Let Us Count the Ways the Chamber helped YOU this past
Distributed and 2,849 Views Online
43,447 Weekly Updates Distributed and 8,016 Views Online
30,185 Web site Visits*
662 Welcome Packets Distributed**
2,179 Member Referrals
78% Member Retention Rate for 2014-2015
Chamber Represents 6,257 Employees
51% of the Businesses in Waynesville-St. Robert are Chamber
51 New Members
38 Ribbon Cuttings
Chamber held 66 Events with 2,903 in Attendance and 4,749
That's a total of over
We thank you for helping
2,803.75 Volunteer hours
given that equal $59,383.43
* Web stats are July
2014-June 2015 and represent unique user visits
** 550 distributed at Command Orientation and 112 in office.
2015 Ambassador Club Day!
June 22nd was proclaimed as Waynesville-St.
Robert Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Club Day. This is a
special day to acknowledge the efforts of these volunteers
and to thank them for their work in and support of the community.
The Chamber Staff and AmeriCorps VISTA Associate visited the
each of the Ambassadors on Friday, June 19th to thank them
for the work they do to help make the Waynesville-St. Robert
community a great place to live, shop, and play. Click here
to view photos and video
of the day's adventure.
The 2015 Membership
Social will be July 30th at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn.
Sponsoring this event is Citizens Mortgage Company with Market
Basket providing the food. This annual membership social is
a night of networking, fun and entertainment. The
Bottle Auction will be held again this year, members are encouraged
to donate wrapped bottles with unknown contents to be auctioned
off. The money raised will help fund the Chamber's It's All
Here shop local ad campaign including Shop Small Business
Saturday. Donations are due by July 24th.
The cost to attend the Social is $15.00 per person.
Please call the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 no later than
9:00 a.m. July 20th to make your reservations.
Chamber Now Accepting Veteran of the Year
The Waynesville - St. Robert Area Chamber of
Commerce is preparing for its annual Veterans' Day Ceremony
& Parade. From now until August 28, 2015 the Chamber of
Commerce will be accepting nominations from Chamber members.
A one-page letter outlining the candidate's qualifications
and experience will comprise the formal nomination form along
with a brief bio summary of the nominee and a digital photo.
The Veteran of the Year Award is meant to recognize
a veteran from any rank from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard,
Marines and Navy with an honorable discharge. The individual
must be a Pulaski County resident and has agreed to accept
the award and be the Veterans' Day Ceremony & Parade Marshall
on November 11, 2015.
Nomination forms are available at the Chamber
office or can be downloaded here
or by clicking on the image below. If you have any questions
contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a job? Looking for Employees? Then
plan to attend. The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce
presents the 11th Annual Operation Workforce Job Fair. Interviewing
booths will be available for on-site employee/employer interviews.
This event will take place Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the
The ARK Community and Sports Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. with set up from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
OPERATION WORKFORCE is a workforce recruitment program promoting
the connection between employees and potential employers.
For more information contact the Chamber office at (573) 336-5121.
Employers will need to fill out the form
and submit it to the Chamber office by August 20th.
The Leadership Pulaski County Program applications
were received and processed. Letters of acceptance were mailed
at the end of June. The 2015-2016 class will begin in September.
Limited sponsorships are still available. If you are interested
in contributing to the building of community leaders by becoming
a 2015-2016 Leadership Pulaski County sponsor contact the
Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email email@example.com.
On July 1st the Chamber Surprise Patrol visited
two Chamber member businesses to recognize them as the Chamber
Business Showcase member recognition program recipients for
July. The July Business Showcase recipients are Colton's
Steakhouse - St. Robert and Ogle Chiropractic and Rehab.
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 August to recognize the next recipients.
2015 - 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities
for information on 2015 - 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities.
For more information on any Chamber event contact the Chamber
office at 573-336-5121 or email
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. Please fill out the form below
with your discount or special offer to indicate that you
are interested in participating in this program.
Local Participant Form
For more information about the Shop Local Key
Tag Program visit www.keepitlocal.biz.
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.
for the web site code and instructions to add the new Chamber
Membership E-plaque to your company web site.
Splash Designs is an established leader in
the custom screen printing and embroidery industry, who
has provided thousands of customized garments to a variety
of organizations including military, local and national
businesses, teams, schools, churches and individuals for
over 35 years.
Not only are we the local go to business for
garment decoration, we also provide high quality custom
awards, banners and decals, promotional products to help
brand your business as well all over sublimated shirts.
We pride ourselves on our team of employees
who work together to deliver products and services that
exceed your expectations. Each and every day we strive to
provide the highest level of customer service to our patrons.
to One and All!
