Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization 

  Founded in 1932

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 16, April 15, 2012 
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
2012 Leadership Team
Golf Outing
2012 YAP Golf Classic
Fishing Trip
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events

Spotlight Speakers
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:

Bill Pipes


Sponsored by: 

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

Bob McKenzie


Jepp Walter



 Happy Birthday

Jacquelyn Smith, 4/16

Troy Tummond, 4/25

Gloria Vinson, 4/26

Dominic Migliarese, 4/28

Next Meeting

April 18, 2012

San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest



4/18  Peter Bragan, Jacksonville Suns Baseball


Candidate Corner --

Wyman Duggan runs in the Florida State Senate race in District 4. 

Upcoming Programs:   

4/25  Jay Cann, YAP Golf Classic

5/02  Representative Charles McBurney

5/09  Joie Chitwood, Daytona International Speedway

5/16  Ann Dugger, Justice Coalition

5/23  Bill Bishop, Jacksonville City Council

5/30  Matt Shrik, Public Defenders Office


There is a lot of publicity today about the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic disaster.  This week, I wanted to find out what else happened on April 15th in History I've found some historical facts that I'd like to share with you today: 

1755 - Samuel Johnson publishes his Dictionary of the English Language.
1800 - James Ross discovers North Magnetic pole Compass; sales go through the roof.
1817 - Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc found the American School for the Deaf, called the "American Asylum for Deaf-Mutes", the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, CT.

1865 - The American president Abraham Lincoln dies without regaining consciousness after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth.
1892 - The General Electric Company is formed.
1912 - The British passenger liner, the RMS Titanic, sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two and a half hours after hitting an iceberg. 1,517 people are killed.
1923 - Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.
1924 - Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.
1927 - The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins.
1947 - Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line and scored the game-winning run.

50 years later, on April 15, 1997, his number 42, is retired.

1955 - McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois.


Here is the last fact that seems to be appropriate for April 15th: Number of dependents (possibly dogs, cats, and imaginary friends) that vanished when the IRS began requiring names and Social Security numbers on tax forms in 1988: 7,000,000.    


I hope you've found this part of our newsletter today interesting; have a great week and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.


Galina Schott,

2012 SBMC President


Some things you may not know about our Treasurer:


Mark A. Wilkinson, CPA has over 27 years experience in public accounting, providing accounting, tax consulting, financial planning and management advisory services for individuals and small business in a variety of industries.


Mark was born in Bradenton, Florida and has lived all his life in Florida. He attended University of Florida, but left after 2 years with a broken heart and to pursue the glamorous life as a tomato migrant worker. Mark worked in the tomato business in Florida, South Carolina and California. After getting smart, he returned to school and earned his B.S. degree in Accounting from Florida State University. Mark was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Florida in 1981, he has been living in Jacksonville for the last 32 years. Mark was President of Southside Business Men's Club in 1996. He was the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Accounting Advocate of the Year in 1997 and the SBMC Small Business Man of the Year in 2008.


Mark has been married to his lovely wife Jonni for 30+ years and has two sons, Nicholas and Chase. Both boys graduated from college are now off his payroll and are bonafide taxpayers. 


We are lucky to belong to one of the finest business, social and civic clubs in the country (though not always in that order).  And it keeps getting better.  We are doing more than fostering inter-business relationships; we are improving life in a myriad of ways throughout the greater Jacksonville area. And every new member empowers us that much more to make a greater difference. Steadily growing our membership will enable us to accomplish all of our goals for the club, benefit our business' bottom line and help us leave a bigger, longer-lasting impression on our community.


I look forward to meeting more of your friends as guests at upcoming meetings and hopefully swearing them in as members not long after. I can't wait to see what the bright future holds for our club and the kind of things we will be able to undertake and accomplish for the betterment of Jacksonville. Not to mention the kind of parties we are going to throw!  


Before this coming Wednesday's meeting, April 18th, there will be an orientation for new members who will be sworn in and officially inducted at the meeting. Please do your best to be in attendance and to meet our new members and make them feel welcome.


Scott Schilbrack, 2012 Membership Chair

Julie Wesling, 2012 Membership Co-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


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 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 21st, 2012 

 At the beautiful San Jose Country Club


Visit our website 



(savings of $150, 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]. 


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]