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 31, July 29, 2012 
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Board Member Profile
Membership Corner
SBMC Golf Outing
SBMC Car Show
SBMC Holiday Gala
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers: 

August 1-Chuck Houck

August 8-Joan Rogers

August 15-Jimmy Johns

August 22-Cathy Curtis

August 29-Nancy Bennett





Happy Birthday: 

Jeffrey Smith, 7/29

Ken Dean, 7/30

Jody Windsor, 7/30

John Spitler, 8/01

Vickie Carter, 8/01

Tina Robbins, 8/02

Chandevi Rodriguez, 8/03

Deborah Karasek, 8/04





  Prizes & Raffles 


The Hardage-Giddens 

Dignity Memorial

Attendance Award

 $10 won last week by

Ernie Fogarty




Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by: 

Tom Harris,

Promo Depot

$253 won last week by

Charlie Templeton





   Drawing won by:  


Daniel Moses

 Brynn Titone







 Next Meeting 

August 1, 2012


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest 































8/1  Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele - CEO / President
      Clara White Mission  


Upcoming Programs:

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 


The 2012 Summer Olympics in London got under way last Friday.  I watched the Opening Ceremony, titled "Isles of Wonder", and it was spectacular.  The Olympic Games are considered to be the world's foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate.


For the first time in U.S. Olympic history, there will be more female athletes competing than men.  The 530-member team, comprised of 269 women and 261 men, will be competing in 25 sports.  Like many sports fans, I will be cheering for Team USA, our best athletes, who put in the time and effort it takes to compete at the highest level against the greatest athletes in the world.


Last week, when I was reminded of the three core values of the Olympic Movement, I thought of the Southside Business Men's Club.  The values of excellence, friendship and respect are an inspiration both at individual and organizational levels. For 80 years, our Club has been striving for excellence, encouraging friendship among its members, and gaining respect from many in our community.


Quote of the week: "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle.  The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well." -- The Olympic Creed


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


Galina Schott,  

2012 SBMC President 

Things you may or may not know about our Board Member, Rene' Carter: 
  • The short haired flooring girl pretty much sums it up.
  • Jacksonville born and raised.
  • Being an only child meant flooring was my future.
  • After high school, I was thrown into the third generation business to learn the ropes and here we are 25 years later.
  • I have a beautiful daughter named Amanda who just finished teaching her first year of kindergarten. She started grad school and will be teaching next year, so I guess flooring is not in her girl.
  • After a long marriage of thinking it's not too bad, you realize it's wasn't too good. Divorce led to independence which led to new beginnings.
  • This Westside girl did a crazy move to the beach and met lots of new people.
  • My involvement with SBMC has allowed me to meet and do business with some amazing men and women.
  • In the process of meeting lots of new people... I met the right person. I have been dating Mr. Right for three years and the engagement ring was slipped onto the finger a couple of months ago.
  • Goodbye to the Mrs. Carter and hello to the Mrs. Zook. Does anybody know how to write a "Z" in cursive?


We are close to being able to announce the date, time and location of the happy hour celebration for the May/June membership "competition."  We are planning an exciting membership contest later this year, so stay tuned!  But remember, the real joy is bringing friends and colleagues to the meetings to introduce them to our organization.


Bringing a guest is a great way for YOU to stand up and be recognized as well. And I've never heard anyone say that they didn't have a nice time or they wish they hadn't attended. We are a great club, made up of outstanding members! So bring guests when you can, encourage them to join when appropriate, and we'll continue to be the best business club in Jacksonville.


Julie Wesling,

2012 SBMC Membership Co-Chair


Our August golf outing is Friday, August 17th, at Deerwood Country Club.  Cost is $55.00 plus tax and includes range balls.  12:00 PM SHOTGUN start.  We have room for 32 players.  Please reply to Julie Clements at [email protected] to reserve your spot.  


Julie Clements,

2012 SBMC Golf Outing Chair


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.


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.  So far this year,

Nancy Bennett of Living Image Photography and

Howard Caplan, Esq.,  of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. have generously donated to the event.  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


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]. 


August 17th - Golf outing at Deerwood Country Club


September 13th - Meet-A-Member

Hosted by Annie Houghton, Fidelity Bank


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]