Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce

2017 Membership Social

The 2017 Membership Social was held on July 27st with our members at the Hampton Inn in St. Robert. The evening's festivities were sponsored by Ireland Architects.

During the evening the Chamber thanked outgoing Board Member Kayleen Flores. The Chamber welcomed new board members Kent Burns as well as recognized the following Board of Directors President Josh Deavours, Vice-President Melissa Shelden, Treasurer Janel Rowell, Deborah Baker, Dr. Chris Berger, Shawn Cordry, Alana Hancock, Theresa Steward, and Carrie Williamson. The theme for this year is "Strength in Partners".

The Chamber Year in Review; in 2016-2017 the Chamber had 59 new members with an 84% member retention. The Chamber provided 23 opportunities through events, networking, and workshops to help businesses grow and to promote them. The Chamber only refers its members and in the last year provided 2,216 referrals. Each Thursday welcome bags are provided to the incoming families of Fort Leonard Wood and for the 2016-2017 year there were 1,015 welcome bags distributed with information on Chamber members' businesses, churches, and discounts which help promote local shopping within our community. The Waynesville-St. Robert community has 6,036 employees. It's important to keep in mind that to keep our community going, there are people who serve by providing their time. Yes, their time because to them and a lot of other people out there, time is precious and how they spend it is important to them. The Chamber held 195 events for the 2016-2017 year where our volunteers served 2,372 plus hours saving the Chamber $50,244.26.

Shauna Houston from Waynesville Rural Fire Protection District was awarded the 2017 Refer & Earn award for referring the most new members in the past year. Laura Schoephorster from Citizens Bank of Newburg was given 2017 Ambassador Goodwill/Spirit award. The 2017 Rookie of the Year award went to Avery's Angels Gastroschisis Foundation. The 2017 Chamber Support of the Year award was given to Security Bank of Pulaski County.

The Waynesville - St. Robert Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of citizens who are investing their time and money in a community development program, working together to improve the economic, civic, and cultural wellbeing of the area. The Chamber is committed to advancing the commercial, industrial, agricultural, educational, civic, and community interests of the residents and businesses in the cities of Waynesville and St. Robert and the surrounding area.

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5th Annual Bottle Auction

The Membership Bottle Auction raised over $2,076 this year. All money raised during the Membership Bottle Auction goes to the Chamber's Shop Local Ad Campaign and in support of Shop Small Business Saturday. This is a fun auction promoting member businesses to other members. Participating members donate a bottle decorated in a way that no one can tell what it contains. The bottle is related in some way to their business. No one will know what each bottle contains until after it is won.