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July 3, 2015

In observance of Independence Day the Chamber Office will be Closed on July 3, 2015

What the Chamber did this week for our members!

* The Chamber presented the county events at the Fort Leonard Wood Woodworks meeting this week. If you have an upcoming event, be sure to let us know so we can promote it to our membership and at this event each month.

* The Governmental & Military Affairs Committee met and wrapped up the Leadership Pulaski County planning sessions. They also had the pleasure of a special visit and update from State Representative Steve Lynch.

If you would like any information on any of the items listed and how it can affect your business please contact me.

Cecilia Murray, IOM
Executive Director

Chamber Luncheon - July 8th at 11:45 a.m. at Aussie Jacks. Our sponsor will be Splash Designs. Please contact the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 7th. There is limited seating, a waiting list will be started once the limit has been met.

Ribbon Cutting for Complete Collision Center - July 10th at 10 a.m. at 787 Highway Z in St. Robert.

Show Us How You Celebrate Your Community, Pulaski County!

The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce is holding another "Hometown" Challenge! We are asking the Community to make a poster board sign with a statement about how they celebrate living in Pulaski County. Take a picture of you, friends, family, or neighbors holding a sign with one of the Celebration Statements below or one of your own. After taking the picture, post it to our Facebook wall or email it to . Please make sure to add a caption of where you are in your hometown or how you are celebrating your hometown. The pictures will then be gathered in a collage/slideshow of photos. The video will be posted to YouTube, Facebook, Website, and to the Weekly Update. This is your chance to show everyone how you celebrate you hometown and what a great community that we work, play, and live in.

Deadline for Photos is July 15, 2015.

Use one of these Celebration Statements for the poster or come up with your own!

"This is how we spend our free time"
"This is how we celebrate our hometown"
"Celebrating our hometown"
"Having fun in our hometown"
"No better place to be"
"Brining excitement to our hometown"
"Cherishing our community"
"Embracing our hometown"
"Why we find enjoyment in our hometown"
"Come celebrate our hometown"
"Living the life"

Membership Social

The 2015 Membership Social will be July 30th at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn. Sponsoring this event is Citizens Mortgage Company with Market Basket providing the food. This annual membership social is a night of networking, fun and entertainment. The Bottle Auction will be held again this year, members are encouraged to donate wrapped bottles with unknown contents to be auctioned off. The money raised will help fund the Chamber's It's All Here shop local ad campaign including Shop Small Business Saturday. Donations are due by July 24th. The cost to attend the Social is $15.00 per person. Please call the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 no later than 9:00 a.m. July 20th to make your reservations.

Chamber for Good

The response from our non-profit members has been unbelievable! 20+ of our non-profits have created accounts on our Chamber for Good site. They have been busy posting needs, both items and volunteer opportunities, along with upcoming events. It's exciting to see so many opportunities to aid our local charities.

Now its time for us as a community to help them succeed in their mission to make Pulaski County a better place. Please visit and scroll all the way down to the bottom, you'll see this box.

Enter your email address, click "submit" and every Monday afternoon you'll receive an email with the latest needs posted from our Chamber for Good members. Spread the word to your family, friends, and co-workers what our charities need.

Have a group that wants to donate time but you don't see anything that fits?? Make an offer directly to all the charities. Have an overabundance of an item?? Make an offer directly to all the charities. Here's a short "how-to" video.

Chamber Now Accepting Veteran of the Year Award Nominations

The Waynesville - St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual Veterans' Day Ceremony & Parade. From now until August 28, 2015 the Chamber of Commerce will be accepting nominations from Chamber members. A one-page letter outlining the candidate's qualifications and experience will comprise the formal nomination form along with a brief bio summary of the nominee and a digital photo.

The Veteran of the Year Award is meant to recognize a veteran from any rank from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy with an honorable discharge. The individual must be a Pulaski County resident and has agreed to accept the award and be the Veterans' Day Ceremony & Parade Marshall on November 11, 2015.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office or can be downloaded here or by clicking on the image below. If you have any questions contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121, or e-mail

Operation Workforce Job Fair

Looking for Employees? Looking for a Job? Then plan to attend. The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce presents the 11th Annual Operation Workforce Job Fair. Operation Workforce is a workforce recruitment program promoting the connection between employees seeking part-time/full-time positions with employers providing those employment opportunities. Interviewing booths will be available for on-site employee/employer interviews.

