General John F Kelly and Michelle Easton

Join Us for Our March Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: General (Ret) John F Kelly, Marine

28th White House Chief of Staff, 4-Star General, Gold Star/Blue Star Parent, 2 Tours of Duty in Iraq

Young Republican Club Speaker: Michelle Easton

President of the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women (CBLCCW) and author of "HOW TO RAISE A CONSERVATIVE DAUGHTER"

Friday, March 8, 2024 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

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GENERAL (RET) JOHN F KELLY, MARINE
Born and raised in Boston, he began his military career in 1970. For 45 years, he served his country proudly and instructed thousands of the finest young men and women as infantrymen and officers.

His schooling includes The University of Massachusetts, the Marine Corp Command and Staff College, The School for Advanced Warfare, and The National War College. Upon college graduation in 1976, he returned to the 2nd Marine Division in Camp LeJeune, NC. where he commanded rifle and weapons companies in the infantry.

General Kelly rose through the ranks first as a Sergeant in 1972 during his enlistment. As Captain, he saw sea duty on the USS Forestal and the USS Independence. And in 1980, he received infantry officer advanced instruction in Ft. Benning, GA and was later sent to Washington DC to Marine Corps Headquarters until 1984.

From 1984-1987, Captain Kelly commanded 2nd Marine Division rifle and weapons companies at Camp LeJeune, NC. Promoted to Major in 1987, he returned to Quantico, VA as head of Offensive Tactics and later as Director of the Infantry Officer Course.

In 1992, after additional schooling, Lt, Col Kelly was transferred to Camp Pendleton CA, 1st Marine Division as Commanding Officer. Upon graduation from the National War College in 1995, now Colonel Kelly became Marine Corps Commandant and Liaison Officer to the US House of Representatives until 1999. Upon completing duties in Washington DC, he served in Mons, Belgium as Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.

Upon a brief stay at Camp LeJeune NC in 2001, he received his promotion to Brigadier General and was sent to Camp Pendleton CA as assistant division commander to ready the command for war. The majority of the next two years were spent fighting in Iraq.

From 2004-2007, he returned to the Pentagon where he was promoted to Major General while working in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. From the Pentagon, he returned to Camp Pendleton as the Commanding General but again deployed back to Iraq, early 2008. After a 12 month tour, he was confirmed by the Senate and promoted to Lt. General, to command Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North unit 2011.

In 2012, he returned to the Pentagon to serve as Sr. Military Asst. to Defense Secretaries Gates and Panetta. Confirmed and promoted to General, October 2012, he commanded the US Southern Command until January 2016, when he retired with 45 years of service to join the incoming administration as Secretary, Homeland Security and later assuming the duties as White House Chief of Staff in July 2017. He left government service in 2019, but continues to work with the DOD, Marine Corps and Air Colleges, Marine Corps University Foundation, National Defense University and Federal Law Enforcement in roles as advisor, mentor and teacher.

MICHELLE EASTON
Michelle Easton is the president of the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women (CBLCCW), an organization she founded in 1993. The Luce Center puts forward conservative women role models to prepare young women for conservative leadership. These role models, who speak to and meet with our women student leaders, promote traditional values and faith, limited government and economic freedom, and a strong national defense.

Prior to founding the Center, Michelle received Presidential appointments from both Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush with Senate confirmation for her position at the U.S. Department of Education, serving the full 12 years of their administrations.

During the Reagan Administration, she also served as Private Voluntary Liaison of the Agency for International Development’s Africa Bureau and as the first Director of President Reagan’s new Missing Children’s Program at the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 1994, Virginia Governor George Allen appointed Michelle to the State Board of Education, whose members later elected her president of the Board. She led the Board to create nationally acclaimed academic standards, tests, and a rigorous new system of accountability for both students and schools.

Prior to her government service, Michelle worked five years for Young Americans for Freedom and two years for National Right to Work, putting herself through law school at night to graduate from American University’s Washington School of Law in 1980. She received her BA in development psychology from Briarcliff College in New York where she briefly taught elementary school before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1973.

