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Gulf Coast Camellia Society

Welcome to the

 Gulf Coast Camellia Society

A place to learn more about the beautiful Camellia Plant

Hope Everyone can make this year's GCCS

 Conference on the Coast


Information: GCCS Meeting

October 19th & 20th, 2015


Location:  Hollywood Casino

                   711 Hollywood Blvd.

                   Bay St. Louis, MS  39520

                   (866) 758-2591


Room Rates: $79 per night. Rate is available for reservations made by Sept. 18th.

Reservations: Call the hotel at the number above and identify yourself as a member of the Gulf Coast Camellia Society to receive the special group rate. Reservations made after Sept. 18, 2015 may not qualify for the special rate.

Plant Auction: If you are bringing plants for either of the live auctions please bring them to the GCCS Registration area when you register. Dick Hooton or one of his minions will be there to receive them. Prior to the meeting, please let Dick know what plants you will be bringing. You may contact him at: bdhooton@cox.net or (850) 969-0001.

Silent Auction: Items will be displayed in the Cypress Ballroom all day Tues. Bidding will end at 6:30 pm Tues. and must be paid for by 7pm. Prior to the meeting, please let Bette Hooton or Steve Manis know what items you will be bringing. Contact information for Bette is: bdhooton@cox.net or (850) 969-0001.      Contact information for Steve is: steven.manis@mgccc.edu or (228) 249-4115. Please bring the item to the GCCS Registration area when you register and Bette or Steve will accept it. They may or may not have minions.

Raffle: This yearís raffle item is two exceptional matted and framed Camellia prints. Tickets are available for purchase via the registration packet or at the meeting until the time of the drawing at the Banquet



October 19th & 20th, 2015                                                                                  HOLLYWOOD CASINO, Bay St. Louis, MS


October 19th, Monday:


1:00- 4:00    Registration at the Hollywood Casino Cypress Ballroom Lobby       2:30                      Board Meeting- Magnolia Room                                                            5:30             Reception at the Bridges (Shuttle at Main Entrance)                         6:30              Dinner at the Bridges                                                                                                                                To Follow      Live Auction # 1


October 20th, Tuesday:


7:00- 9:00    Continental Breakfast in the Cypress Ballroom                                  8:00- 8:45            Registration at the Hollywood Casino Cypress Ballroom Lobby                             8:45                        Business Meeting in the Cypress Ballroom                                                                           Jim Dwyer, President, GCCS                                                                       9:30                   Mimosas & Bloody Marys in the Cypress Ballroom Lobby               10:00                       Live Auction # 2 in the Cypress Ballroom                                           12:00             Lunch at the Epic Buffet                                                                         1:15- 4:00    Educational Sessions in the Cypress Ballroom                                     1:15                        Speaker # 1- Florence Crowder                                                                                                1:45                Speaker # 2- Jim Campbell and Celeste Richard                                                                                                 3:00               Speaker # 3- To Be Determined                                                                                                                                                                                                6:00               Presidentís Reception in the Cypress Ballroom Lobby                      6:30                       Silent Auction ends                                                                                  7:00               Banquet in the Cypress Ballroom                                                                                                             To Follow        Speaker- Buddy Lee                                                                                 9:30- 11:00         Hospitality Suite

Gulf Coast Camellia Society Meeting


Hollywood Casino, 711 Hollywood Blvd, Bay St. Louis, MS

October 19th & 20th, 2015


1. Registration:  number@ $30 each____                           total =$______

        Includes Lunch Tues, Hospitality Suite, etc.

2.  Monday Night: number@ 40 each____                           total=$______  

Reception and Dinner at the Bridges    

3. Tuesday Night: number@ $40 each_____                        total=$______  

Presidentís Reception and Banquet

4. Dues for GCCS:   number of years______                        total=$______

 ( singles= $10/yr.; couples= $12/yr.)(Lifetime: Single=$200; couple= $240)

 Dues year is Oct.1 to Sept. 30.

5.Contribution to the Camellian Fund:                                 total=$______

  Dues cover less than one half of the cost of publishing the Camellian.

6. Raffle Tickets for Two Framed Camellia Prints:               total=$______

       Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10.

                                                          Total Enclosed =$_________  


Your Name(s);_________________________________________________________

Address:       _________________________________________________________


Phone: __________________      e-mail:__________________________________

mark any changes from current roster information with an asterisk(*).

Mail form and check payable to GCCS in enclosed envelope by Sept. 27 to:

    Michael Ruth                           for questions contact: mruthmd@gmail.com

    726 High Plains Ave.

    Baton Rouge, LA 70810


***Hotel reservations are separate and should be made by September 18, 2015.***  

To make reservations call (866) 758-2591. Ask for the GCCS rate of $79/ night.

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

Name: ____________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________

Telephone: _________________E-mail: _________________________



Some up coming Show Dates:

Pensacola Camellia Society - December 12, 2015

Northshore Camellia Society - Jan.9, 2016  - Judges Reception Jan. 8

Brookhaven Camellia Society - February 6, 2016 - Judges Reception Feb.5


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 2014 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

Click Here


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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