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January 20, 2017

2017 Chamber Events

See the What, When, and Where of the 2017 events. Click here for the list of events and seminars.

Request for Door Prize Items to be given at Command Orientation

The Chamber is represented every Thursday at Fort Leonard Wood's Command Orientation and gives welcome bags to all new incoming families. Organizations that participate give a door prize in the form of a gift certificate or goodie bag. We are requesting some gift certificates or promotional items that could be used to donate as the door prize. Please bring by your donation to the Chamber during business hours. We thank you for your continued support.

Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off is Tomorrow

The Waynesville-St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce 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. 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.

The Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off is sure to offer some great food so come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun and excitement by Tony Ray, where the only chill you'll feel is a spicy one!

The Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off is sponsored by:
Spicy: City of St. Robert, Daily Guide, Guidon, Fort Wood Hotels, Infuze Credit Union, KFLW 98.9 the Fort, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Panera Bread, and the Stonebrooke Center.

Hot: Anytime Fitness, Stryker Orthodontics, Webster University, and Wendy's.

Mild: Buffalo Wild Wings, Colton's Steakhouse & Grill, and Pepsi Cola Bottling Company

click image for printable flyer

2017 Chili Teams

"The Hot Chili Fighters" B & B Waynesville Patriot 12 & GS
"The Campground Dazzlers" Boiling Spring Campground
"We're just Chili-in" Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center
Columbia College
"Make Chili Great Again" Fort Wood Hotels by Ehrhardt Properties
"Mardi Gras Meltdown" Free Women's Center of Pulaski County
"Putin Free Trump" Chili Infuze Credit Union
"US Bank Home Mortgage" US Bank

Contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or to sponsor or for team registration questions.

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 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Member only workshop; Space is limited; Register online by 5 p.m. on January 23rd. Online registrations only.

A Chamber representative will stay later for any further questions.

Quarterly + 1 Chamber Luncheon

February 8th at 11:30 a.m. at The Greater Community Fellowship Hall. Our sponsor will be the Waynesville R-VI School District. 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 7th. 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.

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 10, 2017 at the Stonebrooke 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 2nd. Tickets are $20.00 per person. For more information please contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or e-mail

Chamber Office Closed - February 20th the Chamber office will be closed in observance of Presidents Day.

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 Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association - February 12th at 2 p.m. at VFW Post 3168 on Swindell Dr. in Richland.

Ribbon Cutting for J.P.'s Hair Supply - February 15th at 10:30 a.m. at 743 Missouri Ave., Ste. 5 in St. Robert.

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

The January Newcomer Spotlight Business is:

American Family Insurance is operated by Theresa Steward in Waynesville since 2009. We offer home, auto, life, business, farm, recreational vehicles and umbrella policies.


Ribbon Cuttings

I Love Ice Cream
Wendy Johnson
690 Missouri Ave., Suite #14
St. Robert, MO 65584
(573) 855-5663

City of Waynesville Municipal Center
100 Tremont Center
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 774-6171

Waynesville parents opt-in to receive texts

Waynesville R-VI parents, who would like to receive text messages for announcements such as school closings, bus delays, etc., will need to OPT IN for this service. To opt in, parents should do the following:

Text "Y" to 67587

The parent will receive a confirmation message that will state, "You're registered 4 SchoolMessenger Notifications." The Waynesville R-VI School District will issue a test text message at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Parents who have texted Y to 67587, but do not receive the test text message should contact their child's school to ensure their cell phone number has been entered into the correct field.

Parents may Opt-out by texting STOP to 67587

WMDS students participate in MLK Jr Day of Service

About 800 Waynesville Middle School students participated in service-learning activities on Thursday in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. AmeriCorps/VISTA members led the activities by setting up 17 different service-learning stations to benefit 18 different community groups. Among their many activities, students created play dough, hand scrub, posters and valentine cards and thank you cards for soldiers. They also made dog toys for the animal shelter by braiding fabric together and made oatmeal packets for their fellow students who receive Snack in a Pack. For the more senior members of our community, middle school students created custom placemats for the nursing home.

Waynesville 6th graders participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Waynesville 6th graders volunteered at the Waynesville Animal Shelter, East Elementary, Life Care Center of Waynesville and Good Samaritan of the Ozarks in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. They were among more than 1,000 students who volunteered on Thursday to help make a difference in the community. In addition to helping at the shelter, students learned about proper ways to handle dogs from Susan Rather, the shelter's trainer, and her show dog Sultan, an award-winning Rottweiler.

Employment Opportunities

Hiring Event for Quaker Window and Doors

The Missouri Job Center in conjunction with Express Employment Professionals in Rolla will be holding a job hiring event specifically for Quaker Windows and Doors on Wednesday, January 25th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. This opportunity is for anyone that is currently unemployed, possibly looking for new employment, or wants additional employment. This includes you. The event will take place at the Phelps County Courthouse on the first floor located at 200 North Main. Rolla, MO 65401. For further information please contact Missouri Job Center at 573-364-7030 and/or Kimberly Rowan (Express Employment Professionals) at 573-364-5010.
We have developed a plan of action for you that day. The process will be as follows:

*Human Resource employee -Jake Schmitz from Quaker will speak on behalf of the company and present a video of the facility.

