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May 22, 2015

What the Chamber did this week for our members!

* The Chamber staff hosted the quarterly Board and Ambassador meeting. This is a great way to bring our volunteers together to discuss new programs and benefits for our members. So next time you see a Board member, Ambassadors or staff be sure to ask them about your benefits!

* The Board of Directors held their monthly meeting. The Keep it Local Key Tag program is expanding to group tours to the area. The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau works with organizations to hold their events in our community. There will be special business cards created for their visit so they will also be able to take advantage of the special discounts provided at www.keepitlocal.biz. If you aren't currently offering a discount now is the time to sign up. We will also be honoring our Vietnam Veterans at the Veterans' Day Parade this year. Stay tuned for more information.

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

Sisters Helping Sisters Successfully Succeed
Yolanda Brown
253-353-4045
sistershelpingsisters2@gmail.com

Janet's Wish
Gina Foster
P.O. Box 446
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 774-2074
janetswish0@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/JanetsWish

Chamber Office Closed - May 25th in observance of Memorial Day

Chamber for Good

We are very excited to be announcing that our chamber of commerce is becoming a Chamber for Good! As you all know, we take our role of being a community building organization very seriously and with the launch of our Chamber for Good system we will be taking things to an even higher level of community engagement.

All non-profit organizations that are members of the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce are eligible to have a profile on Chamber for Good and will have the ability to post financial, volunteer and item needs. Additionally, our residents will now have a central location where they can browse the needs of local charities. Residents can also make item or volunteer "offers". Chamber for Good makes it easy to GIVE LOCAL and build up those causes that make such an impact in our own community. We ask for your support as chamber members as we launch this new program, help spread the word throughout the community. As the visibility of our Chamber for Good program increases so will the credibility of, and goodwill toward, our chamber of commerce, making your membership even more valuable.

For now, this is what we need you to do: We ask each of you as community members to go the chamber web site and click on the Give Local, Chamber for Good logo. Once there, please scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your email address. Each Monday you will receive a single automated email listing the item and volunteer needs of local charities. From that email you may choose to respond to one of the needs, but even if you don't, we hope that you will at least be willing to review the needs and see what our community stands in need of.

There is no obligation of any kind, just a willingness to be made aware of the needs that exist in our community. Please help us spread the word and advance the great cause of building our community by supporting those charities and causes that do so much for those in our area with the greatest needs!

Eggs & Issues

The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber welcomes State Senator Dan Brown, State Representatives Steve Lynch and Robert Ross to its annual Eggs and Issues Lunch at the Hampton Inn beginning at 11:30 a.m. on May 27th. This event, sponsored by CenturyLink, is one of the highlights of the year as our local State Senator and Representative report on the issues and challenges brought to the State of Missouri during its most recent session and answer questions from the audience.

This is a Chamber members only event. There is no charge and the meal is being provided by CenturyLink and catered by Andy's 417. We still ask that you R.s.v.p. by calling the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or e-mailing chamber@wsrchamber.com by 9 a.m. May 22nd to reserve your seat at this 'must attend' event. (the standing reservation list for Chamber luncheons does not apply to this event). If you are unable to attend without notifying the Chamber, you will be charged for the meal.

Leadership Pulaski County - Application Deadline June 5th

Leadership Pulaski County is a community based leadership program designed to identify, educate, and develop leaders. The goal of Leadership Pulaski County is to identify community leaders, expand the leadership potential of participants by increasing their knowledge of Pulaski County, as well as connect current and potential leaders by improving communication. Sessions will introduce participants to the different aspects of leadership within Pulaski County as well as develop an awareness of the importance of leadership to the community's growth and development. Participants will be provided the opportunity to network with individuals that represent many different aspects of the community including business, government, military, and volunteer organizations. Leadership Pulaski County is designed to develop, inspire, and motivate the leaders of Pulaski County.

Leadership Pulaski County program participants are selected from applications submitted to the selection committee based on merits through a highly competitive admissions process. Participants are expected to have established careers, demonstrate talent and leadership qualities, and participate in community activities. All participants must also demonstrate a personal commitment to serving the community, show potential for a significant role in the community in the future, and a willingness to commit the time and energy necessary to complete the program. The sponsoring organization or business must also fully support participation in Leadership Pulaski County.

