Annual ACM Conference
This year, the annual conference for the Associated Cemeteries of Missouri was held at Tan-Tar-A Resort from July 19-21. Two board members and our Family Services Representative traveled to the conference to listen to the speakers, visit with the vendors, and catch up on old acquaintances. (To be clear, it’s the acquaintanceships which are old, not necessarily the acquaintances!)
Several of the speakers had things of interest to say that may apply directly to Zion’s situation, including Sherry Smith’s talk on fundraising. Sherry is the CEO and President of Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.
Tom Reichards discussed issues from the perspective of Missouri’s Office of Endowed Care Cemeteries, and Jeremy Mathews of Heritage Flower Company discussed new and impressive 21st century ways to offer flowers to customers.
On top of that, the “Family Feud” team featuring Martha & Todd Kneib dominated Friday evening by beating every other team–twice–to come in both first and second place.