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Known for rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community, and mannerly people, the Charleston area has been named Top U.S. City by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for the third consecutive year.

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The International Order of the Golden Rule, thus, invites you, your family, and colleagues to join us in celebrating our 55th Annual Conference & Supplier Showcase in this historic coastal destination. Hosted by the historic Francis Marion Hotel, this year’s Annual Conference focuses on building relationships and finding new ways to approach business in your community. With education sessions on incorporating concierge elements in funeral service, valuation and mergers, and taking a new look at how you attract customers to your firm, you’ll come away with new ideas you can implement immediately.

Come check out the Supplier Showcase where GSG Suppliers will share how their products and services can improve your business, and stay for our Annual Awards Luncheon where we recognize members for their exceptional service. Interested in having some fun? Dutch treat dinners, a carriage tour, ghost tour, and a Roaring 20’s Banquet promise to make this year’s conference the most fun yet.

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Schedule-at-a-Glance

Thursday, March 27, 2014
                    
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.    Board Meeting
Noon - 4:00 p.m.          Exhibitor Set Up
3:00 p.m.                      Registration Opens
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.          Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m.                     Dutch Treat Dinner (Optional Activity)

Friday, March 28, 2014

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.          Coffee and Pastries
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.          Opening Session    
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.          Keynote: How to Attract More Customers
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.        Break / Supplier Showcase
10:30 – Noon               Is it Time to Buy or Sell? Preparing Yourself for Succession and Opportunities
Noon – 1:00 p.m.         Awards Luncheon
1:00 – 1:15 p.m.          Memorial Service
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.          Using the Science of Shopping to Increase Funeral Home Revenue
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.          Break / Supplier Showcase
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.          Great Ideas Exchange
4:15 – 5:30 p.m.          Supplier Showcase Closing Reception
5:30 – 6:15 p.m.          Scholarship Auction
9:00 p.m.                     Walking Ghost Tour (Optional Activity)
 
Saturday, March 29, 2014

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.        Coffee and Pastries and Leadership Breakfast (Invitation Only)
8:00 – 9:00 am          Building Bridges with your Florist: Maximizing the Potential
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.        Break
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.      Have the Talk of a Lifetime
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.    Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.    Going Beyond Personalization:Meeting Families’ Needs through Concierge & Event
                                  Planning Services
11:30 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.                Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.     Breakout – Flowers, Events, Marketing
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.       Break
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.       Annual Business Meeting
3:15 – 3:30 p.m.       Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.       Closing Session Creating Customer Loyalty: The Jelly Belly Effect – Patrick Henry
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.       FREE TIME
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.       President’s Reception
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.     Banquet and Roaring 20’s Casino Night

Sunday, March 30, 2014  
             
10:00 am                 Carriage Ride (Optional Activity)