Melissa Canney (left), president of the London Rotary Club, and member Michael Quilter present to Mona Flax the Rotarys4 Way Test Person of the Year award during a Sept. 29 luncheon.
(Posted Oct. 6, 2011)
On Sept. 29, the London Rotary Club named Mona Flax the 20114 Way Test Person of the Year.
The annual award goes to a person who exemplifies Rotarys 4 Way Test ideals in their personal and professional lives. Those ideals revolve around a set of questions: Is it the truth; Is it fair to all concerned; Will it build goodwill and better friendship; Will it be beneficial to all concerned.
“Like many of us in this room today, this years honoree was not born in London, but I understand she got here as soon as she could, quipped Rotarian Michael Quilter, who presented the award.
Before making it to London, Flax worked for 20 years as director of volunteer services for hospitals in Springfield and Dayton. She moved to London in 1991, and in 1997 became the first full-time executive director of the Madison County Hospital Foundation.
As director, her primary responsibility has been to raise funds for the hospital. She established a development council of community leaders to help with this task. On average, the foundation raises $500,000 a year. The organization has raised over $7 million since Flax came on board.
Under her guidance, the Bob Powers Classic (named for another Four Way Test Person of the Year) is now a two-day event that raises over $20,000 for the hospital and attracts over 300 golfers who test their skills on the golf course.
The hospitals recently completed $1.75 million Breast Care Initiative was a project Flax embraced whole-heartedly.
“As a 21-year breast cancer survivor, she knows first-hand the importance of early detection, Quilter said.
Flax encouraged the addition of a patient advocate in the Battelle Breast Care Center in London to help newly diagnosed patients navigate their way through the process of diagnosis and treatment.
“She openly shares her own cancer experiences in the hope of making someone elses journey a little less scary and a whole lot easier, Quilter said.
Over the years, Flaxs responsibilities at Madison County Hospital have expanded. She is now a member of the senior leadership team and serves as the hos-pitals chief development and marketing officer.
The London Rotary is not the first organization to honor Flax. The American Cancer Societys honored her with a Spirit of Hope Courage award. She also is a two-time winner of YWCAs Outstanding Career Woman of the Year award.
Flax is a member of the Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and a volunteer with the Madison County Free Clinic and London Library. She is a very active member of the London Rotary Club; she served as president in 2003 and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2010.
Flax and her husband, Richard, are active with London First United Methodist Church and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren and playing golf.