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November 17, 2017

Newsletter Submission Deadline

Due to the upcoming holiday and office closing; all submissions for the November 24th Weekly Newsletter (Update) are due by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22nd. Thank you.

Chamber Office Closed - November 23rd and 24th, the Chamber Office will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Pack A Ford for Snack in a Pack

Help the Leadership Pulaski County Class Six as we pack a truck load of food for the Snack in a Pack program, now through December 22nd, 2017.

Donation locations at Sellers-Sexton Ford in St. Robert and Waynesville City Hall.

Items needed are: canned tuna, canned chicken, canned ravioli/spaghetti, individual macaroni and cheese, peanut butter crackers, ramen, granola bars, and individual vegetable cups.

Snack in a Pack (SIAP) provides supplemental food over weekends and holiday breaks for students who may otherwise go hungry while not in school.

For more information on where to donate food items please contact the AmeriCorps VISTA at 573-842-2651 or Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce at 573-336-5121. Click here for flyer.

2018 Luncheon Sponsors

The Chamber would like to thank all the businesses who took part in the Luncheon Sponsorship Drawing. The following is a list of the 2018 Luncheon Sponsors as drawn during the November Chamber Luncheon.

January (Networking) - Jones Investment Group
February (Quarterly + 1) - Waynesville Medical Plaza
March - Fort Wood Hotels
April (Special Presentations) - Michels Frames and Things
May (Quarterly + 1) - CASA of South Central Missouri
June - Kids' Harbor
July - Team Red, White, & Blue
August (Quarterly + 1) - David M. Lowe, Attorney at Law
September - Ireland Architects
October - Free Women's Center
November (Quarterly + 1) - Flat Branch of Waynesville
December - Hoppers Pub

FWCSC Car-a-van

We were happy to host the spouses of the Fort Wood Community Spouse Club on November 3rd. The ladies gathered at Comfort Inn for breakfast and received their goodbags before heading out to area businesses to shop and learn what our community has to offer. After a morning of shopping they met at Sellers-Sexton Ford-Lincoln-Mazda for lunch and door prizes. We thank all our members who participated, donated door prizes and goodie bag items. Your contributions help make the day fun and successful for the spouses.

Chamber Membership Social Sponsorship Lottery

In order to provide our membership with an equal opportunity to host the annual Membership Social, the Chamber will hold a lottery to determine the sponsor. To be entered into the lottery, business names and contact information must be emailed to the Chamber no later than 4:30 p.m., December 15, 2017.

At the December Board Meeting on the 21st, the Chamber board will draw the sponsor from all submissions. The selected business will be notified within 24 hours of the board meeting. The cost to sponsor is $1000.00 and with that your business will be listed as the sponsor on all correspondence within the Chamber (i.e. Event calendar, weekly update as the event date approaches), logo on the web site, Facebook, and table markers, given 15 minutes of speaking time at the event and have the opportunity to place materials at each table. The selected member will then have first right of refusal going forward with the event.

For more information contact the office at 573-336-5121. To add your name to the list please email

Business Listing Updates Needed for the 2018 Membership Directory

The Chamber is making every effort to insure your listing in the Membership Directory is correct before the book is printed. We ask that you please fill out the update form by clicking here. Please provide us with any corrections you find by December 15th (changes must be made by the deadline be included in new directory). Thanks for your help.

Advertise in the 2018 Membership Directory and Community Profile

Daily Guide was awarded the bid to print this year's Chamber Community Profile and Membership Directory.
Click on image above for advertising information. Deadline is January 1, 2018

Join the Chamber for Shop Small Business Saturday® on November 25th

Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Local Small Businesses by Hosting Small Business Saturday® Event in Waynesville and St. Robert with its endorsement of and participation in the seventh annual Small Business Saturday on November 25th. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide.

Celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the day has given small businesses across the country a huge boost. Recognizing the importance of supporting small independently-owned businesses in our community, the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce our support for Small Business Saturday. The community is encouraged to take part in our Small Business Saturday on November 25th. Stop by participating businesses to show your support of small businesses and pick up some Shop Small giveaways.

How to get involved:

Small Business Owners: Visit by November 10th to help you:
-Promote your business with free in-store signage,
sample social media posts and other marketing
assets from American Express.
-Maximize your small business' exposure with free, personalized online advertising.
-Use our interactive map to find and rally other local small businesses in your area.
-Learn more about how other small business owners have made the most of the day.
- Attend an upcoming FREE Shop Small Saturday Workshop:
Monday, November 20th

All workshops are held from 9:00-9:30am at the Chamber Office. Email or call 573-336-5121 to RSVP.

