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 43, October 21, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Fl Proposed Constitutional Amendments
Membership Corner
Veteran's Day Float
Jags Tickets
Golf Outing
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers  

October 24- 
Eris Eiras   

October 31-   
Angie Tekin
November 7-
Bruno Silva
November 14-
Sandy Myers
November 21-
Charles Armstrong
November 28-
David Schwartz 





Happy Birthday:  

Brynn Titone, 10/21
James Tilbrook, 10/21
Steve Weintraub, 10/21
Jessie Swearingen, 10/25
Mark Jackson, 10/25
Kyle Lindsey, 10/25



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

Don Alexander 





   Drawing won by:  

Steve DeSorbo

 Win Thomas










 Next Meeting 

October 24, 2012 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  




















10/24  Pre-Election Candidates Corner,   

          Hosted by Paul Renner 

Upcoming Programs:  

10/31  Veteran's Independence Program (VIP) and Salute

11/7    Post-Election Results Panel hosted by Karen Mathis

11/14  Policeman and Fireman of the Year

11/21  SBMC Annual Wine Tasting, Tom Whicher

11/28  Jacksonville Community Council Inc. 


Our program this week provides a final opportunity for several local candidates to address our club.  In attendance will be the Democrat and Republican candidates for Clerk of Court, Brenda Priestly Jackson and Ronnie Fussell; a candidate for School Board, Jon Heymann, and two candidates for County Court judge, Rhonda Peoples-Waters and Michelle Kalil.  Each candidate will have five minutes to address the club.  This will not be a debate, but will provide each candidate with sufficient time to advocate for his or her candidacy in the upcoming election.  Since there is always an overabundance of information concerning races at the top of the ticket, we have focused this year on presenting candidates for local races that directly affect us, but are often overlooked.  Many voters will read this year's ballot and ask "Who are these people?" - Not our club members. 
As a result of our series of candidate forums and the candidate presentations this week, SBMC members will be among the most informed voters in Jacksonville this year.


The General Election is quickly approaching us and thanks to the 3,000 plus words on the ballot, the longest lines in history are expected at the voting polls.  For that reason and because of the importance of this election, I've decided to offer the SBMC members a closer look at the Florida Proposed Constitutional Amendments. 


In the next two issues of our weekly newsletter we will publish all of the Proposed Constitutional Amendments for your review.  My main objective is to help you get better informed and be fully prepared to cast your vote on November 6, 2012.  This week, we are publishing the first 5 amendments that will appear on the General Election ballot;  you can also read them online at   


I hope that you find the analysis provided by the Collins Centers of the Proposed Constitutional Amendments below informative and beneficial during your decision-making process. This information is designed to provide explanations of the proposals along with arguments for and against them. The nonprofit Collins Center for Public Policy was established in 1988 to seek out creative, nonpartisan solutions to Florida's toughest issues.  


Quote of the week: "People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people.  Of course, that is not true.  Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing".  ~ Walter Judd

Galina Schott,   

2012 SBMC President 

Florida Proposed Constitutional Amendments 2012

Amendment 1: Health Care Services

What it would do: This would add an amendment to the state constitution that attempts to prohibit the government from requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you want the Florida Constitution to include a provision that prohibits the government from requiring you to purchase health insurance.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you do not want the Florida Constitution to include a provision that prohibits the government from requiring you to purchase health insurance.


Amendment 2: Veterans Disabled Due To Combat Injury; Homestead Property Tax Discount

What it would do: This amendment would allow certain disabled veterans, who were not Florida residents prior to entering military service, to qualify for a discount on their property taxes.

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you want the state to give a property tax discount to disabled veterans who moved to Florida after entering the military.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you do not want to extend the tax discount to disabled veterans who moved to Florida after entering the military.


Amendment 3: State Government Revenue Limitation

What it would do: This amendment would set a state revenue limit each year based on a formula that considers population growth and inflation instead of using the current method of calculating the revenue limit based on personal income.

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you want the state to change the way it calculates its revenue limit.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you do not want the state to change the way it calculates its revenue limit.


Amendment 4: Property Tax Limitations; Property Value Decline; Reduction For Non-homestead Assessment Increases; Delay of Scheduled Repeal

What it would do: Reduce the maximum annual increase in taxable value of non-homestead properties from 10 percent to 5 percent; provide an extra homestead exemption for first-time home buyers; allow lawmakers to prohibit assessment increases for properties with decreasing market values.

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you favor the enhanced tax breaks being proposed.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you are against the enhanced tax breaks being proposed.  


Amendment 5: State Courts

What it would do: This measure would provide for Senate confirmation of Supreme Court justices; give lawmakers control over changes to the rules governing the court system; and direct the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which investigates judicial misconduct complaints, to make its files available to the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you want the Senate to have confirmation power over Supreme Court appointees, and some authority over changes to the rules that govern the state's courts. You also want to grant the House access to Judicial Qualifications Commission's investigative files on judges.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you do not want these proposed changes made to the state's judiciary.


One day last week I read on Facebook that a friend passed away, another friend got married, and another friend adopted a baby. What a circle-of-life moment!  Sometimes it can be difficult to find the balance, to work hard and also spend time with loved ones--to feel like we're living life to the fullest. One of the things I like best about our club is how vibrant it is.  It's fun and easy to make the most of the time we have together.  We can network to grow our businesses, make genuine friendships, and give back to the Jacksonville community all at the same time.


We have been working hard to grow our membership this year and we  are close to our goal of 100 new members in 2012. We're encouraging everyone to join in the fun of growing the club by having a contest--$1,000 cash prize to the member who sponsors the most new members this year.  Now is the time to make the most of your membership and encourage others to join and do the same. 

Seize the day! 


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.  This year, we are building a special float, proudly displaying the Club's 80-years of Service to our Community. 


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. If you have questions or need directions, please call John Hamel at 887-6805 or e-mail him at [email protected].

SALUTE - NOVEMBER 10th, Jacksonville Landing

Help us support the Veteran's Independence Program (VIP) and show your appreciation and gratitude for what our military family has sacrificed for all of us.  Visit our website at 

There are 2 ways to participate: 

Vendor Slot: $200 - Market your business to the military and veterans coming to the Landing and in so doing show your appreciation by giving away promotional items to the military members who are there with us. 

VIP Sponsor: $300 - Receive 10 tickets to the VIP celebration at the Landing. Beer and beverages will be complimentary all day with dinner also included, catering by Hooters. Cash bar for liquor and wine and some of the best local live bands playing all day. 

SBMC Special: $400 - Receive a vendor slot and VIP ticket package.


Gene Maszy,

2012 Salute Chairman

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Detroit Lions - November 4th 

At the SBMC meeting on 10/24, we will be auctioning 2 tickets to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions game with a parking pass on Sunday, 11/4 at 1:00pm in Section 203, Row B, seats 9 and 10.   

Our next golf outing is on Friday, November 16th, at Queens Harbour. Shotgun start at 12:30 PM.  Cost is $40.00 plus tax and includes range balls.  I only have a few spots left so please let me know ASAP if you want to participate. Please call me at 904-607-0211 or email at [email protected] 


Julie Clements

2012 SBMC Golf Chair


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


November 16th - Golf Outing

Queens Harbour


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]