The thoughts and prayers of the Waynesville-St.
Robert Chamber board and staff go out to all effected by the
flooding. If there are any Chamber member businesses or organizations
that are effected, please contact the Chamber if there is
anything your business needs. Keep in mind all the emergency
personnel and volunteers that are working on the effected
The Chamber Operation
Workforce Job Fair scheduled for this Thursday, August 8th
Welcome to the 2013-2014 Chamber Year!
The 2013-2014 Chamber Year began July 1, 2013.
The Chamber President, Mike Dunbar selected "Sustainability"
as the theme for this year. He announced the theme at the
annual Membership Social. Below is a photo of the 2013-2014
Chamber Board of Directors showing the sustainability of the
Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber which was established in 1957.
To view pictures from the Membership Social click here.
The Leadership Pulaski County Program applications
were received and processed. Letters of acceptance were mailed
at the end of June. The 2013-2014 class will begin in September.
Limited sponsorships are still available. If you are interested
in contributing to the building of community leaders by becoming
a 2013-2014 Leadership Pulaski County sponsor contact the
Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email email@example.com.
Quarterly +1 Luncheon
The Quarterly luncheons will take place on August 14th and
November 13th in 2013. These luncheons will begin at 11:30
a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m., and will have an extended agenda
which includes special updates and announcements.
If you know a current Chamber member who has not been to
a luncheon in a while or if you are speaking to someone about
possibly joining the Chamber, please invite them to attend
the luncheon with you. Any perspective member must attend
with a currently active member as their guest.
There are no seating limits for the Quarterly +1 Luncheons
so it is a great opportunity to get involved and updated on
the community and network with fellow Chamber members. RSVPs
are due the Tuesday before the luncheon by 9:00 a.m. Guests
of Chamber members must also have an RSVP to attend. Cost
is $10 per person. All regular Chamber luncheon policies apply.
For more information on the new Quarterly +1 Luncheon or
to RSVP contact the Chamber office by calling 573-336-5121
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Veteran of the Year
Award Now Accepting Nominations
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, 2013.
Nominations for the Veteran of the Year Award will be accepted
from any Chamber member. The nomination process shall be made
public by the call for nominations through utilizing the local
newspapers, radio stations, and Chamber newsletter. 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.
Nominations are due to the Chamber
office no later than August 30, 2013.
to downloard a nomination form.
On August 1st the Chamber Surprise Patrol visited
two Chamber member businesses to recognize them as the Chamber
Business Showcase member recognition program recipients for
August. The August Business Showcase recipients are Cross
Creek Animal Hospital and Drury University.
The Surprise Patrol visited both businesses and dropped
off a special sign that will be displayed throughout the month.
Business Showcase recipients are drawn each month. The Surprise
Patrol will be out again in September to recognize the next
Nominations Open for the 2013 Citizen of
The Waynesville - St. Robert Area Chamber
of Commerce is preparing for its annual Citizen of the Year
Award to be presented at our Community Leadership Awards
Banquet. From now until November 15, 2013 the Chamber of
Commerce will be accepting nominations from Chamber members.
A one page letter outlining the candidate's qualifications
and experience will comprise the formal nomination form,
as well as a cover sheet including the following information:
nominee's name, home address, office address, home phone
number, office phone number, sponsor, point of contact,
day phone number, and a 150 word summary of the nominee
with his/her photo.
The Citizen of the Year Award is meant to
recognize a person who has performed outstanding and dedicated
service to the community and/or towards helping others over
time not for a particular year of service. The individual
nominated must have provided such service in the Waynesville-St.
Robert area. Please mail or e-mail your nominations to:
Waynesville-St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce, 137 St.
Robert Boulevard Ste. B, St. Robert, MO 65584, E-mail: email@example.com.
If you have any questions contact the Chamber
office at 573-336-5121, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
to download the 2013 Citizen of the Year Nomination Form.
2013-2014 Sponsorship Opportunities
for information on 2013-2014 Sponsorship Opportunities.
For more information on any Chamber event contact the Chamber
office at 573-336-5121 or email
The Chamber would like to introduce the new
E-plaque now available to members. This plaque may be placed
on your business web site or social media page to increase
your credibility through the recognition of Chamber membership.
for the web site code and instructions to add the new Chamber
Membership E-plaque to your company web site.
R-VI School District
Classes for the 2013-14 School Year start
Aug. 26 for the Waynesville (Missouri) R-VI School District,
and enrollment will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5,
6, 7 and 8 at each of the district's 11 schools.
