Chamber Volunteer Week
The week of August 19th to 23rd, 2013 was the second Waynesville-St.
Robert Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Appreciation Week. The
Chamber would like to recognize and thank all of the volunteers
that contribute to the success of the Chamber throughout the
year as well as the businesses that support their volunteer
efforts. Each day of Volunteer Appreciation Week was dedicated
to recognizing one of the five volunteer groups that make
up the Chamber's volunteers: Chamber Ambassadors Club, Chamber
Board of Directors, Economic Development Committee, Governmental
& Military Affairs Committee, and CHOICES program presenters.
The Chamber distributed fliers to all of the local Chamber
member businesses who employ a Chamber volunteer to display
during the week. These fliers demonstrate and recognize the
business' commitment to the Chamber and the success of the
business community. Volunteer Appreciation Week culminated
with a special volunteer recognition luncheon sponsored by
Sellers-Sexton Ford-Lincoln-Mazda on Friday, August 23rd.
to see pictures from the recognition luncheon.
For more information on getting more involved in the Waynesville-St.
Robert Chamber of Commerce talk to any Chamber volunteer or
contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121.
The first class
of the Chamber's new Leadership Pulaski County Program will
begin this month. If you are a member of the 2013-2014 Leadership
Pulaski County Class more information will be sent to you
individually. 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
Quarterly +1 Luncheon
The Chamber held its Quarterly +1 Luncheon on August 14th
at the Hampton Inn. The luncheon was catering by Vidies Bistro
and sponsored by Waynesville R-VI School District. We had
88 members and guests in attendence. The Chamber is challenging
its members to beat this number at the next Quarterly +1 Luncheon
which will take place at the St. Robert Community Center on
November 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The remaining Quarterly +1 luncheon in 2013 will take place
on 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. RSVP's
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
Annual Frog Race
The Chamber is proud to announce the 6th Annual
Frog Race sponsored by Sonic Drive In on October 5th in the
Waynesville City Park in conjunction with Frogtober Fest.
During this event Chamber frogs will jockey for position as
they race down the Roubidoux all striving to win.
Stop by the Chamber office and either enter
a lone frog for $5 or a team of 3 for $10. The more frogs
you have the better your chances of walking away a winner!
The 1st place prize is a $75 cash, 2nd place prize is a $50
cash and 3rd prize is a $25 cash, all prizes are donated by
First State Bank.
Contact the Chamber office at (573) 336-5121
or e-mail email@example.com
for more information.
No other event on the Chamber Calendar elicits as much excitement
and enthusiasm as Community Pride Night which will be held
in conjunction with the Tiger homecoming game on October 11th.
FREE hotdogs and soda will be given away before kickoff.
The Chamber is still looking for volunteers to help during
the event. Sponsorships are still available and can have a
booth at the event. Volunteers will receive an event t-shirt.
Contact the Chamber office to reserve your sponsorship or
volunteer! The deadline to volunteer or sign up to be a sponsor
is September 27th.
On August 30th the Chamber Surprise Patrol visited
two Chamber member businesses to recognize them as the Chamber
Business Showcase member recognition program recipients for
September. The September Business Showcase recipients are
Pulaski County Business Graphics &
Security Bank of Pulaski County-St. Robert.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions contact the Chamber
office at 573-336-5121, or e-mail at email@example.com.
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.
Technology is constantly charging ahead and
any successful business person knows staying on top of tech
trends in one way to keep your company in the spotlight.
The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber is helping their members
stay on the cutting edge by being the second chamber in
the state of Missouri to join up with MyChamberApp.
MyChamberApp is a smartphone application that
provides subscribers with a local chamber membership directory
in the palm of their hand. "This makes a great travel
companion," said chamber executive director Cecilia
Murray. "Area phone numbers are instantly at your fingertips."
With the push of a button consumers can pinpoint, contact
and with GPS-enabled mapping, find their way into local
The Waynesville-St. Robert area sees a large
number of visitors who will find a great benefit in this
app as it helps them navigate their way through unfamiliar
streets to area businesses. Locals also will see a benefit
in the opportunity to contact businesses quicker and easily
learn about any deals without any cost or hassle. Everyone
is encouraged to download this free app by visiting www.mychamberapp.com/download-2
or visiting their phone's application feature.
