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 Gulf Coast Camellia Society

A place to learn more about the beautiful Camellia Plant

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Another loss this week in Camellia Community

Gabriel (Ole) Olsen of Pensacola, FL, died on May13. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in the Gulf Coast Area.  Attached is available information on up-coming services.

In Memory of

Gabriel Charles OLSEN

June 3, 1925 - May 13, 2016

Gabriel C. Olsen, 90, of Pensacola, Florida, left this earth peacefully in his sleep from heart failure on May 13, 2016 at Solaris Healthcare of Pensacola.

Gabriel is survived by his son Carl and his daughter Arlene Olsen, his grandchildren Amy Olsen, Amber Joyner, Seth Joyner and nieces and nephews. Gabriel was a great father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. He will join his wife Blanche at Barrancas after nine long years to be together again with her.

Gabriel was born in Mobile, Alabama and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 during WWII. After the war he went to and graduated from Auburn University in Engineering. In 1950, he entered the US Air Force, was a pilot in the Korean War, and spent two years straight as a pilot in the Vietnam War. He loved fishing and playing golf, and working with his Camellias, caught a lot of fish and hit a lot of golf balls !

We thank everyone that had a hand in helping him during his final weeks before being called home to his Lord. A special thank you to Oak Lawn Funeral Home for all of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (6305 N Blue Angel Pkwy, Pensacola, FL 32526). Funeral services for Gabriel will be at the Church on Friday May 20,2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. Gabriel will be laid to rest at the Barrancas National Cemetery located on Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. The Escambia County Sheriff's Department and the Patriot Guard Riders will provide escort to the Cemetery for a military honors funeral conducted by the United States Marine Corps.

Memorial donations may be made to the Covenant Hospice (5041 N. 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504)
Arrangements under the direction of Oak Lawn Funeral Home, Pensacola, FL.


Service Information


Friday, May 20, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lutheran of the Resurection Church
6390 Blue Angel Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32506

Memorial Service

Friday, May 20, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lutheran of the Resurection Church
6390 Blue Angel Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32506

Graveside Service

Friday, May 20, 2016
1:20 pm - 1:45 pm
Barrancas National Cemetery
1 Cemetery Road
Pensacola, FL 32508

Clayton Mathis, age 73, of Douglas, GA passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Memorial Health in Savannah, GA following a brief illness. Mr. Mathis was born on January 22, 1943, in Avon Park, FL to the late John Mathis and Mary Mathis. Survivors include: his wife, Nedra Mathis of Douglas, GA; daughter, Elizabeth Mathis of Philadelphia, PA; sister, Mary Jane Wishart of Gainesville, FL; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Nelson Mathis. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ed Ayers, James Dennis and Virginia Carson officiating. Interment will follow at Douglas City Cemetery. Sims Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

New Novice Judges

A Camellia Judges' school was completed on March 5, 2016 in Slidell, LA.  Ten new novice judges completed the course and several re-certifications were included.  Here is a photo of the Class.  E-mails of the novice judges will be posted later, enabling Show Chairmen to invite the new novices to participate in their up-coming shows.  Please welcome them to the Camellia Community.

(Kneeling l to r) Terri McCoy, Sabrina Audibert, Lisa Horn, Jan Bollinger
(Standing l to r) Nick Kooney, Lynn Richardson, Jan Clouatre, Bruce Clement, Lisa Clement, Robert Taylor, Paul Huerkamp, Kay Taylor, Stella Allen, Hilary Toups, Victoria Allen, Homer Richardson, Karen Smith and Jane Halley


For more about the Gulf Coast Camellia Society and how to Join

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Please join the Gulf Coast Camellia Society       

Invitation to join

The Gulf Coast Camellia Society was organized in 1962 for the purpose of extending appreciation and enjoyment of camellias. The Society strives to provide information to its members about all aspects of the care and culture of camellia plants as well as the exhibiting and showing of camellia blooms. The Society also serves as a forum for members to share and exchange information and experiences with other members. Annual dues for membership in the Gulf Coast Camellia Society are $10.00 for individuals and $12.00 for couples. Membership runs from October through September each year. Life Membership is available at $200 for individual and $240 for couples. Included with membership are four issues of The Gulf Coast Camellian which contains articles on all aspects of camellia culture as well as serving as an exchange of news and information between and for members. The Camellian also contains reports of the Society's operations, minutes of meetings, financial reports, show news, and other subjects of interest to our members.

To join, send your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, along with your payment to Gulf Coast Camellia Society, in care of Michael Ruth, 726 High Plains Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70810

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Jim Dwyer and Max Mizell at the 2015 Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference



A few things happening in the Gulf Coast Area

Camellia Club of Mobile summer picnic at Jim Smelley's. Unfortunately Jim could not attend because he was recovering from a fall. He asked Randolph Maphis to serve as host in his place. David and Tammy Brackin cooked the meat and coordinated the food contributed by members.
Baton Rouge Spring 2015 Luncheon-- submitted by Rebecca Christian



Looking for some Camellia Plants...Take a look at the sites below:

Pensacola Camellia Inventory (November 2014) Click here

Mobile Botanical Garden Camellias for Sale (November 2014) Click here

The Baton Rouge Camellia Society 2015 list of Camellias  Click here

2014 Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference


Held October 17th &18th, 2014 

The Host Hotel- The Clarion, Covington, Louisiana 

The GCCS Board Minutes - 2014 have been posted in the "Members Only" Section

Pictures submitted by Jim Dwyer

Here are a few pictures submitted by Patti Perkins


Looking for some Camellia Plants...Take a look at the sites below:

Pensacola Camellia Inventory (November 2014) Click here

Mobile Botanical Garden Camellias for Sale (November 2014) Click here

The Baton Rouge Camellia Society 2014 list of Camellias  Click here



Pictures from the 2014 Mobile Show




































Pictures from 2014 New Orleans Show






















Pictures from 2013 Northshore Camellia Show










Pictures from 2013 Slidell Camellia Show










Pictures from the 2013 Gulf Coast Camellia Show
















Here are a few pictures taken at the 2013 GCCS Conference that was held at Spanish Fort, Alabama

(Additional Pictures will be posted -- check back a bit later)


Check out the Updated inventory of Camellias available at:

Baton Rouge Camellia Society-- click here.

Pensacola Camellia Society -- click here.

                Pictures from the Baton Rouge 2013 Camellia Show

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Pictures from the Brookhaven 2013 Camellia Show

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Pictures from the New Orleans 2013 Camellia Show
























A few pictures from the Northshore 2012 Camellia Show

A few of Norm Vickers' pictures from the 2012 Pensacola Show

A few pictures from the 2012 Gulfport Camellia Show by Patti Perkins



















Hope everyone has recovered from the GCCS Conference in Natchez

Here are a few pictures from the conference -- Others will be posted as time permits.






























Note:  The 2012 Board and Conference Meeting Minutes have been posted on the Members Only Page

Greenhouse plans from article in Spring 2012 Camellian

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Pictures from 2012 Baton Rouge Show

Pictures from 2012 Brookhaven Show

A couple of  pictures from 2011 Covington Show

A few pictures from 2011 Slidell Camellia Show

A few pictures from 2011 Gulfport Camellia Show

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