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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 5,  February 1, 2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers


February 4-
Stefano Magnaini

February 11-
John Vick




Happy Birthday

Susan Carr, 2/1
Hank Duckworth, 2/4
Mike Russo, 2/5
James Mainwaring, 2/6







   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

Ken Spinella



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology


Name Drawn Last Week:  Chrarles McBurney




Gen Bushor 
Double Winner!!
  Next Meeting 

February 7, 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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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




Somebody once asked me: How much do you need to be wealthy?


Now we all know the true answer to that question lies in the perspective of the person being asked. 


--To a 5 year old, having 2 ice cream bars off the truck makes you wealthy.  Especially when that jerk neighbor kid was only given enough money for 1.


--The teenage kid with a part-time job (and no expenses), feels pretty rich when he can spend all his money on video games.


--I have the love of the woman, who is absolutely perfect for me in life...I'm the wealthiest man alive!  (yeah, I played that card).


Does a credit card with a high limit and a low balance make your rich?  NO! It makes you a slave to the temptations of a spending spree, and a balance you can never pay off...just what the MAN is hoping for.


But what if you had a credit/debit card with money already on it?!  And not your prepaid money either!!  I'd say a windfall like that would make you wealthy, regardless of the amount.


Segue alert: I'd feel pretty wealthy if someone handed me a card, with say...$500 on it!  Oooh, what would I do with $500?!  It's not enough to pay off real debt, but it's enough to treat yourself to something you've been putting off.


--You could take your better half to Savannah for the weekend; ok, maybe Palatka.


--You could use it to cover a good portion of that much-needed 'bigger' screen TV.


--You could buy a set of tires for the car.

$500 is just that...$500 to do with anyway you choose.


Here it comes: Valerie Seagraves and 2nd V.P. Julie Clements are selling raffle tickets for a $500 Amex card!!  The drawing will be held on February 18th!  The chances of winning are extremely high right now, so you really need to help support some of our Club's causes by purchasing tickets.  You can get 1 ticket for $5, 3 tickets for $10, and 7 tickets for $20!!  Spend $5 and get (the chance at) $500!! 


Now, I'm no math major, but that's at least a...well, a...lot more than you started with!



Tree Planting Project at Pine Castle.

When: Sat. February 21, 10:00-11:30am

Where: 49 11 Spring Park Rd, Jax 32207 (one block north off University Blvd W.)

Need: 6-8 volunteers to plant 8-10 trees on the campus of Pine Castle.

Pine castle is a 62 year old nonprofit that has always served persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Today Pine Castle serves  350 adults with disabilities by giving opportunities to work, continue adult learning and connect to the community at their 13 acre campus. Services include a day program/work center, 5 group homes on the Southside and job development and placement with local businesses. Jon May, has been a Southside Businessmen's Club Member for the past 6 years and their CEO for 27 years.

Contact Jon May 904-733-2650

[email protected]



Join us for 2015s 1st Meet a Member at the office of 

BUZZ Magazine/Client Focused Media 

Thursday, February 26, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

at 1611 San Marco Blvd. 

 Come hang out and enjoy tasty food and drinks while you get to know your fellow members better!

 See Meredith Tekin, Barry Griffin, or Megan Turner for tickets. 

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.


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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