Southside Business Men's Club Newsletter
Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization Founded in 1932
Volume 84, Issue 19
May 8, 2016
5/11 Chief Judge Mark Mahon 
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5/18 tbd
5/25 Corey, State Attorney vs. Shirk, Public Defender Debate, moderated by Daniel Bean  
May 12-14 The Players
Monday, May 23rd - YAP Golf Tournament
Saturday, June 4th - Fishing Trip

SBMC Calendar of Events
This is one of the best weeks of the year in North East Florida!  A week where people from all over the world watch The Players on television or travel thousands of miles to see it here in person.  Last week Vice Chairman Adam Campbell came out and shared with us some sneak peeks at what's new this year, and some helpful tips to make our time there more enjoyable.  Last year The Players awarded over $8 million to 300 local charities and hopes to top that once again this year.  To quote Adam, even if you don't usually watch golf "there's something for everyone" at The Players.  We had fantastic door prizes during our meeting, including some Benefactor tickets donated by new member Advanced Furniture Solutions that fetched a nice donation.  When Adam saw the interest, he capped off his presentation asking Past President Jepp Walter to join him at the front to auction off 2 Benefactor tickets for Saturday, a $500 value!
Earlier in the week you should have seen an email blast announcing the passing of long-time member Jordan Ansbacher.  Jordan joined the club in 1983 in his Commercial Real Estate business and maintained his membership until his passing at the age of 88.  He was a Veteran of 2 foreign wars, University of Florida Alum, small business owner, devoted family man and husband of 63 years!  Jordan supported many organizations outside of SBMC; Boy Scouts of America, Youth Crisis Center, and Jacksonville Jewish Center to name just a few.  His motto, as he was often heard saying, was "I am the luckiest man in the world!"
In continuing our plan this year to bring as many local leaders from the top of organizations and government, this week Chief Judge Mark Mahon will address us just a day before we head out to work the concessions at The Players.  Chief Judge Mahon heads our new County Courthouse downtown and is a great speaker so please be sure and come out to the meeting.  Then just 2 weeks from tomorrow is our annual YAP Charity Golf Classic at San Jose.  Nico Hogeveen (who is not Scottish) and his committee have been working diligently for months to put together a banner year for our scholarship program.  We still need players, so please sign up on our website today!
See you soon,
Patrick Heatherington

We are having a GUEST contest - the member who brings in the most guests starting April 27th and ending the meeting of May 18th (minimum of 4 guests) will win two golf spots at our YAP Charity Golf Classic on May 23rd. In order to count, we need you to be sure your guests sign in WITH their contact info as the whole point is for us to follow-up and close more new members.  Also please have them leave a business card.
If you've already registered, or plan to register don't hold back.  We'll refund the cost should the winner already be paid up!

Lisa Lea
Membership Chair

The Players:  Thursday May 12th - Saturday May 14th.  SBMC will be volunteering at a concession stand in The Grove.  

The SBMC has a long and proud history of supporting The Players, formerly the TPC. Why?  Because it's a WIN-WIN-WIN situation. As the "5th major", The Players is one of the highest profile and most important golf tournaments in the world. It's an amazing WIN for us to showcase our fantastic community. It's a WIN for our Club because we are able, by volunteering our time, to raise money that we use for important Club operations. Finally, and most importantly, it's a WIN for you because you will have the opportunity to work along side fellow members and really get to know them. Developing these relationships will enhance your life personally and professionally. That's a promise and guarantee.

Questions? Please contact
Cathy Curtis


The Dunkin' Donuts SBMC Youth Achiever Charity Golf Classic presented by Pet Paradise is scheduled for Monday, May 23rd at San Jose Country Club. Now in its 21st edition, the proceeds will once again benefit the Youth Achiever Program (YAP) and its scholarship funds. Since the inception of this tournament well over $200,000 has been raised for YAP and this year we will again, with your help, add thousands to the scholarship funds.
Quite a few SBMC members are involved with the organization of this tournament in order to secure golfers, sponsors, silent auction items, awards, prizes and volunteers to make the event successful again. Highlight is of course the golf tournament itself at the beautiful and challenging San Jose Country Club. One of the true golfing gems of the Northeast Florida area, this private course was designed in the 1920s by the world-famous golf course architect Donald Ross. Considered a real Ross-classic, this course is high on the list of every golfer to play. The Charity tournament gives everyone a chance to do so and the $150 fee will cover green/cart fees as well as provide lunch, dinner, water/soft drinks and beer ALL DAY, awards/prizes, hole-in-one chances for $25,000 or a Chevrolet and many more benefits. Plus it supports funding for our YAP scholarship. Clearly one of the best ways to spend $150 playing golf and have a whole lot of fun, while helping kids.
The tournament day program is:
  • 10:00 AM             Registration and Boxed Lunch
  • 11:30 AM             Shotgun Start - Format Captain's Choice
  • 4:30 PM               Awards Ceremony, Auction and BBQ Dinner

