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August 22, 2014

All American Real Estate Company, LLC.
LaGail Garner
945-E Missouri Ave.
St. Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-3733
(573) 451-2169

Ribbon Cutting for Market Basket - August 26th at 9:30 a.m. at the Chamber office, 137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B.

Ribbon Cutting for Pulaski County RSVP - August 26th at 10 a.m. at 981 Hwy Z in St. Robert.

Ribbon Cutting for Tax Pros and More - August 27th at 3 p.m. at 372 Old Route 66, Ste. 4 in St. Robert.

Ribbon Cutting for Barbara's Babies Dog Obedience School - August 29th at 10:30 a.m. at the Chamber office, 137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B.

Ribbon Cutting for B&B Theatre's new location - August 29th at 5:45 at 1200 GW Lane in Waynesville.

Public Call to Action - Deadline August 25, 2014

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is proud to share that Missouri's U.S. Senators and Congresswoman Hartzler (4th District) today sent a strong message to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army opposing potential job cuts at Fort Leonard Wood. Special thanks to Congresswoman Hartzler for taking the lead, and for the continued outstanding support from Senator Claire McCaskill and Senator Roy Blunt. Click here to see letter.

Please share with your co-workers, friends, neighbors, etc. We have four more days (deadline is August 25) to submit comments to the Army opposing potential future cuts at Fort Leonard Wood. Please go to Call to Action to submit your comments!

Community members are strongly encouraged to send comments in opposition to possible cuts at Fort Leonard Wood that are described in the U.S. Army's Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment or SPEA
The 2014 Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) analyzed the socioeconomic impact of possible future cuts at Army installations, including Fort Leonard Wood. The Army projects that by 2020, Fort Leonard Wood could lose up to 5,400 military and civilian positions.
After losing approximately 1,000 Soldiers and 200 civilian positions at Fort Leonard Wood due to the 2013 Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA), additional losses would have an even greater negative economic impact on the region.

Public comments can be submitted directly to the Army using the Sustainable Ozarks website. The SOP website also has a link to the complete SPEA, sample emails, helpful form letters, and a petition that can be signed. Click here to sign the petition.

Community members can also send letters and email directly to the Army by using the following addresses:

US Army Environmental Command
Attn: SPEA Public Comments
2540 Connell Road, Bldg. 2264
Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664.

Operation Workforce Job Fair

The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce will present the Tenth annual OPERATION WORKFORCE Job Fair on Thursday, August 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Robert Community Center.

The following businesses will be in attendance:
American Cancer Society
Armed Forces Bank
Howard Johnson
Hunter Trucking, Inc.
Integrity Home Heath
Life Care Center of Waynesville
Mercy Home Health & Hospice
Military Police Regimental Association
Missouri Career Center
Missouri Department of Corrections
Pulaski County Growth Alliance Entrepreneurs Club
Shaklee Independent Distributor
Splash Designs

The ARK Community & Sports Center
Thirty-One Gifts Independent Senior Director

OPERATION WORKFORCE is a workforce recruitment program promoting the connection between employees and potential employers. If you are seeking part-time or full-time positions now is your chance to find the job for your future. Remember to bring copies of your resume and wear appropriate attire. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121.

Attention Pulaski County Companies and Organizations

The Waynesville/St. Robert Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee is in the process of updating the Pulaski County demographics information paper. We would like your assistance in helping us to update a table that we have in the paper called Highly Skilled Employment. In the table we list companies and organizations operating in Pulaski County and the approximate number of highly skilled employees (direct and contracted) the company or organization currently has working in the county.

Highly skilled employees are defined as those in jobs that required education and training beyond high school in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics.
Please send the number of highly skilled employees your company has in Pulaski County at this time.

Contact Ron Selfors at 573-855-8312 or email Thanks for helping us out.

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 29, 2014 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, 2014.

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

Choices Program Sponsors Needed

The Chamber, in partnership with the Pulaski County Rotary Club, will be presenting the Choices Program to all 8th grade classes in the county. This program is aimed at challenging students to think about their future career options based on the level of education they decide to achieve, as well as, the impact their choices will have on others and the world around them. The Chamber is currently seeking volunteers from the business community to help with this program. Class room sponsorship are also available for $150.

School Districts
Crocker 2 Classes
Dixon 4 Classes
Laquey 4 Classes
Maranatha Baptist Academy 1 Class
Richland 2 Classes
Waynesville 16 Classes

If you are interested in becoming a class sponsor please call the Chamber office at 573-336-5121.

