Chamber News

Community 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 7, 2014 at the St. Robert Community Center with the social hour beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 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 also announced.

This year nine outstanding volunteers are nominated for Citizen of the Year. The nominees for the 2013 Citizen of the Year are Jim Mathews, nominated by the Salvation Army Pulaski County Local Unit, Susan Marshall, nominated by Still Useable Ministries, Jan and Terry Primas, Paul Ziegler, and Don Slater, nominated by Virgie Cole-Mahan, Ollie Jackson, nominated by Rotary Club of Pulaski County, Barb Easterla, nominated by Pulaski County Humane Society, Thomas L. Magruder, nominated by Sheila M. Flint, CPA., LLC., and Lelar Corbett, nominated by the Waynesville - St. Robert Lions Club. 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 area. Click link for photos and bios.

Thank you to our Sponsor:

Tickets for the Awards Banquet are now available at the Chamber Office. You must have a ticket to attend this event. Tickets will not be available at the door. 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

Chamber 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 and announcements.

The Quarterly luncheons will take place on February 12th, May 14th, August 13th, and November 12th in 2014. 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

2013 CHOICES Program

The Chamber and Pulaski County Rotary Club hosted a luncheon to thank the sponsors, presenters, and schools for their continued support in making the CHOICES program a success for Pulaski County.


This year's sponsors were Bank of Iberia, Baymont Inn & Suites, Carey Heitman State Farm, Daily Guide, Edward Jones, Fort Leonard Wood Thrift Shop, Fort Wood Hotels, Laclede Electric Cooperative, Mercy Clinic - St. Robert, Ozarks Technical Community College, Phelps Regional Medical Center, Pulaski County Sewer District #1, Rotary Club of Pulaski County, Security Bank, Stryker Orthodontics, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.


Debbie Austin Rotary Club of Pulaski County
Todd Armstrong Life Care Center of Waynesville
Art Connor Ozark Property Inspection Service
Joyce Connor Fort Leonard Wood PAIO
Russ Dixon Mid Missouri Credit Union
Eric Goser Jones Investment Group
Ollie Jackson Rotary Club of Pulaski County
David Lowe David M. Lowe, Attorney at Law
Don Murray Rotary Club of Pulaski County
Lara Osmon Greater Ozarks Chapter, IAAP
Dawn Payne Life Care Center
Glen Popejoy Cross Creek Realty, LLC
Rosalind Pride Ozarks Technical Community College
Janel Rowell Fort Wood Hotels
Theresa Steward American Family Insurance Steward Agency
Sarah Traub University of Missouri Extension Office
Kate Ward Cross Creek Realty, LLC
Marianne Ward Waynesville R-VI School District
Kricket Webster Drury University
Danny White Lead with Liberty, LLC.
Kay York Greater Ozarks Chapter, IAAP

Click here to see pictures from this year's CHOICES program.

2014 Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off

Bow and Barrel Sportsman Center walked away with the Best of Show Award at the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off held Saturday, January 25th.

The 2014 Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off judges were Shelia Wilkerson from La Familia Mexican Restaurant, Aaron Edwards from Sonic Drive-in, and Michael Scheffer from Di Trapani's Italian Bistro.

Awards were given for the following categories:

Participation Ribbons:
"Croakers Cookers" City of Waynesville
"Flaming Warrior Chili" Free Women's Center of Pulaski County
"Just Chilin'" Just Because…
"Deduction Digger" Liberty Tax Service
"Life Care Warriors" Life Care Center of Waynesville
"Hillbilly Chili Cookers" Secrest Tees & More and Western Store

Showmanship Award:
1st Place- Columbia College
2nd Place-"Molten Hot Medics" First State Bank
3rd Place- "Lay Z Day" Lay Z Day Canoes and Camping

People's Choice Award:
1st Place-"Dynasty Ducks" Fort Wood Hotels by Ehrhardt Properties
2nd Place- "Ellie's A** Kickers" Pulaski County Republican Club
3rd-Place-"Hot Shots" Bow and Barrel Sportsman Center

Grand Champion Chili:
1st Place-"Pulaski County Heat" Citizens Mortgage Company
2nd Place-"Hot Shots" Bow and Barrel Sportsman Center
3rd Place- Columbia College

Best of Show Award: "Hot Shots" Bow and Barrel Sportsman Center

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 four $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, Bow and Barrel Sportsman Center 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.

Click here to see pictures from the 2014 Chili Cook-off.

