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December 19, 2014

Chamber Office Closed - December 25th the Chamber office will be closed in observance of Christmas.

Help make Pulaski County a Certified Work Ready Community

Pulaski County has been approved by the Missouri State Investment Board as a Work Ready Community In Progress.
There are now 43 Counties participating in the Work Ready Community In Progress Certification Program.

The goal of Certified Work Ready Communities is to attract, retain, and develop a workforce with the education and fundamental skills necessary to succeed in the 21st Century.

The designation demonstrates Pulaski County's dedication and commitment to preparing their workforce for the jobs of today and the jobs of the future. The CWRC in Progress status grants Pulaski County up to two years to attain full CWRC Certification.

Employers are needed to help Pulaski County reach the CWRC Certification. There is no cost involved and does not obligate an employer to anything. It simply indicates you have heard of the NCRC and that you would prefer candidates who apply for your job openings to have a certificate.

To support this effort, go to
This is a very short registration and only takes two minutes.
The goals for Pulaski County are updated monthly and can be viewed at any time at

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.

Marketing Opportunities in the upcoming 2015 Community Profile and Membership Directory

Daily Guide was awarded the bid to print this year's Chamber Community Profile and Membership Directory.
Click on image above for advertising information

2015 Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off

The Chamber will kick off 2015 with the eighth annual Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off to be held on January 24th 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 (10 and under are free). Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Chamber office beginning in December. Limited tickets will be available at the door.

Teams are made of no more than six members while individual teams are made of no more than three members. All competitors will be expected to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the Chamber of Commerce and Pulaski County Health Department. The entry fee for this event is $75 per business team, $50 non-profit team, $25 per individual and the deadline to enter is January 3rd. A late entry fee will apply to all entrants after that date. Booths are 8'x10', include two 110 electric power receptacles (average 10 amps per outlet) and will be decorated by each team.

Event sponsorships are also available.

Spicy Sponsorship - $500:
Ad in the event's printed tab,
Business or organization's name listed on event flier and in all press releases
A table at the event

Hot Sponsorship - $250:
Ad in the event's printed tab
Business or organization's name listed on event flier and in all press releases

Mild Sponsorship - $100
Business or organization an ad in the event's printed tab

The Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off is sure to offer some great food so come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun and excitement at the seventh annual Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off where the only chill you'll feel is a spicy one! If you are interested in registering a team, rules and registration information is available on the Chamber web site, For more information including team registration click here.

2015 Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for information on 2015 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. State Farm is the nation's largest Auto, Home and Life insurer, serving over 28 million households.

2. State Farm Bank is ranked among the top 1% of U.S. banks based on asset size.

3. When you compare car insurance companies on the basis on service, JD Power and Associates ranks State Farm at the top of all insurance providers.

4. State Farm has a presence in all 50 States and Canada, allowing customers to move their policies with ease.

5.State Farm's Catastrophe Team, a dedicated, mobile workforce, is the second largest deployable units behind the US military, helping our customers recover faster from the unexpected.

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 is located in St. Robert was established in 2007. They joined the Chamber in 2008. They offer a wide range of diagnostic, repair and routine maintenance services, backed by one of the best national services warranties in the business.

Who is This Member?

Last Week's Answer: Francis Lynch VFW

Fort Leonard Wood's OWN Staff Sgt. Michael Joseph
WIN's the 2014 Operation Rising Star!

Staff Sergeant Michael Joseph, a drummer in the 399th Army Band won the Army's 2014 Operation Rising Star Singing contest Friday, held at the historic Fort Sam Houston Theatre.
Thank you for all who voted!!

As the 2014 Rising Star, Joseph won an all-expenses-paid trip to record a 3-song music demo at a professional recording studio (location depending on music genre).

Students in Need Of Winter Clothing

East is in need of:
Winter Coats for boys and girls in sizes 5-6, 7-8, 8-10, & 10-12
Special request: 7 year old little girl needs a heavy winter coat size 10-12, a winter hat and gloves.

Special request: 7 year old little boy needs a winter coat and clothes, size 8. Desperately in need of pants and long sleeve shirts. (Pants must have tabs to tighten inside.)
Special request: a little girl, size 7-8, needs winter gloves and coat.

Freedom is in need of:
Winter coats for boys and girls in sizes 6-8, 8-10, 10-12, & 12-14

Partridge is in need of:
Winter coats for boys and girls in sizes 6-8, 8-10, 10-12, & 12-14

Wood is in need of:
Winter coats for boys and girls in sizes 5-6, 6-8, 8-10, & 10-12
Thayer is in need of:
Winter coats for boys and girls in sizes 6-8, 8-10, 10-12, & 12-14

Williams is in need of:
Winter coats for boys and girls in sizes 3T & 4T
New and gently used items may be dropped off directly to the school you are donating to.

