Chamber News

Meet Your Board

Brad Budolfson

A graduate of College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri, Brad Budolfson moved to Lebanon in May of 2005. Brad has a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.

He has involved himself in this community through the Rotary Club of Pulaski County, the Friends of the Fort in Lebanon, and serving the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce as both a board member and an ambassador.

When not being active in the community or working, Brad enjoys all sports. With an extensive background in golf, you will most likely find him hitting the links in his spare time, but he also enjoys basketball, tennis, disc golf, biking, and fishing.

FWCSC Caravan

The Fort Wood Community Spouses Club went on a tour of Waynesville and St. Robert on November 7, 2014. Click here to see pictures from the day. The Chamber would like to thank all of the businesses who hosted and donated items. The ladies also enjoyed the breakfast provided by Comfort Inn and lunch provided by Sellers-Sexton. Thank you for being such wonderful hosts to the ladies of Fort Leonard Wood.

2014"In Your Honor" Veterans' Day Ceremony & Parade

The Chamber would like to thank all of the local organizations that participated in the parade as well as the members of the community who came out to celebrate and honor our veterans. Click here to see pictures from the Veterans' Day Ceremony and Parade. The next Veterans' Day Ceremony and Parade will take place in Waynesville on November 11th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Shop Small Business Saturday November 29th!

Thanks to all the businesses that participated in Shop Small Saturday and for those that came out to shop locally. It was a great day! Click here to see pictures.

Mark Your Calendars! 2015 Chamber Calendar of Events

For more information about any of the upcoming Chamber events click on the name of the event or contact the Chamber office.

January 24th Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off (St. Robert Community Center) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
February 13th Community Leadership Awards Banquet (St. Robert Community Center) at 5:30 p.m.
March 28th Taste of Pulaski County and Basket Auction (St. Robert Community Center) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m..
April 14th Community Forum (High School Library) at 6:30 p.m.
April 23rd Golf Tournament (Fort Leonard Wood Piney Valley) with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
April 30th Tour of Fort Leonard Wood from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
May 27th Eggs & Issues Lunch (Hampton Inn) at 11:30 a.m.
July 30th Membership Social (Hampton Inn) at 6 p.m.
August 17th to August 21st Chamber Volunteer Week
August 21st Chamber Volunteer Luncheon and Pictures (Hampton Inn) at 11:30 a.m.
August 27th Operation Workforce Job Fair (The ARK Community and Sports Center) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
September 12th The Challenge (Waynesville City Park) Time TBA
October 3rd Frog Race (Frogtober Fest in Waynesville) 1 p.m.
October date TBA Community Pride Night (Waynesville High School Homecoming Football Game) 5 p.m.
November 11th Veterans' Day Ceremony & Parade (St. Robert) 11 a.m.
November 28th Shop Small Business Saturday

September to November CHOICES Program Presentations

September to February Leadership Pulaski County

2015 Luncheon Sponsors

The Chamber would like to thank all the businesses who took part in the Luncheon Sponsorship Drawing. The following is a list of the 2015 Luncheon Sponsors as drawn during the November Chamber Luncheon.

January - Just Because. . .
February - Ireland Architects
March - Bow and Barrel Sportsman Center
April - Security Bank
May - Free Women's Center
June - Life Care Center of Waynesville
July - Splash Designs
August - Wells Fargo
September - Cable America
October - Walker Real Estate Team
November - Waynesville R-VI School District
December - Cellar 66

Chamber Luncheons are the second Wednesday of each month. Check the weekly update for specific information each month. Chamber Luncheons are members only.

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 Quarterly +1 Luncheon

The Chamber held its Quarterly +1 Luncheon on November 12th at the Waynesville Career Center. The luncheon was sponsored by Wells Fargo. We had 88 members and guests in attendance. The Chamber is challenging its members to beat this number at the next Quarterly +1 Luncheon which will take place at the Greater Community Fellowship Hall on February 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

Leadership Pulaski County

The 2014-2015 class of Leadership Pulaski County attended its third session on November 13th. The focus on this session was education, media and technology. The class toured the 6th Grade Center and Waynesville Career Center where a discussion on Social Media and Technology was held. The afternoon was spent touring OTC, Maranatha Baptist Academy, and KJPW. Click here to see pictures from the third session. The class looks forward to its next session on Volunteerism and Community Service. The Class will be volunteering at Life Care Center Waynesville and help with the Snack in a Pack Program.

