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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 4,  January 25, 2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers


January 28-
Susan Carter & 
 John Crowder

February 4-
Stefano Magnaini

February 11-
John Vick




Happy Birthday

Jeff Spadafora, 1/26
Ramona Baldwin, 1/27
Wendy Helms, 1/27
Ernie Fogarty, 1/28
Everette Seay, 1/28
Mike Dungey, 1/31
Ruth Ann Hepler, 1/31
Christy Rosen, 1/31
Jason White, 1/31







   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by


No winner this Week



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology



Name Drawn Last Week:  Keith Litterick




David Northrup
Daniel Moses
  Next Meeting 

January 28, 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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1/28 Lake Ray, III, First Coast Manufacturers Association
2/4     Volunteer SBMC - Non-profits in Jacksonville
2/11  Sheriff Race
2/18  Tim Cost, President JU
2/25  Mayoral Race
Tim Howe, President
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 813-8950



You've heard the words many times,

but read them slowly, and let them sink in:


The purpose of the Southside Business Men's Club is to promote the materialcivic and social improvement and betterment of Duval County, in general, and specifically to promote the welfare and advancement of the 

Southside of Jacksonville.


--We're not here, to perpetuate the Club's own existence.

--We're not here, to stand on our previous laurels.

--We're not here, to be just a social club (that does some good in the community).


We are here to improve the lives of the people of Jacksonvilleand specifically those on the Southside (and, make some friends, do a little business, and have some fun along the way). 


For 2015, we will continue our legacy charitable programs, and adding something a little different.  We will work with our current non-profit organization members, to help them achieve some of their goals

--Procuring and assembling care packages for our city's homeless (City Rescue Mission). 

--Holding a career day for middle school students, where our members can talk to the students about how we achieved our goals (Junior Achievement).  

--Helping to work on a home for a needy family (Habijax).                  

--Working with our military veterans who are adjusting back to civilian life (Warrior City).                                                                           --And, a landscape beautification project (Pine Castle).


So, are you looking to make a difference?  This year will be an exciting year for our club, and there will be plenty of need and opportunity for you to 'get involved'. 


I encourage you to find a project that's of interest, and join that effort as a committee member, or a Co-Chairperson.  It is imperative that everyone volunteers in some capacity.   Because, we are a Club that gives, not takes.  





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


Sign Up to Host a Meet a Member- There's only 4 for 2015

Take the opportunity to introduce your business to other members of our Club!

This is an after work social gathering of club members and your guests at your place of business from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  Tickets are sold by you at the SBMC lunch and beyond for $5.00. This is used by you to offset ant costs you may incur.  It is a great way to showcase your business and to meet other members.


Our 1st one is in February so act fast.

Contact Barry Griffin, 904-838-8961 or Megan Turner, 904-404-6243, to find out more and reserve your spot for 2015.

We have raffle tickets for sale to win a
$500.00 American Express gift card.  

One for $5.00, three for $10.00 and seven for $20.00.  
Valerie Segraves will be selling these at the meetings.  
 Drawing will be at the
February 18th meeting.



This week we inducted new members and everyone who sponsored a new membership in the month of January and was present received a bottle of wine.  Special thanks to member Jeanne Marron of "The Gifted Cork," upon request she hand selected an assortment of wines and made the club a great deal to help reward some of our members.  Please continue to bring your guests and get them to join so you too can WIN with membership!


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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