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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 49,  December 6,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

December 9-
Howard Caplan

December 16-
Frank Wallmeyer

December 23-
NO Meeting

December 30-
NO Meeting

Happy Birthday

Dal Begs, 12/7
Gregory Fite, 12/7
William Rose, 12/8
Fred Harford, Jr., 12/9
Jim Culp, Sr., 12/9
Robin Tuck, 12/9
John Martin, 12/10
K.C. Padget, 12/11

   Prizes & Raffles        
Attendance Award,
Sponsored by: tbd
No Winner This Week

Woody Cooper Award
Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology
Name Drawn Last Week: 
Julie Clements


Nancy Abercrombie
Fred Allison

  Next Meeting 
December 9, 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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12/9 Mark Lamping, Jaguars

12/16  Cattyshack
12/23  Holiday - NO Meeting
12/30  Holiday - NO Meeting
1/6      Induction of 2016 Officers and Board of Governor's and Awards Ceremony

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

We constantly fight to avoid falling business, in our finances, in life.  Trying hard, will not guarantee success, however NOT trying will guarantee failure.  You've learned tough lessons that have guided you in life.  They helped mold you into the person you are.

Who, or what, do you recognize as the catalyst in your life?  Parents?  A teacher?  A mentor you worked for years ago?  Some life-changing event?  Everyone one of us is a contributor to our society because of an influence someone bestowed upon us at some point in the past. 

But what if that never happened?  What if no one, or some event didn't occur that was to become the turning point in your life?  What do you think would have become of your life?

Today, many kids are told they have to go to college.  But what if they are not college material, or don't have the desire to pursue higher education.  They may 'give up' before they even enter the workforce.  Or, maybe they think they're going ride 'easy street' to fame and fortune, because they see it today's entertainers, sports heroes, or just because they think they deserve it. 

You and I know that the hard realities of life do not discriminate; it will take down anyone who is unprepared.  What tomorrow's adults need is a 'hand up' not a handout.  They need to hear it from people who have made it through the barrier.  They need to see a future where they can enjoy life, and not drown in despair.

This is where you come in.

SBMC is joining forces with Junior Achievement for our final non-profit member project of the year.  On Friday, December 11th, we will be at Southside Middle School: 2948 Knights Lane E. 32216 at 12:30pm.  This is located just off Barnes Rd in between Parental Home and University.

This costs only one afternoon of your time.  Hopefully, you will be the inspiration in some child's life.  Maybe, you are the person to encourage a youth to choose the path to a better future.

If you own or manage a business that does not require a college education of its employees, and would like the opportunity to change a person's life, then I encourage you to contact:  Rita Story, JA Program Director, (904) 254-6866 [email protected]

If we do nothing, we may be setting the course for much larger scale problems, in the future. 


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.

Our final SBMC golf outing of the year is on Friday, December 18th at the Eagle Harbor golf course in Fleming Island. This venue has undergone major renovations during the Summer and is now open again for play. Our fee is $42.00 (+tax) and includes range balls for your warm-up or practice session. We have a maximum of 28 spots available with a first tee time at 11:00AM.

Eagle Harbor is set amidst a forest of 60-foot pines. The 18-hole course, designed by award-winning course architect Clyde B. Johnston, features rolling fairways, multi-tiered Bermuda greens and white sugar sand bunkers. The course has four sets of tees to accommodate golfers of every skill level and is 6,840 yards from the longest tee. With narrow, tree-lined fairways and a surplus of water hazards, Eagle Harbor is a challenging course that stresses accurate tee shots and proper club selection. In addition to being a challenging course, Eagle Harbor sports a unique island green that should not be missed.
So, come join your fellow SBMC members and friends for a year-end 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 SBMC Golf Chair


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.
For questions and comments about the newsletter please e-mail [email protected]