*Job positions and day/night /weekend shifts will be discussed

*Company benefit package, pay scale, raises, and bonuses will be explained

*Overtime opportunities and carpooling program will be talked about

*On-site interviewing will occur so you may be hired

You are asked to attend this one-time event designed just for you. This opportunity will allow you to ask questions of the employer so you can get a feel of what it might be like to work for them. You will learn more about their company, the pay, and benefits package. You will have the chance to complete an application if not already done, submit your resume, and do an interview. Do not miss this event. A job awaits you.

BE PREPARED = Contact the Job Center and Express Employment first. You will be signed up for the event and registered on for a personal profile.

DAY OF THE HIRING EVENT = Dress for success; Be on time; Resume in hand; Be ready to be interviewed. A career opportunity awaits you!

Do not miss this chance to be employed that day! $35,000 a year awaits you

Employment Opportunity with Wiseman Services

Wiseman Services is a growing and drug-free company.
We are looking for full-time plumbers and full-time utility experienced backhoe operators.

*Must have clean driving record
*Must have DMV report and a valid driver's license at the time applying
*Pay commensurate with experience

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
P. O. Box 1103
Lebanon, MO 417-533-5328
St. Robert, MO 573-336-7474

USO Update

Volunteer Shifts Needing To Be Filled

Saturday, Jan. 21st
12 pm - 3 pm 1 Volunteer
3 pm - 7 pm 2Volunteer

Sunday, Jan. 22nd
12 pm - 3 pm 2 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!

Wish List

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. AA Batteries


Socks for Troops

Thanks to tremendous participation by friends and neighbors, Shoe Sensation's Socks for Troops program collected over 20,500 items, including over 19,000 pairs of socks, for local veterans and troops overseas.

"The response from our communities has been outstanding," Mike Zawoysky, CEO of Shoe Sensation Inc. said. "Throughout the entire chain, our goal was to collect 6,500 units and with the help of our communities we more than tripled that goal to over 20,000 units."
In addition to the socks donated to the cause, various other items including laces, hand warmers, hats, gloves, hand sanitizer and lotion, water proofer, baby powder, baby wipes and razors were donated by the community. "On behalf of all the employees at Shoe Sensation, we would like to thank everyone for supporting this cause, which is much appreciated by our local soldiers and veterans who will be the recipients of these gifts," Zawoysky said.
Shoe Sensation has coordinated with veteran's groups to distribute the items to local veterans in need as well as shipping socks and other items to soldiers stationed overseas in remote areas. While the military does provide clothing including socks, extra socks are one of the top requests of U.S. personnel overseas and the Socks for Troops program was developed to help fill this need.

Shoe Sensation works with local charitable organizations in a wide range of efforts ranging from the Sock for Troops program to securing shoes for deserving children. Each program is unique and can be tailored to fit the situation. If your organization would like to partner with Shoe Sensation in the future, please contact the Shoe Sensation Charity Division at For store locations and contact information, please visit

About Shoe Sensation
The parent company of Shoe Sensation, Shoe Sensation, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Jeffersonville, Indiana and operates over 149 retail stores in 18 states. Shoe Sensation is a regional chain of family shoe stores selling quality name-brand shoes. Our stores carry a large selection of men's, women's, children's, and athletic footwear in a better-branded merchandise mix. Shoe Sensation was developed to meet the footwear needs of the entire family with our clientele ranging from toddlers to senior citizens.


Pulaski County Extension Council Election - Online

The 2017 University of Missouri- Pulaski County Extension Council election will begin on Monday, January 23th and end on Friday, January 27nd. Voting will be online at Any Pulaski County resident of legal voting age is eligible to vote in this election.

Paper ballots and ballot boxes will be available at the Pulaski County MU Extension office located at 403 School Street, Suite 1. The office is open Monday - Thursday from 8 am -4:30 pm

There are six county residents running for the Extension Council. This election fills six open positions on the council. The nominees are listed below:

Eastern District - Two to be elected: William (Kent) Burns, Robin Knight

Western District - Two to be elected: Sandy Lenzmeier, John Myers
At-Large - Two to be elected: Keith P Knight, Crystal Lorah

The university offers educational programs in such categories as agriculture, food and nutrition, human development, youth development, community and business development along with various continuing education courses, workshops and printed materials. For more information or to request a ballot contact Morgan MU Extension office at 573-774-6177.


Coach Pilz speaks to the Rotary Club of Pulaski County

Chris Pilz, Waynesville High School's head boys basketball coach, spoke to the Rotary Club of Pulaski County in December about his overall coaching philosophy, this year's team and the development of student-athletes with an emphasis on strong ethics and good character. Pilz also said how much he enjoys coaching WHS students and going to work each day.


