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Leadership Pulaski County

The 2015-2016 class of Leadership Pulaski County met for the first time in September. The class began with a welcome and orientation dinner followed by a day on Fort Leonard Wood. View photos from the welcome dinner and first session. The Leadership Pulaski County class will meet once a month for six months. Each monthly session will focus on a different aspect of Pulaski County as well as the individual leadership skills, roles, and opportunities each participant can utilize to contribute to the growth of the community. The class looks forward to its second session in October which will focus on history and tourism.

If you are interested in contributing to the building of community leaders by becoming a 2015-2016 Leadership Pulaski County Supporter or would like more information on the program contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email

Chamber Luncheon Sponsorship Lottery

In order to provide our membership with an equal opportunity to host a monthly luncheon, the Chamber will hold a lottery drawing each November to determine the following year's sponsors. To be entered into the lottery business names and contact information must be sent into the Chamber no later than October 30, 2015. At the November luncheon on the 18th at the Waynesville Career Center the drawing will be held and sponsors will be assigned for the next calendar year in the order they are drawn. This policy took effect with the 2011 luncheons. The cost to host a luncheon is $250 and with that your business will be featured in the monthly Chamber newsletter, given 15 minutes of speaking time at the luncheon and have the opportunity to place materials at each table. Sponsors also donate two door prizes to be given away during the luncheon.

For more information contact the office at 573-336-5121. To add your name to the list please email

"In Your Honor" Veteran's Day Parade

The Waynesville-St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Waynesville and St. Robert invite you to participate in the 2015 Veterans' Day Parade and Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11th beginning at 11 a.m.

The parade will line up in the St. Robert Municipal Center parking lot. The parade will officially step off following the ceremony at 11:30 a.m., and will go from the Municipal Center, turn right onto Missouri Avenue, turn left onto Old Rt. 66, turn around at Citizens Mortgage Company, and end at the St. Robert Community Center. Missouri Ave and Old Route 66 will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. It is recommended that commuters find alternate routes.

The drop-off location for the parade will be the Paul's Furniture Outlet parking lot. Drop-offs will not be allowed at the St. Robert Municipal Center. If you have more than one vehicle in the parade you must arrive to the line-up together to be in the parade together. Line-up will be between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. We encourage participants to attend the ceremony which will be held before the parade starts. The parade may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

For questions or to make your reservations to participate in the parade (reservations are required), call the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or e-mail The deadline for parade entry registration is Wednesday, October 30th by 5:00 p.m. The parade may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Promote Your Business to the Ladies at Fort Leonard Wood!

The Waynesville-St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Fort Wood Community Spouses Club (FWCSC) community caravan on November 6th. The Chamber is collecting items, such as coupons, fliers, or small gifts, to put together a goody bag for each of the ladies. The Chamber is also collecting door prizes to be given during the event. This is a great opportunity to showcase your business. If you are interested in contributing to the goody bags or would like to donate a door prize please drop them off to the Chamber by 5:00 p.m. on October 31st. If you have any questions please call the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or email

Nominations Open for the 2015 Citizen of the Year

The Waynesville - St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual Citizen of the Year Award to be presented at our Community Leadership Awards Banquet. From now until November 13, 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, as well as a cover sheet including the following information: nominee's name, home address, office address, home phone number, office phone number, sponsor, point of contact, day phone number, and a 150 word summary of the nominee with his/her photo.

The Citizen of the Year Award is meant to recognize a person who has performed outstanding and dedicated service to the community and/or towards helping others over time not for a particular year of service. The individual nominated must have provided such service in the Waynesville-St. Robert area. Please mail or e-mail your nominations to: Waynesville-St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce, 137 St. Robert Boulevard Ste. B, St. Robert, MO 65584, E-mail:

If you have any questions contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121, or e-mail at

Click here to download the 2015 Citizen of the Year Nomination Form.

Fireball Run Team 10 - Pulaski Pride Sponsors

Team 10, Cecilia Murray and Representative Steve Lynch traveled down the east coast promoting Pulaski County's economic development and tourism while competing in a live-sized trivia game and helping to find Allyson Corrales, a missing child from Kansas City. Our own Pulaski Pride team came in at tenth place overall and third in the Sports Car Class.

The team could not have done it without the support of the community and great sponsors. Team 10 and the Chamber thanks you!

Chamber Business Showcase

On October 1st the Chamber Surprise Patrol visited two Chamber member businesses to recognize them as the Chamber Business Showcase member recognition program recipients for the month. The October Business Showcase recipients are Sanman's Car Care and AireServ of Mid Missouri. 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 November to recognize the next recipients.

2015 - 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here 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.

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.

