Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization 

  Founded in 1932

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 11,  March 11, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Messsage
Tour de Tallahassee by ANGIE TEKIN
Spring YAP - Martch 15th
Membership Corner
Golf Outing
Teacher for a Day
Suns Baseball Social
SBMC Directory
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events

Spotlight Speakers
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:

Sandy Myers

 Sponsored by: 

Tom Harris,
Promo Depot
50/50 Drawing
won by:

Barbara Buzby

and Guest



 Happy Birthday

Cindy Ingram, 3/12

Amy Huffman, 3/13

Deborah Boczar, 3/14

Valerie McHardy, 3/14

John Dragonetti, 3/15

Jeffery Cramer, 3/16

Jon Hall, 3/16

Jim Jubran, 3/17

Rick Thompson, 3/17

Cecil Williams, 3/17

Next Meeting

March 14, 2012

San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest



3/14  SBMC Youth Achiever Program


SBMC Lunch date:   Wednesday, March 14, 2012

School Location Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012


Upcoming Programs:   

3/21  Victoria Register, Square Foot Gardening

3/28  The Players Championship, Lara Aleman


We had another exciting meeting last week that set the stage for this week's program - the Youth Achiever Program. It is always a special event as we celebrate our young people.  Since 1994, our Club has worked diligently to raise funds to support the students and their schools.  Because we believe in our youth and realize that they are our future, we have established a scholarship program available to them to further advance their education. I would like to thank our YAP sponsors and volunteers who have helped us make the Youth Achiever Program a success.


In addition, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our members who contributed money to the Sunshine Fund for Jay Cann last week. Jay has been a long-time member and has supported our Club for many years. In fact, for 17 years, he's been a Chairman of the YAP Golf Tournament and has helped us raise thousands of dollars for our charity. Jay has a big heart and we love him!


I was humbled and proud to announce at the end of our meeting last week that just in one day we've raised over a $1,000 for our friend Jay. It's why our Club is so great - we make the Southside of Jacksonville a better place to live, we support our charities, we do business with each other, and we build long-lasting friendships...  And, of course, we help our friends when they need us the most.  Jay and Lynn Cann need our help and we will continue raising money for them. If you can help them financially, please make your donation payable to the SBMC Charity for Jay Cann. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated!


I'd like to conclude my message this week with a quote from an American author Dean Koontz "Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy."  


Galina Schott,

2012 SBMC President

Tour de Tallahassee by ANGIE TEKIN

What a wonderful 2012 Tallahassee trip this year.....the busload of 18 pulled out of the San Jose Country Club at the crack of dawn to arrive at the Governor's Mansion for our guided tour. We were shown the "public" wings of the beautifully restored mansion as well as the gardens before heading to the Capitol Building. House staff greeted us outside the office of Representative Lake Ray and we were granted an audience with Rep. Ray during which we discussed such topics of interest like the Mayport Ferry, Jaxport, the overall "meat" of this session and JDEC.


We then scurried over to the Senate Building and waited for Senator Audrey Gibson who was en route to Chair a Senate Committee Meeting. We huddled in the hallway with the other political fringe and it was like waiting on Michael Jackson to walk to the stage (without the light bulbs). However, once Harry Peltz announced who we were, Senator Gibson took several moments to chat with us, create photo opportunities and sincerely express her gratitude for our activism in the political process.


We all had a fine lunch and a breather at the Capitol cafeteria and then off to the Old Capitol building for an educational tour of the faithfully restored capitol building and museum. It was onto the East Gallery of the House building to watch our legislative process in "action". Rep. Charles McBurney and Rep. Lake Ray had the Speaker of the House introduce us to the floor and we all stood for recognition as SBMC MEMBERS before we whisked ourselves to Rep. McBurney's office for a close encounter of the political kind. Charles gave us 30 minutes for an overview of this session and a heads up on things to come - as well as continuing to express his gratitude for our presence there at the Capitol and the support this club has given him over the years.


Our next stop was an audience with CFO Jeff Atwater for a lively discussion re: the political process, an amendment as it applies to massage therapist and acupuncturists, the functional and political role his office plays and his background and interests. He was very friendly and interested in our group, and of course he was invited to drop in and speak to us sometime in the future.