Thank you for helping us keep our students warm this winter!

Within Our Reach parenting workshop to be offered

On Saturday, December 20th, the Waynesville R-VI School District and AmeriCorps VISTA will host a free, all-day parenting workshop designed for couples called Within Our Reach®. The workshop will be held in the Freedom Elementary library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Within Our Reach® parent workshops offer participating couples the opportunity to improve critical life and relationship skills through facilitated discussion and activities. These exercises are crafted to help create safer, more stable unions and inspire better quality of life within families. Relationship issues including problem-solving, decision-making, communication, commitment and more will be discussed. Within Our Reach® is also hosted as a six-week series at other times of the year.

All parents looking to learn more about positive relationship maintenance tools are welcome to attend. Childcare and light meals will be provided free of charge. Registration is highly encouraged, but not required. To register for this event, please email To learn more about the Within Our Reach® Parent Workshop Series or other parent workshops available throughout the year, please contact Amanda Howard at 573-842-2651.

Food Services donates hot chocolate to Snack in a Pack

On Monday, December 8, the Waynesville R-VI School District Food Services team members warmed up the holiday season for hungry district students with a generous donation of sweetly wrapped hot chocolate to the Snack in a Pack program.

The Food Services staff tied individual packets of hot chocolate with festive ribbon, candy canes and a note of good cheer.

Of the donation, Food Services Director Deanna House said, "Years ago we decided to replace holiday 'gag gifts' with a service project. This year we wanted to give the Snack in a Pack students a seasonal treat with a good shelf life. We used our annual holiday party to let everybody wrap them."

Snack in a Pack provides supplementary meals to 315 district students who might otherwise go hungry during weekends and long school breaks. Holiday meal packs cost about $8.50 per student, so donations like the one given by Food Services are particularly vital at this time of year.

To learn more about how to donate to Snack in a Pack for holiday needs and/or how to get involved throughout the year, please contact Ashney Randle at 573-842-2651 or email

Route 66 Shootout Today

The third annual Route 66 Shootout Pulaski County USA will be held Friday, December 19, and Saturday, December 20, at Waynesville High School with 20 teams playing 12 games in two days.

"If you like high school hoops, then you will love this shootout," says WHS Athletic Director Josh Scott. "Word has quickly spread about this shootout because of the level of competitive play fans see."

Teams with similar abilities are paired to play against each other. "These games are often nail-biters," Scott says. "Often, the final decision comes down to the last few seconds."

On Friday, December 19, games begin at 1:30 p.m. with the final game of the evening starting at 9 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 20, the games begin at 11 a.m. and continue to the last game starting at 6:30 p.m. Waynesville boys play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Waynesville girls play at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Waynesville R-VI School District and the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau have partnered to produce this event that draws college recruiters from around the country.

"We especially appreciate the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau for partnering with us as our major sponsor to make this tournament a reality," Scott says. "We are also thankful for the area businesses who will help make this shootout a reality by helping to feed the teams and providing their support."

The cost for admission to each day of the shootout is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Athletic passes and school IDs will not be accepted for this special event. Waynesville R-VI employees will need to pay to attend these games.

Game programs will be for sale for $2 each. They cover the teams, their rosters, records, coaches, records and more.

The schedule for the Route 66 Tournament:

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Home Away
1:30 Crocker vs. Hartville
3:00 Republic vs. Hazelwood West
4:30 South Iron vs. Iberia
6:00 Parkview vs. McCluer North
7:30 Waynesville Boys vs. St. Joe Lafayette
9:00 Hazelwood Central vs. St. Louis Christian

Saturday, Dec.20, 2014
Home Away
11:00 Mt. Vernon vs. Carnahan
12:30 Rock Bridge Girls vs. Republic Girls
2:00 St. Louis Christian vs. McCluer North
3:30 Strafford vs. Carl Junction
5:00 Waynesville Girls vs. Union Girls
6:30 Waynesville boys vs. Hazelwood Central

KY3's FYI Guy demonstrates designs with Waynesville lunch ladies.

Jeremy Rabe, the FYI Guy from KY3, visited the Waynesville R-VI lunch ladies for their annual Christmas party. Rabe is known for finding and creatively incorporating inexpensive items into one-of-a-kind decorations and designs. He joined in some holiday crafts and gave the Waynesville Lunch Ladies a huge "shoutout" during his Sunday show.