Featured Business

"Walker Real Estate Experts was honored to be voted "Best of the Best Real Estate Agency 2015" by the Daily Guide.

Walker Real Estate Experts employ a unique business model that has all employees specializing in one particular aspect of real estate in the Fort Leonard Wood, Rolla and Lebanon communities. This fosters unparalleled service as each step of the real estate process is guided by a true expert.
What makes Walker Real Estate Experts unique is that all of our team members are retired military members, military spouses or children of military families. We know the meaning of home is where the military sends you, and we can help you make the transition as stress-free as possible."

Welcome to the October newsletter. The autumn weather brings the beautiful colors of fall. I encourage you to get out and enjoy this wonderful season. While you're out, stop at one the fine chamber member restaurants and savor the excellent food. Our community is blessed with a variety of excellent choices for dining. Have you heard the "buzz" in the air? Fireball Run Team 10 blasted off! They traveled the east coast promoting Pulaski counties Route 66 and our great Waynesville-St. Robert-Ft. Leonard Wood communities.

On another note, the September Chamber "networking" lunch was a huge success!!! We have heard some great comments from many of our members who loved the opportunity to network with others and share what their business offers. The feedback was so positive that the board approved having this event 4 times per year! I encourage you to attend these lunches and share your information with other chamber members. Your chamber strives to offer community opportunities so your business can be "engaged" with others.

That's your Chamber at work. Community Engaged for your benefit.

Mike Freeman
Board President

"It's not what the Chamber does for me, but what you do with the Chamber."

Chamber Chatter

As you receive this Fireball Run will be over for Steve and I. Team 10 Pulaski Pride appreciates all the community support as we shared how wonderful our community is as we traveled down the East Coast. There is a GoFundMe account set up so you can help us cover the cost of this epic adventure. Lastly, we are asking for donations to help us with our October Luncheon Auction to raise funds.

October is always a busy month as we continue to present the Choices program to all the 8th graders in Pulaski County. The events kicked off on October 2nd with the Community Pride Night at the Waynesville High School Homecoming football game. We celebrated a black and orange pride day with the Homecoming Parade that afternoon. Then everyone joined us for a tailgate party like never before where we handed out 1,500 free hot dogs! The next day was the Frog Race on October 3rd during Frogtober Fest at the Waynesville City Park. Adopted frogs had been in training and were prepared for the race to win cash.

Chamber is starting to work on our 2016 Calendar of Events. Don't forget to send in your community calendars as soon as you can. It helps prevent multiple events on the same day.

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

Cecilia Murray, IOM
Executive Director

Tourism Notes

As we move into fall, this is the perfect time to experience tourism in your own back yard with a scenic drive or a day at one of our fall harvest farms and festivals.
Did you know Pulaski offers 5 area farms all offering different experiences from petting zoos, educational opportunities to learn about antique tractors or milking processes. Adults and children alike enjoy the various games offered from pumpkin catapult, pumping bowling, corn box, corn mazes, duck races, zip-line and taking a hayride out to the patch to find that perfect pumpkin to carve and place on your porch.

There are plenty of haunts in Pulaski County too! Check out the Lazy Day Haunted River Float, the frightful Haunted Hill or the COPS Paranormal Investigations at the Talbot House, every weekend in October.

Fall festivals and special events range from Spooktacular Walking Trail in Richland, the Halloween Bash at the Shrine Park, Kelly Miller Circus to benefit the Waynesville Little Hero's Park, Route 66 Ocktoberfest, Zombie Run 5K, Ken Mellon - Jukebox Junkie and Sammy Sadler - Tell It Like It Is will be featured at The Barn in Dixon, and that is not all...check out the details of area events on website calendar!

A few of the marketing projects that the Bureau is working on: we freshen up our billboards along Hwy 63 N in Calloway County and Hwy 65 in the Springfield Market. Working on the scripts for the 2 Brand USA videos and we will be hosting the crew the first week in October to shoot the destination video and a Route 66 segment for a video we have partnered with Springfield and Joplin. Released our fall geo-targeting campaign which features a fall get-away quiz and contest in the Oklahoma market. Work has begun on the 2016 Visitors Guide. And we attended the Missouri Outdoor Communicator's Conference, which we won the bid last year to host this conference in fall of 2016.

The Bureau has hosted several groups to the area ranging from several different military reunions, the Czech Republic Route 66 Association, the Route 66 Association of Missouri for a 2 night event, and a bank travel club. Speaking engagements included presentations to the Route 66 Association of Missouri Motor Tour and the Fort Leonard Wood Spouses Club.

Several regional meeting were attended; the first general membership meeting for Naturally Meramec an agritourism network, Emerging Markets , a Route 66 Caucus with Missouri legislators. and the Missouri Travel Council Crisis Workshop.

