The sky was blue, the water was warm, and the mood was one of summer fun at the 2015 annual convention at the King and Prince Beach Resort in St. Simons Island, GA.
The June 7-10th event provided continuing education, networking, and family fun in a relaxed, collaborative atmosphere. Enjoy some of the highlights in our Convention Roundup & Gallery, below. (Our thanks to Phil Skeen of Matthews for many of these outstanding photos, and for capturing our convention in both video and stills.)
NFDA President-Elect Bob Arrington recognized several members of Georgia’s Mass Fatality and separate Ebola planning teams during the Past Presidents’ Breakfast Monday morning. Breakfast sponsored by The Outlook Group/Physicians Mutual.
Each year, GFDA past presidents are recognized for their service to funeral service both in the past and today. Pictured (left to right) are Past Presidents Dick Ivey, Butch Hemperley, William Bowen, Larry Whitfield, Tom Lord, Bryant Hightower, David Stern, Tracy Fisher, Terry Daviston, Valerie Wages, and Bobby Brannen.
Shelly McCosh awarded the trophies for Monday’s Aurora Golf Tournament. Mitchell Powell, pictured above with his son, Cooper, won Closest to Pin this year. Longest Drive was won by Steven Smith, not pictured.
During convention, GFDA holds a special memorial service to remember those who’ve passed in the prior 12 months. Each family receives a woven blanket, sponsored and created by Funeral Home Gifts, featuring their loved one’s picture. The blanket shown below is a tribute to Walter Mathews, former GFDA president, of Mathews Funeral Home, Albany.
This year’s Cincinnati Equitable Night featured a fun dinner along with a Classic TV theme (Gilligan’s Island, Bonanza, Happy Days, and Andy Griffith). Games and prizes were the hit of the night, along with a DJ and dance contests.
The Andy Griffith set featured a “fishing hole” with bamboo poles and ticket-winning fish—along with Deputy Fife’s jail cell, where Ernest T. Bass and Otis spent lots of time. Guests threw bean bags to knock down cans inside the jail and win tickets.
Lucy and Ethel couldn’t keep up with this trio in chef’s hats in the recreation of the “Candy Factory” episode. During the Cincinnati Equitable party, 4 different groups competed to see how many chocolate candies they could wrap in one minute.
GFDA would like to again send a big thank you to Geoff Maynor and Matthews Casket as part of our preferred provider program, as our members enjoy special benefits from Matthews. Below, Geoff presents an annual marketing check to President Ivey.