The Board of Directors of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association has recommended the attached changes and amendments to the association’s bylaws to adopt a Hybrid Association Model.
Ballots have been mailed to Primary Establishment Members to vote by July 30.
According to 13.1 of the current bylaws, “these Bylaws may be amended by two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the establishment members attending any annual meeting or any special meeting called for the purpose of amending the Bylaws provided, however, that the prior notice by official publication or by written notice be sent by mail to all delegates of establishment member firms at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting. Such notice shall contain the proposed amendment(s) to these Bylaws.”
DISCUSSION AND VOTING | CFDA will hold a meeting to review and discuss bylaws changes on Friday, July 20, in conjunction with the 2018 Summer Symposium. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Summit Event Center, 411 Sable Boulevard North, Aurora, CO. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
In lieu of voting at the July 20 meeting, member votes will be collected from written ballots received at the CFDA office no later than July 30, 2018. Official results will be announced by August 4.
KEY POINTS | In addition to structural changes within the articles, the amendments include several key changes to the bylaws:
- Professional membership is eligible for individual practitioners who work in various capacities across the funeral service spectrum. Professional members have voting rights and may serve in leadership positions.
- Interns, students and retired practitioners may enjoy specially-priced memberships, but do not have voting rights.
- Businesses that provide death care services can join as Location Members for recognition on CFDA’s consumer-searchable online directory and get free advertising like job postings and classified ads. Membership applies to a single establishment, branch, or business entity at the physical location.
- The Board can create committees, task forces and Special Interest Groups based on organizational needs or member interest.
- Membership meetings can be conducted through telephonic or electronic means and online voting will be available for Professional Members.
- All members must sign a pledge to adhere to CFDA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and members may be expelled for violations after a special hearing.
MEMBERSHIP | If the proposed bylaws amendments pass, new membership categories and other measures will be implemented for the fiscal year commencing January 1, 2019. Current memberships will continue until December 31, 2018. New applications will be available online in December through the CFDA website.
NATIONAL DUES | The CFDA will maintain affiliation with the NFDA as the recognized state association for Colorado, however, membership in NFDA will no longer be required as a condition to join the CFDA for 2019.
WEBSITE | CFDA is developing a new website that will include a member administration system. Each person will be required to create a user account to update contact information and communication preferences, join/renew membership, register for events, and get access to other sections.
CERTIFICATION | The bylaws changes will have no effect on certification requirements or the renewal of credentials through the Colorado Funeral Service Board. Certified professionals will need to apply to be considered for CFDA Membership.
QUESTIONS? | Contact Steffani Blackstock at the CFDA Office at 303-791-2336 or by email