Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization 

  Founded in 1932

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 17, April 22, 2012 
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Jacksonville BeerFest
2012 YAP Golf Classic
Fishing Trip
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events

Spotlight Speakers
4/25 Jeff Spadafora 
5/2 Steve Goranson
5/9 Kimberly Clarke
5/16 Loretta Crescente
5/23 Charlie Sheppard
5/30 Ron Borom
Prizes & Raffles 

The Hardage-Gidddens 

Dignity Memoral

Attendance Award


No winner last week

Woody Cooper Award
 Name drawn last week:

Edward Aretz

Sponsored by: 

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

Jepp Walter



 Happy Birthday

Troy Tummond, 4/25

Gloria Vinson, 4/26

Dominic Migliarese, 4/28

Next Meeting

April 25, 2012

San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest



4/25  Jay Cann, YAP Golf Classic

Each year our Club sponsors a Charity Golf Tournament, YAP Golf Classic. Members and their guests are encouraged to participate. Proceeds from this event are used to fund the Club's Charity accounts and specifically provide scholarship funds for recipients of the Youth Achiever Program. There are plenty of sponsorship and networking opportunities here.


Upcoming Programs: 

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


It makes me very happy to see that we have already welcomed 30 new members this year. Today, I'd like to introduce you to our newest members who joined our club in April and thank their sponsors for supporting our great organization:  


New Member/Company


Alaina Batts, Florida Times-Union

Barbara Buzby

Sharon Friedes, Florida Times-Union

Barbara Buzby

Nathan Edmundson

Ken Dean

Erin Eiras, InVestra Financial Services

Irene Picca

Mary Jury, Hands On Jacksonville, Inc.

Cathy Kennedy

Steve Kaufman, Steve Kaufman Public Relations

Carter Funk

Arthur Rubin, Rubin & Debski, PA

Scott Schilbrack

Amanda Staten, Kimberly Clarke Salon

Kimberly Clarke

Christina Tilman, Greene Hazel & Associates

Steve Johnston


Please introduce yourself to our new members and get them involved in our club's activities. We have a lot of them coming up...

Quote of the week: "Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal."  - Jerome P. Fleishman

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


Galina Schott,

2012 SBMC President

MEET-A-MEMBER-Duckworth Construction Company

Our big THANKS to Hank Duckworth and Mark Jackson with Duckworth Construction Company for hosting a wonderful Meet-A-Member event last Thursday.  As always, we had a great time, enjoyed fellowship, delicious food and beverages. -- The drink of the SBMC Golf Tournament, Drunken Pirates, was served to further promote our upcoming event along with Ahi tuna, sushi, pizza, and more...

We also learned more about Duckworth Construction Co -- they specialize in Tenant Improvements, Commercial Property Maintenance, Specialty and Emergency projects.  We should keep them in mind when we hear of any commercial renovation projects coming up - they're our interior Commercial Specialists:  "Exceeding Customer Expectations since 1988".


Thank you to all the volunteers who contributed their time and talents to make the SBMC Teacher for a Day a huge success: Mike Aselton, Hank Duckworth, Mark Jackson, Nancy Bennett, Jon Hall, Heather Gaston, Toni Higgs, Dawn Sutherland, Ron MacNeil, Matt Romano, Josh Haskell, Eric Ramshaw, and Jeff Spadafora.  Special thanks to SBMC VP Annie Houghton for her role in making this event a reality.


Recipe for Student Success by Rita: 


14 members of the Southside Business Men's Club;

288 seventh grade students.


Junior Achievement Economics for Success (lessons in: budgeting, credit, insurance, career choices, and identity theft);

Volunteers' personal stories. 


Students acquire valuable life skills;

Students are introduced to role models from multiple professions;

Volunteers gain insights into the accomplishments and challenges facing the students. 


With this one day each year, the volunteers from the Southside Business Men's Club touch the lives of an entire grade level of middle school students. We should all take pride that we are able to impact these young lives in such a practical way.


Rita Story,

Program Director, Junior Achievement of North Florida


Membership in the SBMC is growing steadily and it is an exciting time to be associated with such a prominent club. Membership does have its privileges and bringing in new members is its own reward.


We have another fun contest to provide that little extra bit of motivation to remind everyone to invite your friends and associates to come out to a meeting and see what we are all about. Julie Wesling, my co-chair of Membership, and I will be squaring off in a Ladies versus Gentlemen competition to see who can bring in the most new members during the months of May and June. The winning team will be rewarded with a $250 happy hour at a local restaurant. Our Gentlemen club members are on Team Scott and our Lady club members are on Team Julie. We will review the details at this Wednesdays meeting and begin the competition the following Wednesday, May 2nd. I look forward to a spirited contest and meeting many of your friends and acquaintances.


Scott Schilbrack, 2012 Membership Chair

Julie Wesling, 2012 Membership Co-Chair


-- TPC is in just 3 weeks and we still have some open spots left

-- Kickoff Party will be May 5th from 1-4 at Julie Clements house

-- The Day Captains will be sending information to all volunteers and I   will have a copy of the flyer with me at the luncheon.

-- Binder is going around at the meetings and you can also sign up on the SBMC website at  or contact me at [email protected]


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 heavily relies 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.



Presents the SBMC 17th Annual Charity Golf Classic

benefiting the Youth Achiever Program


Monday, May 21st, 2012

 San Jose Country Club

Please 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 @ 


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]. 


 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]