Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference

October 18-20, 2024 at the Holiday Inn Resort

Welcome to the Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference!

We are delighted to invite you to the Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference, hosted by the Pensacola Camellia Club, from October 18-20, 2024. This exciting event will be held at the beautiful Holiday Inn Resort located at 14 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL. The conference promises a fantastic blend of informative sessions, engaging social events, and ample opportunities to connect with fellow camellia enthusiasts in a picturesque setting.

Our schedule is packed with a variety of activities to ensure a rewarding experience for all attendees. On Friday, October 18, we kick off with a Judges Re-accreditation Course, a fantastic excursion, and a vibrant dinner and plant auction. Saturday, October 19, features a day full of insightful talks from esteemed speakers, interactive panels, and concludes with a grand banquet. The conference wraps up on Sunday, October 20, offering you a chance to unwind and enjoy the serene beauty of Pensacola Beach. Whether you’re here to learn, network, or simply enjoy the stunning location, this conference has something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you there!

We are thrilled to announce that the Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference, hosted by the Pensacola Camellia Club, will take place at the fabulous Holiday Inn Resort in beautiful Pensacola Beach, FL. Get ready for an unforgettable experience at one of the most stunning locations on the Gulf Coast!


Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach

Address: 14 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

Date: October 18 – 19, 2024

Nestled right on the white sandy shores of Pensacola Beach, the Holiday Inn Resort offers breathtaking views and first-class amenities that will make your stay truly memorable. Whether you’re relaxing by the pool or enjoying the ocean breeze from your room, every moment promises to be exceptional.


Special Conference Rate:

  • Room Options: Choose between 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds with a pool view
  • Rate: $179/day ($179.00 + $24.67 taxes = $203.67 per night)


Booking Instructions:

  • Online Reservations: Make your hotel reservations directly with the Holiday Inn Resort using our exclusive booking link below.
  • Simply select your arrival and departure dates, and our special rate will appear.

Phone Reservations: Prefer to call? No problem! Contact the hotel directly at 850-932-5331 and use the group code “GCC” to secure the same fantastic room rates mentioned above.


Important Note:

Room availability and the guaranteed rate are only valid through September 15, 2024. Make sure to book your stay soon to ensure you get the best accommodations for the conference.


Additional Perks:

We are pleased to announce that the usual parking rate has been waived for our group, making your stay even more convenient and affordable.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to join fellow Camellia enthusiasts in a picturesque and luxurious setting. Secure your room today and get ready for a fantastic conference at the Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach!

We are excited to offer several registration options for the Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference, ensuring that every attendee can enjoy an unforgettable experience tailored to their schedule and preferences. Hosted by the Pensacola Camellia Club, this event promises to be a highlight of the year for all camellia enthusiasts!


Full Conference Registration

Early-Bird Registration (on or before September 1, 2024)

  • Rate: $200 per person
  • Includes:
    • Access to both days’ vibrant receptions,
    • Lavish dinner buffets with Spirits,
    • Engaging learning sessions,
    • Exclusive social events with fellow camellia enthusiasts.

Standard Registration (after September 1, 2024)

  • Rate: $230 per person
  • Includes: Same as above


Single Day Registration

Friday, October 18, 2024

  • Rate: $80 per person
  • Includes: Friday Night reception and lavish dinner buffet with Spirits

Saturday, October 19, 2024

  • Rate: $150 per person
  • ncludes: Saturday Night reception and lavish dinner buffet with Spirits.


Important Information

  • Registration Deadline: All registrations must be received by September 12, 2024.
  • Refund Policy: No refunds will be issued after September 12, 2024.
  • Dress Code: Casual attire for both day and evening events.


How to Register

Your host, the Pensacola Camellia Club, is accepting online payments for the convention. Don’t miss out on this exciting event – click button below to attend. We look forward to welcoming you to the Gulf Coast Camellia Society Conference for a memorable and enriching experience!

Day 1: Friday, October 18, 2024

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Judges Re-accreditation Course 2nd Floor Meeting Rooms (Jim Campbell)

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Fantastic excursion to Gulf Islands National Seashore – Fort Pickens and Ferry ride.

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Registration Main Lobby

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – GCCS Board Meeting 2nd Floor Meeting Room

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Meet and Greet 2nd Meeting Room

6:30 pm – Dinner and Plant Auction


Day 2: Saturday, October 19, 2024

7:00 am – 8:30 am – Breakfast (on your own) There are many options.

8:00 am – 10:00 am – Registration Second Floor Atrium

9:00 am – 10:00 am – GCCS Business Meeting (2nd Floor)

8:45 am – 9:45 am – Morning Delight: Fresh Danish Pastries & Gourmet Coffee

10:15 am – 11:15 am – Featured Speaker Jane Benson

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Featured Speaker Jim DeReuil

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch (Arrangements Pending)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Stump the Chumps (Q&A Panel)

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Featured Speaker Mack Thetford and Plant Auction

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Meet and Greet 2nd Floor

6:00 pm – Banquet and keynote speaker Randolph Maphis (Topic: John Wang’s contribution to the Camellia World)


Day 3: Sunday, October 20, 2024

The beautiful Holiday Inn on Pensacola Beach is honoring their exclusive rate for attendees of this conference before and after the event. Enjoy some time at the pool, a beach walk, or a fun breakfast with friends from the Gulf Coast Camellia Society!