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February 27, 2015

What the Chamber did this week for our members!

* The Chamber staff welcomed Kate Thomas this week from the AmeriCorps VISTA program with the Waynesville R-VI School District. We appreciate the school district for selecting the Chamber to receive a Community VISTA for one year. The Chamber is lucky to have Kate and we look forward to the many new programs she will be working on to better our community.

* The Chamber attended the Fort Leonard Wood's Woodworks meeting and promoted all county events now through April.

*The Chamber Board met and has signed an agreement with the Missouri Chamber to partner with their Federation on behalf of our members. The Missouri Chamber Federation is a advocacy-driven partnership of the state chamber and local and regional chambers. An extension of the Federation is the Small Business Alliance, an advocacy coalition of Missouri companies with 10 employees or fewer, which are members of their local or regional chambers. The purpose is to empower small businesses and engage them in advocacy and political action to increase their collective power in the state legislature.

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

KY3, Inc.
Todd Schurz
999 W. Sunshine
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 268-3000

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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. For information on the shuttle service and a map to Nutter Field House click here.

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.

Chamber Board Positions Open

The Waynesville - St. Robert Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announces the opportunity for members in good standing to be considered for open board positions for the term of 2015 - 2018. Requests for consideration shall be made by completing the application form and delivering the completed form to the Chamber office no later than seven (7) days before the Nomianationg committee meeting. The Nominating Committee shall consider all requests made. Contact Cecilia at with any questions.

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Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction

The 2015 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. This event is the largest and primary fundraiser the Chamber holds each the year.

Restaurants will be handing out fine samples of all their favorite menu items during this event. A variety of specialty baskets from area businesses will also be up for bid. Among baskets filled with chocolates, themed baskets, or baskets with great consumer value. A silent auction and door prizes are also included in this fun filled event. Doors open 11:00 a.m. with the Auction beginning at 12:30 p.m. Come early to browse the wonderful items for bid and start sampling the delicious food offered by area restaurants.

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Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12-5 years old and children 4 and under are free. Pre-event tickets will be available at the Chamber office.

Register your restaurant today! This event is open to all Pulaski County restaurants. Restaurant spaces are limited. The deadline to register a restaurant is TODAY, February 27th.

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

Volunteers will be out on Friday, March 6th picking up donations, so 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

WANTED: Taste of Pulaski County and Basket Auction Sponsors

The chamber is needing $500 sponsors for our Annual Taste of Pulaski county & Basket Auction.

Sponsorships are a great way to market your business and show support of this fun event. All sponsors will have their name in press releases, logo on flyers and advertising, logo and link on the event website, an ad in the printed program and sponsors are welcome to have a booth at the event!

Click here for the sponsorship form and email it to chamber@wsrchamber, fax to 573-336-5472 or call 573-336-5121. Don't Delay.

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. The Comfort Inn features an indoor, heated, salt water pool. Salt water is great for your skin! And there's a hot tub - open 24 hours for our guests!

2. All of our rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators and FREE WiFi.

3. The elk, one of two animals mounted in our rustic lodge decor lobby, features atypical antlers. Come by and see!

4. There are over 1200 Comfort Inn's in the United States - and ours ranks in the top 150!

5. Our team has, combined, over 45 years of hospitality experience!

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 2012. They joined the Chamber in 2013. This facility is a family owned, 5,500 sq ft. Crossfit Affiliate serving the greater Waynesville, St. Robert, Fort Leonard Wood, Pulaski County area. If you are looking for a first-class box to do your WOD, you have come to the right place!

Who is This Member?

Last Week's Answer: Curves

Volunteer Connections

February 24th - 27th - Take students and volunteers through a Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad experience with the Pulaski Family Activity Coalition. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. POC: Mrs. Andry 573-433-9186

March 3rd - Learn about the Waynesville Snack in a Pack program, which currently provides supplemental food to over 300 Waynesville R-VI School District students. Discover ways to volunteer. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. POC: Mrs. Randall 573-842-2530

May 9th - Help support the local nonprofit organizations and learn how to support the community at the Pulaski Non Profit Expo hosted by Show Me Nonprofits.12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
POC: Mr. Laszacs 573-855-8012

May 15th - Attend the Fort Leonard Wood Volunteer Recognition Ball. It will be a formal event.
RSVP: Mrs. Hutsell 573-596-4334

