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August 28, 2015

What the Chamber did this week for our members!

* The Chamber has continued our partnership with the Rotary Club of Pulaski County to present the Choices program to all 8th graders in the county. This program focuses on keeping the students in school and preparing them for their future. One of the exercises is a mock job interview which prepares them for the workforce. The training for presenters was held this week and we are excited with all the new volunteers that see a value in this program.

* The annual Job Fair was held with 20 businesses in attendance and over 100 people came through looking for a job. As a member benefit you are able to have a free booth at this event. If you didn't take advantage of it this year be sure to but next August on your calendar. We are excited to report that most of the employers have several candidates to choose from and several hired employees during the Fair.

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

Bales Construction Co. Inc.
Brandon Bales
1901 Historic 66 W
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 774-2003
(573) 774-6163

Fireball Run Auction Donations being accepted

The Chamber will be hosting auctions on Facebook, at the September Chamber Luncheon, and at the Countdown to Launch Party and are accepting donations for these auctions. These donations may be for services; items; events, etc. All proceeds will go toward the cost of sending Fireball Run Team 10 - Pulaski Pride to the East Coast to promote Pulaski County and compete in an eight-day, 2000-mile, life-sized trivia game in effort to recover America's Missing Children. Donations can be brought to the Chamber office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please provide description and value of the donation. This is a great opportunity to promote your business to other Chamber members and the community.

Facebook auction starts August 27th at 11 a.m. and will go daily running for 24 hours, Monday - Friday. One item will be placed for bid on the Chamber Facebook page. The winning bidder will have one business day to pick up and pay for the item at the Chamber Office, 137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B. between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Payment options accepted are Credit/Debit cards or Cash.

Please visit the team's fan page and vote for our Team 10-Pulaski Pride as your fan favorite. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Become a CHOICES Presenter - CHOICES Program Training

The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber and the Rotary Club of Pulaski County will be continuing their partnership to present the CHOICES Program to all 8th grades in the county this fall. Thank you for volunteering to participate in this program. If you would please email or call with the training date you can attend, it would be appreciated.

The Training this year will be on August 25th from 1:00 - 4 p.m. and August 26th from 9:00 a.m. - Noon at the Chamber office in the Tourism meeting room (lower level). Everyone must attend the training even if you have presented before! Thanks again for your continue support of this outstanding program for our youth.

The success of this project can be summed up best in the words of a student after completing the CHOICES presentation, "It (self-discipline) means pushing myself to do the right thing even if it's hard." By focusing on real world topics such as time management, job opportunities, self-discipline, and staying in school CHOICES drives home the lessons that are so often overlooked.

If you would like to get involved as either a presenter or a donor please contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121.

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

2015 Community Pride Night

A new school year is almost upon us and with that comes another season of Tiger Football! No other event on the Chamber Calendar elicits as much excitement and enthusiasm as Community Pride Night! This year's celebration will be held on October 2nd in conjunction with the homecoming festivities, and like always hotdogs and sodas are provided free of charge outside the gate.

The Chamber cannot manage this event without your help! Sponsorships are available for $50 and include your business name on a sign at the event and in all press releases. With your sponsorship you may have a booth at the event to promote your business. We encourage you to get involved with the Chamber as we take a night to recognize all the Waynesville Tiger athletes. For more information contact our office at (573) 336-5121 or click here.

Young Professionals Conference

The Young Professionals Conference (YPC) gives our young adults an opportunity to grow their communication and leadership skills, becoming self-sufficient and productive members of our community. The event begins with a True Colors® Seminar and breakout sessions in the afternoon. Breakout session topics include Community Involvement, Interpersonal Skills, Keeping Social Media Professional and Interview Skills.

The YPC will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Ozarks Technical Community College - Waynesville Campus. Check-In begins at 8:30am and program will begin at 9:00am. Space is limited to 30 participants which includes high school students, college students, and young adults currently in the workforce. The registration form is available here. $50 investments/sponsorships are available to keep the cost to participants at little to nothing. Contact Kate at or 573-336-5121 for more information.

Nominations Open for the 2015 Citizen of the Year

The Waynesville - St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual Citizen of the Year Award to be presented at our Community Leadership Awards Banquet. From now until November 13, 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, as well as a cover sheet including the following information: nominee's name, home address, office address, home phone number, office phone number, sponsor, point of contact, day phone number, and a 150 word summary of the nominee with his/her photo.

