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  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The State of Colorado's official Sunset Review was recently published by DORA after an analysis of Mortuary Science regulations.

     

    The report cites 4 recommendations which will result in legislation during the 2015 Legislative Session:

    • Recommendation 1 – Continue the registration program and the Director as the administrator of the Mortuary Science Code for nine years, until 2024.
    • Recommendation 2 – Continue title protection for mortuary science practitioners and funeral directors and repeal title protection for embalmers and cremationists.
    • Recommendation 3 – The Code should unambiguously state when a registered facility becomes solely responsible for human remains and when that responsibility ceases.
    • Recommendation 4 – Make technical changes to the Code. (Mostly administrative and terminology changes resulting from above recommendations.)

     

    The good news is that DORA recommends continuance of Funeral Establishments and Crematories to be regulated by the State, and that MSPs and Funeral Directors should retain their identity through Title Protection.

     

    Curiously, DORA analysts don’t see a distinction for Embalmers and Cremationist duties so those titles may no longer be recognized.

     

    Also, the report cites custody and responsibility for human remains as a problem area that needs to be remedied.

     

    CFDA will be following up to determine what approach to take regarding these recommendations, CFDA’s position, and a game plan for legislation in 2015. 


    Stay tuned for additional details.


  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the NFDA Convention in Nashville last week, the House of Delegates passed a resolution in support of adopting the Colorado Funeral Directors Association as a Partnership Member state association.


    For 2015 memberships, CFDA members will also be members of the National Funeral Directors Association.


    A dues invoice will be mailed to current CFDA Members in early December that will include the dues for both organizations. 

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a recent memo from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, State Registrar of Vital Statistics Ronald S. Hyman announced that the "go live" date for Colorado's Electronic Death Registration system has pushed back until late Spring 2015. 


    The system, already in use in Georgia, is being modified, refined and thoroughly tested to ensure functionality for a diverse need of user agencies and businesses.


    Hyman also noted that the hard copy record for death certificate data will be modified for deaths occurring on and after January 1, 2015.


    For questions, concerns or suggestions, contact cdphe.edr@state.co.us.




  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 6:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CFDA is seeking applications from energetic and engaged individuals who are committed to making a difference in the funeral service profession in Colorado. 


    There are 4 positions on the CFDA Board of Directors for 2015 and beyond. Candidates must be employed by a CFDA Member Funeral Establishment for at least one year prior to election. Other restrictions apply based on bylaws requirements and composition of the existing Board.


    Click here to learn more about the Benefits of Leadership and the Expectations of Board Members.

  • Monday, August 25, 2014 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Do you dread networking events, meeting new people, hospitality suites and business related mingling functions? Does attending another open house make you want to run inside your own and lock the door? These business social occasions represent opportunities to develop relationships and broaden social and business networks. Once you master The Fine Art of Small Talk, every conversation will become an opportunity for success.


    Debra Fine is a former engineer who developed her keynote presentations and workshops, "The Fine Art of Small Talk" and "The Fine Art of Building Business Networking Skills and Gaining Referrals", to teach conversation skills and business social networking techniques for use at networking events and social functions. 


    In this program, Debra Fine will teach share mingling tips including icebreakers and starting conversations, mastering introductions and remembering names, keeping the conversation going, avoiding conversation foot in mouth disease, listening and rapport building skills, body language, handling awkward situations and overcoming communication barriers, becoming an “active” listener, revive a dying conversation, coming up with topics to discuss, approaching social functions with confidence, preparing for successful conversation and even exiting conversations with grace and diplomacy.


    Registration will open soon for this afternoon seminar, followed by CFDA's annual business meeting, holiday reception and auction to be held on Friday, December 5, 2014


  • Friday, August 01, 2014 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The results of a ballot sent to CFDA voting members in March confirmed a change in CFDA's affiliation with the National Funeral Directors Association from "Choice" membership to "Partnership" status.


    Partnership state associations enjoy tangible benefits including rebates and cost savings when involved in various NFDA programs and events. Partnership states also have the ability to promote NFDA member benefits directly to their members, thereby expanding the value of membership in their state.

    CFDA and NFDA Members can expect to receive in December one annual dues invoice issued from CFDA that includes 2015 membership in both organizations. Dues must be paid to CFDA no later than February 15, 2015.


    NFDA dues is based on the cumulative volume of cases handled by the funeral establishment, including cases from all branch locations. The CFDA Board of Directors has discussed and will soon determine the dues structure and amounts for 2015 state association dues.


    If your firm is already a member of both NFDA and CFDA, you may notice a negligible change in your annual dues for NFDA and CFDA. You will still enjoy the full benefits offered by both organizations.


    Firms that are not members of NFDA will notice an increase with combined dues, balanced by a whole host of new benefits available through the combined resources of NFDA and CFDA.


    The Colorado Funeral Directors Association will continue to represent Colorado funeral directors and the state's funeral service industry. It will maintain its current operations, activities and advocacy efforts and also receive benefit from NFDA including assistance with volunteer training, marketing support, participation rebates, and other association management resources.


    The NFDA's House of Delegates will vote on a resolution at its October meeting to adopt CFDA's request for Partnership Status. If approved, CFDA membership will include annual membership in NFDA beginning in 2015.

