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December 9, 2016

Twins Mom LLC.
Valencia Powell
107 Hidden Valley
St. Robert, MO 65584
(573) 842-3643

Chamber Luncheon

December 14th at 11:45 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, located at 103 St. Robert Plaza. Our sponsor will be the Rotary Club of Pulaski County. RSVPs are required; please contact the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 13th. Luncheon cost is $12 per person. 2017 Luncheon schedule coming soon.

**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.

Chamber Office Closed - December 26th Chamber office will be closed in observance of Christmas.

Chamber Office Closed - January 2nd the Chamber office will be closed in observance of New Year's Day.

Newcomer Advertising Tri-fold

Are you looking for an efficient and cost effective way to get your information out to new people moving into the area? As of November 29, 2016, the Chamber handed out over 880 bags to incoming permanent party service members and their families, and 116 bags to people coming into our office, as well as the tourism bureau. Consider the cost your business or organization has on promotional materials and informational flyers that go into the bags. This may be a stress free way to get your information out to those new to the community. Limited space available, this is on a first come, first serve basis.

Ad space would include business logo and a QR code linked to your business website, Facebook page, or webpage of your choice along with any other additional information you deem important. The tri-fold would be handed out separate from the bags with an explanation of what it is and how to use it.

Ad example below.

Advertise on the inside for $250 a year (12 available spots); on the back for $300 a year (3 available spots). This is optional and is first come, first serve. For an additional $50 the Chamber staff would design your ad. Ads are full color and the ad size is 3.25 inches wide, 2.5 inches tall and the ad will run on the tri-fold for one calendar year. Ads purchased will have priority for renewal for the following year.

Contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or for more information and/or purchase a spot for your ad. Deadline to have an ad in the tri fold is December 14th.

Advertise in the 2017 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 4, 2017

Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off

The Chamber will kick off 2017 with the tenth annual Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off to be held on January 21st 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 through the Chamber office. Limited tickets will be available at the door.

Sponsor the Hottest Event of the Year!

Event Sponsorships available:

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 2018 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 6th. 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.

2017 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 Twins Mom, LLC - December 16th at 3 p.m. at 107 Fina Ave. #3 in St. Robert

The December Newcomer Spotlight Business is:

The best financial products and services are at Infuze Credit Union! Visit us for your financial needs and check us out online at


WHS Students take Responsibility to New Levels

*Story by Macalah Danielson, Barbara Avery, Kaitlyn Jackson, Cheyann Keeling

Every student can't be a great athlete or a fantastic scholar, but every student can be responsible. Doing the things you know you should, taking charge of your education, that's what taking responsibility is. Waynesville High School teachers recently nominated more than 30 students who went above and beyond in the area of responsibility. The guidance counselors then reviewed and selected one student from each class: Naysha Shaffer (9), Sojeung Lee (10), Matt Jones (11) and Patrick Shipley (12). These teens exemplify the qualities of a star student to the max, whether it be by expressing leadership qualities, completing work while absent, or aiding other struggling students.

Senior Patrick Shipley
"Responsibility means taking initiative," said senior Patrick Shipley. Adrian Ciugudean, Shipley's nominator, says, "From academics to positive role model and, even group leader, Patrick exemplifies student responsibility in my program." Ciugudean goes on to describe how Shipley inspires his peers to commit to healthier study habits and his positive attitude creates a more cohesive atmosphere. By going above and beyond, Shipley has secured his place as senior student of the month.

Junior Matt Jones
Nominated by Social Studies teacher Kelly Tillott, Junior Matt Jones proved to be an example for many other students around him by showing his competence. For Jones, responsibility means getting your stuff done: "Responsibility is something that everyone should have, but not everyone does," said Jones.
Jones has demonstrated his responsibility in many of ways. He has taken it upon himself to go out and find a job after being offered the opportunity of a trip to D.C. for the presidential inauguration.
Another way in which he exemplifies responsibility is by "maintaining a high work ethic in my class," said Tillot. He does this all while staying involved in JROTC and additional extracurricular activities. "He was so excited when he paid off his trip, and he told me that he is now going to save his money and do something nice for his mom because she has done so much for him," said Tillott.
Jones would also like to give a huge, "Thank you!" to Tillot for nominating him. Jones was ecstatic after discovering that she had nominated him. As soon as he had heard, he ran straight into her room with a bright smile, making a heart symbol with his hands before running back out.

Sophomore Sojeong Lee
Jonathan Bennion, a Waynesville High School Spanish teacher of two years, nominated Sojeong Lee as the sophomore student of the month. Bennion states that "Miss Lee has always exemplified preparedness and responsibility by consistently going above that which is required of her and striving to go beyond the mark in academics." Bennion routinely places Lee with students who are struggling. In cooperative learning groups, "she calmly and patiently helps them to understand."
Lee's reaction to Bennion's statement is one of surprise. She didn't seem aware that he had nominated her. "I am very thankful to see that my teacher noticed my efforts and that they paid off," says Lee.
What responsibility means to Lee is one's ability "to take it upon themselves to try and succeed at whatever they are attempting, and not put it on anyone else." Sojeong is thankful and says, "I will continue to work hard." She's sure her parents will be excited about her selection.

