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March 17, 2017

Team Ellis - Re/Max Professional Realty
Lisa Ellis
320 Ichord Avenue, Suite X
Waynesville, MO 65583
lisaellis@webound.com
www.buyfortwoodhomes.com

Work Ready is almost complete, please help get us to 100%

The January totals put Pulaski County at 99% complete to be work ready certified!

We need 2 people who are transitional unemployed to be 100%. If you know someone who is unemployed please send them to the Job Center at the Saint Robert testing site located in the Municipal Center. Thank you.

Chamber Luncheon

April 12th at 11:45 a.m. at Stonebrooke Center located at 500 GW Lane in Waynesville. Our sponsor will be the Flat Branch of Waynesville. The Career Embedded Students and Fort Leonard Wood Interns will be giving a Special Presentation. There will not be community updates. Please contact the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 11th. 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.

Chamber Board Positions Open

The Waynesville - St. Robert Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announces the opportunity for members in good standing to be considered for open board positions for the term of 2017 - 2020. Requests for consideration shall be made by completing the application form and delivering the completed form to the Chamber office no later March 31st. The Nominating Committee shall consider all requests made. Contact Cecilia at chamberdirector@wsrchamber.com with any questions.

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Gather at the Drive In - Taste of Pulaski County and Basket Auction

Let's Gather at the Drive In for our 12th Taste of Pulaski County and Basket Auction on March 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the St. Robert Community Center! The first 50 movie-goers will receive a free gift. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. with the Auction beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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Browse baskets and dine on delicious samples offered by area restaurants while you put in your bid on one of the many impressive baskets donated by area businesses. Door prizes also make up the day's festivities. View our promo video.

B&B Waynesville Patriot 12, Colton's Steakhouse and Grill, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Domino's Pizza, Elbow Inn & BBQ Pit, Lamb's Donuts, Nona's Kitchen, Ozark Coca Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Starbucks, Sweetwater BBQ, Tastefully Done Marinade, TK's Pizza, Uranus Fudge Factory, and Vidies Catering.

Advanced tickets are available at the Chamber office. Adult tickets are $10, Children 5-12 are $5, and Children 4 and under are free. Limited amount of tickets will also be available at the door. It's certainly to be an exciting auction with great food that will surely delight all ages!

This event is sponsored by City of St. Robert, Daily Guide, Fort Wood Hotels by Ehrhardt Properties, KFLW 98.9 The Fort, Laclede Electric Cooperative, Ozark Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Ozark Technical Community College, Papa Murphy's Take and Bake, Security Bank, Stonebrooke Center, Waynesville Medical Plaza and Webster University.

Thank you to all who have donated for this event.

Tour of Fort Leonard Wood

On April 20th AUSA, Committee of Fifty, Friends of the Fort, Lake Support the Fort and Phelps for the Fort will be offering a tour of Fort Leonard Wood beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m.

The tour will be leaving from the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber Office, located in the lower level of the Visitor's Center at 137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B in St. Robert, as always please remember to park in the back of the building. Lunch will be provided by AUSA during the tour.

We are excited to be able to offer the community this opportunity to tour Fort Leonard Wood and witness the transformations that have impacted our communities in so many positive ways over the years.

Space is very limited so please RSVP to the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber at (573) 336-5121 or email chamber@wsrchamber.com no later than April 13th.

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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 chamber@wsrchamber.com.

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cutting for Alarmco - March 29th at 11 a.m. at 839 VFW Memorial Dr., Ste. 4 in St. Robert.

The March Newcomer Spotlight Business is:

Park University campus' offers face-to-face classes that are available days, evenings and weekends. Courses are taught by faculty committed to the success of each student.

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Team Ellis
Lisa Ellis, Angie Masterton, Hazel O'Donnell, Misty MacDonald

1. Over 35 years of combined Real Estate Experience where we build RELATIONSHIPS not just homes. Like us on Facebook.

2. Five Star Customer Service Rated with over 50% repeat customers in the past 12 months.

3. Buyer Representation where we are allowed to work with you not just the transaction.

4. We educate buyers and sellers using the latest market technology, guiding them to make an informed decision, for a smoother transaction from the beginning to end.

5. Team Ellis - Re/Max Professional Realty located in the Townfield Plaza behind McDonalds in Waynesville, 320 Ichord Ave, Suite X; 573-774-2653; www.buyfortwoodhomes.com.

