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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 81, Issue 40, September 29, 2013
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Veteran's Day Float
Fall YAP
Meet A Member
3rd Annual Car Show
SBMC Charities
Membershp Corner
SWC Building
Sergeant At Arms
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers

October 2-
Pam Wiltgen

October 9-
Amy Huffman

October 16-
Howard Caplan

October 23-
Mike White

October 30-
Tim Howe


Happy Birthday

Keith Segars, 9/29
Mike Hartley, 9/29
Charles Farhoud, 10/3
Christine Crews, 10/4
Lake Ray, III, 10/4
Frank Stone, 10/4
George Bobin, 10/5
Mark Holland, 10/5


   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 week 

Barry Griffin 





Bruce Fouraker
Barry Griffin 
  Next Meeting 

October 2, 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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10/2    State Senator Aaron Bean

Upcoming Programs: 
10/9    Mallory Cooper, Circuit Court Judge
10/16  Mayor Alvin Brown
10/23  Dr. Vitti, Superintendant of Duval County Schools
10/30  Dan Naes, Budwieser Brewmaster


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

(904) 838-8400


Last week we had an interesting talk from Nat Ford with the JTA (Jacksonville Transportation Authority).  It was exciting to hear of the changes on the horizon and how they are working towards improving our transportation system in the 7 county area.


We have the big Jaguar tailgating party on the day of this newsletter, hope you made plans to attend.  4th Vice President and her tailgate committee have really talked this one up, it should be a blast!  And who knows, maybe the Jags can pull one off too.  One can hope.


This week we have State of Florida Senator Aaron Bean.  I've heard him talk at Downtown Council, and it's great to get an update on the State legislature from the Senate side.  Please bring guests, and plan to attend.  


Have a good week, everyone!  See you Wednesday.





It is once again time to prepare our float entry for the 2013 Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Jacksonville on November 11th.  The SBMC float is dedicated to our nations military service members, both active and Veterans alike, and commemorates those who have given the supreme sacrifice for this great nation.  We begin our float building activities on Tuesday, October 1st, 5:30 PM at 4115 University Blvd W (in the warehouse under the bridge), and will meet on each consecutive Tuesday evening through November 4th, same place and time.  Food and beverages will be provided. You are welcome to BYOB.  YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS THIS REQUIRES SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS EACH WEEK TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT!


Please contact the following members if you have any questions or interest in participating:

Chairman:  Phil Rosebrock; [email protected]

Co-Chair: Hal Smith; [email protected]

3rd Vice President: Patrick Heatherington; [email protected]


YAP Cookout - October 3rd
YAP Program - November 20th 

The Youth Achiever Program helps the boys and girls who serve as Southside Elementary school safety patrols, specifically those of Pine Forest with the cost of the trip to Washington DC. Then later upon applying to college, these same students are eligible to apply for our annual YAP college scholarships to the schools of their choice (usually $1,000-$1,500 depending on demand).  This program is funded in part by our semi-annual Youth Achiever Program cook-outs, and the Fall one is just around the corner on October 3, 2013.


This is your opportunity to make an investment in this worthy program. As SBMC members you can make a difference by getting involved.  There are 3 ways to get involved: you can help on the YAP committee, volunteer the day of the cookout 10/3/2013 or Invest by being a Sponsor in this program.  Investment Sponsorships for this Fall only are $125.


We'd like to thank the following members for
already committing to sponsor this year:


Spring & Fall Sponsors (Beauclerc & Pine Forest)

SGS Technologies-Arun Venkatesan

Guardian Commercial R/E-Bob Ascher

Deluxe Cleaners-Carter Funk

GolfTec-Nico Hogeveen

Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network-Angelo Volpe

Bushor's Tree Surgeons-Gene Bushor

Luten Insurance-Scott Schilbrack

Cramer Law Center-Jeffrey Cramer

Health Pointe Jacksonville-Julee Miller

InVestra Financial Services-Erin Eiras

Holistic Massage Therapies-Julie Wesling

Griswold Home Care-Barry Griffin

Duckworth Construction-Hank Duckworth

Marlin Technology-Jepp Walter

Synovus Bank-Patrick Heatherington

Nextran Truck Center-Mike Graber

Florida Backyard-Sabrina Ebel

Wilkinson, Gerrard, & Clements-Mark Wilkinson

Certified Steak & Seafood/Sea Best-Steve Frisch

Don Flynn Pictures-Don Flynn

RS&H Comm. Realty-Scott Hanigan

ShimpSign & Design-Roy Shimp

Costco-Mary Pat Stocks & Ken Spinella


Please contact: Harry Peltz [email protected] or

Patrick Heatherington [email protected]
Guten Tag,
Join the Brew Masters from Southside Business Men's Club on October 11th for an evening of German fun! Come enjoy the company of your other Southside Business Men's Club members and guests as we travel across the seas to Germany. Enjoy Authentic German music, games and loads of fun on the Downtown River. Great German beer and appetizers will be available. There will be beer at this Oktoberfest event. Tickets are $8.00 per person and you will receive 2 free drink tickets!

