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This section is updated frequently with pertinent information from AGEG and regulatory agencies.  We encourage you to bookmark this page and visit it often.  It is important AGEG Members have added staff@ageg.org to their email address book to ensure you receive AGEG emails. As a reminder, check your email frequently, including spam/junk folder.

WHAT'S NEW 

Visit the sections below to view more information: 

  • 2020 Clinic: AGEG Cancels the 2020 Annual Clinic 
  • COVID-19 
    • Governor Brian P. Kemp: Executive Order effective July 1, 2020
    • Georgia Board of Funeral Service: Updated Guidance
  • News from the Georgia Department of Public Health: State Office of Vital Records: Effective July 1 - Zoho Ticketing Form-Update
We have updated the drop down windows below to contain the most recent information and guidance for quick reference. We encourage you to visit the links included in each section.

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AGEG Cancels the 2020 Annual Clinic

July 2, 2020 - Safeguarding the health of our attendees, sponsors, speakers, staff, and our communities is paramount to the AGEG Board of Directors. With the recent spikes in COVID-19 cases and careful consultation with our speakers, venues and hotels, the AGEG Board of Directors has made the decision to officially cancel the 2020 AGEG Annual Clinic. With the cancellation, the AGEG Board of Directors unanimously voted to freeze the AGEG Board of Directors for 2020-2021.

AGEG will be offering webinars this fall to our 2020 members to assist in earning the required continuing education hours. We look forward to announcing more details very soon. We encourage those who planned to pay their membership dues onsite, to take a moment and do so now.

Those who pre-registered for the 2020 Clinic (attendance, banquet, golf, or sponsorship) may notify AGEG in writing by July 31, 2020 of the following option of their choice:

  • Consider my 2020 Clinic registration payment as a contribution to the association
  • Convert my 2020 Clinic registration payment to a pre-paid 2021 Clinic registration
  • Refund my 2020 Clinic registration payment

Please note: Membership dues are payable each year regardless of clinic attendance and are not refundable due to the clinic cancellation.

If you made a room reservation for the 2020 Clinic, please review the following information:

  • Reservations made with the Holiday Inn Express must be canceled personally by you, not by AGEG. Please call the hotel directly, (478) 994-9697.
  • Reservations made with the La Quinta Inn & Suites will be automatically canceled. If you would like to confirm your reservations has been canceled, call the hotel directly (478) 885-2500.

The AGEG Board of Directors and staff appreciate your support of the association and our events. As always, we encourage you to contact us if we may be of any assistance.




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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The AGEG Board of Directors encourage all funeral service professionals to follow Federal and State orders, follow CDC guidance, and practice best practices. NOTE: Your local authorities and public health officials may have more stringent orders/mandates than what the CDC has recommended. In these cases, you should defer to your local officials.

As the situation is rapidly changing, we recommend you review the information below often. While we do our best to post guidance and information in real time, you should visit the links provided which will take you to the individual agency websites to ensure the most recent items

We encourage you to share all guidance and information immediately with your staff. There are numerous printable resources for your use in your funeral home and shared with your staff and the families you serve.

Click below to open / close the drop down windows.


AGEG Membership

AGEG is the only association in Georgia which focuses on Embalmers!  Our members are a great pool of information for embalmers across the state.  We hope you will be a part of this great association.  Visit HERE for more information and our membership form. 


Funeral Service License Renewals - Updated Information from the Georgia Board of Funeral Service

The deadline for renewal for all license types was March 31, 2020. If you did not complete your renewal by the April 30th late renewal deadline your license is now lapsed and you will need to reinstate your license. Applications for reinstatement can be found under the "Application/Form Downloads" tab of the Georgia Board of Funeral Service website, HERE.

Have you confirmed your license renewal? What is the current status of your license? Please use the online "Licensure Search" feature to confirm that your renewal was completed. Be sure to check the current status and the license expiration date. If the information does not reflect that your license is "Active" with an expiration date of 3/31/2022 then your renewal has not been completed.


News from the Georgia Department of Public Health

State Office of Vital Records: Zoho Ticketing Form-Update

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Greetings from the State Office of Vital Records,

On Monday, July 1st, 2020, the State Office of Vital Records will implement three new fields to our ticketing form that you see when clicking on the “Report GAVERS Issues” link. Take a moment to review the fields below and if you have additional questions, please reach out to your Regional Consultant for further details. You may also submit a ticket via the ‘Report GAVERS Issue(s)’ link located on the home page of GAVERS.

The added fields are:

1. Is this a ticket resubmission?: This field will have the options of “yes” or “no”. If you are resubmitting a ticket choose “yes” and enter your ticket number in the next field. If this is the first time submitting a specific request you can select “no”.

2. If yes, provide previous ticket number: This field will accept only numerical characters. If you answered yes to the “is this a ticket resubmission” enter your previous ticket number in this field.

3. Record date of event: If you are submitting a ticket to request assistance with a record, enter the date of the event (DOB/DOD) in this field.

Note: If you open the form after July 1st to submit a ticket and you notice that the new fields did not appear, press and hold [CTRL] + [F5] simultaneously for two seconds to refresh the page: If after you perform the key sequence you do not see the new fields, use the form you see to submit a ticket to request technical assistance regarding this matter.

Regards,
Operations Support Team
Data Integrity & Analytics 
State Office of Vital Records

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Georgia Department of Public Health: Rules Changes Governing Vital Records

The Georgia Department of Public Health has made rule changes governing Vital Records and the following: 

If you have any questions about these forms you should contact the State Office of Vital Records.


Proposed Amendments to Joint Secretary Rules

June 10, 2020

This correspondence is in regards to proposed rule changes being considered by the Joint Secretary-Professional Licensing Boards Division (hereinafter "Agency"). The proposed rules may be viewed at the Agency's website using the following link: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/joint_secretary_proposed_rules_admendments  

Any questions or comments may be directed to the Board by calling the following number: 844-753-7825.

Best Regards,
The Joint Secretary-Professional Licensing Boards Division 

NOTE: From the Georgia Board of Funeral Service: Rules 295-16 & 17 affect all the boards but should not change how any of our boards are currently operating. This is something that the Division is adopting as there was a change in statutes O.C.G.A. § 50-13-9 and 50 13-11. 


Richard L. Stewart Memorial Scholarship

AGEG is currently accepting applications for the Richard L. Stewart Memorial Scholarship.  Mortuary Students in their final quarter of studies are eligible.  To view all eligibility requirements and for the scholarship application, visit HERE

  • Fully completed Scholarship submissions including official transcripts should be mailed to the AGEG office.
  • Our 2021 Scholarship Submission Deadline is December 31, 2020. 


2020-2021 AGEG Board Members

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(L-R) Mike Cloud, Lee Mack Pierce, Kathryn H. Croft, Richard Jenkins, Darren Ford, Dan McSwords, and Russell Page


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