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June 26, 2015

What the Chamber did this week for our members!

* The Chamber staff spent last Friday visiting all of our Ambassadors to give them special recognition for all they do. It has been declared Thank an Ambassador Day - see the video of our adventure.

* The Chamber staff, Board President and several Ambassadors attended the Unveiling of the Seven Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibit in Waynesville. It was a moving experience and we hope everyone takes time to go and visit the exhibit with your family.

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

Missouri State University - Waynesville
Gib Adkins
600 GW Lane
Waynesville, MO 65583
(417) 532-0518

Ribbon Cutting for Girl Haven Boutique - June 26th at 4 p.m. at 945 E. Missouri Ave., #2 in St. Robert.

Chamber Office Closed - July 3rd in observance of the Independence Day.

Show Us How You Celebrate Your Community, Pulaski County!

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

Deadline for Photos is July 15, 2015.

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

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

Membership Social

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

Chamber for Good

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

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

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

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

Chamber Now Accepting Veteran of the Year Award Nominations

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

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

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

Operation Workforce Job Fair

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

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

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

Show-Me Heroes Chamber Challenge

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

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

2015 - 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

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

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

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

For more information about the Shop Local Key Tag Program visit

Shop Local Participant Form

1. The "5 Things" segment was added to the Chamber's Weekly Update January, 2009 as a way to offer extra exposure and free advertising to our members.

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


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

5. If you would like for your company to be featured in an upcoming "5 Things" segment, send your "5 Things" along with a company logo in .jpg format to or call 573-336-5121. This is a one-time use benefit.

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

This business in St. Robert was established in 1963 joined the Chamber in 2003. This business is able to replace windshields or back glasses right at your home or office.

Who is This Member?

Last Week's Answer: Signs in Time, LLC.

Help Shape the Future of Route 66!

Route 66: The Road Ahead - Collaboration Workshop

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

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

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

AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA Service Positions Open

The Community Resource Office is currently seeking dedicated, hard working, caring individuals to join our team as AmeriCorps Tutors/Mentors or VISTA members. Please share wiith anyone who you feel would be a great addition to the team. We are conducting interviews NOW for August start dates! For more information call 573-842-2530. Applications can be completed online at

AmeriCorps Members
AmeriCorps Tutors/Mentors serve students from PreK-12 grade, providing academic assistance to students struggling in language arts and mathematics. They also serve in the Club TIGER Afterschool Program as Club Leaders, providing enrichment activities, health and wellness and additional academic support as needed. AmeriCorps Members receive a monthly living allowance ranging from $252-$1239 per month and an end-of-service education award of $1493-$5645. Full-time and part-time options are available; health care coverage provided for full-time Members.

VISTA Members
VISTA Members commit to serve full-time for 12 months at the Waynesville R-VI School District or a nonprofit community agency, working behind the scenes to develop, execute and sustain community and school-based programs. VISTA Members develop and enhance programs that support at-risk youth, families, and individuals in our community. VISTA Members receive a $928 monthly living allowance and $5,645 end-of-service education award, health care, one year of noncompetitive status for federal employment, and other benefits.

Tetanus Booster Shots

Wal-Mart Pharmacy will be at Waynesville Middle School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, to administer the TDAP vaccination (tetanus booster) for any students who have not yet received it.

Proof of this vaccination is required prior to starting 8th grade.

A parent or guardian must be present and a short form will need to be completed. Please bring a copy of your insurance card. Wal-Mart will bill your health insurance free of charge. The cash price for those without proof of insurance is $56.85.

Pick It Up Day to be Held at Pick Elementary

It's all about making students feel at home in their new school, say organizers of the Pick It Up Day on Wednesday, July 29, at 4590 Buckeye Ave, Fort Leonard Wood.

"We want to help students feel welcome at their new Wood home and for everything to be ready for them at the start of the school year," says Col. Andrew Herbst, the Fort Leonard Wood Garrison commander. "Our kids doing well in school is important to our families and this great community. This partnership initiative with Waynesville Schools reinforces the Start Strong phase of Soldier for Life. Soldiers working alongside our youth is important in setting a good example to our nation's future."

