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 38, September 16, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Membership Corner
Car Show
Carnival Cruise Raffle
Fall YAP
Jaguars Social
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers: 


September 19-
Patrick Heatherington
September 26-
Axel Von Loewenclau 




Happy Birthday:
James Vinson, 9/16

Michael Stroupe, 9/17

Jordan Ansbacher, 9/17

 Mary Jury, 9/19

Penny Kievet, 9/19
Mark Griffis, 9/19



    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:  

AJ Pionessa

A Guest





 Next Meeting 

September 19, 2012


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  




















9/19   Florida Highway Patrol - Don Flynn


Upcoming Programs:

9/26   Car Expo Panel - hosted by Mike Dungey  

10/3   SBMC Fall Youth Achiver Program
10/10  Octoberfest - Dae Naes
10/17  Blue Ridge Parkway - Tom Hardy


In 1932 two organizations were born -- the Southside Business Men's Club and Augusta National Golf Club.  A couple of weeks ago we had the SBMC Past Presidents day and we heard some interesting facts about our club's history.  During the program, Past President AJ Pionessa said that one of the best things the SBMC has done is to admit women to the Club.  That decision was made in 1996 and we continue taking pride in impacting our community in positive ways.

It's obvious that when it comes to membership decisions, the SBMC has been more progressive then other clubs in the country, including Augusta National Golf Club.  Only last month, for the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National GC has added its first female members - former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and business executive Darla Moore. Augusta National takes pride in its role as a leader in golf circles, and they finally realized that they could not effectively fill the role while telling women they don't belong.


Quote of the week: "Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade."  -- Constance Baker Motley (First African American Woman in the US to become a Federal Judge)


Galina Schott,

2012 SBMC President 


This week ushers in the first day of autumn. The days are getting noticeably shorter, and we've had a taste of cooler, dryer weather. Farmers are beginning to harvest - do you ever think about how you will "harvest" business-related bounty, like benefits of Southside Business Men's Club membership? If you "sow" time in meetings, volunteering and socials, you will reap many rewards in friendships, referrals and new business. And bringing in new members is like planting seeds for future growth. 


So far we have welcomed 80 new members this year!  We can reach our goal of 100 new members in 2012 if we work together and finish the year strong. (Don't forget, we're having a contest to see who can bring in the most new members by the end of the year, with a $1,000 cash prize!)  The best part is, it's not a chore, like raking leaves or re-mulching your garden, bringing guests and participating in events is fun!  This Wednesday we'll have New Member Orientation at 11:30am at SJCC, and induct new members at our lunch meeting -- please welcome our newest members and help them get involved.  As the club grows bigger and stronger, everyone yields healthy benefits. 


Julie Wesling,

2012 SBMC Membership Co-Chair


A big thanks to Annie Houghton and Fidelity Bank for hosting a very well-attended and successful Meet-A-Member on Thursday, September 13th at her new branch on Baymeadows Road!


Anthony's Catering was contracted to provide the delicious food; the mashed potato bar was a big hit.  Most importantly, bank president Palmer Proctor, who came down from the Atlanta HQ, chose to donate the event's ticket sales ($395), to our SBMC YAP. Once again, thanks to Annie and her staff who made this an event to remember.


Our next Meet-A-Member event will be November 15th, at Sabrina Ebel's Florida Backyard location on Philips Hwy.


Rev up your engines and motor over to the Hooters on Southside Blvd. at 10am on Saturday, September 29th until 2pm.  Awesome cars, food, fun and people there to greet you at the 2nd ANNUAL SBMC CAR SHOW sponsored by NIMNICHT CHEVROLET!  Lots of prizes, raffles, and a silent auction with more than $4000 worth of merchandise to bid on.  So grab your driving gloves, pack up the kids and drive on over to Hooters and ogle some great looking chassis!  Thanks also to Rollin' Sound and Coast Cycle Consignment at the Gold Sponsor level and Luten Insurance, Costco and American Bedliner for their Silver Sponsorships.  We still can use some help the day of the event so if you want to be a part of this great event, drop Desi Desiderio an email at [email protected] for more information.


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

THANK YOU to our current YAP sponsors: 

Annie Houghton - Fidelity Bank

Mark Bergan - Bergan Telecom Analyst
Win Thomas - Van Dyk Mortgage

Dr Julee Miller - Health Pointe of Jacksonville

Irene Picca - Irene Picca CPA

Angelo Volpe - CVSN

AJ Richwine - Coldwell Banker Commercial

Steve Goranson - ActionCOACH
Jeff Cramer - Cramer Law Center

Scott Schilbrack - Luten Insurance Agency

Howard Caplan - Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A

Don Flynn - Don Flynn Pictures

Kimberly Clarke - Kimberly Clarke Salon

Mary Fisher - Mary Fisher Design

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a local student and become the Youth Achiever Program Sponsor? It is not too late;  sponsorships are $125.  For more information contact:

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 Cincinnati Bengals Tickets
At the SBMC meeting on 9/19, we will be auctioning 2 tickets to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals game with a parking pass on Sunday, September 30th at 4:05pm 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]. 


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]