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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 46, November 15,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

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

Donna Day, 11/16
Jerry Bussell, 11/19
Valerie Segraves, 11/19
Charles Armstrong, 11/20
Rita Story, 11/20

   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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11/18 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

So that it does not appear that I am judging, on occasion, I am guilty of the following:
Are issues, especially the ones that may not directly affect you, merely someone else's problems?  Do you take the easy path, though it may have more detrimental concerns, later on?  A test of a person's character is: will they do the right thing...when no one is watching? 

When you see a shopping cart in a parking space, do you return it?  You're going in the store anyway.

Do you hold the door for others, especially when their hands are full?  We DO live in the south.

If your car is making a new noise, do you think to have it looked at?  Do you think it'll go away on its own?
Do you pick up after your pet? 

Even if you don't want Girl Scout cookies, do you think to make a $5 donation to their cause?

Rather than complaining about the clogged street drains, do you clear them yourself, or wait for the City to eventually get there? 

Do you frequently irrigate your lawn thinking there's an endless supply of fresh water?

Do you complain about local/state/national issues, and not vote?

Do you pick up the empty can or bottle that's near the trash can?

Do you acknowledge a stranger walking past you?

You see someone fall; do you help them up and ask them if they're ok?

Questions like these can be hard...the answers should be easy.


Many thanks to all the volunteers who participated in this year's Veterans Day Parade float project.  The crowd response to the new float was enthusiastic and by many accounts it was a parade favorite.

Special thanks to the following folks and businesses that made significant donations to the construction of the float:

Chris Reibling, Taurus Global Real Estate Investing, for use of his warehouse space

Gene Bushor and Bushor's Tree Service for the trailer

Crump Kirby, Nimnicht Chevrolet & GT Leasing for the tow vehicle and towing the trailer

Valerie Segraves and About Floors n More for some "turf"

And George Biastre for creating the memorial cross for the late AJ Pionessa

Lastly a debt of gratitude to DMZ Military Antiques in St Augustine for allowing us to borrow several vintage uniforms for the parade.

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


"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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