2021 Annual Conference

June 21-24, 2021
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa 

Please note: You will receive a registration confirmation email after registering. This is not a payment receipt.  You will receive a separate payment confirmation email if you are paying by credit card.

Registration Rates

If Registered by
June 11, 2021
June 11, 2021
Member / Spouse $100 $150
MFDA Retiree / Spouse $75 $75
Non-Member $300 $300
MFDA Student $0 $0
MFDA Past President $0 $0
777 Club $0 $0
Golf Outing            $210

Notice of COVID-19 Exposure Risk

The Michigan Funeral Directors Association’s 2021 Annual Convention and Exhibition will be conducted in compliance with state and local health department requirements and CDC guidelines, including social distancing practices, to protect our members, exhibitors, and guests from exposure to COVID-19.  As a condition of entering the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (“Resort”) facilities, you agree to comply with the applicable safe practices set forth below as well as following the instructions of Resort staff regarding interaction with others and safe distancing:

  • A face mask that completely covers the mouth and nose must be worn at all times while in the Resort facility. Bandanas, gaiters, and face coverings with valves that allow unfiltered exhaled air to escape will no longer be allowed. These select face coverings allow unfiltered exhaled air to escape and are no longer considered a best practice.  This policy applies to the Resort, Turtle Creek Casino, and Leelanau Sands Casino and there are no exceptions to this policy.  Masks must be worn inside the Resort and at outdoor functions in group settings. 
  • Please maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from all persons at all times while you are in the Resort facility.
  • Do not shake hands, offer embraces or engage in any person-to-person contact with individuals while in the Resort facility.
  • Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will take temperatures upon entry to the building and has hand sanitizer throughout the Resort facility. Please use it, especially as you enter and leave the facility.

You may not enter the Resort facilities if you have or have had in the past 14 days a cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, flu-like symptoms, gastrointestinal upset, or experienced a loss of taste or smell. Also, you are advised that if you are aged 65 and over or if you have any health risks such as asthma, cardio ailments, chronic lung or kidney disease, diabetes, compromised immune system, liver disease, or severe obesity, you are at greater risk of serious illness or death if you contract COVID-19.

Regardless of our adherence to CDC and health department requirements and recommendations, there is a risk of COVID-19 exposure whenever you enter into a public space or building with other people.  Please do not enter the Resort facilities unless you are willing to assume that risk.


Monday, June 21
9:00 am Golf Registration Opens The Bear
10:00 am Golf - Shot Gun Start The Bear
6:00 - 10:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In
Tuesday, June 22
7:00 am - 1:45 pm Exhibitor Move-In
7:00 am - 6:00 pm Registration
8:00 - 9:30 am Annual Meeting
9:45 - 11:00 am Service of Remembrance
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Workshop - Keynote Speaker - Mark Lindquist
2:00 - 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall - Grand Opening
Wednesday, June 23
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
8:30 - 10:00 am

Workshop - Glenda Stansbury

10:15 - 11:15 am

Workshop - Eli Zaret & Dr. John Canine

11:30 am - 3:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
11:30 am - 1:15 pm Past President's Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 pm Mortuary Science Foundation Meeting
3:30 pm Exhibitor Move Out
3:45 - 4:45 pm Workshop - Scott Gilligan
5:00 - 6:30 pm Honors Reception
8:00 - 11:00 pm MFDA Party
Thursday, June 24
8:30 - 11:00 am Registration
9:00 - 10:00 am Workshop - Tom Buist
10:15 am - 12:15 pm OSHA & Medical Waste Training - Stephen R. Kemp, CFSP

Hotel Reservation Instructions

Reserve your room at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa by visiting the website or by calling the hotel reservation’s department at 1-800-968-7352 and mentioning the Michigan Funeral Directors Association to receive the discounted rates. The hotel will honor the discounted rates prior to and after the convention dates, if there is availability. MFDA’s discounted rates are available through May 21, 2021.

Golf Outing

The Bear

Golf is $210 per person

Dress Code:  proper golf attire, a collared shirt and either slacks or knee length shorts.  Sorry, blue jeans are not permitted.

Welcome to The Bear, every bit the animal it was when Jack Nicklaus first unleashed the course on June 17, 1985. Celebrated as one of the toughest 18 holes in Michigan, The Bear was ranked as the 18th toughest course in America, according to Golf Digest. This beautiful course offers the best of Traverse City golf and regularly stands out as a top golf course in Michigan.

Nicklaus’ signature design features Scottish terraced fairways, tiered greens, deep grassy roughs, moguls and mounds, and deep pot bunkers. With rolling land, trees, lakes, streams, fruit orchards, and a variety of wildlife, The Bear features a mixture of different elements golfers rarely see on one course. This is northern Michigan golf at its finest.

The Bear’s name is a tribute to its designer, Jack Nicklaus, whose trademark blonde hair earned him the nickname “the Golden Bear.” Born in 1940, Jack Nicklaus is a legend both as a player and a course designer. His competitive career spanned five decades, including 18 professional major championship titles. He is the only player in history to have won each of the game’s majors at least three times and is the only player to have completed the career “Grand Slam” on both the regular and senior tours.