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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 82, Issue 49,  December 7, 2014
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Golf Outing
Children's Christmas Shopping Spree
Sergeant At Arms
Dues & Meeting Changes
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers


December 10-
Jeff Cramer

December 17-
Heather Johnson

December 24-
Christmas Eve - 
 No Meeting

December 31-
New Year's Eve - 
 No Meeting



Happy Birthday

Gregory Fite, 12/7
Minton Rose, 12/8
Jim Culp, 12/9
Fred Harford, Jr. 12/9
John Martin, 12/10
Amanda Staten, 12/13








   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

Coordinated Benefits and Synovus Bank


No Winner This Week



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  

Jepp Walter,


Name Drawn Last Week:  Mark Bergen




Rod Borum
Fred Allison
  Next Meeting 

December 10, 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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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
1/7      Installation of New Officers
Annie Howe, President
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 654-6095



Ok, so I know EVERY SBMC President says this EVERY year, but this year's Holiday Gala was something really special. We started off with cranberry apple martinis, moved on to beef wellington, and topped it all off with a beautiful chocolate fountain! We danced to the music of Jimmy Graves and Supernatural, and enjoyed a premium liquor bar courtesy of Mike Dungey and Nimnicht Fleet. Those were just some of the sights and sounds at this year's Gala. I would sincerely like to thank Steve DeSorbo, Wendy Helms, and Megan Turner for all of the hard work they put into making our party great. I would also like to thank our staff photographer Steve Bennett for capturing all of the wonderful moments of the evening. Except the embarrassing ones once the dancing started. We will save those exclusively for blackmail later.

This coming weekend we will be taking our Christmas Kids from the Davis Center shopping at the Target on San Jose in Mandarin. Remember that our event this year is sponsored by John Davoli and the Metro Diner. Many of you know that mornings, children, and Christmas are not on the top of my list of favorite things, but this event never ceases to warm my heart. Please contact Gene Maszy if you are interested in being one of Santa's Elves by helping a child shop for Christmas.





Our next Southside Business Men's Club (SBMC) golf outing will be at Cimarrone Golf Club on Friday, December 12th with a start time at 12:00 noon. Since December is an expensive month for many of us, we've tried to keep cost down for this outing and the fee will only be $29.00 (plus tax) per participant.

Players of all abilities will enjoy Cimarrone's championship layout. Designed by renowned architect David Postlethwait, the manicured course conditions and challenging design provides a fun, player-friendly experience for all golfers. You will enjoy Cimaronne's well-defined fairways and excellent greens as well as appreciate numerous risk-reward opportunities provided by strategically placed bunkers and many water and marsh features.

We have room for a maximum of 32 players. If you want to join us please contact me at 904-403-6754 or [email protected] to reserve your spot(s).


Nico Hogeveen

2014 SBMC Golf Chair


Children's Christmas Shopping Spree benefiting the Davis Center for Homeless Families will be Saturday, December 13th at 6:30am at the Target on San Jose at I-295 in Mandarin. If you would like to participate and help a child with their shopping email Gene at
MEMBERSHIP Drive Giveaway!!

Don't miss the December 17th meeting at San Jose CC.  We will be announcing the winner of the year-long Membership contest.  The person with the most new-members joining SBMC in 2014 will win the remainder of the prize items.

These will make great gifts for the holidays!!

Frank Wallmeyer,
Membership Chair and 4th V.P. (elect)
Are you ready for some Football?

The TaxSlayer Bowl (Gator Bowl) will be held at Everbank Field on 1/2/15.  This will match the SEC conference against a representative from the Big Ten/ACC/Notre Dame.

We are having a raffle  on 12/17/14 where the winner receives:

Six Tickets to the Game
Parking Pass
Six Tickets the Pregame Tailgate/Touchdown Party Passes  (Unlimited Food and Drink)

This is a $700.00 value!

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

This will be a great time and if you are not a football fan it would be a great gift for family or business partners for Christmas.


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

2015 Dues and Meeting attendance changes


From time-to-time the Board of Governors reviews activity levels of all our functions and the needs of our organization.  We do a great deal of work in the community as well as try to provide an environment which fosters networking and friendship for our members and their businesses.  In order to fund these endeavors we hold many volunteer functions for which the club is paid as well as request sponsorships for various events outside our charitable giving.  As the club continues to grow, the needs do as well and the board examined the smoothest way to ease the current burden in order to focus on the civic, social, and business aspects of our club.  Therefore the following changes take effect January 1 and for any memberships due to renew on or after January 1. 

  • $20 increase in annual dues for both corporate and individual members
  • $5 increase to weekly non-eat costs for members and non-members (Currently $5 and $10)

We are still the most reasonable membership in town with the greatest flexibility.  The cost of attending and dining will remain at the current rates as long as our agreement with San Jose Country Club remains at the current rate.  Additionally we're the only organization that allows members and guests to attend at a discounted rate in lieu of participating in meals at the luncheon.  This will allow the club to continue to meet its obligations, minimize financial requests for non-charities functions, as well as reduce the number of requests for volunteers throughout the year to raise operating funds outside civic involvement. 

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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