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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 50,  December 13,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

December 16-
Frank Wallmeyer

December 23-
NO Meeting

December 30-
NO Meeting

Happy Birthday

Amanda Staten, 12/13
Megan Turner, 12/14
Susan Knight, 12/15
Dee Kirby, 12/16
Ken Spinella, 12/18

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

Woody Cooper Award
Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology
Name Drawn Last Week: 
Ernest Petzrick


Gene Bushor
Ernest Petzrick

  Next Meeting 
December 16, 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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12/16 Cattyshack

12/23  Holiday - NO Meeting
12/30  Holiday - NO Meeting
1/6       Installation of 2016 Officers and Board of Governors
1/13    Joe Miller, Owner, Jacksonville Giants
1/20   Toney Sleiman, Sleiman Enterprises
1/27   Mayor Curry

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

Yuletide on the Southside! 

Last night's holiday gala was another outstanding SBMC event.  This was our last major event of the year, and an opportunity for all of us to reflect on parts we played over the last 50 weeks.

If you weren't there (and shame on you for missing a hellava good time), you missed out on some fantastic food, dancing, camaraderie, and 'Cloud 9'.

I would like to thank our Club members who stepped up as sponsors: Angelo Volpe (CVSN), Matt Carlucci (State Farm Insurance), Steve DeSorbo (Coordinated Benefits Group), and Walter Smith (Vector Security).

I love the way 'Yuletide on the Southside' rolls off the tongue.  To me, YULETIDE is a better reference to the holidays than saying: Seasons Greetings. The early Germanic people celebrated the mid-wintery season during a time that was called yuletide, a two-month period that spanned December and January.

With the rise of Christianity, the yule was condensed and adopted into the liturgical year under the Christian name Christmastide, which begins on Christmas day and lasts a total of twelve days-thus, the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Though our memory of the yule may be limited to logs, every time Santa is described as "jolly," you can take comfort in the fact that "jolly" may have derived from the same Old Norse root that brought us yule.

Even if we no longer call it the "yule month," the association we have with December and the holidays has not diminished. What better way to keep up our spirits as we face another Florida winter than the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Festivus, and New Year's Eve?
President's note: Some of the information listed above has been paraphrased from my research on the internet, so I didn't plagiarize and I didn't make it up.  Also, I wrote this message last week, so I am making the assumption that we all had a good time, and that the food was good.  Cloud 9 is always fantastic, so I feel pretty confident about that statement.

January 6th, Thanks to You!!
Anyone who has been a Chair or Co-Chair of an event in 2015 is requested to attend our first meeting of 2016.  The rest of you can come, too.

This is when the 2015 leadership team will say really nice things about your volunteer efforts this year, (even though you drove them crazy). 

--If you don't show, you will be ridiculed and automatically volunteered to chair additional committees in 2016, so you better attend!!  I've already ordered the plaques and I can't get a refund; you HAVE to take it.

This is also the meeting where your new leadership will be installed, Patrick will make a motivational speech about something, and I finally earn my free meal at the Past President's Day celebration.  Wohoo!!

Even if you did very little with the Club in 2015 (not naming names), this will still be a lot of fun.  It's always a well-attended meeting; you won't want to miss out!!

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".
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