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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 34,  August 23,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

August 26-
Julie Clements

September 2-
Rene Zook

Happy Birthday

Lisa Lea, 8/23
Stephen Watson, 8/23
Bill Fenwick, 8/25
Mike Aselton, 8/26
Rose Sarkese, 8/27
Jim Parrish, 8/29


   Prizes & Raffles        
Attendance Award,
Sponsored by: Tom Harris, Hardage-Giddens
No Winner This Week

Woody Cooper Award
Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology
Name Drawn Last Week: 
Charles Armstrong



Bob Ascher
Steve DeSorbo

  Next Meeting 
August 26, 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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8/26 Jerry Mallot, JAXUSA Partnership

9/2    Matt Shirk
9/9    Dr. George Candler, Director of UNF Masters in Public Administration Program
9/16  Past Presidents Day
9/23  Helmets and Heels
9/30  Mark Lamping, Jaguars

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

This past Sunday, Southside Business Men's Club arguably lost its greatest asset.  Anthony J. Pionessa, completed his life's journey to be with his lord and savior.

Born in 1921, A.J. grew up the oldest of 10 children, from parents who immigrated to America.  As a young Marine, he fought in the South Pacific in WWII.  He learned the construction trade at the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, and worked in the construction industry for well over 60 years.

Anyone who met A. J., knew he was the epitome of a Man's Man. 

He was a natural leader who exuded confidence and lived life to the fullest.   He was an expert marksman as a hunter (dove hunting was his favorite).  He was an avid fisherman and was a member of the Safari Club for 30 years.    He was an avid gambler (craps), as well as a ballroom dancer.   He achieved the highest level as a 32nd degree Master Mason, and a Shriner.  Living the life of a benevolent person, he was always humble.   He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).   He was an active member of his church for decades.  And he loved to  collect belt buckles and bolo ties.

A.J. joined SBMC back in 1969, and was our President in 1974.  Over the following decades, he has always remained active in our charitable and social events.  During the year of his SBMC presidency, he recruited Gene Bushor to become an SMBC member.  The two always remained lifelong friends.

He lived a Jacksonville version of The Rat Pack, along with other long-time SBMC members: Gene Bushor, C. Lee Daniel, and Bob 'Fuzzy' Cox.  These 4 men would ride off together for some weekend adventure or hunting trip.

Every man I know, would love to have lived the life the way the A.J. did.  This Club, Jacksonville and all of humanity is in a better place because Anthony J. Pionessa walked this earth.

Please join me in supporting the Pionessa family by attending his memorial service at 11:30am, this coming Saturday at the Mandarin Presbyterian Church.  
There will be a reception following immediately afterward.

Please make plans to attend the SBMC Past President's Day celebration at our weekly meeting on September 16th
Warehouse Space Needed!!
In early September, we will begin work on our annual Veteran's Day Float.  To date we have been unable to procure the necessary location and space to build the float.  It appears the site we used last year may be unavailable to us.  We're looking to borrow warehouse space from early-mid September through Veteran's Day.  The space needs to be able to accommodate a vehicle and a trailer driving in and out.  The more creature comforts the better but right now we need building site.  You help is greatly appreciated.  The Club's points of contact are Charlie Armstrong (813-545-9862 or [email protected]) and Hal Smith (904-881-1036 or [email protected]).

The winner of the $500.00 Costco gift card and one year membership is Arleigh Merrill.  

Congratulations Arleigh!!!                         

Julie Clements, 2nd Vice President

This month the board approved the following new members/alternates who were invited to orientation:
  • Jack Davis of Southeast Leasing & Management Co.
  • Matthew Riggins of Merit Financial Advisors
  • Robin Tuck of Fidelity Bank
  • Peter Denholm of Supporting Strategies, NE FL
  • Faye Lance of Sugar Snob Chocolates
  • Eric Constable of ADP
  • B.R. Mumba Sr. of Microplus Capital, LLC
  • Michael Best of Tech Support Jax
  • Harrison Wood of A-America Safety
All new members attending orientation and induction will also be given a Meet-a-Member voucher to exchange for a ticket to the MaM of their choice in 2015 compliments of Jack Manilla of Portofino Pools!  Please introduce yourself, make them feel welcome, and help acclimate our new members to the club.
The second-half membership contest is off and running, please bring guests and get applications!
2015 Membership Committee


 For more details contact Mike Russo: 

 904-372-3019 or [email protected]



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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