The Citizen of the Year Award is meant to recognize a person who has performed outstanding and dedicated service to the community and/or towards helping others over time not for a particular year of service. The individual nominated must have provided such service in the Waynesville-St. Robert area. Please mail or e-mail your nominations to: Waynesville-St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce, 137 St. Robert Boulevard Ste. B, St. Robert, MO 65584, E-mail:

If you have any questions contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121, or e-mail at

Click here to download the 2015 Citizen of the Year Nomination Form.

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. It's 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.

Hometown Pride Video

Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo to our Hometown Pride Challenge. A Special thanks to Salenna Hedgepath, VSA who put the video together. Enjoy:

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. Jasmine Richards was named a silver Medalist during the Professional Photographers of America's 2015 International Photographic Competition. Jasmine's work will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia January 10-12, 2016.

5,200 images were submitted with just over 2,100 images being selected for the General Collection and 1,085 (roughly 21%) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection - The Best of the Best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much anticipated "Loan Collection" book by Marathon Press.

Jasmine Richards was named a Silver Medalist, meaning that one of her four merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2015 she was one of only 115 Silver Medalists.

2. Vivid Impressions Photography is available to photograph all of your Military Balls/Events.

3. Vivid Impressions Photography is a full service Portrait Studio specializing in newborns and senior portraits. We also take family, children, and maternity portraits.

4. Another one of our specialties is pet photography. We love taking portraits of you pets. Jasmine Richards has volunteered countless hours taking portraits of the animals at the Texas County Animal Shelter to help the shelter wit professional images for their web site.

5. Vivid Impressions is a Family Owned Business that is involved in their community. Jasmine has been a Girl Scout Leader for the past 3 years and will continue to be involved in the community whenever possible.

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 Waynesville joined the Chamber in 2011. At this fitness center in Waynesville, MO, you will find amazing amenities-including the best fitness equipment available!. Plus, their health club has a friendly and supportive atmosphere. To help you get started, each new member receives a FREE personal fitness orientation!

Who is This Member?

Last Week's Answer: Zeigenbein Sanitation Service

WHS Class of 2015 ties national average in ACT score

Waynesville High School seniors in the Class of 2015 made gains in every area of the ACT test, closing the gap between the district's and state's composite scores.

For 2015, Waynesville's ACT composite score was 21 - the national average; the state's composite score was 21.7. In 2014, Waynesville's composite score was 20.7 and the state's was 21.8.

"Waynesville seniors increased in every individual curriculum-based test this year, raising our composite score three-tenths of a point overall," says Dr. Trish Adkins, assistant superintendent of instructional services.

ACT tests students in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science and is designed to measure the skills needed for success in first-year college coursework.

More Missouri graduates took the ACT exam in 2015 than in 2014 while scoring higher than the national average, according to data released by ACT on Wednesday.

49,640 students in the class of 2015 took the test compared with 48,864 in the class of 2014. From 2013 to 2015, Waynesville has seen a 4.4 percent increase in graduating seniors who have taken the exam.

"The ACT is one tool used to measure college and career readiness," said Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. "We are pleased that the percent of Missouri students meeting readiness benchmarks continues to exceed national averages on all four measures: English, mathematics, reading and science."

The 2015 average composite score of 21.7 remains higher than the score of 21.6 Missouri maintained from 2005-2013. Missouri remains above the national average of 21.0. Ninety-one percent of Missouri graduates who took the ACT indicated they wished to pursue post-secondary education.

Missouri graduates also outscored the national average in percentage of students achieving college readiness benchmarks in each subject area:

-English, 71 percent; higher than the national average of 64 percent
-Reading, 51 percent; higher than the national average of 46 percent
-Math, 44 percent; higher than the national average of 42 percent
-Science, 42 percent; higher than the national average of 38 percent
-All four subject areas, 30 percent; higher than the national average of 28 percent

The 2014-15 school year marked the first time the state offered a one-time administration of the exam to all 11th-grade students in the state. The same opportunity will be offered to 11th graders during the 2015-16 school year. Wednesday's data reflect the 2015 graduating seniors and do not include 11th-grade scores from the spring of 2015. The results of that statewide testing are expected to be released in upcoming months.

The ACT is the primary college-entry exam used by Missouri students and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest. College and career readiness is a primary goal of Missouri's Top 10 by 20 initiative, which aims to make Missouri a top 10 state for education by 2020.