Soldiers from the 169th Engineer Battalion, 5th Engineer Battalion and the Air Force Detachment, students, parents and staff will work together from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 29 to help put the finishing touches on Pick Elementary as it transitions into Wood Elementary.

"Having soldiers from all three of our PIE partners volunteer to help shows how important these relationships are," says Dr. Antiqua Hunter, principal of Wood Elementary. "Our students are the real winners not just on this day, but on every day that our Partners in Education are there for us."

Due to declining enrollment, Wood Elementary will close and students will move this fall into the more efficient Pick facility. (Pick will be renamed Wood Elementary this fall.) Originally designed to be an elementary school, Pick was constructed in 1958 and totally renovated in 2002. It was vacated in 2010 when Pick Elementary students moved to Wood.

"When you re-open a building that has been closed for five years, there is so much work that needs to be done," says Dr. Chris Berger, assistant superintendent of operational services for the Waynesville R-VI School District. "Our Fort Leonard Wood friends have volunteered to partner with us to get everything ready for our students and we are so grateful for their help and especially for the leadership of the Garrison Command on this project."

Whether it is painting lines on the playground, trimming bushes or doing general cleanup, volunteers should come prepared to get dirty. All the necessary supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring work gloves. The USO Mobile will provide a free lunch for all volunteers at 11 a.m. at Pick Elementary.

One thing - the name - will remain the same for students as they head back to classes this fall: Pick will be renamed Wood Elementary at the start of the 2015-16 school year; the original Wood Elementary will be renamed Pick.

In the event of rain on July 29, the rain date is Friday, July 31.

WMDS Students Cheer on Riders

Waynesville Middle School students helped cheer on riders participating in the annual "Remember the Removal" bicycle ride, which commemorates the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from its homelands during the winter of 1838-39. The tour allows Cherokee people the opportunity to travel along the Trail of Tears where their ancestors traveled, according to the Remember the Removal Cherokee Nation website.

Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent, attended the dedication ceremony of the Trail of Tears site at Laughlin Park in Waynesville and spoke with Jack and Louise Garzelli following the event. Due to inclement weather, the ceremony was held at Waynesville City Hall.

USO Update

Volunteer Shifts Needing To Be Filled

Saturday, June 27 12 pm - 3 pm 3 Volunteers; 3 pm - 7 pm 4 Volunteers

Sunday, June 28 12 pm - 3 pm 4 Volunteers; 3 pm - 6 pm 4 Volunteers

USO Mobile FLW Schedule

July 3rd at Ft. Leonard Wood from 2-4 pm
July 3rd, 4th, 5th at FLW 4th of July - 3 days overnight
July 11th FLW B Co 31st EN BN from 1130-130 p.m.
July 11th Waynesville, MO -- Roubidoux Park from 3-5 p.m.
July 19th Waynesville, MO -- Roubidoux Park from 3-5 p.m.
July 25th at FLW - Rec PLEX 10-12 p.m.

Please rsvp to

Due to security and heightened alerts details are very limited. You will only be given details when you commit to work.

Memorial Quilt on Display

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


Farmers' Market at Fort Leonard Wood Now Accepting EBT / Food Stamp Benefits

The Farmers' Market at Fort Leonard Wood will now have the ability to accept customers' EBT / food stamp benefits as payment for food purchased at the market. The Fresh For All Program will make its debut at the next market on June 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Colyer Park on Fort Leonard Wood.

The Fresh For All Program will enable customers to choose the amount they would like to spend at the market from their Missouri EBT card. Their card will be run for the selected amount and the customer will be given vouchers to use at the market.

"Our vendors and market staff are very excited about this opportunity and are committed to providing wholesome and local products to everyone, especially those struggling with food insecurity. Increasing the availability of these foods to this population of our community will have great effects on health, welfare, our local producers and their farmland, and many more." said Market Manager Samantha Kramer.

The market currently hosts 11 vendors selling fresh, local, and healthy foods. The products include grass fed beef and bison, pastured pork, artisan goat cheese, organic spices and sauces, food producing plants and seeds, and ornamental flowers and trees.

The market is held on Friday afternoons in conjunction with Fort Leonard Wood's Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation's (FMWR) free family movie night event.

The Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop manages the market. They are a non-profit located in Richland, Mo. that seeks to employ mentally and physically handicapped individuals so that they may be empowered to assume their rightful roles as productive, valued citizens in our community.

