View this page in a browser

April 21, 2017

Leadership Pulaski County - Now Accepting Applications!

Leadership Pulaski County is a community based leadership program designed to identify, educate, and develop leaders. The goal of Leadership Pulaski County is to identify community leaders, expand the leadership potential of participants by increasing their knowledge of Pulaski County, as well as connect current and potential leaders by improving communication. Sessions will introduce participants to the different aspects of leadership within Pulaski County as well as develop an awareness of the importance of leadership to the community's growth and development. Participants will be provided the opportunity to network with individuals that represent many different aspects of the community including business, government, military, and volunteer organizations. Leadership Pulaski County is designed to develop, inspire, and motivate the leaders of Pulaski County.

Leadership Pulaski County program participants are selected from applications submitted to the selection committee based on merits through a highly competitive admissions process. Participants are expected to have established careers, demonstrate talent and leadership qualities, and participate in community activities. All participants must also demonstrate a personal commitment to serving the community, show potential for a significant role in the community in the future, and a willingness to commit the time and energy necessary to complete the program. The sponsoring organization or business must also fully support participation in Leadership Pulaski County.

Individuals from all aspects of Pulaski County are eligible to apply. The number of participants for each class is limited. All applications must be postmarked by May 5, 2017 to be considered for the 2017-2018 class.

For more information and application visit the Leadership Pulaski County web site at or come by the Chamber office at 137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B. in St. Robert. Click here for video.

Chamber Quarterly + 1 Luncheon

May 10th at 11:30 a.m. at The ARK Community and Sports Center, located at 25625 Hwy 17 in Waynesville and catered by Sweetwater BBQ. Our sponsor will be the Mercy Clinic - St. Robert. Members are encouraged to bring a guest. RSVPs are required, please contact the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 9th. 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.

ChamberMaster and MyChamberApp Workshop

Join us for a free seminar on how to use ChamberMaster and MyChamberApp to enhance your membership benefits. These resources are a good business tool to enhance networking and visibility. May 30th from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Chamber office. Space is limited, call 573-336-5121 or email to reserve your spot today.

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 Schoo Properties (Blue Heron) - April 28th at 11 am at 19851 Sackett Ln., Unit A in Waynesville.

Ribbon Cutting for Re-Grand Opening of Factory Connection #232 - May 4th at 10 am at 332 Marshall Dr., Ste. D in St. Robert.

Ribbon Cutting for Pulaski County COAD - May 9th at Noon at 201 North St. in Waynesville.

Ribbon Cutting for Team Ellis - RE/MAX Professional Realty - May 12th at 1 p.m. at 320 Ichord Ave., Ste. X in Waynesville.

The April Newcomer Spotlight Business is:

Like most people, you're hopefully on the lookout for a local expert who appreciates technology, yet still values the personal touch, so look no further.


Employment Opportunities

Bartender & Server Postions

Hoppers Pub in downtown Waynesville is hiring bartenders and servers; must be 21 or older and have weekend and evening availablity.

Apply in person at 318 Historic 66 E or call 573-855-0421 for more information.

Bookkeeper/Office Manager Needed

David M. Lowe, Attorney at Law office is looking for an experienced Bookkeeper/Office Manager for a busy law office. Must have working knowledge of Quickbooks and accounting software. Benefits package available after waiting period. Email resume to or fax to 573-774-6164.

Scheduled closure of Fort Leonard Wood's West Gate

Waggner Gate, also known as West Gate, on Polla Road is scheduled to be closed from 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, until 6 a.m. Sunday, May 7, for vehicle barrier maintenance.

Save the date! Earth Day Fair and Celebration

May 5
The Public Affairs Office in conjunction with the Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division will host the 2017 Fort Leonard Wood Earth Day Fair and Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 in Nutter Field House. This year's theme is "Environmental Education and Advocacy: A Hope for the Future." Free electronic recycling of household items, such as old computers, printers, televisions, cell phones, microwaves and household batteries, will also be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nutter Field House Parking Lot SW Corner. For more information, call Ryan Thompson at 573-563-4145.

Update on Missouri Real ID compliance

The Missouri House voted 99-40 to allow the state to issue Real ID compliant licenses. The bill now moves on to the state Senate.