Taste of Pulaski County and Basket Auction

This year the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce's Annual Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction to be held on Saturday, March 29th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Robert Community Center. 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 Chamber office.

What Will Be in Your Basket? - 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.

Don't forget to register your restaurant today! The deadline to register a restaurant is February 21st, space is limited. 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

Sponsorships going FAST, only a few remain! Click here for the sponsorship form and email it to chamber@wsrchamber, fax to 573-336-5472 or call 573-336-5121. Don't Delay.

Chamber Four Person Scramble

The Chamber golf tournament is back! The Chamber is excited for the upcoming Four Person Scramble on April 24th 2014. 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 page.

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.

Click here for a copy of the sponsorship form.

Mark Your Calendars! 2014 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.

February 7th Community Leadership Awards Banquet (St. Robert Community Center) at 5:30 p.m.

March 29th Taste of Pulaski County and Basket Auction (St. Robert Community Center) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 10th Tour of Fort Leonard Wood from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

April 14th Community Forum (High School Library) at 6:30 p.m.

April 24th Golf Tournament (Fort Leonard Wood Piney Valley) with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

May 10th The Challenge (Waynesville City Park) Time TBA

May 28th Eggs & Issues Lunch (Hampton Inn/Andy's 417) at 11:30 a.m.

July 31st Membership Social (Hampton Inn/Di Trapani's Italian Bistro) at 6 p.m.

August 28th Operation Workforce Job Fair (St. Robert Community Center) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

August 22nd Chamber Volunteer Luncheon and Pictures at 11:30 a.m.

October 4th 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 (Waynesville) 11 a.m.

November 29th Shop Small Business Saturday

September to November CHOICES Program Presentations

September to February Leadership Pulaski County

2014 Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for information on 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities. For more information on any Chamber event contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email

Leadership Pulaski County

On January 9, 2014 the Leadership Pulaski County class attended their fifth session The focus on this session was government and economic development. The morning was spent talking with various representatives from state and federal level government as well as speakers from economic and workforce development groups. In the afternoon the class toured the Pulaski County Courthouse as well as the city halls of Waynesville and St. Robert. 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 2013-2014 Leadership Pulaski County sponsor or would like more information on the program contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email

Chamber's 2013 Christmas Card Design

The Chamber would like to thank Riley Luttrell for designing the Chamber's 2013 Christmas card. Riley is a senior at Iberia High School and is in Graphic Design II at Waynesville Career Center. After high school he plans to attend Linn Tech for Drafting and Design. Riley also designed the Chamber's Leadership Pulaski County logo.

Chamber Business Showcase

On February 3rd 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 The Sugar Shack . . . A California Cakery and Nancy's Pawn and Gift Shop. 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.

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 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. E-mail for the web site code and instructions to add the new Chamber Membership E-plaque to your company web site.

Character Word of the Month

The Chamber is partnering 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:

Attitude; noun meaning the quality of being fair and truthful; of being honest.

What does honesty mean to you, your business, and the community?

Featured Business

Phelps Regional Homecare

Phelps Regional Homecare is a local, non-profit home care agency and a subsidiary of Phelps County Regional Medical Center, offering Home Health, Hospice and In-Home Support services. We are Medicare Certified, Joint Commission accredited and a member of the We Honor Veterans Program.
The Phelps Regional Homecare Home Health service is short-term goal directed care performed by professional nurses and/or therapists. These services are for intermittent home visits to address specific healthcare needs, including educating the patient or caregivers on the disease process or treatments ordered by the physician. Recovery from an illness or surgery may take place in the comfort of your own home. Services may include nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social worker and bath aides for personal care. We also offer Telehealth which provides oversight for a specific illness with results gathered daily in the home and transmitted to the RN for review. This allows for quick physician notification and intervention when a condition worsens. Home Health is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most other insurances.

The Phelps Regional Homecare Hospice service provides holistic care for the patient with a life-limiting diagnosis and a focus on improving the quality of life. Hospice is a type of care provided to address pain control and symptom management, and may be provided in the home or in a nursing facility. Services may include nursing, therapy, social worker, bath aides for personal care, chaplains and volunteers. Hospice care may be initiated by the patient, a family member or a physician by requesting a free consultation from our office. Our staff will review the situation and determine if the patient is a candidate for Hospice care. Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most other insurances with specific training in the Veteran's Benefit.

