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August 2015

Dear Members,

Congratulations to our New President!

Norman Shropshire, CFSP, was elected President of PFDA at the association's annual meeting on June 9. He was installed as president by PFDA Past President's, Janice Mannal and JoAnn Pavlic at the Board Banquet on June 10 at the Hotel Hershey in conjunction with the134th PFDA annual convention. He will serve as PFDA President for the 2015-2016 term representing Pennsylvania funeral directors statewide and nationally.

Norm is the owner/operator of Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home in Middletown Township Media. He is a graduate of Brandywine College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He holds a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Norm is a member of the Delaware County Funeral Directors Association and a Past President of the association. He currently serves as the President of the Chester Rural Cemetery in Chester. He has also served on the PFDA/Unichoice Board of Governors as District Governor, Secretary/Treasurer and President-Elect. Norm is also a thirty-two year member of the Middletown Township Council, where he currently serves as Vice-Chairman and Director of Public Safety, and an active member of fire service, where he has served as both a line officer and an administrative officer. Norm and his wife Gerry have a daughter Devon.

And Congratulations to our New Officers Two new officers serving on your Board are Debra Ashton-Chase, President-Elect and Deron Youse, Secretary-Treasurer.

Debra Ashton-Chase is a fifth generation funeral director with her family's funeral home, Ashton Funeral Home in Easton, PA. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Indiana Univ. of PA, her Master's Degree from George Washington University and is a graduate of the Northampton Community College Funeral Service Program. She followed in her father's footsteps as a PFDA District #6 Governor and as Past-President of the Eastern PA Funeral Directors Association. She has also served on the former NFDA Women in Funeral Service Advisory Board. She is married to Peter Chase and resides in Easton, PA.

Deron K. Youse, a life-long resident of Kutztown, PA, graduated from Kutztown Area High School in 1984. He is a graduate of Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA, where he received an Associate Degree in Funeral Service Education. Prior to entering funeral service, he served as a former paramedic and police officer, Deron has had a lifetime of service to others. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown, PA., a member, currently serving as Treasurer and former Secretary of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #839, Kutztown, PA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Topton Community Ambulance, Topton, PA; is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, where he formerly served on the Board of Directors as District 6 Governor, Berks County Funeral Directors Association, where he currently serves as Treasurer, and Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. He resides in Kutztown with his wife Wendy. Deron is the Supervisor of the Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., facility in Kutztown, PA., and has been a part of the Ludwick Funeral Home staff since 1989.

PFDA President and President-elect were installed by Janice Mannal and JoAnn Pavlic, PFDA Past Presidents, at the Board banquet on June 10.

PFDA's 134th Convention & Expo This year's three-day annual event in June was once again an ideal mix of educational opportunities, networking and social events. The Local Associations, Board members and exhibitors' generous donations of valuable items for the Silent Auction raised more than $7,400 for the PFDA Funeral Service Action Fund and Building Fund. Winner of the cash prize drawing was Greg Rohanna. The benefit golf classic had 80 players and was a fun day enjoyed by all participants. This year's golf benefit raised over $10,000 for the Highmark Caring Place.

MEET PFDA'S NEWEST EMPLOYEE: JAMES P. EIRKSON James joined PFDA on July 10th as the Assistant Executive Director & Chief Operations Officer. James has worked as the Director of Community Partnerships and Learning/Standards for Excellence Associate for the past 7 years at the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) He brings a wealth of knowledge in Association Management, Membership Development, and Event Planning. James has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in Communication and Rhetoric.


 Earn 3 CE Credits

 Free to PFDA Members

September 14 - DuBois
September 15 - Erie
September 16 - Pittsburgh
September 17 - Altoona
September 21 - Philadelphia
September 22 - Allentown
September 23 – Wilkes-Barre
September 24 – Harrisburg

See enclosed Program Agenda for details & Registration Form

HUMAN REMAINS SHIPPING – AMERICAN AIRLINES – HARRISBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT On October 5, 2015, American Airlines Airbus319 service to Charlotte, NC, will be back on the flight schedule and can accommodate casketed remains. Currently they can ship combo units up to 350 lbs. (non-casketed) on (2) daily flights, to and from Charlotte, using their current regional jet fleet. As usual, please reach out to our TLC desk for any bookings, or flight inquiries. They may still be reached at (800) 852-3333, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. American Airlines Cargo Hours of Operations are: Cargo and Priority Parcel drop offs for all shipments 5:30am-6:00pm Monday – Friday and Cargo and Priority Parcel Pickup for all shipments 5:30am-10:30pm Monday-Friday.

