Charles Childs, owner and director of A.A.
Rayner & Sons Modern Funeral Service, was recently elected President of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association
Charles is the first African-American president of the IFDA, and his efforts at IFDA will center around the theme he selected, "Honoring the Past and Embracing the Future.
A.A. Rayner & Sons is still independently co-owned and operated by third generation family members: Pamela C. Rayner, Charles S. Childs, Jr., and A.A.
2006-2007 President Charles S. Childs, Jr., CFSP, CPC, whose theme is "Honoring the Past and Embracing the Future," has assisted IFDA and its members for several years by serving on committees as well as the Board of Directors.
address to the membership, Mr. Childs
said, "I am so proud to be a part of IFDA history.
I am also proud to be its first African American
President, and pledge to serve the members of the association with honesty and integrity.
continued, "By 'Honoring the Past,' we can pay homage to all the funeral directors who have contributed to our profession and made us the funeral directors we are today.
By 'Embracing the Future,' we can prepare ourselves for an ever-changing consumer.
went on to describe the ongoing changes in funeral service such as a rise in cremation rates, and discount stores, the impact of baby boomers on the profession, and the new focus on celebrating a life.
explained, "The value of what we do has changed and has had a profound effect on each of the families we serve.
is here to help all of us in many ways."
added that one of his
goals this year is to make sure that the members of the Association are professional and conduct themselves ethically and responsibly.