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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 82, Issue 26, June 29, 2014
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Sergeant At Arms
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers



July 2-
Win Thomas


July 9-
Ken Dean


July 16-
Cathy Curtis


July 23-
Penny Kievet
July 30-
Mark Vickers



Happy Birthday

Tom Whicher, 6/29
Matthew Copeland, 6/30
Christina Tillman, 7/1
Mike Madigan, 7/2
peter Bragan, 7/3
Rob Johnson, 7/5












   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

Coordinated Benefits and Synovus Bank


No Winner This Week

Mike Madigan


Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  

Jepp Walter,


Name drawn last week 

Nico Hogeveen




Axel von Loewenclau
A.J. Pionessa
  Next Meeting 

July 2, 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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7/2 Bill Smith, Purple Heart Recipients

Upcoming Programs:  
7/9   Tracy Collins, Goodwill Industries of North Florida
7/16 Tony Vecchio, Jacksonville Zoo
7/23 John Rutherford, Jacksonville Sheriff's Department
7/30 J. Allison DeFoor II, Water and Land Conservation
Annie Howe, President 
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 654-6095


One thing I love about our club is our ability to quickly overcome obstacles! Last Tuesday evening I got word from our vacationing Program Chairman (hope you enjoyed the cruise, Steve!) that our Guest Speaker for the week had an emergency and was going to be unable to attend our meeting the following day. I immediately sent an e-mail to our officers as I thought through our usual back-up plan. Charles McBurney? Already gave us a legislative update. Matt Shirk? Spoke just a few weeks ago. Before I could get any further down the list in my mind my e-mail account pinged: 1st VP Tim Howe shot back with Melody Bishop. Eureka!
Obviously our great thanks go to Melody for stepping in and giving us an update on the goings on of the Downtown Investment Authority. Since their purview directly impacts the Southbank area as well as the rest of Downtown Jacksonville, I know this topic was timely and important to our members. Thanks again, Mrs. Bishop.


If you received the Jacksonville Business Journal last week I hope that you noticed that our club has been featured as the fifth largest Business Organization by measure of members. I did notice that #6 is nipping at our heals, so please remember to bring a guest to our meetings so we can grow our club.


We will have a very special presentation this week, when we will hear from and honor two recipients of the Purple Heart. We will also have a special guest joining us from Tallahassee for the event, recently appointed Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

The next Meet-a-Member will be Thursday, July 24th and is hosted by Cramer Law Center. Jeff's team is celebrating their 30th Anniversary! Do the math and you quickly discover the founding date is smack in the middle of the 80's ... July 1, 1984 to be precise! 

Go Back to the Future, jump into your parachute pants, grab your Member's Only jacket and tease up your Flock of Seagulls hairdo for a fun 80's themed evening. Beer and wine were just as popular in the 80's as they are now so there will be some of that. And, some exceptional hors d'oeuvres by Hope Dempsey of D'Vine Cuisine will be served.

Tickets are $5 each and will go on sale soon so stay tuned at upcoming meetings. 
For additional information contact 
George Biastre,   [email protected] 

Get out of lunch Free!!!


WHO?      All club members are eligible

WHAT?    Bring a prospective member to our meeting and the Club will pay for both you and their lunches, if they join that day!

WHEN?    July 23rd  ONLY

WHERE?  San Jose Country Club, SMBC weekly meeting
New members are the life blood of any organization.  This is our equivalent of High Holy Day, except the only thing saved is the cost of a couple of lunches. 


And don't forget...


The end of the 2nd Quarter Membership Recruitment Campaign ends very soon. 

Please bring guests to the next couple of meetings, if they join, YOU could be eligible to select a wonderful prize. 

The prizes include:


 Aromas $250 Gift Certificate

JRoberts Fine Jewelry $300 Gift Certificate
GolfTec $250 Gift Certificate

Kimberly Clarke Salon  $300 Gift Certificate

Maui Jims Sunglasses Valued at $175

Baileys Powerhouse Gym Membership

Are you ready to Raffle?

Summer Raffle Tickets are now on Sale!

The prize will be a $500.00 Costco Gift Certificate.  Costco is also donating a one year membership at Costco for one of our club members who is present for the drawing.

Ticket prices are:    One Ticket for $5.00 
                                     Three Tickets for $10.00 
                                     Seven Tickets for $20.00

The drawing will be held on August 27, 2014.  You do not have to be present to win.  Please support our club and our charities by participating.
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.
For questions and comments about the newsletter please e-mail [email protected]