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 Award Banquet. This memorable event will be held on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the St. Robert Community Center with social hour beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. This event is 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 Year.
This year four outstanding volunteers have been nominated for Citizen of the Year. The nominees for the 2014 Citizen of the Year are 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.
For more information about the Citizen of the Year and the Community Leadership Awards Banquet please contact the Chamber office at 573-336-5121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Berrier’s Bio:
Tim Berrier has been a resident of Waynesville for 44 years and has shown dedication to his community through an abundance of kind gestures and the services he provides.
Tim graduated from Waynesville High School in 1974. He has two daughters, Audra Berrier Barber (husband Chad) and Brittany Berrier. He recently became the proud grandfather to Audra and Chad’s son Gibson. He is the owner of Lone Oak Printing in downtown Waynesville.
Tim is ever present in the community and is involved in many organizations. He has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Pulaski County for 38 years and is now serving as Lt. Governor for Division 10 MO-ARK District. Kiwanis Club of Pulaski County is dedicated to service of the youth and citizens of our community.
Tim is president of the Waynesville Downtown Business Association since its reorganization in 2012. The Purpose of the WDBA is to improve the appearance of the downtown Waynesville Square, while preserving its historical nature. The organization also sponsors 4 festivals throughout the year and is dedicated to the continued commerce of Waynesville. Tim is an active “DREAM” (Downtown Revitalization & Economic Assistance) team member.
Tim is a past president of the Waynesville/St. Robert Chamber of Commerce – a position he held for 3.5 years. He has served on the local ASYMCA Board, the Waynesville Community Foundation Board, and the Waynesville Police Advisory Board.
Although Tim has served and volunteered in many capacities, the thing we appreciate about Tim most is his giving spirit. A week doesn’t go by without hearing of a random act of kindness Tim is responsible for. He helps non-profits, school clubs and teams.
Kelly Howley Bio:
Kelly L. Howley is a volunteer extraordinaire, consistently seeking, finding and acting on ways to improve her community and the well-being of others. She first came to the Waynesville-St. Robert area in 1990 as a military spouse while her husband, Shawn Howley, attended the engineer officer’s advance course.
Kelly quickly became an active member of the spouses club which emphasizes raising funds to support scholarships and grants to educational and philanthropic efforts. She also began a volunteer association with the American Red Cross.
From 1995 – 1997, during her families second assignment to fort Leonard wood, Kelly reconnected with the spouses club and the Red Cross. She added volunteer work with the elementary school, a natural as the Howleys now had three boys.
Shawn’s third posting to fort Leonard wood (2004 – 2006) saw Kelly serving as the first lady of the 554th engineer battalion. Now an experienced military wife, Kelly expertly and compassionately shared that experience with younger battalion spouses. She reached beyond the battalion and developed an orientation program for families of lieutenants and captains assigned here as students in the officer basic and captain’s career courses. The orientation transitioned young families into the local military and civilian communities by providing information on schools, shopping areas and available activities. She introduced student families to community leaders and saw that they were welcomed to community events.
Following retirement from the army in 2007, the Howleys made our community their home. Kelly stepped up her volunteer activities: the Red Cross, armed services YMCA, united services organization (USO), and the Waynesville RVI school district. Both Kelly and her therapy dog “Lela” are well-known at the general Leonard wood army community hospital and the USO. She served the Waynesville schools as a teaching assistant and student program volunteer.
For the last seven years Kelly has planned and managed Old Settlers’ Day, an area-wide festival held in the Waynesville city park each summer. She coordinates vendors from throughout the state of Missouri. Any proceeds garnered from the event benefit the old stagecoach stop foundation. Not surprisingly, Kelly serves on that organization’s board.
During 2014 Kelly added yet another admirable role to her volunteer resume. “Team Howley” hosted Sofie, a high school exchange student from Denmark. Kelly was captain of the family’s team assuring Sofie a supportive living and learning environment. She now serves as advisor and coordinator for the American field service which places exchange students with families in the United States.
These numerous and varied volunteer activities have never interfered with Kelly’s priority role as mother of three sons and wife of an army officer. In fact, Kelly managed to include her family in many of her volunteer activities. Indeed, it seemed that she used this tactic to teach her sons the value of community service.
