JUNE 9 - 12, 2019
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Road, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
Join Us in Welcoming Sweet, Sweet Summertime!
The King and Prince is the perfect location to spend time
with your family and friends while earning your
Continuing Education hours. Over 3 days, our programs
will offer attendees 8 Continuing Education hours from
world-class speakers. Each will offer new and exciting information for funeral service professionals.
View our agenda and important event reminders below.
ATTENTION - TUESDAY EVENING MOVIE NIGHT!
Will you be attending the Convention and have small children that would like to attend a movie night at the hotel Tuesday evening?
If so, contact email@example.com by Friday, May 24.
Please note, there is a minimum number of participants
needed and the final cost will be determined
by the number of children participating.
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Convention Attire: You can leave your suit at home. All events are Business Casual.
2019 ANNUAL CONVENTION
June 9-12, 2019
King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, GA
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Monday, June 10, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Please note, this is NOT an exhibit event; however, we encourage vendors to attend as this event is designed
for numerous opportunities to network with our funeral director attendees.
Continuing Education Hours have been approved by the following funeral service boards
Important Reminders for Attendees
We encourage you to play in our Golf Tournament which will be held Monday, June 10. Players may take advantage of shuttle transportation to and from the course. There is no need to leave class early, our shuttle will depart after our morning programs conclude.
Register you and your friends as a team or we will gladly pair you with other players. You may signup for the shuttle during registration.
The King and Prince Golf Course occupies some of coastal Georgia's most beautiful and historic acreage. The site was once home to the Hampton Plantation: an 18th century, antebellum plantation where cotton, indigo, and rice dominated. And now, golf is king.
Opened in August of 1989, the course was designed by renowned architect Joe Lee, considered a master at coaxing brilliant design from the landscape. However, as Lee walked the land in early 1988, we grew concerned that the site might not support the layout he planned. Noticing a small cluster of marsh islands located across a small tidal creek just west of the Plantation's high ground, Lee's skills in creative land use envisioned a bold stroke of genius that would become The King and Prince Golf Course's signature.
Today, golfers travel along 800-feet of elevated, marsh-traversing cart bridges to experience play on four spectacular holes gently carved from the marsh islands. While these four signature holes highlight play on the King and Prince Golf Course's back nine, the entire 18-hole, Par 72 course combines for an experience that always finds it on golf's "must-play" lists on the Florida to Myrtle Beach circuit.
Joe Lee's tour de force design bends around towering oaks, along large areas of saltmarsh, and across lakes and lagoons. In 2009, the course underwent a dramatic fine-tuning that solidified its place among the south's finest courses.
The King and Prince Golf Course is owned and operated by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.
Our Room Block has closed. The King and Prince will honor our room rate based on availability.
SPECIAL NOTES REGARDING OUR ROOM BLOCK
FUNERAL SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
We will be awarding 10, 25, 40, 50 or 60 year pins during our Business Meeting, immediately following our Memorial Service on Wednesday, June 12.
If you are a funeral director celebrating one of these year marks in funeral service, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
so we may recognize you during our Business Meeting.
Kathryn Hutcheson Croft, CFSP
Robert A. Ryan
ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE
Frederick J. Allen
Edward Lewis Almand, III
Hazel Anthony Nathaniel Ashe
Frances Denise Biggs
Charles R. "Toobie" Blanchard
Lilalee Parpart Blinn
Betty Jo “Dodie” Hammond Bowen
J. Grady Brannen
Rev. Abram "Abe" F. Brown, Sr.
B. Coleman Castellaw Jr.
Mary Leesa Stutts Cothran
Betty Mae Cuyler
Carlos Mason "Butch" Hemperley, III
Gloria Lively Ingram
Jesse R. Jones
Jean Roy Lanier
Lester C. Litesey, Jr.
John Henry Lee, Jr.
Deacon Marvin B. "Bocephus" McIver
Claude A. McKibben, Jr.
John Grady Mathis
Karen V. Mathis
Roy Leon Merck
Lana Tedstone Pucko
Brenda Faye Reece
William Lee "Billy" Rogers
Dot Haymon Smith
William “Bill” Rayford Stanford
Walton Frederick “Fred” Talley
Melba Clack Wages
Show Your Support by Becoming a Convention Sponsor!
Sponsorship opportunities are available and benefits include pre/post event marketing, event signage, and your pre-printed flyer in attendee packages. To become a sponsor, simply complete the Sponsor Registration form (to the right) and return it to the GFDA office.
Looking for more from your marketing dollar?
Sponsor a specific event during the convention!
Each opportunity includes all of the above plus individual signage and an opportunity to address attendees. Co-sponsorships are available.
Event sponsorships include Sunday's Dinner; Monday's Lunch; Tuesday's Breakfast, Lunch (co-sponsor), Social, Dinner and Entertainment; and Wednesday's Breakfast (co-sponsor) and Break. Contact email@example.com for event sponsorship pricing and registration.
ATTENTION - DON'T DELAY - PRE-REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, MAY 24
For pre-registration pricing, your fully completed form(s) must be returned to the GFDA office by the deadline.
If you are mailing a check, we encourage you to fax a copy of the form to the GFDA office as well.
- To register for the convention as a GFDA Member, your 2019 dues must be current. -
WE WILL BE HOLDING AN AUCTION DURING OUR CONVENTION!
Auctions always add extra fun to any event and we are looking forward to this new activity Tuesday evening! Money raised will go to the GFDA Scholarship Fund.
Great auctions items include spa days, game tickets,
sunset or harbor cruises, comedy shows, theme parks, concerts, tours, outdoor activities, sports or entertainment memorabilia, and vacation stays.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with details about your donation today!
Thank you to Peggi Shipman with Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company
for your donation of a Luke Bryan Autographed Guitar!
Thank You to Our 2019 Annual Convention Sponsors
Striffler-Hamby Mortuary & Dignity Memorial
PAST PRESIDENTS BREAKFAST
Hightower Family Funeral Homes
Homesteaders Life Company
Stanley Funeral Home & Crematory
Physicians Mutual & Precoa
MONDAY & TUESDAY BREAKS
Doric / Classic Metal Vaults
Live Oak Bank
Master Grave Service, Inc.
MEMORIAL SERVICE GIFT
Funeral Home Gifts
MEMORIAL SERVICE VIDEO
Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home
Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company
Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company
Georgia Eye Bank
National Funeral Directors Association
Ogeechee Technical College Funeral Service Education
Vantage Products Corp.
Consolidated Funeral Services
First Call Answering Service
Service Casket Company
Thacker Caskets, Inc.
Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home
A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home & Crematory