Army Reserves 109th birthday is April 23

The Army will highlight the Reserves during the week of April 17 through April 23 with articles, videos, graphics and photos telling the story of today's Army Reserve Soldiers. The Army Reserve was founded April 23, 1908, when Congress authorized the Army to establish a Medical Reserve Corps, the official predecessor of the Army Reserve. Over the years, Reserve Soldiers have participated in every major military campaign to include: World War I, World War II, Korean War, Cold War, Desert Shield/Desert Storm and the Global War on Terrorism. Today, approximately 200,000 Army Reserve Soldiers serve around the globe.

Purple Up! In honor of Military Kids
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Each year the Department of Defense Military Community designates a day to "Purple Up!" in honor of our military kids. This year, everyone is invited to wear something purple on April 21 to show our support, appreciation and admiration to our military kids. It's such a simple way to show our kids we care. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military - Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.

For more information visit:
Share a photo and caption of your local celebrations on the DoDEA Facebook page at

58th Trans Truck Rodeo

The 58th Transportation Battalion plans to host its annual truck rodeo at Training Area 228 Friday, April 21, provided the weather cooperates. Motor transport operators will maneuver 5- to 10-ton vehicles through tight spaces and orange traffic cones, for bragging rights, esprit de corps and to stay current in their skills.

Deadline to Register for Law Enforcement Torch Run
The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefitting Special Olympics Missouri, is scheduled for May 24 beginning in Rolla and St. Robert and ending on Fort Leonard Wood. For more information contact Sgt. 1st Class Runner at 573-596-6969 or visit The registration deadline to participate is April 21.

Engineer Week

The U.S. Army Engineer Regimental week is planned for April 24-28 on post. This year's theme is "The Engineer Regiment 2017: Ready Today, Capabilities Tomorrow."

Events are slated to include the following:
* Spouse event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at multiple venues
* Army Engineer Association Industry Exhibit, April 25 and April 26 at Nutter Field House
* Best Sapper Competition Finish 6:45 a.m. April 27 on Gammon Field
* Best Sapper Competition Award Ceremony noon April 27 at Sapper Grove
* Commandant's Address 10:30 a.m. April 27 in Lincoln Hall Auditorium
* Fallen Sapper Wreath Laying, 6 p.m. April 27 at Sapper Grove
* Regimental Run 5:30 - 6:30 a.m. April 28 on Gammon Field
* Guest Speaker, 1 p.m. April 28 Lincoln Hall Auditorium
* Counter Explosives Hazards Center 10 Year Anniversary Ceremony 2 p.m. April 28 at Lincoln Hall Auditorium
* Chief of Engineers Address 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. April 28 at Lincoln Hall Auditorium
* Regimental Ball and Awards Ceremony 6 p.m. April 28 at Nutter Field House.

For more information visit the Engineer Regiment website

When power goes off, Army Linemen are on

U.S. Army Soldiers fill many roles in service to the nation in a variety of career fields. There is one group of Army specialists who dangle from dozens of feet off the ground, restore power during severe storms and handle wires that carry thousands of volts of electricity. Read more.

Engineer Regimental Week

Time for honor, celebrations. Sappers, mappers, builders, divers and firefighters from around the Engineer Regiment will come together April 24 through 28 on Fort Leonard Wood for Engineer Regimental Week 2017. Read more.

WHS students present Internship Information to Chamber

Five WHS seniors served as the keynote speakers at the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday, showcasing their work as interns for this academic year at the Chamber.

The Waynesville High School students - Ashley Bartlett, Sierra Hart, Lindzie King, Tori Macon and Ashton Pilz - created videos, designed logos, updated the demographic profile for the county and developed marketing materials during their internship. The five interns are among the first to have participated in a pilot program that places high school students in internships with local businesses and the Chamber. Their instructor is Amy Ransdall-Breeden.

Apprehensive at first about having a group of teenagers working at the Chamber's office every day, Cecilia Murray, executive director, now touts the program as one of the best partnerships ever.

"They bring new ideas to the table and help keep me young," Murray said. The students quickly took ownership of the program and created both a name for their group - Interns for Career Enrichment - and their own logo.

"We are committed to giving our students real-world opportunities that help prepare them to be college and career ready, but it takes innovative, forward-thinking individuals to participate in a pilot like this and I want to thank the Chamber and Fort Leonard Wood and FLW MWR for being leaders in this program," said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. "Our community partnerships are so important to our students."

Given this year's success, next year's students will have an opportunity to work on projects for Chamber businesses; in addition, internship offerings will expand into Fort Leonard Wood's General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.

Click here for more news

Message from your State Representative

This week, the Missouri House approved legislation that contains several important tools to help better prepare Missouri’s workforce for high-paying jobs.