"We're delighted to be able to offer
this benefit to our members," said Murray; the only
businesses listed through this app are chamber members who
are able to update their listings, create coupon deals,
and offer member to member discounts. To learn more about
becoming a part of the chamber contact their office at (573)
336-5121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CableAmerica has developed and operated cable
television systems since 1971, serving the St. Robert/Waynesville
area for over 30 years. We currently serve over 30 communities
in Missouri, Arizona and Michigan. Construction of new cable
lines continue as these communities expand.
CableAmerica offers the fastest internet speeds
available in the St. Robert/Waynesville area, a full line
of telephone services and high-definition television choices
to our residential and business customers. Our state-of-the-art
fiber optic transmission lines are designed to provide advanced
video services, fast internet connections and also allow
CableAmerica to stay at the forefront of providing new and
innovative services that our customers demand. To ensure
our high standard of service, CableAmerica uses the latest
technology in high-end equipment being manufactured in the
communications industry today.
CableAmerica's commitment to customer service
is evident in every employee from the President of the Company
to the Customer Service Representatives and Technicians.
The Company prides itself on never compromising customer
service and technical prowess. Customer service is available
24/7 with every customer having access to all levels of
management to have any of their concerns addressed. Whether
it is our customer service representatives available to
answer questions or resolve problems or highly skilled technicians
available at all hours to fix any troubles, we truly strive
to practice customer service excellence.
You may contact CableAmerica Customer Service
at 573.336.5284 or www.CableAmerica.com.
everybody! Fall has arrived and the Chamber continues to
provide leadership for our members.
Our Chamber continues to look for innovative
ways to maintain our sustainability both for our membership
and our community. To ensure Community Sustainability we
must strive to establish a local economy that will be 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 solutions.
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 area.
What do you think the Chamber can do better
to assist our members? As Chamber President, I want to hear
from you. Do not sit back and take the easy way, get involved
and voice your opinion. The Chamber is a team effort and
we need your thoughts and assistance to help us better serve
As always please feel free to contact me if
the Chamber can be of any assistance to you.
have been changes in the Chamber office. Jenna will be leaving
the Chamber at the end of this month and though we are sad
to see her go we wish her family well on their new duty
station. She has helped the Chamber grow with new ideas
and been an amazing asset to the Chamber team. I would like
to welcome our new staff member and hope everyone makes
it a point to call or stop by to meet Lisa. She is a great
addition to our team.
This month kicks off our Leadership Pulaski
County program and we have a class of fourteen people that
will learn the different aspects of leadership within Pulaski
County. They will develop an awareness of the importance
of leadership to the community's growth and development.
They will be spending the day at Ft. Leonard Wood for their
The Chamber staff is gearing up for a busy
fall as we prepare for all the upcoming events. It all kicks
off on October 5th with the Frog Race during Frogtober Fest
at the Waynesville City Park. Then the next Friday night
we will hold Community Pride Night at the Waynesville High
School Homecoming football game on the 11th. We will celebrate
a black and orange pride day with the Homecoming Parade
in the afternoon and then everyone will join us for a tailgate
party like never before!
The schools in the county will start seeing
our Choices Program presenters over the next couple of months
as we share this program with all 8th grade students. The
Chamber would like to thank the Rotary Club of Pulaski County
for their continued partnership.
Chamber is starting to work on our 2014 Calendar
of Events. Don't forget to send in your community calendars
as soon as you can. It helps prevent multiple events on
the same day.
If you have any questions or concerns please
give me a call at 573-336-5121.
Cecilia Murray, IOM
Chamber Volunteer Week is a time for recognition
and thanks to the many individuals for their involvement,
commitment and dedication to the community and Chamber.
As a member of the Ambassador Club, it is a privilege
to be a part of this special group of volunteers. Being
an Ambassador is a great way to get involved in the community.