Kelly is a blessing to this community. Our school district is fortunate to have her as a fulltime special education professional focused on helping middle school students develop the skills needed to become successful citizens. She is a model volunteer, a silent professional a community leader who consistently works behind the scenes in the interest of others.
Chuck Lynn Bio:
Charles "Chuck Clifford Lynn Jr., was born in Claxton, Georgia on 13 October 1954 to Charles Clifford Lynn Sr. and Ruth Lynn.
He grew up in various towns in Georgia and graduated from Reidsville High School, Reidsville Georgia in 1972.
Shortly after this he joined the Army and began a 21 year journey that culminated in his retirement at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. During his time in the Army he was stationed in Germany, Georgia, Missouri and Korea.
On 23 March 1974 he was married to his sweetheart, Joyce and together they had two sons, Chad and Jeremy. Chuck decided to make the Waynesville area his permanent home when he retired in 1993.
After retiring from the Army, he finished his Bachelor's degree in Hospital Management from Park College. This degree allowed him to be hired as a Civil Servant as a Quality Control/RISK Manager at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital (GLWACH) on Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri.
In 2013 he retired from the Civil Service to spend full time caring for his wife, Joyce until she passed away in June of 2013.
In August 2013 the town of Waynesville was hit with a horrific flood that killed several and damaged many properties. Chuck volunteered his time to help the Pulaski County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) to rebuild numerous homes. Without the dedication of Chuck the rebuild process would still be in its infancy.
Every nail that was nailed at each home Chuck put his heart and soul into and as a volunteer did it with the knowledge that he would receive no reimbursement.
As a member of this community he stepped up and did what he felt was his duty to his community. That dedication is reflected throughout his whole life through his dedication to his country by serving, his family by raising his sons and caring for his wife until the very end, as well as making personal sacrifices in our community’s time of need.
He is still working with the COAD as well as, volunteering his time to Westside Baptist Church and the Pulaski County RSVP.
Bill O’Neal’s Bio:
Eight years ago a young pastor and his family was assigned to lead the congregation of Waynesville United Methodist Church. He arrived with the intent not only to serve God and the congregation of his Church, but God and the community he lived in.
He has led mission teams to assist in flood recovery in Louisiana, Kansas, and Missouri. Not only did they accomplish clean up and getting people back into their homes but more importantly, he was able to affirm God’s love for the victims.
During the 2013 flood in Waynesville, he organized and led many teams that provided immediate relief to the victims, to include clean up, feeding of the victims and relief workers, and tending the spiritual needs of the of the people he was assisting. He was elected the chair of COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) and these local teams are still repairing homes and working for the long term recovery of the people after the outside teams have left. He was able to arrange housing at no cost for many of the outside teams who came to help. Again not only personal needs were met but spiritual needs.
He is a member of the Salvation Army and he and his congregation give many hours to bell ringing, singing Christmas carols, visiting nursing homes and helping all get into the reason for Christmas. He has distributed vouchers from the Salvation army to those in need and at the same time offered friendship, acceptance, and God’s universal love to those who are at a low point in their lives.
He and his family have assisted the Pulaski County Shrine Club in delivering hot meal to families in need, older citizens, and emergency workers on Christmas Day, so they too could enjoy the spirit of Christmas. Again not only meeting personal needs but spiritual needs.
He gave birth to the ideal of having Pumpkin Fest in the park. This gives Waynesville/St. Robert children a safe place to receive treats, take hay rides to the “pumpkin patch” to choose their own pumpkin and for many an introduction to the love of Jesus Christ. He enlisted the cooperation of other churches and now there is a non-denominational effort to spread the love of God during Halloween.
Through his leadership, $30,000 was raised for “No More Malaria” program to provide mosquito nets and health education to the people of Africa. Money was also raised to dig two water wells in outer villages of Mozambique. He is a member of a ten person mission team going to Machuquele, Mozambique in October. He is a member of the Planning and Zoning board for the city of Waynesville. Bill is willing to serve in any manner he can, as long as it improves the community and gives God the glory.