Missouri USO mascot gets own chapter in National Geographic Book

Fort Leonard Wood's beloved USO therapy dog, Bandit, has lain a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, starred in USO-of-Missouri commercials and comforted countless service members and veterans. Now, he has his own chapter in National Geographic's latest book, "Loyal: 38 Inspiring Tales of Bravery, Heroism, and Devotion of Dogs." Read more.

Post Museums store historic, unique collections of Military Artifacts

Behind various levels of security within the basement of the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex lies a treasure trove of historical artifacts, some that might never be seen on display. Read more.

Upcoming Tax Levy Sessions

The Waynesville R-VI School District will host a informational session about the proposed school tax levy on the following date and time:

* Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Waynesville High School

The public is invited and encouraged to come out and attend this session.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why is the Waynesville R-VI School District seeking a tax levy increase at this time?

* The district is seeking a 20-cent school tax levy increase to meet the Federal Government's requirement for "reasonable" local support, which would allow us to keep $8.5 million in B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid.

* $8.5 million is about 12% of last year's budget for the district.

* The $8.5 million in B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid goes into the district's Fund 4, which is used for capital projects, including air conditioning, heating, maintenance, upkeep, construction and remodeling.

* Basic Impact Aid is provided to the district in lieu of taxes not paid by Federal facilities and is not affected by the local tax levy. However, to be eligible for B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid, local taxpayers must make a "reasonable" local tax effort. In this situation, a 20-cent increase would meet that "reasonable" local tax effort requirement.

2. If the tax levy passes, how will the revenue be used?

* If the 20-cent tax levy passes, the district will keep current aid, and will receive $600,000 in new revenue, which will go toward security and technology.

3. If the tax levy does not pass, what will happen?

* Without the B-2 Heavily Impacted Aid, the district will have higher pupil to teacher ratios and it will be necessary to eliminate some programs.

4. What is the district's current tax levy rate, and how does the current levy compare to other districts?

* Waynesville's tax levy is $2.75; the State of Missouri's average school tax levy is $4.08.

* Waynesville has the state's minimum tax levy ($2.75). Twenty-eight other school districts, out of more than 500 districts in Missouri, also have the minimum tax levy of $2.75. This rate is also the lowest school tax levy in Pulaski County and in the Ozarks Conference.

* Waynesville R-VI School District spends less per pupil than the state average.

* The Knob Noster School District, located by Whiteman Air Force Base, approved a 75-cent increase in the school tax levy for the purpose of retaining that district's B-2 Federal Heavily Impacted Aid.

5. How will this increase affect homeowners?

* A 20-cent increase would cost the owner of a $150,000 home $57 a year - less than $5 a month. Typically, real estate taxes are the single largest tax cost for property owners; however, personal property, which is assessed at one-third of its value, also would increase nominally, based on an individual's personal property. Patrons may contact the assessor's office to get the exact amount of their personal property increase.

* The Waynesville R-VI School District currently has no general obligation bonds, and therefore, property owners have no debt service costs in addition to the tax levy.

Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten Roundup will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 4, 5 and 6 at Waynesville Schools.

Students living off post should go to East Elementary or Freedom Elementary. Assignment to East or Freedom will be based on boundary lines. East Elementary School boundaries will include all of Waynesville city limits and the area above the St. Robert city limits, from Y Highway moving Westward (everything above Zeigenbein Circle and outside of the St. Robert city limits). Freedom Elementary School Boundaries will include all of St. Robert city limits, and the area from Y Highway moving Eastward (Zeigenbein Road and all adjoining roads that are in the city limits of St. Robert.) Map and list of street names.

Students living on post should go to Partridge, Thayer or Wood Elementary, based on where they reside. The street information is available here. It is also located on the district's website waynesville.k12.mo.us by clicking on Parents/Students and going to Enrollment Information & Forms and then clicking on the 2016-17 Enrollment Information form page 2.)

Parents should also bring their child's immunization record and birth certificate. It is not necessary for the child to be present at the time of enrollment.

According to Missouri law, a child is eligible for admission to kindergarten if the child reaches the age of five prior to the first day of August 2017 or if the child is a military dependent who has successfully completed a state-accredited pre-kindergarten program or has attended a state-accredited kindergarten program in another state.

