Southside Business Men's Club Newsletter 
Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization Founded in 1932
Volume 86, Issue 64
March 31,  2019



This week we welcome Jim McCarthy, President of the North Florida Land Trust. McCarthy is a marketing and operations executive with more than 30 years of progressive experience leading marketing and overall operations efforts. He is an expert communicator comfortable with both large groups and one-to-one interactions, and has had proven success in for-profit and not-for-profit environments.

Last week we welcomed Ken Babby, owner of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
Mr.  Babby spoke to us  about the upcoming season,  the risk that was taken in changing the Suns to the Jumbo Shrimp , and the success the team has had after the change.     He has not only changed the name of the team, but also has made several renovations to the grounds and reworked promotions to change the experience of attending a game.   It has become one of the great family-friendly entertainment venues in the city.  

This Thursday, April 4th is Opening Day so  come on out to the ballpark and  support our Jumbo Shrimp!

Bill Bishop
2019 President
Due to the upcoming renovations to San Jose Country Club, we will be temporarily changing the venue for our weekly luncheons. Beginning in June of this year, we will attend our regular meetings at the beautiful Epping-Forest Yacht & Country Club. More details to come as the date approaches! 

The competition for second quarter has begun!
 Be sure to invite you friends and colleagues for your 
chance to win!
 A prize of $250 will be awarded quarterly to the person who brings in the most new members for that period, with a minimum of three. 
For more information, contact Walter Smith:

Time is running out to purchase your tickets for our Wine Raffle! Ticket prices are $20 and we are currently up to 20 bottles with more being donated every week!  Purchase tickets now for your chance to win some excellent wine selections!! Our drawing will be Wednesday, April 17th! Please contact Michael Best: 
to purchase your tickets or for further details 

Bring a bottle to the meeting as your contribution for the raffle.  Don't forget to attach your business card to get mentioned!

Our next Meet-A-Member event will be hosted by Hank Duckworth of Hank Duckworth Construction Company! Join us on Thursday, April 18th from 5:30 - 7:30.

Location: 844 Whitlock Ave, Suite 200
 Jacksonville, FL 32211

For more information contact Hank at or 904-783-8384.

Meet-A-Members are an excellent way to network and showcase your business! We still have open dates available, but they will fill up quickly! If you are interested in hosting a Meet-A-Member event, please contact Steve Gibbert at 904-448-3347 or by e-mail at   

Don't delay. Sign up soon!

Join us Friday, April 19th at The Golf Club at South Hampton!

This course is designed to offer every golfer the appropriate risk/reward situations that challenge the experienced player and offer encouragement to the novice. Sixteen large lakes and over 60 contoured bunkers, in combination with meticulous landscaping, provide players with a superbly conditioned facility. The distinctive layout will test shot-making abilities and require the use of every club in the bag.

Won't You Join Us? 
When:  Friday April 19th 2019

Where:  The Golf Club at South Hampton
 315 South Hampton Club Way, St. Augustine, FL 32092

First Tee Time: 11:03 am (9 minutes between)

Cost: $40 Includes Green fee/ Cart fee and Range Balls

Reserve Your Tee Time
You may reserve your tee time by contacting the SBMC Golf Chair Matt Vallez at If you are registering for a foursome, please include the names of all your members.   

Blind Draw
Looking forward to meeting you in person at the bar to collect your $5 for the blind draw. 

Do you have a question about the event? Email

Join us Saturday, July 20th on the Mayport Majesty for our annual fishing trip! We have lucked out and our trip happens to be during Red Snapper season!

All tackle, licensing, bait, and help from the crew are included.  Additionally, the club will provide a boxed lunch from Honey Baked Hams, soft drinks, water, and BEER the entire day!  Cost is $85 for MEMBERS, and $95 for ALL GUESTS.

Spots are filling up quickly! For more details, contact Jepp Walter:
For questions and comments about the newsletter, 
please email

Thanks to our  
Club Sponsors

Platinum Level

Gold Level

Jon Hill & Jeanne Peterson
Ameriprise Financial Services

Silver Level

If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor and seeing your company's logo here, please contact Jon Hill at:

Spotlight Speakers   

April 3
Mark Bergan
ADT Security

April 10
Janessa Timpone 
Heroes and SHEroes

April 17
Matt Vallez
Florida Forklift Supply

Lunch Reservations

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