2021 Annual Conference

Sepember 7-10, 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
August 27, 2021
August 27, 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

Based on the CDC’s current guidelines, any guest that has been fully vaccinated is no longer required to wear a mask during their visit. Guests that have yet to fully be vaccinated are still required to wear a mask while on property.

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Tuesday, September 7
12:00 pm Golf Registration Opens The Bear
1:00 pm Golf - Shot Gun Start The Bear
7:00 - 10:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In
Wednesday, September 8
7:00 am - 1:45 pm Exhibitor Move-In
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration
9:15 - 10:30 am Annual Meeting
10:45 - 11:45 am Workshop - Scott Gilligan, FTC - Rule Compliance
12:00 - 2:00 pm Workshop/Luncheon - Keynote Speaker - Mark Lindquist, Passion! 8 Steps to Ignite Yours
2:00 - 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall - Grand Opening
Thursday, September 9
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
8:30 - 9:30 am

Workshop - Tom Buist, Embalming Infants and Children

9:45 - 10:45 am

Service of Remembrance

11:00 am - 3:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open - Lunch at 12:00 pm
11:30 am - 1:15 pm Past President's Lunch (Invitaiton only)
1:30 - 3:00 pm Mortuary Science Foundation Meeting (Invitation only)
3:00 pm Exhibitor Move Out
3:15 - 4:15 pm Workshop - Eli Zaret & Dr. John Canine, Grief is Love Lost: Online Bereavement Aftercare
4:30 - 6:00 pm Honors Reception
8:00 - 11:00 pm MFDA Party
Friday, September 10
8:00 - 11:00 am Registration
9:00 - 10:30 am Workshop - Glenda Stansbury, Gathering From Afar - Now and Then-The F Words of COVID
10:45 am - 12:45 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 August 7, 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.