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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 29,  July 19,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

July 22-
Erik Hill

July 29-
Jeff Smith

August 5-
Dave Fieber

August 12-
Daniel Moses


Happy Birthday

Allen Gimbell, 7/21
Eric Ramshaw, 7/24
Clint Hill, 7/25






   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by 

Fred Allison, 

Dex Imaging

Ramona Baldwin



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology


Name Drawn Last Week: 

Cathy Curtis




 Arleigh Merrill

Gene Bushor

  Next Meeting 

July 22, 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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7/22 Larry Figart, Urban Forestry & Managing the Residential Greenery 

7/29   Wayne Wood, Author, Jax History
8/5     Ron Littlepage, Times-Union, "What's On Ron's Mind"
8/12   Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, DCPS, 2015-16 School Year

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

Wednesday was a 'Murphy's Law' day for SBMC.

There were no Past President's in attendance (with a tie and sport coat) to induct new members.


At the last minute, our guest speaker could not make it to the meeting.  (This is every president's worst nightmare: addressing 75 members and having no program.) 


However, Penny Kievet and Kathi Crothers (of City Rescue Mission) came to MY rescue!!  CRM was already scheduled as the Spotlight Speaker, but with very little time to prepare, they stretched their presentations to fill out our agenda.   


Penny brought a professionally made DVD about CRM!  But the sound didn't work with the computer...of course it didn't.  So, she had to wing it.


Kathi, spoke about a CRM student (Shawna), with whom Kathi shared a similar background while growing up.


Fortunately, they also brought along CRM student Michael Jones, who gave a powerful endorsement of City Rescue Mission.  Michael is transitioning from completion of the CRM LifeBuilders program, and is now actively seeking employment (which is required for graduation).


I'm interrupting this message with BREAKING NEWS:  CRM has graciously donated a golfing spot for their Champions Challenge on August 31st at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course!! 


It will be auctioned off at our meeting this week.  This money stays with SBMC!  It includes an Arthur Crofton dinner banquet, with live and silent auction items, as well.  These tickets are selling for $500!  So, don't miss this back to your regularly scheduled President's message.


Folks, there are 4,000 homeless in Jacksonville.  Yes, many only want a handout; but others want a hand-UP, to get them re-established in our community. 


You truly never know what another person is experiencing or why they are 'down and out'.  Michael was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army; but after his service ended, somehow he got off-track with his life.  Shawna graduated from Orange Park High, but she also made critical mistakes along the way.


This is why SBMC has partnered with CRM for their Summer Picnic this coming Saturday, July 25th at their campus located at 234 W. State Street (see the flier directly below).  If you are signed up as a volunteer for this air-conditioned event, thanks!  If you donated items for this cause, thank you as well.


--SBMC supplied 500 reusable water bottles for this. 


--I would like to thank SBMC V.P., Steve DeSorbo, who procured 500 toothbrushes from some of his dental insurance vendors.


--Also, I would like to thank a fairly new member: Donna Day of Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery, for donating 500 tubes of high-quality sun screen!


What we need, are hats!  Please, no beer logo/themed hats.  Bring them to this week's meeting.  We still about 300 short of what's needed.  Even if you can't make the meeting, CRM needs the items throughout the year.  






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                  



If you attended the Texas Hold 'em Tournament Thursday evening, you won't need to read this.


For those of you who didn't, this is what you missed out on.

--We had over 40 players (many had never previously played at all).                           

--Women comprised about 45% of the participants.                                                                              

--Best Bet offered instructional classes before the actual games started.                                         

--Everyone agreed the service (from wait staff to card dealers) was fantastic!                                

--Everyone also agreed that the food was very good!                            

--Great prizes for the top 5 winners!


Here is a list of our winners:

1. The kids! - Over $1,800.00 in funds NET!

2. Steve Nix (sponsored by Steve Burnett) - Island Casino three night stay ($600 Value), $100 Dinner cert., $100 Spa Cert. and $200 Cash.

3. Neil Van Wart (sponsored by Jim Cox) - Beau Rivage Casino - two night stay ($500 Value), Enterprise Rental car for a weekend, and $150 Cash.

4. Ken Dean - Victory Casino Cruise for up to 4 Persons ($160 Value) - and $75.00 Cash.

5. Brad Bushor - Victory Casino Cruise for up to 4 Persons ($160 Value) - and $75.00 Cash.

6. Gene Bushor - SBMC gold-stamped Poker Chip set - $100 Value.


BTW, Steve Nix donated his cash winnings back to the Shopping Spree!


Thanks to all who helped make this happen, and to those who attended!


REEL in a Boat load of memories at the Freedom Boat Club Meet-a-Member.

You are invited to meet and greet your fellow SBMC members at Julington Creek Marina and Freedom Boat Club for our August Meet-A-Member.   Freedom Boat Club wants to be your Director of Fun, so now is your opportunity to experience their fleet of boats and all the enjoyment that they provide to their members.

Host:  Lisa Almeida, Freedom Boat Club.

When:  Thursday, August 20, 2015  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Where:   Julington Creek Marina
            12807 San Jose Blvd.
             Jacksonville, FL  32223

It is a BYOB and there will be refreshments, an opportunity to meet Lisa and the staff and experience all the memories you  could make with family and friends by becoming a Freedom Boat Club member.   Looking forward to seeing you there. 




Each and every one of you knows of a colleague or friend that enjoys giving back to their community, hanging out with awesome people, and/or getting out of the office every once in a while. Why not get this person out of the office this upcoming Wednesday for our weekly meeting! Invite them to a meeting and show them what this club is all about! We are the best club in Jacksonville, so share the love and invite your friends and colleagues!

Megan Turner
2015 Membership Chair 



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".
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