Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization 

  Founded in 1932

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 8, Feb. 19, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Messsage
2012 Leadership Team
Spring YAP
Membership Corner
Tallahassee Trip
Teacher for a Day
Suns Baseball Social
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events

Spotlight Speakers
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:

Charlie Sheppard

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

Barbara Buzby


Mike Dungey


 Happy Birthday

Tyrone Townsend, 2/19

Gary Carlin, 2/20

Pauline Smith, 2/20

Frank Griffin, 2/22

Jepp Walter, 2/22

Bruce Fouraker, 2/25

Bob DeBlois, 2/26

Next Meeting

February 22, 2012

San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest



2/22  Sam Froio, IRS


Upcoming Programs:  

2/29  Chaplain Ron Camarda, Battle for Fallujah 204

3/07  Eden Clark, Community in Schools

3/14  SBMC Youth Achiever Program

3/21  Victoria Register, Square Foot Gardening

3/28  The Players Championship, Lara Aleman


The tax season is just around the corner and I look forward to learning more about the latest tax law updates from our speaker Sam Froio this week. Sam has been with the Internal Revenue Service since 1984 and he is currently a Senior Tax Specialist with the Small Business/Self Employed Division.


I hope you will join us this week and invite others to attend this informative meeting. Our meeting last week was well attended with 93 people in attendance. To ensure that San Jose Country Club has proper seating and prepares a right amount of food for our group, please RSVP to our Sergeant-at-Arms Patrick Heatherington at [email protected]. 


As I mentioned in my latest message, starting this week, the SBMC members will have the opportunity to learn more about our Officers and Board Members when they read a brand new section in the newsletter "SBMC 2012 Leadership Team".  In this issue, we are featuring Jepp Walter, our 1st Vice President.  Please continue checking our newsletters to learn more about our Officers as they are scheduled to be featured here on:


Nancy Bennett, 2nd VP                     March 4

Annie Houghton, 3rd VP                    March 18

Tim Howe, 4th VP                             April 1

Mark Wilkinson, Treasurer                 April 15

Patrick Heatherington, Sgt.-at-Arms   April 29


Galina Schott,

2012 SBMC President


Some things you may not have known about our 1st Vice President, Jepp Walter:

  • Grew up in Neptune Beach
  • First 17 year old in Jacksonville to get a Captain's License (charter fishing)
  • Flew with the Thunderbirds (once) - Air Force's version of the Blue Angels
  • Has 3 college degrees...  most useless one?  BS in Air Traffic Management
  • Used to be an Air Traffic Controller, fired by Ronald Reagan during the historical ATC strike
  • Was an 'A' racquetball player in Jacksonville, won a regional tournament in that category
  • Managed Burger Kings for almost 10 years
  • Caught a 14 foot long Hammerhead Shark when I was 16 years old
  • Won 2nd place 'Airman of the Quarter' in the entire Air Force worldwide
  • Certified (no, not certifiable) Diver when I was 14 years old
  • 2 time Small Business Leader of the Year for Downtown Council of the Chamber of Commerce
  • Rappelled 450 feet down the AT&T tower in Downtown Jacksonville last May
  • Used to have my hair 'thinned out' because it was 'too thick' they used to say.  See what they did? 

That's enough...


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


Our club is having a great year with membership, and it shows with your attendance and all of the guests we have been meeting.  Please remember to bring your guests to one of our meetings.  We will be giving out $100 cash to the member that brings in the most guests for the month of February.  At the end of March we will give away another $150 to the member that brings in the most new members for February and March.  If you have any questions, please contact Scott Schilbrack at [email protected] .


Scott Schilbrack, 

2012 SBMC Membership 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

Whether you're just beginning, or a scratch golfer, GolfTEC can help you with a swing evaluation followed with precision matched clubs and a personal fitting.  Join SBMC and Nico Hogeveen, for our next Meet-A- Member on March 8th at 4372 Southside Blvd, Ste 306 (Southside and Touchton). $5 tickets will be on sale at the Wednesday meeting; as always, there will be food, refreshments and a great time.  Please make plans to attend.

Do you want to make the difference in a middle school student's life? Would you like to be able to share the secrets to your personal success? (Or failure?)


Southside Middle School's seventh graders are eagerly awaiting your insight and wisdom.  Please sign up to be a teacher for the day on THURSDAY, MARCH 29TH. Training sessions and a meet-and-greet with the teachers will be available prior to the event.


For more information, or to volunteer, please contact: 

Annie Houghton 904-996-1000  [email protected] or

Rita Story 904-254-6866 [email protected]


Ah, the crack of the bat, the smell of hot dogs, and the taste of cold beer from the tap... 


SBMC invites you to another family friendly outing at the Jacksonville Suns Ballpark.  For our annual Suns game outing, we have booked the same SkyDeck #4, as last year for April 13th, 2012.  All-you-can-eat food is served from 6:30pm - 8:00pm and includes hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, tea and lemonade, and all the fixin's.  Draft beer service is from 6:30-8pm.  As this will be on a Friday night, there will be fireworks after the game! 


Tickets are only $25/adults and $21/kids and will be on sale at our Wednesday meetings.  We only have a limited number of tickets so please get yours as soon as possible.  It is always a blast!  


Julie Clements,

2012 Tailgating Chair

[email protected]



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]. 



Golf Outing -- February 24, 2012 -- SOLD OUT


Daytona Trip -- February 26, 2012


Tallahassee Trip -- February 28, 2012


Meet-A-Member -- March 8, 2012


Spring YAP -- March 14 and 15, 2012 


Teacher for a Day -- March 29, 2012 


Jacksonville Suns -- April 13, 2012.

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