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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 82, Issue 6, February 9, 2014
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Membership Directory
The Players Championship
Sergeant At Arms
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers



February 12-
Crump Kirby


February 19-
Angie Tekin


February 26-
Charles Armstrong





Happy Birthday

Lisa Almeida, 2/10
Jack Hart, 2/10
Jim Cox, 2/12
Gene Maszy, 2/13
Christopher Reibling, 2/15
Sandy Myers, 2/15




   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

Coordinated Benefits and Synovus Bank


no winner this week


Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  

Jepp Walter,


Name drawn last week 

Jon May





 A.J. Pionessa
C. Lee Daniel
  Next Meeting 

February 12, 2014 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



Invite a Guest  


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Linked In   


2/12    Jason Altmire, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida

Upcoming Programs:  
2/19   Evie Pankok, Duval County Extension Services
2/26   Jerry Holland, Supervisor of Elections
3/5     Moody Chisholm, CEO, St. Vincent Hospital


Patrick Heatherington, 2nd Vice President 
Southside Business Men's Club 


It was my honor this week to fill in for Madame President while she and our very own "First Gentleman" (Tim told me I could call him that) were tirelessly boosting the Puerto Rican economy.  We had a great presentation from Cole Cosgrove of Crowley Maritime, those in attendance asked many intriguing questions particularly about the Costa Concordia salvage operation off the coast of Italy.  However our Spotlight Speaker Rose Jackson owner of Lamee the Florist and Anything with Plants
was definitely the STAR OF THE SHOW.  Rose not only gave a great presentation, but she graciously donated close to 20 floral arrangements!  Past Presidents Hamel and Maszy lead a very energetic and efficient auction; along with door prizes from other members they raised $700.  (Jack Manilla and I were bidding intently on a beautiful assortment of Roses).  Speaking with Rose she told me it's difficult for her to make meetings often, but she enjoys the club so much that when she attends, she tries to really make an impact.  


As we begin this week I'm sure many of our members will be planning to Pamper their significant others for Valentine's Day Friday.  If upon reading this you haven't already made purchases or arrangements, I encourage you to consider how many friends and members could make your life easier this week.  Visit the club's website, login, and search the directory for flowers, candy, wine, automobiles, ice scrapers, vacation homes, etc.  In this great city with so much variety, we often forget how many people we know who can offer goods and services we're going to purchase regardless....let's change that this week!


Wednesday's program is sure to be strong and well attended, kudos to Past President Steve Johnston our 2014 Program Chairman for an outstanding lineup throughout this quarter.  In honor of this week's theme of romance, I'd like to commence with an Irish Blessing:


May you know loves spark and flair of youth's longing,

May you know loves steady flame of the hearth,

May you know loves glowing embers of age,

May you know loves ever changing constant,

May you know love


Best Regards,

Patrick Heatherington

2014 2nd Vice President


It's again time to begin preparing our annual directory for print!  As with last year, any ads purchased will also be featured on our website for no additional cost.  First right of refusal is granted to returning members having advertised there in 2013 (same rates apply).  If you're interested in purchasing ad space, please contact 2014 Directory Committee Chairman Rod Borum at 904-994-4946 or [email protected].  Please begin reviewing your information on our website for accuracy as we will close the site on February 14th for edits. 

Also, Steve Bennett with Living Image Photography will be present at the meeting on February 12th for anyone without a headshot already on the website.  Should you not be able to attend the meeting, Steve will host a "make up" session on Thursday the 13th at his studio from noon-4pm by appointment.  Contact his office manager Millie Terry [email protected] for a time slot.  Please arrive early and dressed accordingly if this pertains to you.  It is ESSENTIAL that you update your information PRIOR to the cutoff date as we will be sending to our printer at that time.

Our intention is to send the file following the website closure on the 14th of February for the initial proof run.  Following our reviews the expectation is for the final print to be complete and ready for distribution at the 4/2 meeting.


Thank you,


2014 Directory Committee


The first Meet-a-Member of 2014 is Thursday, February 27th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Kimberly Clarke Salon. Come one come all for a great time and visit one of our dynamic member's locations. Tickets are on sale now for $5.


There is one more Meet-a-Member spot open in November. If you are interested in hosting, see George Biastre Jr. or Bill O'Leary at a meeting or drop them an email today.

George Biastre: g[email protected] 

or Bill O'Leary: [email protected] 


The Players Championship Week!!


It's that time of the year again: we are taking reservations for those who want to Day Captain during the tournament. 

We will be manning a concession tent for The Players at the Stadium Course from May 5th-May 11th


Day Captains positions are filling up fast, so pick your slot and recruit your friends to work that shift with you. 

This is a huge money raiser for our Club, and a great event for our members as we get to know each other better, AND watch the best golfers in the world!!


For more information contact:

Hal Smith at [email protected] 904 252-9786, or

Tom Gill [email protected] 904 384-4242, or

Nico Hogeveen [email protected] 904 998-4650


Let the Games Begin!!


2014 - 1st Qtr. Membership Campaign


Starting NOW!  Every new member you bring in, adds to your total.  The quarterly winner gets to choose one item from the "Shopping Cart": 


SBMC Shopping Cart

--Golf for 4 at Palencia,

--28 Speed Diamondback Bike,

--Maui Jim Sun Glasses

--or a Spa Day at Kimberly Clarke Salon. 


Special bonus prizes and a huge year end Shopping Cart Prizes could be yours!!


Questions?  Contact Jackie at [email protected]


The Youth Achiever Program helps the boys and girls who serve as Southside Elementary school safety patrols, specifically those of Beaclerc 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.  The date for the Spring YAP is March 26th for the luncheon and March 27th for the BBQ at Beauclerc Elementary.


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 committeevolunteer the day of the cookout  or Invest by 
being a Sponsor in this program. Investment Sponsorships for just the spring is $125 or you can lock in a Sponsorship for both 
spring and fall for just $200.


Wendy Helms
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.  
Just as a reminder, introduction of guests and thanking other members for doing business is NOT the time to sell your business or upcoming event, that's reserved for the spotlight speaker.

We also need volunteers to lead us in the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Pick your date before they fill up!
Barry Griffin
SBMC Sergeant At Arms
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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