This event will take place Thursday, August 27, 2015 at The ARK Community and Sports Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with set up from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

If you would like to have a booth print out the form and submit it to the Chamber office at 137 St. Robert Blvd. Ste. B, St. Robert, MO 65584 by August 20th. For more information, please contact the Chamber office at (573) 336-5121 or e-mail

Show-Me Heroes Chamber Challenge

The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber encourages all business members to take the pledge to actively recruit Veterans and Service Members for available positions.

Take the Show-Me Heroes pledge by clicking here and fill out your pledge form.

2015 - 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for information on 2015 - 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities. For more information on any Chamber event contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email

The Chamber is proud of what the local area has to offer and is constantly looking for new ways to share it with the community. Dollars spent local stay local which helps the community to continually grow and prosper.

Anyone with a Shop Local Key Tag can visit a participating business and receive a discount or take advantage of a special offer. For a list of participating businesses click here.

For more information about the Shop Local Key Tag Program visit

Shop Local Participant Form

1. The segment gives you the opportunity to publish 5 things about your company such as how long you have been in business, how many people you employ or ANY information that the readership likely didn't know.

2. Your "5 Things" will run for two consecutive weeks in the Chamber's Weekly Update. All requests to be featured in this segment are on a first come, first served basis.


4. This is a one-time use benefit.

5. If you would like for your company to be featured in an upcoming "5 Things" segment, submit the "5 Things" form along with a company logo in jpg format to or fax 573-336-5472.

Based on the clues below, guess what Chamber member business is being described. Click the link below to submit your guess. Any Chamber member guessing the correct business will be put in a drawing each month to receive a free luncheon. There is a new clue for a different Chamber member each week so you have multiple opportunities to be added into the drawing. Your correct answer must be submitted each Thursday by 3:00 p.m. to be entered into the drawing. The answer for the previous week will be posted with the new clue in each Friday's update.

This business in St. Robert joined the Chamber in 1998. This restaurant named after a well-known daddy's girl offers a variety of food at the right price.

Who is This Member?

Last Week's Answer: St. Robert Glass

Help Shape the Future of Route 66!

Route 66: The Road Ahead - Collaboration Workshop

As noted in a recent announcement, members of Route 66 associations, tourism officials, economic development professionals, business persons, preservationists, educators, government officials, and anyone else interested in reviving and renewing Historic Route 66 is invited to attend a series of Route 66 Collaboration Workshops scheduled to take place from Tuesday, July 21st through Wednesday, July 29th across the United States from Illinois to California.

Collaboration Workshop venue information (updates and more information are available at

Date: Wednesday, July 22
City: Springfield, MO
Time: 6:00-8:30 PM
Venue: Missouri State University, Duane G. Meyer Library, 1st floor. Address: 501 John Q. Hammons Pkwy

WCC Receives National Accreditation

The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) has granted accreditation to Waynesville Career Center. Announcement of the action was made by Mr. Al Salazar, Commission Chair, following the COE Commission Meeting of the Council on Occupational education on June 12, 2015.

The award of accreditation status is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the commission's standards of quality, but also the needs of the students, the community and employers.

The commission's evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the commission's member institutions from other states.

Waynesville Career Center began its self-study in July 2013 and underwent a team visit in March 2015. The visiting team chairperson was Arrita Summers.

The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Ga., offers quality assurance services to postsecondary technical education providers across the nation. Organized as a non-profit corporation, the mission of the council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education. Services offered include institutional accreditation (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), program quality reviews for states and technical education providers and informational services. Most of the council's work is carried out by qualified professional volunteers who are experts in technical education.

Institutional membership in the council is voluntary, but can be achieved only by becoming accredited. The council's current membership makes it unique. Members include postsecondary public technical institutes, specialized military and national defense schools, Job Corps Centers, private career schools, non-profit technical education providers, corporate and industry education units, and federal agency institutions. No other agency accredits and serves the diversity of organizations served by the council. There are more than 500 institutional members at the present time.

Rep. Steve Lynch's Capitol Report

Governor Nixon signed legislation this week that will establish the Office of Military Advocate. Located within the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission, the sole purpose of the office will be to remain a positive voice by advocating for the military in Missouri. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, I am proud to see our Governor support Missouri's military by sign-ing it into law.

