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 35, August 26, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Membership Corner
Golf Outing
Car Show
Carnival Cruise Raffle
Fall YAP
Jaguars Social
Jaguars vs Falcons
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers: 

August 29-

Nancy Bennett

September 5-

Sabrina Ebel
September 12-
Arun Venkatesan
September 19-
Patrick Heatherington
September 26-
Axel Von Loewenclau 




Happy Birthday:
Mike Aselton, 8/26
Rose Sarkees, 8/27

 Alan Worley, 8/29
Jim Parrish, 8/29
Doug Windsor, 8/30

Dole Kelley, Jr. 8/31 



    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

Jeanne Goldman 





   Drawing won by:  

Barbara Buzby 

Bruce Fouraker 






 Next Meeting 

August 29, 2012


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



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8/29   Ron Sholes - Jacksonville Giants, ABA Basketball Team


Upcoming Programs:

9/5     SBMC Past Presidents' Day

9/12   Family Foundation - Dawn Lockhart

9/19   Florida Highway Patrol - Don Flynn
9/26   Car Expo Panel - hosted by Mike Dungey


Elmer Davis once said "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."  Our club has a strong tradition of honoring our military, both past and present, and it is important for us to come together and express our appreciation and gratitude.  Last week, during our Annual Military Appreciation luncheon, we honored and thanked members of our armed forces for their role in protecting our freedoms. 


Post Command Sergeant Major James Bateman spoke to us about the history of Camp Blanding and introduced his honoree, Sergeant Gregory Fiorentino, 2012 NCO of the Year. The NCO is often referred to as "the backbone" of the armed services, as they are the primary and most visible leaders for most military personnel.  Phil Rosebrock, our program chairman, presented an award plaque to Sgt. Fiorentino.


During the program, our own John Hamel introduced Chris Rick, Director of the Track Program in Jacksonville.  Chris explained that the Program provides mentoring, direction and support for Wounded Warriors and introduced two recent graduates - Richard Hicks III and Christian Willard.  On behalf of the SBMC, John presented a $500 award to each the Wounded Warrior Project Honorees.


John is a Past President of the Jacksonville Elks Lodge #221, Florida's first Elks Lodge established in 1891.  John's guest, Scott Wilson, is the current President of the Lodge.  Due to a generous donation from the Elks National Foundation, they were able to donate the money to our charity - the Veterans Independence Project (VIP), which supports veterans in our community.


The grant funded the two awards and will help support the "Salute" to Veterans Day event we will host at the Jacksonville Landing on Saturday, November 10, 2012.  We appreciate their organization for all they do to support children and veterans in North Florida and I want to thank Phil Rosebrock and John Hamel for organizing a very special program for our members and guests.


Quote of the week: "America's fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed." -- Allen Boyd.


Galina Schott,  

2012 SBMC President 


Every week we are all encouraged to do business with each other and last week the SBMC did business with one of its members, Gina Hengst with Dave and Buster's.  Winners of the recent membership contest enjoyed the Happy Hour celebration at D&B.  Congratulations to our winners Mike Aselton, Lisa Almeida, Eric Horn, Jepp Walter, Ramona Baldwin, Hank Duckworth, Mark Wilkinson, Julie Clements, Bob McKenzie, Kim Clarke, Julie Wesling and Harry Peltz.  

Dave and Buster's is always a blast but they really rolled out the red carpet for us. If you're not familiar or have not been in a while, it is a wonderful restaurant and bar perfectly blended with a game emporium.

We were set up in a semi-private room with our own beautiful pool table and buffet.  As always, the food was great, the service fast and friendly and the atmosphere classy but fun. Gina has been a great member and is always happy to support our club.

Benefits of our membership include doing business with other members AND getting to know each other better in a fun atmosphere as we celebrate the successes of our club.  Let's continue to grow, have fun, and make a positive difference in our community!


Scott Schilbrack,

2012 SBMC Membership Chair


Who?    Fidelity Bank

What?   A Meet-A-Member

Where? 9802 Old Baymeadows Road Jacksonville FL 32256

When?  Thursday, September 13th from 5:30-7:30pm

Why?     Well, why not?!


