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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 81, Issue 30, July 21, 2013
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Meet A Member
River Cruise
SBMC Raffle
Military Appreciation Day
Spotlight Speakers

Spotlight Speakers

July 24-
John Kutsch

July 31-
Julie Clements

August 7-
Joan Rogers

August 14-
Jimmy Johns

August 21-
Cathy Curtis

August 28-
Eric Ramshaw


Happy Birthday

Allen Gimbell, 7/21 
Michael Carignan, 7/22 
Tim Howe, 7/23 
Pamela Wiltgen, 7/24 
Craig Gustafson, 7/24 
Eric Ramshaw, 7/24 
Cyndi Nunn, 7/27


  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 last 
Scott Hanigan 


Steve DeSorbo
Desi Desiderio 



  Next Meeting 

July 24, 2013  


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



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7/24  Adventures From Around The World, John Palumbo

Upcoming Programs: 
7/31  Curtis Dvorak (aka Jaxson DeVille)
8/7    Speedway Construction, Bill Braniff
8/14  Better Jacksonville Plan, Andy Johnson
8/21  New President of Jax Chamber, Daniel Davis
8/28  FSCJ, Sarah Roy & Cindy Depadua


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

(904) 838-8400


Last week we had a wonderful talk by the CEO of JEA, Paul McElroy.  It was very informative, and Paul is a wonderful speaker.  Made you feel proud to have a utility that is representing Jacksonville so well.


I'd like to thank Rose Jackson with Lemee Florist, as she was our spotlight speaker and brought a plethora of flower arrangements that she let us auction off during the door prizes.  Thanks to Rose, we brought in almost $400!!  That was very nice of Rose, and she contributes to the club regularly, I appreciate her activity in our club so much.


We also had a HUGE incoming 'freshman class' of new members, and Past President John Hamel not only did the orientation, but also the induction.  I appreciate John's help so much, as he was additionally the lone auctioneer for the large amount of door prizes we had.


This week we have John Palumbo, who actually visited as a guest last week.  He will be telling us stories of his adventures from around the world, and promises to be a very interesting speaker for us.


Thank you all for coming, as the attendance has been wonderful lately.  We have a lot of events going on, so keep on inviting your guests!  We'll see you Wednesday.



SBMC Meet a Member
Save The Date! August 8th at 5:30-7:30 PM. The next Meet A Member is rapidly approaching! It is graciously hosted by Jack Manilla with Portofino Pools and held at Marywood on SR 13 in Fruit Cove. Come watch the sunset, enjoy beer, wine and appetizers for $5.00. You can buy your tickets at the meeting Wednesday or online at   This is not one to be missed!

Any questions call Wendy Helms 904-838-2241

SBMC Evening River Cruise

Thursday, August 22nd at 6pm 


We are going on a River Cruise aboard the FOXY LADY, the very pretty white yacht you may have seen out in front of River City Brewing Company. Get out and enjoy A great time with your fellow members and enjoy the River City.


The first 40 members to register get a special price of 25.00 per person.  After 40, the rate is still only $38.00 per person. This includes a wonderful 2 hour Cruise up & down the St. Johns River,  Hors d'oeuvers and Happy Hour pricing ( Cash Bar). 


If you have any question please contact the Tailgating Committee.

Michael Gullion

Tom Kennedy

Angie Tekin

SBMC Raffle 

It's Like Christmas For Adults!!  Get your raffle tickets now for the $500 COSTCO Cash Card to be drawn at the weekly meeting on August 26th


The winner will also receive a 1 year membership, or renewal, to COSTCO!! The Cash Card can be used for anything in the store!!

One Store-Endless Possibilities!!


See Barry Griffin: [email protected] or

Ken Spinella: [email protected] for more details.



At the weekly meeting on September 11th, we will be celebrating our annual Military Appreciation Day. 


This year, we are recognizing and thanking our members who have served.  We highly encourage all of our veterans to contact John Hamel [email protected] , or call (904) 887-6805 to let us know which branch you served in, so we can properly represent each of you.  Please plan to attend this special day!


I am looking for members that want to be on the stand by list to be a Spotlight Speaker.  There is always a chance that someone can't keep their commitment and we always want to have fill in's. If you are interested call or email:

Steve DeSorbo
SBMC Sergeant At Arms
904-281-2511, x3314
Email: [email protected] 

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