The second largest employer in Pulaski County,
the school district employs 778 individuals with a payroll
of $48.3 million.
Known for its academic rigor, Waynesville
Schools offer a broad range of programs and services. From
pre-school for children with developmental concerns to dual
credit and AP college courses at the high school, the district
has programs to meet the academic needs of students at all
levels. As a result, the district's students who reside
in Waynesville, St. Robert and Fort Leonard Wood perform
above average on all state and national tests.
In addition to a curriculum aligned to the
Missouri Learning Standards and rigorous 21st Century Learning
Skills, students learn effective communication and behavioral
skills through the Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) system,
which is designed to build strong citizens and positive
habits for daily living. Our schools emphasize the importance
of individual responsibility and service to their community.
Continuous enrollment is available and routine.
Students impacted by the military make up 75 percent of
Waynesville's student population; 60 percent are military
dependents. All necessary forms requiring completion for
enrollment into the district are available at www.waynesville.k12.mo.us.
Go to "Parents/Students" and then to "Enrollment
Information & Forms" for details regarding shot
records, age requirements, birth certificates, etc. In addition
to contacting each of the schools, Fort Leonard Wood families
may contact the post's School Liaison Office at 573-596-0357.
For more information about our schools go
and click on "Our Schools" located under Quick
Links on the middle right-hand side of the page.
everybody! What a wonderful evening we had last month at
the summer social. We had a great turn out and I recapped
the Chamber events for the past year. A summary of activities
is as follows:
Leadership Pulaski County, Army 2020 Call
to Action, Job Fair, Eggs & Issues, The Chamber Challenge,
Basket Auction, Community Forum, Community Leadership Award
Banquet/Citizen of the Year, Golf Tournament, Shop Local
Campaign, The Choices program in conjunction with Rotary
Club, 9,240 Newsletters distributed, 36,240 Weekly updates,
23,186 web site visits, 461 Welcome packets distributed,
2475 Chamber referrals, 39 Ribbon cuttings.
The theme for this year is Sustainability.
Sustainability can be summarized as the capacity to endure.
Community Sustainability is to establish local economies
that are economically viable, environmentally sound and
socially responsible. Sustainability requires participation
from all sectors of the community both to define the community
needs and to identify and implement innovative and appropriate
Our community must continue to spread the word this is a
great place to live, raise a family, educate our children
and own and operate a business. This Chamber is determined
to assist in the sustainability of our wonderful community.
As Chamber members, we need to support each
other. Before leaving town, to either shop or dine out,
think first of your local Chamber member. You will not only
save on gas but will demonstrate your support for our local
As always please feel free to contact me if
the Chamber can be of any assistance to you.
Chamber is excited to announce our investment into a new
database. This new service will allow members to access
their accounts online and make changes. Members will also
be able to pay their invoices safely online with a credit
or debit card. The staff asks for your understanding and
patience as we go through training and learn the new system.
Stay tuned for more details.
As school is about to start in a month the
Chamber, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Pulaski
County, will present the CHOICES program for the 7th year.
This program is presented to all 8th grade classes in Pulaski
County. We now need volunteers to attend training at the
end of this month to prepare to be presenters. We need enough
volunteers to have one in each classroom and a few on reserve
in case we need fill ins. Please contact me as soon as possible
if you are interested in this program.
The Chamber staff has started to make our
fall sponsorship calls and if you have turned in your form
for the year we appreciate your continued support. We extended
the deadline until August 2nd at 9 a.m. to register for
your free booth at the Regional Job Fair on August 8th.
This is an opportunity to collect resumes or even interview
candidates. We are also preparing for the Frog Race on October
5th, be sure to adopt your frog today. The Community Pride
Night will be at this year's homecoming football game of
the Waynesville Tigers on October 11th. Show your Tiger
Pride and become a sponsor!
If you have any questions or concerns please
give me a call at 573-336-5121.
Cecilia Murray, IOM
My name is Josh O'Riley. I am the branch
manager of the US Bank in St. Robert, MO. I was born in
Rolla and I had the privilege of spending my childhood
years growing up in both Waynesville and in Springfield.
I graduated from Parkview High in Springfield in 1989,
attended college for a short time then pursued my career
in sales. I was the Director of Operations for a mobile
medical company for 8 years. Which consisted of offering
mobile X-Ray, EKG, & phlebotomy services for nursing
homes. I have also worked with teenagers and young adults
as a life coach over the course of several years. I find
it very rewarding to be a part of someone's growth in
sports, and or in life.
