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January 30, 2015


Weekly Snapshot

What the Chamber did this week for our members!

* The Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off had another successful year. There was 11 teams competing for the best chili but they also were able to promote their business/non-profit in the process. Some even use it as a team building exercise to help their employees work better together. This event is for raising funds for the Chamber's Right Choice Scholarship and we are able to provide three high school seniors with $250 scholarships each. We were only short $42.57 for being able to award a fourth scholarship; the difference will be covered over to next year's event. The deadline for the scholarship application is April 1st. If you know a senior be sure to tell them about this scholarship opportunity.

* The Chamber held Ribbon Cuttings for DA Spot Fashions and Navy Federal Credit Union this week. They both have moved to new locations and we wish them great success moving forward.

* The Ambassadors Club new board members met to prepare for the upcoming year.
* The Chamber helped facilitate a meeting for the Pulaski County COAD with the Electric Cooperatives and City Utilities to talk about emergency communications systems.

* A Board Sub-Committee met to discuss creating business awards to help recognize our members and share their stories.

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

Chemical Corps Regimental Association
Johanna Nard
495 S. Dakota Ave., Bldg 1607
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
(573) 329-0600

Eclectic Originals
Cheryl Keeton
225 Historic Route 66 E
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 337-2494

Ribbon Cutting for Tre' Spa and Salon - February 6th at 11 a.m. at 24530 Southside Rd., Ste. C in Waynesville.

Fort Leonard Wood Community Listening Session

The Fort Leonard Wood Community Listening Session
is scheduled for March 2nd at 5:30 p.m. in Nutter Field House. Click here for flyer to hang and distribute in your business.

The listening session is an opportunity for the local community to provide public input to the Finding to No Significant Impact for the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment.

This is a chance for the public to share their thoughts and concerns on the potential force reductions with Army leaders and subject-matter experts.

The Army's decision and final supplemental assessment documents may be accessed online here.

For more information, contact the Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office at 573-563-4145.

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 13, 2015 at the St. Robert 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.

This year four outstanding volunteers have been nominated for Citizen of the Year. The nominees for the 2014 Citizen of the Year are Tim Berrier, Kelly Howley, Chuck Lynn, and Bill O'Neal. This award is intended to recognize individuals not for a particular year of service, but rather to recognize a person who has performed outstanding and dedicated service to the community and/or towards helping others over time in the Waynesville-St. Robert area.

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 5th. For more information about the Citizen of the Year and the Community Leadership Awards Banquet please contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or e-mail

What Will Be in Your Basket for the Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction?

This year the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce's Annual Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction to be held on Saturday, March 28th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Robert Community Center. Have you thought about what you'll be putting in your basket? All items submitted are greatly appreciated and help to make this event the largest and primary fundraiser the Chamber holds throughout the year.

Don't hesitate to contact the Chamber and let us know if your business would like to donate a basket, gift certificate or silent auction item, call (573) 336-5121 or e-mail

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

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.

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. We are very active in community events and fundraisers.

2. We are willing to cater from small to large groups. Just look for the catering van...ask for Debbie.

3. Our Staff is predominately wives and children of military families

4. We make most of our food from scratch and we hand -cut all steaks in House.

5. The owner, Christopher Landes, got his start with Colton's 13 years ago as a bus boy.

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 non- profit in Waynesville was established and joined the Chamber in 1987. They offer many recreation and food services to Senior Citizens in the Waynesville and St. Robert area.

Who is This Member?

Last Week's Answer: City of St. Robert

Super Bowl Social
Enjoy the big game in the Pershing Community Center Ballroom or Blackjack Bar & Grill beginning at 4:30 p.m., February 1st. Game kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Click here for the event flyer.

Transitioning? Hiring fair may be the job ticket

A Soldier for Life—Transition Assistance Program Hiring Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 5 at Nutter Field House. Employers with job positions to fill, who wish to exhibit at the Hiring Fair, should call 573-596-0131 ext. 60135. Read more

Bold In the Cold Plunge

The Fort Leonard Wood BOSS program will host the annual Bold in the Cold Plunge at 11 a.m., February 7th at Training Area 250. Advance registration is open through February 6th for $5 per person or $20 per team (up to five members). Day of registration is $10 per person or $25 per team (up to five members). Prizes will be awarded. Click here for online registration.

Photo 102 Class

The Arts and Crafts Frame Shop is hosting a Photography 102 Class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 31 in Building 470 Room 1129. The course is a follow-up to Photography 101 and will demonstrate the techniques to capture the perfect picture.

