Southside Business Men's Club Newsletter
Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization Founded in 1932
Volume 84, Issue 3
January 17, 2016
1/20 Toney Sleiman, Sleiman Enterprises

1/27  Rena Coughlin, CEO, Non-Profit Center of NE Florida
2/3   Steve Halverson, President/CEO, Haskell
2/10  Matt Shirk, Public Defender
One of the goals of Southside Business Men's Club is to promote the image and quality of business. In years when a member is seen as deserving, we do so by recognizing and rewarding excellence in business. With this in mind, in 1986 the Club established an annual award for the Small Business Man of the Year and it was named after its first recipient Dyess Hartley, who passed away May 20, 1991.  Today, his son Mike Hartley is President of The Hartley Press, and is still an SBMC member.  Last week I had the privilege of recognizing Joe Lemire, owner of Elyk Innovation as the 2015 awardee on behalf of Tim Howe.  Joe joined the club in 2009 and has been an active member for the past 6 years.  In 2015 he was involved in multiple volunteer events, served as a member of the Board of Governors, and along with his staff spent 300 hours redesigning our websites.  Having been assigned the task of overseeing our website by Tim last year, I enjoyed working with Joe and his staff immensely on the project.

Speaking of recognition, I'd like to personally thank Don Flynn of Don Flynn pictures and member of SBMC for coming out to our first meeting to record our awards ceremony.   Don has posted the recording online at to share with everyone who may not have made it out, it's only about 21 mins in length.  Last week was an eventful week as the Board met for the first time in 2016 to discuss plans for the year, set the budget, and elected Tim Howe to Chairman of the Board!  As Chairman Tim will oversee board meetings, he'll retake the podium every month on the 3rd Wednesday to induct new members; as well as handle the transition of leadership in 2017. Please join me in congratulating Tim!

Tomorrow we'll remember the struggles, commitment, and achievements of one of the greatest men in our country's history as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King was the leader of the Civil Rights movement for nearly 13 years in the late 50's and 60's.  In light of everything going on in the world with war and terrorism, it's remarkable that a man who was never President, never a member of Congress, or a Supreme Court Justice could rally support for a cause that lasted more than a decade and change our country forever; especially while promoting protest of solely nonviolent means.  Growing up in the south in the public school system I could only read about his achievements.  People of my generation can't even imagine the challenges African-American's faced fighting for equality in a country so great as ours.  Only in America with the Freedom of Speech could a private citizen achieve so much... 
Patrick Heatherington
M: 904-449-2858

Our first SBMC golf outing of 2016 will be on Friday, January 29th at the Golf Club at North Hampton. Our first tee time is at 12:00 noon and we have space for 32 players in total. Cost will be $40.00 per participant and includes range balls for your warm-up.

The Golf Club at North Hampton is a signature course of golf legend Arnold Palmer and renowned course architect Ed Seay. It is carved into the natural surroundings and framed by spring-fed lakes lined with coquina boulders. The wild grass and rolling dunes capture the feel of a Scottish links-style course. Ornamented with bridges the high elevation course offers a perfect combination of the area's natural beauty and the best of golf course architecture. All of these unique design features, coupled with the crowned fairways and fine sugar sand and coquina shell bunkers help to make North Hampton one of Florida's most interesting and original courses.

"The Golf Club at North Hampton is the 7th Best Course you can Play in Florida." - Golf Week

So, come join your fellow SBMC members and friends for the first round of golf of 2016! To reserve your spot(s) contact Nico Hogeveen at (904) 403-6754 or send an email to [email protected].

Nico Hogeveen
2016 SBMC Golf Chair

SBMC is currently requesting proposals for credit card merchant services.  This is for merchant services for our meetings and our website.

For complete details, contact Erin Eiras:  
or Mark Wilkinson:
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.

Colby Caltrider
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 email [email protected].

In This Issue
Upcoming Programs
President's Message
Monthly Golf Outing
Credit Card Merchant Services
Photo Gallery
Spotlight Speakers

January 20 
Greg Gutkowsky

January 27 -
Tom Gill

February 3 - 
K.C. Padget

Happy Birthday

Tom Kennedy, 1/17
Larry Broach, 1/18
Sabrina Ebel Lehman, 1/19
David Northrup, 1/19
Baker Brooks, 1/20
Steve Burnett, 1/23

   Prizes & Raffles  
Attendance Award
Sponsored by: Gene Bushor, Bushor Tree Surgeons
No Winner 

Woody Cooper Award
Sponsored by: Jepp Walter, Marlin Technology
Name Drawn: 
Brian Doherty

Ernie Petzrick
Walter Smith
  Next Meeting 
January 20, 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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