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he fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston, Texas, has been chosen for the 73rd annual NCBVA Convention and Exposition, June 20-23, 2002.
Houston is home to the NASA/Johnson Space Center; the world's first domed sports stadium, The Astrodome, Six Flags theme park and water park, more than 46,000 hotel rooms, some 30 museums, 100-plus golf courses, 8,000 restaurants. and NCBVA secretary/ treasurer, J.C. Clifton! Located on the upper Gulf Coast (50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico), the city is named after General Sam Houston, who led the Texas Army in its victory over General Santa Anna's Mexican forces at the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto. But today it is called the Bayou City and represents all that is typically Texas. The sights are remarkable and each area of the city offers visitors something different. Houston's downtown area has undergone an astonishing renaissance. And the Astros new downtown home, Enron Field has been a hot ticket for baseball fans since its opening in March 2000. Such progress however, goes hand in hand with historic preservation including beautiful Victorian-era homes and great antique shops. Among the 30 museums which are part of Houston's impressive cultural scene is the National Museum of Funeral History which houses the country's largest display of funeral service memorabilia and is home of rare artifacts and historical information about the industry including the Funerals of the Famous Gallery which exhibits artifacts and information on a varieiy of political and celebrity figures, including John E Kennedy, lvis Presley, Martin Luther King, Judy Garland, John Wayne and many more. It also is a Convention 2002, continued, Page 5
Whether you choose to learn about space in the hands-on Space Center Houston visitor's center and interactive museum or fly through space on the thrill rides at Six Flags theme park, there is plenty to keep you busy at our next convention destination, Houston, Texas.
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President-Elect Dan Hicks Ilicks Industries Mulberry, H.
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Immediate Past President Tim Brutsche Brutsche Concrete Products Battle Creek. MI
Directors Robert Hardy Hardy Doric. Inc. Chelmsford, MA Kelly Pellicano Graffius Burial Vault Co. Reading, PA Marty Begun Eagle Burial Vaults Detroit, MI Curt Zamec Wilbert Funeral Services. Inc. Forest Park, IL Bob 1)onatelli Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH Darren Baxter Baxter Burial Vault Service Cincinnati, OH
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ost of us have spent the preceding summer months working around employee vacations and pondering the future of funeral service. We question ourselves as to how many more concrete burial vault sales will be lost to cremation, steel vaults, plastic vaults or mausoleums. These are some of the issues that your board members discussed at the strategy planning session held earlier this year. In July, you should have received a copy of an NCBVA member survey. The leadership of this association encourages you to respond to that survey and be a part of the planning for the future of NCBVA. We all have to deal with change, and funeral service is no exception. If we follow the projections of CANA, FAMIC, Funeral Insider, and others, we need to be proactive in planning for the future of our businesses. Your response to the member survey will help form ideas for all of us to consider as we plan for the future. Please respond quickly so the results can be tabulated. Included in this issue of The Bulletin are the association's Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2000 as reported by the independent accounting firm of Schafer, Mitchell & Sheridan, P.A. of Maitland, FL. (see pages 8-9). I am pleased to report to you that the organization is on sound financial ground, putting us in an excellent position as we plan for the future. *** To All Past Presidents: NCBVA is planning a "Past Presidents Reception" for next year's annual convention. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend June 2023, 2002 at the Omni Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas. I am looking forward to a big turn out of past leaders. We would like to thank you in person for your time and dedication to NCBVA. Come and make, us all proud.
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showcase for a collection of antique horse-drawn hearses and other one-of-a-kind funeral service vehicles. Host hotel for the meeting will be the Omni Houston. This AAA Five Diamond, Mobil Four Star property is a contemporary eleven-story luxury hotel. Amenities include soft terry robes, a private refreshment center, twice-daily maid service and even the kind of pillow you prefer! Be sure to lasso these dates on your calendar. This is one NCBVA roundup you won't want to miss!
Former NCBVA President Jim Wiens studies an exhibit at the National Museum of Funeral History during a previous meeting of FAMIC.
The expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them. They have never owned a record player. They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong. They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was introduced when they were one year old. As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 33 cents. They have always had an answering machine Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black and white TV. They have always had cable. There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA was. They cannot fathom not having a remote control. They don't know what a cloth baby diaper is, or know about the "Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial.