One more task on the agenda was our tour of the Florida Supreme Court building; and after an invigorating lecture on the process and history, we all got to pose in the seats of the Supreme Court Judges and play "Judge Judy or Judge Roy Bean" (as appropriate). Then down the road to a fabulous and fun meal at Andrew's Grill and Bar in our own sumptuously appointed private room. Back on the bus for the ride home where we kept ourselves entertained with charades and other parlor games, our own version of the liars club as well as taking a really good opportunity to get more closely acquainted with our club members.


Many thanks to Harry Peltz who relentlessly pulled together the agenda and kept us all on track; Duckworth Construction for their sponsorship of our version of the Florida "bar" and all the members who joined us on our trip to the Capitol. We are already making plans for next year.... I hope you will join us.


Angie Tekin


Our big THANKS to Nico Hogeveen for hosting a wonderful Meet-A-Member event last Thursday. As always, we had a great time, enjoyed delicious food and beverages. They had 2 computerized golf swing analysis rooms in operation and another simulator room for 'Closest to the Pin' and 'Longest Drive' competitions. The store was packed and many SBMC members enjoyed learning about the services GolfTEC offers to its customers Please keep Nico and GolfTEC in mind as you get ready for our monthly golf outings and the 17th Annual Charity Golf Classic on May 21st. Since GolfTEC is the home of the Proven Path to Proven Results, Nico can definitely help you with your swing.


The Spring YAP is upon us and we need YOUR help! 

Please Volunteer at the YAP BBQ at Beauclerc Elementary School:

 1pm-4pm -- 5 volunteers for set-up

3:30pm- 6:30pm -- 7 volunteers to serve and break down


Order your meals now and support our program:

Hotdog dinner-  Hotdog, Side and soda - $5.00
Hamburger dinner - Hamburger, side and soda - $5.00
All proceeds go to the SBMC YAP Program.

Please place your order or volunteer by emailing:

[email protected]


As the Membership Chair, I want to thank everyone who has brought a guest to a recent meeting and encourage everyone to do so. It can be a great way to build on your existing relationship, benefit the club, and more often than not the additional introductions and conversation stirred up by the guest ends up benefitting the host member most of all. Sometimes your guest will run into another friend and introduce you, share something positive about you with other members or just see their host as even more of a distinguished, connected professional.


As those guests become members, it will cement your role and your sphere of influence within the club which will lead to greater business success, more fun at outings, and the ability to impact the Jacksonville community for the better that much more. As if that is not enough motivation, we are giving away an additional $150 prize at the end of March to the member who sponsors the most new members in the first quarter. If you bring a guest, please take a minute to say hello to me. I will answer any questions and make sure they feel welcome.


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 hopefully meeting one of your friends or colleagues.


Scott Schilbrack

2012 SBMC Membership Chair


Our March golf outing is Friday, March 23rd, at Windsor Parke.  Cost is $35 plus tax which includes range balls. First tee time is 12:30 pm.  We have room for only one more player. 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


Would you like to make the difference in a middle school student's life? Do you want 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 fun event!  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


TPC is May 7th to May 13th and Volunteer Sign Up is now in progress!  

The SBMC provides volunteers to work the TPC food and beverage tent adjacent to the 18th landing spot. Our team members run cash registers, prepare and serve food and beverages throughout the week. This is an annual fundraising event for the Club and is always a fun way to get to know your fellow members. We have a need for volunteers every day. But of course the good times go first so don't delay.


A drawing for $100 CASH (2 winners) will be held the Wednesday following the tournament. Your name will be entered into the drawing once for every shift you work.

***Anyone working SUNDAY will have their name entered 2 TIMES***

You don't need to be a member to participate in this fun event. Recruit your family, employees, friends, etc. You will get a day pass to the event so you can enjoy the TPC when you aren't working your shift.


There will be a sign up notebook passed around all SBMC lunch meetings from now until the event. You can also contact the TPC Chairman, Steve De Sorbo, [email protected] or call 281-0511 ext 314 to let him know what days you are interested in signing up for.


Steve De Sorbo, 2012 TPC Chairperson

Michael Gullion, 2012 TPC Co-Chairperson


80th Anniversary 2012 Commemorative edition of the SBMC Directory will be available at our meeting on Wednesday, March 14th.  Please see Barbara Buzby to get your copy.  One directory per member please.


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]. 



Youth Achiver Program  - March 14-15, 2012


Golf Outing - March 23, 2012


Teacher for a Day -- March 29, 2012 


Jacksonville Suns -- April 13, 2012


TPC - May 7 - 13, 2012


YAP Charity Golf Classic - May 21, 2012

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