“Awakening’s Twentieth Year”
The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia
Thursday, January 8th
6:00 pm Dinner – Restaurant of Your Choice
People who arrive early for Awakening can make reservations at a hotel cafe or Sea Island restaurant. We often dine in groups so let us know if you want to be included in a block of reservations. This is a “Dutch” treat where everyone is responsible for their own expenses.
The Cloister restaurants reservation number is: 855-572-4975
8:00 pm Fireside Chat
Coffee, Warm Cookies and Lively Discussion
Spanish Lounge, Fireside, The Cloister
After a scrumptious meal we will gather for a “Fireside Chat” led by the sapient, Ed Meese, former Attorney General in the Reagan administration. General Meese is astute, experienced and erudite. This is a “No Holds Barred” session where the subject(s) are chosen by you, the participant. Discussing everything from the IRS abuse to Constitutional Conservatism to Cultural shifts to Economics: the floor is open for lively dialogue and intrigue.
“Awakening Official Start”
Friday, January 9th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration
Awakening has a long tradition of swapping books. There will be a table where you may bring up to three of your favorite books (fiction or non-fiction) and leave them. On Saturday morning you may choose as many books as you have brought to take home. Some of our most favorite books were found at this table.
Awakening Golf Tournament: Seaside Golf Course
Complimentary Shuttle from Cloister to Lodge Every 30 minutes
10:00 a.m. – tee times
Sea Island famed Seaside course is known for its natural beauty and spectacular marsh and water vistas. This windswept coastal links is home to the McGladrey Classic, a PGA TOUR event.
Featuring: Judith Pond Kudlow,NYC
Anthony Quickle, St. Simons Island
12:30 pm Luncheon
“The State of the Union Address for Adoption and Foster Care”
Speaker: Thea Ramirez, Founder and CEO of Adoption-Share
Mrs. Ramirez is a bright, young star shining for conservatism on the horizon. Thea is known for her ability to envision and implement big ideas that create collaboration among people and organizations. Exposure to her expertise
will deepen your knowledge and sharpen your respect for the issues on hand.
1:45 pm – 3:45 pm Expose
“Telemedicine Technology: How Mobile Phones, Cloud, And Big Data Will Reinvent Healthcare”
Panelist: Paula Guy, CEO, Georgia Partnership for Telehealth
Telemedicine–the use of information and telecommunications technologies to provide and support health care when distance separates the participants–is receiving increasing attention not only in remote areas where health care access is troublesome but also in urban and suburban locations. Matter of fact, telemedicine gives a doctor the ability to listen to your heart; scope your ear; examine your throat; and very often diagnose your health issue immediately and wherever your cell phone is available. This takes “house calls” to a new and readily useable level.
Hang at the Beach, Poolside or Lawn
Welcome Reception for Awakening First-Timers
Plenary Welcome Reception
Dress for this event is what we call in the South as “Sunday” dress. Men wear sport coats and ties and women wear dresses or slacks. The children can wear any attire that their parents deem appropriate
7:00 pm Family Dinner
At this dinner the children will sell stock options for $1(the maximum purchase is 5 shares) for their capitalist endeavor onSaturday. Larry Kudlow has said that this was his best stock purchase for the year, so bring your cash and be prepared to make a little money off your investment.
9:15 pm Dessert Extraordinaire and Coffee
Cloister Foyer II
What adjectives can you add to chocolate, coconut, strawberry, apple, whipped cream on the top of cakes, cookies, pies and ice cream? YUM
Saturday, January 9th
7:00 – 8:30 am Awakening Breakfast Buffet
This breakfast offers early discussion and meeting and greeting. The attire is resort casual!
8:30 am Book Swap Start
Across from Hospitality Desk
Okay, now is the time to go select the same number of books that you brought! Happy Reading!!!
8:45 am – 10:30 am
“Will Marijuana Go Up in Smoke?”
Marti Coley, State Representative, Florida
Mike Carter, State Representative, Tennessee
Todd Gardenhire, State Representative, Tennessee(Moderator)
“When Evil Becomes Official: How to Protect Religious Liberty”
Ryan Andrews, Heritage Foundation
Bob Moffit, Heritage Foundation(Moderator)
Young Capitalist Corporation(Children 3-11 years old)
Ernest and Jan Taylor
Ernest Taylor will help you name your company/decide on costs/advertise and “manufacture” your goodies. At the session break you will sell your cookies and make some cash. Sunday, we will pay a good dividend to our stockholders.
10:45 am – 12:30 pm
“Political Forecasting: A Look at the 2015, 2016 Elections”
Steve Hayes, The Weekly Standard
Whit Ayres, North Star Opinion Research
“From Russia with Aggression”
Ariel Cohen, Heritage Foundation
Senator Jeff Sessions(AL/R)(Moderator)
Ages 3-11 years
Off to The Cloister turtle pond and then back to Create a Masterpiece.
12:30 pm Low-Country Lunch
Black Banks Terrace (Weather Permitting)
Weather Alternative: Cloister II Ballroom
Weather permitting we will have a low-country lunch outside with warm sunshine and a multitude of friends!
1:50 – 3:55 pm
“A Path? What Liberalism Has in Store for Us”
Fred Siegel, Manhattan Institute for Public Policy
Gerald Bradley, Notre Dame Law School
“Caution: Low Information Voters Ahead”
Winning Strategies to Reach, Educate, and Empower Voters with the Conservative Message
Kevin Madden, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs of JDA Frontline
Bob Woodson, Founder and President of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise
Tom Price, Rep. US House of Congress, (R, GA) Moderator
Ages 3-11 years
6:30 pm Reception
Cloister II Foyer
(Teens and Adults)
This reception’s attire is black-tie optional. This is a lovely occasion to “dress up” and enjoy the evening with conservative friends
Ages 3-11 (Sitter Required)
Pizza Party and Desserts Galore
Games, Fun and Delight
7:00 pm Black Tie Dinner
The Honorable Governor, Bill Haslam, TN
Great American Award Presentation
Awakening’s Great American Award sponsored in memory of William Amos, Senior a co-founder of Aflac will be announced.
Sunday, January 11th
7:45 – 8:30 am
Church Service –The Cloister Chapel
This non-denominational church service is led by Lucas Ramirez. Lucas is on the Awakening Advisory Board and Executive Director of The Gathering Place is a community-based ministry that has served the youth of Brunswick and the Golden Isles since 1981. Every year we come away grateful we attended this service.
8:00 a.m. Coffee & Continental Breakfast
9:00a.m. -10:45 a.m.
“State of the Economy”
Larry Kudlow, CNBC’s Senior Contributor
Steve Moore, Chief Economist, the Heritage Foundation
“What the State of Our Unions Do to Our Union”
Maura Corrigan, Incumbent Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services
Mitch Pealstein, Founder and President of Center of the American Experiment
Wade Horn,Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Public Sector Practice(Moderator)
Creating: A “Hands On” Skill
Ages 3-11 years
11:00 a.m. Family Brunch
Cloister II Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Gen. John Allen, U.S. Marine Corp (Ret)
“Chaos in the Middle-East”
Now we are all informed and ready to go home but we have one last time to gather and be inspired. Four Star General John Allen, will deliver our parting talk and inspire us to go and make a difference for America.
12:00 noon Awakening 2014 Concludes