Individuals from all aspects of Pulaski County are eligible to apply. The number of participants for each class is limited. All applications must be postmarked by June 5, 2015 to be considered for the 2015-2016 class.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Class of Leadership Pulaski County. Click the links below for more information.

Program Flier

Program Application

Non-Profit Organization Scholarship Application

LPC Sponsorship Opportunities

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 chamber@wsrchamber.com.

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 http://workreadycommunities.org/business/form.
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 www.workreadycommunities.org.

Show-Me Heroes Chamber Challenge

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

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

2015 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 chamber@wsrchamber.com.

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 www.keepitlocal.biz.

Shop Local Participant Form

1. ITS FREE!! A Chamber for Good account is FREE for non-profit chamber members. ZERO COST!!!

2. The Chamber for Good website gives our Chamber an opportunity to highlight and promote the extraordinary works our local non-profits do within our community.

3. "Shop Local" has always been important to our community and now we have the opportunity to "Give Local" as well.

4. Community members can fulfil a specific need (financial, volunteer time, item) posted or make an offer to all Chamber for Good members.

5. Sign up today to receive a weekly update email to stay up-to-date on the activities of our non-profits by visiting www.chamberforgood.com/wsr, scroll down to the bottom, enter you email address and click "submit".

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

This business in St. Robert joined the Chamber in 2004. This business established in 1919 is more than just a lumberyard. It's a home-improvement resource focused on continually expanding the ways it can better serve you.

Who is This Member?

Last Week's Answer: Bow & Barrel Sportsmen Center

Waynesville Night at the Races has been postponed to the fall

The Waynesville Night at the Races, hosted by Waynesville AmeriCorps and I-44 Speedway, has been rescheduled for this fall.

Wilson named WMDS student of month

Emily Wilson, an 8th grader, has been named the Waynesville Middle School Student of the Month for May and was honored at the May 12 Rotary Club of Pulaski County meeting.

Wilson, the daughter of Mark and Angie Wilson, is an excellent student who carries an A average. She was the 7th grade football manager this past fall and is a member of National Junior Honor Society. She is an Avid Preparatory student and was the winner of the middle school geography bee. She also volunteers her time to help in teachers' classrooms at the elementary level. Wilson's teachers describe her as being caring, determined, driven to succeed, tenacious and full of both character and laughter.

Pick Elementary to be renamed Wood

Pick Elementary will be renamed Wood Elementary starting with the 2015-16 School Year when Wood students will move to the current Pick Elementary facility, located at 4590 Buckeye Ave, Fort Leonard Wood.

The Waynesville R-VI School District Board of Education voted to change the name during its May 18 meeting.

"We are thrilled that we will be able to continue to be the Wood family," says Dr. Antiqua Hunter, principal at Wood Elementary. "We have worked diligently to create a culture of high expectations and that will carry forward into our new facility."

Fort Leonard Wood Garrison Commander Col. Andrew Herbst gave the district approval for the elementary school building names to be switched.

"I am deeply appreciative of Col. Herbst and his team for their efforts to make this a reality," says Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. "We are grateful for their work and their openness to our request. We are so fortunate to enjoy a close relationship between the military and school district that allowed this to be considered."

Due to declining enrollment, Wood Elementary will close this year and students will move into the more efficient facility at 4590 Buckeye Avenue, which is currently unoccupied.

USO Update

Volunteer Shifts Needing To Be Filled

Saturday, May 23 10 am - 12 pm 1 volunteer; 12 pm - 3 pm 3 volunteers; 3 pm - 7 pm 3 volunteers

Sunday, May 24 12 pm -3 pm 4 volunteers; 3 pm - 6 pm 4 volunteers

Monday, May 25 Memorial Day 10 am - 2 pm 4 volunteers

Let this Memorial Day be seasoned with kind thoughts and remembrances for those who will ever live in your memory.

Family Game Night

We are having a Family Game Night on June 26th. The event time will be from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. We are working on a carnival/fair theme. We are looking for a cotton candy machine and sponsors for this event. If you know of a business or organization that would like to help with this event please have them contact Kelly Gist at kgist@usomissouri.org or by calling 573-329-2039!