Please note this is a special price for SBMC members. The location is The Shipyards on the St. Johns River downtown.  You can go to  to pay online or pay at the weekly meeting.  This will be a blast!!!

Brew Master Host: Mike White 
Assistant Brew Master Hosts: Angie Tekin, Frank Wallmeyer, Patrick Heatherington, Steve Desorbo

 Saturday, October 26th

Hooters at Tinseltown!!
Sponsored by NIMNICHT Fleet/Commercial Sales 


Chevy's, Mopars, Fords, as well as the Lotus!  This is going to be a fun day with good friends, food and a great wait-staff!  AND, it's a bye-week for the Gators and Dawgs. Click Here to download and print the official flier.  


We would like to thank our Silver Sponsors: Bayview Collision Center, GolfTEC, and Fidelity Bank! For $75 you can be a Silver Sponsor and have a 10x10 tent to display your company's wares (only a couple of spots remain)! To help us raise money, we are asking members to donate items for goodie-bags, silent auction, and Raffles! 


We need a few members to sign up as a volunteer for various responsibilities on the day of the event.  The sign-up sheet will be at the Wednesday meetings, or  contact Desi Desiderio, [email protected] or 904 673-6482, or Dee Kirby, [email protected] 904 537-4112, for all the details. 

Save The Date! 
Wednesday, November 13th
Annual JSO and JFRD
Officer and Firefighter of the
Year Awards Ceremony


Contact Scott Schillbrack [email protected] for further details.
SBMC Charities is currently seeking statements of interest for proposals from Qualified Investment Managers whom have Series 7 and 66 licenses or a combination of 7, 63 and 65 to provide Advisory Management Services.

For statement of interest and to request more information please contact Erin Eiras.


[email protected]




Wendy Helms is in the lead with the most new members,
but Joan Rogers and Eric Ramshaw aren't far behind! 


Eric Horn is in the lead for most new visitors, 

and Joan Rogers is also close in that contest!!! 


There's still plenty of time to participate, here are the details:  

Through October, we will be awarding you for bringing both NEW MEMBERS and FIRST-TIME VISITORS to the club!


The individual who sponsors the most new members

by October 9th will win TWO tickets to the SBMC Christmas Party and a 1-night stay at the Hyatt Downtown!

But wait! That's not all!

In addition:

The member who brings the most first time visitors to the club will ALSO win two tickets to the SBMC Christmas Party and a 1-night stay at the Hyatt!

Start recruiting now and help us grow our club!


Fellow Members,


You may have heard the rumors of a potential partnership with the Southside Women's Club for their building.  We have an opportunity to join them in ownership of their building which would eventually be owned fully by SBMC.  Earlier this year, the board appointed a committee to begin exploring the feasibility of such an endeavor.  The building is operating, but is somewhat outdated and needs some upgrades so we would likely not move our regular meetings for a few years were we to move forward.  However we'd begin managing and adding revenue streams to the building as well as raising funds and making improvements in the meantime.  This is a great opportunity for SBMC, however a massive undertaking not to be taken lightly and is still being considered.  At this point its time for members to be on site and see what all the fuss is about. 


That being said, the Past Presidents committee has donated funds from their budget for a social event at the building on Thursday October 17th from 5pm-7pm.  This event is for MEMBERS and Spouses ONLY!  There is no cost to attend, however we need a headcount to plan accordingly.  Please email: [email protected] or click on the "Click HERE for details" link on and login to register for the event.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at the numbers below.


Gene Maszy (PP)-Committee Chairman

[email protected]

Mobile 904-993-1105


Patrick Heatherington-3rd Vice President

[email protected]

Mobile 904-449-2858


Weekly we place volunteers on the agenda to perform the Pledge and Invocation at each meeting.  If you are willing to do one of these at an upcoming meeting please contact me so we can be prepared in advance.


I am also 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 protected] 

Did you know we have a photo gallery on our website?  We do.  There is a link at the top of the home page for "Gallery".
SBMC's River Cruise aboard The Foxy Lady!  Please click on the link below to view the pictures of this AWESOME event!  Can't wait until next year to do this again!!
Click HERE.
For questions and comments about the newsletter please e-mail [email protected]