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 36, September 2, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Membership Corner
Car Show
Carnival Cruise Raffle
Fall YAP
Jaguars Social
Sergeant at Arms
Labor Day
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers: 

September 5-

Sabrina Ebel 

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






Happy Birthday:  


John Rutherford, 9/2
Kimberly Clarke, 9/3
William Traer, 9/3
Karen Mathis, 9/6
Lake Ray, Jr., 9/6
Candace Thurman, 9/8 




    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

Julie Clements 





   Drawing won by:  

Heather Gaston  

Gene Bushor 






 Next Meeting 

September 5, 2012


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  
























9/5    SBMC Past Presidents' Day

Please join us for a special meeting as we honor our Past Presidents.


Upcoming Programs:

9/12   Family Foundation - Dawn Lockhart

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


Last month, I attended the 6th Annual Ultimate CEO Awards luncheon hosted by the Jacksonville Business Journal. The program honored CEOs in Northeast Florida for their outstanding commitment to excellence, their leadership roles within their own organization and their unmatched contributions to the local community.  One of the reasons I attended the luncheon was to show our support for Brent Brown, the CEO of Latitude Global.  Brent was one of the 2012 top company leader Honorees recognized during the ceremony.


On behalf of the Southside Business Men's Club, I congratulated Brent on his great success.  I also expressed my gratitude for Latitude 30's support of the SBMC's Charity.  As many of you know, Latitude 30 was the Title Sponsor of the SBMC 17th Annual Charity Golf Classic earlier this year and helped us raise a record-breaking amount of money.


It was exciting to learn about the Latitude Cares initiative and to realize that the SBMC is one of 70 Charities that Latitude Global has been supporting.  As Brent and his partners have enjoyed success, they've made it a priority to give back to the community.  Brent Brown believes that "People will become more aware of the need to give back to the community through charities. Give back to the community and they will give back to you!"


I enjoyed the Ultimate CEO Awards ceremony and I also enjoyed the presentation of the keynote speaker Andre J van Rensburg on the Topic of Synergy.  He is a recognized expert on creating successful and sustainable TEAMS and has motivated thousands of people sharing his belief that "Together Everyone Achieves More Success". 


Quote of the week: "Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." ~ Vince Lombardi   


Galina Schott,  

2012 SBMC President 


As we celebrate the strength and pride of our work force this Labor Day, I am proud to be part of such a prestigious business club. I always tell potential new members that what I like best about the Southside Business Men's Club is that our members are very genuine: not only do we support each other professionally, but personally as well. As I walk through the meeting room, I hear people asking each other "how is your business doing," or "how is your mom (or dad or son or daughter)?". It brings a smile to my face, and I know that we gain even more by getting more involved and getting to know each other better. Keep bringing guests and encouraging quality people to join. Don't forget, we are having our biggest contest ever, awarding $1,000 cash to the member who brings in the most new members through December. 


Julie Wesling,

2012 SBMC Membership Co-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.        


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!  For more information, contact Heather Gaston at [email protected], or go online to our website and purchase as many as you'd like!

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]


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


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]. 


Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.


The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City.  In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday.


The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership - the American worker. Happy Labor Day!


September 13th - Meet-A-Member

Hosted by Annie Houghton, Fidelity Bank


September 14th - SBMC Golf Outing -- SOLD OUT

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]