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 46, November 11, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Membership Corner
SBMC History
Children's Christmas Shopping Spree
Holiday Gala
Jaguars Tickets
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers  

November 14- 

Sandy Myers
November 21- 

Charles Armstrong
November 28- 

David Schwartz 

December 5-
Jeff Cramer
December 12-
John Hamel 




Happy Birthday:  

Barbara Buzby, 11/12
Brian Doherty, 11/12
Mary Pat Stocks, 11/13
Steve Strum, 11/13
Carlisle Jones, 11/13
Steve Kaufman, 11/14
John McLain, 11/14 



    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

Jeff Cramer




   Drawing won by:  

Gene Bushor

Steve DeSorbo








 Next Meeting 

November 14, 2012 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  





11/14  Policeman and Fireman of the Year
Upcoming Programs:  

11/21  SBMC Annual Wine Tasting, Tom Whicher

11/28  Jacksonville Community Council Inc., Ben Warner


As I was getting ready for the SBMC activities this week, I remembered that Sidney Sheldon once said "My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place -- police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces." 

Our 2012 Veterans Day weekend has been truly wonderful!  Yesterday, we began celebrating great service men and women with our 2nd Annual Salute event at the Jacksonville Landing.  The music, weather, food and refreshments were great and enjoyed by many in attendance. Many thanks to the event Chairman Gene Maszy and all our sponsors and volunteers for organizing such an exciting event. Because of their support, we have raised money for the SBMC Veterans Independence Project. 

On Monday, November 12th, we will be participating in the Jacksonville Veterans Day parade proudly displaying our wonderfully redesigned 80th Anniversary Veterans' Day Float. On Veteran's Day we honor those who have bravely served our country and I hope you will come out and join us for the parade. What a great way to honor America's Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.


This Wednesday, is our Annual Police and Fireman of the Year Day. This is always a special meeting for us when we present awards to a local fireman and a local policeman in recognition of their outstanding service to the community. Please plan to attend this week's meeting as we honor our police and firefighters. I look forward to seeing you there.


Quote of the week: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy


Galina Schott,  

2012 SBMC President 


Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all who have served our great country. SBMC members proudly pledge allegiance to the flag before each meeting, and honor veterans with military appreciation day, a float in the Veteran's Day parade, and an event called Salute at the Jacksonville Landing. There are many other fun activities, ways to give back to the community, and opportunities to build friendships and business relationships--the things that make SMBC membership so worthwhile.


Membership is having a great year; please continue to invite guests to the meetings and encourage your colleagues and contacts to consider joining. Remember, we're running a contest for the member who can sponsor the most new members, with a $1,000 cash prize to the winner at the end of the year. There's never been a better time to be a member of the oldest and arguably most prestigious civic organization in Jacksonville!


Julie Wesling,

2012 Membership Co-Chair


I was only 8 years old, but the work was completed in 1963.

I remember that... 

Fifty-two years ago a meeting was held at the Green Turtle Restaurant.  The Southside Business Men's Club approved a resolution urging the State Road Department (later absorbed into the Florida Department of Transportation) to widen Hendricks Avenue from San Jose Boulevard to Lakewood.  

Dated March 5, 1958 and signed by then President John C. Coleman.


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 this Thursday, November 15th. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the meeting. We appreciate Sabrina's generosity for donating the proceeds of the ticket sales to the SBMC Children's Christmas Shopping Spree.  

SBMC Children's Christmas Shopping Spree
Our Annual Children's Christmas Shopping Spree benefiting the

underprivileged kids and their families will be December 15th.  We will be auctioning 3 very nice Taylor made leather, swivel chairs during the meetings on 11/28, 12/5 and 12/12.  Click here to view more details about these chairs. They are valued at $1,200 to $2,400.

A special thank you to Mark Manship for donating these chairs to raise money for our club's event.  We appreciate Mark's generosity and encourage other members to bring special items to auction during our meetings to help raise additional money to benefit more families. 

SBMC Holiday Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration

Pull out the dancing shoes and the party dress (suit) - It's time for the SBMC Holiday Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration!

The event will take place on Saturday,  December 8th at the Aetna Building - 841 Prudential Dr; plenty of free parking and easy access.


Our evening kicks off with cocktails and hor d'oeuvres served against the backdrop of the sparkling St. Johns River at 6:30pm, with dinner catered by Anthony's at 8:00 pm. The band Cloud 9 will provide the musical treat for the evening  and we can dance until midnight.


Tickets are only $60 per person which includes cocktails, open bar, great food and dancing. Our beautiful destination will be a wonderful place to dress up and celebrate! VIVA la Holidays!  Please buy your tickets early at the meeting or on line at; 


We have also made arrangements for an $89.00 room rate at Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel is conveniently located a few blocks from our event and would be a great place to conclude a perfect evening.

Use this link SBMC Hotel Reservation to book your room.

Thank you to our Bar Sponsors:

Jepp Walter of Marlin Technology

Nancy Bennett of Living Image Photography

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

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans Tickets
At the SBMC meeting on 11/14, we will be auctioning 2 tickets to the
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans game with a parking pass
on Sunday, 11/25 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]. 


November 12th - Veterans' Day Parade


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]