Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization 

  Founded in 1932

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 10, March 4, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Messsage
2012 Leadership Team
Tallahassee Trip Highlights
Spring YAP
Membership Corner
Golf Outing
Teacher for a Day
Suns Baseball Social
YAP Charity Golf Classic
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events

Spotlight Speakers
3/7 Nico Hogeveen
3/14 Ramona Baldwin
3/21 Andy Bruck
3/28 Steve Burnett
Prizes & Raffles 

The Hardage-Gidddens 

Dignity Memoral

Attendance Award


No winner last week


Woody Cooper Award
 Name drawn last week:

Eric Ramshaw

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

Charles Perrone


C. Lee Daniel



 Happy Birthday

 David Stringfield, 3/6

George Richardson, 3/6


Next Meeting

March 7, 2012

San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest



3/7  Eden Clark, Community In Schools


Upcoming Programs:   

3/14  SBMC Youth Achiever Program

3/21  Victoria Register, Square Foot Gardening

3/28  The Players Championship, Lara Aleman


If you did not attend our meeting last week, you missed a heartfelt presentation by our guest speaker Navy Reserve Chaplain Ron Camarda. Father Ron, a Roman Catholic priest, was the active duty Navy Chaplain at the Marine Surgical Hospital in Fallujah, Iraq.


He introduced his highly inspirational book "Tear in the Dessert" and shared with us some of his experiences and the fears that he encountered while being in Iraq. His book is about people whose lives were changed forever, including his... I found him extremely caring, outgoing, and full of life.


During his presentation, I had a feeling that his book is not about the Iraq war, it is about what it means to be human and how deeply we are all affected by what happens around us. I was inspired by his presentation and felt, like many proud Americans, grateful to our service men and women who serve our great country and keep us safe.


I often reflect on my past, including special events and holidays. Many of you probably don't know that March 8th is the International Women's Day. This is a holiday that I, as a young woman growing up in Eastern Europe, celebrated every year.  


This special day has been observed since the early 1900's. March 8th is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. In different regions the focus of the celebration ranges from a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love toward women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements.


I would like to wish all the SBMC Ladies a Happy International Women's Day. To all the men in the Club, I suggest doing something special for your Ladies on March 8th. They might be surprised, but I assure you that whatever you decide to do will make them very happy. Have a great week and I will see you on Wednesday.


Galina Schott,

2012 SBMC President


Some things you may not have known about our 2nd Vice President, Nancy Bennett:

  • I grew up in New Bedford Massachusetts, famous for whaling, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Roberts Rules of Order and ME!

  • I played baritone horn in marching band where I earned my letter, I tried out for my  high school football team but I got cut in the final round.  Coach told me it was because  there were no locker facilities for me and that if I had been a boy I'd have been a 1st string wide receiver - that was my sophomore year. 
  • Attended a few semesters of collage at what is now called UMass Dartmouth but it was SMU (Southeastern Mass. Univ.) when I attended.
  •  Married my 1st husband and moved to Jacksonville in 1981 and found out none of my credits transferred.
  • I have a Z-card which is a US Merchant Marine document required to work on merchant vessels.  I signed onto an oil tanker and worked as an OS - Ordinary Seaman - for 6 months.
  • In 1994 I married the World's Most Interesting Man - "stay thirsty my friends!" but at the time he was known solely by his pseudonym of Steve Bennett.
  • I have two incredible children who both drive me crazy.  My daughter Victoria, 28 on the  24th of this month and my son Alexander, 16 on the 29th of April.
  • I acted in an episode of "America's Most Wanted" and they caught the murderer within a week of airing the episode.
  • I was lucky enough to meet and become friends with Mickey Mantel before he died.  

I would like to personally THANK Harry Peltz for organizing a wonderful trip to Tallahassee on February 28th. On this trip, about 20 of the SBMC members had a unique opportunity to tour the Governor's Mansion, the Senate, and the Supreme Court building. We also visited the Capitol and met with the United States House of Representatives and more..


We had many engaging discussions, learned a lot about our state government and, of course, we had fun. Our day was packed with activities and we have a lot to share with our SBMC members. So, please tune in next week for the detailed report from Harry's committee. 




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


SBMC Lunch date:   Wednesday, March 14, 2012

School Location Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012


Please 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].  

Your support and help is greatly appreciated.


Stephen Johnston,

2012 SBMC Spring YAP Chair


I am proud to be serving as the 2012 Membership Chair. We are off to a great start for the year with membership, attendance and guests all increasing steadily. Hank Duckworth won our first contest by bringing 8 guests in February. Congratulations to Hank and thanks to all of you who have invited guests. Our visitors get exposed to the positive energy in our meetings and get a feel for what the club is all about. Please continue to go out of your way to make guests feel welcome by saying hello and introducing yourself. We will be giving away another $150 to whoever has brought in the most new members for the 1st quarter. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

[email protected]  or just catch me at a meeting. I look forward to seeing you at next Wednesday's meeting and hope you will invite a friend to come too.


Scott Schilbrack, 

2012 SBMC Membership 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.

Our March golf outing is Friday, March 23rd, at Windsor Parke.  Cost is $35.00 plus tax which includes range balls. First tee time is 12:30 pm.  We only have room for four more players, so please contact Julie Clements at 607-0211 or [email protected]

to reserve your spot.  It is always a great time!


Julie Clements,

2012 SBMC Golf Chair


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]


You don't want to miss this one!  Beer, Food and Baseball!


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 and online.  We only have a limited number of tickets so please get yours as soon as possible.  It is always a blast!  


Julie Clements,

2012 SBMC Tailgating Chair


 YAP Logo



Save-the-Date -- Monday, May 21, 2012 

San Jose Country Club 


$150 Per Person Includes: 

ALL Beverages - ALL Day Free 

Box Lunch from Tidbits 

BBQ Dinner & Fix'ns from Don Richards 

Fabulous Silent Auction Items

 $25,000 Hole-In-One & More Prizes


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]. 


Meet-A-Member -- March 8, 2012


Spring YAP -- March 14 and 15, 2012 


Golf Outing - March 23, 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]