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Meet Your Board

Carey Heitman

Carey Heitman represents State Farm Policyholders for Pulaski County and surrounding area. Carey began his career with State Farm Insurance Companies in 1999 and has been a State Farm Agent since 2004.

Carey has been a Member of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce since 2004. He supports various committees and organizations in the Pulaski and Phelps county area.

After Graduating from Rolla High School, Carey attended the University of Missouri Columbia, where he played college golf and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. He then received his secondary education from the American College in Pennsylvania, where he received his Chartered Financial Consultant designation.

In addition to his insurance and financial service duties for State Farm and his clients, Carey also runs a small farm in Pulaski County. When he is not working to help his customers manage their risks and recover from the unexpected, you will find him playing golf, fishing, or hunting.

Carey is proud to be an influence for the flourishing Pulaski county area and is honored to serve the community and its local businesses. He looks forward to being on the Chamber Board.

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. 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.

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.

Community Leadership Awards Banquet

The Waynesville - St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual Community Leadership Awards Banquet. This memorable event will be held on Friday, February 13, 2015 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.

Tickets will be available at the Chamber office. For more information about the Citizen of the Year and the Community Leadership Awards Banquet contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or e-mail

What Will Be in Your Basket?

This year the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce's Annual Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction to be held on Saturday, March 28th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Robert Community Center. Have you thought about what you'll be putting in your basket? All items submitted are greatly appreciated and help to make this event the largest and primary fundraiser the Chamber holds throughout the year.

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

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 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

Leadership Pulaski County

The 2014-2015 class of Leadership Pulaski County attended its fourth session on December 11th. The focus on this session was Volunteerism and Community Service. The Class will be volunteered at Life Care Center Waynesville and helped with the Snack in a Pack Program. Click here to see pictures from the fourth session. The class looks forward to its January session which will focus on City, County, State, and Federal Government & Workforce Development.

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

Chamber Business Showcase

On January 2nd the Chamber Surprise Patrol visited two Chamber member businesses to recognize them as the Chamber Business Showcase member recognition program recipients for January. The January Business Showcase recipients are Lamb's Donuts and Post Realty and Associates. 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 February 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, 2015. 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 2015 -2016 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 January is:


"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." ~Thomas Jefferson

Definition: Attitude; noun meaning a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior.

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

Featured Business

Just Because is Pulaski County’s all occasion gift basket store. Located on Benton Street this gift boutique sits west of the courthouse in Waynesville. Just Because, owned by Twyla Cordry often gets asked how the name came about and Twyla shares the store has many offerings available for anyone on your shopping list. All occasions-it could be birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, all holidays, teacher’s gifts, or Just Because there is no special occasion other than maybe its just a day through the week that you want to remind someone they are special! Some days you need no special reason—it’s a JUST BECAUSE DAY!

Gift baskets are already made for you to stop by and pick one up or you may stop by and choose from a large selection of items and design your own basket. They specialize in wines, spirits, cheeses, jewelry, home décor, Missouri made products and also on hand are great man cave items for that special guy in your life! Inventory changes each day so each new visit brings new ideas for those around you.

Just Because is located at 115 North Benton Street in the Roubidoux Plaza on the square in Waynesville. Come by and visit with Owner Twyla Cordry or Robin to find that all occasion gift basket. Don’t forget its not too early to place your Valentine’s Day order and eliminate that from your to do list. February 14 Is right around the corner. Last year, Just Because surprised so many with their chocolate covered strawberries and or wine combination gifts. This year there will be lots of selection for Valentine’s Day so give them a call at 774-4995 or stop by for a visit.

Happy New Year!

I hope each of you have a safe and Merry Christmas. As I write this, 2014 is winding down fast. We made it and are starting a new year. As I said last month, 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 what a caring and giving community we have. Please remember our military serving away from home protecting our freedoms. They are the very reason that when we go to sleep at night, we do so worry free.

With the beginning of a new year, please remember your local businesses and retailers. 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.. 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.

The Chamber will continue to be active in our community with many events. Please see our calendar for a listing of our events so you can get it on your schedule now and be ready to participate.

From our home to yours, Paula and I want to wish each of you a very prosperous and Happy New Year!

