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We hope you joined IFDG & GFDA for their ONLY exhibit show in 2016 - It was a GREAT event!
We thank everyone who attended, participated & supported it!
Visit www.georgiafuneralserviceexpo.org for our Sponsors, Exhibitors & photos!
IFDG and GFDA Announce the
5th Joint Georgia Funeral Service Expo
IFDG and GFDA are pleased to announce they will jointly host the 5th Georgia Funeral Service Expo on January 25-26, 2016. The non-profit funeral associations in Georgia have a distinguished history of joint efforts for the betterment of the funeral profession in the State. The January 2016 event will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center, near the Atlanta Airport, in Atlanta, GA, conveniently located to major interstate access, ample parking, and world-class restaurants.
Nathan Stanley, IFDG President, states “Our organizations have collaborated on this event for a number of years in the past, and our members have alerted us that they are interested in hosting it again. The unique needs and interests of Georgia funeral service are reflected in the programs by our Georgia non-profit associations. These events allow us to collaborate, talk freely and plan for the future.”
Dick Ivey, GFDA President, states “We are pleased to again present this turn-key educational and trade show event for funeral professionals in Georgia. Our two associations have collaborated on a number of important initiatives over the years including trade shows, CE, and successful legislative efforts.”
The two non-profit associations also agreed meeting in January accomplishes several goals. First, by being early in the Georgia legislative session, members could have real-time input on legislative issues in the 2016 session. Second, it offers a timely opportunity for directors to finalize any continuing education needs prior to the March 31, 2016, license renewal deadline.
This event represents a continuation of the Georgia Funeral Service Expo, a collaborative effort for a number of years, beginning in 2009. IFDG and GFDA have also collaborated on numerous items over the years, from key legislation with IFDG Lobbyist Charlie Watts and GFDA Lobbyist Alysia Wheeler English, meetings, legislative receptions, and most recently the Rules Study Committee of the State Board of Funeral Service.
Additional information on the 2016 Georgia Funeral Service Expo will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for January 25-26, 2016.
R. Nathan Stanley, IV, IFDG President
Rob Roberson, IFDG 1st Vice President
Dick Ivey, GFDA President
Ernie Mosier, GFDA President-Elect
There is a buzz of excitement in the air & it's all about UNITY!
The IFDG/GFDA merger is GREAT step in once again unifying funeral service in Georgia!
The response for the 2016 Annual Convention, June 5-8 at the King and Prince Resort, St. Simons Island, GA, has been fantastic from funeral directors and vendors alike. The time to register is now! You don’t want to miss this event!
In an effort to offer
funeral homes sponsorship opportunities and marketing avenues for local funeral
home vendors, GFDA has announced a NEW GFDA Supporter Sponsorship (minimum
sponsorship is $100 but there is no limit on how much you can sponsor). All
GFDA Supporters will be listed in pre-convention reminders, on our website, be
recognized during the event, and included on event signage.
A great way to show your excitement about the recent merger is to show your
support for the 1st joint convention and become a GFDA Supporter today!
If you are interested in any sponsorship opportunity, contact Christie Carpenter, GFDA’s new Executive Director, 770-592-8002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT ROOM BLOCK INFO
You may have heard that our room block at the King and Prince has almost reached capacity. Please don't let that stop you from coming or encouraging others to attend. This year's convention has an unprecedented level of interest -- selling out our hotel is a great problem to have! GFDA has contacted facilities surrounding the King and Prince for additional availability. If you are in need of room accommodations after the King and Prince is sold out, we suggest contacting one of the following locations (let them know you're with the GFDA event):
THANK YOU TO 2016 GFDA CONVENTION SPONSORS [to date]
Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions
Welcome Reception / Party
Past Presidents' Breakfast
Master Grave Service, Inc.
Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Physicians Mutual Insurance Company & The Outlook Group
Doric & CMV
Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company
Georgia Eye Bank
Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company
Tuesday Night Dinner
Pierce / Wilbert
Wilbert Burial Vaults of Georgia
Tuesday Night Party
SCI - Dignity Memorial
The Dodge Company
Foothills Planning Services
Homesteaders Life Company
LifeLink of Georgia
Funeral Home Gifts
Folders and Mugs
A. S. Turner & Sons
Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company
Bearden Funeral Home
Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors
FuneralCall Answering Service
Georgia Funeral Supply Salesmen's Association
Good Shepherd Funeral Home
Hutcheson's Memorial Chapel & Crematory
McLeighton Funeral Service
Music Funeral Services - Lakeland & Valdosta
Ogeechee Technical College Funeral Service Education
Rollings Funeral Service
Shepard Funeral Home
Southern Crescent Crematorium
Stanley Funeral Home & Crematory
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC
Ward's Transport Services, LLC
Vantage Products Corp.
SAVE THE DATES
September 19, 2016 - GA / SC Past President's Golf Tournament
November 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, & 17, 2016 - District Meetings