If you are interested in contributing to the building of community leaders by becoming a 2014-2015 Leadership Pulaski County Supporter or would like more information on the program contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email

2015 Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off

The Chamber will kick off 2015 with the eighth annual Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off to be held on January 24th at the St. Robert Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An event the whole family can enjoy, the Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off lets you come in from the cold and let your spirits melt into a pot of delicious chili served up by one of our hometown chefs! Admission for this event is $5 (10 and under are free). Tickets may be purchased in advance through the Chamber office beginning in December. Limited tickets will be available at the door.

Teams are made of no more than six members while individual teams are made of no more than three members. All competitors will be expected to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the Chamber of Commerce and Pulaski County Health Department. The entry fee for this event is $75 per business team, $50 non-profit team, $25 per individual and the deadline to enter is January 5th. A late entry fee will apply to all entrants after that date. Booths are 8'x10', include two 110 electric power receptacles (average 10 amps per outlet) and will be decorated by each team.

Event sponsorships are also available.

Spicy Sponsorship - $500:
Ad in the event's printed tab,
Business or organization's name listed on event flier and in all press releases
A table at the event

Hot Sponsorship - $250:
Ad in the event's printed tab
Business or organization's name listed on event flier and in all press releases

Mild Sponsorship - $100
Business or organization an ad in the event's printed tab

The Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off is sure to offer some great food so come out and enjoy an afternoon of fun and excitement at the seventh annual Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off where the only chill you'll feel is a spicy one! If you are interested in registering a team, rules and registration information is available by clicking here.

Chamber Business Showcase

On December 1st the Chamber Surprise Patrol visited two Chamber member businesses to recognize them as the Chamber Business Showcase member recognition program recipients for December. The December Business Showcase recipients are Michels Frames & Things and American Family Insurance-Steward Agency . 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 January to recognize the next recipients.

Offer a discount or special offer to your business through the Chamber's Shop Local Key Tag.

Anyone with a Shop Local Key Tag can visit a participating business and receive a discount or take advantage of a special offer. Key Tags are FREE and available at all Chamber events as well as the Chamber office. Key Tags will be available during regular office hours at the Chamber office.

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

Shop Local Participant Form

For more information about the Shop Local Key Tag Program visit

Chamber Membership E-Plaque

The 2014 -2015 Chamber Membership E- Plaque is 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. E-mail for the web site code and instructions to add the new Chamber Membership E-plaque to your company web site.

The character word for December is:


"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia

"Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own." ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Definition: Love/Caring means to be concerned or solicitous; have thought or regard; to be concerned or have a special preference; to make provision or look out; to have an inclination, liking, fondness, or affection; to feel concern about; or to wish, desire, like.

What does Love/Caring mean to you, your business, and the community?

Greetings everybody! I hope each of you had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. As we start getting ready for the Christmas holidays, let us all be in the true meaning of Christmas. We are very fortunate to live in a community with so many wonderful people. The many expressions of kindness that are shown throughout the year by so many, truly tells by our actions of what a caring and giving community that we have. Please remember our military serving away from home to protect our freedoms. They are the very reason that when we go to sleep at night, we do so worry free.

As we start the shopping season for Christmas, please remember your local businesses and retailers. We had another successful Shop Local campaign Saturday November 29, 2014. It was a great day for our local businesses and our community. The Chamber continues planning in cooperation with our local media to make Shop Local and It's All Here is now a year-round campaign. Buying over the internet, while convenient, really does very little for our community. For many of our local businesses, the Christmas retail sales season can make or break the business for the year. So before you go shopping out of town or on the internet, think local, our local businesses are the ones that support our community activities and our cities/county sales tax revenues.

