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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 82, Issue 29, July 20, 2014
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Sergeant At Arms
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers


July 23-
Penny Kievet


July 30-
Mark Vickers


August 6-
Scott Schilbrack
August 13-
Jepp Walter



Happy Birthday

Allen Gimbell, 7/21
Tim Howe, 7/23
Pamela Wiltgen, 7/24
Eric Ramshaw, 7/24
Clint Hill, 7/25












   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

Coordinated Benefits and Synovus Bank


No Winner This Week

 Harry Peltz


Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  

Jepp Walter,


Name drawn last week 

 Scott Hanigan




 Gene Bushor
Nico Hogeveen
  Next Meeting 

July 23, 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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7/23 John Rutherford, Jacksonville Sheriffs Office

7/30 J. Allison DeFoor II, Water and Land Conservation
8/6  Colleen Rodriguez, Executive Director, Jewish & Family Services
8/13 Ander Crenshaw, Congressmen
Annie Howe, President 
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 654-6095




Madame President and our 1st VP (a.k.a. THE First Gentleman) have been busy moving this weekend and are without internet access.  That said, I have the honor of drafting this week's President's message!  We learned last week of how the Zoo industry is evolving from Tony Vecchio's very spirited presentation; he gave an informative and humorous speech.  It was interesting to learn how today he is by his own definition an "endangered species" as most of his peers are business people with no background in zoo keeping while he began his career at the bottom elbow deep in....well you get the idea.  Zoos originally were completely reliant upon local, state, and federal funding whereas today that's down to around 34% with Jacksonville far less dependent than most. 


This week's program is sure to be one you won't want to miss!  Sherriff and long-time SBMC member John Rutherford is our speaker and I'm certain he'll deliver a very informative program.  Unless you've been living beneath a rock you've noticed our Membership Chairman Frank Wallmeyer is capitalizing on this week's high-level program with the "Get out of lunch free" membership contest.  He's encouraging EVERYONE to bring guests and if your guest joins our club at lunch both you and they get a free lunch (and who was it that said there are no free lunches?).  We're just over halfway through the year with a great deal left of which a new member could take advantage. 


Golf Outings

The River Cruise

Fall YAP

Past Presidents Day

Political Debates

Military Appreciation Day

Veterans Day Float

Jaguars Tailgate (Jags vs. Steelers-projected sellout)

SBMC Car Show

1st Annual SBMC Clay Shoot

Jaxtoberfest Private Party

Children's Shopping Spree

Holiday Gala


Just to name a few, there's something for EVERYONE in this club!  We had a great start to the year, but the fun has just begun.....with everything still to come why wouldn't you invite friends, clients, and vendors to join our organization?  Help the best Civic organization in town grow our membership.


Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success

--Henry Ford



Patrick Heatherington

2014 2nd Vice President
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.  Attendance is limited to 50 spaces and there are only a few tickets left. 
For additional information contact 
George Biastre,   [email protected] 
The River Cruise Party will be held on August 22 aboard the beautiful yacht, The Jacksonville Lady. There will be hot and cold o'rduourves, a cash bar available for your favorite adult beverages, and  beautiful views of Jacksonville from the river. It is sure to be fun and entertaining.  The cost is $30.00 per person so see Dee or go on line to pay for your tickets today.  With all of the excitement,  fun,  and scuttlebutt about last year's cruise we expect this to be a sellout.  Rumor has it that with 40 tickets sold we may be able to offer a free drink or 2.   
So come out, enjoy and network with the fabulous members of our great organization!


Hope to see you all there!


Tom Kennedy

Tailgate Committee Chairman


 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. 


Don't forget...


We will announce the winner of the 2nd quarter Membership Contest

At the July 23rd, meeting!!!


The winner gets to choose one of the following:


 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

Let's 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. 
Please see Heather Johnson,, Ken Spinella, Costco 
or Barry Griffin for tickets before we sell out. 
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]