The chapter held its annual summer social in August at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, Bedford, Massachusetts. Members and guests were introduced to the chapter's new president, Scott Hardiman, as well as honored guests from AFCEA International, Kent Schneider, president and chief executive officer; Lt. Ge.n John Dubia, USA (Ret.), executive vice president; Col. Mike Warlick, USMC (Ret.), vice president for regional and chapter outreach; and Sean McGowan, manager, international member and chapter programs. The evening featured numerous award presentations and a special tribute to retiring regional vice president (RVP), Bob Kennedy. Schneider presented the International Award for Leadership to Dave LaRochelle, former chapter president and chairman of the board.
Schneider also participated in presentation of three AFCEA International scholarship awards. Medal of Honor recipient, Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, USN (Ret.), presented the ROTC Medal of Honor Distinguished Achievement Scholarship to Cadet Ryan Leahy, Army ROTC, Endicott College. Gen. Dubia presented the ROTC Maj. Gen. Eugene C. Renzi Memorial Scholarship to Cadet Michael Scott Sanders, Air Force ROTC, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, Bruce Hevey, principal, Booz Allen Hamilton, presented the Ralph W. Shrader Diversity Graduate Scholarship to Jessica Weaver, Ph.D. candidate, Northeastern University.
Hardiman and Schneider also congratulated John Barrette, chapter vice president, ROTC affairs, for his selection as the chapter's AFCEAN of the Quarter. Additionally, they welcomed new corporate members with Schneider presenting membership certificates to Boston Dynamics; DI-Guy, represented by Marc Schlackman; Fairmont Consulting Group, represented by Jay Wynn, founder and managing director, along with Ben Harper, director; and Tilson Government Services LLC, represented by Josh Broader, president and owner.
Capping the evening, Schneider, Gen. Dubia, Warlick and McGowan joined Hardiman and Rick Lockridge, president, Erie Canal Chapter, in honoring Kennedy for more than 30 years of distinguished service to AFCEA—20 as regional vice president. In earlier days, Kennedy supported the Lexington-Concord Chapter as vice president for education, president and chairman of the board before serving as RVP for New England and Upstate New York from 1993 to 2012. Kennedy's selfless dedication to AFCEA over the years garnered numerous prestigious awards including the AFCEA International AFCEAN of the Year and the Admiral Jon L. Boyes Medal for Distinguished Service. Schneider presented Kennedy with several mementos culminating with the presentation of the AFCEA International Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary legacy of achievement and selfless dedication to AFCEA as RVP. Representing the region, Lockridge and Hardiman concluded with presentation of a gift in grateful appreciation for Kennedy's consummate service and unswerving devotion to each of his chapters.