May 9th - Help support the local nonprofit organizations and learn how to support the community at the Pulaski Non Profit Expo hosted by Show Me Nonprofits. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
POC: Mr. Laszacs 573-855-8012

May 15th - Attend the Fort Leonard Wood Volunteer Recognition Ball. It will be a formal event. RSVP: Mrs. Hutsell 573-596-4334

NOW - Be a part of the Volunteer All Star Team and work closely with the school Volunteer Coordinator. Take a lead role in upcoming volunteer opportunities. POC: Mrs. Kimes 573-842-2524

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JROTC Invitational Drill Meet

The Waynesville High School JROTC will host its first ever JROTC Invitational Drill Meet at Waynesville High School with more than 1,000 individuals expected to attend from 7 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. on March 14.

In addition to the high school teams, the impressive, precision U.S. Army Drill Team will attend and showcase their talents during the event.

Fifteen to 20 high school drill teams (with 50 to 75 cadets) are expected to compete in one individual event - the individual drill down - and these seven team events:

- Armed Regulation Team
- Unarmed Regulation Team
- Armed Color Guard Team
- Unarmed Color Guard Team
- Armed Exhibition Team
- Unarmed Exhibition Team
- New Cadet Unarmed Platoon

Trophies will be awarded. Cadets will compete in the WHS main gym, auditorium and small gym with Fort Leonard Wood drill sergeants and other soldiers serving as the judges.
Because of this year's success at Midwest meets, the WHS drill team will attend the Army Nationals Championships Competition in Louisville, Ky., on April 11.

AdvancED review team recommends accreditation for Waynesville Schools

Following their four-day visit to the area, an AdvancED review team has recommended full accreditation for the Waynesville R-VI School District.

"This is outstanding news for Waynesville Schools," says Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent.

The announcement, "The External Review Team recommends to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission that the Waynesville R-VI School District earn the distinction of accreditation by AdvancED," was made during a special Waynesville R-VI Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

AdvancED accreditation is a voluntary review process that focuses on:
-the impact of teaching and learning
-capacity of leadership
-use of resources

This AdvancED review is in addition to the State of Missouri's accreditation through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

"Most Missouri schools do not seek this additional source of accreditation; however, we think it is important to seek this added level of accreditation for our military families who are familiar with this designation in other parts of the United States," says Dr. Trish Adkins, assistant superintendent of instructional services. "

AdvancED is the global leader in providing continuous improvement and accreditation services to over 32,000 institutions serving 20 million students worldwide.

During their visit, a five-person team interviewed 174 stakeholders, including the superintendent, board members, administrators, teachers, support staff, students and parents.

AdvancEd brings together more than 100 years of experience and the expertise of the three largest US-based accreditation agencies - the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

The AdvancEd Accreditation Process, a protocol embraced around the world, is a clear and comprehensive program of evaluation and external review, supported by research-based standards, and dedicated to helping schools, districts and education providers continuously improve.

Wood students and parents invited to tour Pick Elementary

The Waynesville R-VI School District will host a Pick Elementary Tour and Informational Meeting for Wood Elementary parents and the public on March 10 beginning with a self-tour at 5:30 p.m., a presentation at 6 p.m. and a question and answer session at 6:30 p.m.

In 2010, Pick Elementary students combined with Wood Elementary, where students had been moved when Pershing Elementary closed. Wood was originally designed as a junior high facility but could easily accommodate both the Pick and Pershing populations. Now that enrollment has leveled off, the return of students to Pick Elementary is under consideration.

"With the current reductions occurring on Fort Leonard Wood, particularly the loss of the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, the possibility of utilizing Pick Elementary instead of Wood Elementary has become more feasible," says Dr. Chris Berger, assistant superintendent of operational services. "In addition to its elementary design advantages, Pick has a more efficient heating and cooling system and an advantageous location to the primary neighborhood housing Wood Elementary students."

The Waynesville R-VI Board of Education will seek parental input during the tour and informational meeting.

"This tour and informational meeting is an opportunity for parents to see first-hand the child-friendly facilities that Pick has to offer," says Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. "We are looking forward to hearing what parents think of the facility."

In addition to providing feedback that evening, parents may also send their comments to

Special Olympics

The Special Olympics is scheduled for March 27 and 28.

