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January 12, 2018

Defenders Gateway
David Luna & Carol Watanabe
P.O Box 7454
Town and Country, MO 63006
(314) 440-2728

Jeannie King
25800 Hwy H
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 855-0122

Chamber Office Closed - January 15th in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Let's Put Our Cities on the Map Google Workshop

Put your business on the map with help from the Chamber in partnership with Google. This workshop is an opportunity for all Chamber Members to learn how to insure that their business can be found on Google with accurate and up to date information. Did I mention it is FREE?!

The Google Workshop will be held at the Chamber of Commerce in the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Meeting Room January 29, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Member only workshop; Space is limited; Register online by 5 p.m. on January 24th.

A Chamber representative will stay later for any further questions.

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.

Contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or for more information.

Community Leadership Awards Banquet

The Waynesville - St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual Community Leadership Awards Banquet. This memorable event will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at The ARK Community Center with social hour beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. This event is held to commemorate the hard work and dedication to community exhibited by our area leaders, non-profit organizations and civic groups, as well as announces the Citizen of the Year.

Tickets for the Awards Banquet are now available at the Chamber Office. You must have a ticket to attend this event. Tickets will not be available at the door. Deadline to purchase tickets is February 1st. Tickets are $20.00 per person. For more information please contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or e-mail

Quarterly + 1 Chamber Luncheon

February 14th at 11:30 a.m. at The Greater Community Fellowship Hall (located 1.9 miles down N. Hwy Y on the right side). Our sponsor will be the Waynesville Medical Plaza. There are no seating limits for the Quarterly +1 Luncheons so it is a great opportunity to get involved and updated on the community and network with fellow Chamber members. Guests of Chamber members must also have an RSVP to attend. All regular Chamber luncheon policies apply. Please contact the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 13th. 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.

2018 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 Daily Guide - January 17th at 11 a.m. in their new location at 115 N. Benton #2, Roubidoux Plaza in Downtown Waynesville.

Ribbon Cutting for MOSOT - Small Business & Technology Development Center - February 8th at 11 a.m. at 201 North St. in Waynesville.

The December Newcomer Spotlight Business is:

Park University offers degrees in Management, to include Geography and Construction. Courses are face to face, blended and online. We are committed to your success!


El Jimador

El Jimador has been serving authentic Mexican food since March 2002, they have daily lunch and dinner specials. Happy Hour is from 6-9 Monday - Wednesday. Dine in & carry-out orders are available. El Jimador also caters! Call today to place your order or make a reservation (573) 336-7555. Follow them on Facebook.

Being a member of the Chamber provides our business with visibility through shop local programs and a connection to the community.

Edward Jones

Edward Jones serves communities across the country. We opened my office in Waynesville MO in April of 2008. I work with families who have various financial goals, mainly focusing on how to be able to retire and leave a legacy. In doing so I use an established process to build a personalized strategy for you and your family. It is extremely important to me to understand what is important to you and your family. We partner with you and your family over time, revisiting your risk level as well as the strategies we've developed to keep you on track toward your goals.

Being a member of the Waynesville-St Robert Chamber is very important to me. There are the obvious networking benefits. BUT, more importantly, is the opportunity to learn of the opportunities to give back to our community.

Time capsule opening solves mystery

The proverbial "needle in a haystack" time capsule was opened at Waynesville High School before a standing room only crowd on Wednesday, solving the mystery surrounding the copper box that was found in a 1951 stone in debris at the old Waynesville Middle School demolition site.

Many of the contents were from 1953, rather than 1951. It is believed that while construction on the then Central Elementary School started in 1951, the building was not completed and occupied until the 1952-53 school year, based on information in "History of Waynesville School," published in 1981. At the time, Central Elementary contained six elementary classrooms, a multipurpose room and the superintendent's and assistant superintendent's offices.

Newspapers from 1953, basketball programs, letters, an enrollment form and other items were pulled from the capsule, but the one that provided the clue was a letter from the Waynesville Re-Organized Schools dated March 4, 1953. It opened with this statement: "This school building was built by a grant of $154,000.00 by the Federal Security Agency with $50,000.00 State Funds and $20,000.00 District Funds."

Kindergarten enrollment at the time was 123 students; enrollment at the high school was 202 students and in all other grades was 1,052 for a total enrollment of 1,377. Today's enrollment is 5,800.

The contents of the time capsule will be scanned and placed online next week for viewing. The school district will work with the Pulaski County Historical Society to preserve the items for future generations.

FCCLA looking for Voluteers

FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) at the Waynesville High School is looking for at least 3 volunteers to be judges for their competitive events.

