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Sep 252012

District 7770 Governor Ed Duryea and Dr. Joseph Byron Jr.

To his astonishing surprise, Dr. Joseph Byron, Jr. better known to his fellow Rotarian and the community as “Butch” became the St. George Rotary Club’s first recipient of the “4 – Way Test”. He was chosen based on his proven record and commitment to strong ethical standing.

Dr. Byron has been a Rotarian for over a decade and has served in numerous leadership capacities, among them: President of the Rotary Club of St. George and Assistant District Governor of Area 12.

He practices what he teaches, as can be seen in his professionally owned dental business, as well as his service to humanity.

For Rotary, the “Four – Way Test” is the cornerstone of all action. It has been for years, and it will be in the future, of the things we think, say and do:

1. Is it the TRUTH? 
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The test is one of the hallmarks of Rotary. Since it was developed in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor, who later became Rotary International president, it has never ceased to be relevant. Its four brief questions are not based on culture or religion. Instead, they are a simple checklist for ethical behavior. They transcend generational and national borders.

This special club recognition commenced under our current District (7770) Governor Ed Duryea’s administration. From the 79 club nominees from District 7770, the Eastern part of South Carolina, one nominee will be selected as the “4 – Way Test Honoree of the Year. This presentation will take past at our Annual District Conference to be held in Myrtle Beach this March 2013.

In accepting the award, Dr. Byron said “I am totally caught by surprise as I knew nothing about such going ones. I am truly humbled. We have such a great club that has many others just as or more deserving.

Murrells Inlet Rotary President Eric Gray Receives Four-Way Test Citation

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Sep 032012
5.2-Min. Video, Rotary Approach To Ethics:
Ed Duryea Murrells Inlet.mov http://youtu.be/633lCfN_LxU 

   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.”

Myrtle Beach Rotary Club Member Recognized by District Governor

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Aug 262012

L/R President Matt Sedota, Rotarian Rigby Wilson and District 7770 Governor Ed Duryea


Rotarian Rigby Wilson, General Manager of WFXB TV, was chosen by the Myrtle Beach Rotary club as the member most exemplifying the 4-Way test. District Governor Ed Duryea presented the award to Rigby on his visit to the club August 6th. Each club in the district will select a candidate to compete for the district award to be presented at the district conference in March.

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