USO Update

Volunteer Shifts Needing To Be Filled

Friday, August 28 3 pm - 6 pm 1

Saturday, August 29 10 am - 12 pm 1 volunteer; 12 pm - 3 pm 2 volunteers; 3 pm - 7 pm 2 volunteers

Sunday, August 30 10 am - 12 pm 2 volunteers; 12 pm -3 pm 2 volunteers; 3 pm - 6 pm 3 volunteers

If you could assist with any of these shifts, please let us know by calling 573-329-2039.

We hope all of our Volunteers are having a great week and enjoying the beautiful weather! Thanks so much for all you do!


The Patriot Day Concert

You are invited to attend on September 11th to the Patriot Day Concert at 7:00 p.m. at the Roubidoux Park Stage in the Waynesville Roubidoux Park!

Music provided by The 399th Army Band and the dedication of the new Park Stage, a gift from the Dial Family.


Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar is Hiring

Opening Mid October 2015. Now Hiring! Click link for job application. (page 1; page 2)


Chick Flick Movie Night

Come and join us for free Chick Flick Movie Night at the Waynesville Library on Thursdays at 4PM: We are showing "unconditional" on September the 3rd, "I Don't Know How She Does It" on September the 10th, "The Best of Me" on September the 17th, and "And So It Goes" on September the 24th. Enjoy some sodas, juice, chips, pizza rolls, or caramel popcorn with your movies all for free!!!


Postion open with the RSVP

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), a service of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, seeks an enthusiastic, personable and professional person to fill the position of Pulaski County Project Coordinator in Waynesville, Missouri. Job responsibilities include but not limited to providing assistance to the RSVP Director in Springfield, Missouri in the areas of volunteer coordination; volunteer recruitment; volunteer recognition; service coordination; community awareness of disaster mitigation and preparedness; administrative oversight and public speaking.

The ideal candidate will be a high-energy individual with exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills, successful experience leading volunteers, excellent writing and public speaking skills, ability to work independently and with a team, and have a high level of confidence working with current technology and communication tools. Successful candidates must possess a commitment to serve and support the mission of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks.

This is a Full-time position with competitive pay. Qualified candidates should submit their resume and cover letter by August 24, 2015 to the Human Resources Department, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, P.O. Box 3947, Springfield MO 65808 or email No phone calls please.

The Council of Churches of the Ozarks is an equal opportunity employer. Applicant must successfully complete a drug screen and background investigation.


Monster Customer Appreciation Celebration

Seeger Toyota Scion invites the community to their customer Appreciation Celebration and Wounded Warrior Donation now through August 22nd.

Bounce House, Games, Spin Art, Bumper Cars, DJ Jamie Blue Snow Cones, Prizes, Drawings, Food & drinks. Win a 2015 Honda CRF 125F
169 St. Robert Blvd. St. Robert, MO 65584; (573) 336-7111;


Hellbender Hill Challenge 5K

FLW MOAA Show me Chapter of the USAWOA are conducting a 5K Hill Challenge, the Hellbender 5K on August 29th. The Hellbender will be conducted on FLW on Demolition Avenue, affectionately referred to as "Carwash Hill" and is open to all. Race starts at 9:00 a.m. with check in/registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Fee is $15 for adults; $10 for ages 12 and under. Day of fee is $20 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under. Go to to register.

This is the inaugural run for the Hellbender and both organizations are counting on you sponsorship to assist in defraying the cost of the run. Your contribution is greatly appreciated as both organizations support the community by supporting the Waynesville JROTC program, the MS&T Army and Air Force ROTC programs, the St. James Veterans' Home, the Waynesville Snack in a Pack program and annually awarding at least $2000 in college scholarships.


Customer Appreciation Day

AT&T Communcations is hosting a customer appreciation day this Saturday August 29th from 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will be having food and giving away lots of prizes. We will have several different tablets for .99 cent.


Vietnam Memorial Ceremony

Fort Leonard Wood will be conducting a Vietnam Memorial Ceremony in conjunction with Retiree Appreciation Days on September 5th at the Memorial Grove (off Nebraska Ave). The Fort Leonard Wood - Mid MO Chapter of AUSA along with Mid Missouri Credit Union and Willard Asphalt will be supporting the Vietnam Memorial Ceremony on September 5th by bringing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall to the installation. "The Wall" is a 1/4 replica of the actual monument and is approximately 240 feet in length. We felt it was important to bring "The Wall" to Fort Leonard Wood to compliment the ceremony conducted by the installation. Furthermore, it provides the community who cannot travel to Washington D.C. the opportunity to experience a version of the monument.

