The Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky celebrated their 133nd Annual Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville on June 17-19, 2015. The convention was well attended by funeral directors, suppliers, and their families. As the attendees viewed all the new and improved merchandise, they were able to visit with old friends and vendors.
Robbie Brantley of Brownsville was elected President of the Association.
The Exhibit Hall was filled with 88 exhibiting companies. During this three-day meeting, Kentucky funeral homes were honored for 75, 100, 150, and 190 years of service; fourteen 50 year Kentucky licensed funeral directors were also honored; and continuing education awards were presented to 19 Kentucky funeral directors.
Six hours of continuing education credits were offered each day. The speakers from across the country were outstanding and included the following: Dr. Jacquie Taylor, the Executive Director and Senior Scholar of the New England Institute at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA., presented “It’s Time to Get REAL about Funeral Service Education & Licensing;” Dr. Alan Wolfelt, internationally noted author, educator and grief counselor, presented “The WHY of Meaningful Funerals: Helping Families Make Transformations;” Vernie Fountain, owner and operator of Fountain Embalming Services, Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills and Forensic Investigative Resources of the Midwest, presented “Embalming & Reconstructive Techniques and Tips;” Poul Lemaster, with a unique background in both death care and law provides resources and counsel to all death care professionals, presented “It’s Not Just a Form – The Art, Science & Legalities of Your Forms and Contracts;” Dr. Bill Bass, created the world’s first laboratory devoted to human decomposition: the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm, presented “Death’s Acre: Inside the Body Farm;” and the President of the National Funeral Directors Association, Rob Moore IV, gave an update on the National Funeral Directors Association.
A large crowd enjoyed “The President’s Reception and Dinner Cruise” Thursday evening aboard the Belle of Louisville. The entertainment was provided by Jamie Higdon during the cruise and was enjoyed by everyone.
The following officers and directors were elected for the 2015-2016 year:
President Robbie Brantley Brownsville
President-Elect David West Nicholasville
Vice President John Jones Harlan
Secretary-Treasurer James W. Davis Berea
Sergeant-at-Arms Rob Riley Carrollton
Immediate Past-President Doug Stanley Williamstown
Chairman of the Board Marcia Caniff Davis Ashland
Central Grant Bolt Georgetown
Eastern Rusty Preston Paintsville
Northern Bill Mullins Covington
Southern Gerald M. “Marty” Jones II Morgantown
Southcentral Brandy Harwood Tompkinsville
Southeastern Wesley Rominger Manchester
Western Chad Townsend Dixon