Tell the Chamber! If your business is participating in Shop Small Business Saturday contact the Chamber and share what your business is doing and receive FREE promotional items (while supplies last). Deadline to sign up to be listed on the Its All Here Local web site is November 20th.

The Chamber will promote all participating local businesses as well as list all special Small Business Saturday deals on at no cost.

Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off

The Chamber will kick off 2018 with the eleventh annual Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off to be held on January 20th at the St. Robert Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An event the whole family can enjoy, the Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off lets you come in from the cold and let your spirits melt into a pot of delicious chili served up by one of our hometown chefs! Admission for this event is $5 (4 and under are free). Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Chamber office located at 137 St. Robert Blvd. Ste. B. Limited tickets will be available at the door. Each person may sample chili from each of the teams. Concessions will also be available.

Sponsor the Hottest Event of the Year!

Event Sponsorships available: Spicy, Hot, and Mild

Spicy level that includes an ad in the event's printed tab, your business or organization's name listed on event flier and in all press releases, your logo and a link on the event web page, and a table at event for $500.

Hot level includes your business or organization's name listed on event flier and in all press releases as well as on the event web page with a link for $250.

Mild level which lists your business or organization in the event's printed tab and on the event web page for $100.

Chili Cook-Off Team Registration is Open

Chamber members are encouraged to get together a team, enter the Cook-off, and take part in a spirited competition. Awards will be presented to the top three teams in both the People's Choice and Showmanship categories. People's Choice will be decided by the largest amount of cash donations for their booth/team. Showmanship will be chosen based on the judge's impression of overall presentation of theme, demonstrations, performances, etc. In addition the Judges' Choice Grand Champion Chili Award will be presented to the judges' pick as best chili. Finally the Best of Show winner will be determined by a combination of the judges' votes. The Best of Show winner will receive a special recognition, free booth and first choice of booth space for the 2019 cook-off. All funds raised from the People's Choice votes will be used for the Right Choice Scholarship fund.

Teams will be made of no more than six members while individual teams will be made of no more than three members. All competitors will be expected to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the Chamber of Commerce and Pulaski County Health Department. The entry fee for this event is $75 per business team, $50 non-profit team, $25 per individual and the deadline to enter is January 5th. A late entry fee of $100 per business team, $75 non-profit team, and $50 per individual will apply to all entrants after that date. For an additional $15 teams that pre-register can take advantage of the Early Bird Selection and pick their booth's location at the event. Booths are 8'x10', include two 110 electric power receptacles (average 10 amps per outlet) and will be decorated by each team.

Registration Form & Rules and Regulations

Contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or to sponsor or for team registration questions.

Chamber Luncheon

December 13th at 11:45 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, located at 103 St. Robert Plaza, catered by Vidies Catering. Our sponsor will be Sink's Pharmacy. RSVPs are required; please contact the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 12th. Luncheon cost is $12 per person. Click here for full luncheon schedule.

**Please note** The Chamber of Commerce is excited to have such a large number of its members attend monthly luncheons. Due to the large number of last minute Chamber luncheon attendees, a policy has been put into place by the Chamber Board of Directors. Anyone who responds after the RSVP cut-off time of 9:00 a.m. the Tuesday before the luncheon will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a seat becomes available. Anyone who shows up without an RSVP may be charged an additional $12. If an RSVP is received and the reservoir does not attend the luncheon, the reservoir will be charged $12 for the meal. The decision was made to charge this amount to compensate our Chamber member restaurants for the last minute adjustments they must make to their menus.

Request for Door Prize Items to be given at Command Orientation

The Chamber is represented every Thursday at Fort Leonard Wood's Command Orientation and gives welcome bags to all new incoming families. Organizations that participate give a door prize in the form of a gift certificate or goodie bag. We are requesting some gift certificates or promotional items that could be used to donate as the door prize. Please bring by your donation to the Chamber during business hours. We thank you for your continued support.

2017-18 Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for information on Chamber Sponsorship Opportunities. For more information on any Chamber event contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cutting for Total Body Fitness - December 14th at 5:30 pm. at 500 GW Lane in Waynesville.

Ribbon Cutting for Walker Real Estate Team's 10th Anniversary - January 3rd at 11 a.m. at 854 Missouri Ave. in St. Robert.

