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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 30,  July 26,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

July 29-
Jeff Smith

August 5-
Dave Fieber

August 12-
Daniel Moses

August 19-
Bob Cox


Happy Birthday

Cyndi Nunn, 7/27
Jeff Smith, 7/29
Ken Dean, 7/30
Susan Carter, 8/1
Vicki Carter, 8/1






   Prizes & Raffles        


Attendance Award,

Sponsored by 

Fred Allison, 

Dex Imaging

No Winner This Week



Woody Cooper Award

Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology


Name Drawn Last Week: 

Ken Spinella




 Nancy Abercrombie

Gene Bushor

  Next Meeting 

July 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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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
8/19   Boots Farley, First Tee North Florida

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




If you were at the Texas Hold 'em Tournament on July 16th, you experienced the genesis of one of those events that everyone may look back on and say ' Why didn't we do this years ago?'.  The event was a success!  We had over 40 players involved.  But everyone was talking about its potential, in the future.  The foundation is in place. 


I'll be the first to admit that I didn't know exactly what to expect from the evening.  I'm no gambler and not competent on the rules of tournament Texas Hold 'em.  But I kept saying to myself: this is for fun, and it's for the kids!


For anyone with concern: this was NOT a Vegas gambling situation where you may lose your life's earnings.  It was a tournament.  Best Bet even provided instructional classes before the actual game started to familiarize everyone.  


In many ways, this was like Monopoly.  Everyone started with the same 2,000 'dollars' in chips.  The objective is to win the most chips.  That's it.


Frankly, I was pleased to see the number of women SBMC members who showed up to play, when they had no previous experience whatsoever.  They all agreed, they were interested to find out about Best Bet, the event we had planned, and most importantly, they knew their contribution was going to a great cause!


To reiterate the purpose of the night: our Past Presidents have been looking for an easier way to raise funds for our annual Children's Christmas Shopping Spree.  This is where we align with Community Connections (Davis Center), who provides approximately 30 children from underprivileged single-parent families that we meet at Target one Saturday in December, and take them through the store as they find presents for their family.


These kids have a shopping list and know they have a budget of about $125 to spend.  Do the math: we need to raise approximately $3,750 each year to make this happen.


In the past, SBMC has worked every other night at the Jax Fair beer tents.  The tip money we procured is what help fund this event.  At this Texas Hold 'em tourney, we netted as much money in about 2 hours as we did over the course of the entire fair!


SBMC covered the cost of the food and servers; everyone agreed Best Bet did an outstanding job with the food quality and service.  Prizes were mostly donated from Gulf area casinos and the Victory Casino Cruise, here locally!  Our private room was gratis per the Best Bet!  It's great to see non-member entities who see the value of what SBMC is trying to achieve.  Without their help, this event couldn't have happened!


Here is the list of our winners:


1. Steve Nix (sponsored by Steve Burnett) - won an Island Casino three night stay ($600 Value), $100 Dinner cert., $100 Spa Cert. and $200 Cash.  BTW, Steve Nix donated his cash winnings back to the Shopping Spree!


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


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


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


5. Gene Bushor - won a very cool SBMC gold-stamped Poker Chip set - $100 Value.


Most importantly, the big winners were: The kids! - Over $1,800.00 in funds NET!


Thanks to everyone who organized this event.  I know everyone has a busy schedule.  This would not have been so successful without your time and energy.  


Thanks to all 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".
Click HERE.
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