Our Hospice service uses volunteers to be part of a professional team of caregivers who will give you the training, education and support you need. You may donate as much or as little time as you wish. Opportunities include being a companion for a Hospice patient, caregiver relief, errands/shopping as needed, office assistance and/or assisting with special events. There are also opportunities for experienced Veterans to provide Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer time. If you are interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer, please contact our office.

In-Home Support provides supportive care to an individual allowing them to remain in their own home. These services are paid for by Medicaid, Veteran's benefits and some insurances. There is also a Private Pay option. Services are provided by Homemaker Aides and may include bathing and personal care, general housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry, shopping/errands and companion sitting. Providing transportation may also be an option. Simple nursing visits are also included under the In-Home Support service. The nursing visits are to provide a general nursing assessment and may include the set up a weekly medication planner or other specific treatment options.
Phelps Regional Homecare is a unique agency offering three home care services which interact to provide continuity for patient care. For any situations where you feel home care could be of a benefit to an individual, please contact our Intake Coordinator.

Our professional staff is trained to meet the patient's needs and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days each week at 573 364-2425.

Greetings everybody! The Chamber office is going to have an extremely busy month. The Community Leadership Banquet will be on February 7, 2014. The Banquet is a great event, which allows our Community to say thank you for the hard work and dedication that our volunteers' demonstrate on a daily basis. Our Community has a can do attitude that is unique. We continually bond together on all tasks and strive to make our area a better place to live.

Volunteers are truly the life blood of this community. Each time you give of your time, you are making a difference in someone's life and making this a better place to live. Thank you for all that you do and know that you are making a difference.

As we move forward in 2014, we need to stand united in our community endeavors, whether that is in business, volunteer work, support of this area and the military. The future is bright but we must present a united front as we move through these uncertain times. Just remember, we are all in this together.

The Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off was another huge success and will allow the Chamber to again fund scholarships for High School Seniors as they start there next adventure whether that is attending college, a vocational school, or entering the work force.

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

Your Pres.,

Mike Dunbar

Chamber Chatter

The Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off had another successful year and the People's Choice award raised money to provide four scholarships to high school seniors this year. We appreciate all the hard work the teams put into their booth themes and cooking amazing chili.

Next on the calendar is the Leadership Awards Banquet. We have a record number of nominees this year for Citizen of the Year. We live in an amazing community where there are so many wonderful people that give of their time. Plan to attend to hear what they have given to our community and who this year's winner will be. There are also several other award presented during the event as well as honoring all of our community leaders for all they do.

Have you scheduled your Chamber Ribbon Cutting? If you are a new member and would like a Ribbon Cutting give the Chamber a call. Ribbon Cuttings help bring Chamber members to your business and provides you with media coverage. If you have decided not to hold a Ribbon Cutting let us know so we can provide you with your Chamber Membership Plaque that can be displayed at your business.

I would like to thank the members that have made the commitment to sponsor our events in 2014. If you have not already done so please show your support for the Chamber by faxing us your signed sponsorship form for this year. The form is available on our web site or you can give us a call for a copy. We are currently preparing for our upcoming fundraiser the Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction. We will be calling all those that have not filled out a sponsorship form and asking for your help.

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

Cecilia Murray, IOM
Executive Director

President's Message

Jackie Hendrix

Greetings! My name is Jackie Hendrix and I am a member of the Ambassadors Club. First, I would like to introduce our 2014 Ambassador Board. Betsy Thompson-President, Adam Dye-Vice-President, Bryan Kaolowi-Secretary, Karen Hood-Treasurer, Russ Dixon-Sergeant at Arms. Our mission is "To serve our Chamber, our Membership, and our Community with Integrity." It is important to the prosperity of our community to support one another whether it is through volunteering or spending dollars locally. As a Chamber Ambassador we are committed to the success of our businesses. The Chamber creates several platforms for chamber members to showcase their business, products and services. Let me tell you about some of those. First, make sure you are taking advantage of the many "free" marketing services that come with your membership. Second, participate in the Annual Taste of Pulaski County. This is the Chamber's largest fundraiser of the year, attracting a vast audience and will take place March 29, 2014. Lastly, attend a monthly chamber luncheon for the opportunity to network with other businesses and potential customers. For more ways to get involved, ask an Ambassador in a "blue jacket" or contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 and they will gladly assist or send an Ambassador to visit with you. Have a blessed and successful February!

Tourism Notes

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau would like to announce the 2014 Board of Directors.