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Leach Theatre Season Tickets

2015-2016 Season tickets are for sale now; click here for the order form.

To see upcoming shows or get more information visit leachtheatre.mst.edu

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Mark your calendars for this fun upcoming events to benefit Genesis

Genesis 2015 Christmas Annual Open House on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at the Genesis House, 1807 Historic Route 66, Waynesville. Hosted by Genesis Event Planners Committee. The time for this event to be announced at a later date.

Sixth Annual Genesis 2016 Women of Significance Brunch Fundraiser on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Silent Auction and Sales begins at 10:00 am; Brunch beginning at 11:00 am. Hosted by Genesis Event Planners Committee. The location to be announced.

For more information contact Chris Morrissey at 774-2002.

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Local organizations supporting each other

The annual Red Hat "High Tea" was hosted by the Fort Wood Community Spouses Club and was held at the FLW USO. Christina Hutchings, Operations Coordinator of the FLW USO, was presented with a donation from the Red Hats.

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2nd Annual 18 Hole 2 Person Scramble Golf Tournament

Pulaski County Extension 2nd Annual 18 Hole 2 Person Scramble Golf Tournament on Saturday June 20th at the Richland Golf & Country Club with an 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start.
Entry Fee is $50.00 per persons and includes cart. Sponsorship opportunities are available, contact Lisa at ljjuve1@gmail.com regarding sponsorships.

Registration forms available here.

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May 2015 Military Appreciation Special Offers at NFCU

Get Up to $250 When You Give Membership. Refer armed forces personnel, DoD civilians and contractors, and their dependents, and you'll each get $50. All you need to do is ask your referrals to list your name and Access Number when they join.

Get $50 with Active Duty Checking®. Open an Active Duty Checking account with a qualifying Military Direct Deposit and get $50.

Get a 3.50% APY Military Appreciation Certificate. Open a 15-month Military Appreciation Certificate with a $50 minimum balance and a $7,500 maximum balance to start growing your savings.

Get $300 for Auto Refinances. Refinance your loan from another lender with Navy Federal and get $300! Active Duty and retired military members save an additional 1/4% APR.

Get 2x the Credit Card Rewards. Shop at commissaries or exchanges during the month of May and get double the cash back or double the points when you use your Navy Federal rewards credit card.

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Route 66 Summer Jam

Summer Jam on Route 66 on the square in downtown Waynesville. Come out on May 30th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for live music plus food, crafts, bounce house and over 40 venders.

All proceeds go to benefit local K-9 units and Shop with a Cop. This event is sponsored by Mailbox it.

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Customer Appreciation Day

Citizens Bank of Newburg appreciates their customers and want to show it on June 5th from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch provided by Citizens Bank of Newburg.

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Rotary and international military student float trip

Nearly 50 international military students, Rotarians and guests experienced a unique Ozark outing on a recent Saturday - floating the Big Piney followed by lunch at the iconic Elbow Inn on Route 66 in Devil's Elbow, Mo. Members of the Rotary Club of Pulaski County and the international military students enjoyed learning more about each other's cultures and countries. Rotary and the International Military Student Office on Fort Leonard Wood partnered to make the float trip and lunch a reality. The Rotary Club of Pulaski County works to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education and grow the local economy.

It didn't take long for the international military students to find their balance and make their journey down the Big Piney. All made it ashore safely and remained dry during their beautiful spring float through the Ozarks.

An international military student stationed at Fort Leonard Wood prepares to embark on a float on the Big Piney.

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Rotary Club of Pulaski County receives 2015 Partners in Service Award

The Rotary Club of Pulaski County was honored to receive the 2015 Partners in Service Award from the Missouri Community Service Commission during its Annual Celebration of Service and Volunteerism banquet in Jefferson City on Thursday, May 7. The award presentation was accompanied with a proclamation from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

The Partners in Service Award recognizes outstanding organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit from across the state, who recognize the importance of service and then encourage and instill those values in their members.

Last year, the 42 members of the Rotary Club of Pulaski County provided more than 350 hours of service to the community. They also donated more than $5,000 to support community projects with a key focus being the Waynesville R-VI School District's Snack in a Pack program. This year Rotary donated $1,300 worth of peanut butter and jelly in December to help supply food to 315 Waynesville students over the Christmas break. Additionally, 14 Rotarians volunteered 22 hours to package the food during the weekly packing times.

