Quarterly +1 Luncheon
The Chamber is excited to announce that once per quarter
it will host an extended luncheon called the Quarterly +1.
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
The Quarterly luncheons will take place on February 13th,
May 8th, August 14th, and November 13th in 2013. 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 email@example.com.
Leadership Awards Banquet - Citizen of the Year Nominees Announced
The Waynesville - St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce is
preparing for its annual Citizen of the Year Award to be presented
at the Community Leadership Awards Banquet. This memorable
event will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at the St.
Robert Community Center with social hour beginning at 5:30
p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. The Community Leadership
Awards Banquet is held to commemorate the hard work and dedication
to the community exhibited by our area leaders, non-profit
organizations, and civic groups. The Citizen of the Year is
This year three outstanding volunteers are nominated for
Citizen of the Year. The nominees for the 2012 Citizen of
the Year are Ken Bassett, nominated by the Salvation Army
Pulaski County Local Unit, Susan Marshall, nominated by the
Pulaski Family Activity Coalition, and CSM (Ret) Richard Morris,
nominated by the Rotary Club of Pulaski County. The Citizen
of the Year award is intended to recognize individuals who
perform outstanding and dedicated service to the community
and/or help others over time in the Waynesville-St. Robert
Tickets for the Awards Banquet are available at the Chamber
Office. You must have a ticket to attend this event. Tickets
will not be available at the door. The deadline to purchase
tickets is February 8th. For more information about the
Citizen of the Year and the Community Leadership Awards Banquet
please contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or e-mail
Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction - What will
be in your Basket?
This year the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce's
Annual Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction to be
held on Saturday, March 23rd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
St. Robert Community Center. Have you thought about what you'll
be putting in your basket? All items submitted are greatly
appreciated and help to make this event the largest and primary
fundraiser the Chamber holds throughout the year.
Restaurants will be handing out fine samples of all their
favorite menu items during this event. A variety of specialty
baskets from area businesses will also be up for bid. Among
baskets filled with chocolates, themed baskets, or baskets
with great consumer value, early shopping for that special
gift basket will be a cinch. A silent auction and door prizes
are also included in this fun filled event. Doors open 11:00
a.m. with the Auction beginning at 12:30 p.m. Come early to
browse the wonderful items for bid and start sampling the
delicious food offered by area restaurants. Tickets are $10
for adults, $5 for children 12-5 years old and children 4
and under are free. Pre-event tickets are available at the
We have sponsorships available
that includes your name in all press releases, on fliers and
an ad in the printed tab. As a sponsor you are welcome to
have a booth at the event! The Chamber hopes to receive a
basket or gift certificate from every member business to support
our largest fundraiser of the year. Also needed are silent
auction items and door prizes to give away during the event.
Don't forget to register your restaurant
today! The deadline to register a restaurant is February 22nd.
This event is open to all Pulaski County restaurants. Don't
hesitate to contact the Chamber and let us know if your business
would like to donate a basket, gift certificate or silent
auction item, call (573) 336-5121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
but space is limited.
Four Person Scramble
The Chamber golf tournament is back! After a few years off,
the Chamber is excited for the upcoming Four Person Scramble
on April 25th 2013. The tournament will be an 18-hole four
person scramble with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. at Piney
Valley Golf Course on Fort Leonard Wood. Team check-in will
be at 9:00 a.m. A meal will be provided for teams after they
complete the tournament. Awards will be given after the tournament
is complete as well as door prizes donated by Chamber members.
Registration for teams is now open. There is a $50 entry
fee per person. Mulligans will be available for $20 per team
and a 5' String is $10 per team. There is a limit of 30 teams
so register today! Registration forms and entry fee payment
must be received at the Chamber office by April 15th.
Event sponsorships are available!
Hole sponsorships are available for $100 per hole. A hole
sponsor will receive a sign at the hole and there business
will be listed on the event web page and in all press releases.
Cart sponsorship are available for $50. Cart sponsors will
have a sign on a cart and will be listed on the event web
The Chamber is also collecting door prizes. Chamber members
who donate a door prize will be announced at the event and
listed on the event web page.
for a copy of the sponsorship form.
Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off
Fort Wood Hotels by Ehrhardt Properties won the Best of Show
Award for the fourth consecutive year of the Waynesville-St.
Robert Chamber of Commerce Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off held
Saturday, January 19th.
The 2013 Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off judges were Mike Niess
from Culver's, Savie Makrdis from Ryan's Family Steakhouse,
and Deanna House from Waynesville R-VI School District.
