SANTA’S BIO

Biography of Gary Spooner

Born St. Paul, MN March 18, 1939

Education
Grade School – Baker, St. Paul
High School – Murray High School, St. Paul

College – Hamline University
University of Minnesota, 3 years
Business Major

Personal Life

Married Judy September 9 1961

Daugters: Margie and Laura

Professional Life

Supermarket Manager 1958-1967
Owner – Publisher Bulletin Publishing Corp, Publishers of the South Washington County Bulletin and Woodbury Bulletin Newspapers, 1970 – 1994
Owner – Bulletin License Center, Cottage Grove, MN.  Appointed Minnesota Deputy Registrar, 107 and Drivers License Agent, 704, 1972-2014

Community and Professional Organizations
Vice President, Minnesota Epilepsy League, 1970 – 1975
Governors Committee on the Handicapped, 1975 – 1976
Cottage Grove Jaycees, 1967 – 1974
Charter member, Cottage Grove Lions Club 1972
Charter Member, Rotary Club of Woodbury, Minnesota, 1980.  Still Active.
President, Rotary Club of Woodbury, 1993 – 1994.
President, Cottage Grove Business Association, 1974 – 1980.
Board of Directors, Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, 1997 – 2003
Board of Directors, 916 Education Foundation, 1984 – 2014
President, 916 Education Foundation, 1988 – 1989.
Committee Chair of 916 Education Foundation Annual Golf Tournament, 1987 –2013.  Collected over $500,000 for the Foundaiton.
Awarded – Board Member of Distiction, 916 Education Foundation, 2001
Started annual golf tournaments in 1990 for the Washington County Youth Service Bureau and Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of the communities youth. Both Tournaments are still played every year.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Deputy Registrars Association, 2000 – 2006, 2010 – 2013
President of the Minnesota Deputy Registrars Association, 2004 – 2005
Member of the Minnesota Deputy Registrars Association Advisory Council, 2006 – 2010
Chair, Minnesota Deputy Registrars Associaton’s Legislative Committee, 2000 – 2007.
President, Clifton Highlands Golf Club Men’s Club, 1984.
First President, River Oaks Golf Club Men’s Club, 1990 – 1992.
First President, Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, 1996 – 1998.
Awarded City of Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce Presidents Award for Community Service.

Santa’s Life

Santa Claus for the Cottage Grove Lions and Woodbury Rotary ‘Breakfast with Santa’ for 27 years.
Member of the Minnesota North Star Real Bearded Santas
Member of the International Order of Real Bearded Santas
Member of the Direct Decendents of Santa Claus
First Santa experience 1974 – Grant City Discount Store, Cottage Grove

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