Become a CHOICES Presenter

The CHOICES Program is a highly participatory classroom seminar, presented by local volunteers from both the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. It uses interactive exercises to help students learn the impact of their choices and how to take control of their lives through wise decision-making when it comes to time and money management as well as education.

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.

The Chamber and Rotary Club will present CHOICES to every school district in Pulaski County during the 2014-2015 school year. If you would like to get involved as either a presenter or a donor please contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121.

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. Key Tags are FREE and available at all Chamber events as well as the Chamber office. Key Tags will be available during regular office hours at the Chamber office. For a list of participating businesses click here.

This program is open to any type of Chamber business including retail, restaurants, fitness, service businesses, or any business wishing to give a special promotion to residents. Your discount or special promotion needs to be good through December 31, 2014. Please fill out the form below with your discount or special offer to indicate that you are interested in participating in this program.

For more information about the Shop Local Key Tag Program visit

Shop Local Participant Form

1. We have 4 professional stylists with 40 years combined experience to help you look and feel your best.

2. We use and carry the best home care products (MoroccanOil, It's a 10, and Biolage) to aid in the best possible health care for your hair.

3. We use and carry complete BareMinerals cosmetics and skin care.

4. We offer BYOB ( bring your own blowdryer) and Bare to be Beautiful parties(call us at 573.336.4200 for details).

5. We also offer Massage therapy and Soft Touch Laser. We are here to enhance Body, Mind and Soul. Come see us.

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 establishment in St. Robert was established in 2011 and joined the Chamber in 2013. This business is committed to providing convenient access to the latest fashions for customers in smaller towns. With their innovative concept and strong relationships with major manufacturers, they are pleased to make major fashion brands available - and affordable - for everyone.

Who is This Member?

Last Week's Answer: Pulaski County Abstract & Title

Coach Vernon to retire from coaching after 33 years

It's fourth and goal for Waynesville High School Head Football Coach Rick Vernon.

With 33 years as the head coach, Vernon has seen it all -- wins, losses, great plays, bad ones, a state championship in 2007, his players on collegiate teams and three in the NFL.

But this Friday, Aug. 22, will mark a first for the seasoned coach: This will be Vernon's first home game of his final season as WHS's head football coach.

"It's time," he says. "I still love to go to work everyday; I love the students and I still love football, but I am at the age where it is time to try something else."

While most teachers and coaches retire after 30 years, Vernon is in his 39th year of teaching this year -- with 33 of them having been at WHS.

"When my wife Cheryl and I moved here, we planned to make this our permanent home and I am so glad we did," Vernon says. "I have never had a bad day; Cheryl is still my best friend; and she is still by my side."

His longevity is most evident in his closet where two colors -- orange and black -- dominate. A Waynesville Tiger through and through, Vernon admits to having one favorite year that stands above the rest: 2003 -- the year their son Brent was playing center, their son Brian was an assistant coach and his wife Cheryl was coaching the cheerleaders, which she did for 25 years in Waynesville and 31 years total.

"We spent the entire season together as a family and we have such great memories of that time," Vernon says.

Despite being named to the Missouri Football Coach Association's Hall of Fame in 2006 and being named the Coach of the Year over a four-state region in 2008, he quickly deflects the spotlight from himself and even from individual players.

"It has always been and will always be about the players. The memories about individual players are locked in here," Vernon says, pointing to his temple. "Each player is special to me, but I try to keep the focus on the whole team."

That's just one of the many reasons his former players love and respect him and stay in touch with him.

"When he called me to tell me he was retiring from coaching, I told him 'no one deserves to retire more than you; you've been doing this a long time,'" says Damon Frenchers, who played as a sophomore during Vernon's first year as a head coach.

"Through all these years, Coach Vernon has been like a father to me," says Frenchers, a 1985 WHS graduate. "My mother passed away in 1980 and my step-father and I didn't agree, so I moved out. I bounced from house to house, but then Coach found out and I stayed with him and his family until I could be placed in a home. Ever since then, they have been like my family. They quickly put me into their circle and I have been blessed to remain there. The Vernons have been gracious to a fault and I love them for it."

When he suffered a separated shoulder, it was Cheryl Vernon who went to the hospital with him. "She was like my mother, advocating for the best care and staying by my side," Frenchers says.