Rick Morris; Board President
Ursula Lebioda; Vice President
Betsy Thomson; Treasurer
Leon Saxon; Secretary

We would like to also welcome new board member Molly Maxwell-Stribling as the new hotel representative. Returning board members for three year terms; Janel Rowel, Waynesville Chamber, Betsy Thomson, Business Interest, Ursula Lebioda.

Additional members serving include; Rick Morris; Hotel, Leon Saxon; Restaurant, Gayle Helms; Outfitter, Roger Graves; Dixon Chamber of Commerce, Ronnie Layman; Crocker Chamber of Commerce, Dawnelyn Schneider; Richland Chamber of Commerce and Marsha Mercer; Waynesville/St Robert Chamber.

As with any business, Pulaski County Tourism Bureau; your destination marketing agency has a business and marketing plan. For a full listing of our planned advertising placements visit our Partner section of Our marketing plan includes print, direct marketing, tradeshow participation, internet, radio, cable and billboard campaigns targeted state-wide, regionally, nationally and internationally and targeted to specific interests. A few of the immediate projects for the first quarter of 2014 include redesign of the website to incorporate our new logo and redesign of various brochures that the Bureau produces; Good Times Guide, Antique & Sweet Trail, Veterans Memorial Tour to name a few. Katie is working on gathering new brochures from area tourism businesses in order to update the Guest Resource Guide which are available at our lodging partners as well as distributing the 2014 Official Visitors Guide to Center's across the state. Spring advertising placements, new billboard creative and participation in leisure and motor coach tradeshows.

Planning meetings are continuing with the NSS Caver's Convention slated for July 13-17, 2015. This international convention will bring upwards of 1,500 professionals and cave enthusiasts to Pulaski County. With nearly 50 events scheduled; from seminars, field trips, salons, galleries and evening entertainment it promises to be a fantastic conference. Businesses and communities need to start planning for opportunities to market to this group. Restaurants and nightlife facilities may offer "caver" discounts, or a special menu item, retail stores; start thinking about special offers and all businesses need to mark their calendar to put up welcome signs. Connect with the 2015 NSS Convention on Facebook and help spread the word to friends and family. Registration will open later this year and is open to NSS members and to non-members.

Non-profit event planners may begin applying for Co-operative Marketing Grant monies for events held during 2014. Our grant application, guidelines and reimbursement forms are available online in the partners section of our website,, or you may call our staff at 573.336.6355 if you need assistance. This grant program is designed to help you market your Pulaski County event to bring visitors to our area and assists those organizations with advertising costs for flyers, print, radio and cable advertising. For more information please review the guideline information on the website listed above.

Make it a great day!

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

The Missouri Legislature is in session and I will be watching economic development issues.

Tax cuts are being brought back under HB 1310 and was granted approval this week in the house Ways and Means Committee. HB 1310 would reduce business income tax rates by 50% in 10% increments every year the state collects more revenue than it did in Fiscal Year 2012. It also reduces the corporate income tax from its current 6.25% to 3.125% over 5 years and allows a business with an average payroll at or above 150% of the average county wage to get the 50 percent reduction beginning in 2014.
This Bill was vetoed by the Governor last session and has opposition again this year. Tax Credit reforms are having their annual discussion. HB 1498 reduces the cap on Historic tax credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and prohibits these two programs from being used on the same redevelopment project. This Bill would also create a tax exemption for data storage centers, revive the Distressed Areas Land Assemblage tax credit, create the Missouri Angel Investment Angel Incentive Act, and establish the Missouri Export Incentive Act to encourage foreign trade through international airports. I think this Bill has too many areas of concern and will have a difficult time for passage.

Starting in February 2014 your Driver's License renewals postcards have a new and explain what you need to renew your driver's license. If you don't receive a renewal postcard you may call the Waynesville Motor Vehicle and License Office 573-774-8400. They will tell you what you need to bring to the office. There are 3 steps to remember:
Step 1; bring you current driver's license and social security card or tell the clerk your social security number.
Step 2; Verify your Residential Address- use renewal postcard or utility bill, or property tax receipt, or voter registration
Step 3; If name has changed: Certified Court Order if divorce or marriage

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:

City Council was abbreviated this month, as weather cancelled many committee meetings. The Council did vote to move our Street Department from the RV area to the bottom of the B and B Cinema building, once they move into their new facility around May. Remember that we plan our third electric increase with your April bill and with the extreme weather, expect your bill to be higher than last year.

