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 12, 2016 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 two outstanding volunteers have been nominated for Citizen of the Year. The nominees for the 2015 Citizen of the Year are Paul J. King nominated by the MG Leif J. Sverdrup Chapter of the Army Engineer Association and Steve Lynch nominated by the Rotary Club of Pulaski County. 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.
Steve Lynch was born in Waynesville MO., and graduating Waynesville High School in 1972 with an academic scholarship. Steve has lived his whole life in the general area and has been a standout supporter of the Waynesville, St. Robert, and Fort Leonard Wood community. Steve has been married to Deborah Workman Lynch for 44 years. They have three children, Steven Jr., Misty, and Katrina along with nine grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. He is a member of the Westside Baptist Church, where he teaches an adult Sunday school class. As a church leader he has pastored three churches bi-vocationally. Steve is an active member of various community organizations including the Rotary Club of Pulaski County and he actively exemplifies lived the Rotary Motto, “Service above Self”! Rep. Lynch is proud to continue a long family tradition of public service starting with his grandfather, the first Mayor of St. Robert.
Local Businessman: Buying into his family furniture business at 21 years of age, Steve continued a family tradition of quality, value, selection, and community involvement. Lynch’s gave back in resources, manpower, and time for hundreds of events and causes. Steve was the third generation owner of his family’s retail furniture and appliance store for 35 1/2 years.
Chamber of Commerce: Steve became active in the Waynesville/St. Robert Chamber of Commerce and in the 1980’s he served as Vice-President, and in the mid 2000’s, he served one year as Vice-President and three continuous years as President. The chamber sponsorship of the effective CHOICES program, the Ambassadors, the Chili Cook off and several other current programs and events were implemented under Steve’s tenure. During Steve’s leadership the Waynesville/St. Robert Chamber of Commerce grew into a viable organization effectively promoting the interest of its members, as he represented the chamber continually at events throughout the area.
Armed Service YMCA: Since 1986, Steve Lynch has been a member of the Armed Forces YMCA. For two years in the mid 1980’s, he served as the YMCA Chairperson, and as Vice Chairperson in 2010, and it was during his tenure that the organization changed into the program oriented organization it is today. Steve also served on the National Board of the Armed Services YMCA. He was named the local Armed Services YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 1986 and again in 2007.
Association of the United States Army (AUSA): Steve Lynch was a corporate member of the Association of the United States Army for decades.
Salvation Army: Steve was named Honorary Chairman of the Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights in 2008, and has been an active member since.
Committee of 50: With the mission to support and advocate for Fort Leonard Wood to remain a permanent military installation, the Committee of Fifty was formally registered with the State of Missouri as a Not for Profit Corporation in April 1973. Steve Lynch has been a key member of the Committee of 50 for decades.
Fireball Run: First in 2014, and again in 2015, Steve raced around the country as one of the two members of “Team 10 - Pulaski Pride”, promoting the attributes of Pulaski County to the nation, in the national Fireball Run event.
Rotary Club of Pulaski County: In 2007 Steve become a member of the Rotary Club of Pulaski County, an organization dedicated to the improvement of our community, strengthening the youth of our community, and promoting international peace.
Phelps Regional Health care Foundation: Because of Steve’s reputation as a leader in the Waynesville, St. Robert, and Fort Leonard Wood Community, Steve was asked by the nomination committee of the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation to become a member of the Health Care Foundation Board of Directors.
District 122 Representative: Steve was elected state representative for the 122nd Missouri District in 2012 and was reelected in November 2014. He has served honorably.
Additional Community Involvement/Support: Steve has lent his organizational and speaking abilities in support of many community projects, community organizations and club events.
Paul King currently serves as an instructor for the U. S. Army Engineer School, instructing 120A Construction Engineer Warrant Officers in both the Basic and Advanced Courses. As the primary instructor for the Electrical Systems Design Phase, Paul conducted over 755 hours for this phase and a combined 849 hours total for 2015. Paul was sought out for his knowledge and experience to assist in an existing remodel of an Afghanistan Administration building, of which Paul has used to create an electrical systems capstone project for his phase.
Paul King seeks additional opportunities to coach, teach and mentor, lecturing to the Engineer Basic Officer Leader’s Course on the Role and Responsibilities of the Construction Engineering Technician. Paul also assists in the instruction of the Engineer Captain’s Career Course, taking advantage of a captive audience to mentor future company commanders on potential uses of the Construction Warrant Officer.
Paul has also established a reputation as a consummate Warrant Officer recruiter, never missing an opportunity to mentor good Non Commissioned Officers. As such, he has conducted classes to the 12H, 12N and 12T Advanced Leader’s Course and Senior Leader’s Course (11 in total) in the Critical Path Method and Management as well as Project Management. Additionally, Paul has successfully mentored three Noncommissioned Officers to complete a Warrant Officer Application, resulting in all three being selected this year.
Paul is also very involved with the community, participating in a number of volunteer organizations. Paul is currently serving as the chapter president of the Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), where he has created a partnership with the local United States Army Warrant Officer Association. Additionally, Paul served as the Chairperson for the inaugural “Hellbender 5K Run”.
Paul serves as the S3, or Programming Officer for the MG Lief J. Sverdrup chapter of the Army Engineer Association. It is here that Paul ensures those recurring events of the chapter are properly planned and coordinated. Paul also served as the Chairperson for the 3rd Annual “Heroes versus Villains 5K”, a race that focused on showing children that physical activity can be fun by encouraging all participants to dress as heroes or villains for the event.
Some other awards and achievements Paul has received in 2015 include: Recognized in July of 2015 as the FY 2014 Engineer Warrant Officer Instructor of the year; served as a board member for the Engineer Regimental Awards Board; nominated to represent the 554th Engineer Battalion in the Army Engineer Warrant Officer of the Year award; selected by the Regimental Chief Warrant Officer as 1 of 84 Warrant Officers Army-wide to research and brief the Chief of Staff of the Army on topics important to the future of the Warrant Officer Cohort. Paul also served as the 120A Course Chief for over five weeks in total in 2015, a position typically held by a CW4, in the Course Chief’s absence.
Paul’s greatest accomplishments are measured by the successes of his family. Paul has been married to the former Darcy Stenson for over 21 years. Together they have reared two outstanding young men: Zachary (21 years of age) currently attending Missouri State University, where he works towards earning a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration / Marketing Management; Riley (18 years of age) currently attending William Woods University, where he works towards earning a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration / Marketing and plays soccer on the William Woods University soccer team. Paul truly looks forward to, and treasures, the time they can spend together as a family.