Frenchers also recalls how he put Rick and Cheryl's sons -- or the Vernon "boys" as he calls them -- on his shoulders and carried them around after practice. Today, those "boys" are Brian Vernon, an assistant principal at WHS, and Brent Vernon, who is the director of football operations and in his sixth season with Wyoming Football.

During his senior year, "I received a football scholarship to Mizzou, and Coach was so proud," Frenchers says. "You could see it in his eyes."

Throughout his career, Frenchers has consulted with Vernon. "We have a relationship that is built on trust, love and respect," says Frenchers, who is in his 26th year of collegiate coaching and is the defensive coordinator at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. "I think the world of him and I know so many other players do, too. The Vernons are special people and my life has been blessed and enriched because of them. I would not be the man I am today without Coach Vernon."

The loss
Etched forever in his memory, Vernon has one loss that he just cannot get over. No wins, no accolades and no state championships will ever fill the empty void left by the passing of Derringer Cade on Sept. 22, 1990.

At WHS, Cade was a star player, an all-state athlete, a school leader and an all-around good guy. Cade was living the dream, playing collegiate football for Truman State in Kirksville against Southwest Baptist, when he went down on the sidelines with less than five minutes left in the game. CPR efforts were unsuccessful and the college junior passed away from a heart condition, complicated by undiagnosed diabetes. Derringer's father was at the game; his mother was not.

Upon receiving the news, the Vernons picked up Derringer's mother and made the longest drive of their lives.

"From that point on, I became a better coach and a better person, Vernon says. "I still think of Derringer before I go out for every game."

A scholarship continues to be given in Derringer Cade's name every year and no one has since put on number 54 for the Waynesville Tigers. Vernon didn't retire the number; he just could not watch another student wear it.

WHS players beat the NFL odds
The odds of playing in the NFL are slim, really slim. The NFL Players Association says that each year of the 100,000 high school seniors who play football, only 215 will ever make an NFL roster. That's two-tenths of one percent.

The odds are clearly not in a player's favor, but, if you want to beat the odds, play at WHS, where three players - L.J. Fort, Gijon Robinson and C.J. Mosley - have made it. Their jerseys are framed in the entrance of the fieldhouse.

Robinson, who played for the Indianapolis Colts, credits Vernon with teaching him great techniques, offensive schematics, but most importantly, perseverance.

"Football is a game of inches," Robinson says. "It's all about who wants it most, who wants the title, who wants the w in the win column."

With a mixture of pride and nostalgia, Robinson remembers Vernon pushing him to go faster in suicides - a series of fast-paced runs that test agility.

"I would be out in front and he would still yell," Robinson says.

Robinson thrived, learning to analyze his movements, retool his efforts, change his approach and become more efficient and effective.

"Don't get me wrong, I did not enjoy suicides," Robinson says. "I was glad when they were done, but I learned that perseverance pays off - not just on the field, but also in the classroom, at home and in life."

Robinson also learned how to be a better person and a more effective leader.

"Coach Vernon is an absolutely amazing man," Robinson says. "I think of him as a father figure before I think of him as a coach. I could always talk to him about grades, about what classes were fundamentally important to me and about girls. He did a great job of instilling in me how to be a young man and how to approach life."

While they talked about a lot of subjects, the idea of playing in the NFL never came up while Robinson was in high school. It did, later when he was in college.

"Playing in the NFL was a pipedream and I knew the chances were slim," Robinson says. "but perseverance paid off."

As they have for their collegiate players, the Vernons traveled to watch Robinson play in the NFL.
"I was like a kid at Christmas," Robinson says. "I was a product of his labor and it was gratifying to know that he was watching me. I wanted to make my coach proud - to know that his investment in me was worth the effort."

Robinson, who serves as a motivational speaker and preacher, still easily recalls several of Vernon's philosophies: You are who you are when no one is watching; winning is not everything, but working to be better is; you are measured by how many lives you have touched; and who you align yourself with dictates your future.

"The NFL opened avenues for me and I thank God for putting me in a situation and blessing me and empowering me through those around me, like Coach Vernon," Robinson says.

The 2007 team
Winning a state championship will always be a highlight of his career, and the humble coach can still recall how it felt to enter St. Louis and look up from the bus windows and see the skyscrapers overhead.

"At that moment, I realized that this is it! We really are in the state championship," Vernon says. "Before we went out there, I told the boys to do their best, play their game, be confident and they would be state champions."

As they took the field, Vernon looked up and the stands were filled with orange and black -- thousands of people. Many say it's the biggest single crowd for any state football championship, before or since. Vernon says one thing is for certain: in Class 5, Waynesville remains the only football team located outside the greater St. Louis and Kansas City areas to win state.