The first component of the bill is meant to provide a boost to the state’s small businesses, including many in rural areas. The provision would expand the Missouri Works program so that more of the state’s small businesses would be eligible for workforce training benefits.

In many areas of the state there are small businesses that do not qualify to obtain the benefits provided through Missouri Works, which is the state’s number one incentive tool for business expansion and retention. These businesses fall short of the program’s qualification criteria such as number of workers employed, or health insurance benefits provided. The bill would allow these businesses to pool together with businesses that do meet all of the program’s criteria in order to receive benefits. Specifically, the bill would allow a group of businesses to qualify as long as the majority of them meet the program’s criteria.

The second component of the bill is meant to give students a more direct path to the workforce. The bill approved would provide students with the option to obtain ACT National Career Readiness Certification. The certification is meant to demonstrate the individual has essential, verifiable workplace skills. By making the National Career Readiness Certification an option, legislators hope to give Missourians the ability to document their essential job skills, while also giving employers a helping hand in identifying capable workers.

The third and final component of the bill would allow a teacher to count hours spent in a local business externship as classroom hours of professional development. Supporters say this change would encourage teachers to engage in learning experiences with businesses in the community and bring real world skills back into the classroom. The change is meant to improve the link between schools and industry.


Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Route T/Route 17 Project

A ribbon cutting ceremony has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24 to celebrate the project that built a roundabout at Missouri Route 17 and Pulaski County Route T in Waynesville. The project also widened Route 17 in Waynesville from Route H to Route T.

The ceremony will be held rain or shine in the parking lot of First Freewill Baptist Church located at 2001 Route 66 (Route 17) in Waynesville. The public is invited to attend.

The project, which was paid for through a cost-share agreement between Missouri Department of Transportation and the City of Waynesville, will improve safety and traffic flow in the city.
N.B. West Contracting Company of St. Louis was the contractor on the project.

For more information about the ribbon cutting or for additional information about this project, please visit


USO Update

Volunteer Shifts Needing To Be Filled

Saturday, April 22nd
3 pm - 7 pm 2 Volunteers

Sunday, April 23rd
12 pm - 3 pm 2

Also looking for a volunteer to pick up and drop off our Panera Bread donation. Pick up will be around 10 pm on Friday Nights at Panera Bread in St. Robert. Drop off will be the FLW USO on Saturday mornings between 10 am - 11 am. If you are interested, please let us know!

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


WSR Youth Sports Registration

The Registration for WSR Youth Sports Baseball, Softball and T-Ball opens at 9 a.m. April 10th and closes May 5th at 3 p.m. Registration forms can be obtained at the Waynesville and St. Robert Municipal Centers, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Registration forms can only be processed at the Waynesville Municipal Center located at 100 Tremont Dr. For more information call Andy Cochran at 573-433-2718 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Fees are $35 for the first child and $33 for all additional children. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 4 to 15.


Severe Weather Expo, Vendors wanted

The Missouri Ozarks Community Action Inc. is looking to reschedule the 2nd Annual Severe Weather Expo on June 21st, 2017 from 10 am - 2 pm at the Ark

If you would like to be a vendor please contact Tony Shaw ASAP so they may move forward in the promoting of the event; if they do not have enough vendors they can not move forward.

Phone: (573)765-3183 Ext. 131


Work to Begin on Route 7 Bridge in Pulaski County

Replacement of the deck on the Missouri Route 7 bridge over the Gasconade River in Pulaski County is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 24. The bridge and road will be closed until late July. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area. Detour routes around the work area include Interstate 44 and Route 133.

MoDOT appreciates the patience of motorists while the work takes place.

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook for project updates.


The AAMVC is on Facebook

Please like AAMVC (the Veterans Cemetery Association) on Facebook for information about the May 9th 24-hour online fundraiser. It's a unique way to contribute to supporting veterans and their families.


Getting Healthy Through Gardening

Interested in vegetable gardening? Come to Getting Healthy Through Gardening Waynesville Senior Center Tuesdays at 10:00 AM May 9 to June 27 Ready to sign up? Need more information? Call University Extension 573-774-6177


Member Events

Giant Yard Sale

Giant Spring Yard Sale at Old Towne Antiques at Doolittle exit 179. Friday - Saturday April 21st and 22nd from 7 am - 2 pm. Of course, we have 7 buildings full of stuff inside. Our vendors and the owner are bringing new (old) stuff to sell (20 vendors signed up to be outside). They will be there to make deals, too! So, join us to celebrate earth day by helping to find new homes for these items. Note: Old Towne Antiques was just names the Best of the Best in Rural Missouri for Flea Markets! Old Towne Antiques, 401 Schofer Street, Rolla/Doolittle is open 9am - 6pm inside, 7 days per week. 573-762-2097. NOTE: Old Man BBQ will be grilling on the patio, too!