Send something sweet to your sweetie

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation presents Candy Grams now through February 11th Candy Grams are available through any BOSS Representative or at Building 1000 for $5 each and include a card to personalize and candy with free delivery on post Feb. 12 during duty hours. Click here to register online.

Army, industry partners prep Soldiers for jobs.
A new program is training Soldiers to drive commercial trucks when they transition out of the Army.

Doing business with the Army: Opportunities remain, despite shrinking budget
Despite declining budgets and resources, the Army continues to actively do business with industry partners with the Army Materiel Command, or AMC, procuring one out of every six federal contract dollars.

Research team shapes future of combat rations
What kinds of rations might the military be using to feed its warfighters 15 years from now?

DoD Seeks 10-year Extension of Small Business Mentoring Program

The Defense Department intends to request a 10-year extension of a program that improves the ability of socioeconomically disadvantaged small businesses to compete for defense contracts, the program’s manager said yesterday.

Scott earns distinction as master athletic administrator

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Joshua Scott, director of district MSHSAA activities at the Waynesville R-VI School District, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.

To earn this distinction, Scott has demonstrated exemplary knowledge, contributions and on-going professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience, NIAAA leadership courses and professional contributions. It is culminated with a practical written project.
Scott is one of a very elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.
The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 8,000 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.

School board members recognized for service

Waynesville students wrote cards of thanks, drew pictures and creatively incorporated candy bars into stories that were presented to the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education for School Board Recognition Week.

Students wrote, "Thank you for a nice teacher." "Thank you for books." "Thank you for our school." "Thank you for an amazing teacher." "Thank you for AR testing." "Thank you for digital story telling." Students also wrote "thanks" in multiple languages.
The School board also received gift cards, a Waynesville Tiger coaster, a desk clock and candy during their Jan. 20 board meeting. As proclaimed by Gov. Jay Nixon, School Board Recognition Week will officially be held Jan. 25-31. The goal of the week, which is sponsored by the Missouri School Boards' Association, is to build awareness and understanding of the important function an elected board of education plays in communities and schools.

The Waynesville R-VI Board of Education members are Dr. LeRoy Fulmer, president; Dorsey Newcomb, vice president; Nathan Purdome, treasurer; Herman Blau, secretary; and members Mike Keeling, Butch O'Riley and Lisa Schwandt.
"Our board members put student learning first and foremost," says Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. "They each bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board, represent our local community and citizens and play an important role in the education of Waynesville's students."

Second graders study weather, erosion, soil

Mrs. O'Brien's second grade students know that when Mrs. Halbrook-Mowery and Mrs. Forsythe show up, there is going to be an exciting learning activity to follow! Their recent weather, erosion and soil lessons proved that once again, collaboration is effective and fun.

First, students discovered the effects of wind and water on a sand tower. Forsythe, an I-STEM coach, and students problem-solved ways to reduce the adverse effects of erosion on the landscape.

Next, students compared and analyzed a small collection of rocks and chose their favorite rock in the collection. Halbrook-Mowery, an instructional coach, guided students in organizing and writing an opinion paper supporting their choices.

Last, O'Brien helped the "junior geologists" understand how rock layers are formed by taking "core" samples from candy bars with straws. Students used the samples to simulate how geologists find evidence of changes in the landscape over time.
East Elementary students and its teachers will continue to reap many benefits as a result of the expertise and willingness to share ideas exhibited by Halbrook-Mowery and Forsythe. They continue to prove to be valuable resources for student success!

Thespian members showcase talents, 1 wins scholarship

Waynesville High School took 14 members of the local chapter of the International Thespian Society to the annual conference in Kansas City.

The conference had more than 80 member schools and more than 1,700 students participating in everything from workshops to scholarship auditions.

WHS had two students competing for scholarships, three students for the individual event competition and an Improv Olympix team.

The Improv Olympix team received distinguished marks on their three rounds of performance from the judges and entertained the audience with their on-the-spot scene work and humor.
The two students who competed for scholarships did spectacularly well. Four colleges called Hailey Hance to receive more information about attending their programs. Emily Heinlein won a $1,000 scholarship for theatre education, beating out 25 other students at the conference who made it to the final rounds.

Drill team to go to nationals in April

For the first time ever, members of the Waynesville High School/Career Center JROTC Drill Team will be attending the Army Nationals Championships Competition in Louisville, Ky., on April 11.

The championships are sponsored and televised by Sports International Network. On January 10th, Waynesville's team competed at the Leavenworth High School Invitational Drill Competition against a field of 20 teams from Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, and Kansas.

