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TOPIC: ABC's of your affiliate

ABC's of your affiliate 24 Apr 2008 15:23 #22

  • srobinson@hawaii.rr.com
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I'm putting together some of my 10 years knowledge of working with FCA Hawaii into a nuts and bolts reference for the ongoing board. In starting with an ABC format I see I can get entirely to detailed right away. There's sort of an office manual and a general knowledge category. I'd like it to serve more as a reference guide.

From newer board members or staff: What kinds of questions were difficult to find answers to when you came on? What kind of information would be useful? Example: the telephone question keeps returning. The board long ago decided to pay for the business line to keep us in the phone directory...yet, every year someone will ask why we don't switch to a cell phone? Would it be useful to you to have a re-cap of previous discussions or should I just drop topics like this and let the new board get on with their way of doing things?

Just go for mega-detail and let them sort it out? With this approach I'm afraid it'd never get looked at.

Put it together as a data base so they can sort by topic? Wow, that sounds ambitious; has anyone done this already?

Anyway, questions, answers, and comments are welcome.

Aloha, Sarah Robinson
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ABC's of your affiliate 24 Mar 2014 11:46 #912

  • Ed
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Aloha Sarah,

We are contemplating an FCA affiliate and I have the following questions:

How much for dues; are they lifetime, annual or some combination?
What is the need for chapter funds other than office supplies and 15% to National;
What are specific membership benefits ;
Are sample bylaws available;
How often are meetings held and what are topics for discussion;
Is software available for managing income and expenses?


Ed Ford
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ABC's of your affiliate 24 Mar 2014 18:12 #913

Hi Ed,

Josh Slocum here, executive director of the national Funeral Consumers Alliance office. The FCA of Hawaii is now defunct due to lack of volunteers, and Sarah is no longer involved.

We'd *love* to help you and some others re-form a chapter, or at least conduct an up to date price survey of the 20-odd mortuaries on the island.

All your questions (and they're good ones) and more are answered in the Guidebook for Running a Funeral Consumers Alliance. It's downloadable in 8 parts in .pdf format here:


Once you read it over and take notes, shoot me an email directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We can set up a time to do a phone conference (I'm on east coast time).

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