Seeking Businesses and Individuals

Relay For Life of Pulaski County is seeking businesses and individuals to participate in the 2017 Relay For Life. We are currently in need of volunteers for the Event Planning Committee which meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm at the PCRMC Waynesville Medical Clinic. To learn more about the committee and needs please contact Goldie at If your business is interested in forming a team, building camaraderie, and showing your support for the American Cancer Society you can register at


Member Events

Rolla Public House Brewing Company - 6th Ale-Iversary

Special Anniversary Beer Release on January 21st from 3 - 5 p.m.; Barley Wine Ale, this beer will be available in 750 ML bottles for purchase. (Available only on the anniversary) $15.99.

Special collaboration: Live Music, Barbecue plate - Bill Kirgan's Famous Ribs, BBQ beans and slaw.


Quilt Block unveiling at the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau

Ozark Quilt Trail Board of Directors is pleased to announce the newest installment of the trail will be unveiled Thursday, January 26th at 4:30 p.m.

The quilt block will be installed at Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center located at 137 St. Robert Boulevard in Saint Robert, MO.

Ozark Quilt Trail Vice President Laura Huffman believes that the installation at the Visitors Center is a perfect location. "I can't picture a better place to introduce our trail to visitors and tourists to Pulaski County." She added "the Visitors Center staff will be able to direct visitors to quilt block locations throughout the county. Each block presents a unique photo opportunity; the trail as a whole provides a further look at Missouri folk art and localized history for both residents and travelers."

The installment will be the fourth quilt block in Pulaski County on the Ozark Quilt Trail. The group will be adding to their project throughout the county, focusing on primary highway locations and then expanding to secondary roads throughout the area.

The public is invited, and encouraged, to attend the unveiling.

For more information visit or contact Ozark Quilt Trail President Denise Seevers at


Crepe Escape

January 27th at Rolla Public House Brewery.


Warm Up Winter Fest

Public House Brewery is hosting a Winter Fest on January 28th at their St. James Fermentation Campus, 540 State Route B from 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The Festival will have live music, winery and brewery experiences, winter food and drink, and family-friendly activities.

For more information call 573-261-3333.


Veterans and Sportsman of Mid-Missouri Ducks Unlimited Dinner

The dinner is on Saturday, February 11th at 5pm and is at the VFW, Post 3168, 20650 Swindell Drive, in Laquey, Missouri. The cost is $35.00 a single ticket and $50.00 for a couple's ticket. You can call Dan Copsey at 573-433-0543 for tickets or more information.

Advancia Corporation is one of the sponsors for the DU Dinner this year and would love for you to come and join the fun and have a great time supporting your local DU Chapter.


Barley Bacchus Bites

February 11th at Rolla Public House Brewery. We will have several pairing stations setup throughout the pub. Each station will have one food item, one beer pairing, and one wine pairing. The cost is $30 per person.


Spring College and Career Fair

Laquey High School is hosting a Spring College and Career Fair on February 15, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Students from Laquey High School and eight surrounding schools are invited to attend.

If you have career opportunities for future graduates, or job opportunities for current students, we would like to extend an invitation for your organization to be represented at the Fair.

Please RSVP by email to, or call 573-765-3245 ext. 7, by January 6th.


Public House Brewing Company Chili Cook-Off

Chili Cook-off Saturday, February 28th with free chili samples from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.; live music by CUZ from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.; Special R&D beer on tap all day; Awards announced at 2 p.m.

Entries are $25, limited to the first 20; forms may be downloaded and submitted at Cash prizes of $100 for first; $75 for second; and $50 for third.


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


Payin For The Spayin 5K Run/Walk

7th Annual Payin For The Spayin 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for 10am, Saturday, March 4th at Crocker Park, Crocker, MO.

The proceeds from this run/walk will directly benefit the animals of Pulaski County.

Contribution: $15 Youth Registration (15 & Under- Preregister $10)
$25 Adult Registration (Preregister $20); $35 Family Registration (3 runners max. And must register together for discount)
Registration Deadline- March 3rd Online and March 2nd in person
*First 50 registrants receive a free T-Shirt (Limit 1 free T-shirt per family)

Register and pay online at Or
Register and pay in person at Loving Paws Adoption Center
319 Keeth Road, Crocker, MO 65452
Make checks payable to: Pulaski County Humane Society

For more information please contact Cherie at (573)774-9266


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.


"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 21, 2017
Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off
January 30, 2017
Let's Put Our Cities on the Map Google Workshop
February 8, 2017
Quarterly + 1 Chamber Luncheon
February 10, 2017
Community Leadership Awards Banquet
February 12, 2017
Ribbon Cutting for Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association
February 15, 2017
Ribbon Cutting for J.P.'s Hair Supply
February 20, 2017
Chamber Office Closed

*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