"In 2007, our fans followed us everywhere, and there were even people from the outlying communities coming to cheer us on," Vernon says. "I know everyone says that their fans are the best, but I really believe that our fans are the best. Whether we are winning or losing, year in and year out, our fans come out and fill up the stands. They cheer and motivate our players to do their best."

Holding true to his philosophy, Vernon shifts the focus back to the team when the conversation goes to the final play of the game, the celebration afterward, or an individual player.

"Just like every year, it was a team effort between the players and coaches," Vernon says. "We knew going into that year that we had a lot of potential. The players were self-motivated and we gained momentum each time we beat the number one ranking teams (Kirkwood and Jackson)."

And, while some use that phrase as a cliche and really want praise heaped on themselves, Coach Vernon is sincere and humble. For 33 years, it has been the same story -- one of a man who wants to be remembered for making a positive difference in the lives of the students for whom he has served as their guidance counselor and for those who played on the field. Vernon will remain a guidance counselor at WHS, but he will continue to use the same measure of success - not by yards and first-downs, but by every inch that each student moves forward in the right direction. Because every inch is that much closer toward a goal.

Happy 50th Anniversary to First State Bank


Female Veterans New American Legion Post Forming Just For You

If you are a female veteran (no longer serving on Active duty, Reserves, or National Guard) living in commuting distance of Fort Leonard Wood and have been looking for a group who shares your values and sense of patriotism then this new American Legion Post is for you. You will belong to the largest veterans service organization in the world but more importantly you will share in the benefits of forming an American Legion Post dedicated to the welfare and support of all female veterans in the Fort Leonard Wood area. Within the State of Missouri there are thousands of female veterans in addition to those still serving-we need to stand side by side to help one another.
All women American Legion posts already exist in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Columbia. These female Legionnaires come together each month to further the principles of the American Legion-Americanism, Veterans, Children & Youth, and National Security. They are women veterans helping women veterans.

WHEN: Saturday, September 13, 9:00 am
WHERE: St. Robert Municipal Center, 194 Eastlawn Ave.,
St. Robert, MO

Doors Open at 8:30 am

Questions can be called or emailed to Maria Vigil
Telephone: 573-855-1373 Email:


The ARK's Community Events

Back to school, back to work, and back to a routine; let the ARK Community and Sports Center be a part of your daily routine. We now offer new All-Inclusive memberships for great prices. If you are looking for a family friendly facility where you can work out and leave your children in a safe place, then the ARK Community and Sports Center is for you. We have a rock wall, basketball court, racquetball court, Cardio Theater, LifeFitness circuit training equipment, indoor track, and an onsite babysitting service. In addition, we are proud to offer Les Mills group fitness classes like BodyPump, RPM, BodyFlow, BodyCombat, and CXWORX. For more information about our new All-Inclusive memberships please contact the ARK.

August 23, 2014 at 11:10 the ARK Community and Sports Center will present the new release of BodyCombat. New moves and new music are on tap for Saturday morning. Class is free so bring a friend and come out and experience your inner warrior. Call the ARK Community and Sports Center to reserve your spot.

"Fall into Fun" with Kid's Night Out. No Parents Allowed!!! at the ARK Community and Sports Center. Mark your calendars for September 5, 2014 from 6pm-9pm. Three hours of fun and dinner is included. 60 spots are available. All spots must be reserved and paid in advance. Cost for this event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Please call the ARK to reserve your spot today.

The ARK Community and Sports Center now offers After Hours Parties and Over Night Lock-Ins. Call the ARK Community and Sports Center and ask for Donalisa or Jessica.

We now offer birthday party time slots on Sunday. Contact the ARK for information

Call the ARK at 573-337-9128.


Community Carnival and Blues on the Porch Event

High 5 Community Development Corporation is hosting a FREE community carnival, Saturday, August 16, 2014 starting at 1 pm…There will be bounce houses, face painting, balloon art, free food, prizes, games and much more; plus a FREE blues concert starting at 4 pm. This event is sponsored by local organization and businesses throughout Pulaski County. For more information or to donate to this event please call, 573-336-2336 or 573-528-7614.