The November Newcomer Spotlight Business is:

Drury is dedicated to helping each student achieve success through longevity & institutional fortitude & the knowledge that each student is the life blood of the university.


Parents must opt-in to receive text messages

Waynesville R-VI parents who would like to receive text messages for announcements such as school closings, bus delays, etc., will need to OPT IN for this service. To opt in, parents should do the following:
Text "Y" to 67587

The parent will receive a confirmation message that will state, "You're registered 4 SchoolMessenger Notifications."
Parents may Opt-out by texting STOP to 67587

AmeriCorps/VISTA Opportunities

Would you like to make a difference in your community while earning valuable work experience and money for college? The Waynesville R-VI School District's Community Resource Office is now hiring AmeriCorps and VISTA Members for the 2017-18 school year.
Interviews are taking place immediately for several positions ranging from 15 to 40+ hours per week.

Waynesville AmeriCorps Tutors serve during the school year at the Waynesville R-VI School District during the day and/or after school. Members serve alongside teachers to provide reading and mathematics tutoring to PreK - 8th grade students who are struggling academically. Afterschool Waynesville AmeriCorps members facilitate the Club TIGER afterschool program, directing club activities and providing homework assistance to students. In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a monthly living allowance ranging from $278-$1052 per month and an end-of-service education award of $1230-$2907. Full-time and part-time options are available; health care coverage provided for full-time members.

Waynesville VISTA members commit to serve full-time for 12 months at the Waynesville R-VI School District or a nonprofit community agency, working behind the scenes to develop, execute and sustain community and school-based programs. VISTA members develop and enhance programs that support at-risk youth, families and individuals in our community. In return for their service, members receive a $1,025 monthly living allowance and $5,815 end-of-service education award, healthcare benefit, one year of noncompetitive status for a federal government job and other benefits.

For more information please see attachment or contact our office.
If you are interested in becoming a Waynesville AmeriCorps or VISTA Member or need more information about either program, please contact the Community Resource Office at (573) 842-2250 or Interviews are taking place immediately, so apply now!

Click here for more news

USO Update

If you could assist with any of these shifts, please let us know by
calling 573-329-2039 or by simply replying to this email!

Friday, November 17th
12 pm - 3 pm 1 Volunteer
3 pm - 6 pm 1 Volunteer

Saturday, November 18th
10 am - 12 pm 1 Volunteer

Sunday, November 19th
12 pm - 3 pm 4 Volunteers
3 pm - 6 pm 4 Volunteers

To help reduce expenses, the Fort Leonard Wood USO Club needs the donation of supplies that are regularly used throughout the USO. Should you have any of these items or would like to purchase these items and would like to donate them to our organization, please contact Christina at 573.329.2039 or by emailing at

With your donation of any item on this list, you actively become a part of our mission to strengthen America's military service members.
1. Large plastic totes with lids
2. Individually Wrapped Snacks
3. Black Permanent Markers (all sizes)
4. Gallon Size Bags


Rotary club of Pulaski County needs soup donations

Rotary club of Pulaski County is looking for soup donations for Holiday in the Park event following the Christmas parade December 3rd. Please contact Rosalind Pride at 417-448-6632 for further details and information.


Sustainable Ozarks Partnership and Fort Leonard Wood Receive Army Community Partnership Award

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) is proud to announce that our partnership with Fort Leonard Wood was recognized by the United States Army and will receive the 2017 Army Community Partnership Award.

Partnerships between Army installations and surrounding communities receive this distinction as a result of their collaboration and overall efforts that result in improved readiness, sustainability, cost savings, and efficiencies for the installation.

The Army was impressed by the scale and results of our overall partnership efforts with federal entities, the state of Missouri, and local governments. Specifically, the Army cited the strong cooperation between the state of Missouri, the City of St. Robert, and Fort Leonard Wood to improve the water resiliency between the installation and St. Robert.

"This award is symbolic of the many great and unique partnerships that exist between Fort Leonard Wood, the SOP, our communities, and the state of Missouri," said SOP executive director Kent Thomas.

