Southside Business Men's Club Newsletter
Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization Founded in 1932
Volume 84, Issue 22
May 29, 2016

6/1 Ken Babby, Owner, Jacksonville Suns
6/8   Paul McElroy, CEO, JEA
6/15 Aaron Bean, Senator
6/22 Alex Coley, Principal, Hallmark Partners
6/29 John Caulfield, Chief of Mission, Cuba, State Department
Saturday, June 4th - Fishing Trip
Thursday, June 16th - Meet-A-Member
Friday, June 24th - Monthly Golf Outing
Saturday, June 25th - City Rescue Mission Civic Project

SBMC Calendar of Events
What an awesome week we just ended at SBMC!!!!  Kicking off on Monday with our 21st Annual Charity Golf Classic was a great beginning.  Monday morning I thought I was arriving ahead of the crowd at 10:15 and walked into the longest check-in line I had ever seen at our tournament.  The "swag" as Scooter calls is was the best I had seen in 8 years participating.  I loved the new shirts Jay chose, new hats, it was great to see Steve DeSorbo's logo as our towel sponsor, and I thought the coolers Jepp Walter sponsored were the coolest I had ever seen in any golf tournament.  Walking down the hall, we had Anne Urban, our professional event planner, directing her staff on silent auction setup fitting that of a black-tie gala. 
Afterwards the lunchroom was PACKED as was the driving range, still with an hour until start time!  We couldn't have asked for better weather, and I don't recall the last time we had anywhere near 116 golfers out on the course.  Lunch from Tidbits was great as always, nothing appeared to run out on the beverage carts, and the BBQ ribs at dinner were fall-off-the-bone tender.  No doubt this will be one of our higher grossing years, but regardless of the financial outcome I am so incredibly proud to have seen the hard work of this committee culminate into the colossal success that was SBMC's 21st Annual YAP Charity Classic!
Moving towards Wednesday the calls I received from people hearing about our debate in the news were encouraging, San Jose was getting inquiries as to if we were "open to the public."  A big thanks goes out to Mike White and Meredith Tekin at Client Focused Media.  They sent out a press release on our behalf and in the end brought 3 Times-Union writers, Folio Weekly,, and EVERY LOCAL TELEVISION STATION!  There was a film crew making a documentary about the American Justice System for the BBC who also asked to film the debate.  The day of we had a packed house; nearly 100 for the first time in a long while.  Initially I thought it might be possible we'd see a few sparks fly, but I was shocked to see things get so heated between our PD and SA.  The events dominated the news cycle all day and were the leading stories on the 10 and 11pm news!
This week, for the first time, we'll hear from the new owner of the Jacksonville Suns Mr. Ken Babby.  Like Shad Khan he's already begun improving the stadium and overall game day experience.  Saturday we'll cast off for the annual SBMC Fishing trip, it's my first one and I can't wait.
Finally on Thursday, June 16th we'll have our first Meet-a-Member for 2016 hosted by Advanced Furniture solutions.  Jeff Hubbard gave us some hints during his spotlight speech a few weeks ago as to what's in store, and mentioned a "surprise" which he won't even share with me.  Tickets can be purchased on the SBMC website: 
and you'll be emailed a receipt.  As the year is halfway over, and this is our first, I hope to see a huge turnout.  This is a new member who has jumped in with both feet and has been heavily active already. Let's show them how the best club in town does after hours!

See you soon,
Patrick Heatherington

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

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 June 1, 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.  


Join us for the first one of the year at Advanced Furniture Solutions
When: Thursday, June 16th
Where: 9452 Philips Hwy. Suite 7
Jacksonville, Fl 32256
How Much:  $10
What: Awesome fun and a great kickoff to summer!
Register:  June 16th Meet-a-Member at Advanced Furniture Solutions
Who: Call Jeff Hubbard or Dennis Laguador 904-398-0807


After a very enjoyable and beneficial "Dunkin' Donuts SBMC 21st Annual Youth Achiever Charity Golf Classic presented by Pet Paradise" at San Jose Country Club, it's now time for our next regular SBMC golf outing. It will be at Deercreek Country Club on Friday, June 24th, starting at 12:00 noon.

Cost per participant is $40.00 (+ tax) for green/cart fees and includes range balls for your warm-up. We'll have sequential tee times from 12:00 onwards and we have 32 spots available.
Deercreek is a member of our SBMC, so please support them by joining us and play a round of golf and experience this wonderful country club. The course is familiar to many of you and was designed by Robert Miller. It has been open since 1989 and is well known for its challenging carries and demanding doglegs.

So, come join your fellow SBMC members and friends for a great round of golf. To reserve your spot(s) contact me at (904) 403-6754 or send an email to [email protected].

Nico Hogeveen
2016 SBMC Golf Chair

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

"We Are All Winners".  That is this year's Membership theme.  We all love to be rewarded for a job well done.   Here's how it's going to work.  For every new member you bring onboard you will receive a $10 credit to your SBMC account.  You can apply it however you choose, events, membership dues etc. (Lunch excluded).  If a member reaches five new members we will have a special gift for you.  We are wrapping up our 2nd month of the year and have already acquired 9 new members with several other applications out there.  Way to go Southside Business Men's Club! 

Please make sure your guest signs in with all contact information and a business card so we can follow up with them. 
Lisa Lea
Membership Chair

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
Fishing Trip
Charity Golf Classic
City Rescue Mission
Lunch Sponsors
Photo Gallery
Spotlight Speakers

June 1 -
Jeanne Maron

June 8 - 
Ernie Petzrick

June 15 - 
Donna Day

June 22 -
Brandon Forschino

June 29 -
Irene McDill

Happy Birthday

Jim Crawford, 5/29
Shannon Brougham, 5/31
Diana Gonsalez, 6/3
Teresa Wright, 6/3
Desi Desiderio, 6/4

   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: 
Jeff Volpe

Barry Griffin
Bob Ascher
  Next Meeting 
June 1, 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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