WHEN: Friday, March 8, 2024 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103
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Professor William Inboden and David Trulio

Join Us for Our February Luncheon

"A Fireside Chat"

Featuring Professor William Inboden and David Trulio

with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

Friday, February 9, 2024 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

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PROFESSOR WILLIAM INBODEN
William Inboden is Professor and Director of the Alexander Hamilton Center for Classical and Civic Education at the University of Florida. He previously served as William Powers, Jr. Chair and Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security and Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, both at the University of Texas-Austin. Inboden’s other current roles include Associate with the National Intelligence Council, member of the CIA Historical Advisory Panel, member of the State Department’s Historical Advisory Council, and Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House, at the Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and a Special Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom, and as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. He also served as head of the London-based Legatum Institute, and as a Civitas Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Inboden’s newest book is The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, The Cold War, and the World on the Brink (Dutton, a Penguin Random House imprint). He has received multiple teaching awards including recognition as a “Texas 10” by the Texas Exes Alumni Association, selection as “Lecturer of the Year” at the LBJ School, and his classes Presidential Decision-making in National Security and Ethics and International Affairs were voted as "Best Class in the LBJ School" and “Class Most Likely to Challenge Your Assumptions.” Inboden received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in history from Yale University, and his A.B. in history with honors from Stanford University.

DAVID TRULIO
David Trulio is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute (RRPFI), the sole entity created by President Reagan charged with advancing his legacy and principles.

Mr. Trulio oversees a globally recognized non-partisan organization based in Simi Valley, CA, with an institute in Washington, DC, that delivers distinctive public affairs programming, issue-driven forums, and policy and educational initiatives with national and international impact. RRPFI also sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the most visited presidential library.

Mr. Trulio most recently was Managing Editor, Head of Strategy and Editorial Operations, at FOX News Digital. Previously, he had extensive experience as a leader in both the U.S. government and defense sector.

In the prior presidential administration, he served at the Export-Import Bank of the United States as Counselor to the Chairman and Senior Vice President for the Program on China and Transformational Exports. Earlier, at the Department of Defense, Mr. Trulio served as Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, playing a key leadership and management role atop a vast and diverse team; his responsibilities included serving as Executive Director of the Defense Policy Board, and he performed the duties of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

Prior to his most recent public service, Mr. Trulio was a Vice President at Lockheed Martin International. He joined Lockheed from Raytheon Company, where he held multiple senior roles, including Director of Operations at Raytheon International.

Previously, Mr. Trulio was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a Special Assistant to the President and the Executive Secretary of the Homeland Security Council (HSC) at the White House. Earlier, he held additional roles on the HSC staff and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Trulio earned an MBA from Harvard Business School; a JD from Columbia; and a BA in public and international affairs from Princeton. In recognition of his accomplishments, Mr. Trulio was awarded the Export-Import Bank of the United States Medal and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

WHEN: Friday, February 9, 2024 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103
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Governer Scott Walker

Join Us for Our January Luncheon

Honoring our Treasured Veterans

Featuring GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER

Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER
President of Young America’s Foundation and 45th Governor of Wisconsin
Governor Scott Walker was raised with a heart for public service, patriotism, and hard work. He moved to the small town of Delavan, Wisconsin when he was in third grade. There, his father was a minister, and his mother worked part-time as a bookkeeper and secretary. Scott was active in school, sports, church, Scouts, and American Legion’s Badger Boys State and Boys Nation programs.

In June 1993, Scott was elected to the state assembly, where he helped lead the way on welfare reform, public safety, and educational opportunities.

In 2002, he was elected to the Milwaukee County executive office. In this position, Scott worked to reform the scandal-ridden county government and faithfully kept his promise to spend taxpayer money as if it were his own.

In 2008, he won reelection with nearly 60 percent of the vote. On November 2, 2010, Scott was elected the 45th Governor of Wisconsin. Inheriting a $3.6 billion budget deficit, $800 million worth of unpaid bills, and an eight percent unemployment rate, he immediately implemented reforms to renew economic revival, fiscal order, and government accountability in Wisconsin.

Scott became the first governor in American history to survive a recall election on June 5, 2012. He was re-elected in 2014 and sworn into a second term on January 5, 2015. Scott is currently President of Young America’s Foundation (YAF). https://yaf.org/

He serves on the boards of Students for Life Action, American Federation for Children, and the Center for State-led National Debt Solutions.