With June now behind us, we have begun the
summer season. Summer is always a busy time of year for
everyone including the Chamber. Stay involved in the local
area. Perhaps even plan a weekend that involves exploring
our area. There are so many things to do from outdoor events,
a great aquatic park, museums, and shopping or just enjoying
many of our fine restaurants.
You can find almost everything you need from our Chamber
members that have their businesses located in our Community.
Dollars you spend locally stay local, which allows the Community
to continue to grow and prosper. The quality of goods and
services that are available in our Community cannot be beat
anywhere in the State.
So Remember---Shop Local-It's All Here!
As always, I ask each of you to make a difference
and stay active in the community and continue to work as
a Team. It is going to take a Team approach and effort for
us to be successful in the coming months and years. As we
continue to move forward in 2015, we need to stand united
in our community endeavors, whether that is in business,
volunteer work, support of this area and the military.
This will be my last article as your Chamber
President. However, I am excited about the coming year for
the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce. As of the
end of this month, Mike Freeman will become the new president.
This is in accordance with Chamber by-laws. Mike will continue
the great success our chamber is experiencing. I will still
be a board member and will assist Mike in all our endeavors.
I want to express my appreciation to the Chamber Board of
Directors, the Chamber staff, and to all our Chamber members
who have made this past year a very rewarding one for me
personally and professionally. All of you have left your
mark and continue to make this a great community in which
to live and work.
As your new President for the next year, Mike
will continue the tradition of our Chamber to coordinate
the efforts of commerce, industry and the professions in
maintaining and strengthening a sound and healthy business
climate in the Waynesville-St. Robert area. I will always
promote the theme of shop local and support your chamber
members. Our area has a lot to offer, we as Chamber members
just need to continue to get the message out. I look forward
to working with all of you and please feel free to contact
me with any suggestions. As we approach the 4th of July
holiday weekend, God bless the USA and God bless each of
Moving forward, United!
Membership Social is fast approaching on July 30th, be sure
to get your R.S.V.P. in now for this night of networking.
We will also say farewell to Board members Marsha Mercer,
Brad Budolfson, Tracy McCord and Carey Heitman; as well
as welcome Alana Hancock, Deborah Baker, Janel Rowell and
Josh Deavours to the Board. Be sure to attend this fun social!
Also please provide us a donation for the bottle auction
with all of the funds going to the Shop Local ad campaign.
The annual membership invoices have been sent
out and are due by August 1st. We would like to thank everyone
for their continued support. If you have not had the opportunity
to get involved in a committee, attend an event or network
with other members please make it a goal to do so in the
next year. It will be a valuable experience for you and
your business. This is your Chamber so get involved and
make a difference. We included the sponsorship form to help
you prepare your budget for the coming year. If you send
your form back in with your membership dues you will not
receive a call from the staff on sponsorships! Be sure to
also return your update form with any changes to your account
information. This helps us keep your listing on our web
site and MyChamberApp up to date. Our database now allows
you to log in securely to your account to make a payment
or make changes to your information.
We are preparing for the Regional Job Fair
on August 27th and if you would like a "free"
booth send us your registration form. This is an opportunity
to collect resumes or even interview candidates.
I hope everyone has a safe and exciting 4th
of July. If you have any questions or concerns please give
me a call at 573-336-5121.
Cecilia Murray, IOM
Networking. Referrals. We hear those three words all the time,
yet are we all using these opportunities to the fullest, each
and every day? Partnering strengthens us. Networking strengthens
us. And yes, referring strengthens us in everything we do.
I visit with many people from all around the world. Every
destination is unique in its own right. Each destination has
a beauty of its own. But one key comment that tourists make
about destinations they visit is how nice the people are at
destinations. They are made to feel welcome. They appreciate
help and guidance and they appreciate seeing community members
work together. If we all keep in mind and set our end goal
of satisfying the needs of our visitors, we all benefit; Pride
in helping others, success in our business, and community
growth. Start watching and acting on opportunities for you
to partner, network and refer.
Travel Deals - This program is offered by the Pulaski County
Tourism Bureau and is launched through the PulaskiCountyUSA.com
website and promoted through our various marketing campaigns.
Offer a Travel Deal for your business as a standalone, or
partner with complimenting businesses to offer an exciting
#NSS2015 - The National Speleological Society Convention
is July 14-17. Cavers; professionals and enthusiasts from
around the world will be in Pulaski County. Welcome this group
with "Caver Specials" and welcome signs. Simple
messages such as "Welcome Caver's", "Welcome
#NSS2015" are all perfect messages to display and tweet.
As you meet these spelunkers thank them. I can tell you from
experience, when they head back home they will tell others
about their stay and they will talk about this conference
for years to come.
