Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization 

  Founded in 1932

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 12,  March 18, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Messsage
2012 Leadership Team
Spring YAP
Teacher for a Day
Membership Corner
Golf Outing
Suns Baseball Social
2012 YAP Golf Classic
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:

Mike Aselton 

Sponsored by: 

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

Toni Higgs


Arleigh Merrill



 Happy Birthday


Skip McHardy, 3/18

A. J. Pionessa, 3/19

Phillip Rosebrock, 3/19

Michael Richardson, 3/20

Gina Hengst, 3/21

Mark Manship, 3/21

Paul Renner, 3/21

Susan Shacka, 3/21

Lori Boyer, 3/23

Steve De Sorbo, 3/23

Galina Schott, 3/23

Next Meeting

March 21, 2012

San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest



3/21 Victoria Register, The Square Foot Gardening 

The Square Foot Gardening Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity whose purpose is to end world hunger by reaching out to families and teaching them how to grow healthy food for their daily meals, thus improving their diets and getting the family members interactive with each other.


Upcoming Programs:   

3/28  The Players Championship, Lara Aleman

4/04  Ander Crenshaw, US Congressman - Florida's 4th District 

4/11  Jeff Bouchy, Jacksonville Sharks Arena Football

4/18  Peter Bragan, Jacksonville Suns Baseball

4/25  Jay Cann, YAP Golf Classic


Membership is the heart of our organization. Every week during our meetings, I look around the room and I'm overwhelmed with joy and pride.


YOU bring a lot of joy and positive energy to me when I see you welcoming our visitors, passing around your business cards, thanking members for doing business with you, and laughing at Gene's and John's jokes during our auction time.


YOU make me proud when you are asked to serve our community, raise money for the Club's charity, and help a friend in need... Every week you tell me that I look good behind the podium, but I have to tell you - YOU all look great to me!  Thank you for your support and for everything you do for our organization!


Our Club has a lot to offer our members - networking opportunities, community involvement and, of course, a lot of fun. To me, the sports are a lot of fun. As you know, the SBMC has been proudly supporting our local sports teams. In the past few years we've purchased two season tickets for each of our football teams -- the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Jacksonville Sharks. We have done the same this year and the highly anticipated Sharks season has arrived.


Arena Bowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks opened their 2012 regular season with a commanding win, 52-28 on the road, as the team traveled to face the Kansas City Command on Friday, March 16th. The Champs will be playing their first 2012 regular season game vs Georgia Force at home, Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena, this Saturday, March 24th at 7pm. The theme for the game is the Championship Pride Night. We will be auctioning two tickets at our meetings before each home game. The Sharks games are always a lot of fun and I have to tell you that our seats this year are great - Section 115, Row Q, seats 15 and 16. Please check them out and learn more about the Sharks schedule by visiting their website  Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. 


Galina Schott,

2012 SBMC President


Some things you might not know about our 3rd Vice President, Annie Houghton:


I am a Jacksonville native born of immigrant parents (Dad was British Royal Navy; Mom is from the Midwest, which might as well be another country...)
I attended Duval County Public Schools, and I turned out okay. Actually, far better than my friends whose parents shelled out thousands of dollars on private schools. 


I went to college at UNF, better known as the University of No Future, or U Never Finish. 
I started my banking career 10 years ago with AmSouth Bank, survived my first banking merger in 2007, then after the worst was over I promptly quit for the greener pastures of Fidelity Bank.
I have been with Fidelity for going on 5 years, and just to clarify: No, we are not related to Fidelity Investments, Fidelity National Financial, or Fidelity Investment Services. We are a $2 billion bank based in Georgia, and we are really happy to be expanding in the Jacksonville market.
In 2011 I was named one of the BUZZ Magazine's "Top 30 Under 30," much to the annoyance of my peers who only then learned that I was so much younger than they.
I am actually engaged to the love of my life, Tim Howe, but we have been too busy volunteering for SBMC to get married.
Along with a friend, I write a blog that explores the culinary scene of Jacksonville, one delicious chicken wing at a time. You can follow us by going to our website, (Shameless plug) by friending "Jax Wingquest" on facebook, or by reading our monthly column in the BUZZ Magazine. (Another Shameless plug .)


Thank you so much to all of our sponsors and volunteers who came together to make the Beauclerc Elementary School Youth Achiever Program a success! We served 350 hot dog and hamburger dinners, while the kids were able to enjoy their spring carnival. More details coming soon.


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]


Thanks to everyone who continues to bring in your guests.  Our attendance at the meetings has been excellent.  If you haven't thought of inviting a guest, give it a try.  You always run into people looking for more networking opportunities.


If you were not aware, we are giving away a $150 prize at the end of March to the member who sponsors the most new members in the first quarter.  The leader in that contest at this point is Hank Duckworth.  And if you did not know, he won the $100 prize at the end of February for bringing in the most guests. Good job, Hank!  See how that works? If you bring a guest, you know they will love our organization, and will likely join.


To all our new members, welcome aboard!  Please make sure to attend our New Member Orientation this Wednesday, March 21st, at 11am. After the orientation, you will be inducted to the club during our regular meeting.  If you are unable to attend, please make a note that our next Orientation will be on April 18th, the 3rd Wednesday of the month.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected]  or our Membership Co-Chair Julie Wesling at [email protected].


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 five more players. 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


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. Please go on line to sign-up as a volunteer at or contact the TPC Chairman, Steve De Sorbo at [email protected], 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


  YAP Logo 

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

 At the beautiful San Jose Country Club 

Get THE ULTIMATE PACKAGE for only $750

(includes your foresome and a hole sponsorship)


This is a can't miss event! Not only do we have a great lunch, drinks all day, and a fab BBQ dinner, but you get the opportunity to help us raise funds for our scholarship fund. IT'S FOR THE KIDS!  

For more information, contact Jay Cann [email protected]


Please go to to register online. 


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 - March 23, 2012


Teacher for a Day -- March 29, 2012 


Jacksonville Suns -- April 13, 2012


Meet-A-Member -- April 19, 2012

Duckworth Construction Company


TPC -- May 7 - 13, 2012


Jacksonville Beer Festival -- May 18, 2012


YAP Charity Golf Classic -- May 21, 2012


Jacksonville Jazz Festival -- May 25, 2012

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