Newsletter Archives

07/23/2017

GCA Elects new Board of Directors for 2017-2018 Term

During the GCA Annual Meeting on June 27th, 2017, the GCA Membership elected this new Board of Directors. Betty Cornett of Hill Haven Memory Gardens in Monroe, graciously accepted the position of GCA President for 2017-2018.

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07/23/2017

HR Management Alert - July 2017

New Released Update for the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification

To View the Management Alert for July - Click on the Blue Headline

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07/23/2017

REMINDER - Licence Renewal Deadline Approaching

Establishment and Personal Licences

Please check your Cemetery Establishment Licence expiration date and your Pre-Need Sales Agents Licences expiration dates and renew if appropriate. Many licences need to be renewed by August 1st, through the Georgia Secretary of States website.

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06/21/2017

Convention - Sales School and More - Only a few days away

You still have time - Act now to attend

Time is fast approaching for the Annual GCA Convention. This year we are joining our friends from the SCCFA (The Southern) along with Tennessee and Kentucky Cemetery Associations. Great Program, Great Presenters, Great Networking, Supportive and Great Vendors, even an afternoon of "SALES SCHOOL - BOOT CAMP". Don't delay, register today !

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06/01/2017

Convention - Only a few weeks away - Act now to attend

Discounted Hotel Rate ends Today - June 1

Time is fast approaching for the Annual GCA Convention. This year we are joining our friends from the SCCFA (The Southern) along with Tennessee and Kentucky Cemetery Associations. Great Program, Great Presenters, Great Networking, Supportive and Great Vendors, even an afternoon of "SALES SCHOOL - BOOT CAMP". Don't delay, register today !

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06/01/2017

GCA Announces - our 2017 ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

All members are encouraged to attend

The GCA will hold its Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, June 27th at 11:45AM at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Ballroom E,F,G.

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05/11/2017

Convention - Early Registration Discount Extended

Deadline to Save is Now May 24th

Time is fast approaching for the Annual GCA Convention. This year we are joining our friends from the SCCFA (The Southern) along with Tennessee and Kentucky Cemetery Associations. Great Program, Great Presenters, Great Networking, Supportive and Great Vendors, even an afternoon of "SALES SCHOOL - BOOT CAMP". Don't delay, register today !

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04/20/2017

MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP

The GCA is ready for a great event - large turn out expected, don't be left out. There is no better time than Spring to learn and get refreshed on: GRAVE PREP & SERVICE SET-UPS ~ MOWERS-BLOWERS-TRIMMERS AND MORE ~ TREE AND SHRUB CARE ~ INTERMENT VERIFICATION ~ EVERYTHING MEMORIALS & MONUMENTS ~ EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATING PEST (GEESE, ANTS, ETC) ~ AND MORE..... Please join us in Atlanta on April 26th !

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04/20/2017

HR MANAGEMENT ALERT

New I-9 Form Update

The GCA shares important information regarding the new updated I-9 form with its members. To read the complete document with link to download the latest released version, click on the blue headline.

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04/12/2017

GCA Shares 2017 Legislative Review with Members

The 2017 Legislative Session concluded on March 30th. ConnectSouth reviewed every piece of legislation that was introduced to ensure that the GCA would be actively engaged in any bills that might affect the Association. ConnectSouth actively tracked and engaged in 5 legislative issues on the behalf of the GCA.... click on the blue headline for a recap

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03/24/2017

GCA MEMBER ALERT

SOS Annual Reports Due - March 31st

The GCA kindly reminds all PC Cemeteries in Georgia that your Secretary of State Annual Reports are due on or by March 31st, 2017. Click on the Headline for the full message

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03/20/2017

GA CORPORATION DIVISION - REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING

April 1, 2017 - Deadline for Corporation Registration

If you have not registered or renewed your corporation license, please do so as the deadline at the Georgia Secretary of States Office is fast approaching. Just use the links contained in the attachment to complete. You will have an option of renewal with no changes or renewal with changes.

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01/17/2017

Jan 2017 Legislative Update

The GCA looks forward to sharing monthly legislative updates from our public affairs partner, ConnectSouth.

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01/09/2017

JANUARY NEWS & EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Make it a News Year Resolution - Check out the GCA website every month to see the latest in member benefits, Free Webinars posted to the GCA Calendar for easy access, Monthly HR Newsletters and more.......

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12/15/2016

Merry Christmas From the GCA

The GCA wishes to extend a very Merry Christmas to all of our membership and Friends of the association. May you be blessed with all the wonders of the season.

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11/11/2016

MORGAN STANLEY - Webinar offered to GCA Members

GCAs Preferred Supplier is offering a webinar to members on Dec 1st, 2016.

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10/14/2016

HR MANAGEMENT NEWS

One of your GCA Membership benefits is access and consultation with the professionals at Seays HR Management. Click on the the headline in blue to link and access the latest newsletter from Seays as well as view their contact information on the bottom of their newsletter.

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09/23/2016

Recent Question received by the GCA

QUESTION: Could you provide me the section in the cemetery law regarding withdrawals from the perpetual care fund for cemetery maintenance?

ANSWER: There are no withdrawals allowed from the principal of the EC Funds. We have had that issue arise before and the State said "no" to requests from an EC Fund, even for repairs to mausoleum buildings, roads, etc. The only withdrawals allowed are the growth on the funds, but even those are limited, depending on which fund, and how "sold" your developed land is in your cemetery. The "old EC Fund", which cemeteries had prior to July 1, 2000(the date that the new Law, the "Cemetery and Funeral Services Act of 2000", went into effect) allowed for 100% of your growth on the Fund to be used by a cemetery. Under the new Law, though, you are restricted on how much growth you can use on the "new EC Fund". Also, as we discussed at the Admin/Compliance Seminar back in April, a "new EC Fund" was to established on July 1, 2000 for all new deposits into your EC Fund. If no new fund was established and EC deposits continued to be deposited in the "old EC Fund", then the "old" fund became subject the same restrictions as the "new" fund. We have heard of several cemeterians who did NOT establish a NEW EC Fund on 7-1-2000, continuing to make deposits into the OLD EC Fund and also continuing to withdraw 100% of their growth. If so, they are in violation of the 2000 Law(as is their bank/Trustee) and if ever audited by the SOS could be subject to a fine and/or other action by the State. (The State Board of Cemeterians has no authority over trust funds...that is regulated by the SOS staff.)

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09/23/2016

GCA Welcomes New Preferred Supplier

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Please help the GCA welcome our newest Preferred Supplier, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, by reaching out to them to learn how they can help you with both business and personal investments including your cemetery trust funds. You can find their contact information in the list of preferred suppliers

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08/14/2016

GCA Presidents Message

Greetings my fellow Cemeterians, I am gratefully humbled to serve as the 2016-2017 President of the GCA! I personally feel that I have big shoes to fill following the past presidents that have served our association well! Together we can generate.... read more by clicking the link

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08/14/2016

HR News - New Federal Posting Requirements

The Department of Labor has recently revised two federal posters due to the EEOC's new changes in penalty violation of workplace posting requirements.... read the complete "HR Management Alert" from the GCA's HR Partner, Seays Management Consultants by clicking on the headline above.

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08/14/2016

Governmental Affairs Update to the GCA Members

The GCA encourages you to reach out to your legislators to build a relationship. One of the best opportunities we have to influence and advocate for our profession and business is to contact our legislators and talk with them about the challenges we face and discucss the burden of additional regulations.

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