Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization Founded in 1932

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 81, Issue 4, January 20, 2013
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
2013 Chairman of the Board
Civic Affairs
Sign Up
Meet A Member
2013 Club Directory
Holiday Gala Pictures
Sergeant at Arms

Spotlight Speakers
January 23-
Brynn Titone 

January 30- 
Bob Ascher

February 6-
Arron Curtis
Janna Thomas




Happy Birthday

Charlie Sheppard, 1/20 
Baker Brooks, 1/20 
Todd Cencich, 1/20 
Christina Dortch, 1/22 
Steve Burnett, 1/23 
Curtis Allen, 1/24 
Jeff Spadafora, 1/26  






  Prizes & Raffles       


The Hardage-Giddens 

Dignity Memorial

Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

John Hamel

 No winner last week.   




Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by: 

Tom Harris,


name drawn


A.J. Pionessa 




   Drawing won by:  

Leslie Silva
David Marovich

SBMC Trivia
$25 won by 
Joan Rogers

  Next Meeting 

January 23, 2013  


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  





1/23   Supervisor of Elections-Jerry Holland
Upcoming Programs:  
1/30   United Way Campaign Chair at Mayo Clinic - Ron Stone
 2/6    Historian on St. Augustine's Birthday - Ron Radford
2/13   President JAXUSA and Executive VP
Jax Chamber - Jerry Mallot
2/20   Sr. VP Winn Dixie - Robert Devine
2/27   NE FL certified branding expert on the rebranding of
          The Bolles School - Jennifer Holland 


Jepp Walter, SBMC 2013 President
Jepp Walter 
2013 President 


This past Wednesday, we had Dave Anderson with Premier Beverage, who taught us about the differences in Bourbons, and how they are made.  So this is the third part of our adult beverage programs.  We have Tom Whicher with wine the day before Thanksgiving, we have Dan Naes with North Florida Sales on our beer day in the early fall, and now we have someone in the liquor business.  I thought it was very interesting that bourbons are ONLY from the United States.  There were more interesting pieces of trivia as well.  This year it was bourbons, and hopefully Dave will be back next year, and we'll learn about another piece of that puzzle.  If you missed it, be sure to make it when Dave returns.


I stated at the beginning of my year, I will work on educating our members to learn more about our club and how it runs, and who runs it.  Today I asked members under 1 year to answer this question "Who is our 2nd Vice President?" Joan Rogers waved her arms, 

and told the correct answer, Tim Howe.  I asked her to come to the front, and I gave her $25 cash.  This is just a sample of what is yet to come, so pay attention to the things you hear, and read the website, or your directory.  I will say the site is being updated as we speak to update all of the officers and chair people, so the 2013 information may not be ready yet, but keep checking!


We'll see you next Wednesday!

Thank you,

2013 Chairman of the Board 

Galina Schott Immediate Past President Galina Schott was recently elected as our 2013 Chairwoman of the Board.  Congratulations and thank you Galina for your service as President last year and your continued commitment to the Club.  We look forward to working with you this year.   


This week our very own City Council President Bill Bishop will address our club with an update as to the result of our first resolution regarding changes to the economic development laws from last year.  Additionally, he will advise us as to some of the status of and steps needed in regard to the Southbank Riverwalk overhaul issue we as a club took up in 2012.  You won't want to miss this meeting!

Sign Up! 

Some of you may not be aware of our Spotlight Speaker opportunity or how to become one.  There is a notebook at the sign in table at all meetings.  You can volunteer to sign up to be a Spotlight Speaker, for one of our upcoming programs.  We also ask for volunteers to lead us in the honors of saying our Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance at each meeting.  If you feel led to do so please Sign Up or feel free to contact me for additional information. 

SIGN UP to be a
or perform the


Sergeant at Arms


Mark your calendars!  The first Meet a Member for 2013 is set!  The date is Thursday, Feb. 21st, at Rose Sarkees'  PLAYERS GRILLE on Hendricks Avenue!   We will have a private room in the back of the restaurant with appetizers and beer/wine/sodas.  Time is 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $5.00 each.  We will be selling tickets a few weeks before the event.   




Wendy Helms and Hillary Carpenter

2013 Meet a Member Chairs

2013 Club Directory

We are beginning the enormous task of getting our new Membership Directory ready for printing. Please login to your Profile on our website, ensure your information is correct, and that you have a picture you would like to be in the directory.


NOTE- Pictures will be reviewed to appropriate content.   The deadline to get your information and photo corrected will be the end of February.


Thank you,

Annie Howe, 1st Vice President

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 
SERGEANT AT ARMS - Steve De Sorbo 

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].


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