Issue 20, May 15th

Good morning!  Today’s the final day of golf at the Players and I’m personally looking forward to seeing how this one shakes out.  For the past 3 days we’ve been working concessions in “The Grove” back behind 17.  While we used to fill 3 tents for the entire week, this year was surprisingly tough just managing 1 for 3 days.  Many thanks to Cathy Curtis, AJ Richwine, Penny Kievet, Tom Gill, Angelo Volpe, and Jepp Walter for working diligently to pull this off.  Once again Rob Baldwin from Robert E Lee HS helped us out by sending some of his NJROTC cadets to help fill gaps in our shifts.

Last week Chief Judge Mark Mahon gave a great presentation explaining the judicial system, whose elected vs. appointed, and all the duties of being Chief Judge, but no extra pay.  I commented to him prior to beginning our program that this was the biggest crowd I had seen on TPC week since becoming a member, many of whom rarely make our luncheons.  This week for the first time in his new office, Duval County Property Appraiser, and fellow SBMC member Jerry Holland will speak to us on trends he sees as well as the challenges of his new office.  Jerry has a great presentation style, never disappoints, and was eager when asked to speak so don’t miss it!

Next Week, our long awaited debate between States Attorney Angela Corey and Matt Shirk will take place and we anticipate a packed house.  We’ve had multiple calls from media and anticipate a presence, also many guests have expressed a desire to attend the meeting as well.  Events like this in the past have drawn upwards of 100 people, but without reservations in advance we only guarantee food for 50.  Pre-Registration is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED as anyone not having done so runs the risk of not being able to eat or possibly not having a seat so please plan ahead. We will not have door prizes that week in order to allow as much time as possible for the program, we’re planning about a 5 min program.  Finally, Daniel Bean is moderating the event and has asked for members to submit questions to possibly be included in the program.  Please send your suggested questions to him at

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