USO Update

Attention - Volunteers

Post has changed their post access procedures! Anyone who volunteers and does not have a Military ID card needs to have post approval prior to their arrival, no matter how many or how few of times they volunteer.

Volunteer training is tomorrow, I need anyone who is scheduled for training to call the office ASAP so their information can be submitted. 573-329-2039.

If you do not have a Military ID Card Please email Kelly at with the following information:
-Last Name
-Middle Name
-First Name
-Date of Birth
-State of Drivers License
-Drivers License Number

Groups who volunteers, if anyone in your group does not have a Military ID card, this process will have to be done. Please email Kelly at for more information.
If you volunteer once a month, once a week, once a year this process will have to be completed.

In Need of a Panera Bread Pick Up and Drop Off Volunteer

We are looking for a Panera Bread Volunteer. The pick up time is at 10 pm every Friday Night at the Panera Bread location in St. Robert and drop off time is between 10 am - 11 am at the FLW USO on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in being our Panera Bread Volunteer, please contact Christina at 573-329-2039 or by emailing:

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, Feb. 27

3 pm - 6 pm 2

Saturday, Feb. 28

12 pm - 3 pm 3
3 pm - 7 pm 3

Sunday, Feb. 29

3 pm - 6 pm 2

**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.**

USO Wish List

We are always asked, "What are some items that the Fort Leonard Wood USO needs?" So we thought we would put a list together that everyone could see. This is also a great opportunity for any groups, who sometimes don't have the time to volunteer physically at the USO to maybe think about raising money for any of the items listed below!

Newly released DVD's
Fresh Fruit: Bananas,Oranges & Apples
Men's Travel Size Deodorant
Hot Chocolate
Bottled water
Pre-packaged little debbie cakes
Mini Van
X BOX 360 Controllers
1- Guitar Stand
Small Gas Can
3- edsal 72-in H x 48-in W x 24-in D 5-Tier Steel Freestanding Shelving Unit


Book Signing at the Waynesville Library

The Waynesville Library branch is pleased to host a book signing for local author Judy M. Hamm on Saturday, March 7th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ms. Hamm is promoting her book, "It is True!!", an inspirational book for children.

Please come join us for book discussions and light refreshments. If you have any questions, please call the Waynesville Branch at 573-774-2965.


Dance like a star without varicose veins

Free Covidien Vein Event on Thursday, March 5th from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in St. Robert.

Varicose veins are not only unattractive, they can be painful and lead to other health problems. Meet Dr. Karen Tabb, with Mercy Clinic Lebanon and hear about the Covidien Vein procedure, a new minimally invasive outpatient treatment. Most patients see positive results within two to six weeks, just in time for summer!

A light snack will be provided. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by March 2nd. Call 417-533-6780 for reservations.


Leach Theatre Events

The House I Live In
Tuesday,March 3,2015 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Arlo Guthrie: The Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour
Friday, March 6, 2015 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 Adult/$30 Youth

Less than 30 tickets remain for this show.

Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other. As the eldest son of America's most beloved singer/writer/philosopher, Woody Guthrie, and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer, Arlo grew up surrounded by dancers and musicians, all of whom were significant influences on his musical career. Arlo Guthrie's career exploded in 1967 with the release of Alice's Restaurant, whose title song was a hilarious account of actual events that took place in 1965. Read More

Visit for more information on these shows and more.


Test drive a Mazda to help AAMVC

Sellers-Sexton is contributing to the Assistance Association for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery here. Test drive a Mazda during February; for every test drive Sellers will donate $10 to AAMVC. For every Mazda sold, the donation will be $100!


Significant Snowfall Contest

Twyla Cordry of Cellar 66 Wine Bar was the primary sponsor for the First Significant Snowfall Contest with KFBD Radio. As sponsor Cellar 66 presented the grand prize, a generator to winners Brenda and Mike Wilkinson. The Wilkinson's entry and prediction of a snowfall exceeding three inches fell on Presidents' Day. According to radio officials the winners predictions were within a couple hours of the actual time. The Wilkinson's gathered at Cellar 66 along with Twyla Cordry and staff, KFBD's Mike Edwards, Cheryl Jackson and Marv Leuten for the generator handoff!! Congratulations Brenda and Mike!!


Combative Tournament

Fort Leonard Wood Sports Department is offering a Commander's Cup Combative Tournament, Single Elimination at Davidson Fitness Center. The Combative Tournament is open to Active Duty Military ALL branches of Service, Unit affiliation is necessary. Combative is a functional, mixed martial art form combining Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, clinch hitting, takedowns and ground-fighting techniques. The fighters will compete in several weight classes.