The Bureau is also excited for the formation of the new Roubidoux Grotto, watch their Facebook page for upcoming meetings and events.

To connect with the Bureau and staff visit You will find the Bureau promotional Facebook Page and don't forget to subscribe to the blog which features a weekly event listing and interesting information of things to do and historic information. You may also connect with Beth, Karen and Laura on our professional pages which offer up tidbits on marketing, groups and events.

Making 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

I am starting this article writing about the Waynesville Motor Vehicle and License Office. The Pulaski County Growth Alliance obtained the contract management rights November 2009 to operate the DMV and renewed a contract April 2014 to April 2018. We are fortunate to have a wonderful facility to do motor vehicle and license business. This facility was built for a motor vehicle license operation. We had the facility built with customer service and a pleasant atmosphere in mind. I know DMV's have a reputation for being unpleasant! The Waynesville office is known for great customer service statewide. It is not only our facility that is great, but we have excellent employees who serve the public.

We will have some changes in personnel effective October 1, 2015. Amanda Rule our office manager has accepted a position with the State of Missouri. Amanda has done an outstanding job for Pulaski County and we wish her well in her new position. We are pleased to announce that Victoria Sharpensteen is being promoted to the office manager position. Victoria has over four years experience in motor vehicle and licensing operations. We are also, pleased that Paula Daniels a former DMV employee is joining the staff. Other staff members are: Donna Foster, Beverly Comte, Kayla Taylor, and Deborah Voiles.

The Waynesville Motor Vehicle and License Office are open 8:00 AM to 5 PM daily Monday thru Friday. The office is also open the last Saturday of the month from 8 AM to Noon. If you have questions about your transactions please call 573-774-8400, email or

I have written several times about the importance of having available buildings for business and industry. The project to build a spec building for the Waynesville Industrial Park has hired Ireland Architect's to design and assist in the construction of an Industrial Building. We are hopeful bids for contractors will be completed in October and construction started this fall.

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:

This month has turned into another busy one. The tire recycling project turned into a huge job for the City's workers. It was to be a one day job for the City and it became a week. I want to publicly thank them for their hard work. Everyone chipped in and gave time to the project. We expected maybe 5000 tires and instead, 10,000 showed up. We were surprised with the number and I am told that it took twelve semi trucks to haul them away. A good project, but we weren't prepared for the numbers. Betty Atterberry had received a grant from DNR and asked us to be a sponsor and help with the removal. This was a good community project and removed thousands of tires, that in many cases, would have ended up in the rivers and woods.

We are busy working on the budget for next year and I always enjoy it. I know that sounds strange, but it is interesting to hear each supervisor talk about their plans and projects for the next year and then prioritize them all. Last year, the budget was $17.9 million. This year it appears to be less, as we have finished several big projects. Projects to look for in the coming year are: the Dyer Street Bridge, the new Farmer's Market pavilion, major work on G. W. Lane Street, the building of a spec building in the Industrial Park, the beginning of the Little Heroes Playground, the Route 66 widening work and the completion of the new City Hall. It will be a tight budget with so many important projects to fund, but we will make it work. City and state governments are governed by laws that must be followed. For example, we must balance our budgets. We also, are limited as to the amount of debt service we can carry. These are both good rules for local governments. The budget process is a great way to determine goals and objectives and carry through with them.

The project to remove the Roubidoux Lift Station from the creek bed began in earnest this month. This iconic feature of the downtown area near the bridge has become a huge environmental problem over the years. With the help of a FEMA grant, the sewer lift station will be moved onto North Street, out of the way of flood waters. We plan to complete this before the end of the year. Another project from the flood event will be the demolition of our street department buildings at the RV Park. We plan to construct a pavilion on that site for the Pulaski County Farmer's Market. There will be a bathroom facility and ample parking for them.

The City is sponsoring the Kelly Miller Circus on October 14th. There will be two shows, 4:30 and 7:30 in the Roubidoux Park. Advanced ticket sales will benefit the Little Heroes Playground. Tickets will be pre-sold and we expect to sell out both shows. You may purchase tickets at the City Hall, the I Bank and Security Bank. Advanced prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Kelly Miller Circus features animal acts, trapeze acts and clown performances. Please purchase your tickets and help us spread the word. See you at the Circus!

Oktoberfest on the Square is October 17. The local churches will host Pumpkin Fest in the Roubidoux Park, October 31. Enjoy the activities this month and remember to shop local!

From the Banks of the Roubidoux!

Luge Hardman
Mayor of Waynesville

The City Of St Robert Will Host the Annual Halloween in the Park

This annual event will occur on October 23rd, 2015 from 6P.M. - 9P.M. at the St. Robert Community Center.

