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GFDA'S UPCOMING EVENTS

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ALL REGISTRATION DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO 

2:00 PM - THURSDAY MAY 31

Note, if you are paying by check, we recommend emailing or faxing a copy of your registration form to the GFDA office. 
Our email and fax number are included on each form.  

Interested in FREE REGISTRATIONS? Become a Sponsor!  
Details below under Sponsorship Opportunities.  


We hope YOU will join us this summer for education, fun, and networking opportunities!
This event was planned with funeral service professionals in mind.  GFDA strives to provide meetings where you can bring your family to enjoy some relaxation & fun while earning your needed Continuing Education hours. The King and Prince is the perfect location for both! There are many activities to choose from onsite & in the surrounding area. Meal options are always delicious, & the scenery is beautiful! 

Wondering what to wear to the convention? Feel free to leave your suit at home - our event attire is business casual.  


A GLANCE AT OUR CONVENTION PRESENTATIONS

Our convention will feature Continuing Education programs you will not want to miss  and offer 8.5 Continuing Education hours approved by the Georgia Board of Funeral Service.


Our convention will offer our Annual Programs and Events including


  • Sunday - Welcome Dinner - Hawaiian Attire
  • Monday - Past Presidents Breakfast and Golf Tournament
  • Tuesday - Annual Dinner & Party - College Attire

 

Nominating Committee Report & Election, NFDA Updates, Memorial Service, GFDA Annual Business Meeting with Officer Reports, Scholarship Presentations, 10, 25, 40 50 & 60 Year Service Awards & Officer Installation

ATTTENTION - GFDA ROOM BLOCK 

Our Room Block has expired.  At this time, those looking for a room should contact the King and Prince directly 800-342-0212. 


Printable 2018 Annual
Convention Agenda



CONVENTION SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsor benefits include FREE REGISTRATIONS, your listing in convention reminders and wrap-up, pre-printed flyer on our sponsor table, recognition during event, & signage during event. 
Sponsorships may be divided into co-sponsorships. Contact staff@gfda.org for more information. 

ALL REGISTRATION DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO 2:00 PM, THURSDAY, MAY 31

SUNDAY, JUNE 3

  • Opening Reception $12,000 (includes 4 Convention Registrations) 

MONDAY, JUNE 4

  • Non-Golfer Lunch $4,000 (includes 2 Convention Registrations) 

TUESDAY, JUNE 5

  • Breakfast $2,000 (includes 1 Convention Registration) - Co-Sponsor with Batesville 
  • Lunch $4,000 (includes 2 Convention Registrations) 
  • Dinner $12,000 (Includes 4 Convention Registrations)  

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6

  • Breakfast $4,000 (includes 2 Convention Registrations) 

GFDA Supporter $250


REGISTRATION FORMS

ALL REGISTRATION DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO 2:00 PM, THURSDAY, MAY 31

Note, if you are paying by check, we recommend emailing or faxing a copy of your registration form to the GFDA office.
Our email and fax number are included on each form.  

Sponsorship Registration 

Attendee Registration

Golf Tournament Registration 


THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 CONVENTION SPONSORS

Hospitality House
 Sponsored by Wilbert

Monday Past President Breakfast
Columbian Financial Group
LifeLink of Georgia

"The Obsequies of Rev. Billy Graham" with Mike Squires
Sponsored by Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions

"DriveSafe" with Nathan Gravley 
Sponsored by Federated Insurance

Monday AM Break
Sponsored by Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company

Monday Golf Tournament
Sponsored by Federated Insurance

Tuesday Breakfast
Co-Sponsored by Batesville

"Battling Burnout & Building Resilience: Supporting & Retaining Funeral Professionals" with Jason Troyer, PhD
Sponsored by Homesteaders Life Company

Consumer Research | Staying Relevant with Heather Garman
Sponsored by Messenger
Followed by Moderated Roundtables - Sponsored by NFDA

Tuesday AM Break
Sponsored by Georgia Eye Bank

Tuesday Evening Entertainment Flying Fingers
Sponsored by SCI Georgia Funeral Services

Memorial Blankets
Funeral Home Gifts

Memorial Video
Tukios

 Wednesday AM Break
Master Grave Service, Inc.
Taylor Funeral Homes

GFDA Supporters
Bearden Funeral Home
Cherokee Casket Company
First Call Answering Service

Funeral Directors Life (FDLIC)
Precoa
Stanley Funeral Home & Crematory
Vantage Products Corporation
VJW Development & Family Services, Inc. 


CONVENTION REMINDERS

WELCOME DINNER

Sunday, June 4

Wear your favorite Hawaiian attire and we will take care of the rest!  Join us for a relaxing evening ocean side at 6:00 PM in the beautiful Delgal room, of the King and Prince.  

Registration will be open 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Our evening's social time will begin at 6:00 PM. 

ANNUAL PARTY

Tuesday, June 5 

Represent your alma matter by wearing your favorite college attire!  Join your friends and peers for a fun filled evening guaranteed to entertain all ages! 

Dueling pianos Flying Fingers will join us immediately following dinner.  If you missed them before - now is your chance to see what all the buzz was about! Sing and clap along with amazing piano players... the more you participate, the more fun you will have! Request your favorite songs and let the fun begin! Requests for celebrations or to roast a special friend or colleague are  part of the FUN as well.  Tell the players who, and we'll make them a part of the show!

And there is more - Activities & games for younger attendees, as well as opportunities for all to win cash & prizes


ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE

Wednesday, June 6

GFDA's Annual Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, June 6 starting at 9:30 AM. We hope this later start time will allow for family members' attendance. As in years past, GFDA will present a blanket to family members in attendance with their loved ones photo. For those unable to attend, blankets will be mailed following the convention. 

FUNERAL SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Wednesday, June 6

We will be awarding 10, 25, 40, 50 or 60 year Funeral Service Achievements during our Business Meeting, immediately following our Memorial Service. If you are a funeral director celebrating one of these year marks in funeral service, please send an email to staff@gfda.org so we may recognize you.   

Our 2018 Recipients are currently:

10 Years
Jason Holt
Amanda Henderson Lucas

40 Years
David E. Adams, MBIE, CFSP, CCO
Valerie J. Wages, CFSP

50 Years
J. Larry Whitfiled

60 Years
Bill Strickland


GFDA CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

We have booked the venues and are in the process of reviewing Continuing Education presentations for our 2018-2019 events.  If you have a presentation you would like for the Executive Committee to consider, we want to hear from you! 

For consideration for GFDA 2018-2019 events, presentation submissions should include the following and be sent to staff@gfda.org by Friday, June 22, 2018. 

  • Title
  • Description
  • Length of Program
  • Presenter Name, Title and Biography
  • Details regarding fees for travel, room accommodations and speaker or if the presentation will be sponsored

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Should you have items you wish to bring before the Executive Committee,
please contact a GFDA Executive Committee Member or the Executive Director. 


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