Save the Date:
July 22 - "The Road Ahead" Workshop, presented by
Route 66: The Road Ahead Initiative and the National Park
Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Anyone with
an interest in Route 66 be it enthusiasts or business owners,
you will find this discussion and opportunity of benefit.
Making it a great day!
Beth Wiles, CDME
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau
137 St. Robert Blvd. Suite A
St. Robert, MO 65584
(877) 858-8687 Toll-free
(573) 336-6355 Ext. 104
(573) 336-2985 Fax
Spec Building Project has received the executed grant agreement
dated June 17, 2015. This means we are able to start the building
design and bid phase. We will meet with Missouri Department
of Economic Development officials Tuesday, June 30.
This project started October 24, 2012 with a public hearing
to determine community support. I then filed an application
with the Missouri Department of Economic Development for a
Community Development Block Grant to construct a Spec Building
on April 15, 2013. On July 18,2013 the Department of Economic
Development gave preliminary approval with the following requirements.
1. Environmental Review to be completed
2. Pulaski County Growth Alliance officers to execute a Term
Loan Agreement, Term Note and all related loan documentation
as required by the program guidelines.
3. An irrevocable letter of credit from a federally insured
financial institution as collateral for the loan
4. Expenditures not before the completion of steps 1,2,&3
5. The buyer or lessee of this building must create 34 new
6. The Loan will be payable upon sale or lease of the building
or 60 months
The environmental review was complete and released on September
24, 2014. This was a huge task and reams of paper (maybe a
tree) were used to complete the environmental report. The
environmental report was completed by the City of Waynesville
staff. Bruce Harrill and Sandy Willis worked countless hours
to see the completion.
The letter of credit was issued April 16, 2015 with Mike
Dunbar President / CEO of Security Bank of Pulaski County
signature. This letter of credit was a joint effort of the
following; Security Bank, Hawthorn Bank, Mid America Bank
& Trust Co., First State Bank, Bank of Iberia, and the
City of Waynesville.
The next phase of this project will be the exciting part
as we design, build, and market the facility. I expect to
break ground this fall and have a 20,000 sq. ft. industrial
building expandable to 40,000 sq. ft. Pulaski County has missed
several proposed projects for the lack of industrial properties.
This spec building will be another tool to diversify Pulaski
137 St. Robert Blvd. Suite B
St. Robert, MO 65584
the Banks of the Roubidoux!
The rain has stopped and hopefully, we will have some
time to dry out. June has been one of the busiest months
for the City this year. On June 19th, the City hosted an
official dedication and opening of the Roubidoux Springs
Cherokee Encampment site on the National Historic Trail.
The City unveiled National Park Signage at the Roubidoux
Bridge and welcomed many dignitaries to Waynesville for
a moving ceremony. We also hosted the Remember the Removal
Bike Riders as they re-traced the steps of their ancestors
on the Trail of Tears.
On Saturday, June 20th, Freedom Fest was the site of hundreds
of visitors to Waynesville's downtown square, as we welcomed
the USO Freedom Riders, the "Great American Race"
and the Texas 4000 bicyclists. It was a great patriotic
day. The Route 66 Fest Committee and Lone Oak Printing also,
unveiled their Veterans' Banners project, as they displayed
local veterans' photos and service on our light poles. This
will be a continuing project and you can contact Lone Oak
to get on the list. And on June 27 and 28, the Cave State
Cruisers will be hosting their annual classic car show in
the Roubidoux Park.
July is shaping up to be even busier for the City. July
6th sees the opening of the Waynesville Medical Plaza, along
G. W. Lane Street. An official grand opening will be planned
for August. The Roubidoux Park Stage will be dedicated with
a "Music in the Park" event on July 11th, from
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. A plaque thanking the Dial family for
their generous donation will be unveiled.
The week of July 13-17 the National Speleological Society
arrives in Waynesville with over 1000 participants, as they
investigate and learn about Missouri caves. The Pulaski
County Tourism Bureau has been active in securing this event
for the area. The Shrine Club will host many of the campers
and the WHS campus will support the seminars and events.
And rounding out the month, July 24th, the YMCA's Field
of Dreams will highlight the Old Settlers' Day event of
July 25th in the Roubidoux Park. This year's event will
be dedicated to long time supporter and original founder
of Old Settlers' Day, the late Councilwoman Diana Stanford.
Without the wonderful employees of the City, many of these
events would not be possible and I wanted to take a moment
this month to tell them all how much they are appreciated.
Dedication, pride and effort are never lacking with this
group and I know that I can always count on them to do their
best and represent the City well. If you get a chance, say
thanks to our many employees. You rock!
Remember to shop local and enjoy the summer months. Stay
Mayor of Waynesville
Mark your Calendars
July 3, 2015: City Hall offices will be closed to Observe
July 31, 2015: City Hall offices will be closed at 11 am.