USO Update

Updated needs for August & Sept Mobile volunteer needs

Wednesday--August 27---FLW
Friday-- August 30---FLW
Saturday-Sunday-- Sept 6 & 7 Whiteman & Belton( KC) (overnight trip)
Friday, Sept 12--Scott AFB. *there are 3 events possible this day. IF we can get enough volunteers to work. all groups are under 200. all should be easy and fun!
Sunday--Sept 14--KC (overnight trip)

Please RSVP to Lisa Nelson:

Shifts Needing Filled This Week

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, August 22; Family Game Night 4:45 pm - 7 pm (8)
Saturday, August 23 3 pm - 7 pm (3)
Sunday, August 24 12 pm - 3 pm (2); 3 pm - 6 pm (4)

**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.**


Public House Brewing Company

Update -- Another beautiful day in the Ozarks. Check out the progress on the new brewery! Remember, you can see the ongoing work by clicking the link. It updates every 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Seasonal Release:
Strawberry Wheat -- On tap now. This strawberry infused American wheat beer is everything summer is supposed to be. Get it while supplies last.

Public House Trivia -- Trivia is held every Monday at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. Prizes awarded every week to top teams.
Crepe Escape at Public House -- August 22nd and 29th and September 5th and 12th from 5-8 p.m. -- Crepe Escape will be set up in the Public House parking lot to whip up some deliciously sweet and savory crepes. Where else can you get a crepe around here? Mark your calendars and satisfy your crepe craving.
Sybill's St. James and Public House Brewing Co Present: A Summer Beer Dining Experience -- Thursday, August 28th at 5:30 p.m. -- The perfect pairing between the best local foods and the best local beers. We hope to see you in attendance as we talk and eat our way through four hand selected courses each paired with a Public House beer. The event will take place at Sybill's Restaurant in St. James. Call 573-265-4224 for reservations.
Public House Brewing Company Presents: Dana Cooper live at the Vineyard Cottage -- Thursday, September 4th at 7 p.m. -- Dana's mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer, his voice is ageless, evoking a rich lifetime of experience. This intimate concert will take place outdoors in the beautiful vineyard setting at the St. James Winery Vineyard Cottage. Wine selections from St. James Winery and Public House beer will be available for purchase. Feel free to bring a picnic basket. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now at Public House.

Firkin Tuesday! -- September 9th at 5:30 p.m. -- Join us for our special monthly small-batch release.

St. James Winery Presents: Movie in the Vineyard -- GHOSTBUSTERS -- September 20th at 7 p.m. -- Join us for a ghostly good time at the St. James Winery Vineyard Cottage and watch a great flick under the stars with your favorite wine from St. James Winery and favorite beer from Public House. Maybe you've already seen GHOSTBUSTERS. I mean, who hasn't? But you haven't seen it like this. Bring your favorite lawn chair and maybe a blanket just in case. Wine and beer available for purchase. The movie is free! Doors open at 7pm and the movie begins at sundown.

Oktoberfest 2014 -- Saturday, September 27th from 12-5pm Join us for our 4th annual Oktoberfest. Nearly 20 breweries and 5 wineries will be participating this year. We're excited to announce two ticket options for your tasting pleasure:
General Admission: $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event Includes souvenir tasting glass to take home and access to the tasting tents and live music from 1pm to 5pm. Food will be available separately for purchase from Knights of Columbus food tent. VIP Admission: $40 available to the first 100 purchasers and only sold in advance -- Includes VIP tasting glass, one meal ticket for the Knights of Columbus food tent, and exclusive access to the tasting tents for the 12-1pm hour before general admission gates open. Taste what you want before the rush at 1pm and get a chance to chat with the brewers and winemakers at a more leisurely pace than when general admission gates open.
A portion of this year's proceeds will benefit The Community Partnership. To learn more about this wonderful organization visit Tickets are on sale now at Public House and available online via our website. Just click here, then click on the "Buy Tickets Now Button." Need a place to stay after the festival? You can crash for cheap at Super 8 in Rolla! For the third year they have kindly agreed to offer our attendees a special rate of $57.88 plus tax. Reserve your room in advance directly with the hotel and when you check in tell them you are there for Oktoberfest at Public House and you will get the special rate. We also have physical vouchers available at Public House for the special deal good on 9/27 only. (The special rate cannot be applied if booked through alternate websites like expedia or
Thanks Super 8!

Upcoming Live Music

8/22 -- Limited Addition (8pm)
8/23 -- Don Hayes (8pm)
9/4 -- Erin Hamacher (5:30pm)
Dana Cooper (7pm)
9/5 -- Dixie Union (8pm)
9/6 -- Bliss Hippy (8pm)


SOP Annual Meeting

On Thursday, September 4, we will hold our Annual Meeting at The Ark Community and Sports Center, 25625 Highway 17, Waynesville, MO (on the north side of I-44).

