2017-03-16 / Home & Garden

Camellia Club dedicates garden at University of West Florida

Pensacola Camellia Club plans an 80th annual banquet and installation of officers on Tuesday March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at V. Paul’s Italian Ristorante, 29 Palafox Place, downtown Pensacola. The Pensacola Camellia Club, is one of the oldest and largest camellia clubs in the US.

In addition to the banquet and installation of officers, there will be an auction of rare camellia plants. The banquet room will be decorated with lovely camellia blooms which patrons may take home with after the event.

The following officers, elected at the February meeting, will be installed:

John Mate, president; Skip Vogelsang, 1st VP and show chair; Mack Thetford, 2nd VP and program chair; Debbie Brown, 3rd VP and membership chair; Thekla Morris, treasurer; and Lauren Mate, secretary.

Board of Directors: Paul Bruno, Trumin Brown, Bill Lyford, Alan McMillan, Louise Seitz, newsletter editor, and Jerri Smith, hospitality. Serving as non-board positions, Norman Vickers, publicity; and Roger Vinson, PCC Foundation.


Linda Dye represented the UWF Retired Employees Assn. at the UWF Camellia garden dedication. Linda Dye represented the UWF Retired Employees Assn. at the UWF Camellia garden dedication. Although the public is invited to this event. Deadline for reservations and pre-payment was Wednesday March 15. For more information please call Thekla Morris 850-476-4080 or visit www.pensacolacamelliaclub.com.

Pensacola Camellia Club held a dedication of the improvements at the University of West Florida’s Camellia Garden on February 14. Christi Hankins, PCC President joined Howard Reddy, University Relations, Linda Dye, Retired UWF Employees Association, and President Martha Saunders as they spoke about the Garden and the appreciation of the camellia as a wonderful flower.

Red Shoe Book Club

The Red Shoe Book Club will meet on Presidents Day, March 20th at 10 a.m. This Book Club meets at 10 a.m. on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Navarre Library, 8484 James M. Harvell Road, Navarre FL 32566 (off Hwy 87.)


Christi Hankins, PCC President, spoke at the UWF Camellia Garden dedication. Christi Hankins, PCC President, spoke at the UWF Camellia Garden dedication. You are invited to join a group of like-minded women as they discuss the biographies of First Ladies. The First Lady to be discussed on March 20th is Julia Dent Grant, First Lady of our 18th president, Ulysses Grant. Each person selects a book on the topic and/or gathers information. The group has found that the sharing of interesting facts about First Ladies and Presidents and their relationships is quite informative. You may find that often there are limited books on a First Lady, so you might try the internet or Google for more information.

If time allows, join the group at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast at Alphy’s. They always enjoy visiting before the discussions. Alphy’s is located at 1900 Highway 87 S, Suite A, Navarre in the Sand Dollar Shopping center. To provide sufficient seating, please RSVP to Dianne Palio by Saturday, March, 18th at 850-602-4890 or sdpalio@aol.com


Martha Saunders, UWF President, spoke at the Camellia Garden dedication Martha Saunders, UWF President, spoke at the Camellia Garden dedication Santa Rosa Woman’s Club

Shop the Spring Plant Sale for a wide selection of shrubs, bulbs, bedding plants and flowering plants on Saturday, March 25 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gulf Breeze Middle School parking lot, 649 Gulf Breeze Parkway. The Spring Plant Sale is sponsored GFWC Santa Rosa Woman’s Club, a nonprofit organization that supports various community projects in South Santa Rosa County.

The club will sell cuttings and plants from members’ own gardens as well as bedding plants, shrubs, flowers and bulbs donated by area nurseries. Orders will also be taken for Power Flower bulb sales, a fundraiser endorsed by the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs. For more information contact Cathy Sharp, 850-291- 1347 or email srwcwomansclub@gmail.com


Howard Reddy UWF Assistant Vice President for University Advancement, spoke at Camellia Garden dedication Howard Reddy UWF Assistant Vice President for University Advancement, spoke at Camellia Garden dedication Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society

The Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society met January 17 at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center. Former President Dave Walby welcomed members and visitors and program planner Trish Briska introduced the program speaker, Hill Goodspeed, historian for the Naval Museum.

Goodspeed gave a delightful overview of the history of Naval Air Station and naval aviation in Pensacola highlighted with vignettes of people places and structures.

Goodspeed is a native of Pensacola and received his undergraduate degree at Washington and Lee University, majoring in history and journalism. He also holds a master’s degree in history from the University of West Florida. Since 1993, he has worked at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, where he holds the position of Historian.


Trish Briska Program planner for the Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society meeting Trish Briska Program planner for the Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society meeting Goodspeed is the author or editor of five books and has contributed to two others. Among his works is the book, “U.S. Naval Aviation,” which Naval Institute Proceedings named one of the notable naval books of 2001. Another book, “Skylines of the World: Yesterday and Today,” was featured on the Today show in 2006.

Goodspeed’s more than 30 articles and book reviews have appeared in such publications as Proceedings, Naval History, Wings of Fame, International Air Power Review, Foundation, The Journal of Military History, The Journal of Public History, and Naval Aviation News. He has also appeared frequently as an historical commentator on PBS, Discovery Channel, and History Channel programs. Goodspeed is an adjunct professor for the Naval War College. He is the recipient of the 2012 Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Meritorious Award for Public Communications and the 2014 Arthur W. Radford Award for Excellence in Naval Aviation History and Literature.


Dave Walby substituted for Bette Sprague at the February Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society meeting. Dave Walby substituted for Bette Sprague at the February Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society meeting. The next members/program meeting of the Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society will be Tuesday March 21 at 6 p.m. at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center. The Speaker will be Charley Davis who will give an overview of his new book, “Growing Up in Pensacola.”

The next meeting of the Santa Rosa Republican Women will be held on Tuesday, March 28. They meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at The Club Hidden Creek, 3070 PGA Blvd., Navarre.

The guest speaker for the March meeting is Gayla Reimer, a former Navarre High School teacher who taught government. Reimer has offered to provide the group with a lesson on the history of government.

Socializing begins at 11 a.m. with the speaker at 11:30 a.m. and lunch served at 12 noon followed by a short business meeting. The cost of the luncheon is $15, payable at the door. Checks are to be made payable to The Club Hidden Creek. The lunch for this meeting will be corned beef, braised cabbage and steamed new potatoes with pineapple upside down cake.

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