With the 4th of July around the corner, the City of St. Robert
would like to remind all citizens of our regulations on fireworks.
The selling periods are the 20th of June through the 10th
of July each year. The discharging of fireworks is allowed
from June 20th until July 5th. It is prohibited to discharge
all firecrackers, caps, and all fireworks of all kinds and
description in the City of St. Robert during the hours of
11:00 P.M. to 8:00 A.M. Section 200.690 Firecrackers, Fireworks
- Regulations. [Ord. No. 265 §§1 - 5, 2-24-1986;
Ord. No. 2342 §1, 10-18-2010; Ord. No. 2624 §§1
- 3, 6-3-2013] We would like to ask all of our citizens to
be careful and mindful of the people and your surroundings
when you discharge your fireworks. We wish all of you a very
Happy Fourth of July.
The Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation is moving forward
on fundraising to build the first ever Route 66 Neon Park
in Pulaski County. This park will be established in the City
of Saint Robert - George M. Reed Roadside Park. For more information
about the organization and the Route 66 Neon Park project
visit Route66Preservation.org. The second phase of this fundraising
campaign is to establish a fund to be used toward matching
grant programs offered by various corporations and organizations.
For your contribution of $100, a brick will be placed along
the pathway through the park.
Please visit http://www.visitpulaskicounty.org/rt66preservation/Brickorder.pdf
to complete an order form to place your brick on Route 66.
The City of St. Robert is holding an auction for some old
equipment and vehicles. Bids are to be turned in at City Hall
by July 6th, 1:00 pm. Bids are to be sealed and marked Surplus
Property Bid. The bid sheet needs to clearly state the item
you are bidding on, the amount of your bid, and your contact
information. Please visit saintrobert.com for a complete list
of auction items.
Summer Golf League: June 15th to September 15th Where: The
St. Robert Municipal Golf Course Time: 6 p.m. beginning June
18th *No specific game days, but you will have to have one
round of golf per week. Total of 14 rounds Cost: $10.00 per
player, per week/round *total of $140 Format: 9 holes, 1 hour
play time. There will be an End of League Tournament with
wiffle ball: July 11th Registration 8-9 a.m., tournament starts
at 9 am, $10 fee. For more information please call Jim Phillips
at (573) 451-2000 ext. 1306.
St. Robert Fire Department and Rescue offers CPR and Basic
First Aid courses for anyone who is interested. The cost for
CPR is $50.00 and First Aid is $25. Classes are on the first
Thursday of every month, with CPR being at 8:00 a.m. to Noon,
and First Aid from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you would like to
participate in either or both, please call the St. Robert
Fire Department at 573-451-2000 ext 3102.
Now Taking Applications for Volunteer Fire Fighters.
Please call 573-451-2000 ext. 3102 for more information.
The Tiger Typhoon hopefully will be back in operation soon.
The mechanical room flooded and the motors were under water,
which does not do well on electric motors. The motors for
the pumping that were submerged were taken to Springfield
to be dried out and checked to ensure they are safe to use.
The city is also working with Fort Leonard Wood soldiers to
repaint the tanks displayed in the city. They should be done
prior to the 4th of July celebration. We appreciate Fort Leonard
Wood in soldiers for preparing them to be painted.
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
Family Morale, Welfare & Recreation - 50th
MainStay Suites - 10th
Supporting All Lives Together of Pulaski County (SALT) -
Chamber Office Closed - July 3rd in observance of
the Independence Day.
Chamber Luncheon - July 8th at 11:45 a.m. at Aussie
Jacks. Our sponsor will be Splash Designs. Please contact
the Chamber Office to RSVP before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July
7th. There is limited seating, a waiting
list will be started once the limit has been met.
**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
Ribbon Cutting for EXIT All American Realty - July
15th at Noon at 945 Missouri Ave., Ste. 6 in St. Robert.
- July 30th at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn. Sponsoring
this event is Citizens Mortgage Company with Market Basket
providing the food. This annual membership social is a night
of networking, fun and entertainment. The cost to attend
the Social is $15.00 per person. Please call the Chamber
office at 573-336-5121 no later than 9:00 a.m. July 20th
to make your reservations.
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The July Newcomer Spotlight Business is:
Fort Leonard Wood
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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
VICE PRESIDENT - Mike Freeman
TREASURER - Marsha Mercer
Brad Budolfson, Carrie Williamson, Dr. Chris Berger, Tracy
McCord, Carey Heitman, Melissa Shelden, and Shawn Cordry
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Cecilia Murray
OFFICE MANAGER - Leanna Weathers
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - Lisa Thomas
AmeriCorps VISTA - Kate Thomas