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The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 4. Jan. 22, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
Earl Jorgensen
President's Message
Membership Directory
Membership Corner
Golf Outing
Tallahassee Trip
Daytona Trip
Sgt. At Arms
Quick Links

Spotlight Speakers
1/25 Christina Dortch
1/01 Mark Griffs
2/08 Amy Varela
2/22 Gina Hengst
2/29 Chris Draughan
Prizes & Raffles 



Dignity Memoral

Attendance Award


No winner last week

Woody Cooper Award
Name drawn last week:

Joe Lemier 

 Sponsored by:
Fred Harford,  
Advanced Copy Service, Inc. 
Tom Harris,
Promo Depot
50/50 Drawing
won by:

 Bob McKenzie


 Mike Dungey


Happy Birthday!

Christina Dortch, 1/22

Steve Burnett, 1/23

Curtis Allen, 1/24

Ramona Baldwin, 1/27

Ernest Fogarty, 1/28

Everett Seay, 1/28

Jason White, 1/28


Next Meeting
January 25, 2012
San Jose Country Club
7529 San Jose Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL
Lunch Buffet  12:00
$20 Members
$25 for Guest 

Invite A Guest!

1/25  Christie Seal, Reputation Management

Upcoming Programs:

2/08  Jerry Holland, Supervisor of Elections

2/15  Yvonne James, NEFAS

2/22  Chaplain Ron Camarda, Battle for Fallujah 2004

2/29  Sam Froio, Internal Revenue Service



I am sad to inform you that one of our Past Presidents (1978) and our long-time member, Earl Jorgensen, 86 passed away on January 18th 2012. 


Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. I will share more information with you as it becomes available. Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes -- 4115 Hendricks Ave. Jacksonville, FL 346-3808. 




I'm happy to report that our immediate Past President Ken Dean has been elected as 2012 SBMC Chairman of the Board.  Please join me in congratulating Ken on his new role with our great Club.  I personally appreciate Ken's support and friendship and I look forward to working with him this year.


Please note that our next TWO meetings in February, on February 1st and the 8th, will take place at University Club.  Our regular meetings will reconvene at San Jose Country Club the following week on February 15th.


2012 has just begun but I already feel a lot of excitement in our Club this year.  I want YOU to know that thanks to YOU, there is a buzz in town that SBMC is the place to be on Wednesdays.  Please keep buzzing...


Let me introduce you to our new members and thank their sponsors for supporting our Club's growth:



Member & Company                                             Sponsor       

Kimberly Clarke, Kimberly Clarke Salon                 Mark Jackson

Sean Murrell, Murell Law, LLC                               Mark Jackson

David Grigaltchik, David P. Grigaltchik, P.A.           Nancy Bennett

Rich Hersey, Whats My Social Presence               Amy Varela

Mari Rubio, Marketplace Events                             Jepp Walter


Please welcome our new members to the Club and invite them to join one of our committees.  I encourage all of you to get involved in Club's activities.  Whether you volunteer at The Players Championship, our own YAP, or participate in our Charity Golf Tournament, it all helps the Club achieve its goals...  But most importantly, you network and have fun with a dynamic group of professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life in Jacksonville. 


Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you and your guests at our meeting on Wednesday.


Galina Schott

2012 SBMC President




Since our Club celebrates its 80th Anniversary in 2012, our Directory will be a Commemorative Edition to honor this event.  The committee's goal is to deliver the accurate SBMC Member Directory and we ask for your cooperation. To ensure that you are included in the SBMC Directory, we are asking you to:

  1. MEMBERSHIP DUES. Confirm that your dues are current and paid by January 31, 2012.  Members who are not current will NOT be included in the Directory.  If you have questions regarding your dues, please contact Mark Wilkinson at [email protected]. 
  2. MEMBER PROFILE.  Update your information on the SBMC member website by January 31, 2012.  --Go to the SBMC website,  and update/correct your personal and business information.  Log-in to the website by entering your e-mail address and the password 1932.
  3. PICTURE.  Update your picture so that it is "business appropriate" with a current photograph
  4. ADVERTISING.  Please support our Club and promote your business in the Directory and take advantage of free advertising on the SBMC website. Call Barbara Buzby to discuss the ad that best suits your needs and budget at 421-7425 or email [email protected].

Barbara Buzby,

2012 Directory Chair


As a recent member of Southside Business Men's Club, I am someone who, like you, wears many hats.  Nonetheless, I am pleased to report that I've never missed a single meeting since joining the Club.   It is clear from speaking with so many of you here that Wednesdays with SBMC is a regular part of your weekly plan as well. 


But, please keep in mind that even though 2012 is our 80th anniversary year, there are still so many people who don't know we exist, and who would relish the chance to network and tap into our treasure trove of excellence in the Jacksonville business community, right here, right now!


So, please speak to people you do business with and your friends -- invite them to come as a guest.  You know that most visitors to our Club tend to stay and ultimately enjoy their SBMC Membership as much as we do.  See you Wednesday at SBMC. 


Margie Seaman,

2012 Membership Chair


Our January golf outing will be played at The Champions Club - Julington Creek on Friday, January 27th.  The first tee time is 12:00.  Cost is $40.90 which includes range balls and a boxed lunch.  RSVP to Julie Clements to reserve your spot at

[email protected]


Julie Clements

2012 Golf Outing Chair



SBMC is having the first of seven exciting, unique Meet-A-Member events this year. Carter Funk of Deluxe Cleaners is sponsoring the event on  February 2nd at his main facility at 6005 Powers Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32217.  This is a great opportunity to see how the entire laundering/dry-cleaning operation is done. Mark this date on your calendar and join us on February 2nd at 5:30 p.m.


Please see Sandy Myers, Mary Cox, or Amy Varela to purchase your $5 ticket. 


February 28 is the date of our annual Tallahassee Trip. As with everything we do in the Club, this will be a very exciting and fun day.  You will have the opportunity to meet your legislators and get a behind-the-scenes view of our State Capital and other buildings and offices. 


We have chartered a very comfortable motor coach for the trip (with a bathroom).  The price of this great trip is only $75 - which includes transportation, snacks and refreshments during the trip and lunch. 

Bus seats are LIMITED, so don't miss out on this unique opportunity to visit the State Capital with your fellow SBMC members.  For details and to make your reservations, please contact Harry Peltz at 742-6644 or e-mail at [email protected]


Harry Peltz



We have a couple of opportunities for a social event at the Daytona 500 in February 2012. Please call Gene Maszy at 993-1105 or email at [email protected] if either of these offers interests you:


1)  Daytona Select - $315 per person. This awesome deal includes seats in the Sprint Tower, i.e. Daytona International Speedway Suites. All food and beverage are included and you will be hobnobbing with movie stars, music stars and the leaders of some of the biggest corporations in the world.


2)  Dave and Buster's Daytona 500 Raceway - $175 per person. This includes transportation to and from the race, something a lot of members have asked me for on past Daytona trips. Details at the following link -


Gene Maszy


In order for us and San Jose Country Club to properly prepare for each week's meeting we need you to RSVP and let us know if you will be eating or not.  This will ensure that San Jose has proper seating and enough food.  RSVP to [email protected].


If you feel called to lead our meeting in the Invocation or the Pledge of Allegiance, please email [email protected].


For questions and comments about the newsletter please e-mail [email protected]