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The success of IFDA is largely dependent on members who volunteer their time and talents. IFDA committees are open to all interested members who wish to further the funeral service profession. Volunteering to serve on a committee provides members an opportunity to grow as individuals, sharpen business and communications skills, and network with colleagues. Everyone benefits!
IFDA distributes committee applications every spring after the IFDA Convention.
Maintains jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to the Annual Meeting and makes available programs and information suitable for schools, seminars, and district meetings.
Ben Eldridge / Paullina, Chairperson
Represents the Association in all matters pertaining to legislation affecting funeral directors in Iowa.
Sean Smith / Rock Valley, Chairperson
Investigates applicants for membership as to their standing in the profession and qualification for membership and certifies applicants to the Board of Governors.
Marty Beenblossom / Washington, Chairperson
Past Presidents Advisory Committee
As outlined in the IFDA Bylaws, the Past Presidents Advisory Council serves as a resource and in any capacity as requested by the President. The Committee is responsible for reviewing the Association’s Bylaws as necessary. The Committee consists of five (5) Immediate Past Presidents who are members in good standing and is chaired by the Immediate Past President of IFDA. The last member is replaced each year with the incoming Past President. A full term is five (5) years. With the exception of the Immediate Past President, no member of the Past Presidents Advisory Council can serve on the IFDA Board of Governors until their time on the Past Presidents Advisory Council is complete.
Charlie Yoder / Mount Pleasant, Chairperson
2019-2020 IFDA Committee Participation Application
Subject to the specific approval of the Board of Governors, this committee shall have jurisdiction and authority over all matters pertaining to the Annual Meeting of the Association and shall make available such programs and information suitable for schools, seminars, district meetings, and the Annual Convention. Additionally, the Committee will monitor and make recommendation on emerging trends and issues affecting education for funeral service in the interest of recruitment/retention of member of our profession.
Suggested goals: Assist in planning events for the Association’s annual Convention format; Convention speakers; Convention exhibits; ongoing OSHA training; suggest District Meeting con-ed. Work with DMACC officials regarding Iowa’s Mortuary Science Program.
The Legislative Committee shall have charge of all matters pertaining to legislation affecting funeral
Suggested goals: Monitor legislation impacting funeral service/small businesses; serve as liaison to Iowa Board of Mortuary Science; and develop ways to educate legislators on funeral service issues.
The Membership Committee shall investigate all applicants for membership as to their standing in the profession and their qualification for membership in this Association and shall, if satisfied as to the eligibility of the applicant, certify said applicant to the Board of Governors with a favorable recommendation of admission.
Suggested goals: Develop a format for member services information dissemination; leadership training opportunities for members and member follow-up programs; evaluate IFDA publications’ effectiveness, timeliness and knowledge being presented to members.
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