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 41, October 7, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
SBMC 80th Anniversary
Membership Corner
Veteran's Day Float
Fall YAP
Car Show
Carnival Cruise Raffle
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers  

October 10- 
Amy Huffman 

October 17-  

Howard Caplan
October 24- 
Matt Geoghegan
 October 31-   
Angie Tekin 





Happy Birthday:  

Rene Carter, 10/8
Robert Haavisto, 10/9
Keith Litterick, 10/9
Ronald MacNeil, 10/10
Mary Fisher, 10/10
Dawn Sutherland, 10/11
Tom Harris, 10/11
Chris Edwards, 10/13
Tim Buchanan, 10/13 



    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

Eric Ramshaw  





   Drawing won by:  

Jepp Walter

Mike Haney 








 Next Meeting 

October 10, 2012 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  




















10/10  Octoberfest -

Dan Naes, Assistant Brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch 


Upcoming Programs:  

10/17  Blue Ridge Parkway - Tom Hardy

10/24  DCPS District 7 Candidates  

10/31  SBMC VIP Salute 


Fall has arrived and our annual Octoberfest is this Wednesday, October 10th.  Invite a guest or two and join us for the annual autumn beer tasting hosted by Dan Naes, an assistant Brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch.  In addition, City Council President Bill Bishop will address the matter of revising currently outdated economic policies that hinder progress in our community.  You don't want to miss the SBMC meeting this week!


The last couple of weeks have been very exciting for our club.  Many of our members have contributed to the success of our club's latest events, including the Car Show and the Youth Achiever Program. Without our sponsors and volunteers, fundraising events like these would be impossible to achieve.  My special thanks to all of you for your contribution and support!  


Quote of the week: "Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy.  You vote in elections once every four years, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in".  For 80 years, members of our club have been volunteering and positively impacting our community. Let's keep up the good work and continue having fun along the way!  Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.  


Galina Schott,   

2012 SBMC President 

SBMC 80th ANNIVERSARY by Angie Tekin

Happy Birthday, SBMC! As you know, we are celebrating our 80th Anniversary which is really a birthday.
Who else was 'born' in 1932? -- check this out: Little Richard ~ Johnny Cash ~ Charlie Rich ~ John Updike ~ Petula Clark ~ Patsy Cline ~ Jenny Craig  ~Casey Kasem~Ted Kennedy ~ Sonny Liston  ~Loretta Lynn ~ Omar Sharif   ~ Elizabeth Taylor ~ Robert Vaughn.
We may not be as famous as these folks; however, we have outlived most of them.  What a tribute to the mission of the Southside Business Men's Club that we have had the stamina to survive depressions, recessions, wars, political upheaval, geographic changes, financial challenges, technological advances and challenges as well as having withstood the test of time.
It appears that we are gaining strength as the years roll by, and not diminishing as with other groups. We can be proud that we are still breaking new ground and meeting (and even exceeding) the mission of our Club.  Blow out a few candles and make a few big wishes for you, the SBMC membership, you deserve it!  Happy 80th Birthday!


As we begin the 4th quarter of the year, we evaluate what we need to do in our businesses to meet the goals we set for 2012. SBMC membership is the same; our goal for the year was to welcome over 100 new members. As of this writing, we need 11 corporate and 14 individual memberships to meet our goal. This is very achievable in 3 months' time if we work together.  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!


We have many exciting activities coming up, making it fun and easy for new members to get involved. Let's make the most of our final months of the year--invite guests (get recognized at the meetings as you introduce them!), encourage your colleagues to join, get more involved and enjoy the camaraderie of members new and old. As the club grows and thrives, we all have more opportunities to make new friends and business alliances.  

Julie Wesling,
2012 Membership Co-Chair


We have been meeting every Tuesday starting at 5:30pm to build the SBMC Float for the Veteran's Day Parade.  Same location as last year: Sunnyland Roofing - 4115 University Blvd West, use the entrance under the overpass.  BYOB, but ice and set ups will be available. 


This year, we are building a special float, proudly displaying the Club's 80-years of Service to our Community.  Please join us this Tuesday, 10/9 and help us with this important project.  If you have questions or need directions, please call John Hamel at 887-6805 or e-mail him at [email protected].

FALL YAP  by Annie Houghton, SBMC 3rd VP

Many Thanks to our FALL YAP Sponsors:

Charles Armstrong - D2 Capital Management

Annie Houghton - Fidelity Bank

John Davoli - Metro Diner

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

Mark Jackson - Duckworth Construction

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

Gene Bushor - Bushor's Tree Surgeons 

Nancy Bennett - Living Image Photo

Frank Wallmeyer - Safeguard Print

Gus Gustafson - Space Walk of Jacksonville

We would like to thank our Volunteers, who braved the weather in order to help make our event a success: John Hamel, Tim Howe, Michael Jones, Sharon Peltz, Eric Ramshaw, Karen Tutwiler, Jessie Swearingen, Ramona Baldwin, Gene Bushor (and crew!) and especially Harry Peltz.

SBMC CAR SHOW by Desi Desiderio, Chairman

The 2nd Annual SBMC Car Show was a tremendous success. We surpassed our budgeted goal of $1,500 by raising $2,539.  

Our car show made the newspaper!  The show was mentioned in Saturday's Drive section of the Florida Times Union.  To explore more than 60 photos from the show, go to 


First, a special thank you to the car show committee with Mike Aselton, Cameron Naugle, Harry Peltz, Phil Rosebrock, Dee Kirby, and chairman Desi Desiderio.


Additionally, a big thank you to the sponsors who stepped up in an incredible way: our event sponsor Mike Dungy with Nimnicht Chevrolet Fleet Sales; our gold sponsors Rollin Sound at the Avenues and 12 Volt LEDHID; and our silver sponsors, Scott Shilbrack with Luten Insurance, Mary Pat Stock with Costco, and Coast Cycle Consignment.


There were also two members who brought multiple cars and/or contributed above and beyond the normal expectations, so a special thank you to Tom Harris, and Erin Eiras with Investra Financial.


In addition, we had huge support within our club to provide numerous high quality items for our silent auction, which was put together and planned by Mary Jury with Hands on Jacksonville. The following members contributed goods and/or services to the auction: Julie Wesling from Holistic Massage Therapies, Kimberly Clarke from Kimberly Clarke Salon, Rene Carter from Family Abbey Carpet & Floor, John Davoli from Metro Diner, Ron Mallet from Thigpen Heating & Cooling, Tom Whicher from PRP Wine International, Alan Worley and Terry Rich from Money Pages, Nico Hogeveen from GolfTEC, Mary Fisher from Mary Fisher Design, Hank Duckworth from Duckworth Construction, Belinda Mitchell from Crystal Pool Service LLC., Keith Segars from American Transmission, Nancy Bennett from Living Image Studio, Mary Pat Stock from Costco, Linda Daniel Ducat from Sunbeam Autobody, Pamela Wiltegen from Far Fetched Tales Dog Training, Carter Funk from Delux Cleaners, Angie Tekin from Oasis Staffing, and Howard Wolpoff from 1010XL.


Thanks to all who supported the event, including members who brought their cars to the event, people who bid on the auctions, and all members who attended the event. Lastly, a very special thank you to all of the club officers for their support throughout the event.


Congratulations to Jack Manilla on winning the Carnival Cruise for 2!


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]. 


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.


December 15th -

Children's Christmas Shopping Spree -

At the Target on San Jose Blvd near I-295

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