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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 82, Issue 2, January 12, 2014
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Sergeant At Arms
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers



January 15-
Barbara Lesso


January 22-
Donald Flynn
January 29-
Lisa Lea





Happy Birthday

Annie Howe, 1/12
Tom Kennedy, 1/17



   Prizes & Raffles        


The Hardage-Giddens 

Dignity Memorial

Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

John Hamel


no winner this week


Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by: 

Tom Harris and 

Jepp Walter,


Name drawn last week 

 Barry Griffin





 Barbara Buzby 
  Next Meeting 

January 15, 2014 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



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1/15  Hugh Greene, Baptist Hospital, CEO

Upcoming Programs:  
1/22  Brad Ivey, Director of Quality, CSX
1/29  Brent Bolick, Clear Channel, VP Sales


Annie Howe, President 
Southside Business Men's Club 

(904) 654-6095


I am honored to serve as your 2014 President. Thank you all for the outpouring of support you have shown to me.
I want to once again thank Jepp Walter for his leadership in 2013. Don't think that his job is done, however. Jepp was elected this past Wednesday to serve as the Chairman of the Southside Business Men's Club Board of Governors. Congratulations, Mr. Chairman.


There are a few things I want to reiterate from last Wednesday's meeting here, for the benefit of those who missed our annual installation ceremony.


Our club is a long-term planning club. For the past two years the civic affairs committee has been looking for a way to make the SBMC relevant to the community again. With the help of the Board, we can put together a Political Action Committee, so we can have a greater say in the way our city is run. As a business organization we are only smaller than local Chambers of Commerce in size of membership. Why should we not have a seat at the table of public opinion? 


In addition, with the help of the board, your officers aim to expand our scholarships to the NJROTC students who have demonstrated their leadership skills recently at our club meetings. In order to make that happen we plan to take our Clay Shoot, which last year was a social event underwritten by the club, and turn it into a fundraiser. This way we can decrease club expenses and create a new revenue source, with a new audience, that doesn't tax our already generous members.


By doing these things we can decrease spending, increase charitable revenue, and drive in membership. We can elevate our profile, so that the rest of the community knows who we are and what we do.


I believe I can speak for all of our officers when I say that we are
looking forward to a fun and productive 2014, and I sincerely hope you will join us.


Annie Howe 
SBMC President
Congratulations to our Year End Membership Contest Winner, 4th Vice President Julie Clements!


Julie was presented with a $500 Best Buy gift card at last week's meeting.

The 2014 Spotlight Speaker Book is now available at the sign-in table.  


This is your opportunity to talk about your business, family, or sell your wares for 5 minutes.


Pick your date before they fill up!


Barry Griffin
SBMC Sergeant At Arms
Email: [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".
Click HERE.
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