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

Phil Tackett

Chamber Chatter

We wish you a Happy Prosperous New Year! We hope that 2015 will be a successful year for your business and employees. The Chamber staff is starting the year off with a bang as we prepare for all our spring events. We would like to thank the members that have made the commitment to sponsor our events in 2015. If you have not already done so, please show your support for the Chamber by faxing us your signed sponsorship form and helping to make our events successful. 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.

The first event of the new year is the Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off on January 24th. Come warm up with a bowl of chili and listen to our wonderful entertainer Tony Ray. We will even have a surprise guest this year! Stay tuned for more information.

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

Cecilia Murray, IOM
Executive Director

President's Message

Adam Dye

Happy New Year everyone! My name is Adam Dye and I am honored to be the new President of The Best Ambassadors in the state of Missouri. I would like to thank Betsy Thomson for all her hard work and patience in grooming me to become her replacement. She did an amazing job and I hope to make her proud this upcoming year.

My role as an Ambassador to the Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Leadership Pulaski County enables me to promote understanding and confidence of our Chamber. I want us all to focus on the teamwork that got us to the top. Becoming the Chamber of the Year was a huge achievement. We have lots of fun together and have that camaraderie that is a force to be reckoned with. Our Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber is the best for a reason. When we work together outstanding achievements are possible. Lets REPEAT!

I am looking forward to this very rewarding year ahead. I can't wait to work with each and everyone of you every month to help this community grow. We are going to make 2015 the year that nobody will forget. Lets all help to motivate each other so we all can attain our 2015 goals of becoming the Best Ambassadors we have ever had and repeat as The CHAMBER OF THE YEAR!!

Tourism Notes

Welcome to the new year! Last year about this time I wrote about the Route 66 Summit that was hosted by the World Monument Fund. This conference brought many ideas and relationships together across the Route. One key element to conference attendance is follow through, taking what you have learned and applying it to your day-to-day and bringing back that knowledge to your community. One project brought back from this conference is to bring development along our 33 miles of Route 66 in Pulaski County. An initial discussion was held in December where it was immediately seen that there is tremendous interest in moving forward. In fact 6 days later the community of Devils Elbow came together to light the 1923 Steel Bridge for the holiday season! A meeting is scheduled for January 5th to form an organization to oversee development opportunities within Pulaski County along the Route. If you are interested in learning more please give me a call.

The Bureau has promoted this aspect of tourism since our inception via program developments in partnership with our area Route 66 expert Terry Primas with our turn by turn driving tour, free audio tour, a step on guided tour for motor coach tours. Marketing the route in travel and Route 66 publications, various internet outreach, marketplaces and tradeshows to both leisure travelers and groups around the world. Enhancing and adding to Pulaski's Route 66 attributes both old and new will make our destination a major attraction along the route, furthering our marketing efforts.

Update: Last spring the Czech Republic filmed along the route and their new DVD "ROUTE 66 REVISITED" was released the end of November. The movie features many iconic stops to include Devils Elbow and Waynesville. If you are interested in purchasing a copy please let me know. Cost is $10 which includes shipping.

2015 looks to be an even more exciting year in tourism! Find out how you can become involved. Be sure to connect with us Facebook, Twitter, and be sure to subscribe to our blog. (Check out the "quicklinks" at Be ready, focused and plan your strategy to reach groups such as the cavers with the #NSS2015 conference, the Traveling Square Dance conference, MO Special Olympics Indoor Games at Fort Leonard Wood, First Annual JROTC Invitational Drill Meet . Good, make that...GREAT things are happening and it takes all of us to make it happen. Cheers to a great 2015!

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

Happy New Year!

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::

A very busy winter season is upon us and the City of Waynesville wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday. I wanted to take my media time this month to give you a look back at 2014 from the viewpoint of the City. We are proud of the work done by our staff and Council to take proactive steps to improve our City.

Infrastructure is not an exciting thing to talk about, but is vital to a well functioning city. This past year, we have built a new water tower to support the Hunter's Point area, as well as West Waynesville; we have purchased a heavy duty, portable generator which will allow us to have back up power for critical city facilities during natural disasters; we have purchased automatic-read meters for the electric system and have begun installing them; we have purchased a SCADA system for our water system, which will allow computer control of our wells and water towers; we continue to update and improve the reliability of our electric grid by rebuilding feeder lines and interconnections; we have done many projects to extend our sewer to make it more efficient and to allow our lines to handle the increased flows from commercial development in West Waynesville.