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Employment Opportunities

Member Service Administrator

A member service administrator position is available at the ARK CSC. Our member service representative team has direct contact with the public on a daily basis. They must know about old and new memberships and be able to discuss memberships with customers. If a problem arises, they must be able to handle them in an efficient, friendly manner. It is important for a member service representative to have excellent customer service skills. They must be able to multitask and be very detail oriented. It is important to be able to work in a fast-paced environment and have superior problem solving skills.

Member service representatives need to have good computer skills. It is important to have knowledge of Microsoft Office software. This position Requires data entry, file information, and answer phones. So it is important they are well rounded and can adapt to any situation. The hours of a member service representative varies; they may be required to work during the day, in the evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. This is an hourly position that is part time (hours) depending on business needs.

Member Service Representative Tasks
* Handle all member problems and complaints with professionalism and courtesy.
* Listen, identify, and recommend products and services to help meet members' needs.
* Handle incoming phone calls from members and other departments to research errors and member issues.
* Correctly enter membership data and file paperwork correctly.
* Microsoft proficient and learn and use the shape net software system for our clientele.

Position Closes April 14, 2015!

USO Update

Volunteer Shifts Needing To Be Filled

Sunday, March 19th
3 pm - 6 pm 1 Volunteer

If you could assist with any of these shifts, please let us know by
calling 573-329-2039

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New Location for Ogle Chiropractic and Rehab Center

Ogle Chiropractic and Rehab Center, LLC will be in our new location starting on Monday March 13, 2017. Our new address will be 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite A, Waynesville MO 65583.

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Pulaski County NAACP monthly meeting location and the time change

Waynesville Medical Plaza, 1000 GW Lane, Conference Room, on the Second Monday of every month, from 7-8:30 p.m. Please feel free to contact Donnita Patterson-Brown at 573-842-8677 with any questions.

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Academic Scholarships

Are you College bound; Community-Minded?
The Belfour Beatty Communities Foundation Scholarship Program recognized those students and aspiring students looking to make a defference both in and out of the classroom. If you live at a Balfour Beatty Communities-owned and managed property and you are excelling academically while making your community a better place to live, we want to recognize your efforts and lend a hand with your college finances.

Who should apply?
Anyone residing at a balfour Beatty Communities-owned and managed property who plans to enroll in a n accredited educational/technical institution for the 2017/2018 term.

Application deadline is March 31st. Visit our website at BBCommunitiesFoundation.org.

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Certificate of Appreciation given to El Cabrito Mexican Restaurant's Rodolfo Lara

Red Hats Forever Queen, Corliss Rucker, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to El Cabrito Mexican Restaurant's Rodolfo Lara at monthly luncheon March 10.

Birthdays were celebrated with cupcakes and good cheer. The Queen sang for the group which was a special treat. The next Red Hats Forever luncheon will be held April 14th at the Hampton Inn in St. Robert, MO and sponsored by Infuze Credit Union.

For reservations please call Alice Bischoff, 573-528-0929, or email bobalpaul@yahoo.com.

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Pulaski County Route TT to Close

Culvert pipe replacement along Pulaski County Route TT will close the roadway for two days. Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will close Route TT between Route AW and Wildwood Road, southeast of Fort Leonard Wood between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21.

MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers during the work.
For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook for project updates.

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Member Events

Special Olympics of Missouri Opening Ceremony

At 7:00p.m. on Friday, March 17th at Davidson Fitness Center. Please RSVP by March 15th to Connie Porterfield at 563-8070 or connie.s.porterfield.civ@mail.mil

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Men's Summit 2017

March 24th and 25th - "No Man Left Behind" hosted by Bishop (Dr.) Willie Curry at Shekinah Tabernacle Ministries.

Guest Speaker Bishop James Bolden on March 24th at 7 p.m.; Lectures Saturday Morning at 9 a.m.

For more information contact Bishop Curry at 573-528-3391 or email bishopwjcurry@yahoo.com.

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Concord Tasting Event - St. James Winery Tasting Room - March 31st from 5-7pm

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Go Blue! BBQ Bash

Get your tickets now for the 2nd Annual Go Blue! BBQ Bash on March 31st at 5:30 p.m. or Register your team to compete in the BBQ Competition.

Tickets $20 in Advance and $25 at the door; advance tickets can be purchased from Kids' Harbor.

