whom I proposed to on the front porch of her mother’s Murrells Inlet creek house four months after our first meeting.  During the first year of marriage, we moved to her hometown of Marion and purchased our first restaurant, Thursday’s Bar & Grill, and we were expecting our first daughter, Ashton.”
    He said his second daughter, Lindsay, was born three years later.  “Along with her came another restaurant, Squealer’s BBQ,” he said. “Listening to our Rotary Club of Murrells Inlet President Eric Gray, right, receives recognition pin exemplifying the ideals and purpose of the Four-Way Test from Ed Duryea, District 7770 Governor for 2012-13, during his visit to the luncheon Inlet Sports Lodge meeting Tuesday, Aug. 21.hearts, we sold both restaurants and moved back to Murrells Inlet in 2004.  That year I entered the real estate business and opened Graycrest Realty in 2007.”
Governor Duryea, a Rotarian for 37 years, told about being a polio National Immunization Day volunteer to Nigeria to assist in the delivery of oral polio vaccine to children in their first year of life. “I saw streets filled with bruised and thickly calloused polio survivors who lived their entire lives on the ground,” he said.  “And then as we placed the vaccination drops into the mouths of the children, I saw a peace on the faces of their mothers that came from knowing that their children would not suffer and possibly die from the disease.”

A family day of July 4, 1990, picnicking turned out to be the worst day of Duryea’s life.  “I took my eight-year-old son, Huntley, with me to put my 13-foot Boston Whaler in the water to check it out,” he said. “We were both thrown into the water, and the boat–an older one without a kill switch–continued to circle us…and hit my son, splitting his face open with the prop.  After an ambulance trip to Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), he underwent a day and night of surgery to put brain tissue, skull, eyelid and macrimal glands back together.”

   “My friend and fellow Rotarian Curt Copeland put us in his corner’s car and followed the ambulance to MUSC…Sitting in the hospital surrounded by my Rotary friends, I felt a keen sense of peace.”
  “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t mentally thank retired Lt. General George Forsythe for (asking)…me…to be a Rotarian.  How fitting that the Rotary International theme for this year is ‘Peace through Service,’ three words that reflect exactly my experience in Rotary.”
   Duryea quoted John Wesley as a challenge for Murrells Inlet Rotarians.  “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
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