Additionally, through a partnership with the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce, Rotarians helped present the Choices Program to all 28 eighth grade classrooms in Pulaski County. This two-hour seminar, presented over two days, teaches students about how the choices they make today will impact their future opportunities. Rotarians donated 69 hours for training and presentation of the program, as well as donated $1,000 to cover a portion of the program licensing fee.

By partnering with Drury University, the Rotary Club gave 600 dictionaries -- one to each third grader in Pulaski County.

Each month, Rotary members volunteer at the Fort Leonard Wood USO, providing at least 6 hours of service per month.

Rotary also has built a number of partnerships with local schools, businesses, governmental groups and organizations since it was established 13 years ago and eagerly looks to the future for more partnership and service opportunities.

The Rotary Club's motto is "Service Above Self" and members are motivated to continue to support their community and to involve others by developing meaningful partnerships.

If you are interested in joining the Rotary Club of Pulaski County, please call President Don Murray at 573-433-6566.

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Race for the Ribbons

The Annual 5k Race for the Ribbons was held on April 18 with proceeds going to the Waynesville R-VI School District's Snack in a Pack program that provides food to more than 300 students on the weekend, Red Ribbon drug awareness and prevention at Waynesville Middle School and the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Fort Leonard Wood. The Race for the Ribbons was hosted by the Waynesville Middle School Interact Club and the Waynesville High School Interact Club, which are both sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pulaski County.

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Ward receives Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary

The Rotary Club of Pulaski County honored Marianne Ward, the membership, youth services and public relations chair, with the Paul Harris Fellow earlier this spring.

The Paul Harris Society is named after the founder of Rotary International and recognizes individuals who contribute $1,000 or have $1,000 or more contributed in their name to the Rotary Foundation to support activities such as polio eradication, peace and conflict prevention and resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. Club member Dr. Virgie Mahan contributed funds in Ward's honor to Rotary International to make the award possible as a special celebration of her 50th birthday.

Rotary District 6080 Governor Joe Beltz of Mountain View, Mo., bestowed Ward with a lapel pin from Rotary International and Club President Don Murray presented her with a certificate from the club.

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2015 Faith-Based Organizations Disaster Workshops

The Governor's Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery invites faith organization leaders, emergency management directors, local public health agency (LPHA) representatives and Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) members to nine regional workshops in May and June.

Because faith-based organizations face unique challenges in helping their communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, The Partnership, along with the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program has put together a program that will provide insightful and practical advice to help with that mission. We hope you can participate.

The workshops will provide important information on:
* Dispensing health and hope after a disaster
* Safe food handling in disaster kitchens
* Continuity planning for your house of worship
* Operating a safe disaster shelter
* Engaging ways to help your congregation become "disaster ready"
* Answering the call to provide emotional and spiritual care after a disaster
* Faith communities' response to the Joplin tornado
* And more, much more!

These events are provided free of cost to participants. All events are from 1-5 p.m. Find the workshop in your area in the boxes at the right and register now at: http://training.dps.mo.gov/sematraining.nsf/TrainingSchedule
Walk in registrations will be accepted the day of the workshop.

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Progress in 2015-Lawmakers endorse policies supporting the goals of Missouri 2030

Missouri lawmakers made good progress on several important job-creation issues during the 2015 Legislative Session-supporting the goals of Missouri 2030: An Agenda to Lead.

Missouri 2030: An Agenda to Lead is a 15-year strategic plan for economic growth in Missouri. It was released this year by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The plan outlines the state's challenges and opportunities in an effort to spur growth. Informed by new Gallup data, national economic experts and more than 1,000 Missouri CEOs, Missouri 2030 established four drivers that are key to the state's future:

*Competing for Jobs
*Preparing the Workforce
*Connecting through Infrastructure
*Uniting the Business Community

Using the Missouri 2030 drivers as a roadmap, the Missouri Chamber advocated for the passage of several significant bills to help grow our state's economy.