I hope all of you have wonderful Christmas and God Bless each of you. As always, As always please feel free to contact me if the Chamber can be of any assistance to you.

As always please feel free to contact me if the Chamber can be of any assistance to you.

Phil Tackett

Chamber Chatter

The community has many holiday events to put you in the spirit and provide quality family time. As always we will continue to promote shopping locally during the holiday season as well as our discount Key Tag offers. If you don't have a Key Tag already then stop by the Chamber office to pick one up for Free! The Shop Small Business Saturday event was successful for our community and we look forward to promoting our small businesses on a national level again next year.

As we reflect on 2014 we must thank all of our members for your support, encouragement, guidance and dedication to helping the Chamber be successful. We rely on our members to be a partner with the Chamber to help grow our community. We kick off 2015 with the Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off and are looking for more businesses to put a team together. We are also looking for sponsors for this great event.

The Chamber is making every effort to insure your listing in the upcoming Membership Directory is correct before the book is printed. We ask that you please make us aware of any changes in contact name, address, phone number, web site or email address. We appreciate your help in keeping our records updated.

The Chamber is starting to work on our 2015 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.

The Chamber is thankful for your friendship and membership. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call at 573-336-5121.

Cecilia Murray, IOM
Executive Director

President's Message

Betsy Thomson

As all of you know my time as the President of WSR Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club has come to a close. It was a privilege to hold this position for the past year. I appreciate everyones help and support during my tenure. I must say that during this experience I have learned that hard work and dedication is what keeps this club strong. The quality of volunteers has made this community stand above the rest.

Can I get a motion? Second? Motion has passed and this meeting is adjourned.

Thank you all for you support!

Tourism Notes

2014 had been a busy and unique year for the Tourism Bureau. We continue to focus on niche markets that our communities embrace and we continually open our minds to progressive and up-coming marketing opportunities. Marketing was never a profession that could be placed in a square box, set on a self and called "done". Marketing is a living, breathing, ever changing strategy that you must re-energize regularly. What worked then, might not work now, what use to be, has now evolved and many marketing tools you cannot "see" but are generated by your use, interests and connections. One marketing tool that we all have and need to use more is our Networking and Referral Tools. Sharing the great services and products that you offer. Sharing your photos, videos, flyers, brochures and coupons. Partnering together on projects and specials. Referring visitors and locals to neighboring or complimenting businesses. These set of tools are win-win for everyone. Just a few programs that the Bureau offers; distribution of your brochures, coupon offers and travel packages, video's of your business, listings in the Visitors Guide, website and mobile site.

December 19th & 20th Pulaski County will be the hot spot for great regional basketball! The third Route 66 Basketball Shootout will be held at the Waynesville High School. This regional event features premiere high school teams from across the mid west to include several defending state champions. For the complete schedule visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA/Shootout.

Another exciting event to hit Pulaski County is the first scrimmage game/Fan Appreciation Day with Pulaski County's own Wild Wood Rollers, derby team, on December 13th.

If the holidays have snuck up on you, be sure to check out our calendar of events at Day time and night time parades, festivals, crafts shows, live theater continue through mid December. For those planning events in 2015, please contact the Bureau on how you can get the word out about your events. For those non-profit event organizers needing matching grant monies to help with their own advertising placements, be sure to apply for the grant monies early as funding is limited. Forms are available online or by request.

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau Board of Directors and staff wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Beth Wiles, CDME
Executive Director
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

When Site Selectors for Business and Industry look at communities usually the first question is what buildings and land are available, the second question is usually what skill level is your work force. There hasn't been a method to assess skill levels until now.

The American College Testing company (ATC) has development an assessment comprised of the following; mathematics, reading, and locating information. The employee receives a skill rating after the assessment.

Communities can be designated as a Work Ready Community. Pulaski County is seeking to become a Certified Work Ready Community, and has been approved by the Missouri State Investment Board as a community in progress. For Pulaski County to succeed as a work ready community we must have business participation.

This program demonstrates Pulaski County's dedication and commitment to prepare our workforce for jobs of today and the jobs of the future. A Certified Work Ready Community is one where the supply of ACT National Career Readiness Certificates earned by individuals is matched with a demand for NCRC from employers who either recognize or recommend the credential. There are over 1900 employers in the State of Missouri who are participating.