For additional information on the Farmers' Market at Fort Leonard Wood or our Fresh For All Program, please contact Samantha Kramer, at 573-765-2500 or by email at More information is also available at


Family MWR Events

"Stars and Stripes Zumba Party" 9am - 11am June 27th at Swift Gym. Wear your red, white & blue; move, shake, and dance your way to a healthier you! Preregistration is $25/ $30 day of event. Event is open to the public. All fitness levels ages 13yrs and up are welcome!!! Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Swift Gym is located on the corner of 16th St and Buckeye Ave.

Register at DFC or online at
For more information and to register call 573-596-5862.

Register For: 4th Of July Car Show
What better way to show your support to our Military on Independence Day than by showcasing your ride for all to enjoy at the Family & MWR July 4th Car Show! Categories: cars, trucks & motorcycle. Top vehicles in each category will be chosen by our Service men & women and the FLW community. Car show is July 4 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Gammon Field, Iowa Ave, Fort Leonard Wood as part of our Independence Day Celebration. Registration is FREE and open to the public. Register online at For more information call 573-596-0243.

Register For: 2015 These Colors Don't Run 5k
Davidson Fitness Center kicks off your Independence Day with "These Colors Don't Run" a 5K Color Run. Run starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. at Davidson Fitness Center. Advance registration cost is $15 per person and includes a commemorative white T-shirt (to be colored at event). Advance registration must be completed by July 1 at 9:00 pm at the Davidson Fitness Center or online at

Day of registration at DFC is $20; registration starts at 7:00 am and ends at 7:50 am sharp! Run is open to the public. This event is not timed and awards will not be given. Early race bib and t-shirt pick up is Friday, July 3rd from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.. For more information call 573-596-7444.

Register For: Cardboard Boat Race
Family & MWR is calling for the talents of adults and youth alike to register for the MWR Cardboard Boat Race August 8; 11:00 am at TA250 Lake. Gather your team and build a boat that will stay afloat. Event is FREE and open to the public. This is a wonderful event for families and a team-building experience. Register online at For more information call 573-596-6913.

Library Summer Reading Program "Read To The Rhythm"
Come join Clarke Library for a summer of reading----"Read to the Rhythm." Clarke Library will be offering 8 weeks of activities, games and reading incentives for readers of all ages, from infants to adults. Starting on June 8th and ending with our "Beat the Heat" Summer Bash on August 1st we will be providing a summer of fun for our families. FREE, register and log in your reading progress online at For more information call 573-563-5857.

Enjoy Lunch at BlackJack Bar & Grill ALL You Can EAT Buffet! Open Thursdays & Fridays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 573 329-2455


Davidson Fitness Center Maintenance Update

In order to provide you with quality facilities, Family & MWR's
Davidson Fitness Center is currently performing maintenance on the Main Gym Floor which began on June 15, 2015; this will take approximately 30 days.

The Indoor Track at Davidson Fitness Center will be closed for the remainder of the floor resurfacing project.

Update: There will be no access to the DFC Main Gym Floor (Basketball Courts), Indoor TRACK, Racquetball Courts, Weight Room and Aerobics Room.

The following areas of the Fitness Center will remain open: Cardio, Bathrooms/Locker Rooms, Sauna and Line of Sight Fitness Area. Access to the Line of Sight Fitness Area, for parents with children, will be available between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the doors off the Southeast corner
of Davidson Fitness Center.

Photo ID will be required for entry into the area.

Specker Gym is available for all your fitness needs!


Join the SOP

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) strengthens the Fort Leonard Wood region by focusing on military affairs, quality of life, economic development, health and wellness, education, utility infrastructure, and transportation. We want to keep you updated with our progress and share our successes, as well as communicate more effectively with you. Please sign up today to join the SOP team!


Vince Loney's Art on Display

Local artist Vince Loney's pencil drawings will be on display at the Waynesville Library until July 31st. Vince is a member of the Creek Nation, one of the five civilized tribes from southeastern United States who were forced from their land during the Indian removal of 1836. Vince grew up in this area and attended Waynesville Middle and High Schools. He first became interested in art during his middle school art class with Mrs. Rigsby.