Professionals network with middle schoolers

Waynesville Middle School students had the opportunity to interact with a cross-section of local professionals during lunch as an exercise in college and career networking on Wednesday, November 19th.

Participating professionals sat with students and discussed their career field, the skills and/or schooling necessary for their position and provided a window into the daily life of someone in that field of work. The professionals asked students to share their personal interests and professional aspirations to discover what connections exist between those industries and the students' inclinations.

The simulation encouraged students to think about relationship building in the modern workplace and to creatively consider how one career field might link to another.

LEAP students collect books

Fifth and sixth grade LEAP students in the Waynesville R-VI School District collected more than 500 books during their book drive. As a result of this service-learning project, LEAP students gave 100 books to PACE students and the remainder went to Williams Early Childhood library, which is stocked through donated books. LEAP students also went to Williams to volunteer and work with the younger students. LEAP fifth and sixth graders helped the students make Christmas crafts and also read to the students and interacted through games and activities set up by their teachers. The rewarding week also included setting up Christmas trees and stocking the library.

East students donate coins to help Pearls

East Elementary students collected $1,250 in coins to be donated to the Pearls program at the Good Samaritan Resource Center in Waynesville.

"We are very proud of our students and their generosity," says Dr. George Lauritson, principal at East.

Every year East Elementary participates in a community service project to help students understand that they can make a difference. This year, they chose to help by collecting coins to purchase gift cards for "Pearls" - senior citizens who have been identified as being alone this holiday season.

WCC students participate in leadership activities at conference

Cookie Face and other team-building challenges were part of the SkillsUSA South Central District fall leadership activities.
SkillsUSA members from Waynesville, Rolla, Camdenton, West Plains, Lebanon and Mountain Grove were mixed up and put into various teams. These students competed against each other and learned to work together as a team and learn about SkillsUSA. Other events included SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl, cup stacking using the SkillsUSA theme, the SkillsUSA emblem challenge and pledge puzzle. One of the leaders of the day was WCC Video Production student, R. J. Harbison (pictured at left in the student group photo) who is a SkillsUSA district officer.

WCC culinary arts students create gingerbread houses

WCC culinary arts students participated in a gingerbread house competition and learned about using three different types of dough for the houses. Students first sketched their house on paper and then rolled out, shaped and baked the dough. Decorations finished off their creations. Taking first were Sarah Schiller and Shambreka Hudson with their castle creation. Quinton Nave and Lorin Simental took second place with their shire-inspired house. Crowd favorites also included Snoopy on his house and the large two-story castle that included stained glass windows built by Selina Huggard of Mad Hatter Cakes and Parties and WCC culinary arts instructor Jon Dye.

Waynesville R-VI School District provides three calendar options for 2015-16

Three 2015-16 school year calendar options are available for review online on the district's main website Options B, C and D vary in the number of days, their starting and ending dates and in the days that would be used as make-up days in the event of inclement weather. Inclement weather dates are listed on the bottom left side of the page.

The public is invited to email their comments to or call the Personnel Services Office at (573) 842-2094 by Dec. 31, 2014.

Wood hosts third super session

Wood Elementary hosted this year's third "Super Session" with Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent, before school on November 21st with nearly all of Wood's teachers amd staff present.

Henry praised Wood for their:
- team spirit and contagious positive culture
- continued promotion of the love of reading, including Dr. Antiqua Hunter participating in the BookIt Principal's Reading Challenge by reading 19 books in one day
- effective implementation of building data teams
- helping students reach their potential

Henry plans to visit each of the schools during the academic year to celebrate the positive things going on in each of the buildings.

Laclede County Bridge Closed Indefinitely

The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed the bridge over the Gasconade River along the Interstate 44 outer road in Laclede County after a recent inspection determined the bridge was unsafe for travel. The bridge will remain closed until further notice.

"We found enough issues with the 90-year-old bridge to decide the safest thing to do was to close it to travel," said MoDOT Central District Bridge Engineer Alan Trampe.

Added MoDOT's Central District Engineer David Silvester: "One of the big concerns with closing this bridge is that it's located on the route we use to detour traffic off of I-44 when there's an incident. We'll work over the next few weeks to determine what repairs need to be made to reopen the bridge, if that's even possible."

The majority of the state's bridges are routinely inspected in late fall and winter. The average Missouri bridge is 46 years old, but most were designed for a 50-year life.