Our thanks go to Dunkin' Donuts as our new Title Sponsor and to Pet Paradise as our returning Corporate Sponsor. Many other sponsors are contributing, over 25 and counting and too many to feature here.
How you can help:
  • Play in the tournament. Your $150 gives you a great round of golf with food, drinks, prizes, etc.
  • Invite others to play. Tournament participation is open to non-members and the more, the merrier. If you have golf playing family, friends, colleagues, etc. make sure they join us at San Jose. Even better, put a foursome together! A great way for them to meet and see what your SBMC is all about.
  • Secure silent auction items. Gift certificates from places you frequent, products from businesses you deal with, rewards points from credit cards or airlines are all welcome. Contact Anne Urban to donate these items: [email protected] or (904) 699-8704. Many donations are tax deductible.
  • Secure sponsors. Hole sponsorships with company signage on the tee are $300. An ultimate sponsorship including 4 players and a hole sponsorship is $750. Contact one of us below to assist you with sponsorships.
  • Volunteer during the golf tournament on Monday, May 23rd. We need help in various areas and this is a fun-filled day interacting with many members and others in a wonderful environment. Contact Jay Cann (details below) to indicate your interest.
Go to the website at and click on golf tournament. Here you'll find more information, see all our sponsors and you can sign-up players as well as find donation forms for silent auction items and available sponsorships.
We're looking forward to a great charity golf tournament and appreciate everyone's support to benefit the YAP scholarships.
Nico Hogeveen
Chair SBMC YAP Charity Golf Classic 2016
[email protected] or (904) 403-6754
Crump Kirby
SBMC YAP Charity Golf Classic Founder
[email protected] or (904) 616-888
Jay Cann
SBMC YAP Charity Golf Classic Tournament Director
[email protected] or (904) 571-7891

To my fellow Club members....

Whether you play golf or not, you won't want to miss on helping our Club raise money to help others in need.
Here is a way you can help without spending a dime.....

If you have points with any of your credit cards...take a moment and cash them in for a gift card that you can donate to the silent auction for this year's golf won't cost you any money and you will be helping us raise the much needed money through our silent auction to go 100% towards our charity!!. 

Popular gift cards include:
Restaurants, stores like Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowes, etc. 
Please turn in all Silent auction items to Anne Urban at any of our weekly meetings....Thank you in advance!

Anne Urban

Summer Raffle is now officially underway
GRAND PRIZE - $500.00 American Express Gift Card
One ticket - $5.00
Three for - $10.00
Seven for $20.00 (Best Deal)
(Do not have to be present to win)
Support your club!
Contact - Ken Spinella (904) 318-0502
Or Angelo Volpe (904) 891-8032 for tickets

Or get them at the weekly meeting

It's time for the first of our two annual raffles that will be drawn on Wednesday May 25, 2016 at our meeting.  The winner does not need to be present to win. This year we are adding a line stating who sold the ticket so maybe that person can tell something about the winner if they are not there.  The prize will be a $500.00 American Express gift card to be used anywhere American Express is accepted.  We are welcoming everyone to help in the selling process at their offices or places of recreation, all are free to give people Ken Spinella's contact information if they want tickets (Ken Spinella 904-318-0502). 

Tickets will be sold right to the time of pulling the name and can be purchased while paying for your lunch at a meeting.  The tickets are One ticket for $5.00, Three tickets for $10.00 and Seven tickets for $20.00.  Past winners have enjoyed the money prize and getting whatever their hearts desire with it.  

The SBMC Annual Fishing trip on the Majesty is Saturday, June 4th!
Includes bait, tackle, a box lunch from Honey Baked Hams, Water, Soft Drinks, and BEER!
Members and one guest are $85 each.  All others are $95 each.
It's on the SBMC website calendar:
Pay online, or pay Mark at the Check-in table at our meetings.
Mike Russo: C-352-274-4407

2016 City Rescue Mission Summer Picnic is June 25th!
Please help us create a record year helping those less fortunate in Jacksonville. We will be volunteering at the City Rescue Mission New Life Facility on June 25th but need all members on deck to help build "packages" to hand out in addition to the food at our picnic! Please start bringing to lunch any or all of the following and we thank you for your donations in advance!
  • Travel size sunscreen
  • Travel size toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Hats
  • Chapstick
Mike Russo: C-352-274-4407

Are you looking for more visibility and branding for your business?  Would you like more than just a once-a-year spotlight speech to exhibit at the club meetings?  Then check out our new "Lunch Sponsor" opportunities!  This year we're committed to: 
  • Providing programs that by names or titles are recognizable and consistent draws
  • Taking ownership of the lunch buffet by choosing the menu each week
  • Designating some tables "Discussion focused" selecting topics to spark conversation
  • Providing multiples channels of information delivery, rather than just verbal announcements mid-meeting (Table take-ones)
  • Tailoring the meeting to a fun and professional presentation
In conjunction with these efforts, we will begin projecting a PowerPoint weekly from 11:30-12:30 listing the speaker & upcoming functions/events as well as up to 5 (4+spotlight) member lunch sponsors in between the various slides.  The spotlight speaker of course receives theirs free.  You create your slide and send it to us, so it's whatever you want it to be, and it's only $25!
Contact Fred Allison, Hal Smith, or Mike Russo for more details:
Fred Allison: C-903-701-1012
Hal Smith: C-904-881-1036
Mike Russo: C-352-274-4407

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
Calendar of Events
President's Message
The Players
Charity Golf Classic
YAP Golf Tournament
Fishing Trip
City Rescue Mission
Lunch Sponsors
Photo Gallery
Spotlight Speakers

May 11 -
Anne Urban

May 18 -
Dennis Laguador

May 25 - 
Ken Spinella

Happy Birthday

Dick Kravitz, 5/8
Jay Cann, 5/9
L. Jack Gibney, 5/10
Robert Cox, 5/13
Ed Randall, 5/13

   Prizes & Raffles  
Attendance Award
Sponsored by: Gene Bushor, Bushor Tree Surgeons
No winner this week

Woody Cooper Award
Sponsored by: Jepp Walter, Marlin Technology
Name Drawn: 
Bob Ascher

Colby Caltrider
Double Winner
  Next Meeting 
May 11, 2015 
San Jose Country Club
7529 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32217

Lunch Buffet 12:00 pm 
$20 Members
$25 for Guests 
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