Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
Held the first Wednesday of each month, these breakfast meetings are an excellent opportunity for friends of the Institute to meet leading conservative speakers and hear their thoughts on current affairs.
This traditional event takes place in the F.M. Kirby National Training Center of The Leadership Institute's Steven P.J. Wood Building and begins at 7:30 a.m. with a gourmet buffet breakfast.
Registration is only $15 per person ($5 before June 30), which includes breakfast. However, if you become a Wednesday Wake-Up Club member you receive 12 breakfasts for the price of 10. Click here to purchase a membership.
These breakfast meetings offer a great chance to share food and fellowship with conservative friends. Past breakfasts have been attended by members of Congress, public policy experts, and columnists.
Please join Richard Heller at the next breakfast on Jul. 06.
Dick Heller is a nationally known 2nd Amendment advocate and a proud citizen of the United States of America. His most recent gun case is entitled Heller II v. DC, a follow-up to the victorious Heller v. DC case of 2008 that overturned the 1976 DC Gun Ban and opened the door for 150 new gun cases nationwide the first year after the Supreme Court decision.
Heller became interested in 2nd Amendment liberties when his house was shot up – once through his living room window and once in the front door – in the 1970’s, at his residence on Capitol Hill. He realized that the 1976 DC Gun Ban was disarming good citizens yet criminals were still bearing arms. Heller did not find the situation to be moral, safe, or constitutional and realized that “Doing nothing is no longer an option!”
Heller advocated for gun-rights as a citizen and as a DC Armed Special Police Officer. Ironically, when Heller v. DC was filed (formerly known as Parker vs. DC) he was working at the Supreme Court Annex–Thurgood Marshall Federal Judicial Center.
In addition to his commitment to 2nd Amendment Freedoms, Heller is actively involved in the DC Community. In 1984, he founded the “Children’s Birthright Trust Fund” – a charity that supports and raises funds for youth projects like computer access, and has taught classes on entrepreneurship in both DC public schools and DC housing projects. He has also served as the Treasurer of The DC Libertarian Party from 2004 until 2011 and was actively involved with Dr. Ron Paul’s two presidential bids – Libertarian and Republican.
Before his time as a 2nd Amendment proponent, he worked his way through Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD (earning an AA in Engineering) and completed one year of MBA studies in London’s Kingston Polytech. His previous jobs include Bank Teller, Data Technician at NASA-Greenbelt, IT Consultant for TYMnet, and Investment Banker.
Prior to attending Montgomery College, Heller served in the Army. He was a Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne division and a Sky Diver at Fort Campbell, KY. Heller’s childhood, growing up in a Navy and then an Army family, consisted of frequent travels across the U.S. and abroad prior to his graduation from Manteca High School in Manteca, California. Heller has four brothers and was born in San Diego, CA.