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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 81, Issue 14, March 31, 2013
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
TV Raffle
Tailgating Party
Meet A Member
The Players Championship

Spotlight Speakers

April 3-
Bob Ascher

April 10-
Chuck Houck

April 17-
Mike Russo/Paul Fogel

April 24-
Ramona Baldwin




Happy Birthday

Matt Romano, 3/31
Brian Ross, 4/1
Reynoldo Marquez, 4/4
Nancy Bennett, 4/4
Robyn Morgan, 4/5
Joe Lemire, 4/6 





  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


Barbara Murphy 




   Drawing won by:  

Dawn Sutherland


  Next Meeting 

April 3, 2013  


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  





4/3     Second Harvest Food Bank, Bruce Ganger
Upcoming Programs:  
4/10   Jax Axemen Rugby, Drew Slover (owner)
4/17   Jax Suns Baseball, Peter Bragan (owner)
4/24   Marketing, Don Carr 


Jepp Walter, SBMC 2013 PresidentJepp Walter, President 
Southside Business Men's Club 

(904) 838-8400


This past Wednesday, we had a very informative talk from Jerry Mallot, the interim President of our Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.  Jerry made it clear that he is NOT in the running for the permanent position of President, replacing recently retired Wally Lee.  "I'm so busy running the Jax USA Partnership, and love that work so much, I can't imagine doing anything else," Mallot said.  Jerry gave us great insight on how the business climate is in Jacksonville, how much it is improving, and what's to come in our future.

This Friday we will have our first major Tailgating Event at the Suns Game.  This will be a blast, and a wonderful networking opportunity, since we will be partnering with the Florida Tackle & Gun Club.  So there will be many people that you probably have not yet met.  For only $7, you get to eat and drink all you want prior to the game, and get a ticket to get in.  The deadline to purchase a ticket is MONDAY, April 1st.  And that is not an April fool's joke!
Visit our events calendar, and you'll be able to purchase your tickets there.
This Wednesday we will hear all about the Second Harvest Food Bank from Bruce Ganger.  I'll see you all Wednesday. 




Time is running out! 


Our selection has been upgraded to a:  51" Samsung High-Def TV w/ Dolby Digital Plus Audio and SRS Theater Sound, to be drawn at the Club meeting on April 3rd!!!   The TV  WILL be in attendance and ready to go home with its new owner.  Remember, your purchases are tax deductible (ask Mark Wilkinson) and the proceeds go to raising money for our causes.


Buy your tickets NOW!!


You can purchase 1 ticket for $5,   

or you can get 3 tickets for $10,  

and the best value is 7 tickets for $20!! 


See Barry Griffin or Tim Howe for tickets at the weekly meetings
and/or at the after-hours events.


IMPORTANT:  Last day to purchase tickets for the Suns Tailgating Party is Monday, April 1st.  We will hand out the tickets at the meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd.


The SBMC is having a Tailgating Party for the Jacksonville Suns Baseball game on Friday, April 5th.  Game time is 7:05 PM. Party starts at 5:00 PM in the parking lot behind the stadium. Tom Kennedy with the Florida Tackle & Gun Club is sponsoring the BBQ with lots of great food!  Look for the Tent and Banner. We will have soda, water & BEER...General Admission is $7.00.   


Please pay online at


Tailgating Committee,

 Michael Gullion

Tom Kennedy

Angie Tekin

SAVE THE DATE!!!  Our 2nd Meet a Member of 2013 is April 18th at Florida Tackle and Gun Club sponsored by Tom Kennedy. Food, beverages and FUN!  Please buy your tickets at the meeting from Wendy or Hillary!  $5.00  For more information, contact Wendy Helms or Hillary Carpenter.

Wendy Helms

[email protected]



Hillary Carpenter

[email protected]


Our April golf outing is Friday, April 26th,  at The Champions Club.  12:00 PM Shotgun.  Cost is $36.00 plus tax and includes range balls.   
We have room for 24 - 32 players.  Please
contact Julie Clements at [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Ladies and Gentlemen,


It's that time again. Time to gear up for one of the biggest SBMC events of the year, TPC!  Because we're the best organization out there, we've been asked to manage a newer, larger tent the week of May 6th-12th.  If you'd like to volunteer, please email or make sure and sign-up at the next SBMC meeting. This is one of the most fun volunteer events of the year and is sure to be better than ever.

(Did I mention there is a party involved?) As usual 4th VP Julie Clements has graciously offered to host our annual TPC party, but you must be a volunteer to attend! If you're a new member, or haven't ever worked TPC before, email or call with any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there!


A.J. Richwine-2013 TPC Chair

Mobile 904-610-5599

Email: [email protected]


Come sail away with your friends from SBMC.  Reserve your cabin NOW as they are going fast!!!  You don't want to miss this fun cruise!!!


Date:  Friday, Sept. 13th - Monday, Sept. 16th
on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas out of Port Canaveral.  Deposit of $200.00 per stateroom due at time of reservation. 
Balance due June 7th
(you can pay incremental payments along the way).


Only 4 more balconies at $329.00 plus port charges and taxes

Only 11 more oceanview at $249.00 plus port charges and taxes

Only 14 more interior at $199.00 plus port charges and taxes


Please contact DeDe Farah at [email protected] or 904-465-1205 to reserve your cabin.


For general questions regarding the cruise, please contact Susan Carr at [email protected] or 904-616-9535. 


Susan Carr - SBMC Cruise Chair

DeDe Farah - SBMC Cruise Co-Chair

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]

Please remember that we get billed when someone eats. That means if you only have a cookie, or soup our club gets charged the full amount. Do not eat unless you pay for lunch or it takes money that we would use for our charities.


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