Kennett Square's Borough Council has declared Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, as "Mayor Leon Spencer Day" in Kennett Square. The declaration was approved earlier in December by borough council..
Longwood Rotary Club has volunteered to sponsor a commemorative breakfast on Jan. 4 at 8 a.m. at the Red Clay Room of the Kennett Fire Hall. The event will provide a venue for all area residents and friends to honor and thank Mayor Leon Spencer for his 11 years of mayoral service to the Kennett Borough on his last day in office.
"Leon has served and led the Kennett Borough with dignity, honor, respect, and humor for the benefit of everyone in the Kennett community area," said Dave Haradon, event organizer and former Longwood Rotary president. "He is one of those rare people that everyone loves, and we just want to provide a way for the community to say "thanks" for his dedicated service to our area."
The commemorative breakfast will include a variety of presenters who have impacted Spencer or with whom he has positively worked with during his 11 years in office. An informative pictorial history will be presented, music will be provided, and the morning will be marked by fun and celebration.
According to current Longwood Rotary President Andy Jenkins, the event will conclude with a special presentation of the unique Longwood Rotary's Kennett Square Area "Service Above Self" Award, which is reserved for exceptional individuals who are not Rotary members but have "demonstrated exemplary community and humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in the community."
Spencer received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, and attended the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, to complete graduate studies in vocal pedagogy and choral conducting.
While in Ohio, he taught middle school music in Newark and choral activities at Gahanna Lincoln High School. He served as a member of several boards and councils, including the Licking County Council of Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program (LAPP), The United Way, the Council for Minority Affairs of The Ohio State University Newark campus, and Kiwanis International. Spencer was a choral clinician and the director of music for Presbyterian churches in Newark and Hanover (Ohio). He also developed an interest in public address announcing and became the basketball announcer for the Newark High School Wildcats.
After returning to Pennsylvania in 1991, he participated in activities in the Kennett Consolidated School District (KCSD) and was elected to the school board, eventually serving as vice president. He was the KCSD representative on the board of the Chester County Intermediate Unit and served as its president. In addition, he was the director of music at the Kennett Square Presbyterian Church and served on the church session.
Currently, Spencer is the Director of Enrollment at The Tatnall School in Wilmington, Delaware, co-owner of Pro Musica Studio in Kennett, and a member of the vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Advent. He is a member of the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers and announces football and basketball games for the Kennett High Blue Demons. He and his wife Kathryn reside in the borough of Kennett Square.