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A Sniff of This And It Could Be Your Last Breath Drug use in this country changes so rapidly that no sooner is information disseminated than a new drug is on the scene. At the NCBVA convention in June in Philadelphia, Robert Stutman, formerly with the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) talked to families about current trends and dangers of the new drugs. But here's one he hadn't mentioned: embalming fluid. According to a recent story by JoAnn Loviglio, a writer for the Associated Press, embalming fluid is becoming an increasingly popular drug for users looking for a new and different high - one that often comes with violent and psychotic side effects. Users - mainly teen-agers and people in their 20s - are buying tobacco or marijuana cigarettes that have been soaked in the fluid, then dried. They cost about $20 apiece and are called by nearly a dozen names nationwide, including "wet," "fry" and Formaldehyde can be bought in drug stores and beauty supply stores. (It is an ingredient in nail care products). It is also available in many school science labs. In addition, there have been reports of embalming fluid thefts from funeral homes. Although there are no national statistics on usage, many drug experts say it appears to have spread from the inner cities to wellto-do suburban neighborhoods and college campuses. Often the drug PCP is mixed in. In fact, PCP has gone by the street name "embalming fluid" since the 1970s. Some of the drug's effects include visual and auditory hallucinations, euphoria, a feeling of invincibility, increased pain tolerance, anger, forgetfulness and paranoia. Other symptoms may include coma, seizures, kidney failure and stroke. The high lasts from six hours to three days.
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NCBVA proudly recognizes the following companies which have a current standing in the Plant Certification Program
Abel Vault & Monument Co. Canton, IL
Abel Vault & Monument Co. Pekin, IL
American Concrete Industries Bangor, ME
American Vault Co. Cleveland, OH
American Vault & Concrete Products Detroit, MI
American Wilbert Vault Corp. Forest Park, IL
Arnold-Wilbert Corp. Goldsboro, NC
Arrow Vault Co., Inc. Lafayette, IN
Atlas Concrete Products, Inc. Orlando, FL Automatic Wilbert Vault Tacoma, WA
Babylon Vault Co. New Windsor, MD
Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH
Baxter Burial Vault Cincinnati, OH
Baxter Vault Co. Baxter Springs, KS
Beck Vault Co. Rome, NY
Brewster Vaults & Monuments Millville, NJ
Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Fargo, ND
Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Morris, MN
Bruns Norwalk Vault Co. Saint Louis, MO
Brutsche Concrete Products Battle Creek, Ml Brutsche Concrete Products Benton Harbor, MI
Buckeye Vault Service Mansfield, OH
Buck Simmons Vault Srvcs. Inc. Roanoke, VA
Bush Concrete Products, Inc. Muskegon, MI
C & M Precast Kerrville, TX
Calumet Wilbert Vault Co. Inc. Gary, IN
Carolina-Doric, Inc. Florence, SC
Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Marlow, OK
Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK
Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Tulsa, OK
Central New York Vault Co. Cortland, NY â– 11..
Century Vault Co., Inc. Taunton, MA
Chesapeake Burial Vault Co. Ingleside, MD
Christy Vault Co., Inc. Colma, CA
Clinton Wilbert Vaults, Inc. Clinton, IA
Columbus-Beier Columbus, WI
Cooper Wilbert Vault Co. Barrington, NJ
Cordeiro Vault Co., Inc. Vallejo, CA
Costello Vaults Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada
Crummitt & Son Vault Corp. Martins Ferry, OH
D.G. Robertson, Inc. Williston, VT
Dardanelle Vault & Monument Dardanelle, AR
Deihl Vault & Precast Co. Orangeville, PA
Delaware Valley Vault Co., Inc. Chester, PA
Detroit Wilbert Vault Corp. Detroit, MI
Doody Burial Vaults, Inc. Winchendon, MA
Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Garden City, KS
Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Great Bend, KS
Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Osage City, KS
Doric Huntingburg Vault Co. Huntingburg, IN
Doric of Central Arkansas Little Rock, AR
Doric of Kansas Vault, Inc. Iola, KS
Doric of Nashville, Inc. Nashville, TN
Doric of Northeast Arkansas Jonesboro, AR
Doric of South Texas Elsa, TX
Doric of Texas, Inc. Houston, TX
Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Newton, KS
Doric Manufacturing Co. Boaz, AL
Doric Mississippi, Inc. Jackson, MS
Doric-South, Inc. Demopolis, AL
Doric Vault of Eastern NY, Inc. Hudson, NY
Doric Vault Co. Griffin, GA
Doric Vault Co. of S. Illinois Marion, IL
Eagle Burial Vault Co. of LA Ruston, LA
Eagle Burial Vaults Perry, GA
Esterly Burial Vault Co. West Reading, PA
Evans Eagle Vaults, Inc. Leola, PA
Everlasting Vault Co. Randallstown, MD
Florida Wilbert, Inc. Jacksonville, FL
Fond Du Lac Wilbert Vault Fond Du Lac, WI
Forsyth Bros. Fithian, IL
Forsyth Bros. Concrete Prod. Terre Haute, IN
Gettysburg Burial Vault Co. Gettysburg, PA
Grable Vault Co. Logansport, IN
Granite State Doric Newport, NH
Gray Bros., Inc. Kansas City, KS
Gross Vault & Monument Thomasville, GA
Hairfield Vault Co. Hickory, NC
Hardy Doric, Inc. Chelmsford, MA
Ham n Vault Service Massillon, OH
Harris Precast, Inc. La Porte, IN
Heilman â€” Wirtz, Inc. Cedar Hill, TX Hicks Industries, Inc. Alachua, FL Hicks Industries, Inc. Miami, FL Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL
Hydraulic Dolly, Inc. Altoona, PA
J.P. Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL
Jacson, Inc. Henderson, TX
