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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 82, Issue 50,  December 14, 2014
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Sergeant At Arms
Dues & Meeting Changes
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers


December 17-
Rance Kincaid

December 24-
Christmas Eve - 
 No Meeting

December 31-
New Year's Eve - 
 No Meeting



Happy Birthday

Megan Turner, 12/14
Susan Knight, 12/15
Dee Kirby, 12/16
Ken Spinella, 12/18







   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

Coordinated Benefits and Synovus Bank

$67r This Week



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  

Jepp Walter,


Name Drawn Last Week:  Rose Jackson




Mark Vickers
Bruce Fouraker
  Next Meeting 

December 17, 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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12/17 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
1/14   Paul Mason, PhD, Local Economic Indicators for 2015
1/21   Steve Grossman, Jax Airport Authority
1/28   Lake Ray, III, First Coast Manufacturing Association
Annie Howe, President
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 654-6095



Saturday morning we had the privilege of taking 32 children shopping for Christmas at the Target store on San Jose Blvd. These children are from the Davis Center for Homeless Families, and Community Connections provides their families with housing and support so that they may be able to break the cycle of homelessness or domestic abuse. I would like to thank this year's sponsor, John Davoli with the Metro Diner, who graciously stepped up to raise money for this event. I would also like to thank those who volunteered at the Fair this year. The tips they collected while pouring beer go toward the shopping spree. Between the Fair Tips and Metro Diner's generosity, we were not only able to fund this event, but we were also able to donate money to purchase medical supplies and establish a clinic at the Davis Center. 

To all who came out to Target first thing Saturday morning, I hope you felt the spirit of the Holidays as warmly as Tim and I did.


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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