Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of eight stories appearing daily in the News Journal on the members of the 2017 Class of the Outstanding Women of Clinton County.
In 1968, Sandra K. Mongold moved to Wilmington from Springfield, “knowing no one” (as she remembers), but determined “to get involved right away.”
Indeed, active civic involvement, she says, was a legacy from her own parents. Ultimately, the breadth and impact of her local involvement has been as remarkable as the depth of her motivation. And for this she has been nominated to the 2017 class of the Outstanding Women of Clinton County.
In the words of her nominator, “She is a person with passion, a wealth of ideas, and a good sense of humor. In the past twenty years that I have known Sandra, I never saw her giving up what she planned to accomplish.” In that time, “she has accomplished what many of us may take our entire life to do,” while remaining “a very humble and caring person for our community and a great role model to our young generation.”
Before retiring, Mongold was Treasurer of Wilmington’s Irwin Tool Company and, after Irwin was bought by American Tool Companies in 1985, as Director of Training and Development. She simultaneously served on Wilmington City Council — for 22 years in all — at one point chairing each of the following committees: Finance; Asset, Acquisition, and Use; Safety; Solid Waste and Recycling; and Downtown Revitalization.
She remains active with the Downtown Wilmington Community Involvement Council, to which she has belonged for 26 years, being a past President of the Board.
She also currently represents Clinton County on both the Foundation Board and Executive Board of Healthsource of Ohio. In addition, she is on the Finance Committee of the Cape May Retirement Community Board and on the Southern State Community College Foundation Board. A charter member of AM Rotary Club of Wilmington, she has served as its President and as chair of its Foundation, Club Service, and Community committees.
Though she now spends part of each year in Sarasota, Florida — a community in which she is, not surprisingly, actively involved — Mongold conscientiously maintains all of her many Clinton County activities by telephone and other media.
Her past community service includes membership in such organizations as Clinton County Leadership Institute (as both President and board member); Advisory Board for Wilmington City Schools; Advisory Board for Southern State Community College; Republican Women’s Club of Wilmington (as both President and Treasurer); Main Street Wilmington (Promotions Committee); and Wilmington Area Chamber of Commerce (as both President and Treasurer).
She has also been on the Advisory Board for the State of Ohio Auditor’s Office and has served as a “guardian ad litem” for Clinton County, advising the Juvenile Court on the best interests of children immersed in difficult family situations. Among her awards for public service are the Friends Award, presented by Southern State Community College, and the Paul Harris Level-2 Award, presented by Rotary International.
She has been married to her husband Danny for 37 years; son Brian Mabry is a Physician’s Assistant in Pomeroy Washington and daughter Krista Mabry Weida is an attorney specializing in Veterans’ benefits. She has “two marvelous grandchildren”, Olivia Weida, 12, and William Weida, 9.
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