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January 2019 Reporter

January 2019

Dear Members,



Fund your preneed with an excellent rate of return for 2019 at 3% compounded annually and paid daily. The Securchoice Trust Annuity is underwritten by Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company (A- rating) with PNC Bank as trustee. SecurChoice offers excellent customer service and you don't need an insurance license to participate. Contact Donna Centofanti to learn more and to sign up to participate. She can be reached at 800-692-6068 or Donna@pfda.org.

PFDA Board of Directors Nomination

Steven R. Kreamer, owner and operator of Kreamer Funeral Home, has submitted a nomination form to fill Tammy Breitfeller's Board of Director's position for District 6. If elected, his term on the board will start in June 2019.

PFDA to Upgrade Membership Software and Website

Over the next few months PFDA will be upgrading its membership software, as well as its website. The new software will allow us to contact each individual member of PFDA, assuming we have individual member email addresses. Some other exciting features of the software are that you will be able to register and pay for all PFDA events online, including convention, and pay membership dues! PFDA will also be able to send you personalized communications with any important information such as: newsletters, legislative updates, disaster alerts, or other news that is critical. This transition will also include a new PFDA website that will be tablet and mobile-friendly. Additional updates will be provided as the implementation of the new software and website take place.

PFDA Office Closed

The PFDA office will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of the Holiday and reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. The office will also be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The office will reopen Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Classified Ads in the Reporter and on the PFDA Website

Members and non-members are permitted to advertise jobs and any funeral related products they are looking to sell in both the reporter and on the website. The cost to advertise is $55.00 per month, which includes a listing in the monthly newsletter and on the website. It's an additional $5.00 to have a file# attached to your ad. All ad information needs to be sent to Donna in the PFDA office via email to donna@pfda.org or fax at 717-545-7360, by the 15th of the month to appear in the following month's newsletter and on the website.


State Board of Funeral Directors Dismisses Food Violation

In a November 27, 2018 decision, the State Board of Funeral Directors has dismissed the case against William Slater II Funeral Service for allowing food to be served in his funeral establishment.

I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting this decision and looking for the green light to allow food in your funeral home. You need to pay close attention to how and why the board got to their decision.

First and foremost, the space where food was catered was not considered to be part of the funeral home. The space is a hospitality room with its own entrance and exit, has its own bathrooms, furnace and electrical systems. It happens to be connected to the funeral home through a 20-foot hallway with two sets of double doors at each end. The funeral home does not prepare or serve the food but rather allows families to arrange for their own caterer. It is these facts that led the board to determine that the space was not part of the funeral establishment.

If you are considering allowing food, I would proceed very cautiously and be certain that you meet all of the above considerations in order to avoid being charged with violating the statute which still prohibits food to be served in any funeral establishment.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call me.

Source: Kathleen Ryan, Esquire, PFDA Executive Director

Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors 2019 Board Meetings

Please find all the dates for the 2019 Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors Association board meeting dates: January 30, 2019, March 13, 2019, April 24, 2019, June 6, 2019, July 17, 2019, August 28, 2019, October 9, 2019, and December 4, 2019.


All Employers are Required to Display Federal and State Postings

All employers are required to post certain federal and state postings. On a federal level, if an employer has less than 50 employees, they are required to post 5 notices: Fair Labor Standards Act; Employee Polygraph Protection Act; Equal Employment Opportunity; Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act; and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If an employer has 50 or more employees, federal law requires that they also post a notice related to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Each state has varying requirements on what notices must be posted. Employers may order federal or state posters by visiting SESCO's web site at www.sescomgt.com, or by calling 423-764-4127 or by e-mail at sesco@sescomgt.com.

Source: SESCO Client Update, November 27, 2018

Is That Email Really From NFDA?

It has been brought to the attention of NFDA that someone is using a NFDA staff email addressed to send members and non-members an email with fake, and possibly malicious, invoices or documents attached.

While NFDA does occasionally send invoices and other documents through email, most often, they are at the request of the recipient. If you receive an unexpected invoice or document from NFDA, instead of opening the attachment, please contact the staff member in a separate email to confirm the veracity of the email you received.

Other ways to spot malicious or phishing emails:

• Your name in the salutation is not quite right, for example a user name (first initial and last name) instead of a real name
• The email address in the "From" isn't quite an NFDA email address
• The signature is plain and doesn't include NFDA Logo or other items you would normally see
In general, if you ever find any email even slightly suspicious, it is best to contact the source directly rather than to reply to the email or open any attachments.

Source: NFDA Bulletin, November 19, 2018

NFDA Discount Program – Computer Discounts

NFDA members are eligible for discounts from Lenovo through the NFDA Discount Advantage Program. Lenovo is offering NFDA members discounts from 5-30% off web prices - plus free ground shipping on all web orders - on laptops, Ultrabooks, tablets, desktops, all-in-ones, workstations, servers, storage and networking, accessories and software, and more!

Visit www.nfda.org/discountadvantage to learn more about how you can save on everyday items like prescription drugs, car rentals, travel and much more.

