The Wayne County Community Foundation presented Flo and Stan Gault with its inaugural Friend of Philanthropy Award at the foundation's annual meeting in Wooster Oct. 9. Methodist Theological School in Ohio is among many beneficiaries of the Gaults' philanthropy. The very visible Gault Hall, the seminary's primary academic building, is but one among many, many investments they have made in the preparation of Christian leaders on the MTSO campus.
Mrs. Gault, who died April 16, served as a trustee of MTSO from 1987 through 2010, when she was named an emeritus trustee.
In accepting the award on behalf of himself and his late wife, Mr. Gault quoted excerpts of a column she wrote for The Story Magazine 15 years ago, including this passage: "Stewardship is not just a matter of money but concerns the use of our time, our talent and the care of the world around us. The giving of ourselves to service and the sharing of our resources leads to abundant living, at least Stan and I have found it so. It is part of the great Wesleyan tradition. The refusal to share our gifts diminishes the spirit."
More of Flo Gault's words are printed on page 2 of the Fall 2013 issue of The Story. Details of the Oct. 9 event honoring the Gaults, along with video of Stan Gault's remarks, are available on the website of the Wooster Daily Record.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio prepares leaders of many faith traditions for lives of significance in service to the church and the world. The school offers master's degrees in divinity, counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree. For more information, visit www.mtso.edu.
Danny Russell, director of communications