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Howe Mortuary was burned down by an arsonist on May 28, 2013. The mortuary has recently reopened in a newly rebuilt, state of the art, building.


    Howe Mortuary is hosting a private open house on July 8th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM for CFDA Members and funeral service professionals to preview and celebrate its new building. The new facility is a blend of the familiar, yet with numerous updates and enhancements, all designed to provide premier care and support to our families.


    Lastly and most importantly, thank you for the confidence you continued to show in our staff and firm as we rebuilt. Your confidence, generosity with your facilities and overall support made a tremendous difference in our ability to continue providing the highest quality support to our families.


    Geoff Howe and the Staff of Howe Mortuary


  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    View scenes from the Colorado Combined Convention on our Facebook page.


    If you took photos at the Convention, feel free to share them!


    CFDA Facebook page

  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By all accounts, the 2014 Colorado Combined Convention was a great success! 


    The historic Stanley Hotel and the friendly community of Estes Park offered the perfect opportunity for learning, networking, fun and relaxation during the three-day event. 


    We heard many positive comments about the "new" Convention format from funeral service professionals and suppliers alike. Convention Sponsors were pleased with the numerous opportunities for interaction without the burden of a trade show booth.


    CFDA would like to extend a special THANK YOU to the following:


    To Bill Smith, CFD, with Allnutt Funeral Service, Estes Park, for sharing his time, resources and references within the Estes Park community. Bill arranged a welcome address by Estes Park Mayor Bill Pinkham; discounts and reservations at local restaurants for lunch and dinner groups; and the fabulous barbecue dinner catered by Amy Gruwe and American Legion Post 119. It's quite clear why Estes Park loves their local Funeral Director, Bill Smith.


    To our Convention Sponsors who provided the financial support to make this event possible. By sponsoring costs for speakers, catering, and other overhead expenses, we were able to improve the caliber of our education programs and enhance social events for everyone.


    To our Convention Speakers -- Gary O'Sullivan, Marguerite Ham, Matt Greenwald, Chuck Bowman, Aaron Corr and Dana Durrance -- for keeping our members entertained, informed and enlightened. 


    To the Convention Planning Committee who shared their great ideas to give the Colorado Combined Convention a new spin. 


    And finally, to the Members of CFDA and CFSB certified professionals who attended the 2014 Convention in Estes Park. We hope you had a great experience and will share your suggestions to help us make the Convention even better next year!


  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Update: This bill was postponed indefinitely on April 14. Governor Hickenlooper is expected to convene a transportation review committee this summer to discuss the matter along with other issues related to emergency vehicles. In the meantime, existing permits for escort firms will remain in effect.


    We need your immediate assistance in support of a legislative bill that will impact your business.


    Senate Bill 170, entitled "CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF A VEHICLE THAT IS BEING USED TO ESCORT A FUNERAL," expands the statutory definition of "authorized emergency vehicle" to include privately owned vehicles that are designated as such by the state motor vehicle licensing agency for the limited purpose of escorting funeral processions while the vehicle is being used for this purpose. A copy of this bill can be found online at http://www.cofda.org/legislativeefforts

     

    Confusing language in rules that govern the Department of Revenue has created a situation that may eliminate vehicle permits for motorcycle escorts that lead funeral processions. Without permits, escort firms cannot remain in business and funeral establishments will no longer be able to utilize these services to lead funeral processions. With Senate Bill 170, governance will be incorporated into statute to protect Funeral Escorts and authorize them to continue as emergency vehicles.

     

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and the Colorado State Patrol initially stated they would support this initiative but now both, in a surprise move, have changed their position to oppose the bill.

     

    Opposition to Senate Bill 170 could effectively "kill" this legislation and potentially create problems for Colorado funeral establishments and the families they serve who rely on motorcycle escorts to ensure safety for funeral processions.

     

    Contact State Senators in FAVOR of Senate Bill 170

    Your help is needed to contact your legislators, especially the following Senators who serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who will hear the bill on Monday, April 7th.

     

    Chair - LUCIA GUZMAN, State Senator - District 34

    Capitol Phone: 303-866-4862
    E-Mail: lucia.guzman.senate@state.co.us

     

    Vice Chair - LINDA NEWELL, State Senator - District 26
    Capitol Phone: 303-866-4846
    E-Mail: linda.newell.senate@gmail.com

     

    MICHAEL JOHNSTON, State Senator - District 33
    Capitol Phone: 303-866-4864
    E-Mail: mike.johnston.senate@state.co.us

     

    STEVE KING, State Senator - District 7      

    Capitol Phone: 303-866-3077
    E-Mail: steve.king.senate@state.co.us

    Senator King is a co-sponsor of SB 170 - THANK YOU!

     

    KEVIN LUNDBERG, State Senator - District 15
    Capitol Phone: 303-866-4853
    E-Mail: kevin@kevinlundberg.com

     

    This legislative initiative will impact your business.
    Please commit a few minutes THIS WEEK to make a few phone calls.

    Help to ensure that funeral escorts can continue to operate and serve hundreds of families who request funeral processions.

Colorado Funeral Directors Association,  P O Box 631664, Highlands Ranch, CO 80163-1664 U.S.A. 

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