The meeting is open to all residents in the region and stakeholders throughout the state. There is no registration fee. We hope you will participate.

The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. with registration, networking, and a light breakfast. The opening presentation will be at 8:30 a.m.

In the morning Tim Ford, CEO of the national Association of Defense Communities, will discuss the importance of regional support for military installations and what other communities are doing to support their installations. We will then have four breakout sessions, focusing on a Strong Region, to get updates on air transportation, energy, healthcare, and K12 education.

Lunch, like breakfast, will be free. We have invited US Senator Roy Blunt and US Senator Claire McCaskill to be keynote speakers. They will discuss the importance of Fort Leonard Wood to national security and the policy environment in which Defense decisions will be made.

In the afternoon we have invited the Honorable Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment (ASA/IE&E) to describe what is happening across the Army with respect to installations. Dr. Rebecca Johnson from Fort Leonard Wood has been invited to provide an installation update. Mike Dunbar, the Chairman of the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission, will moderate a panel that will discuss state initiatives that affect Fort Leonard Wood and other military installations in Missouri. We have also invited our area state legislators to share their perspective on state support for Fort Leonard Wood and the region.

We will also have three breakout sessions focused on a Strong Fort Leonard Wood. They are Marketing the Region and Fort Leonard Wood, Community/Military Partnerships, and Focus on Military Families. The meeting will end at 4:30.

The Ark's address is 25625, Highway 17, Waynesville. Exit I-44 at the Buckhorn exit (153). Take Highway 17 north about 1/2 mile to get to the center.

SOP Reception

On Wednesday, September 3rd, there will be an SOP reception at the Hampton Inn in St. Robert. This pre-meeting event will provide both a networking opportunity and a chance to meet some of the presenters that will speak during the annual meeting. Reception will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 7:30 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. Please sign up for the reception when you pre-register.

To pre-register, please call the University of Missouri Technology Park at 573-329-8500 or by sending an e-mail to: by August 28th. More details are available on the SOP website:

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) is building on the Fort Leonard Wood region's strong past and preparing the region for a sustainable future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region's stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions. Our region offers a high quality of life, excellent education opportunities, and easy transportation access. We are transforming the Fort Leonard Wood region.


Joy of Caring

Colton's Steakhouse has teamed up with the Joy of Caring Cancer fund and is selling shirts for $15.00. 100% of the profit will be donated to the Phelps Regional Foundation to help with families of the surrounding counties dealing with this illness.

Joy of Caring Cancer Fund was started by Renee Joy Heaven. Joy learned she had breast cancer in May of 1992, the month that her husband lost his job of 21 years due to a plant closing. In addition to losing his job, the family also lost their health benefits. Joy and her family were consumed with worry and stress about how to pay the medical, household and family expenses. Joy realized that other cancer patients must experience the same worries and stress, and she was inspired to find a way to help others like her.

Joy's vision of having resources available for cancer patients became a reality when she was hired by the PCRMC Bond Clinic as their first Cancer Care Coordinator in 1995. Through the Bond Clinic's support, Joy started the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund in 1995 to support local Cancer patients.

Sadly, Joy lost her battle with cancer in 1996, but her mission of caring lives on in all the cancer patients who still benefit from her hard work, dedication and compassion. Joy once said, "Along with my family, the Joy of Caring Fund is an accomplishment I'm most proud of."


Hicks in the Sticks

The Dead Rabbit Saloon and Budweiser presents The LACS with special guests Special 20, ChrisiAna, and Southern Edge on September 6th. Gates Open at 12:00 p.m. at the Shrine Club Park in Buckhorn. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Other activities include Redneck games, jeep and bike show, chicken wing cookoff, redneck wedding, and lots more. Bring your own seating, camping available. Visit for more information.


3D Archery Tournament

The Outdoor Adventure Center is hosting their annual Archery Tournament on August 16th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tournament will be a normal 3D shoot, a great opportunity to test your capabilities in judging yardage and shot placement. Registration will begin at 10:00 am. Cost is $10 adults / $5 youth, enter to win a free bow!

Outdoor Adventure Center is located in Bldg. 2290 FLW K.
For more information call 573-596-4223.
An additional tournament date is set for August 30th.


