The Waynesville – St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual Community Leadership Awards Banquet that will be held this Friday at The ARK Community and Sports Center in Waynesville. Social hour will begin at 6 o’clock followed by the dinner at 6:30. This event is held to commemorate the hard work and dedication to the community exhibited by area leaders, and non-profit organizations, and to announce the Citizen of the Year. The Chamber will be presenting awards for Community Non-Profit of the Year, Educator of the Year, and other Community awards. This year three outstanding Non-Profit Organizations have been nominated for Community Non-Profit of the Year 2023. The nominees are Blue Star Families of Missouri, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, and United Services Organization of Missouri Fort Leonard Wood. This award is intended to honor and recognize an outstanding non-profit organization. Blue Star Families of Missouri is dedicated to building a strong community by empowering and supporting the military, veterans, and their families so they can thrive during their military life journey. As an organization, Blue Star Families of Missouri creates positive partnerships with dozens of businesses and other service organizations in the community to provide regular, ongoing programming.
The Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association Chapter MO 4-11 is to provide assistance and help to individual veterans, veteran care facilities, other veteran organizations, and registered charities. CVMA participates in many charity events annually and donates to several veteran causes. CVMA MO 4-11 has faithfully served the Fort Leonard Wood Region since 2013 and has raised and donated over $100,000 in the last three years alone, to aid veteran and their families. With the help of volunteers, located on post, the Fort Leonard Wood USO offers a place to unwind from the everyday stresses of being in the military. Comfort food, entertainment, computers for e-mailing, and a chance to call home are just a few of the services that are offered at the facility. Programs are also provided for the military members and families who have made Ft. Leonard Wood their home. The programs include craft socials, spouse connections, family nights out, date nights for service members and their families, holiday craft events, holiday events, hero luncheons, baby showers, teen brightening your community events, and much more. The Fort Leonard Wood USO offers an average of 100 plus events outside of their normal operations providing services to around 80,500 service members and their families.
The event is a sellout and no tickets are available to attend the Community Leadership Banquet.