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

Celebrating Our 80th Anniversary

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 80, Issue 28, July 8, 2012 
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Crump's Corner
Membership Corner
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: 

Julie Clements, 7/10 

Toula Wootan, 7/11

Raymond Cooney, 7/13

Erin Eiras, 7/14

David Grigaltchik, 7/14

Adam Eiseman, 7/14

John Davoli, 7/14









Prizes & Raffles 

The Hardage-Giddens 

Dignity Memorial

Attendance Award


No winner last meeting






Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by: 

Tom Harris,

Promo Depot


Name drawn

last meeting: 

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



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

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

Upcoming Programs:

7/18  Chad Johnson - Jacksonville Jaguars VP Ticket Sales

7/25  Candidate Forum - School Board Seats District 1:

Cheryl Grimes, Chris Guerrieri, Pervalia Gaines-McIntosh


Many of you know that my involvement with our Club started years ago when I accepted responsibility as the SBMC Membership Chair.  Since then, the Club's Membership has always been close to my heart.  In 2012, we are having a terrific year in the area of our Membership growth and I am very happy to report that year-to-day we have welcomed Fifty Five New Members.  I am grateful to everyone who has contributed to our success!  Today, I would like to introduce you to our newest members who joined our club in May and June and thank their sponsors for supporting our great organization:    


New Member

Linda Ducat


Mike Aselton

Company Name

Sunbeam Autobody, Inc.

Dave McBroom

Mike Aselton

Sunbeam Autobody, Inc.

Will Duquette

Jepp Walter

Programming Confidence

Raiza Rangl

Jepp Walter

Programming Confidence

Suzanne Jenkins

Mark Wilkinson

Creative Community Solutions

Shirley Dasher

Mark Wilkinson

Creative Community Solutions

Charlene Parker

Hank Duckworth

Willow Organic Salon & Spa

Amy Gordon

Hank Duckworth

Willow Organic Salon & Spa

Win Thomas

Eric Horn

American Equity Mortgage

Rose Sarkees

Julie Clements

Players Grille

Mary Sparrow

Bob McKenzie

McKenzie HR

Andrew Groulx

Hank Duckworth

Action Coach

Mariellen Kristol

Galina Schott

Kristol Healing Center

Barbara Murphy

Ramona Baldwin

First Atlantic Bank

Lynette Parsons

Julie Wesling

Complete Benefit Solutions

Jeffrey Smith

Jepp Walter

Cathedral Arts Project

Pamela Wiltson

Lisa Almeida

Far Fetched Tales Dog Training

Howard Wolpoff

Harry Peltz

Enable Marketing & Media

Wilfred Thomas

Eric Horn

American Equity Mortgage

Gayla Brunet

Hank Duckworth

Barefoot Marine Construction

Michael Jones

Jepp Walter

CEO Focus of Jacksonville

Charles Armstrong

Julie Wesling

D2 Capital Management

Please welcome our new members to the Club and invite them to join one of our committees.    


Quote of the week: "Gratitude connects us to others and feeling gratitude allows us to be our best selves. When we are truly grateful, we can count on living the life we want". -- M.J. Ryan  

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you oWednesday!   


Galina Schott,  

2012 SBMC President 




Over the past 80 years, the Southside Business Men's Club has held their meetings at some great and not so great eating establishments.

But 1994 was really special. Our 1994 President was Gene Bushor. We were meetingat the Sheraton St. John's Place for about three weeks into the year. The hotel decided they needed the room for another weekly meeting that would be larger than they could accommodate, so we were asked to find another place. "No problem said Gene " We moved to the Holiday Inn at Emerson Street and I-95. Soon afterward like six weeksor so, the hotel was sold to an Indian Family (Patel). The food had so much curry in itthat it gave poor Gene Bushor a heart attack. After three or so months we moved again. This time to Patti's Italian Restaurant on Beach Blvd. Guess what? Nine weeks later they closed their doors for good.  Well this group of Men were starting to feel like Gypsy's. So back to the Emerson Inn which had a new restaurant with a Polynesian review. Food was fair but the show was hilarious. After three or four months of this they closed and we had to move again.  Ryan's Steak House was our final meeting place for the remainder of the year.


So now you know how hard it can get to keep this crowd fat and happy.


Your Historian,

Crump Kirby


Did everyone have a great 4th of July celebration?  It's times like this when I'm especially grateful for the civic nature of our organization. When I tell people about our club, I'm proud to describe projects that SBMC has been so instrumental in achieving, such as giving new life to the Freedom Fountain, participating in the parade and concert for Veteran's Day, and others. 


SBMC membership has so much more to offer than just networking (although we do that very well, too!). I encourage you to get involved, make the most of your membership, and invite your friends and colleagues to join us as we make Jacksonville a better place to work and live.


Julie Wesling,

2012 SBMC Membership Co-Chair


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 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]. 


July 27th -- Golf outing at St. Johns Country Club

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