Summer Summit 2023 – “Enemies: Seen and Unseen”

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The Virginia Tea Party always tries to present members with engaging and relevant summits twice a year. Our next summit will be June 10th at the Sheraton Airport Hotel (same as last time), 5501 Eubank Rd., Sandston, VA 23150, 804-226-6400 with the same low price of $40, which includes a box lunch.

As we all know, America is currently facing many enemies, some like China, are readily apparent but others are often hidden from us. In keeping with this idea, we developed our June summit as the Enemies: Seen and Unseen.

The seen enemy of China will be presented to us by CMD John Hooper, US Coast Guard retired who is an expert on China. He will share with us information on how China is a threat to our homeland. In view of the recent “weather” balloon, this will be a very interesting presentation.

Now who are the enemies that are unseen, lurking behind facades of government? China Joe, of course readily comes to mind!! However, there are others who pretend to be patriots but are secretly working against the best interests of our Congress and our statehouses. To address this we have Congressman Bob Good who held up the appointment of Speaker McCarthy until certain agreements were made.

In our own statehouse in Richmond there are many others who hide behind a cloak of conservatism, but are really “woke” leftists, unseen enemies. To address this problem, we have two speakers from Americans For Prosperity, C. J. Sailor, Director of AFP for Virginia and Matt Davison, Assistant Director of AFP. They have spent many months examining all the General Assembly races and the candidates for the November election and will give us their assessment along with suggestions for how we as Tea Party folks can make sure we elect the guys in “white hats” to the GA in November.

We think this summit will be an eye opener for all of us and we plan to see you there!!

Event Program

Time Topic
9:30 – 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM Intro and welcome by Buddy Bishop.

Opening Prayer

The National Anthem performed on flute by Ms. Michelle Matts.

10:15 AM  Nelson Velez, VATP Chairman’s introductory remarks
10:20 AM Lynn Taylor introduces Congressman Bob Good

45 minutes presentation, 15 minutes for Q&A

11:20 AM Award presentation to Congressman Good by American Conservative Agenda
11:30 AM 10 minute break
11:40 AM Intro of Commander John Hooper to discuss the threat China poses to the Homeland

45-minute presentation, 15-minute Q&A.

12:45 PM Lunch and networking
1:30 PM Mr. C.J. Sailor, Director of Americans for Prosperity Virginia gives an overview of AFP’s current objectives for Virginia.

30-minute presentation, 15-minute Q&A.

2:15 PM 10-minute break
2:30 PM Interactive session led by Matt Davison, Assistant Director Virginia AFP: developing winning strategies for electing conservative candidates to the GA in November.
4:00 PM  Nelson wrap-up
4:15 PM Private Business meeting (VATP Member Orgs Only)

1. Call to Order, Roll call
2. Election and welcoming of new members
4. Treasurer’s report
5. Election of Officers
6. Tea Party Spotlight Tour/Tea Party specials
7. Operation Surgical Strike!
8. New business
9. Motion to adjourn

Event Personalities

Congressman Robert George Good
Congressman Robert George Good
Congressman Robert George Good is the U.S. representative in Virginia’s 5th District. Bob attended high school at Liberty Christian Academy, and he and his brothers became wrestlers. He won a state championship and a partial scholarship to Liberty University. With a degree in Finance, he was hired by CitiFinancial in their lending division. During his 17-year tenure, Bob ascended from branch manager, to area training director, and eventually to district manager.
Bob left CitiFinancial in 2005 to accept a position as Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Development and Executive Director of the Flames Club at his alma mater, Liberty University. During his nearly 15 years at Liberty, he raised $20 million to help student-athletes from all backgrounds. He completed his MBA in Leadership from Liberty in 2010. Elected to office in 2015, Bob served on the Campbell County Board of Supervisors and completed his term in December of 2019. I
In January 2021 he was sworn in as Congressman for the 5th District of Virginia. He serves on the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on the Budget. He is a member of the Freedom Caucus.
Ms. Michelle Matts
Ms. Michelle Matts
Michelle has a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from VCU and a Master of Music Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Arkansas. Michelle performs as a soloist and chamber musician in various concerts and events. She is a member of the Richmond Pops Band, the Richmond Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Commonwealth Winds. She is a flutist for PolyCeltic, RVA Baroque, The Serendipity Flute & Piano Duo, the Dolce Bella Flute & Harp Duo, and the Rosewind Flute & Guitar Duo. Michelle is a music teacher and a private flute and piano teacher. She is married and homeschools her five children. Her website is
Matt Davison
Matt DavisonDeputy State Director, Americans for Prosperity, Virginia
Matt Davison is Deputy State Director, Virginia AFP. He is from Lansing, MI, and he has a BS from Central Michigan University. He has worked in several political campaigns and offices in different states. He was Deputy State Director for Michigan before relocating to Arlington.
Commander John Hooper
Commander John Hooper
Commander John Hooper is a native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He is third-generation U.S. Coast Guard member. His passion is national security and he has spent his entire adult life as a national security practitioner and educator. He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in December, 2010 with 32 year’s service. His service ashore includes four tours with the U.S. Navy, on the Joint Staff, and as the first CG liaison to the National Guard Bureau. Since retiring in 2010 he has been a civilian defense contractor for a variety of companies in the Washington, DC area as a Sr. Naval Analyst for the Chief of Naval Operations, and Sr. Defense Strategy Analyst/Planner for the U.S. Army, and Office of the Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense. He is currently a Sr. Defense Strategist/Planner for the National Guard Bureau’s J55 staff. He holds three graduate degrees in Military Studies and National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College, American Military University, and the Royal Military College of Canada. Since 2008 he has been an Adjunct Professor for the U.S. Naval War College of Distance Education, teaching “Strategy and Warfare”, “Joint Maritime Operations” and “Maritime Homeland Defense/Security”.
C. J. Sailor
C. J. Sailor State Director for Americans for Prosperity, Virginia
C. J. Sailor is the State Director for Americans for Prosperity, Virginia. Sailor most recently served as the Outreach and Community Engagement Director for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. Prior to that he served as the Black Outreach Director for the Youngkin campaign. Sailor has championed education by serving as Director of Programs and Development for The Gloucester Institute, an educational non-profit which trains and develops the nation’s next generation of African American leaders. He is a Detroit native, earned his BA in Political Science from Morehouse College and serves as president of the Richmond, Virginia chapter of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association.
Nelson Velez
Nelson VelezChairman, VATP
So much bad has happened to our Republic, just in the last several years. We have been besieged on all fronts and for such a long time. And there seems to be no bottom. The left’s onslaught on our Republic, rights, freedom and rule of law seems be full throttle and progressing without any serious backlash. And so, the left has become increasingly open in expressing their radical agenda. Make no mistake, we do fight the threats both seen and unseen.
But the good news is WE have become increasingly unified with natural allies. We have not gone away. On this Enemies Seen & Unseen summit, we have champions that have been tested on the battlefield in support of our foundational principles. Today, we take on the threats both seen and unseen and we present our pathway to victory. And once we win, we will purge all the nasty, lawless and radical legislation that has held our freedoms, rights and even our children hostage.
On this day, we signal the beginning of the end to the bad direction from the radical left. And, On this Day, We the People Ascend!

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