Southside Business Men's Club Newsletter
Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization Founded in 1932
Volume 84, Issue 23
June 5, 2016

6/8 Paul McElroy, CEO, JEA
6/15 Aaron Bean, Senator
6/22 tbd
6/29 John Caulfield, Chief of Mission, Cuba, State Department
Thursday, June 16th - Meet-A-Member
Friday, June 24th - Monthly Golf Outing
Saturday, June 25th - City Rescue Mission Civic Project

SBMC Calendar of Events

Well its obvious summer is in full swing, we had a great program with Ken Babby, Owner of the Jacksonville Suns last week.  Did you know you can get into a game for $5, get a hot dog for $2 (he specified yes that includes bun and condiments as he gets that question often) and on Thursdays get beer or soda for $1 each and hang out at the new Tiki lounge basically at $15 a person???  You might think as a banker my math is off, but I know our members and it won't be only one hot dog....or one "coke", there will likely be multiple refills.  Talk about one heck of a deal in one of the nicest stadiums in minor league Baseball!
There's no way you could have missed all the eBlasts we sent out about supporting Representative Charles McBurney, obviously that vote last week easily passed at our regular meeting.  I sent an open letter to the Governor on behalf of our membership conveying our support.  That letter went out Wednesday evening copied to members of media with whom I had been in touch for our debate.  Then Thursday morning, thanks to Meredith Tekin & Mike White, we sent out another press release to all outlets conveying the club's support publicly for the always fair and humble attorney McBurney; we need more jurists like him. 
This week Paul McElroy, CEO of JEA will address our group to update us on operations and changes at our local utility authority.  He's always a great speaker so don't miss out.  Then Next week is our FIRST Meet-a-member of the year at 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 websiteJune 16th Meet-A-Member at Advanced Furniture Solutions
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

We had our drawing this past Wednesday

The 1st raffle of the year was won by Barry Griffin. He walked away with an Amex $500 gift card. Congrats Barry. 

Watch for your next chance to win in a few months!


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

During the months of June-August we will be issuing double credit for any guests that become members.  Your $20 credit may be used for any of the upcoming SBMC Events.  Credit may not be used for lunch at San Jose.  Any member that reaches 5 new sponsored members will receive a special gift basket from us.  
Lisa Lea
Membership Chair

Our Club Secretary, Christy Rosen, is leaving her position as SBMC Executive Secretary.  Christy would like to thank the Club and its Members for the opportunity to serve as its Executive Secretary for almost 3 years.

Meanwhile, we need to try to find a replacement.  Please pass the word as follows:

Opening for PART TIME (20 hours per MONTH) Club Administrator/Secretary for SBMC. This position requires excellent written and oral communication skills; must have own computer and network access. Will attend weekly luncheon meetings (lunch provided) as well as monthly board meeting. Will provide minutes of each meeting to all members, edit and distribute weekly e-newsletter and provide other administrative services as required. Must have strong business acumen and professional experience. 

Email interest and resume to: [email protected]


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
Monthly Golf Outing
City Rescue Mission
Executive Secretary Opening
Lunch Sponsors
Photo Gallery
Spotlight Speakers

June 8 - 
Ernie Petzrick

June 15 - 
Donna Day

June 22 -
Brandon Forschino

June 29 -
Irene McDill

Happy Birthday

Charles McBurney, Jr. 6/6
Rhea Mency, 6/8
Dave Pentel, 6/10
Harry Peltz, 6/11

   Prizes & Raffles  
Attendance Award
Sponsored by: Gene Bushor, Bushor Tree Surgeons
Jeanne Maron

Woody Cooper Award
Sponsored by: Jepp Walter, Marlin Technology
Name Drawn: 
Michael Gullion

Arleigh Merrill
Double Winner!
  Next Meeting 
June 8, 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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