Freshman Naysha Shaffer
"Responsibility means to take action in what you do," said Naysha Shaffer. Ericca Vaughn nominated Shaffer because she "is a student who chooses to take responsibility to help others in the classroom when she notices that help is needed."
Naysha thinks that Mrs. Vaughn is absolutely right and is thankful that she noticed: "You're one of my favorite teachers," said Shaffer. "I appreciate what you said about me." Shaffer also believes that her parents will be very proud of this achievement.

DHAEOP asks for New Socks at Schools

The local secretaries' organization, DHAEOP, is holding its 2nd Annual Sock Drive through Dec. 16 in each of Waynesville R-VI's school buildings.

Anyone interested in participating may drop off pairs of new socks at the schools. All donations benefit Good Samaritan Resource Center of Pulaski County and Genesis House.

During the first sock drive, 804 pairs of children through adult sized socks were collected.

Waynesville Schools seek input on proposed 2017-18 Calendar Options

The Waynesville R-VI School District is seeking input regarding the proposed 2017-18 School Calendar. The calendar may be viewed on the district's main website at The links to the two calendar options are located below.

Individuals may directly click on this link for Option A.

Individuals may directly click on this link for Option B.

Comments may be made until Friday, Dec. 16, to the Personnel Services Office at or call 573-842-2094.

USO Update

Volunteer Shifts Needing To Be Filled

Saturday, Dec. 10 - Holiday Cheer Event
1:45 pm - 4:30 pm 7 Volunteers

Sunday, Dec. 11
12 pm - 3 pm 3 Volunteers
3 pm - 6 pm 1 Volunteer

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!

FLW USO's Annual Holiday Cheer Event

Also, sponsoring this event will be Culver's of St. Robert and the ASYMCA. Please, help spread the word! If you are interested in volunteering for this event please let us know!


17th Annual Gift-Raiser

Seeger Toyota of St. Robert is sponsoring the 17th Annual Gift-Raiser for needy Pulaski County disabled and senior citizens. We are again working with the Pulaski County Public Administrator to provide for people who are truly in need of help. In the past 16 years, we have helped to fulfill the wish lists of almost 900 disabled and senior citizens.

Our program is geared to help the very needy residents of Pulaski County. These people mostly ask for items such as warn clothing, bedding, cleaning supplies, toiletries, gift cards and food.

There are several ways to help. You can visit our showroom and pick an ornament from our tree that has the person's name and wish list. You may also email to have a wish list sent to you. Or if you prefer, you can make a contribution and we will do the shopping for you. Gifts should be returned unwrapped (but can be in a gift bag) to Seeger Toyota no later than December 20th.

Contributions from the community have played an important part in our success in past years. We are hoping to count on your help this year as well. If you have any questions please contact Rachel Potts at 573-336-7111. Thank you for your time and help. Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.


Socks for Troops

As of Sunday, November 27, 2016, Shoe Sensation’s Sock for Troops program has collected 3,996 pairs of socks and 585 shoe laces for local veterans and active duty military overseas. The program is receiving tremendous community participation and Shoe Sensation thanks all who have donated so far on behalf of our troops and veterans.

Socks for Troops, designed to collect and donate both military approved socks for active duty personnel stationed overseas as well as casual socks for off duty use and local veterans in need, will continue in all 150 Shoe Sensation locations through Christmas Eve and Shoe Sensation is offering a 20% discount on socks purchased for donation to the Socks for Troops program. While new unworn socks purchased elsewhere may be donated, Shoe Sensation has secured a special selection of military approved socks that meet the requirements for active duty which can be purchased to donate to our active duty troops overseas.

Anyone who has served in the military or worked outdoors in difficult conditions understands the difference dry, clean socks can make. While the military does provide clothing including socks, extra socks are one of the top requests of U.S. personnel overseas.

Please visit your local Shoe Sensation to donate and for details on where the socks will be delivered. To find a Shoe Sensation near you, visit and click on locations.


Trees for Troops

There are no trees remaining from the Trees for Troops event that took place on 2-5 December.

A big THANK YOU to Fed-Ex and The Spirit of Christmas Foundation for their continued support in making this event a HUGE success at Fort Leonard Wood again this year! Additionally, many thanks to the volunteers that supported this event this year with the set-up and offloading/loading of trees for families.


Aaron's Big Blue Bow Event

As part of Aaron's Big Blue Bow Event we will be accepting short essays nominating a deserving family or person to win a stocking full of toys. Entries will be accepted between December 1st - December 15th and a winner will be selected on December 19th. See Contest rules and print entry form. For more infomation contact Sissy Weiner, General Manager at 573-336-5959.


Delbert Day Cancer Institute Open House Celebration!

Phelps County Regional Medical Center is hosting an Open House Celebration for the Delbert Day Cancer Institute on Thursday, December 8th, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at 1060 West 10th Street in Rolla.

Opening remarks will begin promptly at 5:00 pm and will include a keynote address by Missouri Lieutenant Governor-Elect, Mike Parson. PCRMC and community leaders, including Dr. Delbert Day, Ted Day, Edward Clayton, Dr. Christopher Spencer, Cindy Beger, Louis Magdits and Randy Verkamp will also speak.


