The first meeting of the Association was called by the State Board of Health for the purpose of having the Funeral Directors take an examination for licensed embalmers. This meeting was held in Tacoma at which time the present Association was formed and committees were appointed to draft a constitution and by-laws. The officers elected were E. R. Butterworth of Seattle, president; Alex Turnbull of Spokane, 1st vice-president; J. F. Jerread of Everett, 2nd vice-president; H. L. Mead of Centralia, secretary; C. L. Hoska of Tacoma, treasurer. The first annual convention was held that same year (1902) in Spokane in October at which time the Constitution and By-Laws were adopted. The second convention with an examination for licensed embalmers was held in Yakima. Among those taking the exam were: C. O. Lynn, Tacoma, L. L. Bruning, Colfax, and E. S. Hennessey, Spokane.
Perhaps the most important step taken by the Association was at the Thirty-Third Annual Convention held in Tacoma on August 8-9, 1934, when definite plans for an Executive Office were promulgated and a Board of five Trustees elected to serve in the interest of this contemplated program of establishing a permanent business executive office. Board members elected were: John E. Brummey, chairman; Chas Fickel, secretary; Ray Lee, F. L. Christmand, and E. S. Hennessey. The chairman of this board was to be elected annually and one new member each year to serve for a five-year period. A change in the by-laws was made later so that the President of the Association was also to be the chairman of the board and is still in effect at the present time.
L-R: Members who took the Embalmers Exams: C. O. Lynn, Tacoma; L. L. Bruning, Colfax; and Emmett Hennessey, Spokane
WHO WE ARE
WSFDA is a professional non-profit association whose goal is to sustain, encourage, and promote the funeral profession through continued education, legislation and community involvement.
Rob served as a Board Member and an Executive Board member. He is a Past President of the WSFDA. He is a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer in the States of Washington and Idaho and has served in funeral service for over twenty-eight years. Rob also owns and operates Dignified Assurance Planning, LLC. This insurance agency specializes in advanced funeral planning and purchasing. They also offer removal services, trade work services and funeral director vacation coverage.
WHY WASHINGTON STATE FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION?
As the professional association of funeral providers in Washington, WSFDA is solely focused on one primary goal - fulfilling the needs of its members. We are the largest non-profit funeral service association in Washington State and your number one source for information, resources, and Continuing Education Credits. We understand the challenges that your businesses face and are highly committed to providing the essential tools and resources to successfully serve you, your families and your business. We are more than just an association, we are your extended staff who are committed to work tirelessly on your behalf.
WHO CAN JOIN
Our membership is open to Funeral Homes and individual Funeral Directors; Cemeteries and individual Cemeterians; Funeral Home/Cemetery Combinations; Funeral Corporations;
Crematories and Crematory Operators, Funeral Service Students, Mortuary Schools; Pet Loss Providers; Suppliers, Vendors and Advocates of the funeral industry.
Continued education for you and your staff with our district meetings that are held bi-annually and the annual conference. Not only do these meeting provide you and your staff with the continued educational credits that you need to maintain your licenses, it also provides you with the latest up-to-date legislative news and developments within the profession as well as great networking opportunities!
LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY ADVOCACY
Legislative & Regulatory Advocacy, WSFDA retains a legislative professional, TK Bentler as our lobbyist and he has worked tirelessly on our behalf since 1985 with active and on-going support in Olympia
Additional Member Benefits
Property & Casualty Insurance
through Federated Insurance - endorsed by WSFDA since 2004, Federated can provide you with rates that can be competitive and sometimes more affordable than what you currently have. They have met or exceeded our expectations with affordable rates and accessibility with their agents.
Worldwide Protection Plan
Offered through our affiliation with the Essential Planning Group, the WSFDA Worldwide Protection Plan was created to alleviate concerns about an unexpected death while traveling away from home. IEA is staffed by specialized licensed professional personnel, 24 hours a day to assist and represent you. A moderate commission is paid to the funeral home when offering this service to your client families and can be offered in conjunction to your prearrangement funeral plans.
Help your employees get on the path to financial wellness with Key@Work. When your employees are financially well, they know that minor emergencies or expenses won't cause financial hardship.
An employee benefit program designed for the members of WSFDA. They offer unique group health benefits programs designed to address the underlying causes of the rise in health care costs for both employer and employee.
Boost your employee benefits program by giving your employees important financial protection while protecting your budget.
You Can Make a Difference
BI-ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETINGS
WSFDA has rationalized districts that hold bi-annual meetings as well as an annual conference. These meetings provide you and your employees with the necessary continuing educational credits that you need to maintain your licenses. It also provides net-working opportunities, OSHA training, up-to-date information about member services and developments within the profession that can impact your business.
BILL MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP
Every year WSFDA offers scholarship awards to those who are enrolled in a mortuary college or planning to enroll in a mortuary college, regardless if they are physically attending or enrolled on-line. The Bill Martin Scholarship fund amounts that are given out varies depending on need and/or the number of people applying.
Job Information & Referrals - We offer on-line job referral to our members at no charge and as a member you will soon be able to post your own job opportunities!
WHY ARE FUNERALS SO EXPENSIVE?
A Funeral Home is a 24 hour, labor intensive business that must factor the overall cost of running a business into the cost of the funeral. The costs typically include items such as; merchandise, extensive facilities and vehicles, services of licensed funeral directors for making arrangements, filing legal documentation and seeing to all the necessary details including working with ministers, cemeteries, newspapers, airlines and florists.
IS EMBALMING REQUIRED BY LAW?
No, embalming is not required by Washington State Law. However, Washington State law does require that a body be refrigerated within a certain time period after a death has occurred. For all other States, you must check with that states requirements.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT THE COSTS ARE?
The Funeral Rule, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), makes it possible for you to choose only those goods and services you want or need and to pay only for those you select, whether you are making arrangements when a death occurs or in advance. The Rule allows you to compare prices among funeral homes, and makes it possible for you to select the funeral arrangements you want at the home you use
The funeral rule provides you with the right receive to receive price information on the telephone. Funeral directors must give you price information on the telephone if you ask for it. You don’t have to give them your name, address, or telephone number first. Although they are not required to do so, many funeral homes mail their price lists, and some post them online.
You also have the right under the funeral rule to receive a written, itemized price list when you visit a funeral home. The funeral home must give you a General Price List (GPL) that is yours to keep. It lists all the items and services the home offers, and the cost of each one.
For additional information about your rights under the funeral rule, please log on to; https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0300-ftc-funeral-rule
CAN I TRANSPORT CREMATED REMAINS MYSELF?
Yes you may. The funeral director can provide you with the burial transit permit which should accompany the cremated remains for identification purposes. Generally, cremated remains may be hand carried on most airlines as long as proper documentation is brought and the urn or container is able to be scanned at security. You should always contact your airline first to check their policies for transportation of cremated remains