The City continues to improve our facilities and services. This year we purchased the CODE RED notification system, which has proven to be very valuable; we installed a new Welcome sign at Exit 156; we have entered into a cost-share project with MoDOT to address traffic issues on Route 66; we have worked hard to recover from the 2013 flood and have worked with FEMA for the approval of several important mitigation projects, as well as working with our hydrology engineers to address the issues relating to Mitchell Creek. They have helped us to acquire the needed permits to make drainage improvements in that area. We will continue to complete these projects into 2015. The Cities have continued our improvements to the Regional Airport and also, begun a Master Plan for the Airport. Our Police Chief and department have implemented several new initiatives and have been proactive in reducing crime and accidents in the City. We purchased three new patrol cars, using an innovative lease-purchase program. And we have begun the work to turn the old Cinema building into a new City complex, which will include the Street Department, the Municipal Court and the City Hall. FEMA will fund some of this work, as we move the Street Department off the banks of the Roubidoux. The current City Hall will become the Police Department.

The City has supported several major economic development projects during 2014. They have included the opening of the Patriot 12 Cinema, the new Dollar General store and the beginning of the Phelps County Regional Medical Center, with a planned opening in the summer of 2015. We have also partnered with the Pulaski County Growth Alliance to build a speculative building in the Waynesville Industrial Park. We continue to support the revitalization of the downtown area with the paving and striping of an additional parking lot there and continued support for the Waynesville Downtown Business Association.

Our Parks continue to grow. The City applied for and received a DNR grant to concrete and make ADA accessible the walking trail from Laughlin Park to the Roubidoux Park. We will see the installation of the Trail of Tears exhibit in the February time frame. The Roubidoux Park Stage is taking shape and we plan a dedication in the spring. We also began the plan to replace the playground equipment in the Park with an all-accessible Little Heroes Playground. Fund raising will continue into 2015 and the construction will start once we have reached our goal. The Cities and Fort Leonard Wood have signed a new cooperative recreation agreement.

As you can see it has been an eventful year for Waynesville and we predict the same for 2015. In January, I will give you an update on our plans and goals for the coming year. We hope that 2015 will hold many good things for you and your family. Remember to Shop Local and support your friends and neighbors!

From the banks of the Roubidoux,

Luge Hardman
Mayor of Waynesville

Victor's Crown Christian Counseling Center

December 6, 2014

Colleen Murray
571 VFW Memorial Drive
St.Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-9444

Taste E Vapes

December 15, 2014

Amber Cumberland
690 Missouri Ave.
St. Robert, MO 65584

New Members

Dear Grandma Tressie
Claudia Herd
22230 Bangor Road
Crocker, MO 65452
(573) 774-7474

Taste E Vapes
Amber Cumberland
690 Missouri Ave.
St. Robert, MO 65584

Affinity Orthopedic & Sports Therapy
Cheryl Cawley
24530 Southside Rd. #E/F
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 774-3666

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 January.

Andy's 417 - 10th
Fidelity Communications Co. - 75th
Freedom of the Road Riders - Local 28 - 25th
Gospel Ridge Townhomes, LLC - 5th
Guidon - 50th
Maranatha Baptist Church & Academy - 40th
Pulaski County Health Department & Home Health - 40th


Ribbon Cutting for Real Estate Maintenance Management Services - January 12th at 11 a.m. at the Chamber office, 137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B.

Ribbon Cutting for Metro Business College - January 13th at 10 a.m. at 1202 E. Highway 72 in Rolla.

Chamber Luncheon - January 14th at 11:45 a.m. at Chopstix. Our sponsor will be Just Because. . . Please contact the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 13th.

**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.

Chamber Office Closed - January 19th in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-off - January 24th, The Chamber will kick off 2015 with the eighth annual Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off to be held 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!

Ribbon Cutting for Navy Federal Credit Union new location - January 27th at 10 a.m. at 332 Marshall Drive Ste. F. in St. Robert.

View the complete monthly calendar

The January Newcomer Spotlight Business is:

Fort Leonard Wood Command Orientation
There was 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


February Newsletter information is due to the Chamber by January 28th.
Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce
137 St. Robert Blvd., Ste. B
St. Robert, MO 65584
fax: 573-336-5472
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