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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 17,  April 26, 2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

April 29-
Sarah Sallas-Herring/Kelley Shaw

May 6-
Ken Spinella

May 13-
Megan Turner


Happy Birthday

Tom McLenahan, 4/26
Gloria Vinson, 4/26
Steve DeSorbo, III, 4/28
Rick Fenchel, 4/28
John Vick, 4/30
Nico Hogeveen, 5/2
Bill O'Leary, 5/2






   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by 

Fred Allison, 

Dex Imaging

No Winner Last Week
Steve Watson



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology


Name Drawn Last Week: Rene Zook



Ron Mallet
Steve DeSorbo
  Next Meeting 

April 29, 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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4/29 Lenny Curry

5/6      City Council At-Large Group Forum
5/13    SBMC YAP Golf Classic
5/20    Peter Bragan, Owner, Jacksonville Suns
5/27   Larry Figart, Urban Forestry & Managing The Residential Greenery 

Tim Howe, President
Southside Business Men's Club 
(904) 813-8950


Do you like me, Yes or No?

Hmm, the quintessential question that every 11 year old boy and girl wants to know about their latest subject of infatuation.  I can't speak for the female gender, but as a former 5th grader, and a current male, I can state without hesitation that I do want to be liked.

I enjoy cooking; every cook wants their creations to be liked.  I don't have the skills to bake, as I'm not much for following recipes implicitly.  However, I do like to get in a well-stocked kitchen see where a dish will end up.  Annie likes a lot of what I come up with; that becomes supper.  But there are times where only I like it.  Those are the dishes that go to work with me.

I like to sit on the front porch with my beverage de jour in the evening and have the passers-by tell me that they like the smell of our confederate jasmine.  It was already there when we moved in, but I still like hearing it.

I like the power, handling and comfort of my 2015 Nimnicht Chevrolet Impala (another shameless plug).  Apparently, the FHP likes to write tickets.  I really like the Camaro best, but Annie likes the ingress/egress of the Impala...old people. 

As a kid, I liked to play the drums.  I played to any rock album from the 60's and 70's that I had:  Skynyrd, Zeppelin, Stones, Aerosmith...never could replicate that drummer (Neil Peart) from Rush, though.   I had to stop playing when dad came home from work.  He said he liked what I was doing; he just didn't like hearing it.  Currently, I like the idea of replacing the Fancy Eating Table with some future drum set purchase in the dining room; Annie doesn't like that idea.

I like to go for long walks on the...ugh, too...overused.

I like going to the stadium with friends to see the Jaguars play.  I don't like that we will likely stink again this year.

I like the SBMC Facebook page.  It contains pictures and updates about the Club's goings-on, that are too lengthy for the weekly newsletter, and too numerous to be included in the SBMC website (by the way, an All-New website will be released in the near future...more about that later).

In a press release from March 16th 2015, Alexa Internet listed Facebook as the 2nd most frequented website in the world, behind Google.  SimilarWeb listed Facebook as the #1 website in the world for number of users.  Facebook is an essential marketing tool (at least for the rest of this decade).  SBMC officers would not be fulfilling our obligations to its members if we did not utilize this to our advantage.

So, I am asking all 350+ members in the Southside Business Men's Club to 'LIKE' the SBMC Facebook page, if you haven't already.  By doing so, you help greatly expand our media presence and heighten the SBMC 'Brand'.  This is a marketing initiative that costs the Club nothing.

When a post is made to the site, and you 'like' it, our SBMC Facebook page moves up on the search engine lists and becomes easier to find...maybe for prospective members.  A much better thing to do is to 'comment' on any of our posts.  This greatly increases our coverage.  And, if you see yourself in one of the photos: tag yourself.  Again, everything we do on the site shows activity.  We like activity.

Here's how you do it.  Go to this link:  You can either do it from your computer or smart phone (sorry Gene, your flip phone won't work here).  At the very top (inside the picture of Friendship Fountain) there is a tab that says 'LIKE'.  Click that tab.  That's it; you're done!  Invite your Facebook friends to 'LIKE' us.  Invite your enemies to like's all good.

Scroll down the page, you can see everything we've been up to!!  You can see our new banner next to Mayor Brown.  You can see both Sheriff candidates.  You can see our work on the Habijax project, and so forth.  I'd like to send a special thanks to Scott 'Scooter' Schilbrack, for making his own comments on the site.  This is exactly what we would like to see all of you do.

'There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.'  Brendan Behan



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




We have some awesome speakers joining us for lunch over the next few weeks. This is a perfect opportunity to invite a guest and show them what the club is about! If they join, you win! Also remember there is still time to be in the running for the $500 gift card for whoever sponsors the most people in the first half of the year! Keep bringing your guests!

Megan Turner,

Membership Chair 


Let's join together for the next Meet-a-Member on Thursday, April 30th at 5:30 to 7:30 at the Times-Union building on 1 Riverside Ave. If you've never been on this beautiful riverfront property it is gorgeous. There will be great food & drinks.   Great fellowship and lots of fun prizes and tickets to win. Other surprises to come! 


See Cathy Curtis for tickets, available at the weekly meetings or email Cathy at: [email protected]



It's time for The Players!


This year:  SBMC and Metro Diner are teaming up!!


We have fewer days, shorter shifts, and great food!  That way you can have more time to walk around and enjoy The Players as a spectator.  The way it used to be for us!


We will be in the Metro Diner Tent off Hole 15 at the Taste of Jacksonville location.  Dates are May 6th - 10th - that's right, Wednesday thru Sunday.  It's just a few weeks away!


A sign up book will be handed around starting at our next meeting.


You can also contact, Ken Petsch, [email protected]  or Cathy Curtis, [email protected] to sign up.


Thanks in advance!


**There will be a party at Ken Petsch's house prior to The Players to distribute tickets, eat, drink, and have some fun. Date & details to follow.


Some of the proceeds from this event help support SBMC PAC. 


Cathy Kennedy and FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL have come forward for the second year in a row, to be Our TITLE Sponsor. 

Thank you very much, Cathy and FNF.

With the help from Jepp Walter, PET PARADISE has also returned for their second year as Our CORPORATE Sponsor!

This year's event: the FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL Charity Golf Classic with Pet Paradise will be held on Monday, May 18th at San Jose Country Club.  Shotgun start is 11:30am.

In addition to golfing one of Jacksonville's premier private courses, your entry includes a delicious lunch from Tidbits Restaurant, full BBQ Dinner prepared on-site by Don Richards and ALL the beverages, All-day long!  An individual golfer can play for $150, a foursome for $600, or you can get the "Ultimate Package" for $750.  This package includes golf for 4 people, a $300 Hole Sponsor and additional amenities! 

Please go to our charity golf website:   or speak with a Charity Golf Committee Member about signing up!

Julie Clements, Crump Kirby, Annie Howe, Cyndi Nunn, Rick Thompson, Nico Hogeveen, Jepp Walter, Don Flynn, Angelo Volpe or, Jay Cann.

Remember, IT'S FOR THE KIDS!  


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.
For questions and comments about the newsletter please e-mail [email protected]