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 44, October 28, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
Economic Development Resolution
President's Message
Florida Proposed Constitutional Amendments 2012
Membership Corner
Veteran's Day Float
Jags tickets
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers  

 October 31-  

 Angie Tekin  

November 7- 

Bruno Silva
November 14- 

Sandy Myers
November 21- 

Charles Armstrong
November 28- 

David Schwartz 





Happy Birthday:  

Diana Coffman, 10/29
Bill Bishop, 10/29
Doug Matthews, 10/29
Rose Jackson, 10/30
Mark Wilkinson, 10/30
Craig McColskey, 10/31
Roy Shimp, 10/31
Rick Waychoff, 10/31




    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:  

Chuck Perrone











 Next Meeting 

October 31, 2012 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  




















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

  John Hamel 

Upcoming Programs:  

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. 

The SBMC Economic Development Resolution

Over the past 80 years, the Southside Business Men's Club has been a leader in the community.  Our archives are full of demonstrations of an active force in Jacksonville; one article shows we once were referred to as the "Chamber of Commerce for the Southside."  For decades the club was behind almost every major development on our side of town as well as some elsewhere lobbying our representatives at local, state, and federal levels.  For the past decade, we've been committed to the growth of our club from within through our many new and recurring programs while our community activism has fallen somewhat by the wayside....that changed this past week.  As we have been in a recession for the past 4 years, it was time we spoke up to encourage action on behalf of our leaders to do everything possible to improve the ease with which we do business in Jacksonville.   


Last week, our club passed a resolution encouraging the City Council and the Mayor to review and update the various economic development laws to ensure growth isn't stifled by any unnecessary bureaucracy.  The current laws and programs surrounding growth and expansion of businesses, as well as relocation by companies to our city, date back to a very different time when we were thriving with new real estate development.  These laws make our city less competitive than that of our peers from a business perspective and are in dire need of updating.  This action took no position for or against any particular revisions, it was simply time we reclaimed our position as THE Civic Club Leading from the Southside.  We are fortunate to have within our membership many of our elected officials.  With their help and dedication, this will hopefully be the first of many acts reviving the activism our club has been known for over the past 80 years.  


Patrick Heatherington, 

2012 SBMC Civic Affairs Committee


Many thanks to Paul Renner and the SBMC Civic Affairs Committee for organizing the series of candidate forums that have helped our members get to know the local candidates running for different offices.


The General Election is next Tuesday and in this issue of our newsletter we will continue taking a closer look at the Florida Proposed Constitutional Amendments.  This week, we are publishing the remaining six amendments that will appear on the General Election ballot; you can also read them online at  I want to reiterate that my main objective is to help you get better informed and be fully prepared to cast your vote on November 6, 2012.  


I hope that you have found the analysis provided by the Collins Centers of the Proposed Constitutional Amendments 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 24 years ago to seek out creative, nonpartisan solutions to Florida's toughest issues.


Quote of the week: "Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters." ~ Abraham Lincoln


Galina Schott,   

2012 SBMC President 

Florida Proposed Constitutional Amendments 2012

Amendment 6: Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions; Construction of Abortion Rights

What it would do: This amendment would make the existing federal ban on public funding for most abortions part of the state constitution. It would narrow the scope of a state privacy law that is sometimes used in Florida to challenge abortion laws

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you support putting the existing federal ban on the use of public funds for abortions into the state constitution; and you support eliminating the state's privacy right with respect to a woman's right to choose.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you are against placing the existing federal ban on using public funds for abortions into the state constitution; and you are against eliminating the state's privacy right with respect to a woman's right to choose.


Amendment 7: Florida Religious Freedom, Amendment 7 (2012), which was scheduled to appear on the general ballot, was removed by court order on December 14. However, in light of a law approved in 2011, the Florida Attorney General had the authority to rewrite the proposal. This was done within the allotted 10 days to do so. On December 20, 2011, Attorney General Pam Bondi rewrote the proposal, and therefore the measure was placed on the ballot again as "Amendment 8."


Amendment 8: Religious Freedom Note: This proposal was known as Amendment 7 until a legal challenge by opponents led to the rewriting of some of the ballot language and its reinstatement on the ballot as Amendment 8. This is the reason there is no Amendment 7 on the 2012 ballot.

What it would do: This amendment would remove the prohibition in Florida's Constitution that prevents religious institutions from receiving taxpayer funding.

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you want to remove from the Florida Constitution a prohibition against the state funding religious institutions and replace it with a provision that prohibits the state from denying funding to institutions based on religious affiliations.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you want to retain the provision in the Florida Constitution that prohibits the state from funding religious institutions.


Amendment 9: Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder.

What it would do: This would grant a full property tax exemption to the surviving spouses of military veterans who die while on active duty and to the surviving spouses of first responders who die in the line of duty.

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you want the state to grant the full homestead exemption to the surviving spouses.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you do not want the state to grant the full homestead exemption.


Amendment 10: Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption

What it would do: This amendment would double the tangible personal property tax exemption and allow local governments to increase the exemption.

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you want to double the tangible personal property tax exemption and allow cities and counties to expand the exemptions beyond that.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you do not want to double the tangible personal property tax exemption and you do not want to allow cities and counties to expand the exemptions.


Amendment 11: Additional Homestead Exemption; Low-Income Seniors Who Maintain Long-Term Residency on Property; Equal to Assessed Value

What it would do: This amendment would give an additional property tax exemption to low-income seniors who have lived in their home for more than 25 years.

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you think cities and counties should have the authority to grant a full property tax discount to eligible seniors.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you do not think that cities and counties should have the authority to grant a full property tax discount to eligible seniors.


Amendment 12: Appointment of Student Body President to Board of Governors of the State University System

What it would do: This amendment would change the way the state selects the student representative on the state university system's Board of Governors, which oversees the university system.

IF YOU VOTE YES: A "yes" vote means you want the state create a new council of university student presidents from which the student representative to the Board of Governors will be chosen.

IF YOU VOTE NO: A "no" vote means you want to keep the current system of selecting the student representative to the Board of Governors.


Even Hurricane Sandy can't dampen our spirits at Southside Business Men's Club! We are having a record year in Membership, and we have two months to reach our goal of 100 new members in 2012!  We have a lot of great activities coming up, as you can see as you scroll down this newsletter, and so it's a great time to invite your friends, neighbors, colleagues, even competitors to visit a meeting and see what we're all about.


When you invite a guest to lunch, you have an opportunity to stand up and be recognized at the meeting. Your guest has an opportunity to have a satisfying lunch in a beautiful Country Club, have a fun time meeting new contacts and enjoying the speakers and auction. And the club has an opportunity to grow so we ALL can network with new contacts. As if that weren't enough, we're running a Membership Contest to see who can bring in the most new members for the year--with a cash prize of $1,000 for the winner!  There's never been a better time to invite a friend to a meeting, encourage guests to join, and reach out to help new members feel welcome and get involved. 


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


Who?    Sabrina Ebel with Florida Backyard

What?   Our last Meet-A-Member in 2012

Where? 11770 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256

When?  Thursday, November 15th from 5:30-7:30pm


Please join us for one of the most popular SBMC events, Meet-A-Member hosted by Sabrina Ebel with Florida Backyard. Come to have some great times and network with the SBMC members and guests on November 15th. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the weekly meetings. We appreciate Sabrina's generosity for donating the proceeds of the ticket sales to the SBMC Children's Christmas Shopping Spree.  

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts Tickets
At the SBMC meeting on 10/31, we will be auctioning 2 tickets to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts game with a parking pass on Thursday, 11/8 at 8:20pm 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]. 


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 -- SOLD OUT

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]