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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 2,  January 11, 2015
In This Issue
Guest Speaker/Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Monthly Golf Outing
Sergeant At Arms
Dues & Meeting Changes
Photo Gallery

Spotlight Speakers


January 14-
Anthony Butler, Sr.

January 21-
Barry Griffin

January 28-
Susan Carter & 
 John Crowder




Happy Birthday

Cathy Curtis, 1/11
Chris Taylor, 1/11
Annie Howe, 1/12
Debbie Chatham, 1/15
Nils Hendrick, 1/15
Tom Kennedy, 1/17







   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:  Scott Hanigan




Deborah Morse-Spooner
Carrolle Vargas
  Next Meeting 

January 14, 2015 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guest 



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1/14  Paul Mason, PhD, Local Economic Indicators for 2015
1/21   Bonnie Barnes, The Arc Jacksonville
1/28   Lake Ray, III, First Coast Manufacturing Association
2/4     Mayor Race
Tim Howe, President
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 813-8950



On Wednesday, Chairman Jepp Walter made note that I was being installed as the 72nd President of SBMC (a number of early presidents served multiple years).

Later on, I was thinking of the significance of the number '72'. 

--In 19'72', I was 9 years old...not very significant.  Annie wouldn't be in existence for another 11 years...there, I did the math for you.

--In '72, Richard M. Nixon was re-elected as President.  Hmm, not a good example.

--In '72, dad took me to see the Harlem Globetrotters.  That was a lot of fun, but again, not very significant.

--In high school I drove a '72 Pontiac Le Mans.  Later, I would tell people it was a GTO, because by the 1990's the Le Mans had morphed into a little crappy car.

--There are '72' bottles of beer on the wall, but only because somebody drank the 73rd.

I guess when you think about it, the number '72' isn't really significant at all.  And, that's the way I am approaching my year in office: the person and the title aren't important; but the responsibilities are.

The SBMC President is the Club's most humbled servant.  I am merely the 72nd person to do so.  





We are starting the 2015 SBMC golf outings series with a visit to the well-known Golf Club at North Hampton. This is a signature course of golf legend Arnold Palmer and renowned course architect Ed Seay. The date is Friday, January 30th with the first tee time at 12:00 noon. Cost per participant is $35.00 for green/cart fees and range balls. To reserve your spot(s) contact Nico Hogeveen at (904) 403-6754 or send an email to [email protected]. Come join your fellow SBMC golf enthusiasts for our first round of the New Year!


Nico Hogeveen

2015 SMBC Golf Chair


Fellow Members!

Welcome to an exciting new year that is sure to be one for the books!  We have a great year planned and the theme for membership for 2015 will be EVERYONE WINS!  Any member, who sponsors a new membership in 2015 will receive a token of appreciation and recognition, be it a bottle of wine, box of golf balls, etc. EVERYONE WINS.  The 2015 membership committee is hitting the ground running and looks forward to the new relationships we can build with current and future members.  Bring them to a meeting, we'll work to help you close, and you get the prize.  Details to come later and we're starting immediately, this week is the monthly board meeting so if you have anyone you can bring to Wednesday's meeting who is ready to join please do so.  Any applications turned in and paid for by the board meeting will be eligible this month. 

2015 Membership Committee


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.

Keith Litterick 
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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