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Springboro Christmas Festival Elected Officials

There are four elected offices for the Springboro Christmas Festival committee that each serve a 2 year term. Those four positions are President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Below, you will find each position and a brief biography of the current elected official.

President – Wendell Weimer

Wendell was born in Ithica, Ohio. He has lived there off and on for the past 50 years. During this time, he worked for 17 years as a Survey Technician for an engineering firm. Wendell has been a member of the South Dayton Church of Christ in Springboro for over 15 years. He has also a member of the Springboro Christmas Festival Committee for the past 12 years. Wendell has been the Co-Chair of the festival for the past five years. Wendell is currently serving as the President of the Springboro Festival Committee.

Vice-President – Gavin Peters

Gavin H. Peters II has volunteers his time and spends countless hours to make the Springboro Christmas festival a success every year. He has been working on the festival for over 25 years. He takes pride in the Springboro community and enjoys working behind the scenes to make sure everyone has an enjoyable experience at the festival. Gavin was born and raised in Springboro, Ohio. As a child he was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Currently, he is the owner and operator of GHP Services, a residential and property handyman service. His business allows him the opportunity to work in different trades that he enjoys such as; construction and landscaping.  Gavin’s hobbies include: spending time with his wife and three children, traveling, and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Treasurer – Ed Kizer

Ed Kizer has lived in the Springboro area for over 20 years. He recently retired from the finance department at Wright Patterson Air Force Base after 35 years of service. During his years with the military, he also lived in Rantoul, Illinois and served on the Board of Directors at Rantoul Credit Union. In his spare time, Ed enjoys golfing, traveling, and cheering on his favorite sports teams. Go Bucks! Ed looks forward to this opportunity to work on the Springboro Christmas Festival board as treasurer.

Secretary – Helen Sproat

Helen is the Secretary of the Springboro Christmas Festival Committee. She was also one of the “Founding Five” who put together the original festival. Helen has been the owner of Hidden Hill Gallery for over 35 years and had just moved her business into town in 1987. She thought the idea of a Christmas festival for Springboro was really exciting and now, 30 years later, feels much the same. Helen recalls that first year by saying, “I remember the excitement and worry of that first year. We had asked the first and second graders at Jonathan Wright Elementary to make ornaments to decorate the big spruce tree that then stood in Fred Mayne Park at the corner of Main and Central. They were invited to follow Santa, at the end of the parade, to the park and hang their ornaments on the tree. We didn’t know if we would have any or dozens. I will never forget the thrill I felt when I saw over a hundred people following the parade, children skipping with their ornaments, mothers pushing strollers, fathers with children by the hand, all on their way to decorate the tree! The tall men who had volunteered to put the ornaments on the tree had to go find a ladder to place all those hand made ornaments. I knew then that we had created a success.” It has been a lot of work but a tremendous satisfaction to watch our festival grow. The addition of craft tents on the side streets, the inclusion of floats in the parade and, finally, the closing of Main Street to traffic have been steps in the right direction. She looks forward to watching the Christmas Festival develop further in the coming years. Every year it just keeps getting better.

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