A complete list of unplanned bridge closures throughout the state can be found on MoDOT's website at Included on the page are inspection photos, the reason for the bridge closure, corrective actions to be taken and how they will be paid for, a map of the bridge location and recommended detours by way of state highways.

"With the large number of bridges we have in Missouri, all of which are aging every day, and with our construction budget continuing to decline, it's likely we will see more closures in the future," Silvester said.


USO Update

A huge THANK YOU to Waynesville DECA for their donation of gift packages that include: cookies, cards, ornaments and more for the Military Left Behind during the holidays, the Marine Detachment for helping unload the Solider Left Behind bags, Charlie Co. 35th En. BN, 2nd Platoon for their donation of $115.00, WHS Club Tiger For the muffins and FLW Commissary for the donation of 15 turkeys!

Shifts Needing Filled

This week we have a few open shifts and would love if we could fill these, if you can help fill in please let us know!

Monday, Dec. 22 10:30 am - 1:30 pm 1; 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 1
Wednesday, Dec. 24 *Christmas Eve* 12 pm - 4 pm 4
Thursday, Dec. 25 * Christmas Day* 12 pm - 4 pm 5

**Please call 573-329-2039,
if you are able to fill any of these shifts. We appreciate any support we can get in filling these shifts this week.**

2014 USO Holiday Block Leave Calendar of Events

December 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, January 3 & 4: USO CLOSED

Dec. 22: USO OPEN 1030-1630
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Come get into the Christmas spirit as we play Christmas Movies, while enjoying a catered meal from Vidies. Lunch served at 2 pm.

Dec. 24: USO OPEN 1200-1600
Twas the night before Christmas! Come and join our USO Volunteers as they prepare all the fixings of a Christmas Day meal. Don't forget to leave room for dessert!

Dec. 25: USO OPEN 1200-1600
Merry Christmas! Come join us as we present gifts to those Soldiers left behind, while enjoying some fresh baked cookies!

Dec. 27: USO OPEN 1030-1630
Salute to Military Movies: Come enjoy some of the greatest military movies, while indulging in some panini's and soup from Culver's.

Dec. 29: USO OPEN 0800-1630
Come on over early, take part in the blood drive, while enjoying pastries. Later in the day, we will be having a baked potato bar with all sorts of toppings!

Dec. 31: USO OPEN 1800-0030 (Jan. 1)
Come ring in the New Year with the USO! A variety of finger foods will be available. It's a night of surprises and prizes!

Jan. 1: USO OPEN 1000-1400
So you had a late night last night? Wake up and get over to the USO to kick off your new year with a hearty breakfast!

Jan. 2: USO OPEN 1030-1630
Do you think you what it takes to handle the USO chili bar experience? Then come by the USO and enjoy all sorts of chili, ranging from mild to hot, hot hot!


Public House Brewing Company

Expansion Complete!!!

Thank you to all the contractors and craftsmen that worked on the project! And a very special thanks to our Project Manager Dave Nuss of St. James Winery. His expertise and diligence helped ensure that the timeline for the building and equipment stayed on track--no easy task. Thanks so much Dave!!!

Public House Brewing Company in St. James opened its doors on Saturday, November 29th!

- 8 taps with a growing rotation of beers
- Great selection of St. James wines
- Select Scotches and Bourbon whiskeys
- Seating capacity currently 175
- Mezzanine with seating for 100 including multimedia capabilities, second floor bathroom access, and picture windows overlooking our new 20bbl brewhouse and I-44. We are currently accepting reservations for parties and receptions in this special event space.
- Kitchen that produces a menu mirroring Rolla location featuring our artisan meat and cheese plates, as well as our popular deli sandwiches (stay tuned for news about a grand opening celebration in February and a whole new kitchen menu created by our new Chef and Food Director Alex Giger--coming soon!)
- Outdoor patio and beer garden area (opening this spring)

These are just a few of the most notable things about the new facility, but you really should just come visit and see for yourself. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hours of Operation at Public House St. James:
Sunday-Wednesday: 11am-6pm
Thursday-Saturday: 11am-9pm

551 State Route B
St. James, MO 65559

Phone: 573-261-3333

NOTE: 6 Packs of "Rod's Cream Ale," "Revelation Stout," "Hide & Seek Hefeweizen," and "Elusive IPA" are all currently available for sale exclusively in our new St. James location. They will soon be available for purchase at Rolla Public House. In January, ask your favorite restaurant if they have Public House Beer on tap. Odds are they will have it. If not, your suggestion will probably be heard and you may find it next time you visit that establishment. Look for 6 packs in stores in January as well. Over the course of 2015, you should be able to find our beer in most major markets in Missouri. Cheers!