"Missouri lawmakers had many accomplishments in 2015 that will create a more competitive state for business investment and job growth. Restored caps on malpractice lawsuits, new incentives for data center growth and legislative passage of Right-to-Work and unemployment benefits reform could mean thousands of new jobs and opportunities for Missourians," said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. "However, in some areas, we still have a long way to go. The biggest missed opportunity was the lack of progress toward finding a funding solution for our transportation system. With the failure to act in 2015, this problem only becomes more urgent."

Competing for Jobs

In today's global economy, it takes a competitive business climate to attract investment. In the Missouri 2030 Gallup survey, our state's current business leaders were quick to name several areas where Missouri needs improvement: Litigation climate, tax environment and government regulations.

The General Assembly made significant progress in these areas in 2015. Already signed into law are bills that will restore caps on medical malpractice lawsuits, create new incentives to attract data centers and give businesses more tax filing options.
Senate Bill 239, sponsored by Sen. Dan Brown, a Republican from Rolla, places a $400,000 cap on noneconomic damage awards in medical malpractice cases. For catastrophic and wrongful death cases, the cap would be $700,000. Malpractice payouts had been uncapped ever since a 2012 ruling by the Missouri Supreme Court. This new law will help lower insurance premiums for health care providers, ensuring Missouri can attract and retain talented clinicians.

Senate Bill 149, sponsored by Sen. Mike Parson, a Republican from Bolivar, allows data centers to receive state and local sales and use tax exemptions for their machinery, equipment and computers. Various data center utility expenses will also now be exempt from sales and use taxes.

Senate Bill 19, sponsored by Sen. Will Kraus, a Republican from Lee's Summit, ensures all companies can utilize new tax filing options passed in 2013.

"The Missouri Department of Revenue had interpreted the 2013 law to limit the new options to only certain businesses," Mehan said. "However, the General Assembly and governor agreed that all companies should be able to use this benefit whether they manufacture items, offer services or sell intangible products."

Other important bills were passed by the General Assembly and are awaiting action by the governor. House Bill 116, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, a Republican from Springfield, would make Missouri the 26th state to attain Right-to-Work status. It would ensure employees in union workplaces are not required to join the union or pay dues. House Bill 722, sponsored by Rep. Dan Shaul, a Republican from Imperial, would stem the expansion of city-driven employment laws. Senate Bill 336, sponsored by Sen. Kraus, would protect restaurants from being held liable when their employees misrepresent tipped income on tax filings. The tip provision is also included in House Bill 517, sponsored by Rep. Galen Higdon, a Republican from St. Joseph.

The legislature also passed a bill to address Missouri's often-insolvent Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. House Bill 150, sponsored by Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Shell Knob, ties Missouri's jobless benefits to the state's unemployment rate, providing more weeks of unemployment payments during a recession and fewer weeks of benefits when jobs are plentiful. The bill also requires increased payments from employers to help the state's Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund reach a balance that is capable of paying for benefits without going into debt. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed House Bill 150 and it awaits an override attempt during a special session later in the year.

"When we consider the need to compete for growth, it's clear Missouri took several steps forward this year. The Missouri Chamber and supportive lawmakers had been working for years to restore caps on medical malpractice lawsuits and pass data center incentives. It shows strong progress to have these bills finally become law. We were also encouraged by the legislature's commitment to passing a Right-to-Work bill and reforming unemployment benefits. With the governor opposing Right-to-Work and unemployment benefits reform, we are asking the legislature to continue to push for these important laws," said Mehan. "Passing bills to help Missouri compete is one of the areas where our legislative leaders are reliably successful. On behalf of the business community, I'd like to thank them for their continued focus on this effort."

Next year, the Missouri Chamber will continue to seek reform to the state's lawsuit-generating discrimination standards, an effort that did not pass the legislature this year. In addition, the state still must address an April 2014 Supreme Court ruling that exposes employers to litigation dealing with discrimination in workers' compensation claims.

Preparing the Workforce

Missouri employers are deeply concerned about the future of our state's workforce. One of the most telling statistics revealed by the Missouri 2030 Gallup survey was that only 15 percent of Missouri business owners agree that our state's high schools are preparing students for the workforce.

When it comes to the most talented workers, only a third of Missouri business leaders say they are able to attract top talent to Missouri. Likewise, only 30 percent say Missouri is retaining our most talented workers.