Chamber Ambassadors help to create a positive image of
the Chamber. They circulate, greet, and welcome new Chamber
members. They make introductions and invite participation
wherever they go. While helping at Chamber events and
in the recruitment and retention of members, Chamber Ambassadors
reap the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening
relationships and accessing a wealth of information and
community resources. When you see a blue jacket, thank
Many times during a crisis period the story communicated
through the media and the outside world can be confusing as
to the extent of the damage. It is vital to get the message
out that Pulaski County and Waynesville are open for business.
Our business owners and tax revenue streams that support our
city and county programs depend on this message to be conveyed.
The Bureau has received numerous calls following the flooding
event to inquire about specific restaurants or if the museums,
and even if businesses in surrounding towns were affected.
When you are not familiar with an area, it is very difficult
to understand what was and wasn't affected. What you can do
as a community is help get the word out. Let your friends
and family know Pulaski County is "Open for Business"
and to come and visit and enjoy our beautiful area. If you
are connected through social media, I invite you to connect
with us and share our messages. Please go to our website,
PulaskiCountyUSA.com and you will find quick links to our
Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
NOTE: Update on our Pulaski County outfitters whom offer
resorts for camping and floating opportunities: They suffered
damage as well. All were back up and operational by mid August.
Their recovery entailed clean up and debris removal at their
resorts as well as partnering with various individuals and
organizations to navigate the rivers to remove debris that
would hinder floating and be unsafe.
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
businesses look at communities, a major concern is finding
trained employees. A new program for Missouri communities
was started in 2012 called the Missouri Work Ready Communities
Certification. This program is a voluntary initiative guided
by key community leaders comprised of people from elected
officials, economic development, business leaders, chambers
of commerce, educators and work force development.
The National Career Readiness Certificate is an industry-recognized
credential for work place skills. The skills measured are
in applied math, locating information, and reading for information.
The measure has been developed by the American College Testing
Program. There are now 34 counties in Missouri that are "In-
The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is being
used by 44 states. Jasper County, Missouri recently became
the first county in the nation to receive the National Career
To apply to become a Missouri Certified Work Ready Community
a local team must be assembled. We will start to assemble
the team in September. The next step will be to assess county
goals. These goals are established by the Missouri Department
of Economic Development and the American College Testing Program
(ACT). Local goals can be the number of business that supports
the Certified Work Ready Community. After the goals are established,
a plan will be formed to reach the goals. The plan may include
ways to increase high school graduation, military active duty
spouses' credentials, and veterans' occupational availability.
The application will be sent to the Community Work Ready Community
office for review; after the application is reviewed and approved
the county will be given the Missouri Work Ready Community
"In-Progress" status. We will have 2 years to achieve
the (NCRC) designation.
137 St. Robert Blvd. Suite B
St. Robert, MO 65584
the Banks of the Roubidoux!
To the Citizens of Waynesville:
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, August
6th, I was awakened at 1:30 a.m. to the sound of torrential
rain and not able to go back to sleep, I got on my Facebook
page and wrote the following post: "Small town mayor
worries. I am fearful of what tomorrow will hold for Waynesville."
At 5:30 the Chief of Police knocked on my door and said
"we are in trouble". Standing in the parking lot
of the Westside Baptist Church, watching all the lifesaving
and emergency activity going on, it became very obvious
this was not our usual rising water in Waynesville. I heard
shouts coming from people in the trees; I saw the fear in
people's eyes when the Highway Patrol boat capsized. It
was a terrifying experience and as a rookie mayor, I felt
very unprepared and frightened by it all. But all around
me were heroes, people willing to put their own lives on
the line for their neighbors: our law enforcement community.
The City spent the first three days in a RESPONSE
mode, until the rains slowed and we were able to begin planning
a strategy for getting the City back on its feet. My other
heroes are our City Employees and Staff. They worked non-stop,
without complaint. At times, several of our employees put
themselves in danger to ensure the safety of our citizens.
I am a very proud mayor!
