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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 45, November 8,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

November 11-
Veteran's Day - 
 NO Meeting

November 18-
Jeff Cramer

November 25-
Peter Denholm

December 2-
Mark Vickers

December 9-
Howard Caplan

December 16-
Frank Wallmeyer

December 23-
NO Meeting

December 30-
NO Meeting

Happy Birthday

C. Lee Daniel, 11/8
Brian Doherty, 11/12
Carlisle Jones, 11/13
Jake Chamberlin, 11/13
Mary Pat Stocks, 11/13
Steve Kaufman, 11/14

   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: 
Joe Lemire


Nancy Abercrombie
Ken Petsch

  Next Meeting 
November 18, 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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11/11  Veteran's Day - NO Meeting

11/18  Firehouse Subs
11/25  Jeanne Maron, The Gifted Cork - Wine Tasting
12/2    Russell Harper, Business Manager, IBEW Local 177
12/9    Mark Lamping, Jaguars
12/16  Cattyshack
12/23  Holiday - NO Meeting
12/30  Holiday - NO Meeting

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

Meatloaf Monday.  As much as I love the dish, if I had to eat it every week I'd probably get a little tired of the same old, same old.

For years, the Southside Business Men's Club has entered a float in the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Jacksonville.  We borrowed a farm trailer from Bushor's Tree Surgeons and built a fantastic patriotic themed float for the Parade.  We'd start working in early October for the November 11 event.  This required a fair amount of cost and a lot of labor.  Over the years we've been able to reuse some of the decorations, to help cut costs and ease the labor requirement.

But after about 7 years of the same float design, this relationship was getting a little...familiar.  We needed a little something different to spice things up.  I'm talking about the float here folks!  Get your mind back on track.

This year, Past-President Gene Bushor approached me and said he  wanted to create an all-new design.  No more Statue of Liberty.  No more Yellow Ribbon.  And, no more SBMC 'skyline' logo.  This year's design retains a patriotic theme, but will have a vastly different layout and require 'live models' to act out a famous military scene. 

Due to the National Holiday, we are NOT having a weekly meeting at San Jose County Club this week, so I hope all of you will be able to participate in this year's parade: either as a participant with the float production, or as a spectator.  The Veterans Day Parade is always a lot of fun for our members and their family's as well.


Our Veteran's Day Parade Float is completed!  Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped in the design and assembly.   We look forward to unveiling it at this year's Parade on Wednesday, November 11th (there is no Club meeting that day).

On Tuesday, 10 November @5:30pm, we'll prepare the float for travel, and clean the warehouse.  A few volunteers would make the job easier.  We'll be at Central Park Office/Industrial Park, 3728 Philips Highway #304, Jacksonville (near the corner of Emerson and Philips).

We still need to identify some Club members willing to work during the Parade, for final on-site assembly at EverBank Field and tear down after the parade. 

While we have identified the float "riders" we need at least two more parade volunteers to carry the Southside Businessmen's Club Banner ahead of the float.  No experience required, just a pair of walking shoes and a patriotic smile.  Please contact Charles Armstrong or Hal Smith if you'd like to participate.

Chairman:  Charles Armstrong,
[email protected] 
or (813) 545-9862
Co-Chair:  Hal Smith, [email protected] 
or (904) 881-1036

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Timeline of events
Core assembly crew and participants will muster at the Central Park warehouse @ 7:30am in order to arrive at the staging area by 8:30am.  The crew will transport the partially disassembled float to the LOT D staging area at EverBank Field.  LOT D is the southeast parking lot across the street from WJCT.  A "escort car" with materials will accompany the float's movements.

Additional club volunteers can meet the Float at LOT D.  Please note that parking is restricted and if you intend to stay for the duration of the parade, park in the lots near Prime Osborne (Lee & Forsyth streets) and take advantage of the free shuttle to EverBank.

Club volunteers will complete finishing touches and when directed move from the staging area to the "line-up" at approximately 10:15am.

The parade kicks off promptly at 11:01am. Upon completion of the parade, we'll return the float to the warehouse.  Disassembly of the float to-be-determined.

Are you ready for another round of golf at Amelia Island Plantation? In July we played the Ocean Links course, this time, on Friday, November 13th it will be the Oak Marsh course. Many players consider this one to be the better of the two courses, although without the direct ocean views. For only $60.00 (+tax) I expect our 32 spots to sell out very quickly. It will give you green/cart fees and range balls prior to your round. We'll have a shotgun start at 12:30PM.

The Oak Marsh course is one of the truly classic Pete Dye-designed golf courses in the world. Built in 1972 it's noted for its tight fairways and small greens, meandering along serpentine salt marsh creeks and through the moss draped heritage oaks for which Amelia Island is famous. At par 72, this 6,500-yard course has 14 holes with water hazards and numerous bulk-headed greens. A variety of bunkers add to the challenge and a natural approach has been maintained with the use of coquina shell cart paths, native plant life and preserved habitats for the local wildlife.

Oak Marsh is included in Golf Digest's prestigious list of the "Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S" and was also selected by Travel & Leisure Golf as one of "Florida's 50 Finest Courses." This is another SBMC golf experience not to be missed! So, come join your fellow SBMC members and friends for a great round of golf among the oaks and marshes. To reserve your spot(s) contact Nico Hogeveen at (904) 403-6754 or send an email to [email protected].
Nico Hogeveen
2015 SBMC Golf Chair


"The holidays are the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values." - Thomas S. Monson

On December 5th, SBMC is partnering with The Davis Center for our Annual Christmas Shopping Spree! We will take approximately 25-30 children to Target on San Jose around 6AM. Target will open exclusively for us to take the children around the store. Each child gets a specific amount to spend and SBMC volunteers spend the morning helping a child pick out gifts and presents! 

If you are interested in volunteering for this amazing event, look for the sign up sheet at the meetings or see Megan Turner. Spots do fill up fast so don't wait to sign up! 


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


Hotel Details:
*Doubletree by Hilton (used to be Crowne Plaza) Room rate is $99.00 plus tax of 13%
*To reserve a room please call 1-800-222-8733 and ask for the Commercial Vehicle Network Solutions group block of rooms.
*The cutoff date for reservations for this special rate is November 27th, 2015.


There are 2016 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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