The Club That Shines

The mission of the Diplomats Club is to promote general membership services and to enhance goodwill for the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce in the community.

Members of the Diplomats Club serve as the Chamber’s public relations team and are very active and visible within the Chamber and the business community.

With monthly breakfast meetings and seven subcommittees, membership in the Diplomats Club provides you with a number of opportunities to promote your business and serve as a vital link between the Chamber and the St. Joseph community.

Membership in the Diplomats Club is open to all Chamber members and is included in the Civic Membership category.

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*Presenting Sponsor —  Altec Industries, Inc., John Joe Insurance and Rogers Pharmacy

2024 Officers:

Brett Steiner, Nodaway Valley Bank

Lori Wilson, Ellison-Auxier Architects

Brian Shewell, Pizza Ranch
Immediate Past Chair

Chamber Staff Liaisons

Natalie Hawn, President/CEO
816/364-4107 or

Missy Howe, Programs Assistant
816/364-4102 or


Dues: Annual dues are $20.

Monthly Meetings: A breakfast meeting is held the second Thursday of each month (February-December) at 7:15 a.m. Locations vary. The January meeting is generally held the Thursday prior to the Annual Banquet at the St. Joseph Civic Arena.

The cost for breakfast is $10. Members can prepay for all breakfasts in advance ($100) or pay at each meeting. Diplomats are encouraged to bring a guest and/or potential member to monthly meetings.

Requirements: All Diplomats Club members should plan to do the following things:

  • Attend ribbon cuttings/award ceremonies
  • Attend monthly Diplomats Club meetings
  • Serve on one Diplomats committee
  • Help decorate for the Annual Banquet
  • Attend Chamber membership events

Updates: Diplomats will receive e-mailed updates, meeting notices and reminders on a regular basis.

Name Badges: Each member is required to purchase a Diplomats name badge. The badge is to be worn when hosting, greeting or attending a ribbon cutting ceremony. Name badges are an additional $20.

Committees & Chairs


CHAIR: Joella Schultz, Plexus Worldwide
VICE-CHAIR: Katie Joe, John Joe Insurance

This committee will plan the Chamber’s Annual Banquet. Participation involves a number of meetings beginning in April and continuing until the January event. There are several sub-committees to serve on: Dinner, Decorating, Entertainment and Coat Check.


CHAIR: Stacy Kerns, Sisters of Solace
VICE-CHAIR: Rayna Vogan, Castle Bridge Event Center

This committee is responsible for coordinating networking events for the Chamber, assisting with set-up, registration and check-in at each event. Also, members make sure attendees are welcomed and introduced to others.


CHAIR: Bobbie Bell, Peregrine Corp.
VICE-CHAIR: Tammy O’Meara-Chambers, Top Property Realty LLC

This committee is responsible for coordinating the New Executives Welcome (Fall), Primetime, (Spring), Chamber Classic (Summer), along with other special events as assigned.


CHAIR: Annette Weeks, Aspire Business Consulting
VICE-CHAIR: Tiffany Smith, US Bank

Committee members serve as greeters for the following Chamber events: Diplomats Club meetings, Chairman’s Breakfast, Public Affairs Coffees, Business Mixers and other events throughout the year.


CHAIR: Barb Burns, Civic Member
VICE-CHAIR: Jenni Jimenez, John Joe Insurance

This Committee provides outreach to members to assist with retention efforts and stay in touch with how member businesses are doing.


CHAIR: Tonya McCrea, East Hills Cleaners and NWMO Freshworks
VICE-CHAIR: Janessa Shewmaker, Tolly & Associates

Committee members serve as “partners” to new Chamber members in order to get them acquainted with events and current members. As members join the Chamber, they are assigned to a committee member who keeps in contact with them, inviting them to attend events and introduce them to others. Committee members also deliver New Member Mugs.


CHAIR: Kelsey Sollars, LifeLine Foods, LLC
VICE-CHAIR: Kimberly Ferrell, Southern Bank

This committee will be responsible for assisting with ribbon cuttings. Coordinating community relations activities. Recruiting new Diplomats and spreading Chamber news. This committee will also work to boost the Chamber’s social media profile by liking, commenting and sharing Chamber posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.