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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 23,  June 7,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

June 10-
Michael Cobb

June 17-
Fred Alison

June 24-
Walter Smith

July 1-
Donna Day


Happy Birthday

Rhea Mency, 6/8
Michael Haney, 6/9
Dave Pentel, 6/10
Harry Peltz, 6/11
Curry Workman, 6/12






   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by 

Fred Allison, 

Dex Imaging

No Winner Last Week



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology


Name Drawn Last Week: 

Ken Petsch



Ken Petsch 

Gene Bushor

  Next Meeting 

June 10, 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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6/10 Jim Alabiso, Host, Mee Mee TV

6/17    Jamie Shelton, Best Bet
6/24    C. Suzanne Hudson-Smith, Community Connections of Jax
7/1      John Davoli, The Great American Hamburger

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


Schools out!  Who says there's nothing going on with SBMC in the summer?


This year, we rearranged our event calendar to smooth out the activity peaks and valleys.  We worked it (where possible) so that our summertime activities are indoors!  Whereas the rest of the country enjoys the great outdoors for a few months, people of the Deep South retreat to air-conditioning.  When we're forced to go on errands, we find the shady parking spot, no matter how far from the store front...but, I digress.


Yesterday, we enjoyed our 5th Annual SBMC Car Show, at the Hooters (air conditioned) on Southside Blvd.  Many thanks to all the event sponsors, Jepp Walter, Joe Lemire, and the rest of the crew for putting this on.


This coming Saturday is our 5th annual deep sea fishing trip (not air conditioned).  This event has sold out repeatedly over the years and there are only a few spots left.  This is a fantastic value including lunch and drinks; all you need to bring is your clothed self.  Book with Mike Russo quickly, if you love to fish!   I don't.  There's a reason I joined the Army, and not the Navy...Timmy and boats on waves don't get along together.  So, I'll be sending my 'bon voyage' from the shore, then stop by Costco to buy some fish...but, again, I digress.


June 18th is a Meet-a-Member event being held at Regus.  Get your $5 tickets at any meeting; it's the best entertainment value in town!!


We have 3 EXCELLENT monthly golf outings coming up.  Friday, June 26th at Deer Creek, Friday, July 31st at Palencia, and Friday, August 28th at Queens Harbour.  18 of the holes are hot, the 19th is air conditioned.


July 4th, I have arranged for a fireworks display to be lit at Friendship Fountain on the south bank.  What the heck, go ahead and take the day off.


On July 16th, the SBMC Past Presidents are sponsoring the Texas Hold'em Tournament benefitting the Children's Christmas Shopping Spree.  This event will be held at the Best Bet at Regency (air conditioned), and replaces the multi-day volunteer obligation of the Jax Fair in November.  This event has created much excitement for our members and should be a huge success.  Remember, it's for the kids!  See the flyer in this newsletter.


July 25th, we will be holding our 4th (of 6), non-profit Club-member project of the year. This time we're partnering with City Rescue Mission, inside their air conditioned building.  We will place donated items in care packages for our city's homeless.  See the flyer in this newsletter.  This is going to be a lot of fun!


On August 19th at the regular meeting, we will be drawing for our second SBMC raffle winner of the year.  This time, we're raffling a $500 Costco gift card and a year's membership.  Tickets will be available at the beginning of July.

All of this, in addition to the weekly meetings with great guest speakers and your's truly, at the lovely (air conditioned) San Jose Country Club.


So, cancel your family vacation (the kid's don't really want to see the world's largest ball of string, anyway).  We have WAY too much going on, to miss out on!



Let's Go Fishing!!

The Annual SBMC Fishing Trip will be Saturday, June 13th, on the Majesty out of Mayport.


This is always a very fun event, and ALWAYS sells out quickly!  Cost is just $85, and includes bait, tackle, a nice box lunch from Honey Baked Hams, water, soft drinks, and BEER!!  Pay for your spot quickly, again this will sell out fast!!

If you have any questions, email 
Mike Russo at: [email protected] or 
Jepp Walter at: [email protected]



Are you ready for our June Meet-a-Member?


You are invited to meet and greet your fellow SBMC members at one of the newly renovated Regus Office facilities.  Regus is growing all over the Country and the World and now is your opportunity to see why.

Hosts:  Regus, Cory McKibben and Rance Kincaid

When:  Thursday, June 18, 2015  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Where:  19752 Deerwood Park Blvd.  
       Waterview II, Suite 100
                Jacksonville, FL  32256

There will be refreshments/libations, a prize give-away and the chance to find out why Regus is one of the fastest growing business's in the Country.  Looking forward to seeing you there.






Our next SBMC monthly golf outing will be at Deercreek Country Club on Friday, June 19th, starting at 12:00 noon.


Cost per participant is $40.00 (+ tax) for green/cart fees and includes range balls for your warm-up. We'll have sequential tee times from 12:00 onwards and we have 32 spots available.


Deercreek is a member of our SBMC, so please support them by playing a round of golf. The course is familiar to many of you and was designed by Robert Miller and has been open since 1989. It's well known for its challenging carries and demanding doglegs. 


Come join your fellow SBMC members and friends for a great round of golf in a unique environment! 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






October 18, 2015
Tailgate party starts at 10:00am
Game starts at 1:00pm

Details to follow...




There is still time and opportunity to take the first 1/2 of the year win and go home with a $500 gift certificate! Please continue to invite your friends and business partners to join us in the best club around!! 



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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