Come out for the Reveal of a Cool Addition at Hoppers Pub

Hoppers Pub has put together a cool addition and would like to do the reveal on Friday, August 22nd at 5:00 p.m. We have had some talented craftsman work on this special project and it is complete. Hoppers Pub is very excited to share and invites chamber members, city officials, tourism along with the family and friends. The artist will be there.


Assistance Association for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery

Announcing the Annual Meeting of the Assistance Association for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Fort Leonard Wood scheduled for 5 pm Friday, September 19, at the Cemetery. The meeting is open to all persons interested in the Cemetery and the Association's mission of improving its appearance and operation. Association President, Virgie Cole-Mahan welcomes any questions you may have; she may be reached at 573-774-2982 or


Curves Hosts National Open House Week in Honor of "Me Time"

Recent Survey Finds Nearly Seven in Ten Women Don't Feel They Have Enough "Me Time." Curves of Waynesville Offering Free Workout and Tour of the "All New" Curves September 15th-20th

Curves International, Inc., the largest chain of fitness centers for women in the world, announced that participating Curves are hosting an Open House the week of September 15-20, 2014 and new members can receive 30 days free,* in addition to a free workout. The Open House week provides women with the opportunity to check out their local "all-new" Curves and take some important "me time" for themselves.

According to a new survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Curves, nearly seven in ten (67%) women responded they do not feel they have enough "me time" in a given week for their personal interests and hobbies. Fitness and wellness activities such as going to the gym or exercising rank among the top four ways to spend "me time," but six in ten (57%) women feel that typical gym workouts are too time-consuming. Fortunately, Curves offers an efficient, effective 30-minute option that allows women to work out - with friends- and still have extra "me time" for other hobbies and interests.

During the Open House week, new members will have the opportunity to work out for free on the Curves circuit, including experiencing Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels, which are full body workouts that change each month. Those who join that day will receive 30 days free on their membership. In addition, participating Curves locations will offer free health assessments, healthy snacks and other raffles and giveaways in celebration of the Open House.

"As women look for efficiencies amidst busy fall schedules and aim to maximize their 'me time,' a 30 minute Curves workout is the perfect option," said Mike Raymond, chief marketing officer at Curves International, Inc. "The circuit affords women a great full-body workout while still leaving time for other personal interests. We encourage prospective members to come and check us out this month, to see what's new and different at Curves."

Curves is "all new" with many new offerings including, the addition of Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels, new lifestyle apparel, protein bars and dessert bars as well as new state-of-the-art circuit equipment.

For more information about Curves, please visit Curves of Waynesville is located at 1104C W Historic 66 and will be offering activities including mini-manis and facials, jewelry show, stress-release therapy, Regional Blood Mobile Drive, blood sugar draws, body-fat analysis, blood pressure and heart-rate readings, Health Food detoxify brushing, food prepping and storage, Zumba on the Circuit/in the parking lot. There will be door prizes and individual vendor drawings.

*Enrollment fee required. Offer expires 9/30/14 and requires joining same day as first workout for a minimum 12-month recurring billing contract. Enrollment fee and monthly fees vary by location. Valid for new Curves members only. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Curves workouts with Jillian Michaels only offered at participating locations. Valid at participating locations only. No cash value. © 2014 Curves International, Inc. (1407)

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Curves / Jenny Craig from June 30 - August 4, 2014 among 1,078 women ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Aliza Rothman at

About Curves International, Inc.
Curves International, Inc. is the largest chain of fitness centers for women in the world and is famous for its 30-minute Circuit with a Coach that works every major muscle group with strength training, cardio and stretching. The new Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels** offer cutting-edge total body workouts that feature the Curves strength training machines in conjunction with functional bodyweight-based exercises that ramp up metabolism and transform physique. With Curves Complete, women have a fully integrated, personalized weight loss and weight management solution that includes the Curves fitness program, customizable meal plans and one-on-one coaching and support. Curves Complete Coach has completed a certification program developed in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Curves is committed to providing women with the tools necessary to empower them to live more fulfilling lives. For more information please visit **Scheduled workouts vary by location.


Movie in the Park

The Fort Leonard Wood Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation plans to host a Movie in the Park at 9 p.m., August 22nd at Colyer Park. The scheduled movie showing is "Despicable Me 2." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 573-596-6913. Click here.

Come early and get the ride of your life. Ride the Mechanical Bull. FREE - 6-8pm at Colyer Park. Plus MEET Bull RIDER Justin KOON.


Kids' Harbor Boat Races

Races include homemade boat races, paddle boat races, Inflatable race, canoe/kayak races, and stand-up paddle boards. Entry fee for each race is $25.

