Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization 

  Founded in 1932

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 7, Feb. 12,  2012
In This Issue
Meeting Location
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Messsage
Membership Corner
Tallahassee Trip
Sgt. at Arms

Spotlight Speakers
2/15  Mark Jackson
2/22  Gina Hengst
2/29  Chris Draughon
Prizes & Raffles 

The Hardage-Gidddens 

Dignity Memoral

Attendance Award


No winner last week

Woody Cooper Award
Name drawn last week:


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




Happy Birthday

 Jim Cox, 2/12

June Johnston, 2/13

Gene Maszy, 2/13

Sandy Myers, 2/15

William Scaggs, 2/16

Don Flynn, 2/18

Jerry Rowe, 2/18

Ron Trace, 2/18

Next Meeting

February 15, 2012

San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00

$25 for Guest 

$20 Members


Invite a Guest



The Southside Business Men's Club meeting on February 15th will be held at San Jose Country Club.


 2/15 Yvonne James, NEFAS 


Upcoming Programs:  

2/22 Sam Froio, IRS

2/29 Chaplain Ron Camarda, Battle for Fallujah 204



Valentine's Day is the day on which love is celebrated throughout the world.  Celebrated on 14th February every year, Valentine's Day sees people giving gifts to those who are special to them, with their romantic interest being on the top of the list.  There are many interesting facts associated with the day, such as it was in 1840s that the first batch of Valentine Day cards was made commercially, given the name of trivia. In the following lines, we have provided fun trivia associated with Valentine's Day. 


Interesting Facts and Information on Valentine's Day: 

Valentine's Day is named after the Patron Saint - Saint Valentine.

  • Around 15% of U.S. women are believed to send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
  • Valentine's Day is believed to have its roots in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia.
  • It was around 496 that Pope Gelasius I renamed Lupercalia festival as Valentine's Day and moved its date to from February 15th to 14th.
  • It has been estimated that as many as one billion cards are sent world-wide each year, on Valentine's Day.
  • Two out of every three Valentine's Day cards are accompanied by a gift.
  • A heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged cupid are amongst the most popular Valentine's Day symbols
  • It has been estimated, by Greeting Card Association, that of all the people who purchase cards on Valentine's Day, around 85 percent are women.
  • NECCO has been making heart-shaped valentine candies, with sweet sayings printed on them, since 1902.
  • It was only in the 1980s that the diamond industry began to promote Valentine's Day as occasion for gifting diamond jewelry.
  • Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone on 14th February i.e. Valentine's Day, in 1876.
  • St. Valentine's Day was declared an official holiday in 1537, by England's King Henry VIII.
  • It is believed that it was on February 14th, that St. Valentine was put to death. Before dying, he wrote a note for his love - the jailer's daughter, signed "From Your Valentine".
  • In the Middle Ages, men and women used to draw names from a bowl to see who their valentine would be.
  • In Victorian times, if you got a card on Valentine's Day, it meant bad luck.
  • Sweden is the only country that does not celebrate Valentine's Day.
  • The launch of penicillin was announced on Valentine's Day.
  • On 14th February 1962, Jackie Kennedy hosted the first televised tour of the White House.
  • It was believed that 14th February is the day when birds and fowls select their mates.
  • Duke of Orleans sent the first Valentine's Day card, after being captured in 1415.

  Galina Schott,

2012 SBMC President


The Jacksonville Giants are in their final weeks of the season and the SBMC Members are invited to be special guests of our local professional basketball team.  The Giants play the Panama City Dream on Saturday, February 18th at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Time: 6:00-8:30pm.


What a great offer we have for our club members and their guests: a ticket valued $40 can be purchased for $25. -- It will provide priority club seating, food and drink tickets.  In addition, the SBMC will be promoted and recognized during the game and halftime show.


To buy your ticket, please see Kimberly Clarke at the meeting or contact Mark Jackson at 610-0992 or [email protected].

2012 SPRING YAP - MARCH 14TH and 15TH

The SBMC Spring Youth Achiever's Program is upon us.  

Please mark your calendars:


SBMC Lunch date:   Wednesday, March 14, 2012

School Location Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012


I encourage you to become a sponsor of this event that will help Beauclerc Elementary School's Safety Patrol Program.


Your sponsorship provides the means to send the Safety Patrol children to Washington, D.C. and fund the SBMC scholarship program.  This year, we are offering something new for our sponsors.   For $125, each sponsor will receive the following: 

  • A specially designed lapel pin with the SBMC - YAP logo
  • Your name and logo published in the Buzz Magazine
  • Your name and logo published on the SBMC website for three months
  • Your name and logo displayed every week through March during the SBMC weekly meetings
  • A drawing for a special prize valued over $200
  • The satisfaction of supporting school children

If you would like to be a sponsor of this special event, please contact Stephen Johnston at 327-8864 or [email protected].  

As always, your support and help is greatly appreciated.


Stephen Johnston,

2012 Spring YAP Chair


Lauds to Scott Schilbrack of Luten Insurance for stepping up to be the SBMC Membership Co-Chair.  As always, we have a friendly membership competition going on in the club... One member with the most guests in February will receive $100.  At the end of March, the member with the most new memberships will receive $150.


Please keep bringing new members in, as we will have a grand prize valued at $1,000 for a person bringing in the most new members in 2012. Remember, attendance at SBMC luncheons is a privilege... and a real opportunity to make rich relationships and real money. See you Wednesday, at Southside Business Men's Club (this week, at the University Club)


Margie Seaman, 

2012 Membership Chair


Our next golf outing is scheduled for Friday, February 24th at Deercreek Country Club.  The first tee time is 11:30am and the cost is $40 plus tax, which includes range balls. 

We only have room for 6 foursomes.  These spots will go fast, so please email me at [email protected] as soon as possible to reserve your spot. 


Julie Clements,

2012 Golf Outing Chair


February 28 is the date of our 3rd 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 the 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].


Thank you Hank Duckworth with Duckworth Construction Co. for being a beverage SPONSOR of this trip!


Harry Peltz,

2012 Tallahassee Trip Chair


In order for us and San Jose Country Club to properly prepare for the SBMC meeting, we ask you to RSVP and let us know if you intend to have lunch.  This will ensure that SJCC has proper seating and enough food for our group.  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]