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 48, November 25, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
SBMC Resolution
President's Message
Holiday Gala
Children's Christmas Shopping Spree
Golf Outing
Sergeant at Arms
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers   

November 28- 

David Schwartz 

December 5-
Jeff Cramer
December 12-
John Hamel  

December 19-
Margie Seaman 




Happy Birthday:   

Jessica Smith, 11/26
Gene Bushor, 11/27


    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

Tim Howe




   Drawing won by:  

Mike Dungey
Jepp Walter









 Next Meeting 

November 28, 2012 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  





11/28  Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI)

   Ben Warner

Ben Warner is the Deputy Director for JCCI, a citizen-based public policy think-and-do tank. The core work of JCCI is to engage citizens to improve the quality of life in Northeast Florida. 

Upcoming Programs:  

12/05  Jax Truckies and Jax CashMob, Caron Streibich & Mike Field
12/12  Co-Work Jax, Paige Calvert & Elton Rivas 
12/19  COJ, Bill Bishop

12/26  No SBMC Meeting

Resolution of the SBMC - Southbank Riverwalk

The following resolution has been approved by the Board of Governors and will be voted on at this week's meeting by the general membership in attendance. 


WHEREAS a study was completed under the Peyton administration as to the condition of and plan for renovation of the Southbank Riverwalk


WHEREAS the study revealed the condition of the structural support to have significantly declined potentially exposing the City to a lawsuit far in excess of any renovation costs


WHEREAS much of the bulkhead in front of the adjacent properties were also revealed to be in need of maintenance


WHEREAS funds for the renovation were appropriated over 2 years ago and are already available


WHEREAS commencement of a project could utilize many Jacksonville Residents in the construction industry currently struggling for work.


WHEREAS the project would further contribute to the goal of a more active and developed downtown Jacksonville


WHEREAS the Southside Business Men's Club has a vested interest in the Southbank Riverwalk specifically in regards to our well-known involvement in Friendship Park


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Southside Business Men's Club that although we have not taken any formal position for or against any specific changes, we respectfully request the Mayor review the current Southbank Riverwalk renovation project and appoint a committee or department to consider the appropriate course of action and expedite accordingly. 


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed spending time with your family and friends.  I also took some time off last week and I  would like to thank our 1st Vice President Jepp Walter for running the SBMC meeting and Tom Whicher for hosting our Annual wine tasting. The Holiday Season is officially here and it is a time for special holiday activities.  For us, it means that the SBMC Children's Christmas Shopping Spree is just a few weeks away.


The SBMC Christmas charity work for disadvantaged children has been underway since the mid 1980's. We raise money throughout the year from a couple of fundraising events.  I would like to thank our Past Presidents for raising additional money at the Jacksonville Agricultural Fair in 2012.  Thanks to their hard work and dedication, this year the SBMC will treat over FORTY homeless kids from the Davis Center for Families to a shopping spree for Christmas!  Invite your family members and friends and join us for this worthwhile event!


We need over FORTY volunteers for this event on Saturday, December 15th at 8am at the Target on San Jose.  Children will be given the money, have a list for essentials to buy, and you will be escorting them as they shop for themselves and their families for Christmas. Donate your time to this very special giving opportunity and help us fulfill the kids' Christmas dreams!  You will be glad you did!  If you would like to volunteer, please contact our Chairman Gene Maszy.


Last Wednesday, the 2013 slate of officers and board members were presented to the SBMC members.  The slate, listed below, has been proposed by the nominating committee and approved by the Board of Governors and will be voted on by the general membership at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012.


Quote of the week: "I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work." - Harry S. Truman 


Galina Schott,   

2012 SBMC President 



President......................................................... Jepp Walter


First Vice President.................................... Annie Houghton


Second Vice President........................................ Tim Howe


Third Vice President.............................Patrick Heatherington 


Fourth Vice President.................................. Julie Clements


Treasurer/Accountant.......................................... Dee Kirby


Sergeant-At-Arms....................................... Steve DeSorbo


Nomination from the floor - Mike Dungey for the Third Vice President



Chairman of the Board (to be decided)


One Year Term

Angie Tekin 
John Hamel 
Harry Peltz 
Desi Desiderio 


Two Year Term

Steve Johnston 
Julie Wesling (completes term of Julie Clements) 
A.J. Richwine 


Three Year Term

Phil Rosebrock 
Jack Manilla 
Gene Bushor 


The slate will be voted on by the general membership at the SBMC Annual Meeting on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012.

SBMC Holiday Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration

ONLY 10 Tickets Left

Buy your tickets at the meeting or call Dee Kirby at 904-470-4010.


 On Saturday, December 8th, we are celebrating not only the Holiday Season but also our Club's 80th Anniversary. Tickets are $60 per person which includes cocktails, open bar, great food and a lot of fun.


Our evening at the Aetna Building 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.


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.

Click on 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.

Auction Items for the Children's Shopping Spree
Our Annual Children's Christmas Shopping Spree benefiting

homeless 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 12/12Click here  to view more details about the 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 all members to bring special items to auction during our meetings. Help us raise additional money to benefit more families!


Our next golf outing is Friday, December 14th, at Fleming Island.  Cost is $36.00 plus tax and includes range balls.  12:00 PM SHOTGUN.

Please contact Julie Clements at [email protected]

or 904-607-0211 to reserve your spot.


Julie Clements,

2012 SBMC Golf Chair

Jacksonville Jaguars vs New York Jets Tickets
At the SBMC meeting on 11/28, we will be auctioning 2 tickets to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets game with a parking pass on Thursday, 12/9 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]. 


December 8th -

Holiday Gala and Celebration of the SBMC 80th Anniversary


December 14th - SBMC Golf Outing

At Fleming Island.


December 15th - Children's Christmas Shopping Spree

At the Target on San Jose Blvd near I-295


December 19th -

Gator Bowl Raffle Drawing

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