We had several visitors at City Council this month. General Leslie Smith and CSM Terrence Murphy brought greetings to our citizens. U. S. Army "Rising Star" winner, Sgt. Christiana Ball thanked the community for its support during her competition.

The Waynesville 6th Grade Center's LEAP class, also known as the "Leaping Legos", came to tell the Council of their recent competition, which involved factors of the August flood. The students did a wonderful job with their competition and their presentation. The Rainbow Girls presented a new laptop and other monies to the Waynesville Animal Shelter from their fundraising and volunteer efforts. We are very proud of these young people and thank them for taking part in their local community.

Goals are very important for planning and success. The staff and I have prepared a list of goals for the next two years and these were distributed and discussed. I have asked the Council to add and comment on the list. This year our budget already reflects many of them. Several of the goals have to do with flood mitigation and preparing ourselves for FEMA reimbursements. The Council and I believe that we must work to be proactive about the mitigation process. Among plans for this year are:

FLOOD MITIGATION including relocating the Street Department, relocating the RV shower house building, relocating the Kiwanis' baseball fields, relocating the Roubidoux Lift Station by the Bridge, rebuilding the RV Park, and giving attention to cleaning out Mitchell Creek and increasing its flow.

Paving prioritized streets, including Hull Valley
Repairing the bridge on Polla Road and Tiger Bridge
Building a WELCOME sign at Ichord Avenue
Building a Park Stage in the Roubidoux Park
Begin planning and design for an accessible playground in the Roubidoux Park
Design and install the Trail of Tears site and an interpretive walking tour, using a partnership with the National Park Service and Pulaski County Tourism Bureau
Pave, stripe and light the downtown parking lot # 2, beside the Post Office
Researching an automated notification system for the City, to replace the damaged tornado sirens
Complete a Downtown Comprehensive Plan with the DREAM team
Redraw our City Wards to distribute the population more evenly
Build a water tower and begin marketing the Waynesville Industrial Park
Install valves to increase water pressure in the Pioneer Ridge Subdivision
Begin planning an alternate road to the High School
Purchase three new police cars, using a lease/purchase option

We will work on these projects, as well as the day to day business of the City. This will be a very busy and productive year for the City of Waynesville. I am proud to work with such a progressive group of men and women on the City Council. I am proud of the city staff and employees. I am proud of the support that we get from our citizens. Many of you tell me that you are glad to see the many improvements we have worked hard to achieve. The 2013 flood stopped some of our plans for a while, but we are committed to making progress and getting back on track.


From the banks of the Roubidoux,

Luge Hardman
Mayor of Waynesville

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The City of St. Robert is gearing up to host their 5th Annual Outdoor Sportsman Show coming up at the end of February! The event will be held at the St. Robert Community Center located at 114 JH Williamson Jr. Drive. The event dates and times are as follows: Friday, February 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Vendors will be present to promote their outdoor sports, activities and businesses such as scuba diving, hiking, hunting, fishing, ATV's, camping and much more. There will be an onsite concession stand and door prizes will be given out throughout the event! This event will be a lot of fun and we hope to have a record turnout this year. Every year our Outdoor Sportsman Show grows in attendance, vendors and door prizes and that would not be possible without the support from our local community! We are still in the process of signing up vendors so if you would like to promote your outdoor activity/business please contact Parks Facility Clerk, Trinity Edwards, at or call 573-451-2625

Women's Expo time again! The City of St. Robert will be hosting the 2nd Annual Women's Expo on Friday, March 14th. The event will be held from 4:00pm - 8:00pm at the St. Robert Community Center. We will have an onsite concession stand, door prizes and over 40 vendors in attendance! Vendors will be sampling, selling and demonstrating their products. There are still a few vendor booths available. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or if you would like more information about the show please contact: Parks Facility Clerk, Trinity Edwards, 573-451-2625 or

1st Annual Winter Soccer Program! WSR Sports invites all kids ages 4-15 to The 1st Annual Winter Soccer Program. The goal of this program is to provide youth soccer players with a foundation of fundamental skills in order for them to better understand and enjoy the game of soccer. Also starting this month is our Spring Soccer League registration. We encourage all players and coaches to stop by the St. Robert Municipal Bldg. for more information or please call 573-451-3344

Dive in to a Summer Job at the Tiger Typhoon Aquatic Center! The City of Saint Robert is now recruiting for Head Lifeguards, Lifeguards and Pool Attendants. Visit Saint Robert Municipal Center or go online to for more information!

