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 37, September 9, 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
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight      Speakers:    

September 12-
Arun Venkatesan 

September 19-
Patrick Heatherington
September 26-
Axel Von Loewenclau 




Happy Birthday: 

Axel Von Loewenclau, 9/13
Jeremy Stein, 9/14
Don Alexander, 9/14
Mary Walter, 9/15 



    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:

Tim Howe









   Drawing won by:   

Barbara Buzby

Bruno Silva 










 Next Meeting  


September 12, 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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9/12   Family Foundation - Dawn Lockhart

Dawn Lockhart is President and CEO of Family Foundations, the premier nonprofit financial and housing counseling and education organization in Northeast Florida founded in 1956.


Upcoming Programs:

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


Many thanks to Barbara Buzby and Annie Houghton for organizing a very special Past Presidents' Day last Wednesday.  Our members and guests enjoyed an exciting program.  We heard funny and heartwarming stories from four Past Presidents: AJ Pionessa, Gene Bushor, C. Lee Daniel, and Belinda Mitchell.  The Past Presidents in attendance received a copy of the Proclamation made by Mayor Alvin Brown declaring September 5th, 2012 the Southside Business Men's Club Past Presidents' Day in the city of Jacksonville.


As we celebrate our Club's 80th Anniversary, we reflect on our past history and accomplishments with pride and gratitude to all who served before us.  For many years, our Club has worked hard for the improvement and betterment of Jacksonville.  This year, we've been supporting projects our Club has sponsored in the past and keeping our core values and traditions close to our hearts.  We are having a strong and exciting year and I want to thank our Past Presidents for their support, commitment, and dedication to the SBMC.  


Quote of the week: "Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still.  Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better." - Harry Truman


Galina Schott,  

2012 SBMC President 



As summer comes to an end, we enter another growing season not only for farmers but for anyone in business. Fall is a time to replant fields and rejuvenate relationships. Your friends, vendors and even competitors are doing it too. This is a great time to reach out to any of them and invite them to join us for lunch and networking with the SBMC. Every invitation I have made has been well received. Even if they are unable to attend, they will appreciate your gesture and remember your willingness to reach out and include them. These kinds of steps will help to grow the club but also help you grow both personally and professionally. As the weather cools off, keep thinking about what you can do and whom you can invite to take part in our club alongside the rest of us. Most of all, our beloved city of Jacksonville will stand to reap the benefits and she is great about sharing her gains with all of us.


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.        


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!  We have a limited number of tickets. Purchase yours at the meeting from Mark Wilkinson or online -, go to Calendar/October and click on the October 7th Jaguars Tailgating event to register and buy your tickets. 


2012 Tailgating Team: 

Julie Clements, Michael Gullion and Angie Tekin 

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Houston Texans Tickets

At the SBMC meeting on 9/12, we will be auctioning 2 tickets to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houstan Texans game with a parking pass on Sunday, September 16th at 1:00pm in Section 203, Row B, seats 9 and 10.  


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]. 

Interesting Facts about the U.S. Presidents

During our last meeting, we heard some interesting facts about our club's history from four of our Past Presidents.  Here are some interesting facts about the United States Presidents:

  1. Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois
  2. The only president to be unanimously elected was George Washington. He also refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,000 a year.
  3. "Teddy Bears" were so named when Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt refused to shoot a small bear cub one day. The incident was reported in the news, which inspired a toy manufacture to come out with the cute stuffed animals.
  4. George Washington never lived in the White House. The capital was actually located in Philadelphia and other cities when Washington was president. He is also the only president who didn't represent a political party.
  5. Richard Nixon was the first president to visit all 50 states and the first to visit China. He is the only president to resign.
  6. George Washington made the shortest inauguration speech on record-133 words and less than two minutes long.
  7. William Henry Harrison holds the record for the longest inauguration speech in history at 8,578 words long and one hour and 40 minutes. Unfortunately, he gave the speech during bad weather and a month later, he was dead from pneumonia, making his the shortest presidency on record.
  8. Three presidents died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe.
  9. The three best known Western names in China are Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley, and Richard Nixon.
  10. Warren Harding was the first president to own a radio, the first to make speech over the radio, and the first to ride to his inauguration in a car. When women got the right to vote, he was the first president they could elect.
  11. JFK was the first Roman Catholic to be president, the first Boy Scout to become president, and the first president to be born in the twentieth century.

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]