Awards were given for the following categories:
Mid Missouri Credit Union - Fire in the Hole
Columbia College Fort Leonard Wood
Free Women's Center of Pulaski County - Purple People Feeders
Vance Ewing - Bow and Barrel Sportsman Center
1st Place: City of St. Robert - Outlaws
2nd Place: Fort Wood Hotels - Pirates of the Chili Bean
3rd Place: City of Waynesville - Croaker's Cookers
People's Choice Award:
1st Place: Fort Wood Hotels - Pirates of the Chili Bean
2nd Place: True Light Temple - Chili Masters
3rd Place: Hopper Pub - The Mean Green Chili Machine
Grand Champion Chili:
First State Bank - The Habanero Hotties
Best of Show Award:
Fort Wood Hotels - Pirates of the Chili Bean
The People's Choice Award is awarded to the team that raises
the most donations during the event. Event attendees voted
for their favorite chili by making cash donations at the team
booths. These funds are specifically designated for the Chamber's
Right Choice Scholarship. With the money donated this year
the Chamber will be able to award five $250 scholarships!
The Showmanship and Grand Champion Chili is decided by the
judges and the Best of Show is a combination from all three
categories. By winning the Best of Show Award, Fort Wood Hotels
earned a free entry into next year's event.
The Chamber would like to thank the community for their support
as well as all of the event sponsors, teams, and volunteers
for making this event a success.
to see pictures from the 2013 Chili Cook-off.
The Chamber hosted its annual community forum
on January 28th in the Waynesville High School Library. Speakers
for the evening included COL Iverson and COL Pfeffer from
Fort Leonard Wood, Mayor George Sanders from the City of St.
Robert, Mayor Luge Hardman from the City of Waynesville, Dr.
Judene Blackburn, Superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School
District, and Gene Newkirk, Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner.
Each speaker gave an update and then the panel was opened
to questions from those in attendance.
to see pictures from the event.
2013 Chamber Web Site Coupons
Did you know the Chamber has coupons on its web site? The
Chamber is excited to promote your business and promoting
your coupon is another great way to draw attention to your
business. As a Chamber member, it is FREE to put a coupon
on the web site. Email the deal you would like to offer and
your logo in jpg format to email@example.com.
The Chamber staff will design your coupon to fit the web site
format and email it to you for your approval before it is
posted. The new coupon will also be announced on the Chamber's
Facebook page and will be posted on the Chamber's coupon page
for one year. Thank you to the businesses who have already
submitted a coupon for 2013. If you have any questions contact
the Chamber office. Click here
to see the current coupon page.
On January 13, 2013 the Leadership Pulaski County
class attended their fifth session on education, technology
and media. The day began with a visit from Dr. Blackburn,
superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School District, followed
by tours of the 6th Grade Center, Waynesville High School
and Waynesville Career Center. A print media panel followed.
The afternoon was spent touring Maranatha Baptist Academy,
KFLW, KDFB, Drury University, and ended with a home school
panel discussion. Click here
to see pictures from the fifth session. The class looks forward
to its last session and graduation in February. The February
session will focus on healthcare, social services, environment,
and public safety.
Limited sponsorships are still available. If
you are interested in contributing to the building of community
leaders by becoming a 2012-2013 Leadership Pulaski County
sponsor or would like more information on the program contact
the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Character Word of the Month
Beginning in November 2012 the Chamber partnered with the
Waynesville School District in promoting their character word
of the month. Each month a character word is chosen to be
the focus of character development. The Chamber is encouraging
its members to apply this word within their business each
month. Businesses can put up a sign or put the word on their
marquis as well as encourage employees to focus on what the
character word means to them.
The character word for February is:
Honesty is a noun meaning the quality or fact of being hones;
uprightness and fairness. Honesty is also truthfulness, sincerity,
frankness, and freedom from deceit or fraud.
What does honesty mean to you, your
business, and the community?
On February 1st the Chamber Surprise Patrol
visited two Chamber member businesses to recognize them as
the Chamber Business Showcase member recognition program recipients
for February. The February Business Showcase recipients are
Comfort Inn and Blue Heron Properties. 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 March to recognize the next recipients.
Meet Your Chamber Board
Board member, Mike Freeman has worked for Sellers-Sexton
Inc. for 28 years. His favorite thing about the Chamber is
seeing great community volunteers in action. Mike and his
wife, Marie, have been married for 28 years and dated five
years prior to their marriage.
2012-2013 Chamber Board of Directors
2013 Sponsorship Opportunities
for information on 2013 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.
The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce
is excited to announce a new membership benefit aimed at bridging
our members and supporting our local community.
Beginning in April of 2011 Chamber members are encouraged
to report to us when they visit another member's establishment.
At the end of the month the member with the most visits will
have the opportunity to have a video posted to our web site...FREE!
This only works if you're honest about who you're doing business
with and remember EVERY VISIT COUNTS! Just follow this link,
bookmark the page, and remember to let us know about your
visits! For more information about this program call the Chamber
office at 573-336-5121.
Hummin' Bird Events is the Bridging Members winner for January
to log in your visits now!