Halloween in the Park is coming up and we hope to see you there. We offer a night of spooktacular family fun for all ages. The fun will include hayrides, costume contests, games, bonfire, candy, and free food. If you or your business would like to donate or would like more information on this event, please contact our offices at (573) 451-3343. This event is made possible with the help of our community!

Veterans Day Parade
On November 11th, St. Robert will be hosting the Veterans Day Parade. St. Robert and Waynesville alternate hosting the parade. The parade will start at the St. Robert Municipal Center parking lot. Ceremony starts at 11 a.m. and the parade will follow at 11:40 a.m.

WSR Youth Sports Program
Registration begins in October for the following sports: Basketball, Volleyball, and Cheerleading. You can register your child/children at the Tiger Typhoon Aquatic Center. For more information on our sports program, please call 573-451-2000 ext. 1129.

Shop with a Cop
We are currently requesting donations to support the children of our community. Any donations can be dropped off at the St. Robert Police Department or at City Hall. Shop with a Cop will take place December 19th, 2015. More information will be provided closer to the day of the event. Thank you!

Young Living - Oils for U & Pets 2

September 3, 2015

Karen Blessing
(573) 736-2014

3 Bars Performance Home of CrossFit 1064

September 10, 2015

Dain Doughty
1064 Old Rt 66
St. Robert, MO 65584
(573) 451-2420

Combate Xtreme MMA Academy, LLC.

September 15, 2015

Enrique Watson
104 Ashley May Ln.
Waynesville, MO 65583
(727) 348-9022

Aaron's Sales & Leasing Re-Grand Opening

September 25, 2015

Kevin Welker
220 Marshall Dr., Ste. 4
St. Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-5959
(573) 336-8686

Veterans United Home Loans - Fort Leonard Wood

October 1, 2015

Karen Snyder
320 Ichord Ave., Ste. X
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 336-0204
(573) 336-7204

Murphy USA


September 10, 2015

Danny Osborne
195 St. Robert Blvd.
St. Robert, MO 65584
(870) 814-1460
(866) 224-1095

New Members

Combate Xtreme MMA Academy, LLC.
Enrique Watson
104 Ashley May Ln.
Waynesville, MO 65583
(727) 348-9022

Stonebrooke Center
Jennifer Ingersoll
500 GW Lane
Waynesville, MO 65583
(775) 722-1943
(573) 774-3560

Compass Health - Pathways
1800 Community Drive
Clinton, MO 64735
(660) 885-8131

Victorian Place of Vienna by Americare
Mallory Fox
112 Parkway Rd.
Vienna, MO 65582
(573) 422-3230
(573) 422-3620

Paradise Pit
95 Ichord Ave.
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 774-3944

Mission Outpost Outdoor Outfitters, LLC.
Louie Keen
14400 Hwy Z
St. Robert, MO 65584
(573) 451-3053

Boost Mobile by Wireless Four
Samuel Schnieders
690 Missouri Ave., Ste. 9
St. Robert, MO 65584
(573) 336-4209

Waynesville Youth Football (WYF)
Carl Emperato
P.O. Box 4052
Waynesville, MO 65583
(573) 855-0195

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 October.

Free Women's Center of Pulaski County - 5th
Hoppers Pub - 5th
Howard Johnson - 5th
Kwik Kar Automotive - 5th
Sunny 104.5 / Mid Missouri Media, Inc. - 5th


Ribbon Cutting for Vivid Impressions Photography, LLC. - October 7th at 5:30 p.m. at 12967 Hwy 17 in Plato.

Young Professionals Conference - Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Ozarks Technical Community College - Waynesville Campus. Check-In begins at 8:30am and program will begin at 9:00am. Space is limited to 30 participants which includes high school students, college students, and young adults currently in the workforce. SPACES STILL AVAILABLE! The registration form is available here. There is NO cost for the participants. Contact Kate at or 573-336-5121 for more information.

Ribbon Cutting for Mid Missouri Women Veterans Post 1783 - October 31st at 2:30 p.m. at Price Cutter Restaurant in Waynesville.

View the complete monthly calendar

The October Newcomer Spotlight Business is:

Fort Leonard Wood Command Orientation
111bags were handed out in September.

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 Freeman


TREASURER - Janel Rowell

Carrie Williamson, Dr. Chris Berger, Melissa Shelden, Shawn Cordry, Josh Deavours, Alana Hancock, and Deborah Baker

Chamber Staff:


OFFICE MANAGER - Leanna Weathers


AmeriCorps VISTA - Kate Thomas

November Newsletter information is due to the Chamber by October 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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