This week has been a huge victory for both Missouri and our military. I am committed to making sure we continue to make the military in Missouri a top priority. The military continues to have a positive impact on our economy and by creating this office; we are letting our military know that they have our support now and in the future.

Appointed by the Governor, the Office of Military Advocate will be administered by a military advocate who will serve a term of six years. The Department of Economic Development will provide the administrative support and staff needed for the office.

In addition to HB 1070, I am pleased to report that this week, Governor Jay Nixon signed several other bills that will help or honor Missouri military veterans and those Missourians currently serving in the armed forces.

Below is a description of each of those signed bill:
Senate Bill 34 will help ensure military and certain overseas voters wanting to vote in Missouri elections are able to vote in state, as well as federal, elec-tions.

Senate Bill 116 will help provide continuity to school-age children of military members who are stationed outside Missouri by allowing those children to remain in the school district where they live with another family member, without having to pay non-resident tuition.

House Bill 179 will make it easier for veterans to obtain a veteran's designation on their driver's license or ID card by allowing them to use an alternative form of documentation, the DD Form 2, to prove their status as a veteran. Currently, veterans have to present another set of discharge documents, the DD Form 214, for that designation; this form can be more difficult to obtain than the DD Form 2.

In addition Gov. Nixon signed four bills that deal with honoring veterans and members of the military with the name designation of highways, bridges and interchanges. The bills are Senate Bill 156, Senate Bill 318, Senate Bill 474 and House Bill 522.

Earlier this year, Governor Nixon signed budget bills (House Bill 17, House Bill 18 and House Bill 19) that will help provide funding for capital improvement projects around the state, including more than $33 million for repair and renovation projects at Missouri's seven veterans' homes.

I am proud to work with my colleagues in the Missouri legislature and the Governor to ensure our veterans and active military personnel are well taken care of. These fine men and women certainly deserve our respect and admiration, and we must continue to recognize their contributions to ensuring we are a nation of great freedom and opportunity. May God bless each of them!


USO Update

The USO will be CLOSED on July 4th to support the festivities on Fort Leonard Wood!

Volunteer Shifts Needing To Be Filled

Sunday, July 5th 12 pm -3 pm 1 Volunteer; 3 pm - 6 pm 3 Volunteers

Memorial Quilt on Display

We are honored to have a memorial quilt on display at the FLW USO! This quilt was made my Waynesville Middle School students to honor our fallen service members. Please stop in and check it our and don't forget to sign the guest book!


Missouri Business Conference

Chamber members are invited to attend the annual Missouri Business Conference hosted by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. This conference will take place on Wednesday, September 23rd from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the University of Central Missouri campus in Elliott Union 240. This conference serves as an opportunity for small business owners and enterpreneurs to network with each other, learn more about how to grow their businesses, and find out about business services available to aid in their day-to-day functions.

For more information regarding the event, please visit or contact Austin Kramer at or 573-442-9311.


Scholastic Book Fair

Book Fair at the Waynesville Library from July 2nd - July 10th.


Tax Holiday at Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center

The owners have done it again...when you purchase a firearm from them one owner will pay the sales tax for you and the other will give you a free one month membership. Hurry in this offer lasts through July 4th. Offer excludes consignment, Blue Label, LE, and sale items.


LORA Road - Passable with Caution

Access Road (McCubbins Dr) to LORA is passable with CAUTION!

Please be aware of your surroundings during inclement weather!

Thank you and Be Safe!


Grand Opening

Complete Collision Center is celebrating their Grand Opening on July 10th. Food will be served from 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to come enjoy food and drinks and tour our new repair facility at Complete Collision Center. We are located at 787 Highway Z, St. Robert, MO next to Area 151. We hope to see you there!

Enter our drawing to win:
-50 inch HDTV
-Cleaning and X-rays at St Robert Family Dental
-iPod Nano
-A detail on your car
-Gift certificates
-Gift cards

Drawing will be held at 2:00. Person does not need to be present to win.


"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
July 3, 2015
Chamber Office Closed
July 8, 2015
11:45 a.m. Chamber Luncheon
July 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for Complete Collision Center
10:30 a.m. Grand Opening for Complete Collision Center
July 15, 2015
12:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting for EXIT All American Realty

Click here to view event details!

**If you have any information for our community calendar please email

"Work for a cause, NOT for applause. Live life to express, NOT to impress. Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt." ~Unknown

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