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 29, July 15, 2012 
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Board Member Profile
Membership Corner
New Member Orientation
July Golf Outing
Christmas in July
SBMC Car Show
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers: 

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: 

Arun Venkatesh, 7/15

Steve Hyers, 7/15

Will Duquette, 7/17

Jack Manilla, 7/17

Allen Gimbell, 7/21








 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: 

Joan Rogers







  Drawing won by:   


Barbara Buzby   


Bruce Fouraker





Next Meeting





July 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






















7/18  Chad Johnson - Jacksonville Jaguars, VP Ticket Sales


Upcoming Programs:

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

        Cheryl Grimes, Chris Guerrieri, Pervalia Gaines-McIntosh

8/1    Clara White Mission

8/8    Tera Meeks - Chief COG Waterfront Management

8/15   Rick DuCharme - First Coast No More Homeless Pets

8/22   Military Appreciation Day

8/29   Karen Longacre - FCCJ Artist Series


It was great to reunite with our SBMC members last Wednesday after a 2-week break.  Since the new football season is just around the corner, our guest speaker this week is Chad Johnson.  He is the new VP of ticket sales of the Jacksonville Jaguars.  It's hard to believe that we have had the NFL team in Jacksonville for 17 years.  I welcome changes; like many Jags fans, I am excited about a new owner, new head coach and new president, which all creates a new organizational culture.  I hope you will come to the meeting, meet Chad, and get excited about the new football season.


Many of you know that the Club supports our local sports teams - the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sharks, and Suns.  As we have done in the past few years, we've purchased two season tickets for the 2012 Jaguars season. We will be auctioning them at our regular meetings before each home game.  


Since we are on the subject of the Jacksonville Jaguars, mark your calendar - our 4th Annual Jags tailgate party will be on Sunday, October 7th.  It's the game against the Chicago Bears and we have bought only 100 tickets.  Our tailgate parties are always a lot of fun, so don't miss out on this great event and buy your tickets as soon as they become available. 


Quote of the week: "Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority." 

 - Vince Lombardi


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


Galina Schott,  

2012 SBMC President 

BOARD MEMBER PROFILE --  Michael Gullion 
Things you may or may not know about our Board Member, Michael Gullion: 
  • Born in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Raised in Orlando.
  • Attend the same High School as Julie Clements and Hank Duckworth -- Of course they are A LOT older then I, haha.
  • I grow up very interested in Death. So at the age of twelve I went to work at a Funeral Home washing cars, and mowing grass so I could learn more about it.
  • In 1997 I graduated Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Ga And Managed a Funeral Home till 2002. At which time I started selling pre-planned Funerals. And started my sales career.
  • I joined the family Business in 2007 (Action Graphix) when I relocated to Jacksonville.
  • I am turning 40 in less than a year.. ouch
  • I enjoy Boating, Fishing, Hunting, and hanging with friends
  • I Have two sons - Austin 13 and Andrew 10.
  • Married to Donna for 15 years.  


As I follow up with guests who attend our meetings, I ask if they enjoyed their visit and the answer is invariably "Yes".  Some are surprised at how much fun they had attending a business meeting.

I believe camaraderie is one of the best attributes of our group. Please keep bringing guests, encourage them to join, and our great club will continue to grow and prosper.


Julie Wesling,

2012 SBMC Membership Co-Chair


All incoming members are invited to this week's orientation to be held Wednesday at 11:15pm.  We welcome back our own Past President John Hamel who will be meeting new members at the San Jose Country Club.  We look forward to seeing you all there.


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


Everyone loves the SBMC HOLIDAY GALA, and as this is the Club's 80th Anniversary, our event on December 8th will be very special!


In the past, Club members Donn Carr and Hillary Carpenter, have stepped up and made Bar Sponsor donations.  This year, Nancy Bennett of Living Image Photography has generously donated $500 to co-sponsor this year's libations.  However, there is still more to do. 


If anyone has the ability left in this year's budget, we would greatly appreciate any help in this regard.  Your generosity will be mentioned on the invitations, before and during the event itself.


Tim Howe,

2012 SBMC 4th Vice President


Mark your calendars for September 29th and tell all your friends who love cars about the SBMC Car Show to be held in the Hooters at Tinseltown parking lot. $25 entry fee, prizes, raffles and fun.

Contact Desi Desiderio, [email protected] for more information. We are looking for silent auction items and raffle/door prizes that we will give recognition for on all our media.


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

September 29th -- Car Show

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