In December, the chapter hosted its end of year General Membership Meeting online. This event was sponsored by EXETER. The participants enjoyed an informative presentation by Brig. Gen. James T. Iacocca, USA (Ret.), of the Kentucky Regional Development Alliance. The chapter also presented awards to outstanding members and elected the 2021 chapter officers.
Gen. Iacocca spoke about the training and employment opportunities his organization, Knox Regional Development Alliance (KRDA), facilitates for the Knox community through Elizabethtown Community Technical College (ECTC), among others. In addition, he discussed the objectives of his organization to advocate for industry to invest in Fort Knox and the surrounding communities.
During the awards presentation, Christopher Aycock, chapter vice president of awards, presented awards and certificates to outstanding members. Derek Massey, chapter vice president of programs, received the General George S. Patton Jr. AFCEAN Leadership Award. Richard Roda, chapter executive vice president, received the Major General Merritte W. Ireland Meritorious Service Award. The chapter's guest speaker received a certificate of appreciation and an AFCEA Gold Vault Chapter Coin. The executive committee members each received a certificate of appreciation for their contributions throughout the year: Aycock; Karen Barry, chapter executive secretary; Gina Dowell, chapter vice president of Women in AFCEA; Jessica Johnson, chapter vice president of membership; Domanic Ledbetter Sr., chapter vice president of operations; Randall Leek, chapter vice president of scholarships; Massey; Roda; Michael Tague, chapter treasurer; and Sydney Tague, chapter vice president of Young AFCEAN Affairs. The awards presentation concluded with David Hart, regional vice president and chairman of the board of directors, presenting the AFCEA Midwest Region RVP Leadership Award to Angela Alexander-Mendoza, chapter president.
This was an excellent, well-attended, end-of-year event recognizing the accomplishments of the chapter, its volunteers, and its impact upon the community. Thank you everyone for all of your efforts.