2nd Annual 18 Hole 2 Person Scramble

Pulaski County Extension Office is having their 2nd Annual 18 Hole 2 Person Scramble Golf Tournament Saturday June 20th, 8 am shot gun start. Cost is 100.00 per team includes cart and registrations are available online at

Prizes for the event include: Great Life Golf Course 4 Free Rounds of golf; Bear Creek Valley Golf Course 2 Rounds of golf green fees and cart; Indian Rock Golf Club 4 Rounds of golf with the purchase of cart; The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A 2 Rounds of golf Sycamore Creek Golf Club 2 Rounds of golf; Osage National Golf Resort 2 Rounds of golf with the purchase of cart;
La Firenza Day Spa Benton Square Rolla 1 hour facial;
Piney Valley Golf Course 4 Rounds of golf and cart.


Leach Theatre

The 2015-2016 Season tickets are now on sale. Click here for order form. Visit to for a list of this season's shows.


Mizzou Landscaping Design Students Visit Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Fort Leonard Wood

Advanced landscaping design students in Instructor Tim Maloney's class at the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture presented their Capstone Design projects for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Fort Leonard Wood to Cemetery Director, Charles G. Baxter. According to Baxter, all designs presented had elements that would enhance overall appearance of the Cemetery. Louis Colasanti, Vice-President of the Assistance Association Missouri Veterans Cemetery, arranged for the class project.


Take a Test Drive for Special Olympics MO

For the entire month of June go to Mid Missouri Motors and test drive a vehicle and sign the log in roster.Each individual can only participate once.

This event supports Special Olympics MO. Mid Missouri Motors is located on old Route 66, (across the road from Mercy Clinic) in St Robert.


3rd Annual Poker Run

The 3rd Annual Poker Run benefiting Janet's Wish is August 8th. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.

Activities include raffle and silent auction. Cost is $20 per bike; $10 each extra hand. Special gift for the first $20 entries. Silent Auction goes until 6 p.m.


Missouri Business Conference

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

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


Annual 4th of July Celebration

Bring your family and friends to the Waynesville Library on July 2nd from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for some free old fashion fun! Activities will include bobbing for apples, water balloon relay race, a dig for hidden treasures, and more.


Scholastic Book Fair & Family Fun Day Carnival

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

Family Fun Day Carnival is July 2nd from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Waynesville Library.


Lowe speaks of international experiences to Rotary Club

Sara Lowe, a 2014 John Brown University graduate, visited the Rotary Club of Pulaski County recently and spoke of experiences in more than 25 countries during her collegiate career.

Lowe, who is fluent in Spanish, is currently studying in Madrid, Spain, on a student Visa. When finished there, she plans to live and work in a Spanish-speaking country where potable water may not be available to many residents. Lowe is the daughter of local attorneys, Rotarian David Lowe and Kimberly Lowe.

Bruce Harrill of the Rotary's International Committee presented her with an inexpensive, effective water filter, which the local Club makes available where there is a need.

The water filters may be made available for those taking mission trips to countries where potable water is not readily available. Anyone interested in potentially obtaining the water filters should contact Rotarian Dick Mazanec at 573-364-0410.



Joyce Harris from the University of Missouri Extension will be sharing ways to make fruits and vegetables more tasty for your whole family on Saturday June 27th from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.. Come share the fun and sample some delicious salsa and smoothies!


Juneteenth Celebration

You're invited to a celebration, Juneteenth! Hosted by the Pulaski County NAACP on Sunday, June 28th from 12 - 7:00 p.m. at the St. Robert Community Center. This event is open to the public.

Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is a monment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities - as nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend. Juneteenth serves symbolically, and in reality as a reference point from which to measure and appreciate the progress and contributions made by African Americans to this society.

Support the Pulaski County NAACP by getting your car washed on July 25th at O'Reilly Auto Parts on Old Route 66.


"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
June 26, 2015
12:00 p.m. Committee of Fifty Luncheon
4:00 p.m Ribbon Cutting for Girl Haven Boutique
June 27, 2015
10:00 a.m. Waynesville Library Presentation
June 28, 2015
12:00 p.m. Juneteenth Celebration
July 3, 2015
Chamber Office Closed

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

"I have chosen to be HAPPY because it is good for my health." ~Voltaire

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