My family is well represented in the area,
and has been for more than for 50 years. I am engaged,
with wedding plans for this fall. I love being involved
with the people of this area because everyone is so welcoming
and encouraging. I have seen this town grow to become
a strong community and one that many love to call "home".
I look forward to getting to know more people in the community
as an Ambassador with the Chamber and as a reinvested
citizen, back in my "home town".
Interesting Facts about me:
I am a HUGE K.C. Chiefs fan
I grew up idolizing the Waynesville High School basketball
teams of the 1980's
Tourism Bureau is working on the 2014 Official Visitors Guide.
Please verify you're listing information by visiting PulaskiCountyUSA.com.
All tourism related businesses; accommodations, attractions,
restaurants and shopping receive complimentary listings in
our guide. If you would like to highlight your business with
an advertisement, please contact Karen Hood, Marketing Relations
Manager for additional information. The Visitors Guide is
an excellent resource for visitors planning their vacation
as well as a reference piece while in the area. These guides
are distributed in a variety of outlets; mailed to those requesting
information from our various marketing campaigns, distributed
in Visitors Centers across the state and distributed in local
businesses. This guide features articles of the area, detailed
business listings, county and city maps and vacation planning
During the DMAI (Destination Marketing Association International)
Conference held July 15-17th, I joined twenty-two industry
professionals who earned the Certified Destination Management
Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive
program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing
industry. Currently in its 21st year, just over 200 destination
marketing professionals have achieved the CDME designation,
with more than 600 participants currently enrolled in the
"The CDME program is recognized by the industry as the
highest educational achievement for destination management
professionals. The achievement of these CDME graduates is
outstanding, and requires a significant commitment in time
and resources," said Michael D. Gehrisch, DMAI President
The CDME program is an advanced educational program designed
to prepare senior DMO executives and managers for increasing
change and competition and to become more effective organizational
and industry leaders. The program focuses on vision, leadership,
productivity and implementing business strategies.
As summer starts to wind down, take a moment to cool off
and relax. Grab the family and take a day to enjoy our beautiful
rivers. It surprises me to visit with many of the locals who
have not experienced the Gasconade or Big Piney Rivers. Those
that have come back to me after their trip are "hooked"
on floating. They can't believe how scenic our area is, how
floating along made them forget about the day to day rush,
how they laughed with the kids
We have nine outfitters
that offer various floats; from a few hours, all day to overnight,
all right here in Pulaski County. Carve out an afternoon and
invest in making family memories.
Beth Wiles, CDME
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau
137 St. Robert Blvd. Suite A
St. Robert, MO 65584
(877) 858-8687 Toll-free
(573) 336-6355 Ext. 104
(573) 336-2985 Fax
week the Pulaski County Growth Alliance received word that
an application for a Spec Building loan had preliminary approval.
There are some conditions to be met before the loan documents
are finalized. However, we believe the loan will be finalized
in August. This building will be a 20,000 square foot building
in the new Waynesville Industrial Park.
We will be meeting with the Community Development Block Grant
Team to finalize the rules and procedures for the process
in a few weeks. This building will be a shell with no floor
in place. The loan is for 60 months at 1% interest rate, which
is not due until a tenant is found for the building. The goal
is to find a manufacturing company that will provide employment.
The marketing of this facility will include direct mailers,
the use of Location One, the State of Missouri's web site,
attendance at trade shows, and personal contacts by the Pulaski
County Growth Alliance.
The Missouri Governor's Conference on Economic Development
will be in Kansas City this year. The agenda will include
the new incentive legislation passed known as Missouri Works
Program and the Certified Work Ready Community Program. The
Certified Work Ready Community Program is gaining national
attention. Jasper County which is the Joplin Area is the first
county in the nation to receive the designation. There are
now 30 counties in Missouri who have applied for this designation.
We plan to start the process this fall and make an application
for Pulaski County in May of 2014.
Entrepreneurship is increasing the jobs and investment in
Pulaski County. Congratulations to Bow & Barrel Sportsman
Center on their ground breaking ceremony. At our E-Club meetings
we have had over 25 ideas or inventions presented at our monthly
meetings. The E-Club of Pulaski County meets the second Tuesday
of every month at 5:30 pm at the Pulaski County Visitor Center.
Everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting August 13,
137 St. Robert Blvd. Suite B
St. Robert, MO 65584
THE BANKS OF THE ROUBIDOUX!
Our July Council meeting was very productive and we continue
working on projects to benefit our citizens. We honored
Michael Blankenship and Colton's Steakhouse for their support
of our Police Department and we named the Pulaski Young
Marines as our "Good Citizens of the Month" for
their continued care and maintenance of the Mitchell Cemetery,
located off Elm Street. The Park Board is asking for volunteers
to serve on the board with the resignation of Mike Prater.
Mike has served eight years on the Park Board and we appreciate
his service. If you are interested, please contact the Mayor
or your Councilman.
W. H. Croaker was highlighted by the Missouri Arts Council.
In a recent letter, the organization informed us, "The
Missouri Arts Council, as the state agency supporting the
arts in Missouri, every month creates and publishes on our
website a new feature article highlighting some aspect of
Missouri arts. This month's piece is "Everyday Objects
on a Giant Scale Make Playful Art." As part of the
story, we've included Waynesville's Frog Rock, with a link
to a news article from last September describing the City
Council's adoption of W.H. Croaker as Waynesville's official
mascot and the resolution honoring Mr. Nelson. The link
to the article is the main item on our homepage, www.missouriartscouncil.org.
See page 12 in the section called "Gargantuan gallery."
We were excited to see Croaker "up in lights".
And in fact, it is our plan to place flood lights on Croaker
in the near future. It will highlight this unique feature
and also, give some much needed light to that area of road.
Croaker will truly be "up in lights"!
The Council approved the purchase of a 200,000 gallon water
tower to be placed across the Interstate on the new Waynesville
Industrial Park site. This work should begin in mid-August
and will provide not only a back-up for Waynesville citizens,
but also a reliable back-up for our Hunter's Point residents.
With the recent purchase of the H Highway Water System,
the City continues to make improvements for the county citizens
of the Southside area. We are installing 8" water pipe
to accommodate new fire hydrants and also, will begin chlorination
soon. The Council also approved a bid to begin the sewer
infrastructure at the new cinema project. The developers
of that area, Jared Enterprises and Havens Commercial, have
announced a 33,000 sq. ft. retail center, Patriot Landing
Center, to be located next to the new cinema. Groundbreakings
should be announced in August.
The cities of Waynesville and St. Robert have announced
the recent hiring of a new Youth Sports Director for our
community sports leagues. Kerry Rayford has taken that position.
Kerry is a native of our communities and brings a wealth
of experience to the job. We expect great things from him!
The T Highway project is proceeding. This project consists
of adding a three lane road and traffic control at the T
Highway and 66 intersection A public meeting was held in
June and there was discussion at this month's Council meeting.
The issue will be addressed at the Roads and Grounds meeting
this month and we expect the Council to vote in August,
concerning the decision of placing a roundabout or a traffic
light at that location. The Old H Highway project continues
to take shape and we expect it to be finished before school
starts, with the weather's cooperation.
With the Historical Society and the help of owner, Dave
Weinbaum, the City was granted permission to save the historical
mural from the old McDonald's building. It is full of local
history and will be a good addition to the Courthouse Museum.
Remember to SHOP LOCAL! The Farmer's Market is in full swing
and is open every Saturday from 8:00-noon in the Roubidoux
Park. Come and check out the fresh produce, you will be
thrilled, I promise!
From the banks of the Roubidoux,
Mayor of Waynesville
The City of Saint Robert is pleased to announce that some
of our City Firefighters have or will be expanding their knowledge.
Lieutenant Dustin Goodwin, Engineer Scott Crider, Engineer
Lynn Bays and newly hired Firefighter Joseph Gerber participated
in the brand new IFSAC Hazmat Tech Class offered last month.
Engineer Crider was the first Firefighter to pass the state
test and become certified, not only in our Fire Department
but also in the entire State of Missouri. We also sent Deputy
Chief Shay Mason and Engineer Crider to a Driver Operator
class, in which their test have been scheduled and waiting.
Engineer Bays completed his National CPS (Child Passenger
Safety) Certification through Safe Kids Worldwide. We now
have car seat installers on every shift Monday - Friday and
by appointment on Saturday and Sunday. Upcoming, Lieutenant
Goodwin will be accompanying Deputy Chief Mason to Inspector's
conference to complete the CEU's to needed to update their
The City of Saint Robert' Fire Department receive new helmets.