For registration or more information please visit or call 573-348-6886.


Childcare Providers needed

STM Christian Daycare and Preschool Academy is seeking immediate hirer of several childcare providers. The positions are full and part time, with a starting salary of $8.00 per hour. Experience is preferred but not required, will train. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

-Must be 18 years of age or older.
-Possess a means of transportation.
-Complete the Missouri / National Registry Background Check (within 10 days of being hired).
-Must be able to work and function in a high pace environment.
-Possess a current physical (within 20 days of being hired).
-Possess traits of integrity, trust, flexibility, accountability and dependability.

We are asking that only serious applicants apply.
Please Contact:
Margaret Curry, Campus Director
573-528-7614 or 573-336-2168
577 Old Route 66
St. Robert, MO 65584


Army ten miler time trials

The Fort Leonard Wood Sports Department is hosting the final time trial to qualify for the team that will represent
Fort Leonard Wood at the Army Ten Miler in October.

Time trial will start promptly at 6:00 a.m. It will be held on the Mickey Zaun Troop Trail. Parking is available at Abrams Theater near the start point.

Fastest four men and two women will qualify for the team participating in the Active Duty mixed category.
All expenses will be paid for the team made up of Active Duty Service Members.

Any further questions please contact Danny Howell at 596-7444 or via email at


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Fort Wood Hotels- Comfort Inn

Fort Wood Hotels is pleased to announce that Aaron Ganiban has accepted the position of Maintenance Engineer at the Comfort Inn! Aaron has been with the hotel since April of 2013 as a Room Attendant and has done an amazing job. Along with his Room Attendant duties he has filled in with odd jobs in the Maintenance world so we are very pleased to step him up full time as our newest Maintenance Engineer.

Aaron has varied background in electrical work, construction work, restaurants, and management roles.

He will begin the transition into the Maintenance position in the coming weeks so please help us welcome and congratulate him!


Women's Health Expo

On October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel, on Fort Leonard Wood, the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Health Promotion Director is hosting a Women's Health Expo which is open to military beneficiaries and the public. This expo is to promote breast cancer awareness and prevention of domestic violence month. Contact Phyllis Jones at 573-596-0491 or email


Conceal Carry Class at Waynesville Gun & Pawn

The next Conceal Carry Class is August 22nd and 23rd. The class is taught by Advanced Performance Shooting, hosted by Waynesville Gun and Pawn (and owner Don Bordwell is one of the instructors). The classroom portion is 6-10 PM at the store (105 Historic 66, Waynesville), then the class will meet at 8:00 Saturday morning and caravan to the range for qualification shooting and practical instruction. Everyone will be back to the store by 12:00 for graduation. Cost is $70. The State of Missouri requires participants to qualify with both a semi-auto and a revolver, loaners are available upon request. Please call the store at 573-774-7800 to book a seat, slots are limited.


Seventh Annual Shrine Club BBQ Cook-off

The Shrine Club is hosting their seventh annual BBQ cook-off on August 22nd at 9:00 p.m. and 23rd at 9:00 a.m. at the Shrine Club park in Buckhorn. Cost is $8 per adult, $5 per children ages 6-12, Free for children 5 and under. For more information contact Kevin Cordry at 573-586-9801. Fun events for all ages.


Grand Opening Gala

B&B Theatres is hosting a Grand Opening Gala on Friday, August 29th at 5:45 p.m. The first 50 customers will receive a goodie bag. B&B is giving free popcorn August 29th and 30th with movie ticket purchase. Come take part in the Red Carpet Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1200 GW Lane.


"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 22, 2014
5:00 p.m. Reveal of a Cool Addition at Hoppers Pub
6:00 p.m. Conceal Carry Class at Waynesville Gun & Pawn
9:00 p.m. Movie in the Park
August 23, 2014
11:10 a.m. Free BodyCombat Class
9:00 p.m. Seventh Annual Shrine Club BBQ Cookoff
August 26, 2014
9:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for Market Basket
10:00 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for Pulaski County RSVP
August 27, 2014
3:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting for Tax Pros and More
August 28, 2014
10:00 a.m. Operation Workforce Job Fair
August 29, 2014
10:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for Barbara's Babies Dog Obedience School
5:45 p.m. Ribbon Cutting for B&B Theatre's new location & Grand Opening Gala
6:00 p.m. Date Night
September 1, 2014
Chamber Office Closed

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