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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 82, Issue 18, May 4, 2014
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
The Players Championship
Beer Festival
Charity Golf Classic
Suns Tailgate Social
Fishing Trip
Sergeant At Arms
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers


May 7-
Jeanne Maron


May 14-
Tom Kennedy
May 21-
Nancy Abercrombie
May 28-
Michael Russo

Happy Birthday

Jeffrey Clarkson, 4/27
Steve DeSorbo, III 4/28
Rick Fenchel, 4/28
Dominic Migliarese, 4/28
Nico Hogeveen, 5/2
Bill O'Leary, 5/2
Carter Funk, 5/3









   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

Coordinated Benefits and Synovus Bank


No Winner This Week

Joe Lemire


Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  

Jepp Walter,


Name drawn last week 

Angelo Volpe




Ken Petsch
Rick Thompson
  Next Meeting 

May 7, 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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5/7 Ron Littlepage, Op-Ed Columnist

Upcoming Programs:  
5/14  Joie Chitwood, President, Daytona International Speedway
5/21  John Rutherford, JSO Sheriff
5/28  Mathew Corrigan, Professor & Chair, UNF
Annie Howe, President 
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 654-6095



May is here, meaning the busiest month on the SBMC calendar has commenced! All this week we will be out at the beautiful Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass volunteering for The Players. This is a huge fundraiser for our club, and it's one reason we are able to afford the 30-40 events we have each year, such as our Holiday Gala, Past President's Day, Political Action Committee, etc! Thanks to all of you who have already signed up to volunteer. We still have shifts that need additional people, ESPECIALLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. I will be there several days next week, and I hope to see you all there.


Another major fundraiser that will follow The Players is our Craft and Import Beer Festival volunteer opportunity on May 16th. I personally like to volunteer as a ticket taker, because I get to be the smiling face that first greets the guests at the door and I can hopefully set the tone for a fun and lively evening. There are many slots still available, so please visit our website, log in as a member, and sign up. If you are new to your user ID is your e-mail address and your password is 1932. If you have any questions or have any problems, please feel free to contact me personally.


But wait! There's more! The Fidelity National Financial YAP Charity Golf Classic Presented by Pet Paradise is May 19th! We really need golfers, so if you haven't signed up please contact the committee. All of the details are below. I am really proud of this year's committee. They have done a great job securing the sponsors necessary to make our event successful.


Our speaker this week is Times Union Columnist Ron Littlepage. It's been a few years since he has addressed our club, but I will always remember him as an outspoken advocate for the St Johns River. If you are not going to be at The Players, please join me for our Wednesday meeting.


Online Registration Now Available!! 


Just go to the website, login, click on CALENDAR near the top, 

and find a shift!! 

We really need help on the afternoon shifts


 Slots are available from Tuesday to Sunday!!

The Players Dates are: May 6th-11th


Friends and family members, over 14 years old, 

are welcome as well.


You can also contact one of the Co-Chairs listed below:


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

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

Penny Kievet at [email protected] 904 545-9985


Some of the proceeds from this event will help fund our new Political Action Committee.


Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival

Friday, May 16th 

Jacksonville Veteran's Arena


We desperately need volunteers to work at the BeerFest on Friday, May 16, 2014.  This is a fun event and by volunteering to work we can generate a great deal of money for our club.  The event is from 5 pm - 9 pm.  You can volunteer to work the entire time or just a two or three hour shift.  We will take whatever time that you have available.  The more volunteers that we have, the more money that is generated for our charities.  Volunteers work as ID checkers, helping set up or clean up, assist as a booth attendant, oversee the silent auction, or hand out brochures and sampling glasses.  None of the volunteer duties are overly strenuous so everyone can participate.  You can bring your spouse or friends to work the event and all volunteers get in free.  There will be about 40 different brewers with over 400 different kinds of beer and 20 restaurants represented.


If you can't volunteer your time, you can donate items for the silent auction or attend the event.  If you purchase a ticket through the club, one half of the ticket price goes to the SBMC.  We will circulate a sign-up book at each meeting, or you can sign up to volunteer on the website.  Go to , go to calendar at the top, click over to May and go to the 16th. Or you can contact the co-chairs by phone or email if you would like to help. 


This year's Chair and Co-Chair for BeerFest are: 

Michael Gullion [email protected] 904-396-9600, and 

Barry Griffin, [email protected] 904-838-8961.



