CFDA President Lionel J. Lessard, Jr., CFSP led the CFDA, along with the Officers, Executive Board, CFDA staff and Consultants through a smooth 2023. In a recent conversation with President Lessard, he affirmed, "I am so honored and grateful to be able to have the opportunity to serve as the CFDA President for another year." Additionally, in his President's Message in the July Issue of The Associate, he reminded us, "Remember, we will all be successful if we continue to change with the new ways of our industry." Reinforcing the theme for his presidency, Embracing Change with Respect, 2023 was filled with progressive conversation and positive outcomes. CFDA is fortunate to also have a High-Energy and Professional Group of Officers and Executive Board that serve alongside Lionel.
Reflected in articles featured in CFDA's bimonthly magazine The Associate, were reoccurring themes of Strategic Planning, Succession, Business Practices, Ethics, Remarketing, Buying and Selling your Funeral Home, and the ever-present examination of the FTC Funeral Rule, as well as how well-informed funeral directors evolve in the age of the internet, including online pricing. In late February, CFDA's Legislative Chairperson, Nicole Paquette, testified before the Human Services Committee regarding HB 6701 - An Act Concerning Funeral Assistance for Persons of Limited Income. Nicole Paquette and Jonathan Green, along with CFDA Lobbyists at Capitol Consulting were pro-active regarding this legislation. Through a review of the proposed budget, and negotiations with the Appropriations and the Human Service Committees there was a unanimous vote to restore that allowance back to $1,800. This will take effect on July 1, 2024.
CFDA and its members participated in a host of seminars and events at the June Leadership Conference, the September NFDA Annual Convention where we celebrated the election of Daniel J. Ford to the office of NFDA Treasurer, and several webinars. Our Annual Summer Gathering not only offered educational seminars but honored members with longevity in funeral service. The monthly OSHA Web Series continued in 2023 to satisfy the mandatory CEUs and accommodate the busy schedules of funeral directors statewide.
In November, we honored Veterans in our 10th year for unclaimed cremains with the CT Department of Veterans Affairs. CFDA also attended the Northeast Funeral Service Partnership where we collectively held a ground-breaking symposium, the "Funeral Forward Summit," which focused on Transforming Funeral Home Employment and strong communication within your funeral home. CFDA was and will continue to be involved with Career Days, CT Food Share, the Toy Closet, Operation ELF, and our Annual Golf Tournament. In 2024, there will be continued progress [legislation, workforce, and our website]. While these are welcomed, others may be the unexpected moment where we hold our collective breath, rally our membership to face it together, and prepare in earnest for the road ahead always Embracing Change with Respect.
National Funeral Directors Association President Douglas R. “Dutch” Nie, II, CFSP, CCO 13625 Bishop's Drive Brookfield, WI 53005 Phone: (800) 228-6332 Fax: (262) 789-6977 FAXBACK: (800) 713-0661 Website: www.nfda.org Email: email@example.comReturn to the top