There were seven award winners this year and they all include community partnerships that were signed in fiscal years 2015-2017 by garrisons, camps, and training areas. All submissions were evaluated on the following criteria:
*improve mission training
*provide cost efficiency (savings or avoidance)
*expand capability
*create efficiencies
*improve community relations

We are exceptionally proud of the long-standing relationships and ongoing partnerships that make a difference for Fort Leonard Wood, Soldiers, Families, Retirees, Veterans, and our Communities," said SOP chairman and City of St. Robert mayor George A. Lauritson.
Our team, along with leaders from Fort Leonard Wood, have been invited to receive the award at the Army Community Partnership Award Ceremony at the Pentagon, Hall of Heroes, on December 4, 2017.

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is building on the Fort Leonard Wood Region's strong past and preparing the region for a healthy, resilient future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region's stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions, all as part of our efforts to strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region.


Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop Community Kitchen Menu

* November 29th- Chicken Parmesan with Garlic Bread and Side Salad
* December 1st- Pulled Pork Nachos with Refried Beans
* December 6th-Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice and Cream Cheese Wontons
* December 8th-Lasgna with Garlic Bread and Side Salad
* December 13th- Tacos Salad with Beans and Rice
* December 15th- Breakfast Day! We will start serving at 8am this day!

To place your orders for delivery please contact Lacie at 573-842-5355. Or you can stop by Tom's Meat Market in St. Robert at 240 Marshall Drive, Suite 4 anytime from 11am to 2pm to pick up your meal or dine in with us. Thank you for your business!

Meal Cost
* $6.99 for Meal plus tax
* $1.99 for a Slice of Pie plus tax
We deliver 4 or more orders.

Who you are supporting when you buy a meal?
The Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop is a non-for-profit company which is classified as a Sheltered Workshop.

We are a business dedicated to providing meaningful and productive employment for people with physical or mental developmental disabilities.

The goal of PCSW is to provide varied occupational choices and experiences to enhance the quality of life for persons we serve both within our facility and, when possible, within the community.


Member Events

Little Heroes Playground Community Dedication Event

The City of Waynesville cordially invites you to attend our Playground Dedication from the hours of 2pm to 4pm on November 18, 2017.

For more information, please contact Waynesville City Hall at (573) 774-6171.



November 18, 2017
10 a.m. to 2p.m.

Missouri Child Identification & Protection Program
Sponsored by the Missouri Masonic Children's Foundation &
Waynesville Lodge #375 and Richland Lodge #385

For questions please feel free to contact: Many Aragon, Event Coordinator 808-352-2446 or Bill Frogge, MCF Contact 417-245-0207.


Black vs Yellow· Hosted by Rolla Rockets Roller Derby

Join us for the Rolla Rockets' premiere home bout - Black vs Yellow on November 19th. Last bout of the season that will feature players from all over MO and IL! This is a co-ed mashup, allowing the guys to take the track, too!

Doors open at 6:30pm, first whistle at 7:00pm

Tickets: $10 early bird or $12 at the door
Kids ages 10 and under FREE.

The Centre
1200 Holloway St.
Rolla, MO 65401

$1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the S.A.V.E the Animal Shelter.


CASA Informational Meeting

Grab a friend and join our team! CASA needs volunteers to speak out for abused children and mentor older youth in foster care.

WHAT: Informational Meeting
WHEN: Nov. 30 5:30 PM
WHERE: Java Express
690 Missouri Ave, #4
St. Robert
573-426-5437 /


Habitat For Humanity Work Day

Habitat For Humanity is having their next Work Day on December 2nd. It will take place at the home we are working on located at 25960 Silver Lane in Waynesville beginning at 9am until noon. Jones Investment Group will be providing lunch to all of our volunteers. If you have any questions please contact Christine Edwards at 573-855-0832 or Stephanie Boyd at 573-538-0986.


"Strong Chambers of Commerce may be measured in many ways:  by the number of members, activities, economic development, community growth, etc.  We thank our members for continuing their investment in the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce, in their business, and in our community.  Your membership makes our Chamber stronger.  By being a member you are identifying yourself with Waynesville-St. Robert's leading business organization."

 Chamber Events
November 20, 2017
Shop Small Business Saturday® Workshop
November 23, 2017
Chamber Office Closed
November 24, 2017
Chamber Office Closed
November 25, 2017
Shop Small Business Saturday®
December 13, 2017
Chamber Luncheon
December 14, 2017
Ribbon Cutting for Total Body Fitness
December 15, 2017
Business Listing Updates for the 2018 Membership Directory Deadline

*For more details see Chamber Announcements on the left.

Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce
137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B
St. Robert, MO 65584
fax: 573-336-5472