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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 81, Issue 48, November 24, 2013
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Holiday Gala
Shopping Spree
Gator Bowl Raffle
Sergeant At Arms
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers


November 27-
David Schwartz


December 4-
Jeff Cramer


December 11-
Bruno Silva
December 18-
Margie Seaman
December 25-



Happy Birthday

Gene Bushor, 11/27
Amy Calfee, 11/28
Scott Hanigan, 11/28





   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 

Bob Haavisto





Steve Johnston 
Barbara Buzby
  Next Meeting 

November 27, 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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11/27  Jeanne Maron, Wine Tasting

Upcoming Programs:  
12/04  Kim Kyle, Catty Shack
12/11  Matt Shirk, Public Defender, 4th Circuit  
12/18  Dr. Laura Lane, Jax2025 
12/25  Christmas


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

(904) 838-8400


This past week we had a wonderful presentation for the Youth Achievers Program.  I'd like to thank 3rd Vice President Patrick Heatherington, and his Chairman Harry Peltz, for putting on such a great event.  We had Mayor Alvin Brown, Ken Jefferson from Channel 4, and Ashley Smith-Juarez from the Duval County School Board as our primary guests.  We had a special presentation from the Robert E. Lee Honor Guard, who presented the colors and followed that with a demonstration from the Armed Rifle squad.  We gave away awards for 2 Teachers of the Year, and certificates were handed out to all of the School Patrol, from Pine Forest Elementary.  If you were a sponsor of this event, the club greatly appreciates your contribution.


This week will be our Annual Wine Tasting, and will be done this year by Jeanne Maron of The Gifted Cork in St Augustine.  The wine should be wonderful, and the presentation should be a great kickoff to a long weekend.  I hope all of you make it to the meeting, but if not, everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



Our annual Holiday Gala is Saturday, December 7th, at the Upper West Club at Everbank Field at 7:00 PM.  Hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, dinner and dancing!   $75 per person.  We have a limited number of tickets so please go to to register as soon as possible.  You don't want to miss this fabulous gala!!!  The deadline to reserve your tickets is Sunday, December 1st.

We have a group of rooms at The Hyatt Riverfront, at an amazing group rate of just $79! Click
to reserve your room now!
Our annual Children's Christmas Shopping Spree will be at Target in Mandarin on December 14th. We will be meeting at 6:15am to escort 30 children around the store as they shop for themselves and their family for Christmas. 
Email Gene Maszy at [email protected] to sign up. 
This is first come first served and we fill up every year so don't miss out on this great opportunity. 
Tickets are now on sale!  
The 68th Annual Gator Bowl Game, will be held on January 1st 2014, at EverBank Field, between the SEC and the Big 10.  The raffle drawing is for: 6 game tickets, a parking pass, and 6 admissions into the Budweiser Tailgate Party (food, beverages and entertainment) held outside the south endzone!



As always, 1 raffle ticket/$5, 3 tickets/$10, or 7 tickets/$20 (best value).  Drawing for this $700 package will be at the Club meeting on December 18th.


Contact: Barry Griffin at 

[email protected] for more details



We have announced our end of the year membership contest! The members who sponsor the most new memberships by the end of the year will recieve a $500 gift card to BEST BUY!


Leader Board:


3 Memberships:
Julie Clements, Erin Eiras, and Wendy Helms


2 Memberships:
Jeff Spadafora, Howard Caplan, Jackie Wilson, Angie Tekin

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
904-281-0511, 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]