PROPOSED CHANGES TO OVERTIME REGULATIONS On June 30, 2015, President Obama announced that the Department of Labor will propose extending overtime pay. The proposal would guarantee overtime pay in 2016 to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 ($970 per week). Currently, the salary threshold remains at $23,660 ($455 per week). The proposed rule was published on July 6, thereby kicking off a 60-day comment period that will close September 4. Interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the proposed rule to Mary Ziegler, Director of the Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S–3502, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210 or online at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=WHD-2015-0001-0001.

SCAM ALERT Please note several members have received a call from a gentleman claiming to be from the local electric company, PPL, and that if someone didn't call him back within half an hour their electric would be shut off. The callers return number was 855-462-8978.

PIMS TO HOST AN INTERNATIONAL ORDER OF THE GOLDEN RULE (OGR) WORKSHOP On August 7th, 2015, "Fresh Approaches to Funeral & Memorial Services" will be presented by OGR at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS). The workshop is open to both OGR members and non-members. Attendees will receive 6 CEs in states where approved. Registration can be completed at www.ogr.org/regional-workshops.

WAYS FUNERAL DIRECTORS CAN REACH OUT TO THEIR LOCAL HOSPICE OFFICES Funeral directors need to bridge the gap with their local hospices so everyone can work together to help grieving families. Here are some ways to help secure a better relationship with hospice staff members and volunteers: Each funeral home should have one person to develop the relationship with the hospice staff and volunteers, have the hospice staff and volunteers tour your funeral home, host hospice grief and bereavement programs at your funeral home, host an appreciation event for the hospice staff and volunteers, take pastries, donuts, bagels, etc to the local hospice office on occasion to show your
appreciation, give the staff and volunteers material they can share with families about services your funeral home offers or the community offers, and throughout the year help with hospice's projects.

FDLIC – ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO WORK FOR MILLENNIALS Recently, Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company (FDLIC) was honored with a national award, recognizing them as one of the Best Places to Work for Millennials for 2015. They were honored because they excel in the recruitment, development, and retention of millennials. The award is presented by the Center for Generational Kinetics, Best Companies Group, and Barnum Financial Group.

MATTHEWS INTERNATIONAL SIGNS AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE AURORA CASKET Matthews International has signed a definite agreement to purchase Aurora Casket. This deal should close in the third quarter of 2015, but the closing date is predicated on the receipt of regulatory approvals.

UPDATE ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE – You may recall that Pennsylvania legalized same sex marriage on May 20, 2014. As of June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same sex marriage in every state. Funeral directors should not request a copy of the marriage certificate since that is not something that is required of heterosexual couples. Moreover, the federal government has for some time recognized same-sex couples for purposes of providing survivors' benefits.

In Memoriam

Joseph A. Quinn, died on June 7, 2015. He was the owner.operator of Joseph A. Quinn, Inc. Funeral Directors in Philadelphia.

William L. Capello, Jr., 72, Middletown, died on June 12, 2015. He was the father-in-law of Lynn Ronan, owner/operator of Ronan Funeral Home, Carlisle.

Madeline M. Campbell, 90, of Richboro, died on June 22, 2015, at home. She is survived by her daughter Dianne Campbell Thomas and granddaughter, Danielle Thomas Kraft, both licensed funeral directors in the family business, Campbell and Thomas Funeral Home, Richboro.

Joseph Levine, 69, Bala Cynwyd, died on June 28, 2015, at home. Joe was the fourth generation president of Joseph Levine & Sons Funeral Directors, Philadelphia. Joe served on the PFDA Board of Governors as the Secretary/Treasurer. He is survived by his sons, Adam, Brian and Jonathon, and daughter Lindsey, fifth generation owners/partners in the family business.

David B. Ryave, died on July 1, 2015. He was the former Vice President and Supervisor of Ralph Schugar Chapel. David is survived by his sister Sharon Ryave Brody, a Licensed Funeral Director and Vice President and Licensed Funeral Supervisor of the family's business, Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., Pittsburgh.

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