According to NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards,
most PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) should be replaced
every ten years. This ten year expiration is applied to Structural
Firefighting Helmets and Bunker Gear which is used from alarm
soundings to full blown flames showing Structure Fire. We
just replaced our 13 year old helmets with new Honeywell EV1
helmets. These helmets have a progressive interface with cutting-edge
features at a reasonable cost. The EV1 helmets 'offer unmatched
performance with a sturdy, sleek, lightweight and low profile
design that customizes fit for unparalleled comfort and superior
functionality.' This UV-resistant Mat Shell Finish, 6-point
Suspension, Reversible Chinstrap Quick-release Buckle with
Polyurethane Impact liner, Black Nomex* FR Cotton Ear Cover
and Leather Headband with Mesh Crown weighs in under 52oz
for a light comfortable wear. **Information found at:
The City of Saint Robert and The City of Waynesville are
teaming up to host the 1st Annual SRW Joint Rec Golf Scramble
benefit golf tournament on September 7, 2013 with a shotgun
start at 0900. Registration begins at 0800 at the Saint Robert
Municipal Golf Course. Food will be provided after the tournament.
Cost is a $25 entry fee. You can also reserve a cart for an
additional $20 fee. Carts are limited so please reserve your
cart as soon as possible. Mulligans will also be available
for $5 for 2 and Gimme Strings for $5. It will be a 9 hole
2 person scramble. Prizes will be awarded for 1st & 2nd
Championship, 1st & 2nd A-Flight, Closet to Pin and Longest
Put. To reserve a spot please stop by or call the Saint Robert
Municipal Golf Course at 140 Duffer Dr Saint Robert 573-451-2000
ext 1306. All proceeds will go to benefit the Youth Sports
Programs for St Robert and Waynesville, and will be used to
purchase new sports equipment.
It is that time of year again for the Women's Expo! It will
be held on Friday, October 18, 2013 from 4pm-10pm at the Saint
Robert Community Center ****VENDORS WANTED**** Vendor Sign-up
starts NOW (8ft tables-$10.00, 8ft tables w/ electric-$15.00.
To become a vendor please Call Trinity at 573-451-2625) Join
us for a fun evening and Visit with vendors, view stage demonstrations
& door prizes.
The City of Saint Robert Municipal Golf Course now has golf
carts available for rent. For more information please visit
the Municipal Golf Course or call 573-451-2000 ext 1306
Looking for a fun way to raise money for your organization?
Stop by the City of Saint Robert Municipal Golf Course to
speak with one of our Golf Facility Operators about scheduling
your golf tournament fundraiser. The City of Saint Robert
offers a beautiful Par 3, 9 hole, Pitch & Putt course
just off of Missouri Ave next to City Hall (573)451-2000 ext
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Chamber Quarterly +1 Luncheon - August 14th at 11:30
a.m. at the St. Robert Community Center and catered by Vidies
Bistro. Our sponsor will be Waynesville R-VI School District.
Please contact the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 13th.
Ribbon Cutting for OTC Waynesville Center - August
22nd after their grand opening program at 10 a.m. New building
located at 600 GW Lane Street in Waynesville.
the complete monthly calendar
The July Newcomer Spotlight Business is:
Fort Leonard Wood Command Orientation
38 packets were handed out in July.
Newcomer Materials are due to the Chamber Office by the
2nd Wednesday of each month. Newcomer Spotlight Businesses
are selected randomly. You must be taking advantage of this
benefit to be considered. If you are not currently participating
in this FREE program, you should be!
Advertise as little or as often as you wish in the Waynesville-St.
Robert Chamber "VOICE" Newsletter. Our
Newsletter comes out once a month, and will include a hyperlink!
Banner Ad; Top of the Page Exclusive
$300 (for six months)
$500 (for twelve months)
Side Bar Banner Ad
$200 (for six months)
$350 (for twelve months)
Flier; PDF format
$50 (a month)
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Chamber Board of Directors:
PRESIDENT - Mike Dunbar
VICE PRESIDENT - Phil Tackett
TREASURER - Marsha Mercer
Brad Budolfson, Carrie Williamson, Mike Freeman, Dr. Chris
Berger, Katrina Lynch-Allen, Tracy McCord, and Carey Heitman
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Cecilia Murray
OFFICE MANAGER - Jenna Farquhar
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - Leanna Weathers & Lisa Thomas