19th Annual SBMC Youth Achiever Charity Golf Classic

Presented by Pet Paradise


Proceeds Benefit the Youth Achiever Program Scholarship Fund (501 �3)


Monday, May 19, 2014 at San Jose Country Club

10:00am Registration10:45am Lunch from Tidbits

11:30am Shotgun Start


$25,000 Hole-in-One and many more contests

Boxed lunch, BBQ dinner, snacks, and beverages ALL DAY included

Fabulous Silent Auction items and Door Prizes from 5:00-6:00pm


Take Advantage of the Ultimate Package $750.00

Foursome &  Hole Sponsorship ($150 Savings)

Become a Charitable HOLE SPONSOR for only $300.00

$150.00 per person - 4-Man Captains Choice format


Special thanks to our sponsors:

Headlining sponsors

Fidelity National Financial-Title Sponsor (Thank you Cathy Kennedy)

Pet Paradise-Corporate Sponsor

Pet Guard & Crystal Pool Service-Beverage Cart Sponsors

Matheny Imports-Golf Ball Sponsors


Hole Sponsors

Wilkinson, Garrard, and Clements, CPAs-Peninsular Pest Control

CVSN-The Hartley Press-121 Financial C/U

Corporate Investment Int'l-Southside Dermatology

Piner's Lock and Safe-GolfTEC-Client Focused Media

Marlin Technology-In Memory of Victor Hardage

Kwikprint Manfacturing -George A. Zellner Insurance

Coordinated Benefits Group-Portofino Pools

Duckworth Construction-Enza's Italian Restaurant

Malcolm Bloom and Family-One Stop Hauling

Metro Diner-Lewis, Longman,& Walker, P.A.-Don Flynn Pictures

Jacksonville Assn. of Fire Fighters-Local 122

Harry Pierce & Sons Insurance-F.O.P. Lodge 5-30

Thigpen Heating & Cooling-Fidelity Bank


To register, please visit: or

Jay D. Cann, Jr. @ 904-571-7891 or email: [email protected]

Crump Kirby @ 904-396-4616 or email: [email protected]

Rick Thompson - 904-996-1666 or email: [email protected]


Ladies and Gentlemen

The Suns Tailgate Social will be held June 6th.

The game starts at 7:05pm, and the Tailgate starts at 5:00pm.


The menu (cooked by Tom Kennedy) is:

*Pulled Brisket Sliders

*Asian Cole Slaw - sweet peppers, blue cheese with peanut dressing

*Cowboy Beans - with hamburger, onion and tomato

*COLD Keg Beer



Cost is $7.00 General Admission

              $9.00 Reserved Seating

             $12.00 Boxed Seats


Must sign up by May 28th.

See Tom Kennedy - [email protected] - 904-338-6715 or Rick Schmitz - [email protected] - 904-449-2055

Let's go fishing!!   This year will be our SIXTH annual fishing trip on the Mayport Princess.  The trip is on June 7th, and tickets go on sale starting TODAY for only $80 per person.  What does that give you, you ask?  It gets you one of the just 40 spots on the boat, plus more!
Just so you know, prices on all of the Party Fishing boats in the area went up this year, so the street price is $85 per person.  Well, thanks to Becky Hogan, an SBMC member and part owner of the Mayport Princess, we were able to keep the price at $80 for ONE more year!
Plus, it gets better!  Compliments of our club, we also supply everyone with a really nice boxed lunch from Honeybaked Hams, bottled water, soft drinks, and BEER!!  Did I say beer?  Yes, we do supply beer for you.
The 40 spots sell out every year, and this year will be no exception.  This trip has sold out in less than a week in the past, so don't hesitate.  Either pay on our website online, or pay Dee at the door.
Don't miss the boat!!

Jackie done went shoppin'...again! 


Our 2nd quarter contest has STARTED!!  New items have been added to the 'cart', so encourage those visitors to SIGN UP!!  Jepp and Hank already got some goods; don't let them be the only winners.


Member Contributions Include:


GolfTec swing evaluation and lesson  $250 value  Nico Hogeveen

Maui Jim Sunglasses                              $175 value

Kimberly Clarke Salon-Spa Day            $250 value  Kimberly Clarke

J Roberts Fine Jewelry                           $300 value  Kevin Hulsbeck                                                                                               and Bobby Wallo 


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


Questions?  Contact Jackie at [email protected]

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.

We also need volunteers to lead us in the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Please sign up if you would like to participate.

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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