August 2022

Page A26 August 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A Free Supplies. FREE Operator Training Video. Settlements can now be used to purchase cremation supplies from our affiliate company, New England Cremation Supply. Customer Loyalty Rewards Program Family Owned and Operated since 1995 Cremation Metal Recycling 800-664-8365 cremation metal recycling - responsible recycling charitable foundation Trusted, premier supplier of cremation supplies, funeral home products, urns, cemetery products and services throughout New England, New York, and America. Family owned and operated since 1995 800-664-8365 YOUR NEXT GREAT H I RE AWA I TS . A veteran’s commitment to serve doesn’t end when their service ends. Help them reignite their call of duty in a funeral service career honoring the values revered in every branch of our military. Respect. Dedication. Commitment to community. Visit to download a FREE comprehensive toolkit designed to help you recruit and hire veterans into your business. Enlist the talents of a veteran to bring value to your business, comfort to your community, and purpose and possibility to your next great hire. A J O I N T P R O J E C T B E T W E E N BE A PART OF A VETERAN ’ S NEXT JOURNEY TO SERVE . JOURNEY TOSERVE . COM NEWS Educational ICCFA Educational Foundation Awards 87 Scholarships to the 2022 ICCFA University STERLING,VA—Continuing the tradition of making educational opportunities available to the deathcare profession, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s (ICCFA) Educational Foundation is proud to announce that 87 people were awarded a scholarship to attend the 2022 ICCFA University at Emory University in Atlanta, GA this past July. The scholarship afforded all winners the opportunity to be an integral part of a one-of-a-kind educational program that embraces all types of learning, and provides proven business theory, practical operational instruction, hands-on training, and real-time feedback on topics specifically chosen to meet the unique needs of cemetery, cremation, and funeral service professionals. The following ICCFA members were able to attend the 2022 ICCFA University on scholarship thanks to the generous contributions of our supporting donors: Liza Altenburg, Park Lawn Corporation, Royal Oak, MI; Gregory Bird, Pitts Chapel of Greenlawn Funeral Homes, Bolivar, MO; Grace Birdwell, Greenlawn Funeral Home, Springfield, MO; Jeff Black, City of Plant City, Plant City, FL; John Blevins, Williams Funeral Home, Columbia, TN; Anthony Bracy, Collins Funeral Home, Camden, SC; Alecia Braddock, Arlington Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, Cincinnati, OH; David Brooks, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Cheraw, SC; Leo Carrizales, City of Plant City, Plant City, FL; Eric Casey, Leaf Cremation, Cartersville, GA; Dorman Caudle, HonorBridge, WinstonSalem, NC; Emma Chekoudjian, Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, MO; Denise Childress, Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, Palm Harbor, FL; Karen Christon, Chapel of the Chimes, Westland, MI; Gordon Chuck, Sam Isaacs & Son Funeral Home, Kingston, Jamaica; Robert Cloar, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH; Dorinda Cobb, Akins-Cobb Funerals & Cremation, Blue Ridge, GA; Benjamin Cohn, Lone Tree Cemetery Association, Hayward, CA; Colin Cumberworth, Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Wake Forest, NC; Julius Dahlgard, Bailey Family Funeral Homes, Wallingford, CT; Clifton Dempsey, Leaf Cremation, Cartersville, GA; Pierce Dempsey, Leaf Cremation, Cartersville, GA; Jason Diemer, Greenlawn Funeral Home, Springfield, MO; Misti Drew, Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Paducah, KY; Bert Edquist, Mission Hills Memorial Gardens, Niles, MI; Shasta Ellis, Discount STL Cremation, St. Louis, MO; Danny Funchess, Park Lawn Corporation, Forest City, NC; Robert Garner, Florals Hills Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, Taylor Mill, KY; Sandra Goldman, Hebrew Cemetery Association, Charlotte, NC; Makeba Gregg, Cumby Family Funeral Service, High Point, NC; Mike Harens, Coldspring, Cold Spring, MN; Hunter Hildreth, Williamson Memorial, Franklin, TN; Lawrence Howard, Culley’s Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL; Cindy Hulsey, Bulloch Memorial Gardens, Statesboro, GA; Derrick Husmann, Remembrance Group, Naples, FL; Lexanne Jarosz, Oakwood Memorial Park, Ottawa, IL; Cheryl Kelly, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH; Joelle Kerfoot, Heady-Radcliffe Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LaGrange, KY; Deante Knowles, Leaf Cremation, Cartersville, GA; Timothy Kolasa, Gethsemane Cemetery, Reading, PA; Marc Lamb, Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton, MA; Janet Manger, Ascension Funeral Group, Mobile, AL; Melissa Matthews, Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services, British Columbia, Canada; Andrei Matzenbacher, Grupo Jardim da Saudade, Parana, Brazil; Ericka McKibbin, Curlew Hills Memory Continued on page A27 Selected Educational Trust Announces 2022 Ambassador of the Year Award Recipients Charles M. “Chip” Billow Kevin Czachor LINCOLNSHIRE,IL— The Selected Educational Trust is pleased to announce the 2022 Ambassador of the Year Award recipients: Charles M. “Chip” Billow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Billow’s Funeral Homes & Crematory, Akron, OH, 2022 Ambassador of the Year - Funeral Service Professional; and Kevin Czachor, CSO of ASD–Answering Service for Directors, Media, PA, 2022 Ambassador of the Year - Industry Partner Leader. Established in 2021, the Ambassador of the Year Awards Program honors individuals for their outstanding contributions to the mission and vision of the Selected Educational Trust, their personal and significant contributions to the independent funeral service profession, and their commitment to provide lifelong learning opportunities for all who work within and for this timehonored profession. Each year, two individuals, a funeral service professional and an industry partner leader, are selected by the board of trustees to receive this distinguished award. The Awards Ceremony will take place during the Selected Educational Trust reception, to be held on Wednesday, September 21 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Selected Independent Funeral Homes annual meeting. Invitations to this event are exclusively reserved for major Trust contributors. Donors that show their support by making a gift to the Trust in honor of the awardees will be recognized during the event as Ambassador Envoys. development with the Selected Educational Trust. “We chose two leaders who have demonstrated their dedication and support of the Trust, as well as their personal commitment to the advancement of the profession.” The Ambassador of the Year Awards program is sponsored by Physicians Mutual. “Physicians Mutual is so pleased to sponsor this important award for its second year,” said Leigh Klemencic, marketing manager, preneed. “The recipients are dedicated to serving the funeral profession and their respective communities, and are so deserving of this recognition.” For more information about the Selected Educational Trust or attending this event, visit or contact Stefanie Favia at www. nomi spub l i cat i ons . com 1-800-321-7479 “I Love My Funeral Director” “I Love My Cemeterian” N o w i s t h e PERFECT t i me t o o r d e r t h e PERFECT g i f t s ! “We want to honor those individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to their profession and their communities,” stated Stefanie Favia, senior director of