Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization 

  Founded in 1932

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 15, April 8, 2012 
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
SBMC History
Suns Baseball Social
Golf Outing
2012 YAP Golf Classic
Fishing Trip
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events

Spotlight Speakers
4/11 Lisa Almeida
4/18 Annie Houghton
4/25 Jeff Spadafora 
Prizes & Raffles 

The Hardage-Gidddens 

Dignity Memoral

Attendance Award


No winner last week:

Woody Cooper Award
 Name drawn last week:

Julie Clements 


Sponsored by: 

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

Ron Mallett





 Happy Birthday

Patrick Heatherington, 4/8

Carey Hepler, 4/8

Matt Carlucci, 4/9

Peter Tuggle, 4/9

Jimmie Harden, 4/11

Karen Van Hyning, 4/11

Scott Louis, 4/12

John Dietzen, 4/13

Next Meeting

April 11, 2012

San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest



4/11 Jeff Bouchy, Jacksonville Sharks Arena Football 

We will auction two tickets for the Sharks game on Friday, April 13th at our meeting on Wednesday.


Upcoming Programs:   

4/18  Peter Bragan, Jacksonville Suns Baseball

4/25  Jay Cann, YAP Golf Classic


Happy Easter!  Since this newsletter is published on Sunday, April 8th, when many of our members celebrate Easter, my message today is about faith.


Easter is observed throughout the globe by the Christian community, and it's welcomed by Christians with hope and joy. This holiday brings us close to our family and friends, giving us another reason to celebrate the joy and pleasure of unison.


"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen."  Throughout our lives, we hear people say "I'll believe it when I see it, because seeing is believing" - we hear it so much we accept it as truth, when in fact the opposite is true.

After Walt Disney's death, his brother Roy spoke to a journalist at the opening of Disney World in Florida. The journalist reflected that it was a shame Walt hadn't lived to see the marvelous spectacle. Roy replied: "Walt saw it before any of us - that's why you're seeing it today".  Walt Disney had created it in his mind and had faith in his ability to manifest what he imagined.

A quote of the week: "Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe".
Saint Augustine 

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.


Galina Schott,

2012 SBMC President


Congratulations to Hank Duckworth for winning the quarter's contest for most new members. This is Hank's second consecutive win but we will be announcing the next membership challenge this Wednesday and you'll have an opportunity to upset the latest champ. Besides from being the only man in town whose Mustache is envied by Shahid Khan, Hank is proving to be a model club member. Thanks to Hank and many of you we have several new members joining each month and there is a new buzz around town about the SBMC. Let's go out of our way to greet and meet and engage our new members at every opportunity.   


Scott Schilbrack,

2012 SBMC Membership Chair


On February 3rd, 1982 recognizing the years of work to secure an overpass at University and Philips highway, the Department of Transportation invited the Club to the site at the onset of construction. Then, each member present signed his name on the first piling.  Names like T. Marvin Duncan, Robert (Fuzzy) Cox, R. L. Hill Jr., W. T. Carter, just to name a few.  After they signed their names, Mayor Jake Godbold climbed up on the pile driver and drove it into the ground.


At its completion in March of 1983, we met for lunch on top of the overpass for the dedication ceremonies where the Mayor, local, state dignitaries, and officers of the Club cut the ribbon opening the overpass to vehicular traffic.


Immediately after the ceremony, the decorations and ribbons were hastily pushed aside as the first vehicle to cross the new overpass was an ambulance on an emergency run.


Your Historian,

Crump Kirby


Last call for our annual Suns game outing on Friday, April 13th. We have booked SkyDeck #4.  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 limited -- $25/adults and $21/kids. 


Julie Clements,

2012 SBMC Tailgating Chair


SBMC members have a unique opportunity to understand the inside operation of a construction company.  Duckworth Construction is the sponsor of our next Meet-A-Member, on April 19th.  Hank Duckworth and Mark Jackson are holding the event at the Duckworth Construction main office (5726 Stuart Ave 32254), from 5:30-7:30pm.  Of course, there will be beverages and refreshments and plenty of camaraderie, for the nominal fee of $5/ticket.  These events are always well attended, and a great opportunity to meet your fellow SBMC members, in a festive environment!


Our April golf outing will be Friday, April 20th, at Cimarrone Golf and Country Club.  Cost is $35.00 plus tax which includes range balls.  First tee time is 12:15pm.  Please call Julie Clements at 607-0211 or email her at [email protected]  to reserve your spot.


Julie Clements,

2012 Golf Outing Chair


ATTENTION:  The TPC sign up book was left at the last meeting and is now missing.  If you signed up last Wednesday 4/4, you need to either go to the SBMC website and sign up again. Or email the Chairman of the event Steve DeSorbo at [email protected] to let him know what day and time you signed up for. He will need your email address and cell phone for the list also.


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 DeSorbo, 2012 TPC Chair

Michael Gullion, 2012 TPC Co-Chair


All new members who have not experienced the Beer Festival, this is one of our major fundraisers for the SBMC year. Beer Festival is a civic event created for the benefit of Southside Business Men's Club and recently added the Chamber of Commerce. The founder of this event is our SBMC member Mike White, the President of Client Focused Media.  This is a huge logistical accomplishment which relies heavy upon our SBMC labor volunteers to fulfill the needs to serve the 4500 to 5000 guest attendees. The labor assignments are divided into these following work groups which consists of 50 volunteers:

  1. Pre-party Setup crew (assist Vendors' display set ups and supplies).
  2. Security check in Crew (I.D. Verification)
  3. Glassware setup and hand-out Crew (4500 5oz glasses)
  4. Silent auction table attendants Crew (also solicit for table gift donations)
  5. Random floor assignment Crew (assisting vendors various tasks) 
  6. Signup sheets for each of the crews will be available at the meetings.  Also consider asking SBMC guests if they would like to experience the SBMC event, as well.  Please contact AJ Richwine alias ( AJ PoorBeer ) at 904-610-5599.


  YAP Logo 

  Monday, May 21, 2012 

 At the beautiful San Jose Country Club


Visit our website 



(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 Youth Achiever Program. 

For more information, please contact Jay Cann @ [email protected] 


Let's go fishing!  SBMC has chartered the Mayport Princess Party Fishing Boat, with the infamous Captain George Strait, for June 30th. Fishing tackle, rods & reels, bait, and helpful deckhands will be provided, as well as a box lunch from Honey Baked Hams, water, soft drinks, and beer!  All of this for only $80/person, but we only have 40 spots.  This event sold out in less than a week last year, so please pay online or bring your payment to next meeting.


Please contact Jepp Walter with any questions via email: [email protected] or by phone at (904) 838-8400.  


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]. 



Jacksonville Suns -- April 13, 2012


Meet-A-Member -- April 19, 2012

Duckworth Construction Company


Golf Outing - April 20th, 2012


TPC -- May 7 - 13, 2012


Jacksonville Beer Festival -- May 18, 2012


YAP Charity Golf Classic -- May 21, 2012


Jacksonville Jazz Festival -- May 25 - May 27, 2012


Fishing Trip -- June 30, 2012

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