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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 82, Issue 46,  November 16, 2014
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Jacksonville Fair
Holiday Gala
Do Business with SBMC
Sergeant At Arms
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers


November 19-
Bruno Silva

November 26-
Fred Allison

December 3-
Jeff Cramer

December 10-
Emily Rose

December 17-
Heather Johnson

December 24-
Christmas Eve - 
 No Meeting

December 31-
New Year's Eve - 
 No Meeting




Happy Birthday

Valerie Segraves, 11/19
Jason Porter, 11/20
Rita Story, 11/20
Elmo Busby, 11/22








   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

Coordinated Benefits and Synovus Bank


No Winner This Week

Denise Ross


Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  

Jepp Walter,


Name Drawn Last Week:

Nancy Abercrombie




Mike Dungy
Rene Zook
  Next Meeting 

November 19, 2014 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

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$25 for Guest 



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11/19 Joe Snowberger, Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association - U.S.S. Adam
11/26 Jeanne Maron, Wine Tasting
12/3  Crump Kirby, SBMC Club History
12/10 Bruce Ganger, Feeding NE Florida
12/17 Paige Kelton, Holiday Events in Jacksonville
12/24 Christmas Eve - No Meeting
12/31 New Year's Eve - No Meeting
Patrick Heatherington, 2nd Vice President
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 449-2858

November has evolved into our "Month of Honor" as 2 weeks ago we honored our military men and women for their service.  Last week began by honoring Veterans who have fought throughout our history, and continue to fight, around the world to promote and defend the American ideals of freedom and democracy.   Then at our meeting we honored those who keep us safe here in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.  In preparation for this meeting, I thought about the weather of late...this may sound a bit off topic, but I've enjoyed being able to sleep with my windows open and leaving some open throughout the workday to come home to a cool home with fresh air.  I mention this as the only reason I can sleep easily in this regard is because the men and women the JSO work diligently to keep us safe and help those of us in Jacksonville rest easily in the knowledge that while we rest, they're out in force serving and protecting. 

Last week we specifically honored the following officers, 2 of whom were unable to attend but all received a plaque as well as a check from us for $500 in recognition of their service.

2014 Police Officer of the Year-Detective Kenneth Alston

2014 Corrections officer of the Year-Corrections officer Ryan Clifton

2014 Civilian Employee of the Year-Police Services Technician Gwen Weston

2014 Police Supervisor of the Year-Police Sergeant Steve Zona

Sheriff John Rutherford and Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt were there to present the awards and the Sheriff delivered a passionate program while taking questions from our members.  Member Mike Dungey did well to acknowledge that while term limits can be beneficial, the citizens of Duval County "will be a little poorer" Sheriff Rutherford's retirement at the end of his term next year.  Undersheriff Senterfitt will also be retiring with the Sheriff at the end of his term.  Fortunately there are many candidates out there from which to choose, including some in our membership.  Sheriff Rutherford did acknowledge his long tenure as a member of our club, so we were quick to invite him to come back and become more active with us as soon as possible. 

This week we'll hear from Commodore Joe Snowberger of the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association a.k.a. The U.S.S. Adams Museum.  Joe, along with fellow members Daniel Bean and Bruce Fouraker and many others, is working day and night to bring the dream that has become a reality of a floating Naval Warship Museum to downtown Jacksonville; slated for 2015.  I won't steal Joe's thunder by revealing too much other than to say he's doing a great job and there is no longer a question of if, but now one of only when.....


Patrick Heatherington

2nd Vice President  

Fair Beer Tents

The Greater Jacksonville Fair is running the first two weeks of November.  Every year, our Club volunteers at the fair to raise money. Our tips go to our Annual Childrens' Christmas Shopping Spree. 

This year we need your help to man the beer tents at the Fair. Attached is the current beer tent schedule. Please review it and contact Steve Johnston  to volunteer.

This is a great opportunity to support a good cause and have lots of fun.

Contact Information
Steve Johnston
Tel. (904) 327-8864

Our annual Holiday Gala is

Saturday, December 6th, at the beautiful Deercreek Country Club at 6:00 PM.  Hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, dinner and dancing!   Members and 1 guest are $65.00 per person before November 15th.  Members $75.00 per person after November 15th. Non-members $75.00. We have a limited number of tickets so please go to to register as soon as possible. No tickets will be sold at the door. Deadline to purchase tickets is November 30. 

You don't want to miss this fabulous gala!!! 

We have a group of rooms at The Sheraton on Deerwood Park Blvd., at an amazing group rate of just $79! When making reservations be sure to let them know you are with SBMC!


If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Helms, Chair at 904-838-2241 or 

Megan Turner, Co-Chair 404-6243. 

SBMC Charities is currently requesting proposals from qualified 
investment managers to provide active management services.
For complete details, contact Erin Eiras  


SBMC is currently requesting insurance proposals for Commercial General Liability coverage and Directors' and Officers' Liability (D&O) Insurance.
For details, contact Dee Kirby
There are 2015 spotlight speaker dates available!  The book is at the sign-in table at each meeting. 

This is free to all members in good standing and gives you the opportunity to talk about your business, family, interests, or anything else you would like to talk about for five minutes.  You are also able to put out business cards, flyers, or informational materials on the tables to showcase your business.

Pick your date before they fill up!

We also ask for volunteers to help us start our meetings to get us thinking about what is really important and what is behind whatever success we have achieved - God and Country.

If you have a calling to lead us in prayer/invocation or the pledge of allegiance, please either call or sign up in the spotlight speaker book.

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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