Scott and his wife, Tonette, have two adult sons.

WHEN: Friday, January 12, 2024 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103

Red White and Blue Holiday Luncheon with Riley Gaines

 

Red, White and Blue Holiday Luncheon with Riley Gaines

To Benefit the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Featuring Guest Speaker Riley Gaines

Friday, December 8, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Naples Grand Beach Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples FL

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Riley Gaines

Riley Gaines, a 12 time All-American swimmer with 5 SEC titles was a successful female swimmer at University of Kentucky with ambitions to pursue a dental degree. That post-graduate ambition and her entire life was changed when she was forced to share a locker room and then compete against biological male Lia Thomas at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship.

This uneven challenge, not just for Riley but for every woman competing in the pool that day, was made even more traumatic when the NCAA officials insisted on giving Lia Thomas the trophy, despite tying Riley down to the hundredth of a second in the event. Riley can recall wondering why no one was standing up for her or for any women in the room.

This moment became her call to action - to defend and protect America's daughters against the woke left and their gender-denying ideology. Biological men should not take opportunities for success in sports away from women. Biological men should not share locker rooms with women.

WHEN: Friday, December 8, 2023 11:00 AM
WHERE: Naples Grande Beach Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103
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Congressman Byron Donalds and Commissioner Rick LoCastro Veterans Day Luncheon

 

Join Us for Our Exciting Veterans Day Luncheon

Honoring our Treasured Veterans

Featuring Guest Speakers: Congressman Byron Donalds and Commissioner Rick LoCastro

Friday, November 10, 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Florida Congressman Byron Donalds - Representing District 19

Byron Donalds grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and he is also the proud son of a hardworking and loving single mother. His mother dedicated her time instilling in him that greatness requires sacrifice, which drives him as a devoted family man and United States Congressman.

Byron is a graduate of Florida State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and marketing. Byron's career led him to Southwest Florida, where he worked in the banking, finance, and insurance industries. Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016, Byron represented Hendry County and east Collier County in the State Capitol. During his tenure in the Florida House, Byron served as the PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee Chair during the 2018-2019 Legislative Session and served as the Insurance & Banking Subcommittee's Chairman 2019-2020 Legislative Session. While serving in the Florida House, primarily focused on elder affairs, criminal justice reform, and ensuring that each child has access to a world-class education.

Byron is committed to serving and giving back to the community that gave him so much. He has served Southwest Florida in many ways, including previously serving on the Board of Trustees for Florida Southwestern State College after being appointed by then-Governor Rick Scott. Byron continues to volunteer in his church as a youth leader and a mentor. He also enjoys volunteering as a coach in youth football and basketball leagues.

Congressman Byron Donalds lives in Naples, Florida, with his wife, Erika, and their three sons: Damon, Darin, and Mason. Byron has spent his entire adult life serving others, whether it be through volunteering, business, or leadership. He is committed to representing Florida's 19th Congressional District's conservative values in Washington DC to ensure a stronger Florida and a stronger nation.

Rick LoCastro - Chairman Commissioner, Collier County District 1

Prior to his election and Naples civilian executive positions, he was a senior Air Force officer commanding in leadership positions worldwide. He held military positions in Germany, Hawaii, the Pentagon, and NATO, and lived and worked in 80+ countries. He served as a senior Commander on Andrews Air Force Base supporting the President of the United States and all Air Force One missions. He then led a multi-national NATO unit at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he was a Senior Commander responsible for all security, engineering/maintenance, transportation, administration, human resources, supply, logistics, food service, safety, and linguistic translation, supporting the 26-nation command.

Following his Europe assignment, he next served as Base Commander of Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. There he ensured support to the 725 square mile base (Department of Defense's largest installation) and directed all base operations for over 35,000 personnel with $16 Billion in infrastructure. He also supervised the Air Force’s 4th largest Medical Center encompassing 1,500 medical staff supporting 85,000 beneficiaries and 300,000 annual patient visits.