"The states that have strong workforces are the states that will win the competition for jobs," Mehan said. "We must continually work to prepare our workforce and talent."

Missouri lawmakers began to address this issue by making meaningful investments in education. The state's K-12 system will receive an $84 million boost. Early childhood education saw a $5 million increase. The state's performance-based funds for higher education are increasing by $12 million.

Beyond the budget progress, House Bill 42, sponsored by Rep. David Wood, a Republican from Versailles, seeks to give students in failing schools the ability to transfer to better schools. Education leaders in the business community are especially encouraged by the virtual school provisions in the bill, which would allow more Missouri students to access high-quality online coursework. The bill awaits action from the governor.

"The sentiments expressed by the General Assembly this session make it clear that our elected leaders care about the future of our state's workforce. I'd like to thank them for their work and for the positive initiatives passed this session," Mehan said. "However, the limited progress we saw on education this year-much like in past sessions-illustrates why we are encouraging the business community to lead on this issue."

During the interim, the Missouri Chamber will be aggressively pursuing new ways to close the skills gap employers are reporting.

"Through our Missouri 2030 effort, we are working to bring new ideas to Missouri that empower employers to engage with students and workers in their communities to help establish a stronger workforce-without waiting for a government-created solution," Mehan said. "We have a lot to share on this in the coming months."

Connecting Through Infrastructure
Only 37 percent of business leaders are satisfied with the state's basic infrastructure, according to the Missouri 2030 Gallup survey. That number is likely to decline as the General Assembly made no progress toward resolving the state's transportation funding woes.

An independent study released in late April showed that Missouri's current road conditions are costing the state $4.5 billion annually. Earlier in the legislative session, the Missouri Department of Transportation unveiled its 2017 maintenance plan to illustrate how the lack of new funding will make the situation even worse. The plan shows a majority of Missouri's roads facing deteriorating conditions and some bridges eventually closing.

Lawmakers responded by proposing a small, stop-gap fuel tax increase. However, that idea failed to pass either chamber.

"Despite the progress made in other areas this session, the failure to address transportation funding is a major concern. If we continue down this path, we are going to see our state's most important geographical asset-our central location combined with solid infrastructure connections-crumble in neglect," said Mehan. "We simply cannot allow this to happen. The business community is deeply concerned about the lack of road funding solutions coming from the General Assembly. Through Missouri 2030, we are exploring how business stakeholders can provide new leadership on this issue."

Uniting the Business Community
Parallel to the Missouri Chamber's efforts in the state capitol, the Missouri Chamber also worked across the state to inform people about Missouri 2030 and the need to transform our state's economic future. Hundreds of new stakeholders are becoming engaged in this effort.

This push included work by the Missouri Chamber Federation to establish a strong network of local and regional chambers of commerce. The federation is encouraging business leaders to become more involved with state policy discussions, providing a stronger voice for business across the state.

Already, 56 chambers have joined the Missouri Chamber Federation, bringing tens of thousands of new employers to the table during important policy discussions.

"The Missouri Chamber Federation has the potential to become a transformational force in our state," Mehan said. "We are working to unite this diverse group of communities behind critical policies-such as transportation funding-which can benefit the state as a whole. A united business community will provide a powerful new voice for job-creation efforts in Missouri."

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the largest business association in Missouri. Together, with the Missouri Chamber Federation, the Missouri Chamber represents more than 40,000 employers.

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Private Viewing of Meet me in St. Louis

You and a guest are invited to join PCRMC for a private viewing of Meet me in St. Louis on Wednesday, June 17th, with Appetizers and cocktails at 6:00 p.m.; Showtime 7:30 p.m. at the Ozark Actors Theatre located at 701 N Cedar St. in Rolla.

Please RSVP by June 10 by contacting Lindsey Dunstedter at ldunstedter@pcrmc.com or 573-458-7600.

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The 70's Bash

Sisters Helping Sisters Successfully Succeed presents The 70's Bash on Saturday, June 13th. Door open at 7:00 p.m. there is a cover charge of $10 or $15 at the door. Fashion Show by DA Spot Fashions and music from DeeJay Jay Johnson.

