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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 7,  February 15, 2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

February 18-
Chuck Houck

February 25-
Ken Spinella

March 4-
Lisa Lea

March 11-
Jay Farhat

March 18-
Rose Jackson

March 25-
Jennifer Arnold




Happy Birthday

Sandy Myers, 2/15
Donald Flynn, 2/18
Jerry Rowe, 2/18
Tyrone Townsend, 2/19
Gary Carlin, 2/20
Pauline Smith, 2/20






   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




Angelo Volpe
Bruce Fouraker
  Next Meeting 

February 18, 2015 


San Jose Country Club

7529 San Jose Blvd

Jacksonville, FL

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm

$20 Members

$25 for Guests 



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2/18 Tim Cost, President JU

2/25  Mayoral Race
3/4    Bill Warner, The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
3/11  Spring YAP
3/18  Paul Ghiotto, Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center
3/25  Election Results
Tim Howe, President
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 813-8950


What are the attributes of a great city?  Is it geography?  A strong economy?  Great museums and theatres?  New Orleans is considered to be a 'great city' but also has a water damage issue.  San Francisco is a 'great city' but who can afford to stay there? Washington has some of the best museums in the world, but traffic anywhere near the beltway is horrendous.  When it comes down to it, great cities have worked hard to mold public perception into their 'brand,' despite their own shortcomings.

What is the perception of Jacksonville to the rest of the world?  What is the perception of Jacksonville to us?!  What will it take for Jacksonville to become a World-Class city?  We have most of what is needed, in place already.  E.g., history: St. Augustine, Fort Caroline and Fernandina comprise some of the earliest 'recorded' history in the country. We have great weather.  We have great golfing. We have an ocean, and intra-coastal waterway, and huge river (not to mention all the lakes.)  We have a very viable craft-brew industry.  We have a majority of the infrastructure needed to support grandiose activities.

I certainly don't have all the answers.  But, from my point of view, it boils down to just 2 things that are needed: a change of attitude and time.

This change has to start within each one of us, before we can ask the rest of the world to do so.  We need to believe that this is a great place to live, work and play.   

--When you think of Jacksonville's great neighborhoods, do you conjure San Marco, Springfield, Riverside/Avondale, rather than Julington Creek, Oakleaf Plantation or Nocatee?  The former are well-established historic neighborhoods that are known for their architectural diversity and beauty. 

--When someone asks about places to eat, do you recommend the multitudes of great local establishments, or refer to the national chains at the Town Center?  We have everything from food trucks to the finest dining, from barbeque to eclectic.  There is every food type or price range available here. 

--If I blurt out the word: JACKSONVILLE, is your first thought of downtown along the river? There's a reason the NFL uses these shots when they're in town.  Or, can you not see why there is so much emphasis put on having a vibrant downtown?

It is all too easy to criticize about the direction we are heading.  That way we can go along with the nay-Sayers without actually having to get involved.  But a wise person once said: don't complain, unless you have a viable suggestion.  So, take a good look in the mirror and decide whether you are part of the solution. 

Once we can positively mold the attitudes and opinions of our residents, then it's just a matter of time before the rest of the world acknowledges this great city, as well. 


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 is orientation and induction week.  New members approved by the board last week have been invited, and if you've joined previously however have not yet made it to orientation please join us at 11:20 at San Jose Country Club prior to the meeting

Last week the board approved the following new members/alternates who have been invited to orientation:

  • Jim Crawford of Combined Insurance
  • Russell Cooley of Perfect Printing Solutions
  • Larry Kates of Progressive Power Products
  • Donna Day of Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery
  • K.C. Padget of Nort Florida Financial (Joining Clint Hill)

All new members attending orientation and induction this week will also be given a Meet-a-Member voucher to exchange for a ticket to the MaM of their choice in 2015 compliments of Jack Manilla of Portofino Pools!  Please introduce yourself, make them feel welcome, and help acclimate our new members to the club.


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: 20 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 


SBMC is looking for sponsors for the annual YAP Program to held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 and volunteers for the annual YAP barbecue to be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015

Anyone interested in a sponsorship please contact:

Bruce A Fouraker at 904-521-8026 

or by email at: [email protected].  

The sponsorships are $200 and those wishing to participate can either pay our treasurer Dee Kirby by check or credit card at a SBMC meeting or provide their address and we will be glad to have Dee invoice them.

There is also a volunteer list with the times needed for different tasks in the sign-up book that will be at the check-in table at the SBMC weekly meeting.  If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like volunteer; for setup from noon - 3:00 PM, cooking and serving from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM or breakdown and cleanup from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM;  please let Bruce know. 

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 held 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
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