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Go Blue for CASA

Donate $5 to CASA of South Central Missouri for the children we serve and you can wear jeans or something casual to work on Friday, April 7, 2017. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
For more information call us at 573-202-8405 or email at casa25outco@gmail.com

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Community Yard Sale - Declutter for a Cause

April 8th 2017 between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Join us for a community yard sale! Lots will be available for rent at $20 for the day. Hot dogs and drinks all day for donations! All proceeds collected by Liberty Park will be donated to Waynesville's snack in a pack!!!

Liberty park apartments will be conducting tours of the complex all day! Come by and let us show you why we are the best apartment complex in St. Robert!

Please rsvp in advance, no later than March 25th to reserve your spot for the sale. For more information regarding liberty park apartments or the community yard sale event please contact us via email - info@libertyparkapartmentsflw.com or give us a call at (573)451-2550

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Grapes & Grain Fun Run

Saturday April 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Register online at split-secondtiming.com/events; registration Fee is $25.

Proceeds from this fun run will benefit the Friendship School Foundation, an organization dedicated to engaging and educating the Missouri craft beverage industry and local community on sustainability best practices.

Participants must be 21 to register. Registration fee will include a wine and beer sample at miles 1 and 2, one end of race participation glass, ticket for one glass of wine or beer, live music and snacks after race.

The Grapes & Grain Fun Run is an off road run/walk around the St. James Winery's vineyards. This event is a fun run and will not be chip timed. Start & finish will be located at: St. James Vineyard Cottage, 19506 Co Rd 1000, St. James, MO 65559.

Bring your picnic blankets or chairs and stay to enjoy live music and games at the St. James Vineyard Cottage. We will have picnic lunch supplies, wine and beer available for purchase. Live music is from 11-2pm.

Registration is $25 per person. To register, download and complete the form or register online.

EVENT SCHEDULE
9 - 10 a.m. | Participant sign-in
10 a.m. | Race starts
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Picnic food kits and beverages available for sale
11 a.m - 2 p.m. | Live music by Hey Dave

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Dee Shafer Memorial Dance

April 15th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the St. Robert Community Center, hosted by the Travelers Square Dance Club. The cost is $5 per person; Walt Burr will be the Caller. All proceeds will go to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. For more information contact Dave Shafer at 573-759-6874 or Marie Seman at 573-759-7035.

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Support the Troops Run

April 15th at the Ozark Harley Davidson in Lebanon, MO. Registration at 10 a.m., kick stands up at 1 p.m. For more information call Jason at 573-528-1423

The stops will be:
Start Lebanon Harley Davidson
VFW in Buckhorn
Veterans Cemetery in Waynesville
Bow & Barrel
End Devils Elbow

We will always accept gifts and donations.

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Opening Day at The Gardens

Saturday April 22nd - The Gardens at St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company - 11am to close https://www.stjameswinery.com/blog/opening-day-at-the-gardens/

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Beer, Pizza and a Movie in The Gardens

Thursday April 27th - Guardians of the Galaxy! - The Gardens at St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company - Movie starts at sunset

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Annual Community Yard Sale

Faith Lutheran Church, St. Robert, MO will be holding their Annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is May 6, 2017. Tables are $15.00, and vendors are welcome. For further information and registration, please contact Helen Livingston at 573-336-3525.

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Extremicon

The Retroplex is hosting Extremicon on June 17th and 18th, from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday includes a Karate Tournament with registration at 9 a.m.; tournament at 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Magic the Gathering tournament at 10:30 a.m.; and an Art Auction at 2 p.m.

Sunday includes Smashathon at 9 a.m. (donations for the Little Heroes Playground); a Car Show with registration at 9 a.m., show from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Karate Demonstration Tiger Extreme Force at 1:15 p.m.; Cosplay Contest 2 p.m.

Tickets available at extremicon.com. Contact spmn2008@extremicon.com

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"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
March 25, 2017
Gather at the Drive In - Taste of Pulaski County and Basket Auction
March 29, 2017
Ribbon Cutting for Alarmco
April 12, 2017
Chamber Luncheon
April 20, 2017
Tour of Fort Leonard Wood

*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
573-336-5121
fax: 573-336-5472
chamber@wsrchamber.com
www.waynesville-strobertchamber.com