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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 36,  September 6,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

September 9-

September 16-

September 23-
Steve Hyers

September 30-

Happy Birthday

Karen Mathis, 9/6
Lake Ray, Jr., 9/6
Thomas Ashley, 9/7
Mike Knighten, 9/7
Keith Kemmerer, 9/9


   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: 
David Fieber



Bob Ascher
Ron Mallet

  Next Meeting 
September 9, 2015 
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Jacksonville, FL
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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  Dan Hicken, Sportscaster, Action News Jax

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

There's always a lot of 'talk' as we enter the peak of hurricane season.  Some meteorologists will indicate that the worst is coming every time there's a named storm.  But that's done in the name of 'public awareness'...and ratings.  Sure enough, there have been some disturbances out there this year, which received our attention.  But alas:  The 'Little Boy' is here, and he's growing.

Every Floridian knows about El Nino.  NOAA has predicted that this year's El Nino could be the strongest since 1997.  It cycles approximately every 5 years (the weaker years are called La Nina).  It was first recognized in the 1950's and was named so because it developed around Christmastime, thus 'Little Boy' or Christ Child.  It starts in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; under 'preferred' conditions, weather patterns head west to the South Pacific, fulfilling their tropical needs. 

However, when a strong El Nino takes hold, the winds shift to the east, dumping rain on the western coast of the Americas, causing mudslides and other nasties to the normally arid landscape.  Thus, it also starves Indonesia and northern Australia of their rainy seasons which lead to devastating wildfires.

El Nino was blamed on a series of meteorological events in 1997 which culminated in the deaths of 23,000 people worldwide and caused $45 billion in damages (NOAA).  One can easily determine that El Nino is bad for the world.

While El Nino may be bad for the world, it's great for those of us on the eastern seaboard!  Those strong El Nino winds shear off virtually any chance for a hurricane to survive as it approaches us.  Of course storms still develop, but once they encounter El Nino...well, just look what happened to Danny and Erika.

But as 1999 President Crump Kirby likes to point out in a number of my weekly messages...'what has any of this got to do with SBMC?!' 

Well Crump, El Nino helps when SBMC plans great outdoor fall events like:  

--The NJROTC Charity Clay Shoot on October 3rd 

--Jaxtoberfest (coordinating with The Buzz Magazine/CFM) on October 9th/10th

--the SBMC Jaguars vs. Texans tailgate party (and game) on October 18th

--the SBMC Salute/Warrior City project at the Jax Landing on November 7th

--our all-new SBMC float in the Veterans Day Parade on November 11th.

--it can even help with our member's ingress/egress at our weekly meetings.

Yes, El Nino helps us to promote the material, civic and social improvement and betterment for all of Duval County in general, and specifically to promote the welfare and advancement of the Southside of Jacksonville.  

So, make your plans now to help support SBMC in our volunteer, social, and fund-raising efforts! 

Get Involved!!

I'd like to thank Channel 4 meteorologist Richard Nunn for his contribution on this article, but he didn't respond to my text, so I'm not.

The all-new 2015 SBMC Veteran's Day Parade Float 
needs your help!!

The float is dedicated to our nation's military service members, both active and Veterans alike, and commemorates those who have given the supreme sacrifice for this great nation. 

We need 10 volunteers on Friday, 11 September at noon to meet at Bushor's Tree Surgeons.  We will load up and move everything to the warehouse; this should not take very long.

Bushor's location5525 St Augustine Rd, (just north of Powers).
Warehouse location:  Central Park Office/Industrial Park, 3728 Philips Highway #304, (corner of Emerson and Philips).  This is the same location as last year.

Also: Float construction will be every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 starting on 15 September. 
If you are available, please contact the following Committee members or if you have any questions.
ChairmanCharles Armstrong, [email protected] or (813) 545-9862
Co-ChairHal Smith, [email protected] or (904) 881-1036
Lastly, there will be a short Veteran's day Float Committee Meeting at 11:15am prior to the Wednesday, September 9th luncheon.  If you'd like to join the core planning team, we'd love to have you there!!

Please make plans to attend the SBMC Past President's Day celebration at our weekly meeting on September 16th
Our next SBMC golf outing will be on Friday, September 18th at Cimarrone Golf Club. Cost to participate is $37.00 (+tax) and we have 32 spots available. The price includes green/cart fees and range balls prior to your round. We'll have sequential tee times starting at 11:45 AM.
Cimarrone has gone through a second series of recent improvements and the course is in very good condition. Players of all abilities will enjoy Cimarrone's par 72, 6891 yard championship layout. Its manicured course and challenging design provides a fun, player-friendly experience for golfers of all abilities. Beginners will enjoy Cimarrone's well-defined fairways and magnificent greens. Advanced players will appreciate numerous risk-reward opportunities provided by strategically placed bunkers and a water or marsh feature on every hole.
Come join your fellow SBMC members and friends for a round of golf! 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


 For more details contact Mike Russo: 

 904-372-3019 or [email protected]


SAVE THE DATE:  This year's Jaxtoberfest will be Friday, Oct. 9th, from 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM and Saturday, Oct. 10th, from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM.  It will be held at the St. Johns Town Center.  Volunteer details to follow.

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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