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By any measure, OGR members are stand-outs in terms of commitment to their profession, their families and their communities.
OGR's award and scholarship programs enable the association to acknowledge member achievements and support the career goals of promising mortuary science students. Winners are acknowledged in The Independent®, on the website and at the Annual Conference.
For questions, contact the Education Department, (800) 637-8030.
In 2002, OGR instituted its most prestigious award, the Golden Light Award, to salute professional excellence exemplified by individual members who have inspired others by their commitment to service.
As an OGR member, you have opportunity each year to nominate a fellow member who has distinguished him- or herself in the funeral profession through OGR involvement, community service or volunteer activities that demonstrate "service measured not by gold, but by the Golden Rule."
Current Golden Light Award Winner
OGR is privileged to bestow its 2016 Golden Light Award to John Kreidler.
About John Kreidler:
His civic involvement has included serving as a committee member, board member, and chairman for the city of McAllen, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, McAllen Rotary Club, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boy Scouts, American Heart Association, and the History Museum of South Texas. John has also served on OGR’s Board of Directors as well as several of its committees and as a Regional Chair. John and his wife Kay have three children.
Past Golden Light Award Winners
Launched in 2008, the Golden Rule Community Service Award singles out a member firm for outstanding service to the community performed during the calendar year.
Martin Funeral, Cremation, & Tribute Services, Mt. Morris, Mich.
October is deemed “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month,” so Martin Funeral, Cremation, & Tribute Services dedicated that month to supporting all families who have suffered this type of loss in their community in Michigan. Since 2007, throughout the month of October, they offer three separate events to support not only the families they’ve served, but all families in the communities where their funeral homes are located.
These events include:
1) An ongoing “Remembrance Candle Showcase”
Past Golden Rule Community Service Award Winners
2015 Oliverie Funeral Home, Manchester Township, NJ
2014 Brunswick Memorial Home, East Brunswick, NJ
2013 Gardinier Funeral Home, Franklin, Penn.
2012 Joseph Pray, Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, Mich.
2011 Miles T. Martin Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, Mich.
2010 Brunswick Funeral Home, East Brunswick, NJ
2009 Arnett & Steele Funeral Home, Pineville, Ky.
The Exemplary Service Awards recognize Golden Rule firms that have displayed outstanding professionalism and exemplary service.
The Exemplary Service Award is given to the top three nominees every year chosen by OGR members and is based on feedback OGR receives through the Family Contact Program. The Family Contact Program is an exclusive OGR member benefit that gathers feedback from families that participants have done services for.
The criteria for receiving an Exemplary Service Award are 1) Your funeral home must be a current participant in OGR's Family Contact Program and 2) Your funeral home must have received a comment or comments that represent family satisfaction with your services and indicate that the funeral home performed in an exemplary manner going above and beyond the expected. Visit www.ogr.org/family-contact for more information about the Family Contact Program and how to join.
Contact the Family Contact Program Manager (800) 637-8030 with any questions.
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Plummer Funeral Home, Litchfield, IL
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