On Wednesday, January 24th; this will be a full day event that will take place from 7:30-4:00 (tentative). This FCCLA trip are STAR Events competition and regional officer election in Bourbon, Missouri. Regional advisers have asked each school to bring 3 volunteers to serve as judges for the competitive events. Judges will be assigned to specific events related to Family and Consumer Sciences such as child development, nutrition, interior design and chapter service projects, to name a few.

If you are available to help, please contact Mrs. Amy Johnson at the WHS:
or call after school 842-2400 ext 3106.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is offering a new health program that offers potential savings to businesses with 50 or fewer eligible employees.

Many small businesses continue to search for affordable health coverage options. This new program is called the Missouri Chamber Federation Benefit Plan. It uses an innovative structure that enables smaller employers to join together to share in the overall claims risk. This creates a larger self-funded pool providing greater stability and financial protection backed by Anthem's stop loss coverage. This is called a multiple employer welfare arrangement, or MEWA.

Businesses who have 50 or fewer eligible employees are encouraged to look into this new health coverage option. It is possible that many employers in the business community could find a cost savings by participating in the Missouri Chamber Federation Benefit Plan.

The first step to take is to visit to learn more and follow the link to get a quick rate estimate. The website also includes a list of participating brokers your company can contact to begin the process of joining this new health care coverage option.

Please take the time to learn more about the Missouri Chamber Federation Benefit Plan. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Long at the Missouri Chamber at or 573-634-3511.


USO Update

Friday, January 12th
3 pm - 6 pm 1 Volunteer

Saturday, January 13th
3 pm - 7 pm 2 Volunteers

Sunday, January 14th
10 am - 12 pm 1 Volunteer
12 pm - 3 pm 6 Volunteers
3 pm - 6 pm 6 Volunteers

Please notify Kelly by calling 573-329-2039 or email


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


Sew Native Classes 2018

Come and let Missouri Master Naturalists teach you all about
Symbols of Missouri in the Natural World. At the completion of each class you will be presented with a unique quilt block pattern inspired by Symbols of Missouri in the Natural World.

Free Classes will be held at the Pulaski County Extension, 201 North St., Waynesville from 10:30am to 12:00pm, the second Tuesday of the month. Reservations are required, space is limited.
Call (573) 774-6177


Mercy Life Line Membership

Live or Work in Pulaski County? Get $5 off One-Year Membership!

With a Mercy Life Line Membership you can be assured that if you need our service, we will accept your insurance payment as payment in full. You are completely protected from the cost of medically necessary air ambulance services provided by Mercy Life Line not covered by your insurance plan.

Mercy Life Line Air Medical Services works directly with your insurance company. Participants must have active medical insurance coverage to enroll in a Mercy Life Line Membership.

Emergency air transportation service is based on need, not membership.

Membership covers all members of your household living with you.

Enrollment is easy! Call us to assist at 844-637-2928 and reference Promo Code PC1 or visit to apply online and enter your Promo Code when prompted.


Membership Discount for Chamber Members

3 Bars is offering 20% off membership to Chamber Members; their employees, and immediate family; must provide proof of Chamber membership, employment with a chamber member or an immediate family member. No contracts or cancellation fees.

Two membership options are the 24 Hour Gym Access which allows you to workout whenever you would like. You are free to use whatever equipment that is available in the facility, from functional fitness, strongman/woman, to free weights. A $20 Value for $16 per Month. And the CrossFit Polymath which is an unlimited CrossFit coached training class. Train with the best coaches in the area to improve your performance on an unlimited basis. This option also comes with an open gym membership. You simply cannot beat this deal. Come train with us and Prepare to Rise! An $80 Value for $64 per Month. Go to for more membership options.

Contact Dain, Molly, or Stephanie at or call 573-451-2420 or visit for information.


Grand Opening for New Business Resource in Waynesville

Area businesses now have a Waynesville location to obtain business counseling services through the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

All are invited to attend an open house and ribbon cutting on February 8 from 10:00 a.m. - noon at the Pulaski County Extension Center located at 201 North St. in Waynesville, Mo. The ribbon cutting will be at 11:00 a.m.

"We understand that it can be tough for business owners to be away from their place of business. Having a Waynesville office location means it will be much easier for them to access local business support services," says Keith Strassner, director of Missouri S&T's TTED and the SBTDC service location that it operates. "We are excited about this partnership opportunity with the University of Missouri Extension, and will be sharing their office space near downtown Waynesville."

A business counselor will be available for on-site appointments on Thursdays beginning this month. To schedule an appointment, contact Travin Shelton, email or call 573-341-6272.

Missouri S&T's SBTDC provides business counseling and assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in the areas of management, new business creation, business planning, business acquisition, business sales, marketing, financial analysis, human resources, operations management, succession planning and technology commercialization. Most services are provided at no cost.