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. 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 jobs with your company have certification.

We Need Your Support to Reach Our Goal

To support Pulaski County as a Work Ready Community, register at:
You may view the goals for Pulaski County at The goals are updated monthly.

For more information contact me at 573-336-2123 or

Wayne Morgan
Executive Director
137 St. Robert Blvd. Suite B
St. Robert, MO 65584
573-434-2304 cell

From the Banks of the Roubidoux!

Dear Citizens::

It is a busy month of activities in Waynesville, as we prepare for the holiday season. Christmas on the Square is December 4th, 6-9 p.m., with the annual lighting of the Bell Bluff Nativity Scene and on December 7th, at 2:00 p.m., the Cities come together for the annual Christmas Parade, this year sponsored by the Pulaski County Kiwanis Club and featuring the Grand Marshal, Izzy Trower.

The City staff has worked hard over the last two months preparing the 2015 balanced budget. A draft of the budget was presented at the November Council meeting. It is a $16.8 million budget with many infrastructure projects, as we continue to address issues of reliability and efficiency for our utility systems. We will also be working on projects in the Industrial Park, new road projects and renovating the old Cinema building for a future City Hall and Street Department complex.

The big news of the month for the City is the beginning of fund raising for the Little Heroes' All-Accessible Playground. With the $200,000 contribution of the City toward this project and the $50,000 raised in the last two weeks, things are moving forward and it is exciting to see the community respond to this worthwhile addition to our community. At November's Council meeting, there were six presentations from local organizations toward sponsoring specific features on the playground. If you are interested in being part of the Little Heroes' Playground, please call Carol or the mayor at City Hall and we will be glad to visit with you and discuss what features are available. You may also make a contribution to the project. For details, give us a call at 774-6171. You may also contact the Waynesville Community Foundation members or the Park Board Chairman.

The City and Fort Leonard Wood have announced a mutual agreement concerning the ongoing maintenance of Polla Road, or the West Gate Road into the installation. After realizing that a small city like Waynesville could not continue to maintain this five mile stretch of road and after several years of discussion and planning, an agreement has been reached which will transfer maintenance of Polla Road to Fort Leonard Wood. Waynesville has maintained the road in bad weather and made routine repairs over the last ten years. The City's budget would not support a major project such as the paving of this road, an estimated million dollar expenditure. The City has never owned or controlled Polla Road, which is located entirely on the installation. The City appreciates the work of the Garrison Commanders, the Deputy Garrison Commanders, the DPW leadership and the Command group in bringing this issue to a conclusion. The City will continue to offer assistance to our neighbors when needed.

Lowe's Home Improvement Heroes' Program has been working in the City on several beautification projects. We appreciate the donation of their time and supplies to making our city more attractive. They installed roses, shrubs and other ornamentals at the Trail of Tears site, Summit Park, the Roubidoux Park, Tiger Park and the site of our new sign into Laughlin Park. Thank you to these Good Citizens.

The City extends wishes for a wonderful holiday season to the community. Enjoy your family and remember to shop local!

From the banks of the Roubidoux,

Luge Hardman
Mayor of Waynesville

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Holiday Hours
City Hall will also be closed December 25th and 26th in observance of Christmas. City Hall will be open only half a day on December 31st and closed January 1st for New Years.

Holiday in The Park
The holiday season is upon us again and that means that the City of Saint Robert Parks and Recreation will be hosting the 15th annual Holiday in the Park event! The event will be held at the St. Robert Community Center on Sunday, December 7th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. As always, the event will be held immediately after the Lion's Club Christmas parade. Mr. and Mrs. Clause will visit the event this year and warm themselves up with soup and cocoa that will be served to everyone while supplies last. Free photo opportunities will be available with Santa along with carriage rides available outside! There will also be coloring tables for the kids while parents do some shopping with 30 local craft & home-based vendors. This event, like all other City events, would not be possible without the generous donations of time and resources from our wonderful community. We are always grateful for any and all donations. We are gladly accepting monetary donations, donations of candy canes, holiday décor, and volunteers are most welcome! If you are interested in being a vendor or making a donation please contact St Robert Parks Clerk, Lisa Lane at 573-451-2625 or email All donations can be sent to St Robert City Hall at 194 Eastlawn Ave Ste A, St. Robert, MO 65584.

