Contact: Jessica A. Smith,
Assistant Executive Director
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For Immediate Release


AUSTIN, TEXAS, April 27, 2017 –The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, installed its 2017-2018 Board of Directors during the OGR 2017 Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase in New Orleans, LA on April 21.

Charles A. Castiglia, Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg, NY was installed as President. Peter “Skip” Urban, Urban Funeral Home, Ambler, PA was installed as Immediate Past President. The 2017-2018 Board also includes Adam Miles Martin, Martin Funeral, Cremation, & Tribute Services in Mt. Morris, MI as President-Elect and Tom Hemmerle of Barnett-Strother Funeral Home, Madisonville, KY as Secretary-Treasurer. Returning to the Board are Evan Strong of Evan J. Strong Funeral Services in Calgary, AB, Richard O’Hara, McAvoy O’Hara Company-Evergreen Mortuary, San Francisco, CA, and John Vincent Scalia of John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals in Staten Island, NY. Mary Steele, Arnett & Steele Funeral Home in Pineville, KY was sworn in as a first-time board member to a two-year term.

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