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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 41,  October 11,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

October 14-
Joe Anzalone

October 21-
Faye Lance

October 28-
Michael Best

Happy Birthday

Kathy Crothers, 10/11
Tom Harris, 10/11
Tim Buchanan, 10/13
Chris Edwards, 10/13
Gregory Pierce, 10/13


   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: 
Rita Story



Lisa Lea
Nico Hogeveen

  Next Meeting 
October 14, 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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10/14 Paul Livingston, FAIRtax

10/21  Chris Hughes, Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
10/28  Angela Corey, State Attorney in Florida's Fourth Judicial Circuit Court

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

As I know that everyone reads these President's Messages religiously, (literally, some read them on their way to church) that you are aware that SBMC is hitting our busy season at full speed.  However, for El Presidente, this is the time of just looking presidential, attending events and ensuring that laid plans don't falter.

To give you an 'inside look' at what goes on in our organization, you have to understand that the last 3 to 4 months of any year are really about preparing for the upcoming year.  Each year, it is the 1st Vice-President who is constantly planning next year's budgets, the events calendar, and the general direction the Club is to pursue. 

Last year at this time, I was meeting with Past Presidents who wanted to be informed about such things, and to offer suggestions on how to 'not drop the ball'.  I worked with then Madam President, the Club Treasurer and the 2nd V.P. to set this year's budget.  There were countless emails to/from local politicians and charity leaders about what projects our Club could feasibly handle for 2015.  There was a lot of thought given to existing projects.  Determining if they were part of the Club's genetic makeup, or, if they were just things we did because, 'it's been that way for years'.  There were decisions made based on my opinion of what is best for the Club (now and in the future), and not just relying on our accomplishments of the past, to carry us on. 

Know this: to NOT move forward, is not to stagnate, but rather, to regress.  It's a slippery slope to be relegated to mediocrity and finally non-relevance.  This can be a death-sentence for any business or organization.  I've seen it before and it is extremely difficult from which to recover.

Again this year, our future leadership is diligently setting next year's schedule.  Now, I am not suggesting that everyone bombard them with your pet-peeve projects for next year, but if there is something that needs to be considered, now is the time to make it known...just not to me.

I am frequently told by local politicians, business leaders, and other leaders of local/national clubs that SBMC is truly a special organization and held in the highest regard.  They are impressed with the work that we put into our weekly meetings, and our level of involvement with Jacksonville's political and charitable communities.

Current and past leadership teams have worked hard to attain this; the future leadership team is well-positioned to push this further next year.

Last weekend the 2nd annual YAP JROTC Charity Clay Shoot was a great success!  The weather was perfect, the shooters had fun, El Presidente Tim Howe had his first Sporting Clay experience, Tom Kennedy's cooking had us for a nap....and most importantly we raised more money for our scholarship fund!  The Over/Under Shotgun donated by On Target Sports was raffled off, Cadet Sabrina, who was Robert E Lee HS's senior most cadet, was kind enough to draw the winner since she didn't have a "dog in the hunt."  The winner was Amanda Christopherson on the Aromas Team, one of her teammates remarked she mentioned on the ride over how bummed she was to have given her prior Over/Under up in her divorce so her winning was definitely bittersweet.  By the end of the event Jamie Savage, one of our major sponsors, was already coming up with ideas on how we could do more next year and he couldn't wait to get more involved. 
The event wouldn't have been possible without the help of our stellar committee members: Mike Russo, Hank Duckworth, Dee Kirby, Erin Eiras, Mike Aselton, and Jake Chamberlin.  We're still collecting a few final checks and invoices, but anticipate finishing around our $10,000 goal.
A VERY special thanks to our presenting sponsors Duckworth Construction and Savage Bros. Painting for their generous support of a great event; and Debra Hollis with Republic Services for supporting all the shooters as our Ammunition Sponsor.


Patrick Heatherington
1st Vice President

Work is continuing on the new 2015 SBMC Veteran's Day Parade Float.  Major construction is nearly done and we're moving into the "detail" phase.  

We resume work Tuesday, October 13th 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 Irene Picca for offering to cater the evening of October 13th.  If interested in catering future evenings please contact Valerie Segraves at (904) 307-6083 or 
Remember each time you volunteer your name gets dropped into a drawing for a pair of Jaguar tickets - with the highly sought after Parking Pass!
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.

To support the theme of the float this year, we are in need of four U.S. Army field uniforms, preferably plain old olive drab jackets/shirts.  So all your Army veterans in the Club, please check your old footlocker and see if you have something we can borrow.  As always, we standby to answer any questions! 
Chairman:  Charles Armstrong, [email protected] or (813) 545-9862 
Co-Chair:  Hal Smith, [email protected] or (904) 881-1036

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.


What is JA Reverse Job Shadow?
JA Reverse Job Shadow has the look and feel of a Career Fair.  It is a four hour event starting at 12:30pm on December 11th, at Southside Middle School.
Junior Achievement needs 15 SBMC volunteers from a variety of businesses to speak with students. This will be held in the gymnasium with tables to display items related to your industry (cannot guarantee that there will be electrical outlets available).  
You should expect to answer the following questions:
  1. What is your job and career path?
  2. What are other possible jobs in this career field?
  3. What are the skills and educational requirements for this job? (Will they need communication skills, writing skills, math skills, college degree, trade school, industrial certifications?)
  4. What type of background screening is required in this career field?
  5. What is the job outlook for this career? (Will there be jobs in this field when these students graduate?)
  6. What is the earning potential? (Initial salary and top end salaries.)
What are the responsibilities of the volunteer?
  • Be on time!
  • Prepare to answer the 6 questions listed and expect additional questions about your career path.
  • Bring visual aids that represent your field. 
To sign up, or if you have any questions, please, contact:
Rita Story, Program Director
Mobile: (904) 254-6866

We are a part of the best organization in town with history, loyalty, and success! Let's each extend an invitation to one person who would also enjoy the commradorie and acts of service this club provides! Remember, every new member sponsor wins a prize, and who couldn't use some extra golf balls or a bottle of wine? 

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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