Tiger Typhoon Indoor Pool Closed for Maintenance

The pool will be closed on December 19 at noon until December 28th at 8 a.m. for scheduled maintenance. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 573-451-2625 or Thank you for your patronage.

Member Events

"A Seussified Christmas Carol"

December 9, 10, & 11 PFAA presents "A Seussified Christmas Carol". A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in Seussspoken rhyming couplets. At the Theater on the Square, 312 Historic Route 66, Waynesville on Fri & Sat 7:30 p.m. curtain, Sun 2:30 p.m. curtain. Cost: Adults $10, Children 12 & under $5. Contact Pulaski Fine Arts Association (Rhea Anne Mathews) 573-774-3050.


Santa is coming to Town

Santa is coming to Sinks Pharmacy in the Waynesville Medical Plaza on December 10th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Free photo with Santa, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids. For more information call 573-433-2550


Kids Art in the Park

The City of St. Robert is hosting 'Kids Art in the Park' on December 10th at the Tiger Typhoon Aquatic Center from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is limited seating, all reservations must be prepaid, cost is $25. Payments can be made online at under "news and announcements" or at City Hall.

Kids will get step by step painting instructions on how to paint the "Snowman" on stretch canvas with acrylic paint from Melissa.

For more information, please call 573-451-2000 ext. 1307.


5th Annual Merry Firkin Christmas

What's better than opening presents on Christmas morning? We think it's tapping four beers in one night. Our brewers have brewed four special beers on our small batch system as a special Christmas present to you.

We will release a new beer every hour on the hour on Friday, December 16th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m at the Rolla Brewpub

The Beer Lineup:

6 p.m. - Santa's Last Supper - This beer tastes like the holidays with a variety of holiday spices and sugars.
7 p.m. - Another Bourbon Barrel Stout - A different take on the Barrel-aged Revelation Stout, we use bourbon soaked charred oak chips to achieve classic bourbon barrel flavors.
8 p.m. - Tire Swing IPA - Our original IPA.
9 p.m. - Barley Wine - A showcase of malty richness and complex, intense flavors, this ale has been aged for 9 months and is chewy and rich in body, with warming alcohol and a pleasant fruity character.


Wreaths Across America

Please make plans to attend the Wreaths Across America Ceremony Saturday December 17, 2016 11AM Missouri Veterans Cemetery 25350 Hwy H, Waynesville. 573-774-3496
Follow parking directions. Shuttle service will be provided.


Santa is coming to Kingdom Kia

Come get your photo taken with Santa on December 24th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. receive a free 8"x10" photo and sleeve. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and don't forget about our reindeer games!


Community Christmas Dinner

No reason to spend Christmas alone; come join us for good food and fellowship on December 24th from 12 p.m. -3 p.m. at Still Useable Ministries Church located at 956 Old Route 66 in St. Robert. This event is sponsored by Still Useable Ministries Church, Greater Faith Victory Church & The City Church. Contact Keith Shoulders at 254-554-1149 or James Felix at 573-855-6154.


New Year's Eve Cocktail Party

Saturday, December 31, 7:00pm at Rolla Brewpub.
Ring in the New Year with assorted appetizers and small courses paired perfectly with different suggested Public House beers. Enjoy live music by singer/songwriter Nicole Nelson. Close out the night with a St. James Winery sparkling wine toast at midnight. Doors open at 7pm. Food and music start at 8pm. $60 per person, includes food and four beers. Tickets are limited and must be purchased at the Rolla Brewpub.


New Year's Eve through the Decades

Celebrate New Year's Eve dressed in your favorite decade attire with Public House Brewing Company on December 31st from 7p.m. - 12:30 a.m. at the St. James Taproom. The first 100 people through the door will receive free party hats and horns. The best dressed will be awarded prizes at 10 p.m. Enjoy live music by the Steve Hauser Band at 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.


8th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Show and BBQ Cook-off

St. Robert Community Center
114 JH Williamson Jr. Drive
St. Robert, MO 65584

The planned dates & times for this two day event are:
Friday, March 10, 2017, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm & Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We are looking for vendors who would be interested in participating in this event for the outdoor activities that promote the great outdoors such as fishing, hunting, archery, camping, boats, trucks, ATV's, paintball, trail rides, golf, game ranches, guide services, dog breeders and trainers, artists and many other outdoor pursuits. As well as participants interested in the annual BBQ Cook-off. Bring your best recipe and get ready to get your grub on.

Vendor booths are $10 for a nonelectric and $15 for electric!
(1) 6 x 2 table, (2) chairs with approximately an 7'x7' booth space.
Electric booths are limited.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact:
Parks Facility Clerk, at or call 573-451-2625


"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
December 14, 2016
Chamber Luncheon
December 16, 2016
Ribbon Cutting for Twins Mom, LLC
December 26, 2016
Chamber Office Closed
January 2, 2017
Chamber Office Closed
January 4, 2017
Directory Advertising Deadline
January 6, 2017
Chili Team sign up Deadline
January 21, 2017
Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off

*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