Volume 89 Issue 41 | September 1, 2022

Jacksonville Florida's Oldest Business and Civic Organization Founded in 1932
The purpose of this organization is to promote the Civic, Economic and Social Improvement of Greater Jacksonville.

This week we host our Annual Past Presidents’ Day Luncheon. 

We will also be welcoming Sam Kouvaris, who will be giving us a positive leadership speech. 

Don't miss this opportunity to honor the men and women who have helped build and serve our great club.

To view future Guest Speakers and Events, please visit our Upcoming Events Calendar.

Join us for our weekly meetings at Fogo De Chao in the Town Center.

The salad bar offers many vegetarian and gluten-free options. A protein is served every other week and alternates between steak and chicken .


Last week we welcomed Steve Kelley from the Downtown Investment Authority. Mr. Kelley gave us an update on how things are looking for Downtown Jacksonville. There are more than a few projects in the works, especially with all the construction and removal of overpasses and demolition of the former Jax Landing and Berkman II sites. See a full map here.   

The DIA has three objectives: recruit a talented workforce, have Jax become a hub for art, culture and sports entertainment, and bring in tax revenue in order to support other parts of the city. It was great to hear an update on something positive happening in our city.

We are entering the last quarter of the year, which means we have a lot of great events coming up. Check the calendar and get signed up. (Annual Clay Shoot 9/23, SBMC Car Show 10/22, Annual Jags Tailgate 10/23, Veterans Day float 11/11).

This week we host our annual Past President’s Day where we reflect and look back on all the great men and women who led our club over the past 90 years. Sam Kouvaris is also going to give a leadership pep talk.  

Jeff Volpe
2022 President


If you know someone that would like to be kept informed on our future golf outings, please have them email secretary@sbmcjax.com to be added to the mailing list.

Join us for our monthly Queen's Harbour Golf Club

Designed exclusively by Mark McCumber and bordered by the intercoastal waterway, our beautifully groomed Jacksonville golf course offers a unique blend of scenery. This Jacksonville golf club features tidal marshlands and century-old Spanish oak trees.

A premier Jacksonville golf course, Queen’s Harbour hosted such prestigious events as the PGA Tour Qualifier, the FSGA State Championship Qualifiers and the Mercedes Collegiate Championships. Of all the Jacksonville golf courses, the challenge and scenery of Queen’s Harbour truly sets it apart as one of the finest.

Golf amenities include a putting/chipping green and driving range. Other features of our world-class Jacksonville golf club include a full-service clubhouse with private dining areas, sweeping verandas, and 19th hole that overlooks a beautiful freshwater marina.

Won't You Join Us?


When: Friday, September 16, 2022

Where:  Queen's Harbour Golf Club

1131 Queens Harbor Blvd

Jacksonville, FL 32225

First Tee Time: 10:39am

Cost: $52

This year, we will have monthly golf sponsoring opportunities as well! Contact Mark Geil to sign up!

Reserve Your Tee Time

You may reserve your tee time by contacting the SBMC Golf Chair Mark Geil at golf@sbmcjax.com. 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 golf@sbmcjax.com.

Please join us on Friday, September 23 from 8:30am until 2:00pm to help raise funds to support Duval County JROTC Cadets fund their higher education. 

Unlike other scholarship programs, awards are not exclusively for college and can be applied to any trade school or service academy of the cadets' choosing. We'll be joined by approximately 30 cadets from Riverside High, FKA Robert E Lee High School's Naval JROTC program who will be helping work the event. 

Savage Bros Painting & Dunkin Donuts have renewed their commitments once again to present this event, and we look forward to many other returning sponsors and shooters.

Registration includes 100 targets, 12 or 20 gauge shells, BBQ lunch, and a VERY rewarding experience.

For more information, please contact Patrick Heatherington at patrickheatherington@synovus.com. For all sponsorship and shooter opportunities, please click here!


We are now looking for volunteers to work on our annual Veteran's Day Float for the Downtown Parade. Also, if you are a Veteran and are interested in riding on the float, there are spots available!

Please contact Mark Goldwich at mark@goldstaradjusters.com


So Here Is How We Play

Club members bring a bottle of their favorite spirits. They get recognized during the meetings. Meanwhile, club members and guest buy raffle tickets. Tickets are on sale now for $15.00 each. Act now and get yours today! The price of tickets goes up to $20.00 each in October.

Drawing to be held on November 16 and the winner takes all!

Purchase your tickets now!


Mark your calendars for upcoming events this Fall!

  • Annual Clay Shoot - September 23
  • SBMC Car Show - October 22
  • Annual Jags Tailgate - October 23
  • Fred Allison Speakeasy Drawing - November 16
  • SBMC Holiday Party - December 10
This opportunity is free to all members in good standing and gives you the chance to speak about your business, family, interests, or anything else you would like to "spotlight" for five minutes. You can place business cards, flyers, or informational materials on the tables to showcase your business.

NEW! Upgrade your Spotlight Speaking Engagement!

For the low cost of $50, in addition to your five minute speaking segment, you will be able to feature a blurb of up to 500 words and 1-2 photos in the newsletter prior to the luncheon.

If you would like to sign up and reserve a future meeting date, please email SBMC Sergeant-at-Arms Mark Geil at markageil@gmail.com. You can also sign-up at the registration table during our Wednesday meetings.

Check out our photo gallery for pictures from our meetings and events!

Click here to view!


Table Talks

NEW! Upgrade your Spotlight Speaking Engagement!

For the low cost of $50, in addition to your five minute speaking segment, you will be able to feature a blurb of up to 500 words and 1-2 photos in the newsletter prior to the luncheon. Contact Mark Geil to sign up!

If you are interested in signing up to be a Spotlight Speaker next year, please contact

Mark Geil at markageil@gmail.com


Rene Zook (WINNER!)


Shannon McCrossen

Sponsor Spots Available!

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



Special Thanks to Our Club Sponsors:

Platinum Level
Gold Level