We have now gone into a RECOVERY mode and
our number one concern these past three days has been the
public health and safety issues. We are also working hard
to assess our damage, offer assistance and answers to our
citizens, work with emergency management agencies, keep
our infrastructure working properly and even looking ahead
to the future and making sure that our reaction and response
has been what it should be. We have hired professional hydrologists
to assess and analyze this terrible event and give us expert
advice on addressing the issue of Mitchell Creek. Over the
years, this creek now serves as the watershed of over 4000
acres. However, I do want to say that many of our recent
projects and initiatives worked. The Woodland Hills detention
area worked, or there would have been much more damage and
possibly, loss of life. The Glen Haven drainage work and
the underground drainage located in front of the Subway
all worked as designed. We believe the Old H Highway project
worked as designed until a travel trailer and other large
debris came floating down the stream and blocked the flow,
even then it flowed over as designed. We will continue to
assess these issues.
I have tried to be the spokesperson for the
City. I have tried to keep you all informed and tried to
answer questions when I could. We are all human and we make
mistakes. When you want to become critical and judgmental,
please take a moment and remember the Lee family and remember
that they buried their daughter and grandson last week.
Their lives will never be the same. I would suggest that
all OUR lives will never be the same and depending on your
experience and your faith, you will be a better person because
of the caring and giving that we have witnessed in our community.
I love Waynesville and chose this as my home over 40 years
ago. I know many of you feel that way. We will come back
stronger and better. God Bless you All!
From the banks of the Roubidoux,
Mayor of Waynesville
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.
The City of Saint Robert will be partnering up with Ozark
River Solid Waste Management District, Missouri Department
of Natural Resources, and Meramec Regional Planning Commission
for collection of electronics and appliances (anything with
a cord) for recycling on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from
9:00am-1:00pm at the St Robert Community Center. HOUSEHOLD
ITEMS ONLY! NO Material from Businesses please. Fee for TVs
and Computer Monitors will be $5.00 each. Free items will
be stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves, and other appliances
including refrigerated appliances, computer CPUs, keyboards,
printers, VCRs, cell phones, and other electronics. You must
unload items yourself. For more information please contact
MRPC at 573-265-2993.
Women's Expo will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013 from
4pm-10pm at the Saint Robert Community Center ****VENDORS
WANTED**** Vendor Sign-up starts NOW (6ft tables-$10.00, 6ft
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.
Halloween is right around the corner and The City of Saint
Robert is gearing up for another busy holiday season. As most
of you are aware, we annually host a community wide Halloween
celebration at the Saint Robert Community Center on Friday,
October 25, 2013. As in years past, this event would not be
possible without the assistance of our local businesses. This
year's event will include trick or treat goodie bags, a costume
contest, food, games, family hayride, haunted hayride, bonfire,
and more. We are asking our local business owners to help
us with monetary donations, donations of candy, or game sponsorship.
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Last year,
the entire event was funded by community donations. Let's
make this year even better. Thank you very much for your continued
support of this great community. Donations can be dropped
off at Tiger Typhoon Aquatic Center or mailed to 194 Eastlawn
Ave. Ste. A, St. Robert, MO 65584. If you would like to sponsor
a game or activity or have any questions, please contact 573-451-2625
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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Z Loft Hotel
127 Vickie Lynn
St. Robert, MO. 65584
of Missouri, LLC.
320 Ichord Ave.
Waynesville, MO. 65583
Soft Touch Laser
220 Marshall Drive, Suite 12
St. Robert, MO. 65584
Dr. Tabby Ogle & Dr. Shane Ogle
103 Ichord Ave., Suite B
Waynesville, MO. 65583
743 Missouri Ave., Ste. 5
St. Robert, MO 65584
Ribbon Cutting for Eyewear Express of Missouri, LLC
- September 5th at 10 a.m. at 320 Ichord Ave. in Waynesville.
Chamber Luncheon - September 11th at 11:45 a.m.
at the Greater Community Family Center on Y Highway across
from the Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church. Our
sponsor will be Cable America. Please contact the Chamber
Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 10th.
Ribbon Cutting for Century 21 Prestige Real Estate
- September 11th at 1:30 p.m. at their new location, 100
Bosa Dr., Ste. C in St. Robert.
Ribbon Cutting for Z Loft Hotel - September 20th
at 11 a.m. at 127 Vickie Lynn in St. Robert.
the complete monthly calendar
The September Newcomer Spotlight Business is:
Fort Leonard Wood Command Orientation
46 packets were handed out in August.
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