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The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 27,  July 5,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

July 8-
Susan Carter

July 15-
Scott Schilbrack

July 22-
Erik Hill

July 29-
Jeff Smith


Happy Birthday

Colby Caltrider, 7/5
Melody Bishop, 7/6
Steve Johnston, 7/6
Harry Pierce, 7/6
Anthony Butler, 7/7
Matt Shirk, 7/9
Julie Clements, 7/10
Toula Wootan, 7/11






   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by 

Fred Allison, 

Dex Imaging

Name Drawn last week:
Christy Crews



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology


Name Drawn Last Week: 

Bob Ascher




 Barry Griffin

Angelo Volpe

  Next Meeting 

July 8, 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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7/8 Sharon Suggs, Allstate Steel Company, Inc.

7/15   Lewis Prettyman, Acting Superintendant, Timucuan                Ecological & Historic Preserve
7/22   Larry Figart, Urban Forestry & Managing the Residential Greenery
7/29   Wayne Wood, Author

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




I would like to apologize for last Sunday's message; it was a poorly written 3rd attempt. 

The first Message was a well thought out piece on the dangers of the news media who can twist stories to meet their own agendas.  Specifically, I was condemning Dylann Roof's (purported) actions of killing 9 people attending Bible study in their church.  While at the same time, I presented a case that the Rebel flag, to me, merely meant that I identified myself as a southerner while growing up in the 1970's.  It had nothing to do with hate.  If you are not from the south, this may make sense.  But, if you are, you know exactly what I'm writing about.

Fearing that this message was too much of a lightning rod, I chose to use a back-up Message I had written months earlier (in case I got 'writer's block').  This article was about why I moved to Jacksonville and why I still think this is a great place to live.  It also happened to reference my admiration for the band, Lynyrd Skynyrd. 

Coincidently, on Friday June 26th, the Florida Times-Union ran a front page story which included false evidence (my opinion) that Skynyrd's use of the Rebel flag as a stage backdrop, is the foundation for most of the racial problems in America, for the last 40 years.  Hastily, I withdrew that message as well.  It's a shame, as I thought both were good pieces.  So, with no time to compose, I spit out another message about how we should respect our holidays for their true meanings...Surprisingly, I actually got a compliment for it.


Folks, the media (and others) continually twists facts to justify their respective motives (as mentioned above by the FTU article), and they do it very well.  If you listen to only one side of any story long enough, you are likely to believe it.  However, it is up to each of us to responsibly 'see' through the smoke that is being presented.  We have to understand the logical meaning of each story, and not just blindly accept that which is being told to us.

For the record: I know of no one, anywhere, who condones the actions of a cur, at the church in Charleston.  This was a travesty, plain and simple; justice has to be served.  It is truly sad to know that this can still happen in 2015.

Nevertheless, I do not agree with the method of which some media has portrayed southerners, currently, or in the past.  Are they sincerely motivated by the desire to inform listeners/viewers/readers of current events?  Or, is it just about ratings and ad revenue?  Do I really have to ask?

The Rebel flag is part of our history, and should be used and remembered, not unlike in the annual re-enactments at Olustee Battlefield State Park.  Because, for our nation to progress in the future, we cannot forget the past. 

But, it has now been over 150 years since Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.  I do believe that its retirement is needed for us to move forward.




This upcoming Wednesday is the board meeting in which new members get approved! Let's make sure all your guests get their application in before the end of the meeting on Wednesday so they can become members this month! 

Remember, the race is on for the 2nd half of the year prize! Sponsor new members and get gifts of appreciation every time!!!

-Megan Turner

2015 Membership Chair






It's time to play a far better conditioned golf course than the recent US Open at Chambers Bay. We'll be on the water as well...not the Puget Sound, but the Atlantic Ocean no less! On Friday, July 17th you'll have the opportunity to play the Ocean Links course at the OMNI Amelia Island Resort with your SBMC colleagues and friends. For only $50.00 (+tax) I expect our 32 spots to sell out very quickly. It will give you green/cart fees and range balls prior to your round. We'll have a shotgun start at 1:00PM.


Definitely worth the drive to Amelia Island, Ocean Links has nine of its holes designed by the famous Pete Dye (of Harbor Links and TPC Sawgrass fame) and the other nine by Dye-student golf architect Bobby Weed. The course goes by the mantra of "golf along lagoons, marsh wetlands and oceanfront views". Winding along a coastal Atlantic dune ridge, Ocean Links #4, #5, #6, #15 and #16 provide golfers with five oceanfront golf holes. The fairways and greens are parallel to the beach and meander through a unique coastal maritime hammock. Ocean Links has 10 holes that feature lagoons and marsh wetlands, in addition to concluding with a par 3 whose green is placed strategically in the waters of Red Maple Lake. The course winds through six miles of the natural sand dunes and seaside terrain that make Amelia Island so special. It can be said that this course offers as much a nature tour as a round of golf. This is a golf experience not to be missed!


Come join your fellow SBMC members and friends for a great round of golf on the ocean! 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








Our goal is to provide 500 summer help bags for the homeless.  Each bag will contain a water bottle, hat, trial size sunscreen, trial size wet wipes, trial size toothpaste and a toothbrush.  Please bring items to our meeting to help us reach our goal.  Here's what we need:

Item                                     Goal     Collected

Water bottle                       500      500 - Thanks to the Club for donating these

Hats                                       500        91

Trial Size Sunscreen           500                          

Trial Size Wet Wipes          500        

Trial Size Toothpaste         500       10

Toothbrush                          500    510 - Thanks to Steve DeSorbo                  



Our next raffle drawing is scheduled for August 19th.  This is for a $500.00 Costco gift card and a one year membership to Costco.  You can buy the raffle tickets at our Wednesday meetings.                            

Julie Clements, 2nd Vice President



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]