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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 38,  September 20,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

September 23-
Steve Hyers

September 30-
Steve Johnston

October 7-
Gene Bushor

Happy Birthday

Angie Tekin, 9/23
Anthony Sutton, Jr., 9/24
David Fox, 9/26


   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: 
Eric Ramshaw



Eric Ramshaw
Nancy Abercrombie

  Next Meeting 
September 23, 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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9/23 Helmets and Heels

9/30  Dan Hicken, Sportscaster, Action News Jax
10/7  Beer Tasting

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

At last Wednesday's SBMC Past President's Day celebration, we had the great honor of seeing some of the Presidents who've led our club, during the last 45 years of our 83 year existence.  We also remembered 2 that we lost recently: 1974 President A.J. Pionessa and 1975 President Allan Gimbel.

The dedication of our Presidents to this organization has been tremendous; their feats have and will, benefit the southside of Jacksonville for years to come.  But rather than dwelling on their actions, take a good look at them.  With the exception of our very lovely 2014 President, see the scars and wrinkles that they have earned.  Most still reside in this community.  Many are active in this organization.  These people ARE the Southside of Jacksonville.  They have earned and deserve your respect.

Front Row, left to right: Tom Harris 2007, John Martin 1988, C. Lee Daniel 1977, Dole Kelley 1972, Gene Bushor 1994, Jimmie Harden 1970, Crump Kirby 1999.
Back Row, left to right: John Hamel 2000, Jim Parrish 2004, Tom Carroll 2001, Annie Howe 2014, Jepp Walter 2013, Tim Buchanan 2009, Ken Dean 2011, and Mark Wilkinson 1996.

There are others were unable to attend this year's event, but are still very much a part of SBMC:  Gene Maszy 2003 and 2010 (auctions), Angelo Volpe 2008 (Board of Trustees), and Steve Johnston 2005 (Programs Chairman).
When you come to a meeting, or Club event, please take an extra moment to recognize them, and thank them for their work in helping develop the Southside of Jacksonville, and this club, into what it is today.
On a lighter note, we still have our sense of humor...except Dole!

Work is starting on the new 2015 SBMC Veteran's Day Parade Float.  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 have staged the materials and begin work Tuesday, 22 September at 5:30pm.

Work site location:  Central Park Office/Industrial Park, 3728 Philips Highway #304, Jacksonville (just south of Emerson and Philips).  This is the same location as last year.

Food and water will be provided.  As always, bring your own adult beverages, if desired.

We are also looking for volunteers willing to provide dinner for the work crew.  Many thanks to Faye Lance from Sugar Snob Chocolates for offering to cater the evening of 22 September.  If interested in catering future evenings please contact Valerie Segraves at (904) 307-6083 or [email protected]
Remember each time you volunteer your name get dropped into a drawing for a pair of Jaguar tickets - with the highly sought after Parking Pass!

If have any questions please contact the following Committee members.  A Volunteer sign-up book will be available at each Club meeting to assist in work planning but even if you cannot sign up, we'd love to have you join us.
Chairman:  Charles Armstrong, [email protected] 
or (813) 545-9862
Co-Chair:  Hal Smith, [email protected] or (904) 881-1036


 For more details contact Mike Russo: 

 904-372-3019 or [email protected]


Southside Business Men's Club Meet- A- Member
Please join us for the final Meet-a-Member for 2015!
Who:   Hardage-Giddens Greenlawn Funeral Home and Greenlawn Cemetery

What:  Catered food, great music, cold beer and wine!!  Tom and his team specialize in putting the FUN in FUNeral!  There will be a special mock service will be held in our premium event celebration tent adjacent to the Greenlawn Funeral Home in the Cemetery.  You don't want to miss this!!

When:  5pm to 7:30pm on October 8, 2015

Where:   4300 Beach Blvd, near St. Nicholas area, across from the original Bono's BBQ

Why:  All ticket sales ($5/ea) will be donated to the SBMC Children's Christmas Shopping Spree!!
Come out, raise some money for the kids, and have fun.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone!
For more information contact:
Barry Griffin at [email protected] 
Tom Harris at [email protected]
Steve DeSorbo at [email protected]

Our next SBMC golf outing will be on Friday, October 9th at Deerwood Golf & Country Club. Cost to participate is $50.00 (+tax) and we have 32 spots available. The price includes green/cart fees and range balls prior to your round. We'll have a shotgun start at 12:00 noon.
Deerwood is one of the best maintained private courses in the area with a tremendous history. The original land was owned by the Skinner family and development of an exclusive residential community with stately homes and luxurious amenities started in 1960. George Cobb, a legendary golf architect, was commissioned to design the club's course, while Jim McNair was hired to develop the program. By 1967, the club had earned the right to host the Greater Jacksonville Open (which later became THE PLAYERS Championship), a prestigious event that the club hosted from 1967-1969 and 1972-1975. Winners of these PGA Tour events at Deerwood include Tony Jacklin (2x), Raymond Floyd, Jim Colbert, Hubert Green and Larry Ziegler.

In 1975 President Gerald Ford met with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at Deerwood for Middle East peace talks. From 1980 Gate Petroleum owned the club, but in 1999, the club's members banded together to purchase the club from Gate, making Deerwood an equity club. Thanks to a $10 million renovation in 2004 that included a brand-new clubhouse and fitness center as well as a total redesign of the golf course by architect Brian Silva, Deerwood Country Club remains a leader among Jacksonville's private clubs.

This is definitely one of the best courses to play in the area. So, 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

JAXTOBERFEST Value $40 - VIP Saturday tickets include Access to exclusive VIP area with tent, up-close area near live music for VIPs only, complimentary beer stein (includes larger-size pours not available to general admission for any beer purchased ). All tickets include access to festivities, live music, food trucks, Kinderfest area for children, adult festival games, and more!
Jaxtoberfest will be held at the St. Johns Town Center this year. We will be selling 100 VIP tickets for $20.00 each for Saturday, October 10th.  All proceeds come directly to the club to help fund the Veteran's Day Float and the Children's Christmas Shopping Spree.  If you think you can sell tickets to your friends, family, co-workers please contact me.  You can purchase tickets at the weekly meetings or go to and click on events to purchase online. 
Julie Clements
2nd Vice President

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans

Date:     October 18, 2015

Time:     10am - 1pm

Place:    Jacksonville Fairgrounds

Tailgate Party will include the soon to be World Famous Cocktails by Scooter, kegs of beer, food by Players Grille and music by John Hamel.  Tickets are limited to the following:

50 - Jaguar tickets in the SBMC party block in the lower bowl in the North End Zone.  Ticket includes admission to the Tailgate Party.  $60 each.

100 - Tailgate Party only tickets.  $20 each.
To purchase your tickets, please go to our website,
NO WALK-UP SALES!  Tickets must be pre-purchased and will sell out, so don't wait.
If you have any questions, please contact Frank Wallmeyer, [email protected]


Salute - Honoring and supporting our veterans
November 7, 2015
5pm - until...
Live music headlined by Nashville recording artist Jared Ashley
Get your VIP package for $300
Includes - private VIP party deck for 10 people,
all you can drink, dinner provided by Hooters
and banner display for your company
Salute is a charity fundraising event to support the 
Veteran's Independence Program of
Southside Business Men's Club Charities, Inc.

The race is on for the 2nd half of the year contest on sponsoring new members! Continue to do a great job at bringing guests and sponsoring new members! It's up to all of us to build and cultivate the club for many more years to come! 

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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