Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization

Founded in 1932

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 5, January 29, 2012
In This Issue
Meeting Location
Guest Speaker/Programs
Directory Photos
President's Message
Membership Directory
Membership Corner
Tallahassee Trip
Daytona Trip
Sgt. at Arms

Spotlight Speakers
1/01 Mark Griffis
2/08 Amy Varela
2/22 Gina Hengst
2/29 Chris Draughon
Prizes & Raffles 



Dignity Memoral

Attendance Award


No winner last week

Woody Cooper Award
Name drawn last week:

 Craig Gustafson

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

Barbara Buzby 




Happy Birthday

Kelly Dardeau, 1/31

Mike Dungey, 1/31

Susan Carr, 2/1

Hank Duckworth, 2/4

Next Meeting
February 1, 2012
University Club
1301 Riverplace Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL
Lunch Buffet  12:00
$20 Members
$25 for Guest 

Invite A Guest





Our meetings on February 1st and February 8th will be held at: 

The University Club

1301 Riverplace Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL


Parking will be available in the flat lot at the west end of the property or the garage on the east end.  The first hour is free; each additional hour is $1.00.  Our regular meetings will reconvene at San Jose Country Club on February 15th. 


2/1 Drew Slover, Axemen Rugby Team

The Axemen is a semi-professional rugby league team based in Jacksonville.  Together with the New Haven Warriors, the Axemen were founded in 2006 as an expansion team of the American National Rugby League (AMNRL).  Since their inception they have become one of the most successful rugby football clubs in the United States both on and off the field.  They advanced to the AMNRL playoffs in 2006, 2008, and 2009, and won the 2010 AMNRL Championship. They currently hold the record for the largest margin of victory (96-8) in the league's history.  In 2011 they became one of seven teams to depart the AMNRL to form the new USARL, which kicked off in June of that year.


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




Steve and Nancy Bennett, Living Image Photography, will be taking pictures at the University Club this Wednesday, February 1st, before the luncheon.  Please plan on arriving early. 


If you're unable to attend the meeting, please call Nancy at 730-8585 to schedule your appointment for a FREE business photograph to be included in the SBMC Membership Directory.


The month of January is almost over and I thought that it would be a good idea for me to share my goals and my vision for the Club with all SBMC members.  My message below is for all of you, but especially for members who were unable to attend our 1st meeting in 2012. 


It is a great honor and a privilege for me to be your President this year. Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in me to lead our Club in 2012.  For many years, the SBMC has worked hard for the improvement and betterment of Jacksonville.  We are proud of our history and our accomplishments.  This year, we will continue to support projects our Club has sponsored in the past.  We will also keep our core values and traditions close to our hearts.


Today, I feel that there are more areas for which we have prepared ourselves to invest our time, talent, and resources.  One of my objectives for the Club this year is to increase recognition of the SBMC in our community.  As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, I am calling 2012 "A Year to Share", which I believe, as a Club, we already do very well.


As members of the SMBC, we share a common goal to serve the greater Jacksonville area. We share our love for the Club with others by inviting them to join us in making a difference in our community. Membership is the heart of our Club, the source of its life. With strong and committed Membership, we will pursue greater dreams, we'll pursue programs and projects that will address significant concerns of our community.  It is why I am asking you to support our Membership growth through the year.


Since many people in our community have been negatively impacted by the economic downturn, it is my hope that we can share our resources with those less fortunate. I encourage you to find meaning in some of our Club's activities that are close to your heart. Your involvement determines where the Club is today and where it will be in the future.


Our Club starts its 80th year in a strong financial and leadership position. I am fortunate to work with a team of dedicated Officers, Board members, and Committee Chairs and I promise you that we will work very hard to make 2012 one of the most memorable years in the history of the Club. I also promise you that we will have fun creating long-lasting memories. On behalf of our leadership team, I want to thank you for your support, your friendship, and for the opportunity to serve.


In conclusion, I'd like to share with you a quote from Henry Ford, "Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success."  Let's make 2012 significant for our Organization!  I am proud to be a leader of such a dedicated group of Men and Women this year and I look forward to sharing a successful year with all of you.


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 SBMC Member Directory on February 29th and we ask for your cooperation. To ensure that you are included in the Directory, we are asking you to:

  1. MEMBERSHIP DUES. Confirm that your dues are current and paid by January 31.  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. -- 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" or call Nancy Bennett at 730-8585 to schedule your appointment for a free business photograph.
  4. ADVERTISING.  Please support our Club, promote your business, and take advantage of free advertising on the SBMC website. Call Barbara Buzby at 421-7425 or email [email protected].

Barbara Buzby,

2012 Directory Chair


After 80 years, the SBMC has proven its lasting benefits to all of the very busy people who choose to find a way to make it here each week.


I hope you will encourage your business associates and colleagues to come see our dynamic roomful of excellence and help your fellow members to gain the business connections that will make 2012 a better year, right from the start.


Margie Seaman,

2012 Membership Chair


Our first Meet-A-Member event is scheduled for this Thursday, February 2nd at 5:30 p.m.  Carter Funk of Deluxe Cleaners is sponsoring this event at his main facility at 6005 Powers Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32217.  Please see Sandy Myers, Mary Cox, or Amy Varela to purchase your $5 ticket. This is a great opportunity to see how the entire laundering/dry-cleaning operation is done and meet your SBMC members. 


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.  Please call Gene Maszy at 993-1105 or email at

[email protected] if you are interested in:


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 the University Club to properly prepare for each week's meeting we ask you to RSVP and let us know if you will be eating or not.  This will ensure that the University Club has proper seating and enough food. RSVP [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]