The results are as follows:
Unarmed Color Guard Team - 1st Place. They will be attending the national competition. This is a first ever within the 20 years of the program.
Overall Armed Competition Teams - 3rd Place
New Cadet Unarmed Platoon - tie for 1st Place with Missouri Military Academy
Unarmed Regulation Team - 3rd Place
Armed Exhibition Team - 4th Place. This team has also been invited to attend the Army National Championships.
Armed Regulation Team - 4th Place. This team has also been invited to attend the Army National Championships.
Armed Color Guard Team - 4th Place.
Cadet Zackary Sieber placed 5th in the Individual Drill Down Competition among 500 cadets.

On March 14, Waynesville will host its first invitational drill meet. Waynesville teams will only host and have exhibition teams perform.

Thayer students tour animal shelter

After reading Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret, Thayer fifth grade students sponsored a donation drive for the Fort Leonard Wood Animal Shelter under the leadership of the building's Junior Student To Student (JS2S) group. Students collected food, cleaning supplies, towels and blankets and delivered them to the Animal Shelter in December. Pam Hatch, the animal care taker, gave students a tour of the facility where they met some of the animals that will benefit from the school's donations.

6th grader nominated for military child award

Hannah Wolfe, a Waynesville sixth grader, has been nominated for the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Award. Operation Homefront presents the Military Child of the Year® Award each year to outstanding military children who demonstrate resiliency, leadership and achievement.

Wolfe was nominated by Club TIGER.

This award recognizes military children who prove themselves as exceptional citizens while facing the challenges of military family life.

Nominees for this award come from all over the world. Some nominees demonstrate leadership in their school, sports teams, community clubs and churches. Some children spearhead community action or thoughtful peer support campaigns. Others share their intellectual curiosity and excel in academia. Many nominees have overcome great personal obstacles. What all nominees have in common is they are part of the exceptionally diverse military family community.

Award recipients will be announced in March 2015.

USO Update

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!

Friday, Jan. 30 10 am - 12 pm 1 volunteer; 12 pm - 3 pm 1 volunteer

Saturday, Jan. 31 10 am - 12 pm 1 volunteer; 12 pm - 3 pm 2 volunteers; 3 pm - 6 pm 4 volunteers

Sunday, Feb. 1 10 am - 12 pm 1 volunteer; 12 pm - 3 pm 3 volunteers; 3 pm - 6 pm 4 volunteers

**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.**

Interested in Volunteering with our Mobile USO?

We have an exciting Volunteer opportunity! The mobile unit comes to the area frequently to serve our Troops in the area and they would love to incorporate some of our Volunteers to go out and serve with them! The dates and times vary.

Please contact Lisa (USO of Missouri's Director of Mobile Operations) at if you interested in volunteering for more information!


4th Annual "Hail to Heroes"

The 4th Annual "Hail to Heroes" will be held Friday, February 6th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the ASYMCA located at 403 School St. in Waynesville.

This event is open to the public. Ticket prices are $25 per person which include social hour and buffet dinner. Reservations required. Call or email for tickets:, 573-329-4513. The dress for the evening is Business Dress (coat & tie). Event Sponsorships available.

Honoring our FLW Heroes of 2014 is Guest speaker, LtCol Danny White, USMC (Ret.). Danny White remains grateful for all who helped him as an instant single parent after a December 1997 tragedy while in route to Fort Leonard Wood. In 2012, he founded Lead with Liberty as Calling #2. Last year he published A Widower's Walk: from Desert to Destiny, an autobiographical story of his journey and lead-ership lessons learned.


Public House Brewing Company News

Public House Brewing Company and St. James Winery will be at the Hail to Heroes event on February 6th with beer and wine tasting.


Trivia night to benefit Kitten Division!

Trivia night on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at the St. Robert Community Center with doors opening at 5 p.m. and trivia starts at 6 p.m. Enter a team of 8 or less. Bring food & goodies for your table and decorate your table. The Event will have food & drinks available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 & under; advance tickets available online at


Health & Wellness Expo

A Focus on Health & Wellness hosted by PCRMC on Saturday, February 14th from 9:00am-2:00pm at The Centre in Rolla. The Cost is free.

Free Health Screenings to include Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, BMI, and Carotid Artery.

- Cooking and food preparation
- Local clubs and organizations
- State and government organizations
- Area fitness clubs
- Area healthcare services
- Product demonstration and sales from area businesses
- Mini learning sessions
- Children's activities

Free Promotional Gifts and Door Prizes

Contact Tracy Limmer at 573.458.7759 or


Don't Miss the Deadline for Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment at the Missouri Insurance Marketplace on February 15th. AVOID Penalties - In 2015, the penalty is the larger amount of: 2% of income or a flat dollar amount - $325 per adult and $162.50 per child, not to exceed $975 for a family.

