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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 82, Issue 27, July 6, 2014
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Golf Outing
Sergeant At Arms
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers


July 9-
Ken Dean


July 16-
Cathy Curtis


July 23-
Penny Kievet
July 30-
Mark Vickers



Happy Birthday

Harry Pierce, 7/6
Melody Bishop, 7/6
Steve Johnston, 7/6
Anthony Butler, Sr. 7/7
Teresa Sass, 7/8
Roger Grant, 7/8
Matt Shirk, 7/9
Julie Clements, 7/10
Toula Wootan, 7/11
Barry Griffin, 7/12












   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

Coordinated Benefits and Synovus Bank


No Winner This Week

Larry Broach


Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  

Jepp Walter,


Name drawn last week 

Nancy Abercrombie




Bob Ascher
Rod Borum
  Next Meeting 

July 9, 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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7/9 Tracy Collins, Goodwill Industries of North Florida

Upcoming Programs:  
7/16 Tony Vecchio, Jacksonville Zoo
7/23 John Rutherford, Jacksonville Sheriffs Office
7/30 J. Allison DeFoor II, Water and Land Conservation
Annie Howe, President 
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 654-6095


Powerful. That's the word that comes to mind when I think of our meeting last week. We had the honor to hear the stories of two Purple Heart Recipients: U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer (Ret) Ernest Serna, and U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major (Ret) William M. Smith. I don't remember a time when our members were so thoroughly engrossed while listening to a speaker; you could have literally heard a pin drop. It warmly reminded me of my own father, who would routinely tell stories of being at war. I am so grateful for these two men who spent so much of their lives in service to our nation. I am also thankful that they came home to tell these stories to their families, and later chose to share them with us.


We also had the opportunity to hear from Florida Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera during our first candidate corner of the year. He gave us a little update on what's happening in Tallahassee and ended by saying a few nice words about our Purple Heart Recipients.


This week my friend Tracy Collins, AKA Tracy dot com, will be addressing our club and sharing with us the story of Goodwill Industries of North Florida. This non-profit is a huge business partner with the community, and their impact on North Florida is significant. So please, join us this week, and bring an auction item to advertise your business. It's good for you and it's good for the club. 




The next SBMC monthly golf outing will be at Palencia on Friday, July 18th. We'll have a shotgun start at 12:30PM and the cost is $55.00 (+ tax) per player, including range balls. The Palencia Club was opened in May, 2002 and this private facility features an authentic Florida layout that was designed by Arthur Hills. Carved out between centuries-old oak trees, the championship golf course offers a challenging experience. The breezes from the Intracoastal Waterway require golfers to have good shot accuracy for this course. Meticulously maintained, Palencia's golf course offers many breath-taking views along the marsh, wetlands, preserves and the Tolomato River. It has received the well-earned honor of being an Audubon Sanctuary and has a great practice area, so come early to hone your skills.


Please contact Nico Hogeveen at 904-403-6754 or [email protected] to reserve your spot(s).



Nico Hogeveen

2014 SBMC Golf Chair

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 THIS WEEK! 

Sign your guests up before the end of this week's meeting, and 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]