Source: NFDA Bulletin, November 19, 2018

How You Can Help Honor Vietnam Vets

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration began on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, and will conclude on Veterans Day, November 11, 2025. The dates were selected to coincide with the designation of Military Assistance Advisory Group-Vietnam (MAAG-V) on November 1, 1955, and the seizure of the SS Mayaguez on May 15, 1975, which marked the end of the Vietnam War. You can be a part of this special nationwide event by hosting an event in your community.

The commemoration honors all veterans who served on active duty at any time between November 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, and the goal is to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families on behalf of the nation for their service and sacrifice.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is committed to helping local business and organizations recognize Vietnam veterans and their families in cities and towns all across America. If you are interested in hosting an appreciation event in your community, visit www.vietnamwar50th.com and click on the "Commemorative Partner Program" link at the top of the page.

Source: NFDA Bulletin, December 3, 2018


A Look Ahead to 2019

Funeral Directors Life is excited to announce that our SecurChoice Trust Annuity will be going up 40 basis points to a 3.0% growth rate for 2019. As a result of a consistent, conservative investment approach as well as a rebounding bond market, returns have increased sufficiently to allow us to offer a very strong annuity rate for the SecurChoice trust option. As we look ahead to 2019, there is no time like the present to think about a strategy to grow and expand both your at-need and preneed business. In this article, Kris proposed a few questions and ideas to consider for connecting with more families in the coming year. Read more at http://bit.ly/LookAhead2019.

Source Kris Seale, Funeral Directors Life President and CEO

The Dodge Company Announces Changes in Ownership

Debbie & Kristie Dodge are happy to be able to update everyone on some big news at Dodge. The first is one of those "better late than never" pieces of news, but important, nonetheless. In 2012, Tim Collison, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Dodge, became the 1st outside shareholder in The Dodge Company since the 1940's or 50's. Tim began his employment with Dodge in 1986. He was, and is, a great addition to the ownership team.

On November 27, 2018, Mazwell, LLC, owned by Craig Caldwell and Robert Mazza, took over ownership and management of The Dodge Company UK and The Dodge Company Australia. Craig has been Managing Director of Dodge UK for 11 years, and Dodge Australia since its inception in 2014, along with holding the position of Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Dodge US. He's been an integral part of the Dodge Company since joining the company in March of 2000. Congratulations to Craig and Bobby!

This is a great new chapter for The Dodge Company here in the US as we try to simplify the business for the management team coming up through the ranks. And for anyone wondering, Dodge is not for sale!

Source: Sally L. Bélanger, CFSP, MBIE, Dodge, December 3, 2018

Driving for the Weather: Be Smart, Be Prepared, Be Safe

Everyday distractions aren't the only things you should worry about when driving. Mother Nature throws in her share of difficulties, as well. Rain, wind, snow, sleet, hail, and ice -— hazards are everywhere. Drivers need to know if any lie between them and their destinations.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends a variety of tips to stay safe on the roadways, including the following: Get Your Vehicle Serviced, Know Your Vehicle, Stock Your Vehicle, and Be Alert and Monitor Conditions. You can read more by going to: https://www.federatedinsurance.com/posts&cat=1450713940430.

Source: Federated Insurance, November 2018


2019 Mid-Winter Conference

The 2019 Mid-Winter Conference will be held February 12-14, 2019 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resorts in Farmington, PA. There will be 7 Continuing Education Credits offered pending approval. More information can be found on the enclosed flyer or on the website at http://www.pfda.org/index.php?pID=655.

Save The Date!!!!

The 2019 PFDA Annual Convention and Expo will be held June 2-5, 2019 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Pocono Manor, PA. More details to follow. Hotel rooms can be booked now. To book online go to: https://staypa.kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania#groupSignIn and use the Group Booking ID – 2698 when you are prompted and follow the on-screen instructions or call 1-877-KALAHARI (525-2427).


Virginia "Ginny" Slater, 86, of Jefferson Hills, died on November 19, 2018. She is survived by her husband, J. Fred Slater, former owner of John F. Slater Funeral Home, Brentwood and Fred's family: sons Steve, owner of Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home, Jefferson Hills, and Tim, owner of Timothy K. Slater Funeral Service, Mt. Oliver; and Grandson, Drew, a licensed funeral director working at Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home.

Pauline A. Marsaglia, 87, of Lansdale, died on December 1, 2018. She is survived by her son, Dr. Joseph A. Marsaglia, Jr., Dean and COO of PIMS.

Francis G. Ozog, 79, of Richard Township, died on October 25, 2018. He was a PA licensed funeral director and owner of Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home, Inc., Cambria City. Francis is survived by his son Francis J., a licensed funeral director and daughter, Therese A., both working in the family business at Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc., Johnstown.

Kevin Kenneth Kearney, 64, of Old Forge, died on December 10, 2018. He was a PA licensed funeral director, and the previous owner of Kearney Funeral Homes, Old Forge and Scranton. He is survived by his son, Kevin P., a PA licensed funeral director and owner operator of the family business.

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