The sequence of events for the ceremony are listed below:

1:30 Names of the Missourians killed in Vietnam will be read and a bell rung in their honor

3:30 Memorial Ceremony begins
National Anthem
Narrator explains the purpose of the ceremony
Proclamation/Resolution read
MG Savre introduces the guest speaker, COL (RET) Ballard
Joint Services Medley

I encourage each of you to attend the ceremony. It will be an outstanding tribute to our fallen heroes.

Read more:


Faith Lutheran Church Rally Day

The new Sunday School year at Faith Lutheran Church begins at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6th. On Sunday Sept. 13th after 9:15 Sunday School and 10:30 Worship, our Rally Day recognitions will be held followed by a Church picnic at Pavilion #1 in the Waynesville City Park. Table service, drinks and meat will be furnished. Please bring a vegetable and/or a salad and/or a dessert along with a happy Jesus smile. There will be games for the children and youth. Feel free to join us every Sunday for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.


Blackjack Fantasy Football League

September 4 & 5
Registration Deadline Sept 2, 2015

BlackJack Bar & Grill and MWR Sports is hosting "Fantasy Football League" at 6:00 p.m. An official draft party will kick off the event at Pershing Community Center; followed by games on the NFL Ticket and great specials every Sunday.

$20 per team to enter. Max two players per team: Owner and Co-Owner (Co-Owner not required). Prize money paid for 1st - 3rd place. Amount paid out dependent on number of teams in the league.

League open to the first 36 teams to register.
Register in person at Davidson Fitness Center or online at by 9:00 p.m. on September 2nd!
BlackJack Bar & Grill is located inside the Pershing Community Center Bldg. 4109 Piney Hills Drive. For more information call 573-596-4359.


2015 College Night at Waynesville High School

The Waynesville High School Guidance Department will host the annual College Career Night program Wednesday evening, Sept. 9, 2015, in the high school gymnasium, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Representatives from colleges, universities, technical schools, military and various other organizations will be available to talk with students and parents concerning programs, financial aid, entrance requirements and other pertinent information.

College representatives are asking all juniors and seniors who plan to attend to pre-register for the college/career night at Students and parents from the following high schools are invited to attend: Waynesville, Crocker, Richland, Laquey, Newburg, Iberia, Dixon and Plato.

The Parent to Parent organization from Fort Leonard Wood will also present a workshop on the college application process in the WHS Freshman Lecture Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9.


Free Chick Flick Movie Night

Come and join us for free chick flick movie night at the Waynesville Library on Thursdays at 4PM: We are showing "Unconditional" on September 3rd, "I Don't Know How She Does It" on September the 10th, "The Best Of Me" on September the 17th, and "And So It Goes" on September the 24th. Enjoy some sodas, juice, chips, pizza rolls, or caramel popcorn with your movies All For Free!!!


Civil Service Appreciation Night

Civil Service Employees are invited to Z Bar & Grill Saturday, August 29th and will receive 15% off their meal. Show crdentials to server, not valid with other coupons. Alcohol is excluded.


3rd Annual MOCA Health and Wellness Fair

MOCA is hosting a health fair on September 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richland Community Center. The community center is in Shady Dell Park, 400 E. National Ave.

Information available on Medicare education and counseling, Home Heath care, Employment Service, and many more. Activities for children and free lunch.

For more information please call 573-765-3183 ext 133 or 142.


Calendar of Events at the Waynesville Library

Superhero 5K Read Walk Run September 5th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Waynesville Library. Proceeds will go toward the Waynesville Library and the Little Heroes Playground.

Fall Book Sale September 8th through Sept 12th. Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Waynesville Library. Proceeds go to the Waynesville Library

Baby Rhyme Time is every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Waynesville Library. This program encourages Early Literacy through Educational Play, Nursery Rhyme, Music/Songs, and reading.

Teen Advisory Board, Reader's Theater Puppet Troupe, and Triple Threat Musical Dance Performers every Friday from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Waynesville Library

For more information contact Angela Garret at 573-774-2965


"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
August 28, 2015
12:00 p.m. Committee of Fifty Luncheon
7:00 p.m. Wine Pairings Course
Movie in the Park at Colyer Park
August 29, 2015
9:00 a.m. Hellbender Hill Challenge 5k
11:30 a.m. Customer Appreciation Day
Civil Service Appreciation Night
August 31, 2015
11:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for Oils 4 U and Pets 2
September 5, 2015
9:00 a.m. Superhero 5K Read Walk Run
September 7, 2015
Chamber Office Closed

Click here to view event details!

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

"Never do something 'Good Enough.' For if it was done good enough, it most certainly should have been done better."" ~Unknown

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