He then served as Base Commander of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, (where he is also a 1988 graduate) responsible for 4,500 personnel and all support to the 25-square mile installation including the Service Academy. He commanded all Air Force Academy base support, housing, food service, and a Medical Center supporting 4,000+ cadets, a military community of 35,000+, and 500,000+ visitors annually to the military Service Academy. Finally, he was Director of Manpower & Personnel for U.S. Strategic Command, overseeing all human resources (HR) programs for the United States' classified nuclear and space forces. In 2001, he commanded his unit to selections as U.S. Air Force Mission Support Squadron of the Year and was also personally selected as the 2001 U.S. Air Force Senior Personnel Officer of the Year. Rick has worked for two U.S. Presidents, for General Norman Schwarzkopf, and was also the Aide to an Air Force 4-star General for three years. In 2012 he retired from the U.S. Air Force as a full colonel.

Honoring Our Veterans

Honored Guests:

Veterans lunches will be paid for by our members.

WHEN: Friday, November 10, 2023 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103

The Honorable Francis Rooney

 

The Honorable Francis Rooney

Former Florida Congressman and Ambassador to the Holy See

Friday, October 13 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Join us to find out where is the United States at home an abroad as we approach 2024?

WHEN: Friday, September 8, 2023 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103

Lisa Gordon Haggerty

 

The Honorable Lisa Gordon Haggerty

Undersecretary of Energy for Nuclear Security under President Trump

September 8 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

“Does the US Have the Right Nuclear Posture: Energy and Weapons”
Hear about the status of our strategic deterrent and our growing lack of energy independence.

Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty served as the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from February 2018 until November 2020. Confirmed by the United States Senate on February 15, 2018, she was the first woman to hold this leadership position. With more than 30 years of national security experience, Ms. Gordon-Hagerty was responsible for the management and operations of NNSA in support of President Trump’s nuclear security agenda. NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within DOE responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. She was a member of the joint DOD-DOE Nuclear Weapons Council.

Ms. Gordon-Hagerty served as a career civil servant in several U.S. Government leadership positions, including as the Director of Combating Terrorism, National Security Council staff for more than five years. She also served at DOE as the Director, Office of Emergency Response, and as Acting Director, Office of Nuclear Weapons Surety. Ms. Gordon-Hagerty was a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. She began her professional career as a health physicist at NNSA’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Presently, Ms. Gordon-Hagerty is the CEO of Wolverine Global, Inc, (formerly LEG, Inc.) a Woman Owned Small Business in Delray Beach, FL. She serves as an Outside Director with Visible Assets, Inc., and Westinghouse Electric Corporation, WGS. She has been appointed to and currently serves as a Commissioner of the Strategic Posture Commission established by the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Ms. Gordon-Hagerty was president of Tier Tech International, Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing professional expertise to combating WMD terrorism worldwide. She was also president and CEO of LEG, Inc., a consulting firm focusing on national security issues. Ms. Gordon-Hagerty served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of USEC, Inc.

Ms. Gordon-Hagerty holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Physics and a Bachelor of Science, both from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Health Physics Society.

WHEN: Friday, September 8, 2023 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103

Chris Hudson

 

Chris Hudson

Vice President of Government Affairs, Americans for Prosperity

 

July 14, 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Chris Hudson is a recognized political professional with a multitude of accomplishments and extensive experience. His comprehensive background includes campaign management, grassroots organizing, nonprofit work, policy analysis and preparation of legislation while working at both state and federal legislative offices.

He currently serves as Vice President of Government Affairs for Americans for Prosperity and has been with AFP for eight years in various roles.

Prior to working for AFP, Chris spent three years directing government relations for Strategic Advocacy, a public affairs firm as well as the Foundation for Government Accountability, a non-partisan free market think tank. In 2010 Chris served as the Central Florida Field Director for the House majority's campaign effort, directing more than 20 legislative campaigns along with I-4 Corridor.

Chris was a legislative assistant for Florida State Senator Lee Constantine and prepared policy analysis and draft legislation for the senator's office on many important issues including public safety, education, energy and transportation.

Chris attended Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations. He lives in Naples with his wife and two daughters. He is an avid paintball player.

