Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization Founded in 1932

Celebrating its 80th Anniversary

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 27, July 1, 2012 
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
4th of July Celebrations
Board Member Profile
Coke Zero 400 at Daytona
July Golf Outing
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events

Spotlight Speakers: 

July 11 - Matt Romano

July 18 - Penny Kievet

July 25-Pamela Wiltgen

August 1-Chuck Houck

August 8-Joan Rogers

August 15-Jimmy Johns

August 22-Cathy Curtis

August 29-Nancy Bennett


Happy Birthday:

Christina Tillman 7/01

Peter Bragan 7/03

Melody Bishop 7/06

Steve Johnston 7/06


Prizes & Raffles 

The Hardage-Giddens 

Dignity Memorial

Attendance Award


No winner last week


Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by: 

Tom Harris,

Promo Depot


Name drawn

last week: 

Chuck Perrone

Drawing won by: 
Mike Dungey
Chuck Perrone
Next Meeting

July 11, 2012

San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest



July 4th Holiday, No meeting scheduled 


Upcoming Programs:

7/11  Candidate Forum - School Board Seats District 7:

Lori Harrell Hershey, Jason Fischer, Jon Heymann, John Turner 

7/18  Chad Johnson - Jacksonville Jaguars VP Ticket Sales

7/25  Candidate Forum - School Board Seats District 5:

Cheryl Grimes, Chris Guerrieri, Pervalia Gaines-McIntosh


Since the 4th of July falls on Wednesday this year, we are not going to have our regular meeting this week.  The Fourth of July is a holiday that Americans celebrate with joy and pride.  Commemoration of the Declaration of Independence is the primary reason for the remembrance and the day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, concerts, and baseball games. The festivity usually involve family reunions, time with friends, barbecues, and picnics - close to how the celebration was envisioned by John Adams, an American Founding Father and the second President of the United States.


Looking at the John Adams' famous letter of July 3, 1776, to his wife Abigail will put the celebration into perspective: "The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." 


Quote of the week: "I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

-- Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. 


Have a happy and safe 4th of July and I look forward to seeing you on July 11th!    


Galina Schott,  

2012 SBMC President 

FOURTH OF JULY - Unique or Historical Celebrations
  • Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States.
  • Since 1868, Seward, Nebraska has held a celebration on the same town square. In 1979 Seward was designated "America's Official Fourth of July City-Small Town USA" by resolution of Congress. Seward has also been proclaimed Nebraska's Official Fourth of July City" by Governor James Exon in proclamation. Seward is a town of 6,000 but swells to 40,000+ during the July 4 celebrations.
  • Since 1912, the Rebild Society, a Danish-American friendship organization, has held a July 4th weekend festival that serves as a homecoming for Danish-Americans in the Rebild section of Denmark.
  • Since 1916, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City supposedly started as a way to settle a dispute among four immigrants as to who was the most patriotic.
  • Since 1959, the International Freedom Festival is jointly held in Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario during the last week of June each year as a mutual celebration of Independence Day and Canada Day (July 1). It culminates in a large fireworks display over the Detroit River.
  • Numerous major and minor league baseball games are played on Independence Day.
  • The famous Macy's fireworks display usually held over the East River in New York City has been televised nationwide on NBC since 1976. In 2009, the fireworks display was returned to the Hudson River for the first time since 2000 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of that river.
  • Since 1970, the annual 10 kilometer Peachtree Road Race is held in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The Boston Pops Orchestra has hosted a music and fireworks show over the Charles River Esplanade called the "Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" annually since 1973. The event was broadcast nationally from 1987 until 2002 on the A&E Network, and has aired since 2003 on CBS.
  • On the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C., "A Capitol Fourth," a free concert, precedes the fireworks and attracts over half a million people annually.

Harry L. Peltz

AFLAC, Independent Agent- since 2006


Previous types jobs: Co-manager for Pantry Pride Grocery Stores for 9 years. He also was a Branch Manager for Lance Inc for 13 years. Some other types of jobs that Harry has done include concrete restoration, plumbing supply sales, lawn mowing business and a limousine chauffeur.


Spouse: Sharon, a SBMC member, married 24 years as of May 1st. She is an FSU Seminole Grad. It's a mixed marriage as he is a lifelong Gator fan.


Children: Benjamin, 19 and Rebekah, 17. Both are graduates of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Benjamin is a rising junior at New York University pursuing a BFA Acting degree at Tisch (New Studio on Broadway). Rebekah is a rising freshman at Northern Illinois University pursuing a BFA Acting degree.


Community Service: In addition to SBMC, Harry serves on the Executive Board of the Jacksonville Jewish Center and is the President of the Center Men's Club. He also serves on the Cemetery Committee and is a past Boy Scout leader.


Animals: 2 Dogs Both dogs are Shiba Inu's their names are Nikko & Sheba. Harry said he loves most all animals- except snakes.


Hobbies: Movies, Jigsaw Puzzles, Golf, Canoeing, Boy Scouts, Fishing, Camping, Cooking on the Grill, Shooting Pool, Gator Football and sports of all kind.


Activities of Interest: Traveling and History. One of his favorite cities is Washington, DC. Harry also enjoys learning about other cultures.


City of Residence: Born, raised, and lifelong resident of Jacksonville. He graduated from Wolfson High School. Twenty-three years later, he decided to finish his degree and graduated with a B.S. in Business Management/Marketing from the University of Phoenix.


Harry's burning desire is to go out and see the world. He would love to travel to Europe, Asia, Greek Islands and the Middle East.


Something that no one knows about him is that he likes to watch the history channel and study different cultures.


Coke Zero 400 is this Saturday, July 7th, and we have room for a few more people in the courtesy van, thanks Nimnicht. Please contact Gene Maszy at 904.993.1105 or [email protected] ASAP to reserve your spot on the bus.  If you haven't done so, register at 


Join the SBMC at the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola perched above pit road in the infield. A day in the patios is a truly riveting experience. With a bird's eye view of the exit of pit road, the open-air Pit Road Patios will take your breath away.  Package Includes: 

  • Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola Pit Road Patio for July 7th, 2012
  • Food, Unlimited Coke Products, Dasani Water, and Beer
  • Pre-Race Access with Sprint FANZONE pass (Weather and schedule permitting)
  • Largest Fireworks Show in the Southeast after checkered flag
  • $140 Per Person (A SAVINGS OF OVER $200)   

Our July golf outing is Friday, July 27th, at St. Johns Country Club.  Cost is $40.00 plus tax which includes range balls.  First tee time is 1:00 PM.  We have room for 28 players.  Please reply to Julie Clements at [email protected] to reserve your spot.  These will go fast. 


Julie Clements,

SBMC 2012 Golf Outing Chair


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]. 


Daytona International Speedway Coke Zero 400 - July 7, 2012


SBMC Golf Outing - July 27th, 2012

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