The tournament will be ruled and upheld by the United States Army Combative Competition Rules & Regulations within a graduated set of rules, game time is forfeit time. Winners will represent Fort Leonard Wood at the Fort Campbell Invitational. Combatives certification is not a requirement to compete. All interested fighters must bring a completed physical current within last 30 days to weigh ins on March 3.

For more information call 573-596-7444 / Fight Director, SGT Bunner, 337-424-5699.

All Units provide list of fighters to SGT Bunner at NLT Feb. 26, 2015 at 9 a.m.

March 2 - 6am weigh in at DFC
March 3 - 9am standard rules preliminaries at DFC
March 4 - 9am intermediate rules quarter finals at DFC
March 5 - 10am advanced rules finals at DFC

Weight Classes:
Bantomweight (male 110 lbs / female 126.5 lbs)
Flyweight (male 125 lbs / female 143.75 lbs)
Lightweight (male 140 lbs/ female 161 lbs)
Welterweight (male 155 lbs/ female 178.25 lbs)
Middleweight (male 170 lbs/ female 195.5 lbs)
Cruiserweight (male 185 lbs/ female 212.75 lbs)
Light Heavyweight (male 205 lbs/ female 235.75 lbs)
Heavyweight (male 205.1+ lbs/ female 235.76+ lbs)


Waynesville Library Free Programs

Storytime for all ages every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.; Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; every second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; every Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Hands on Science for 2nd grade to Adult on the first three Saturdays of the month from 10 to 11 a.m.

Informational Programs for Adults on the third Saturday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m.

Baby Rhyme Time for ages birth to 18 months every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Teen Puppet Time for ages 13-18 every Saturday from 11 to 12 p.m.

FREE Movie and Popcorn on the first three Tuesdays of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. (movies are rated G)

Retro Movie Night on the last Tuesday of the month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. (movies rated PG)

Special Programs:

March 16th Green Eggs and Ham open to all ages from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

March 28th Demonstration making Batik Fabric using wax resist dyeing

For more information call 573-774-2965.


Quilt Raffle for the Chapel Campaign

Mark your calendar for March 3rd and 4th for the Books R Fun Fundraiser! When you shop at the Book R Fun sale, watch for the quilt raffle table and purchase raffle tickets for this beautifully handcrafted quilt made by Mercy Lebanon's own, Jane Moore. A portion of raffle proceeds will benefit the Mercy Health Foundation and Mercy Lebanon Auxiliary's Chapel Campaign. Chances are $1 each of 6 for $5. The quilt raffle will conclude on the 4th of March and the winner notified.

We appreciate your generous support of this great project and our heartfelt thanks to Miss Jane for sharing her wonderful talents and donating this handcrafted quilt.

We'll see you on March 3rd & 4th in the conference rooms!
Thank you so much!


AAMVC Update

Yet another patriotic business in our community, the Walker Real Estate Team, has advised our Association that, for every closing in 2015, ten dollars will be contributed toward AAMVC's Wreaths Across America
event here.

And youth is on the bandwagon as well. The Interact Clubs at Waynesville Middle School and Waynesville High School have named the Veterans Cemetery as a beneficiary of their Race for the Ribbons in April. We live in a wonderfully generous and patriotic community.

The AAMVC Board will meet Friday, March 20th, at 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Cemetery's Administration building. As always, all interested persons are invited to attend.


"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
February 27, 2015
8:00 a.m. Underground Railroad Exhibit
12:00 p.m. Committee of Fifty Luncheon
February 28, 2015
10:00 a.m. Payin for the Spayin 5K Run/Walk
March 2, 2015
5:30 p.m. Fort Leonard Wood Community Listening Session
March 3, 2015
7:00 p.m. The House I Live In
March 3 & 4, 2015
Quilt Raffle for the Chapel Campaign
March 6, 2015
11:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for Girl Adored
6:00 p.m. FWCSC Denim and Diamonds Basket Auction
7:30 p.m. Arlo Guthrie: The Alice's Restuarant 50th Anniversary Tour
March 7, 2015
6:00 p.m. 9th Annual Indoor Poker Run
10:00 a.m. Book Signing at the Waynesville Library

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

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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