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 51, December  16, 2012
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Membership Corner
Gator Bowl Raffle
Sergeant at Arms
2013 Officers and Board of Governors
SBMC Upcoming Events


Spotlight Speakers   

December 19-
Margie Seaman 




Happy Birthday:   

Dee Kirby, 12/16

Ken Spinella, 12/18
Mariellen Kristol, 12/19
Ron Mallett,  12/21




    Prizes & Raffles       


The Hardage-Giddens 

Dignity Memorial

Attendance Award


No winner last week 



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by: 

Tom Harris,


name drawn

 last week

Mark Griffis 




   Drawing won by:  

Gene Bushor
Mark Griffis











 Next Meeting 

December 19, 2012 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  





12/19  COJ -  Bill Bishop, President Jacksonville City Council


Upcoming Programs:  

12/26  No SBMC Meeting
  1/2    Award Ceremony and

   Installation of 2013 Officers and Board Members


Last Saturday morning, we held our annual Children's Shopping Spree helping over 40 children have an extra special Christmas. Many thanks to Gene Maszy for chairing this event and to our past President Tyrone Townsend who started our holiday tradition in the mid 1980's.  Most importantly, I want to thank our volunteers for donating their time to this very special giving opportunity and helping us fulfill the kids' Christmas dreams! 


What an exciting year our club has had!  Last week, the SBMC Board approved 25 new members, which brought our total to 116 new members in 2012!  Thanks to all your support, our club has enjoyed a tremendous success this year.  THANK YOU!  


I hope you will be able to join us for the last SBMC meeting of the year this Wednesday, welcome our newly inducted members, and wish a happy Holiday Season to your SBMC friends.  I look forward to seeing you there!


Quote of the week: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness".  -- Helen Keller


Galina Schott,   

2012 SBMC President


Happy Holidays to all our members! I am very pleased to report that Membership had a BANNER year, with a record-breaking 116 new members!  Way to go everyone! Thank you to all of you who brought guests, encouraged guests to join, and helped make new members feel welcome. The club has enjoyed such a great year, and now with so many new members joining our ranks, we are poised to have another very successful year in 2013.

I encourage you to get involved, network with all our new and seasoned members, make new friends as well as business connections, find ways to give back to our community, and enjoy all that SBMC membership has to offer. Thanks again for helping to make 2012 one of our best years ever, a warm welcome to all our new members, and a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all!

Julie Wesling,
2012 SBMC Membership Co-chair 
Don't forget to buy your Gator Bowl Raffle tickets - you can get them online or this week at the meeting but sales close at 1:00pm.
This is for a chance to win 6 tickets including VIP access and parking pass. It's an amazingly great time as I was once the happy winner and can speak 1st hand. Even if you're not fans of the teams playing, the day is wonderful!

Northwestern Wildcats vs Mississippi State Bulldogs
Ticket cost $5 each, or 3 tickets for $10, or even better 7 tickets for $20.  A $700 VALUE. Get your tickets from A.J. Richwine, Mark Jackson, Harry Peltz or Click here to buy on line. Drawing will be during our meeting this week and you do not have to be present to win.


Nancy Bennett
2012 SBMC 2nd VP 


Twelve years ago, last June, the Southside Business Men's Club lost one of its greatest assets. One that the club had not been without for forty-one years. The retirement of Pauline W. Smith. Pauline had served the club out of pure love.   Pauline was recruited by Harry A. Pierce during the presidency of W.A.Weatherford in 1959. She not only did the Secretarial duties but typed, edited and mailed the Southsider weekly newsletter. Recording minutes of all board meetings, and making sure the president did not forget anything. In 1996 when the club voted to allow women members, Pauline was the first woman member. Was a fitting milestone. As "one of her boys" i can truly say that i could not have done my tour of duty without the advice and gentle guidance that Pauline offered. The club has honored Pauline with the founding of the "Pauline W. Smith" Business Scholarship in conjunction with the University of North Florida. In Pauline's own words: "Why should I not love this club?? It has given me memories to last a lifetime!"


Your Historian,

Crump Kirby

Photos from the SBMC Holiday Gala and 80th Anniversary Celebration are now available online. Click here to view the photos. Everyone looked beautiful! If you'd like to purchase anything, just add the word "friend" to the coupon space to receive a 33% discount on your order of $15 or more.

Nancy Bennett,

Living Image Photography 


The following Officers and Board of Governors were voted on at the annual meeting, Wednesday, December 5, 2012. 



PresidentJepp 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



One Year Term

Angie Tekin 
John Hamel 
Harry Peltz 
Desi Desiderio 


Two Year Term

Steve Johnston 
Julie Wesling
A.J. Richwine 


Three Year Term

Phil Rosebrock 
Jack Manilla 
Gene Bushor

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 19th -

Gator Bowl Raffle Drawing

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