Public House Rolla Special Release -- "Sour Wheat" A refreshingly tart wheat ale. Try one today while it lasts.
PUBLIC HOUSE ROLLA UPCOMING SEASONAL -- "Giddy Stout" -- It's back again. A milk stout base infused with cold brewed coffee from local coffee house The Giddy Goat. Stay tuned for release date.

Public House St James Limited Release -- "Batch #1 Double Pale Ale" -- The first batch we ever brewed on the new 20bbl brewhouse in St. James. If you love Pale Ales--if you love hops--this beer has your number. Number 1! Try it exclusively at the St. James taproom while it lasts!

Rolla Events
Public House Trivia -- Trivia is held every Monday at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. Prizes awarded every week to top teams.

Upcoming Live Music in Rolla:
12/19 -- Two Far Gone (8pm)
12/20 -- "CUZ" Jazz Duo (7:30pm)
12/27 -- Right Turn Clyde (8pm)
01/03 -- Bliss Hippy (8pm)
01/09 -- Dixie Union (8pm)


Wreaths Across America

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3168 in Laquey, sponsored breakfast events in November and December to benefit funding of Wreaths Across America at the State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Leonard Wood. Post Commander, Don Wenzel, presented a check for $1000 to Peggy Goul representing the Cemetery's Assistance Association. VFW members Donnie Rosenstein and Daniel Cerda witnessed the presentation.


Stuffed Stocking Contest

The Pulaski County Humane Society is hosting a Stuffed Stocking Contest. Deadline for entries is December 24th. Click here for details.


Relocation Grand Opening for Navy Federal Credit Union

Navy Federal Credit Union is hosting a Grand Opening of their relocated branch on Tuesday, January 27th at 10:00 a.m.

Their new location is at 332 Marshall Drive Ste. F. in St. Robert.


Volunteers Wanted!

The Pulaski County RSVP is looking to expand some of our great projects. We are looking for volunteers to help do a wide variety of activity from working with kids, gardening, office work, and other great things RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. You can use the skills and talents you've learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community. If you are interested in learning more or volunteering please contact us at 573-336-2405


BBC hosts a cookie exchange for post residents

Balfour Beatty Communities will host a cookie exchange for post residents from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., December 19th at the Woodlands Community Center. Stop by the center to exchange traditional favorites, new creations and bring copies of a favorite recipe to share.


Candy Cane Toss

The Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation in partnership with Department of Emergency Services and Santa Claus, will be hosting the annual Candy Cane Toss at 2 p.m., December 19th. Santa and friends will visit residents of the Fort Leonard Wood housing areas on a fire truck, tossing candy canes to good boys and girls. When you hear the sirens, go outside and wave to Santa. For more information, call 573-596-0148.


FWCSC begins accepting Scholarship, Grant Applications

The Fort Wood Community Spouses Club is currently in the process of accepting college scholarship applications from eligible students and military spouses. Awarded scholarships may be applied toward college-related expenses such as tuition, fees, books, room and board. Non-profit organizations and schools in need of funds are also invited to apply for FWCSC community outreach grants. The deadline to apply for scholarships is February 28, 2015 and for community outreach is February 20, 2015. Applications are available online at The Fort Wood Community Spouses Club is a private non-profit organization designed to benefit families of its members, by raising and distributing funds back into the community. Last year, the organization distributed $8,720 in outreach grants. The FWCSC, in conjunction with the Fort Leonard Wood Thrift Shop, also distributed $24,700 in scholarships. For more information, contact Christy Preston, Scholarship chair at or Anita Bevington, Community Outreach chair at:


NYE 2015 Release Night

Metamorphosis Outreach Empowerment Center is hosting a 2015 Release night on Wednesday, December 31st. Door open at 9 p.m. Come for praise, worship, Word of Faith as well as food, fun, and giveaways. Visit or call 573-336-2266 for more information. MOEC is located at 1018 Missouri Ave., #7 in St. Robert.


"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
December 19, 2014
2:00 p.m. Candy Cane Toss
December 19 & 20, 2014
6:00 p.m. Christmas Nativity Scene
  Route 66 Shootout Pulaski County USA
December 25, 2014
  Chamber Office Closed

Click here to view event details!

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

"Christmas Gift Suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponet, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, Charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect." ~Oren Arnold

Click here to open a printable PDF

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