(1) FDSA works with the State of Illinois on recent changes to Illinois Funeral Director and Embalmers Licensing Code.
(2) The Department of Veterans Affairs announces the availability of a new online funeral directors resource kit.
(3) FDSA Board of Directors commends Associate Member Dr. Ben Margolis of Private Autopsy Practice.
(4) The 2013 FDSA Reference Guide information and order form is available by clicking here.
FDSA provides a large number of programs and services that are of significant importance and value to our members. Those include:
We offer one of the finest insurance programs for funeral service through the McCutcheon Insurance Agency. This includes automobile and establishment liability and workman's compensation and the service provided is exceptional.
FDSA operates the FDSA Pre-Arranged Funeral Fund which is the depositary of Regular and Affiliate member's pre-need funds. This fund is professionally invested and managed. Nearly all bookkeeping functions are done for participants.
Continuing education programs are offered throughout each year for members and other funeral professionals. A wide variety of seminars are offered for the benefit and interest of those who attend.
FDSA maintains an ongoing liaison with pertinent government agencies at all levels. We try to assist you with questions and concerns you may have.
We monitor legislative initiatives at all levels of government and work with other funeral organizations to ensure the protection of the rights of funeral directors.
A monthly newsletter is mailed to all members and those who are enrolled in the FDSA Subscription Service. This publication serves to inform readers of educational programs and other current events and bulletins. As of April 6, 2006, advertising will be available in the FDSA Newsletter. Click here for a copy of the Advertising Rate Sheet and Specifications.
The Annual FDSA Reference Guide and Diary serves as a bible to those in funeral service. It lists members, cemeteries, hospitals, churches, registrars, includes a calendar section and has a compilation of relevant laws, rules and regulations issued by a number of governmental agencies. Click here for a copy of the order form for the current year Reference Guide. All FDSA members receive a copy of the Directory as a benefit of membership.
Employment and Labor Law Telephone Consultations
FDSA members receive FREE Employment and Labor Law telephone consultations. The Unlimited Telephone Consultation Program from the law firm of Wessels Sherman, P.C. was approved in September of 2007. As a membership benefit with no additional cost to FDSA members, utilization of this program can be touted as the “Best Management Tool Ever.”
As a member of Funeral Directors Association Coalition, FDSA members can obtain a discount on music licensing fees. Click here for a copy of the application.
FDSA maintains an employment service for funeral professionals by keeping a file of licensed funeral directors and apprentices seeking employment opportunities. This can be helpful to our members and to those looking for employment.
Collective bargaining with Teamsters Local 727 is done on behalf of FDSA Regular Members regarding funeral directors, embalmers and livery drivers. For frequently asked questions regarding FDSA and representation to the union, click here.
FDSA has an inventory of funeral flags for funeral vehicles. These can be ordered directly from FDSA at a nominal cost.
We provide assistance to our members regarding incidents with hospitals, nursing homes, agencies, etc. FDSA follows-up on complaints and problems and reinforces the proper way to operate. Problem solving through a large number of members is often most effective. Click here for a copy of the FDSA Incident Report Form.
Each summer, FDSA and Worsham College of Mortuary Science cosponsor a golf tournament at a Chicago area golf club or resort for the enjoyment of its members. A good time is had by all and participants are eligible to win valuable raffle prizes as well as golf gifts for every golfer.
Through the years, our Association has offered its members and other guests beautiful social programs, including plays, dinner dances and other fun activities. These have been held at such venues as the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Navy Pier, Museum of Science and Industry, Brookfield Zoo and other interesting locations.
FDSA is an active, viable association doing everything possible to be of assistance to our members and to promote the best in funeral service.
By utilizing the opportunities and programs listed above, one can save money, keep up with current information and trends, become a better business person, improve professional skills and get on the wave of the future.
Currently Regular Member monthly dues are $85 and branch establishments, outside of the main location, have a $25 per month dues structure.
Affiliate Members enjoy all regular member benefits except the collective bargaining agreement representation for monthly dues of $75 and branch establishments, outside the main location, have a $25 per month dues structure.