Chris will discuss how the 2022 legislative victories and losses affect the 2024 elections and how the Florida Legislature is driving the conversation around the country in state capitols and in DC.

WHEN: Friday, July 14, 2023 11:30 AM
WHERE: Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, FL 34103

Scott Baier and Lynda Bell

Scott Baier

CEO Community Pregnancy Clinics

Lynda Bell

President of Florida Right to Life

June 9, 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Scott Baier: Originally from upstate New York, Mr. Scott Baier (Buyer) now lives in Estero with his beautiful wife Rachel, and their five children.

In June of 2021, Mr. Scott assumed the role of CEO at Community Pregnancy Clinics. Prior to this, Scott spent 23 years in the education field – teaching, mentoring, and leading thousands of students and families to be the best version of themselves – academically, humanly, and spiritually.

Scott holds two Master’s Degrees in Human Relations and Educational Leadership. Before becoming an educator, Scott spent two years in the seminary and as a missionary, and later served as a non-commissioned officer with U.S. Army Intelligence in both Germany and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Scott brings an extensive list of skill sets, particularly leadership in non-profit strategic management, and he believes deeply in the life-saving mission of CPCI. With his deep passion and commitment to our mission, Scott is focused on leading his team to be able to effectively respond to the ever-changing pro-life landscape as CPCI’s impact continues to grow in the state of Florida – providing men and women with life-affirming medical services and helping end abortion – one father, one mother, and one precious baby at a time.

Lynda Bell: Lynda Bell has been married to Mark for thirty-eight years and lives in Tallahassee where they co-teach adult Sunday school. She has three married daughters and twelve grandchildren from six to twenty-six years old.

Lynda is president of Florida Right to Life representing the statewide organization as a delegate to the National Right to Life Committee board of directors in which she also serves as Chairman of the NRLC Board.

In her capacity as president, she lobbies at the state Capitol to promote and support pro-life legislation.

As spokesperson, Florida Right to Life increased exposure on state and national television, radio, in print, and social media educating and debating pro-life issues such as bans on abortion and embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, assisted suicide, ultrasound, parental rights, parental notification, the Choose Life license plate, and partial-birth abortion just to name a few.

This year Lynda Bell ranked as twenty-fifth in a list of Florida’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Additionally, she also held past public service positions which include six years on the Florida Communities Trust appointed by then-Gov. Rick Scott; and elected as Miami-Dade County Commissioner serving as Vice Chair; and then voted Mayor of Homestead, as the Honorable Lynda Bell, in which she had the distinction of being the first and only woman mayor in their over 100-year history.

Amy Patterson

 

Amy Patterson

Collier County's County Manager

Kelly Lichter

Chairperson of Collier County School Board

 

Collier County Celebrates 100 Years! 1923-2023

May 12, 2023 at 11:30 AM at the Naples Hilton

Amy Patterson has dedicated herself to public service in Collier County for more than two decades. She has served as Deputy County Manager since May 2021, was named Acting County Manager a year later and in June 2022, was unanimously selected as County Manager.

Born and raised in Naples, Patterson began her career in Collier County Government in 2000 as a job-bank employee in the Growth Management Department. She worked diligently, gaining valuable experience serving as Fiscal/Impact Fee Analyst, Impact Fee Coordinator and Director of Capital Project Planning, Impact Fees & Program Management.

As Deputy County Manager, Patterson was responsible for oversight of the daily operations of the County agency. As County Manager, Patterson oversees a net adopted budget of $1.8 billion and 2,164 employees. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management, belongs to several professional organizations and is a guest lecturer throughout the community, the state and around the country. Patterson is focused on managing county operations with maximum efficiency, transparency and accountability. She is the first woman to serve as County Manager in Collier County.

Kelly Lichter is a wife, mother of two, former teacher and the founding board president of Mason Classical Academy, Collier County's highest performing public school. US News and World Report ranked Mason Classical Academy #1 in Collier County and #351 nationally.
Kelly has been committed to improving the quality of public education and advocating for the children of Collier County since moving to Naples in 2006. She has previous experience working with special needs children and taught US History, Economics and Government at the high school level.
Kelly will update us on current Collier County education issues.