Call a Certified Application Counselor at 573-458-3676 or email to learn about premium tax credits, cost share reductions and insurance options.


Attention Leaders: Save the Date

February 24, 2015 at MRPC's large conference room, #4 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - MRPC is excited to be hosting a training opportunity specifically for our local lenders on the SBA 7(a) guaranteed loan program. This is going to be a very informative and informal event to learn best practices for the program, changes with the 1502 reporting requirements, how to enforce 100 compliance to ensure the bank's guaranty as well as understanding the packaging, servicing and liquidation process. The event is ideal for lending institutions who need to get familiarized with the SBA 7(a) program or for individuals who have questions or concerns about making the process streamlined at their bank. For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Maria Bancroft at (573) 265-2993, extension 114 or at


Concealed Carry Weapons Class

The Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) is hosting Concealed Carry Weapons Class; the first step in acquiring a Missouri CCW endorsement including weapons qualification on the range. Class is March 15th from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Cost is $15 to register, $65 day of class. Each student must bring a photo ID, Eye & Hearing Protection, and either a Semi-automatic handgun or revolver (Plus 40 rounds of ammo), lunch money or food. Handgun must be in good working condition. Class is open to the public 21 yrs. and older. Interested patrons must be registered the day prior to each class at the Outdoor Adventure Center located in Bldg. 2290 FLW K Road.
For more information call 573-596-4223.

Individuals bringing a privately owned weapon onto the installation for authorized activities such as hunting, dog training activities or marksmanship events, are required to register weapons. Privately owned weapons can be registered between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Main Gate Visitor Control Center, Building 100. Registration form is available online. Registrations may take up to one week to process. Additionally, anyone wishing to bring a firearm onto FLW is required to declare the firearm with proof of registration. Firearms and ammunition must be stored separately, i.e. firearm in the trunk and ammunition in the passenger compartment.

For more information, call the Physical Security Section of the Provost Marshal's Office at 573-596-0131 ext. 6-0597 Concealed Carry Permits (CCP), regardless of state of issuance, are not authorized or recognized on Fort Leonard Wood. See FLW Regulation 190-6 for transportation requirements and authorized purposes.

Additional dates:
April 12 / May 16 / June 7 / July 25 / August 16 / September 12


Open House hosted by Walker Real Estate

Looking to buy a home? Come to an open house at 19820 Stamper in Waynesville on February 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be a real estate agent there and a local lender to help with your home buying needs.

This is a great home in the Waynesville School District. You can enjoy your own above ground pool outside with a wrap around desk. Other features of this home include a four car garage, tones of storage and a fenced in yard.

Call Charles Schasteen at 573-528-9920 or 573-336-4100 or email for more information.


Save the Date-Mark Your Calendars

The Annual Women of Significance Benefit Brunch; a benefit for Genesis: A Place of New Beginnings will be Saturday, April 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Westside Baptist Church. More details to come.


Assistance Association Missouri Veterans Cemetery Fort Leonard Wood (AAMVC)

We have a FaceBook page! Go to AAMVC.

The winter edition of the newsletter was posted on FaceBook and mailed to as many USPS and e-mail addresses we have. Each newsletter features a veteran hero interred at our cemetery. If you would like the newsletter to feature your departed veteran, contact the Cemetery Office at 573-774-3496.

Sellers-Sexton is doing it again! The dealership is partnering with the AAMVC and will donate $10 for every customer who test drives a Mazda through the month of February and $100 for every Mazda sold. This donation will go to the Association's support of Wreaths Across America™.

The AAMVC meets next on March 20, 2015 at noon, in the conference room of the Cemetery Administration building. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Factory Connection is moving to their new location!!!!

Can't wait for everyone to shop our NEW Spring arrivals and check out our new location at Liberty Market Place 332 Marshall dr. Suite D in Saint Robert. Store hours: Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.


"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 30, 2015
12:00 p.m. Committee of Fifty Luncheon
January 31, 2015
8:00 a.m. Les Mills quarterly Launch Party
8:00 a.m. Kids Day Out
February 5, 2015
10:00 a.m. Hiring Fair
February 6, 2015
11:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for Tre' Spa and Salon
5:30 p.m. 4th Annual "Hail to Heroes"
February 7, 2015
1:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting for Girl Adored
6:00 p.m. Trivia night to benefit Kitten Division

Click here to view event details!

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

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
~John F. Kennedy

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