Southside Business Men's Club Newsletter
Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization Founded in 1932
Volume 84, Issue 24
June 12, 2016

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

WOW!  I had no clue we had such a high rated utility authority!  Last week Paul McElroy informed us JEA is rated #1 on the commercial side and # 24 on the residential side in customer satisfaction; after being near the bottom in the low 100's just 3 years ago.  It was also interesting to hear that of our $1 Billion city budget, JEA collects $235 million in taxes and fees making up about 24% of our city budget.  Since taking over the position a few years ago, Mr. McElroy has created an environment that looks at residents as "customers" and though JEA has no competitors locally, satisfaction is something towards which he has his team working diligently. 
Now I have a confession to make.  Usually I'm drafting these messages on the Wednesday prior to the newsletter distribution in order to get it to Elyk in time for our site update.  Our great web partners update the site once weekly for the new speaker and spotlight at which time the President's message goes into a "queue" set to populate on Sundays.  In order to get the site updated the day after our meeting, I need to have this message to them ahead per our very generous arrangement.  That being said, when looking at the weather for last Saturday's annual Fishing Trip there was a 50% chance of rain.  So you'll understand I hesitated to have you all opening your newsletter reading "we had a fantastic time yesterday on the fishing trip not to mention great weather!!!"  
With that in mind....we had a fantastic time last Saturday on the fishing trip not to mention great weather!!!  Frank Wallmeyer eagerly boarded the boat with us intent on defending his title from 2015 for the biggest catch (one we didn't have to release.)  Throughout the day we caught a variety of fish, but I was told we threw back more than 60 red snapper.  Towards the end of the day, after an hour or two of Frank's bait being stolen he reeled in a 13+ pound Amberjack to take the win once again!  Coincidentally I ended up seated between Frank and Angie Tekin who also reeled in some pretty large sushi, I wish we could've kept her snapper.  We posted a video of her reeling one in below that would make anyone jealous.  Should they open snapper for a brief window this year or next, Julie Clements and I have agreed we may need to schedule a 2nd trip as there would be too much to pass up!  This was the first time I attended the trip and I'm now kicking myself for never having done so previously.  Jepp Walter and Mike Russo deserve a big round of applause for a fine event.  When the same people are involved every year, it only gets better.....thanks for a great time guys!"

This week Senator Aaron Bean will address our group on the recent session.  Over the past 9 years we've been fortunate to have within our membership several elected officials at various levels of government.  When scheduling this program, we told Aaron how disappointed we were to go from 3 in the legislature (Reps. McBurney, Ray, and Renner) to only 1.  Upon learning this he immediately stated he couldn't let that stand, and submitted an application for membership.  I can't recall the last time we inducted a member the same day they were the weekly speaker but we'll do so this week.  Also beyond his legislative portfolio, Aaron has a special talent he'll share with us this week. 
Speaking of Reps Ray and McBurney, they were both in attendance last week and Charles took a moment during our Business Acknowledgments to express his heartfelt gratitude for the club's support of his candidacy for appointment to the Circuit Court Bench.  The governor has yet to announce his decision, he has until June 24th.  Regardless Charles has committed to keeping us in the loop upon learning one way or the other; hopefully we soon find ourselves addressing him as "Your Honor!"
Finally don't miss out on the FIRST MEET-A-MEMBER of 2016 THIS THURSDAY!!!!!  Jeff Hubbard gave us a sneak peak at the details confirming a raffle every 30 mins, but held the prizes close to his vest.  When we spoke on Wednesday he said we're already up to 38 so sure to be a great event.  Details are below and you can purchase your tickets for $10 on the club's website by clicking here.   June 16 Meet-a-Member  I hope to see you there, let's make this one for the record books!
P.S. Please bring EXTRA door prizes this week!!!

See you soon,
Patrick Heatherington


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


During the current election season, once weekly, we'll give any candidate for any office who attends our meeting 5 minutes to address the Membership.  This is on a first come, first served basis and due to certain programs there may be a few "blackout" dates during the season.  Should you or someone you know be campaigning for office with a desire to speak, please contact Patrick at [email protected] to arrange a date.  The person speaking must be the actual candidate running for office.  Finally only the candidate of the week will be permitted to distribute literature to members and on tables.

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


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

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

June 15 - 

June 22 -
Brandon Forschino

June 29 -
Irene McDill

Happy Birthday

Curry Workman, 6/12
Greg Gutkowski, 6/16
Charles Clark, 6/18
Denise Roth, 6/18

   Prizes & Raffles  
Attendance Award
Sponsored by: Gene Bushor, Bushor Tree Surgeons
John May

Woody Cooper Award
Sponsored by: Jepp Walter, Marlin Technology
Name Drawn: 
Jeff Volpe

Jepp Walter
Frank Wallmeyer
  Next Meeting 
June 15, 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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