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

The Newsletter of the Southside Business Men's Club Volume 83, Issue 52,  December 27,  2015
In This Issue

Spotlight Speakers

December 30-
NO Meeting

January 6-
Installation of Officers & Awards Ceremony

January 13-
Lowry Moore

January 20-
Greg Gutkowsky

January 27-
Tom Gill

Happy Birthday

Howard Caplan, 12/28
Jon May, 12/29
Alvin Towns, Jr., 12/30
Marke Began, 1/2

   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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12/30  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

As I'm sure any Past President (and many of you) will attest, running the Southside Business Men's Club is no easy task.  It requires a lot of management skills, funding, and volunteer hours on the part of many.  A President will spend 20-25 hours a week working on SBMC affairs; it's not a job for everyone.    We didn't volunteer for financial gain, or notoriety.  We did it because we are passionate about this organization: both its history and its future potential.  

Driving this organization is like navigating a ship, not steering a car.  Change does not come quickly or easily.  Significant change is virtually impossible to enact and maintain during a single tenure.  

A couple years ago, Annie, Patrick Heatherington and I started having meetings (along with a lot of scotch) to determine what we thought this Club would need over the long term, to make SBMC the most relevant civic organization in Jacksonville.  Our Club's history is monumental, but we need to keep pushing ahead to avoid stagnation, or regression.   We decided that if we all ascended to the Presidency, we would all have the same goal, in a single 3-year project.

Currently, we are finishing the 2nd of a 3 year project to modernize, refocus, and to make this Club more efficient for its long-term success.  This is not to 'right wrongs of the past', rather, this is because we have a unified vision of how to propel this Club to a successful long-term future. 

Annie's part laid the foundation.  Underutilized SBMC events were deleted to make the Club more efficient.  The NJROTC Charity Clay Shoot was inaugurated and has become a huge success for high-school cadet's futures.  With the Board's approval, we initiated the SBMC-PAC (political action committee) to ensure our Club's significance within the local political community.

This year, we improved our branding with an updated Club banner,  and by dropping the printed directory in favor of upgrading the Club websites: main, charities, and mobile.  I have written President's Messages to be both entertaining and to provoke thought.  We reduced the amount of volunteer hours that are asked of our members.  And, we partnered with numerous local non-profit agencies to help improve the lives of the people of Jacksonville.

In 10 days, Patrick will begin the 3rd phase of our mission.  He has a high level of enthusiasm, logical intelligence and organization skills.  He will be driving membership and attendance at the weekly meetings.  He is personally taking responsibility for food quality and guest speakers at the weekly meetings.  I am excited by his focus for the upcoming year.

Our unified goal is to increase SBMC's viability in a rapidly-changing world.  When people in this community mention SBMC, we want them to say "That Club is hitting on all cylinders!  I want to be a part of that!"

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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