Walk Together to Beat Cancer

You are invited to the 2017 Relay for Life of Pulaski County Kickoff. Help us celebrate the 19th annual Community Event on April 26th at the Hampton Inn at 6 p.m.

Learn more about the american Cancer Society and the Relay for Life event at or contact Goldie Spahn at 573-433-0076.


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


Pulaski County Friends of Scouting Luncheon

April 28th at 11:30 a.m. at the Hampton Inn in St. Robert. Funds generated help support the Scouting program in all of Waynesville, St. Robert, Fort Leonard Wood, and the surrounding communites.

RSVP for this evetn is appreciated by April 25th to 573-202-4010.


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.


Fun Walk or Run to End Cancer

April 29th, join in on the 2nd annual 5K Fun Walk/Run to end Cancer. The event will be held at JP's Hair Supply located at 743 Missouri Ave., in St. Robert. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

Pre-register by April 25th for $20.00 you are guaranteed an event shirt, youth ages 12-17 is $12.00; Day of for adults is $25, youth is $15. Ages 11 and under are free to participate. You may purchase shirts.

For more information contact JPs Hair Supply at 573-336-2501.

The proceeds go towards purchases wigs for cancer patients and cancer centers in our local community.


Healthy Kids Day

April 29th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Fort Leonard Wood USO. Everyone is welcom to enjoy the fun. Field family games, youth activities, refreshments provided by the USO of Missouri and much more. Learn more about the event by contacting 573-329-4513 or email:


Women of Significance Brunch

Women of Significance Brunch; A Benefit for Genesis: A Place of New Beginnings Saturday, April 29, 2017 Brunch will begin at 11:00 a.m. Doors will open for art display at 10:30 a.m. at Westside Baptist Church located at 801 Historic 66 in West Waynesville. Tickets are $20 and advance purchase is required.

Tickets available March 6, 2017 at the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks Thrift Store located at 1809 West Historic Route 66 in Waynesville or online at For more information, call 573-774-4040


Mental Health First Aid - Join the movement

A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. Learn an action plan to help.

Plan to attend this training on Wednesday, May 3rd from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Waynesville Medical Plaza, 1000 GW Lane in Waynesville. Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need. The cost is $45.00. Contact Good Samaritan of the Ozarks at 573-774-4040.


Pulaski County Extension Open House

May 9th 10 AM– 2 PM 201 North St. in Waynesville 573-774-6177

Join us for our ribbon cutting, to include Grilled hotdogs & chips, meet the staff with their current & future programming and tour our new facility. Don’t forget to Bring in your soil samples for your annual soil test. Soil tests for $15


On Course for a Cause

May 18th at the Piney Valley Golf Course. Tee off with the Armed Services YMCA at our ON COURSE FOR A CAUSE Golf Outing at Piney Valley Golf Course. This event will be a four man scramble that will also feature opportunity to tee it up with some special celebrity friends of the ASYMCA. Come out and enjoy a great day of golf and support the Cause of the ASYMCA and help fund life-changing programs that allow kids here in FLW area to learn, grow and thrive.

Come golf with celebrity friends, Andy McCollom, Matt Gifford, and Scott Bailes. The cost is $65 per person or $240 per Foursome. Contact the ASYMCA at 573-329-4513 or visit our web site:


Little Italy of the Ozarks Festival

Friday May 19th & Saturday May 20th - St. James Winery & Public House Brewing Company's The Gardens - Little Italy of the Ozarks Festival



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 Contact


Relay for Life

August 19th at the Richland Shady Dell Park from 12 10 p.m. To register a fundraising team or as a Cancer Survivor or Caregiver visit


"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
April 28, 2017
Ribbon Cutting for Schoo Properties (Blue Heron)
May 4, 2017
Ribbon Cutting for Re-Grand Opening of Factory Connection #23
May 5, 2017
LPC Application Deadline
May 9, 2017
Ribbon Cutting for Pulaski County COAD
May 10, 2017
Quarterly +1 Luncheon
May 12, 2017
Ribbon Cutting for Team Ellis - RE/MAX Professional Realty
May 30, 2017
ChamberMaster & MyChamberApp Workshop

*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