Missouri S&T's SBTDC is a University of Missouri Extension partner and part of the Missouri SBTDC statewide network, which is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information about workshops, resources and programs offered by Missouri S&T's SBTDC, visit


Soil Test Price Increase

Effective January 1, 2018 the cost of our regular soil test will increase from $15.00 to $20.00 per sample. The cost of other individual tests will remain the same. The MU Extension Soil Testing lab tries hard to keep prices low, but the rising cost of reagents, chemicals, equipment, and labor forces us to raise the testing fee.

Our mission is to provide quality data backed up with unbiased recommendations. We provide quick turnaround time on the samples; once the University of Missouri lab receives your samples most are processed within two working days. Please visit the MU website at for additional information.

We sincerely appreciate your business and continuous support for the MU Soil and Plant Testing Laboratories. We look forward to meeting your analytical needs. If you have questions, please call the MU Extension in Pulaski County office at 573-774-6177.


Warm up with us

The cold winter weather has rolled into the Meramec Highlands, and we have a great way to keep things cozy. Thaw out with Public House Brewing Company by joining us for our Warm Up Winterfest event Saturday, January 27 at the Public House Brewing Company St. James Taproom and the St. James Winery Tasting Room from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

"At Warm Up Winterfest we will have a coat drive for those in need, wood-fired food specials, kid-friendly activities and live music all day," said Gina Maben, events manager. "We hope everyone will fill our facilities with warmth and laughter, stay for a while to taste and talk, and bring a coat, jacket, hat, or pair of gloves to help keep everyone in the community warm this winter!"

The Public House Brewing Company St. James Taproom and St. James Winery Tasting Room are located on the same campus, right off Route 44 (551 State Route B St. James, MO 65559).

Free activities
Family-friendly activities
*All day | Coat drive
*11 a.m. - 3 p.m.| Winter crafts for kids
*7 p.m. | Trivia

Live Music
*11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Two Far Gone
*3 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Mark Moebeck

Winery and brewery experiences
*2 p.m. and 4 p.m.| Winery and Brewery Tours
*5:30 p.m.| Blind Tasting Contest | $5 per person

Food specials
*Wood-fired foods

About Public House Brewing Company
In 2010, Public House Brewing Company opened with a 3.5-barrel system in Rolla, Mo. as the city's first brewpub. The Rolla R&D Brewery continually releases new and exciting draft beers. In 2014, the brewery opened a second location in St. James, Mo. with a 20-barrel system, a bottling line and a scratch kitchen. For more information, visit or connect with us on Facebook (St. James or Rolla), Twitter or Instagram.


Member Events

Mercy Lebanon Auxiliary to host Lionne Designs Jewelry Sale

January 16th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Lionne Designs Jewelry Sale at Mercy Hospital - Lebanon in our conference rooms. A portion of proceeds benefit the Mercy Lebanon Auxiliary and Mercy Health Foundation. Great opportunity to shop for a Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart of maybe a special treat just for yourself! We thank you for your generous support!


Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers who wish to obtain or renew a private pesticide applicator license are encouraged to attend an upcoming training session. The training session for Pulaski County will be held on February 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Pulaski County Extension Center in Waynesville, MO at 201 North Street.

In late 2006, the Missouri legislature authorized the recovery of costs for an educational training reference manual associated with certification or recertification. Each person participating in the training is required to purchase or bring a copy of the Private Pesticide Applicator Manual. Participants from the same farm may share a manual. There is a charge of $12 to cover the cost of the manual and you may purchase it at the University of Missouri Pulaski County Extension Center at 201 North Street in Waynesville, MO, or at the training. Cash or checks will be accepted. If you choose to purchase at the training you are encouraged to arrive 20-30 minutes early so that the transaction can be accomplished before training begins.

To prepare seating and materials for the trainings, please register by calling the University of Missouri Extension Center in Waynesville or if you are unable to attend this training session, please contact the Pulaski County Extension Center for a list of training sessions in neighboring counties at 573-774-6177.

Private pesticide applicator licenses are required for farmers to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides. Training to obtain a license is through University of Missouri Extension and covers pesticide safety, laws and labeling. The training is the same whether a person is applying for a new license or renewing their current license. The Missouri Department of Agriculture issues the licenses. To obtain a license a person must be at least 18 years of age and a producer of agricultural commodities. The license will be good for five years.

If you have questions, please call the University of Missouri Pulaski County Extension Center at (573) 774-6177. University of Missouri Extension programs are open to all.

"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

January 15, 2018
Chamber Office Closed
January 17, 2018
Ribbon Cutting for Daily Guide
January 20, 2018
Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off
February 8, 2018
Ribbon Cutting for MOSOT - Small Business & Technology Development Center
February 9, 2018
Community Leadership Awards Banquet
February 14, 2018
Quarterly + 1 Chamber Luncheon

*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