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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 6,  February 82015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers


February 11-
No Spotlight Speaker

February 18-
Chuck Houck

February 25-
Ken Spinella

March 4-
Lisa Lea

March 11-
Jay Farhat




Happy Birthday

Emily Rose, 2/9
Lisa Almeida, 2/10
Jack Hart, 2/10
Jim Cox, 2/12
Maury Kopman, 2/12
Daniel Bean, 2/13
Gene Maszy, 2/13







   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

No Winner this week
Clint Hill



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology


Name Drawn Last Week:  Ken Spinella




A.J. Pionessa
Mark Vick
  Next Meeting 

February 11, 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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2/11 Sheriff Race
2/18  Tim Cost, President JU
2/25  Mayoral Race
3/4    Bill Warner, The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
3/11  Spring YAP
Tim Howe, President
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 813-8950

There'll be a new Sheriff in town, and his name won't be Buford T. Justice, or Andy Taylor.  Sheriffs Bart, Roscoe P. Coltrane, or Pusser aren't on the ballot, either.  Now I really want to watch all these old movies and shows again!


Today's Sheriff's office has to do much more than 'Serve and Protect'...and it's a far cry from the concerns of the Hollywood Sheriff.  Our new Sheriff will have to perform a juggling act between the Mayor's office and City Council, as well as the State Capital.  He has to liaison with the police union, the media, public perception, as well as any concerns within the department ranks.  He must balance between budget restrictions and find cost savings in the minutest areas.  And while he doesn't control the pension, you will want to know where he stands on the reform issue.


Ultimately, the Sheriff has to effectively manage a force that, (1) offers the most protection coverage for the community, (2) keeps expenses within the given budget, and (3) ensures harmony of his own department personnel.


But how will each candidate approach that goal?


Our SBMC Political Action Committee has made arrangements for you to meet all the candidates at this Wednesday's meeting!  This will be a unique opportunity for you to 'feel the pulse' of those who want to lead our community's public safety efforts for the next 4 years.  I highly encourage all our members to come meet your candidates.


Because when it comes right down to it, we need more than just a sheriff whose brother-in-law Billy Bob, has the fastest boat on the whole damn river (J.W. Pepper).

End Note: Let me know if you recognize any these characters.  There is some disagreement in our house, as to whether they added value.  



It's election season and we're allowing any candidate running for office on a first-come-first-served basis to speak for 5 minutes about their campaign.  If you're supporting anyone running, please have them contact Patrick Heatherington for arrangements.....the first available is NEXT week's meeting.

Mobile: 904-449-2858

[email protected]


2015 Civic Affairs Committee



This week the board will vote on new members so please be sure to have anyone considering joining to sign up online or bring an application in this week!  If you missed the meeting this week, Megan announced that Jack Manilla of Portofino pools is sending EVERY new member to a Meet-a-member this year!  At orientation, each member will be given a voucher to exchange for a ticket to the MaM of their choice, but they have to attend orientation to get it.  If you attended January's orientation and want to use it for the upcoming meet-a-member contact Patrick Heatherington for arrangements. 

Patrick Heatherington

[email protected]

Cell 904-449-2858


2015 Membership Committee



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 2015's first 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! Games of pool, blackjack, and musical jam sessions are encouraged - all we need is you! 

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







Our next SBMC golf outing will be on Friday, February 27th at the Golf Club at South Hampton. Cost per participant is $35.00 (+ tax) for green/cart fees and includes range balls for your warm-up. Our first tee time is at 12:06 PM and we have 28 spots available. If you want, we can pre-order a lunch box for you at $12.95 (incl. tax & gratuity) per person and it will be ready when you arrive. This is totally optional, but let me know in advance when you sign up.


South Hampton is a Marc McCumber signature course and provides a great challenge to both the experienced as well as novice golfer. Sixteen large lakes and over 60 contoured bunkers, in combination with meticulous landscaping, make it a superbly conditioned facility. The distinctive layout will test shot-making abilities and require the use of every club in the bag.


So, come join your fellow SBMC members and friends for a great round of golf! To reserve your spot(s) contact Nico Hogeveen at (904) 403-6754 or send an email to: [email protected].


Nico Hogeveen

2015 SMBC Golf Chair 


Ladies & Gentlemen, START YOUR ENGINES!  At least, get ready to.  Our 5th Annual SBMC Car Show will be Saturday, April 11th, just over 2 months from the date of this newsletter.


We are returning the location to Hooters on Southside Boulevard at Tinseltown!  Great food and refreshments!  Silent Auctions!  Raffle Prizes!  50/50 Cash giveaway!  The show will run from 10am to 2pm.


Show Cars can be registered for $20 each in advance, or $25 the day of the show.

You may provide your own vendor tent  for $50.

We are also looking for raffle and silent auction items!

We are looking for a Trophy Sponsor for $250, and Associate Sponsorships are $500.


Anyone interested in sponsoring or volunteering, as well as donating prizes, contact Jepp Walter - [email protected] or 

Ken Petsch - [email protected]

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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