WSR Sports Recreation Spring Soccer! Are your kids between the ages 4-15 and love to play soccer? If so, Registration is going on now until February 21st for the WSR Sports Recreation Spring Soccer season. Registration fee is $35.00. Practice is set to begin March 3rd with the season beginning March 22nd and ending on April 26th. Sign up at the Saint Robert Municipal Center. Coaches are needed! For more information please contact Recreational Sports Department by calling 573-451-3344 or visit us at the Saint Robert Municipal Center.

CPR/FIRST AID CLASS: Saint Robert Fire and Rescue hosts a BLS, a Basic Life Support Course (CPR), for anyone who is interested in learning this very vital, life-safety technique. We have regularly scheduled classes at a cost of fifty dollars ($50) for anyone who is interested. Classes are held on the first and third Thursday of every month, from 8 am to 12 noon. We have also started a class for basic First Aid through The American Heart Association as well. It is from 1pm to 4pm on the same Thursdays as CPR classes. If you would like to participate in one of our CPR and/or First Aid classes, please call our office at 573-451-2000, ext. 3102 and ask for Danielle to schedule a class date.

Did you know? The City of Saint Robert Municipal Golf Course offers annual membership. The fee is $240 per year for unlimited rounds of golf. For more information on purchasing your annual membership please call 573-451-2000 ext 1129.

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Columbia College

New Location

January 7, 2014

Michael Siegel
320 Ichord, Ste. U,
Townfield Plaza
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 329-4050

New Members

On Media
Aaron Burt
419 Fleetwood Drive
Waynesville, MO 65583

Girl Friday
Joyce Wallace
14070 Howard Lane
Dixon, MO 65459

The Heartfelt Agency, LLC.
Ilse York
2328 Cranberry
Lebanon, MO 65536

Jackie Thomas
101Wild Rose Place
St. Robert, MO 65584

Carved in Grain, LLC.
Louis Colasanti

Jimmy Schubert
24030 Stable
Waynesville, MO. 65583

Missouri Veterans Home Assistance League
620 N. Jefferson St.
St. James, MO. 65559

Route 66 Candy Shoppe
Charley Joe Dill & Daniel Kallman
115 N. Benton Street, Ste. 3
Waynesville, MO 65583

J and K's Restaurant
Angela Dake
1100 Historic 66 W
Waynesville, MO 65583


Community Leadership Awards Banquet - February 7th, at the St. Robert Community Center with social hour beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. This event is held to commemorate the hard work and dedication to community exhibited by our area leaders, non-profit organizations and civic groups, as well as announces the Citizen of the Year. You must have a ticket to attend this event. Deadline to purchase tickets is January 31st.

Chamber Quarterly +1 Luncheon - February 12th at 11:30 a.m. at the Greater Community Fellowship Hall located on Highway Y. Our sponsor will be Phelps County Homecare. Please contact the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 11th.

**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.

Ribbon Cutting for Girl Friday - February 14th at Noon at the Chamber office, 137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B.

Chamber Office Closed - February 17th in observance of President's Day.

Ribbon Cutting for Route 66 Candy Shoppe - February 21st at 10 a.m. at 15 N. Benton St., Ste. 3 in Waynesville.

Small Business Workshop - February 26th, Meramec Regional Planning Commission and Meramec Regional Development Corporation in partnership with Pulaski County, Waynesville/St. Robert Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri University of Science and Technology and the Small Business Administration are hosting a small business workshop at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to share with local small businesses, realtors, economic developers and financial institutions the resources that are available in our area in support of small businesses in Pulaski County. Interested individuals must R.S.V.P to reserve a seat for this event by calling MRPC at 573-265-2993 or email

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The February Newcomer Spotlight Business is:

Fort Leonard Wood Command Orientation
23 bags were handed out in January.

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!


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Chamber Board of Directors:

PRESIDENT - Mike Dunbar


TREASURER - Marsha Mercer

Brad Budolfson, Carrie Williamson, Mike Freeman, Dr. Chris Berger, Katrina Lynch-Allen, Tracy McCord, and Carey Heitman

Chamber Staff:


OFFICE MANAGER - Leanna Weathers


March Newsletter information is due to the Chamber by February 26th.
Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce
137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B
St. Robert, MO 65584
fax: 573-336-5472
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