Civic Organization Chair Person’s Message

The Southside Business Men’s Club (SBMC) has been supporting this community since 1932 with a great history of civic engagement. The club has been involved in civic projects including assistance in making the viaduct overpass at University Blvd. & Philips Hwy a reality and helping fund Friendship Fountain.

Over the past several years our efforts have been in directed toward raising funds to provide scholarships for a great many high school students to attend college or other post-secondary educational opportunities through SBMC Charities for our Youth Achiever Program and for Junior ROTC students. Last year SBMC gave over $40,000 in scholarships and we are on track to increase that amount this year. To the best of my knowledge, it is the largest annual scholarship amount given by any civil club in Jacksonville.

With all the good that SBMC does, it is also known as Jacksonville’s most fun Club. It is made up of truly great people that become life-long friends.

I am sure that in 2020, with Walter Smith as our President, that SBMC will continue to be the flagship Civic, and Charitable organization in Jacksonville, Florida.

Bill Bishop
Chairman of the Board