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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 9,  March 1, 2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

March 4-
Lisa Lea

March 11-
Jay Farhat

March 18-
Rose Jackson

March 25-
Jennifer Arnold




Happy Birthday

Rod Borom, 3/1
Paul Fogel, 3/1
Tripp House, 3/1
Becky Rose, 3/2
Crump Kirby, 3/3
Steve Burns, 3/4
Ross McWilliams, 3/4
David Stringfield, 3/5
Aaron Curtis, 3/6
George Richardson, III, 3/6
George Biastre, 3/7
Kyle Sanders, 3/7
Teresa White, 3/7






   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by

Crump Kirby



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology


Name Drawn Last Week: Tom Whicher




Walter Smith
Larry Kates
  Next Meeting 

March 4, 2015 


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Jacksonville, FL

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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


Putting my Home Inspector's hat back on for a moment, I want you to think about the roof on your home.  It's what protects you, your loved ones, and all your belongings from the elements.  Let's say its 20 years old; it's leaking and getting worse with every rain.  Your options: 1) replace the roof before it causes costly structural damage, 2) patch it and hope the leak doesn't migrate to another spot, or 3) do nothing, and hope the problem goes away...

Jacksonville has an enormous pension fund issue!  We all know it, and it's not going away, on its own.  We can no longer push our problems off to the future.  (How many times in the last 20 years have we heard: 'that's for another administration to decide'?)

This single issue is the overwhelming reason why Jacksonville cannot afford to rebuild its infrastructure, put more cops on the streets, and keep our libraries open for residents!  Our buildings, roads and bridges, and sewers have deferred maintenance that can no longer be ignored.  E.g., the parking lot collapsing into the river at the old courthouse.  By not addressing the pension issue, or if we declare bankruptcy, Jacksonville will be crippled in its ability to recruit new businesses to town and it will devastate our credit rating for many years to come.

There are only a couple of options as to how we will be able to relieve the pressure of this pension fund crisis.  1) Jacksonville will need to cut a lot of services to its residents (so we can pay down the debt), or 2) it will need to find a way to increase revenue (so we can maintain our current quality of life, AND pay down the debt).  Answer No. 2 will likely have to come from a combination of increasing the sales, property and gas usage taxes.

Nobody likes the idea, but this is the reality.  We're at the point where we have no other choice.  It has to be reconciled, and it needs to happen now. 

At last Wednesday's meeting, SBMC invited all three Jacksonville mayoral candidates to present their views and answer your questions.  Unfortunately, Mayor Brown declined to attend.  Lenny Curry had a family emergency at the last moment.  Bill Bishop did attend and answered tough questions about what it will take to get Jacksonville on the path to greatness.  He didn't necessarily tell us what we wanted to hear, but he did tell us what we needed to hear:  We need a new roof.

Please think about what path you want to see Jacksonville take in the next 5-10 years.  Which one of these candidates will be able to direct our city toward achieving your visions?  Research all the issues and determine where all three candidates stand on them. 

Election Day is March 24th.


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



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 Mark Wilkinson by check or credit card at an SBMC meeting or provide their address and we will be glad to have Mark 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. 




How long have you been a member of SBMC?  Do you enjoy SBMC?  Then tell your friends and bring them to one of our exciting meetings and/or events to help grow the club!  Now the club is already a great group of people and has its own rewards, but if you'll go a little further we'll return the favor.  This year's membership theme is EVERYONE WINS, if you sponsor a new member you're guaranteed to receive a token of the club's appreciation.  Jeanne Maron owner of The Gifted Cork made us a great deal on wine she hand selected, Nico Hogeveen of GolfTec followed suit with some excellent Srixon Golf Balls both of which we have for membership sponsors.  In order to get your sponsorees involved immediately, Jack Manilla of Portofino Pools has purchased Meet-a-Member ticket vouchers for EVERY new member this year to be given at orientation.  They will get to attend the MaM of their choice courtesy of Portofino if membership didn't have enough privileges. 

Now we're going even further with our semi-annual membership contest.  Whoever sponsors the most members in the first half of the year will receive a $500 American Express Gift CardThis contest is retroactive to January 1 so if you've already sponsored a member, you're already in the running.  Please start inviting your friends, clients, and business associates to experience our club and all it has to offer.


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
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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