Event held at the St. Robert Community Center. For more information contact S.H.S.S.S. at 573-855-4570.

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Job Opening at Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson is looking for a great team player to join the staff. Must be flexible, a customer service rockstar, and be willing to work overnight and on weekends at the front desk.

Please apply in person at Howard Johnson located at 239 St. Robert Blvd.

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Commander's Golf Scramble

The Commander's Golf Scramble will be hosted by the Piney Valley Golf Course with a shotgun start at 12:00 pm. Scramble consists of a 4 person team; cost is $30 for Advanced Green Fee Patrons (AGFP) or $40 for non AGFP's. Includes greens fees, cart, meal and range practice from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Bring your friends, co-workers or battle buddies for a great afternoon of golfing. Food and beverages are provided at each event. The Piney Valley Golf Course is located at 10221 Water Intake Rd.

For more information call 573-329-4770.

Register your team online.

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Wallace Pool & Splash Park Opens for the Summer Season

Pool Fees and information on pool passes click here.

Starting May 22 Wallace Pool & the Splash Park
Located at the MWR Rec Plex (604 Constitution Ave)
opens Daily for your Summer Fun!

Wallace Pool
Lap Swimming 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Recreational Swimming 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Available for Pool Parties 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Splash Park
Daily 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

Davidson Fitness Center Indoor Pool
Will close for maintenance May 22

ALL Mission Training will relocate to LIEBER HEIGHTS POOL
(Schedule attached)

Lieber Heights Pool
Lap Swimming
Mon - Fri 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Open for Recreation Swimming**
Mon - Fri 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat - Sun 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

** Until Further Notice, while DFC is closed for maintenance Lieber Heights is the Mission Pool for training.

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Job opening at Century 21

Growing Real Estate Company looking for an Administrative Professional for our St. Robert office. 30 - 35 hours per week. The ideal individual will be extremely organized and able to handle multiple priorities. Flexibility is key, as the real estate industry is fluid and fast paced! Great phone etiquette and ability to maintain a positive attitude with both clients and co workers. Professional appearance and friendly personality a must as you will be our Director of First Impressions! Proficiency in Word, Excel and Powerpoint are important. Individual must be able to maintain confidentiality. Real Estate background and/or willingness to obtain a Missouri real estate license a plus. E mail resume to jrohal@c21prestige.com.

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Citizens Mortgage Company Scholarship to Chelsey Howser

Shawn Cordry presented the third annual Citizens Mortgage Company Scholarship in honor of WHS alumni Mr. Harold York, Class of 1953 to Miss Chelsey Howser Class of 2015 at Tuesday evening's Senior Honors Program.

Each year at the annual fall football WHS homecoming game Citizens Mortgage Company honors the oldest alumni in attendance during halftime activities. The following spring seniors apply for the scholarship and Miss Howser was this year's recipient.

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Unveiling of Seven Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibits

The City of Waynesville invites the community to the Unveiling of Seven Trail of Tears Wayside Exhibits Friday, June 19th at 9:00 a.m. at Laughlin Park, Roubidoux Springs located at 601 Historic Route 66, Waynesville, MO 65583. Reception to follow the unveiling.

After the reception, everyone is invited to view the new waysides and take a walk through the park to the Trail of Tears crossing at Roubidoux Creek.

For more information contact: Deloris Gray Wood 573-729-2545. This project is sponsored by National Park Service in partnership with the Trail of Tears Association, the City of Waynesville, and Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

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"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
May 25, 2015
Chamber Office Closed
8:30 a.m. Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremonies
1:00 p.m. Memorial Day Ceremony
May 27, 2015
11:30 a.m. Eggs & Issues
May 30, 2015
11:00 a.m. Route 66 Summer Jam
June 2, 2015
1:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting for Old Towne Antiques & Eatery
June 5, 2015
11:00 a.m. Customer Appreciation Day
June 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. St. Louis Rams Football Camp


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**If you have any information for our community calendar please email info@wsrchamber.com.

"It's not what the world holds for you, it's what you bring to it. "

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Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce
137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B
St. Robert, MO 65584
573-336-5121
fax: 573-336-5472
chamber@wsrchamber.com
www.waynesville-strobertchamber.com