Jefferson Concrete Corp. Watertown, NY
Josten Wilbert Vault Co. Sioux Falls, SD
L-D Vault Service Chattanooga, TN
Lakeshore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI
Lavaca Vault Co. Lavaca, AK
Louise11-Davis Vault Service Chattanooga, TN
Ludlow Burial Vault Co. Ludlow, MA
Lycoming Burial Vault Co. Inc. Montoursville, PA
Marion Vault Works Marion, IN
Markham Burial Vault Services Richmond, VA
Markham-Carter Vault Service Smithfield, VA
Master Grave Service Athens, GA
Memphis Burial Vault Co. Memphis, TN
Mercer Vault Company Fredericksburg, VA
Milan Burial Vault, Inc. Milan, MI
Milwaukee Wilbert Vault Co. Milwaukee, WI
Minnick Services Corp. Fort Wayne, IN
Moore Wilbert Vault Co. Evans, GA
Neher Burial Vault Co. Springfield, OH
Nor-Don Vault Co. Inc. Strafford, MO
North Central Mich. Vault Srvc. Cadillac, MI
Norwalk Vault Co. Johnstown, PA
Odon Vault Company, Inc. Odon, IN
Omaha Wilbert Vault, Inc. Omaha, NE
Ostwalt Vault Co. Concord, NC
Palm Vault Co. Ada, OK
Peoria Vault Co. Peoria, IL
Pennyslvania Concrete Vault Co. Greensburg, PA
Perfection Vault Woodson, IL
Phenix Vault Phenix City, AL
Pioneer Vault, Inc. Doylestown, PA
Pope Concrete Products Waycross, GA
Poplar Bluff Doric Vaults, Inc. Poplar Bluff, MO Precast Concrete Products, Inc. Blissfield, MI
Precision Precast Inc. Pittsfield, MA
Quality Burial Vault Co. Houston, TX
Rex Vault Service Newton, IL
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Please return this application with full payment to: The National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. 900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite #204 Longwood, FL 32779-2552 (800) 538-1423 Fax (407) 774-6751 As an NCBVA member in good standing, the total of your Plant Certification Inspection will be $995 (Recertification, $495). Full payment should be enclosed with your application.
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CODE OF ETHICS We believe that concrete is an ideal material for the construction of burial vaults for the interment of human remains and that a properly constructed concrete burial vault is worthy of acceptance by the public. Our sales and advertising policies will be governed by standards acceptable by the public and the funeral profession and by principles advocated by the National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. We pledge fair trade practices to our competitor whose product we will not disparage. We shall conduct our business on sound business principles, striving to build a relationship of respect and confidence for the burial vault industry with the public, with the funeral director and with the cemeteries management. We will abide by the rules and regulations of the National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc., thereby contributing to a stronger and greater national industry.
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INDUSTRY NEWS AND NOTES The National Funeral Directors Association will revert to a "firm" based membership organization if NFDA delegates adopt proposals recommended by the Policy Board. The issue will come up for a vote at the organization's annual convention in October in Orlando, FL. * * * David Schroeder formerly COO of the Neptune Society has been appointed President of the Company. His appointment was effective in early July. Schroeder has more than 29 years of experience directly related to funeral and cremation industry operations and administration. Prior to joining Neptune in 2000, Schroeder worked as the CEO of Community Memorial Centers, LLC, a Pacific Northwest cremation services company. Prior to that, he served on the board of directors and acted as an officer for several private and publicly traded companies within the death care industry.
Carriage Services, Inc reported dramatically improved financial results for
the second quarter. Revenues were $41.0 million versus revenues of $38 3 million in the second quarter of 2000, an increase of 7.2 percent. Excluding revenues of $2.2 million from last year's second quarter related to businesses that have been sold, the same store revenue increase was 11.1 percent. This increase was related to higher funeral volumes and averages and higher cemetery revenues this year versus last. *
Service Corp. International says it has swung to a profit as the company reduced debt and improved margins on higher pricing and the number of funerals it performed. The company posted a profit before special items of $15.4 million, or 5 cents per share, compared with a loss of $8 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier.
Stewart Enterprises, has also turned the corner, recently seeing a revision in its rating outlook to stable from negative by
S&P, after keeping its negative outlook for more than a year and a half, as the sector came under pressure. Stewart's business strategy has changed dramatically over the past couple of years to address the ompany's weak cash flow, significant leverage, and near-term refinancing risk. Instead of the aggressive pursuit of acquisitions, the firm now focuses on maximizing the financial performance of its existing businesses.
There is no better place to learn about "The Magic of Exceptional Customer Service" than Orlando, Florida, home of Walt Disney World. Doug Lipp, keynote speaker for the closing session of the NFDA's annual convention October 7-10, is formerly the head trainer at The Walt Disney University. He will give insights into the unique culture of customer service that sets Disney apartels Here you can learn to incorporate some oi these principals into your own business.