SBMC 3rd Vice-President Annie Houghton invites you to enjoy some great times, club favorite beverages, and professionally catered food at her new branch.  This event will be highlighted with some of Fidelity Bank's corporate bigwigs coming to town. Bring your big ol' money jar and we will count/exchange your coins, FOR FREE!  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the weekly meetings.  Fidelity Bank will be donating the proceeds of the ticket sales to the SBMC Fall YAP.        


Our September golf outing is Friday, September 14th, at South Hampton.  Cost is $39.00 plus tax and includes range balls.  SHOTGUN start at 12:00 PM.  We have room for 28 players. 

To reserve your spot, please reply to the SBMC Golf Outing Chair Julie Clements at [email protected].


How would you like to be able to connect with 50-100 classic car owners?  It's simple - a little gift card, a pen, a coozie or some kind of neat widget that advertises your business in our goodie bags that go to every participant in our 2nd Annual SBMC Car Show at Hooters at Tinseltown. 

Want to spend the day with these same people?  For as little as $50 you can have a 10'x10' area to set up a booth.  It was a roaring success last year, so fire up your engines and motor on over on September 29th from 10am - 2pm. 

For more information email Desi Desiderio at [email protected]

Sponsorship spots are still available.  Don't miss out on this fun event for the whole family.


What a treat we have for our first raffle this year, a Carnival Cruise for 2 we acquired from our own Loretta Crescente of Carnival Cruise Lines.  The certificate is good for 17 months and has no restrictions.  This is a great opportunity for those of you who have never tried a cruise before. $10 for one chance $25 for 3 - we have limited tickets. Get yours now so you don't miss out on a chance for this great vacation!  We will be selling tickets at the meeting or you can purchase them online at  and click on the link on the homepage.  You will have the option of purchasing a single $10 ticket or the 3/$25 - What a bargain!  Contact Heather Gaston at [email protected]  for more information.

FALL YAP -- OCTOBER 3rd and 4th

Who wouldn't want to make a difference in the life of a local student?! This is your opportunity to not only help a local 5th grade safety patrol student go to Washington, DC and learn about our government. Years later, when that child is graduating from high school, they can come back and apply for a college scholarship!  

To make all of that happen, WE NEED YOU! Sponsorships are $125. For more information please contact:  

Heather Gaston [email protected]

Mark Bergan [email protected]

Annie Houghton [email protected]

4th SBMC Annual Jaguars Social -- OCTOBER 7th

Who's Ready For Some Football?  Jacksonville Jaguars against the Chicago Bears at 4:00 PM October 7th.


Take the SBMC "home field" advantage and get your TAILGATING and GAME tickets for only $40!  Party with us October 7th, EverBank field at the SBMC 4th Annual Tailgating Party.  

The $40 gets you a ticket, kegs of cold beer, cold drinks, Players Grille AWESOME smoked BBQ, snacks, music and entertainment by John "the hammer" Hamel and a cool "oasis" to practice your JAGUAR roars!  Tickets can be purchased at the meeting from Mark Wilkinson.


2012 Tailgating Team: 

Julie Clements, Michael Gullion and Angie Tekin

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Atlanta Falcons Tickets

We're All In!  At the SBMC meeting on 8/29, we will be auctioning a few tickets to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons game  on Thursday, August 30th at 6:30pm in Section 124 Row W.


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]. 


September 13th - Meet-A-Member

Hosted by Annie Houghton, Fidelity Bank


September 14th - SBMC Golf Outing

Golf Club at South Hampton in Saint Johns 


September 29th2nd Annual Car Show 

Hooters at Tinseltown parking lot


October 3rd - Fall YAP Luncheon

October 4th - YAP Cookout at Pine Forest Elementary School


October 7th4th Annual Jaguars Social 

4pm game against the Chicago Bears


October 31st - November 11th
Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair


November 10th - Salute

The Jacksonville Landing


November 12th

Veterans' Day Float 


November 15th - Meet-A-Member

Hosted by Sabrina Ebel, Florida Backyard


December 8th -

Holiday Gala and Celebration of the SBMC 80th Anniversary

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