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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 18,  May 3, 2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

May 6-
Ken Spinella

May 13-
Megan Turner

May 20-

May 27-
Valerie Seagraves


Happy Birthday

Carter Funk 5/3
Michael Gullion 5/5
Teri Eger, 5/6
Shannon McQuarry, 5/6
Dick Kravitz, 5/8
Jay Cann, Jr., 5/9
Andrew Cates, 5/9






   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by 

Fred Allison, 

Dex Imaging

No Winner Last Week
Name Drawn: Angie Tekin



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology


Name Drawn Last Week: Ken Petsch



Donna Day
Steve DeSorbo
  Next Meeting 

May 6, 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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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



The Players is here!!!  Or, is it: The Players are here?  Well, they'll start arriving Monday, anyway.

I consider The Players to be Jacksonville's premier annual event.  No, I'm not taking anything away from the importance and effect that the Jaguars have on our city.  But when people throughout the country, and even the world, think about the best single event of northeast Florida, The Players easily rises to the top.  Monster Jam does come in a strong second...but I digress.

And no, I'm not giving Ponte Vedra any credit for this.  If you look at any map, north east St. Johns County should really be part of Duval County.  I believe Pedro Menendez annexed it when he 'displaced' the Huguenots...but again, I digress.

The Players, fields the best golfers in the world for one event.  It pulls from the PGA, the Champions, and the tours.  It has a total purse of $10,000,000 and a winning share of $1.8 million.  It awards an incredible 600 FedEx points to the winner.  (Only the Players, the Masters, the PGA, the U.S. and British Opens award this number of points.)

The Stadium Course was designed for large crowds. The organizers have done a great job evolving this tournament into an unparalleled spectator/interactive event.  The bleachers have transformed over the years into immense platforms for the gallery.  Small corporate huts have been replaced with grandiose structures.  The highfalutin toilets are spectacular as well.

This year, SBMC will be under the trees at the 'Taste of Jax' dining district, between the 11th and 12th.  SBMC member, John Davoli has graciously partnered with us to help work his Metro Diner location there.  This will be the opposite of what our volunteers experienced last year, and more similar to what it was years earlier.  If you are working this event on our behalf, I would like to extend a sincere 'Thanks'.

My favorite story about this course is of the construction of the 17th hole (aka the Island Green).  Designer Pete Dye's original design was for it to be a simple par-3 hole with a small pond to one side.  However, they kept having to remove more and more of the alluvial soil to fill in swampy areas throughout the rest of the course.  To Pete's chagrin, his wife Alice suggested that he just make the whole thing a big lake.  The rest is history.

I recently spoke with Sandy Mcfiddish, the Head Groundskeeper at The Stadium Course.  During our conversation he noted that the biggest enemies to the Stadium Course's turf maintenance program are the intense Florida sun rays and gophers.  In fact, he was instructing one of his grounds crewmen to eradicate all the little brown furry rodents from the course, before the start of the tournament...but I digress, again.

Now, you don't have to be a scratch golfer or an avid fan, to attend this event.  It is a fantastic way for anyone to enjoy a beautiful landscape while sharing quality time with your friends and/or clients that you want to impress.  The clubhouse is second to none in opulence and appeal.  This event makes neither excuses, nor apologies, to anyone, for any reason.  The good people of Sawgrass went as far as to change the date of the event, so that you can take your mom to watch golf on Mother's Day.  If she doesn't like golf (what?!) then you can go the tournament, and let her have a day of rest.

Finally, for many years now, The Players has been the unofficial '5th major' of professional golf.  I can't understand how a tournament with this level of importance had not achieved 'major' status, previously.  Therefore, by the powers vested in me as President of the Southside Business Men's Club, I proclaim: The Players is the 5th Major tournament of professional golf.

Easy peasy.  I wonder why someone didn't do this before.  Also, I charge our members (who have connections with the PGA) to forward my declaration onto the proper authorities for compliance.

It's good to be ki...president.




This week we have the At-Large candidates joining us for lunch. What a great opportunity to invite guests and show them what this organization is about! Remember, when you sponsor a new member, a prize is awarded! Who doesn't love a set of golf balls or a bottle of wine!

Megan Turner 
Membership chair 




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!


**If you didn't get your shirt and tickets at Kens party, please get with your day Captain.


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.
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