Jones and Gary Attends Funeral Director Annual Convention
Gerald M "Marty" Jones II, and Michael Gary of Jones Funeral Chapel recently attended the 132nd Annual Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky's Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville on June 17-19, 2014. 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 as well as new ones.
"We attend the convention to advance our knowledge to better serve the families of our community," said Jones.
Doug Stanley of Williamstown was elected President of the Association.
The Exhibit Hall was filled with 90 exhibiting companies. During this three-day meeting, Kentucky funeral homes were honored for 50, 75, 100 and 150 years of service; fourteen 50 year Kentucky licensed funeral directors were also honored; and continuing education awards were presented to 35 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: Brian Dershaw, a partner in Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP’s labor and employment practice group, presented “What’s Next Under the Affordable Care Act;” Michael Schoedinger, a licensed funeral director and embalmer and owner of Schoedinger Funeral Home and Cremation Service, presented “Tearing Down the Sign: Shifting Funeral Service Culture for Business Growth and Renewal;” Karl Wenzel, embalmer and the Dodge Company’s Coordinator of Technical Education and Training, presented “How to Analyze & Treat Remains With Conditions Caused by Medical Science, Drugs & Chemotherapy;” Joe Sehee, founder and former executive director of the Green Burial Council, presented “Green Burials-An Overview & Update;” Mary Manhein, holds an MA in anthropology and has over 27 years of experience as a forensic anthropologist, presented “Forensic Anthropology;” and the President of the National Funeral Directors Association, Robby Bates, gave an update on the National Funeral Directors Association.
A large crowd enjoyed “The President’s Reception and Party” Wednesday evening. It included several buffet lines with a variety of items. There was a performance by the All American Dueling Pianos that was enjoyed by everyone.
The following officers and directors were elected for the 2014-2015 year:
President Doug Stanley Williamstown
President-Elect Robbie Brantley Brownsville
Vice President David West Nicholasville
Secretary-Treasurer James W. Davis Berea
Sergeant-at-Arms John Jones Harlan
Immediate Past-President Marcia Caniff Davis Ashland
Chairman of the Board Mary F. Steele Pineville
Central Grant Bolt Lexington
Eastern Rusty Preston Paintsville
Northern Rob Riley Carrollton
Southern Gerald M. “Marty” Jones II Morgantown
Southcentral Brandy Harwood Tompkinsville
Southeastern Wesley Rominger Manchester
Western Rick Morgan Princeton
2014-2015 FDAK OFFICERS pictured above
(l to r) front row – President: Doug Stanley from Williamstown; Southern District Director: Gerald M. “Marty” Jones II from Morgantown; Southcentral District Director: Brandy Harwood from Tompkinsville; Chairman of the Board Mary F. Steele from Pineville; Immediate Past-President: Marcia Caniff Davis from Ashland; President-Elect: Robbie Brantley from Brownsville; Vice President: David West from Nicholasville; NFDA President Robby Bates from DeKalb, Texas and Western District Director: Rick Morgan from Princeton.
back row - Eastern District Director: Rusty Preston from Paintsville; Northern District Director: Rob Riley from Carrollton; Southeastern District Director: Wesley Rominger from Manchester; Sergeant-at-Arms: John Jones from Harlan; Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Davis from Berea; NFDA Policy Board Member: Shannon Combs from Richmond.
Central District Director: Grant Bolt from Lexington.