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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 51,  December 20,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

December 23-
NO Meeting

December 30-
NO Meeting

January 6-
Installation of Officers & Awards Ceremony

January 13-
Lowry Moore

Happy Birthday

Ron Mallett, 12/21
John Davis, 12/22
Amy Howard, 12/23
Eric Constable, 12/24

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

Woody Cooper Award
Sponsored by:  Marlin Technology
Name Drawn Last Week: 
Mike Russo


Bob Ascher
Barry Griffin

  Next Meeting 
January 6, 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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12/23  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

We've finished all our events; we've had our last weekly meeting for 2015.  The Main Ballroom at San Jose County Club will remain silent for the next 2 weeks.  This is our member's opportunity to spend time with those who mean the most to us, and reflect on all that our Club accomplished this year.

In November of 2014, I contacted our SBMC members who work with a non-profit agency in town.  I asked them to come up with a project that we could work on together in 2015, and included a nominal budget that SBMC would contribute to help accelerate this initiative.

From this, we completed:

1)   A landscaping project with Pine Castle to beautify the front of their campus. 

2)   Worked on the construction of a new house for Habijax recipient.

3)   Sponsored a 'Jaxon De Ville' appearance for the Community Hospice Caregivers Expo.

4)   Accumulated 500 care packages and a summer cookout for the homeless with City Rescue Mission.

5)   Donated to the Angelwood Fashion Show, which helped that organization with their efforts for those with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and spinal bifida.

6)   Worked with Warrior City in organizing/sponsoring a motorcycle ride and concert at the Jacksonville Landing, for our veterans.

7)   Held a Reverse Job Shadow with Junior Achievement for students at Southside Middle School, to help encourage them with their futures.

We also had some great guest speakers at our weekly meetings: Tim Cost (Jax University), Mark Lamping (Jaguars), Wayne Wood (author and Jax historian), Peter Rummell (Healthy Town), Bill Warner (Amelia Concourse d'Elegance), Don Fox (Firehouse Subs), Dr. Nikolai Vitti (Duval County Public Schools), Jerry Holland (Supervisor of Elections), and the crew from Helmets and Heels radio program, were some of our more memorable meetings!

We also had a number of political debates between city council, mayoral, and sheriff candidates. 

And of course, all the other projects our Club works throughout the year:

--Youth Achiever Program cookout for elementary school crossing guards.

--SBMC Car Show.

--Yuletide on the Southside.

--Jr. R.O.T.C. Charity Clay Shoot.

--Jags Tailgate Party/Game.

--Children's Christmas Shopping Spree.

--SBMC Deep Sea Fishing Trip.

--Monthly Golf Outings.

--YAP Charity Golf Classic.

--Meet A Members.

--SBMC/Jax Sheriff's Office Awards

--Caring Chefs.

--Past President's Day Celebration.

--The Players (Championship)

--Veterans Day Float and Parade.

--Past President's Texas Hold'em Tournament.

I hope every one of our members had an enjoyable and fruitful year with SBMC.  Hopefully, you see the value in our organization and will continue to support our efforts in 2016.

I hope you had a Happy Hanukkah.  And wish the rest a Merry Christmas, a Happy Kwanzaa, a Happy Yuletide, Festivus (for the rest of us), and a Happy Boxing Day (Canada).

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!!


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


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