St Robert Winter Golf League
Play 10 nine hole rounds from October 1, 2014 - April 1, 2014, play whenever you can. League scorecards are yellow and are available in the club house or honor box. Please place scorecards in honor box when round is complete, $10 for each 9 hole round for adults, $8 per each 9 hole round for juniors under 16. Prizes for low average, low score, coldest round, etc. Awards banquet and scramble to be held in April 2015.

For more information, please contact
573-451-2625 or visit us on facebook

The indoor pool at Tiger Typhoon is open 7 days a week and is available for parties. Contact Kerry Rayford or Lisa Lane for more information. Starting October 13 and running through the rest of our winter season, Tiger Typhoon will be offering Swim Lessons for Mom & Tots and children from ages 3-10 for $45 a month on Monday and Wednesday. Come join us!

The City Transfer Station offers paper shredding of bulk paper. This is a "By Appointment Only" service. No metal beyond the size of a staple is allowed and individuals must remain at the Transfer Station while their paper is being shredded. Cost for this service is calculated on a time use basis and as follows:

1- 15 minutes $10.00
16- 30 minutes $12.50
31- 45 minutes $18.75
46- 60 minutes $25.00
If you have any questions, please contact the Transfer Station at 573-336-5155.

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November 20, 2014

Shawn-Ann Murphy
215 St. Robert Blvd.
St. Robert, MO 65584

New Members

Victor's Crown Christian Counseling Center, LLC.
Colleen Murray
571 VFW Memorial Drive
St.Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-9444

Every Blooming Thing
Glenna & Jesse Bilyeu
206 Historic 66 W
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 774-6775

Metro Business College
Mary Gapsch
1202 East Highway 72
Rolla, MO 65401
(573) 364-8464

We would like to wish you a Happy Anniversary and acknowledge this celebration with a photo that will be featured on Facebook and our Weekly Update! Our goal in sharing this photo with the community is to acknowledge, promote, and bring visibility to our Chamber Members. Please contact us for a photo at 573-336-5121 or feel free to email us your own photo.

The following Chamber businesses are celebrating anniversaries in December.

Mercy Medical Supply 10th


Ribbon Cutting for Victor's Crown Christian Counseling Center - December 6th at Noon at 571 VFW Memorial Drive in St. Robert.

Chamber Luncheon - December 10th at 11:45 a.m. at The Village-St.Robert. Our sponsor will be The Village-St. Robert. Please contact the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 9th.

**Please note** The Chamber of Commerce is excited to have such a large number of its members attend monthly luncheons. Unfortunately, due to the large number of last minute Chamber luncheon attendees a policy has been put into place by the Chamber Board of Directors. This policy started in APRIL 2005; anyone who responds after the R.s.v.p. cut-off time (9:00 a.m. the Tuesday before the luncheon) or shows up without an R.s.v.p. may be charged an additional $10. If an R.s.v.p. is received and they do not attend the luncheon there may be a $10 charged for the meal. The decision was made to charge this amount to compensate our Chamber member restaurants for the last minute adjusts they must make to their menus.

View the complete monthly calendar

Fort Leonard Wood Command Orientation
35 bags were handed out in November.

There will not be a Command Orientation in December.

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!

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Chamber Board of Directors:

PRESIDENT - Phil Tackett


TREASURER - Marsha Mercer

Brad Budolfson, Carrie Williamson, Dr. Chris Berger, Tracy McCord, Carey Heitman, Melissa Shelden, and Shawn Cordry

Chamber Staff:


OFFICE MANAGER - Leanna Weathers


January Newsletter information is due to the Chamber by December 24th.
Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce
137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B
St. Robert, MO 65584
fax: 573-336-5472
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