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 30, July 22, 2012 
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Membership Corner
July Golf Outing
Christmas in July
Meet-A-Member in August
SBMC Car Show
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers: 

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: 

Michael Carignan, 7/22

Tim Howe, 7/23

Pamela Wiltgen, 7/24

Craig Gustafson, 7/24

Eric Ramshaw, 7/24

Julie Wesling, 7/25

Cyndi Nunn, 7/27

Steve Goranson, 7/28

Julee Miller, 7/28



 Prizes & Raffles 

The Hardage-Giddens 

Dignity Memorial

Attendance Award


$40 winner last week:

Toula Wootan  









Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by: 

Tom Harris,

Promo Depot


Name drawn

last week: 

Charlie Templeton










  Drawing won by:   

Gene Bushor   


Steve DeSorbo








 Next Meeting  


July 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 












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

 Martha Barrett 

 Cheryl Grymes


Upcoming Programs:

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 


During our weekly meetings, we are all reminded that the purpose of the Southside Business Men's Club is to promote the material, civic, and social improvement and betterment of Duval County in general, and specifically to promote the welfare and advancement of the Southside of Jacksonville.  Our Club's purpose is one of the reasons we pay close attention to important issues in Duval County. 


I would like to thank our Civic Affairs Committee for organizing three meetings featuring candidates who are running for the Duval County School Board.  I hope the forums have helped our members make informed decisions about the candidates.  Election of the right School Board members is important because they are the official policy-makers for all education-related issues for the Duval County Public School System.   


The way we address today's challenges in Public Schools will determine their future success.  I believe we need strong School Board leadership and I encourage you to vote on August 14th and let your voice be heard.  This election is vitally important and your decision could ultimately improve our Public School System.


Quote of the week: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -- Nelson Mandela


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


Galina Schott,  

2012 SBMC President 


Last week we welcomed new members to our club, bringing our total to 62 New Members so far this year!  We are on track to meet our goal of 100 new members for 2012 -- a record, just in time for our 80th Anniversary.


New members bring new enthusiasm, ideas and energy.  Let's keep it up, so please continue to invite guests and encourage them to join our great organization. When the club thrives, we all thrive!


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.  


Julie Clements,

2012 SBMC Golf Outing 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


Our Club holds a number of after-hours events throughout the year to enable members to get to know each other. Meet-A-Member is a great way to increase your networking opportunities and feature your business.


We have an opening for a Meet-A-Member event in August.  If you are interested in hosting this popular social, please email at [email protected] as soon as possible.


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


August 17th - Golf outing at Deerwood Country Club


September 29th - Car Show


October 3rd - Fall YAP Luncheon

October 4th - YAP Cookout at Pine Forrest Elementary School


October 7th - Jaguars Social, 4pm game against the Chicago Bears


November 15th - Meet-A-Member

Hosted by Sabrina Ebel, Florida Backyard


December 8th - Holiday Gala

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