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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 31,  August 2,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

August 5-
Tera Williams

August 12-
Daniel Moses

August 19-
Bob Cox


Happy Birthday

Tina Robbins, 8/2
Chandevi Rodriguez, 8/3
Carolle Vargas, 8/4
Mark Vickers, 8/6






   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: 

Colby Cartrider




 Ernie Fogerty

Arliegh Merrill

  Next Meeting 

August 5, 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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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

Most long-time members of SBMC will agree that summers are the slow time for our club, as many families are on vacation, etc.  This year we've tried to maintain a steady level of volunteerism, fun events, and interesting programs in which to keep our members asking:  'I wonder what's going on at SBMC?'

On Saturday July 25th, SBMC and City Rescue Mission held our Summer Picnic! This was an indoor event which served charcoal-grilled hamburger/hot dog lunches to 570 of Jacksonville's homeless.  The visitors were very appreciative for those care packages that we've been accumulating this past month (to help them beat the summer heat).  The radio station: The Promise, was onsite giving both SBMC and CRM much praise for community service.  One last time, I want to thank Penny Kievet, Kathi Crothers, and all our SBMC members who volunteered at this most heartwarming event!!  Everyone agreed that the actual face of homelessness is much different from pre-conceived notions.

This past Wednesday, Wayne Wood spoke to our gallery.  Often referred to as the 'Godfather of Jacksonville history', he is author of many books including: Jacksonville's Architectural Heritage and Jacksonville Family Album.  He is also founder of the Riverside Arts Market.  Wayne gave a very inspiring message to the gallery about the importance of saving and preserving our local history.  He was truly one of our best speakers ever; I hope you were one of the fortunate members who attended this meeting!

Ron Littlepage, the Florida Times-Union opinion columnist will be speaking at our club this week.  Ron is often times seen as somewhat controversial, but not unlike SBMC's long-time member Woody Cooper (who was an outspoken member of our community), Ron always has reason behind his opinions.  When Ron comes to speak at SBMC, it is always a lively and well-attended meeting.  

Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, will be speaking on August 12th about the upcoming school year.  If you have children in our school system, or you pay taxes in Duval County, you will definitely want to hear what Dr. Vitti has to say.

On August 19th (Happy Birthday Mom!) we will have Boots Farley, of the First Tee of North Florida, speak to us about how this initiative began as a way to bring golf to kids and teens that otherwise would not be exposed to the game and its positive values.

For a whole lot of fun, plan to attend our Meet-a-Member with Freedom Boat Club at the Julington Creek Marina.  For many years, this has been a Club favorite get-together!  Lots of camaraderie and evening boat rides on the St. Johns River!  Lisa Almeida and Bob Cox always put on a fantastic event.  Set the date: August 20th, starting at 5:30pm.  Please note that due to their insurance restrictions, FBC can no longer serve beer/wine, plan to BYOB if you want to imbibe.   Tickets are on sale now!

So plan to attend some great upcoming meetings, buy some Costco Raffle tickets for a $500 gift card (and a 1 yr membership) at the door, and have some fun with your SBMC family!!



Just before this newsletter was finalized, I received an update from Georgianne. 

AJ is off dialysis for the time being, and is resting as comfortably as possible.  He's still on a ventilator and cannot receive visitors or calls.  AJ has received numerous cards and flowers from all the well-wishers, of which the family is very grateful.  Georgianne herself is doing ok, and as well as could be expected.  She thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

Note: In case anyone is not aware, AJ (1974 SBMC President) was in an accident while working at a job site in mid-July.

Tim Howe, 2015 President



Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you! 


Once again this awesome Club distinguished itself by its great citizenship.  About 30 volunteers spent 3 hours on Saturday the 18th, preparing and serving meals to 570 homeless at the City Rescue Mission's downtown campus. 


In addition to providing nourishment, the Club distributed nearly 500 "summer survival kits", which included a sports water bottle with the SBMC logo, a hat, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen and sanitary wipes.  Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who served on Saturday and to those who brought items for the "kits".  Also, a special thanks to Kathi Crothers and Penny Kievet for all their help and assistance. 


As Club members, we should all be proud of the good that we do in the community.  On a personal note, it was touching how many of those served took the time to ask me my name, look me square in the eyes, shake my hand and say, "thanks" and "God bless you".  It's something that I'll never forget and I'm already looking forward to next year.



Teagan Anderson is one the five Y.A.P. Scholarship recipients for the 2015-2016 school year.  Join us on August 12 when the two remaining Y.A.P. recipients will be joining us to receive their scholarships and tell us a bit about themselves and what the scholarship means to them.  


Three of this year's five Y.A.P. recipients, including Teagan and the two attending on the 12th, were in Safety Patrols that were feted at Club meetings seven or more years ago.


Our Club scholarships are another service that we provide to our community. And, shameless plug [thank you, Tim], please let me know if you want to serve on the Scholarship Committee.





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





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. 





Our next SBMC golf outing will be on Friday, August 21st at Queen's Harbour Yacht & Country Club. Cost to participate is $40.00 (+tax) and we have 32 spots to fill. The price includes green/cart fees and range balls prior to your round. We'll have sequential tee times starting at 11:00AM.


For most of you Queen's Harbour is a familiar venue with a very convenient location just off Atlantic Blvd. This Mark McCumber designed golf course is bordered by the Inter-Coastal Waterway and features a unique blend of scenery with tidal marshlands and century-old Spanish oak trees. It's held various prestigious events such as the PGA Tour Qualifier and Mercedes Collegiate Championships. Plus the 19th hole overlooks the freshwater marina!





The race is on for the 2nd half of the year prize for the member who sponsors the most new members! We've had a great turnout of guests the past few weeks, let's keep the stride going and continue to invite our friends and colleagues to introduce them to the best club in town.
Megan Turner
2015 Membership Chair 



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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