Meet Your Board
Dr. Berger was born in Wichita Kansas but considers himself
a lifetime Missouri resident. He is the brother of five siblings
and was raised by his aunt and uncle on small farm in Gainesville.
His aunt owned and operated a variety store on the square
of Gainesville the entire time of his upbringing. "Many
of my core values were developed while being raised on our
small farm and in the store, both of which I had a hand in
running". Of his five siblings he was one of two, to
complete high school and the only one to receive a college
degree. He spent five years teaching middle school and coaching
varsity boy's basketball in Gainesville. After serving 11
years as superintendent Dr. Berger became a Tiger and is finishing
his first year as Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations,
for Waynesville RVI. "I am very excited to continue to
serve on the Chamber Board. I believe in the vision that is
laid out and hope I can have a positive impact on moving us
toward our goals". Dr. Berger enjoys being on the river
and doing anything outdoors with his family, wife Amanda and
their three boys; Christopher 17, Gunnar 14, Ryder 12.
Welcome Kate Thomas to the Chamber
Hello! I'm Kate Thomas, an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with
the Waynesville - St. Robert Chamber of Commerce. I was born
and raised on a beef and crop farm in rural Minnesota. (Go,
Minnesota Twins!) Married for almost three years with two
dogs, Army life took us from Minnesota to Yakima Training
Center in Washington to Fort Leonard Wood. My background is
in sales and communications and I've nearly completed my Bachelor
of Arts in English/Literature, with a goal of completing a
Master's degree. My spare time usually involves creating a
crochet project or reading a good book. Over this next year,
I am excited to see what we can accomplish together for our
of Pulaski County and Basket Auction
The 2015 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. This event is the largest and
primary fundraiser the Chamber holds each the year.
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. These baskets are sure to suite anyones taste. 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
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children
12-5 years old and children 4 and under are free. Pre-event
tickets are NOW available at the Chamber office.
Members what will be in your basket for the Taste of Pulaski
County & Basket Auction? 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.
In addition to baskets the Chamber appreciates door prize
Volunteers will be out on Friday, March 6th and Monday,
March 9th picking up donations, so 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chamber will host the annual community on
April 14th in the library of the Waynesville High School.
The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Speakers for
the evening will include representatives from Fort Leonard
Wood, St. Robert, Waynesville, Waynesville R-VI School District,
and Pulaski County. The community is invited to attend the
forum and will have the opportunity to ask questions. Questions
must be submitted in person. This event will be broadcast
on Channel 12. Click here
for the event page.
Four Person Scramble
FOUR! The Chamber is excited for the upcoming Four Person
Scramble on April 23rd. 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
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 14th. Click
for form and flyer.
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.
for a copy of the sponsorship form.
Tour of Fort Leonard Wood
On April 30th AUSA, Committee of Fifty, Friends
of the Fort, Support the Fort and Phelps for the Fort will
be offering a tour of Ft. Leonard Wood beginning at 8:30 a.m.
and ending at 2:30 p.m. We are excited to be able to offer
the community this opportunity to tour Fort Leonard Wood and
witness the transformations that have impacted our communities
in so many positive ways over the years. The tour will be
leaving from the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber Office, located
in the lower level of the Visitor's Center at 137 St. Robert
Blvd., Ste. B in St. Robert, as always please remember to
park in the back of the building. Lunch will be provided by
AUSA during the tour. Space is very limited so please R.S.V.P.
to 573-336-0221 or email email@example.com
no later than April 4th. For the event page click here.
Leadership Awards Banquet
The Waynesville - St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce held
its annual Community Leadership Awards Banquet on Friday,
February 13, 2015 at the St. Robert Community Center. This
event was 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
This year four outstanding volunteers have been nominated
for Citizen of the Year. The nominees for the 2014 Citizen
of the Year were Tim Berrier, Kelly Howley, Chuck Lynn, and
Bill O'Neal. This award is intended to recognize individuals
not for a particular year of service, but rather to recognize
a person who has performed outstanding and dedicated service
to the community and/or towards helping others over time in
the Waynesville-St. Robert area. Click link
for more information.
Thank you to our Sponsor:
The 2014-2015 class of Leadership Pulaski County
attended its sixth and final session on February 19th. The
focus on this session was on Healthcare, Social Services,
Environment, and Public Safety. Click here
to see pictures from the sixth session. The class also graduated
from the program on February 19th. The keynote speaker for
the night was Danny White and sponsored by the Waynesville
- St. Robert Ambassadors Club and Military Police Regimental
Association. Click here
for pictures and video of the graduation.
If you are interested in contributing to the
building of community leaders by becoming a 2015-2016 Leadership
Pulaski County Sponsor or would like more information on the
program contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email
Quarterly +1 Luncheon
The Chamber held its first Quarterly +1 Luncheon for 2015
on February 11th at the Greater Community Fellowship Hall.
The luncheon was catered by the Greater Community Missionary
Baptist Church and sponsored by Ireland Architects. This luncheon
had 73 members and guest present. The Chamber is challenging
its members to beat this record at the next Quarterly +1 Luncheon
which will take place at the Hampton Inn on May 13th from
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The remaining Quarterly +1 luncheons in 2015 will take place
on May 13th, August 12th, and November 18th in 2015. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 2nd the Chamber Surprise Patrol visited
two Chamber member businesses to recognize them as the Chamber
Business Showcase member recognition program recipients for
March. The March Business Showcase recipients are First
State Bank of St. Robert and Waynesville R-VI School District.
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 April 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
Local Participant Form
For more information about the Shop Local Key
Tag Program visit www.keepitlocal.biz.
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.
for the web site code and instructions to add the new Chamber
Membership E-plaque to your company web site.
The character word for March is:
Quote:Be who you are and say what you
feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter
don't mind. ~Bernard M. Baruch
Definition: noun - full trust; belief in the
powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing;
belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence;
self-reliance; assurance: certitude; assurance: a secret that
is confided or imparted trustfully.
What does confidence mean
to you, your business, and the community?