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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 81, Issue 42, October 13, 2013
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Veteran's Day Float
SWC Building
Fall YAP
SBMC Charities
Membershp Corner
Sergeant At Arms
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers

October 16-
Howard Caplan

October 23-
Mike White

October 30-
Tim Howe


Happy Birthday

Chris Edwards, 10/13
Tim Buchanan, 10/13
Mark Parow, 10/14
Win Thomas, 10/15
Sharon Peltz, 10/18
Donald Harris, 10/19


   Prizes & Raffles        


The Hardage-Giddens 

Dignity Memorial

Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

John Hamel


C. Lee Daniel  


Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by: 

Tom Harris,


Name drawn last week 

Megan Turner





Bob Asher
Joe Lemire
  Next Meeting 

October 16, 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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10/16    Mayor Alvin Brown

Upcoming Programs:  
10/23  Dr. Vitti, Superintendant of Duval County Schools
10/30  Dan Naes, Budweiser Brewmaster
11/6     Ander Crenshaw, Congressman


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

(904) 838-8400


Last week we had a great spotlight by your 3rd Vice President, Patrick Heatherington, of Synovus Bank.  Patrick filled in when a spot opened up by someone unable to make the meeting.  He spent most of his time talking about getting involved with the club, especially geared towards guests and newer members.  I appreciate Patrick's time on the subject. 


Our speaker was Judge Mallory Cooper, who really opened some eyes talking about some of the horrendous cases she has to judge.  She also spoke about how she has to keep work separate from home, where she can try to live a normal life beyond some of the low sides presented to her in court.  I appreciate her time spent with us.


The Jaxtoberfest was Friday and Saturday at the Shipyards, and SBMC members were able to visit a VIP tent on Friday evening.  A good time was had by all, and I appreciate Mike White with Client Focused Media for taking care of our members with his hospitality.


This week our speaker will be Mayor Alvin Brown, so we should get a good update on the happenings in our city government.  Then Thursday we are having a member social at the Southside Women's Club, where members can see the building we are talking about partnering in, and possibly moving to, in the future.


I'll see you Wednesday, have a great week!





It is once again time to prepare our float entry for the 2013 Veteran's Day Parade in Downtown Jacksonville on November 11th.  The SBMC float is dedicated to our nation's military service members, both active and Veterans alike, and commemorates those who have given the supreme sacrifice for this great nation.  We need your help this Tuesday evening, October 15, 2013 at 5:30pm 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, or just SHOW UP!


Chairman:  Phil Rosebrock; [email protected]

Co-Chair: Hal Smith; [email protected]

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


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

Our next monthly golf outing is on Friday, October 25th at Queen's Harbour Yacht & Country Club. We have a total of 32 spots. Cost is $43.00 plus sales tax, and this includes range balls. The start will be at 12:00 noon. Please contact Nico Hogeveen at 904-403-6754 or [email protected] to reserve your golf ASAP.
Nico Hogeveen
2013 SBMC Golf Chair

 Saturday, October 26th

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


We really need items for our Silent Auction/Raffle!!  If you can, please donate any company giveaway (or unused re-gifting items) either large or small, that can help us raise money for this event. 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)! 


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.

Fall Youth Achiever Program


Last week our Youth Achiever Program cookout at Pine Forest Elementary School was a huge success!  Volunteers and students were engaged in preparing and selling dinners after weeks of hard work leading up to the event.  The Safety Patrols will join us for lunch on Wednesday, November 20th and the Ed White ROTC honor guard will return with a "special" demonstration you won't want to miss. 


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
Save The Date!  Our annual Holiday Gala is
Saturday, December 7th at West Upper Club at Everbank Field.  

We have a group of rooms at The Hyatt Riverfront, at an amazing group rate of just $79!  Click
to reserve your room now!
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]


Wednesday we will be announcing our membership contest winners!!! Come to the meeting Wednesday to find out which 2 members will receive 2 tickets to the Holiday Gala and a one-night stay at the Hyatt!

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".
Check out SBMC's Jags Tailgate Party!  Great fun had by all! Please click on the link below to view the pictures of this AWESOME event!  
Click HERE.
For questions and comments about the newsletter please e-mail [email protected]