Civic Organization Chair Person’s Message

Walter Smith

The Southside Business Men’s Club (SBMC) was founded in 1932 to promote the interests of the southside of Jacksonville. Since then, it has been instrumental in a number of major improvements in Jacksonville, among them the overpass on University Boulevard at Philips Highway and Friendship Fountain on the South Bank.

About 25 years ago, we began to assist schools on the Southside. We make it possible for the crossing guards at one school in particular to go to Washington D.C. each year, and we provide over $40,000 in scholarships to Jacksonville children through our Youth Achiever Program and Junior ROTC to attend college each year.

The really great thing about the SBMC is that with all the civic good we do, we are the most fun club in Jacksonville. Our members are not just good civic citizens, we become best friends for life.

In 2021 with Brandon Stanko as President, we will be even a better Civic club and the premier Charitable Organization in Jacksonville.

Walter Smith
Chairman of the Board