Bringing Education to Your Regionalt

Three locations, Three Dates, Engaging Content:  May 13, July 8, & September 10

You’ve spoken and we’ve heard. This year, OGR will be bringing four Regional Workshops your way. These education sessions will provide 4-5 hours of CE credit (in states where approved), a light lunch, and lots of hands-on takeaways. See below for all the details. Contact the Education Department at with any questions.

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Great Lakes Regional Workshop—May 13, 2014

Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174 (630) 584-2100


Enjoy your stay at the Hotel Baker for only $129.00 per night.

Call (630) 584-2100 for reservations and mention the group code, "Order of the Golden Rule"


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Great Lakes Regional Workshop —Only 35 mins. from dowtown Chicago, IL
“A Lifeline for Funerals: Attracting Families That Are Slipping Away” Alan Creedy & Karl Jennings -
The 2020 Project

*COST: Member: $125 / Non-Member: $200


9:00 – 10:00 AM               Registration / Coffee

10:00 AM – Noon           
Transforming the Arrangement Conference, Karl Jenningsalt
Learn to provide grieving families with the most meaningful funeral service options possible during the arrangement conference and move from being a simple order-taker to a practitioner and family collaborator. In this session, we’ll cover the dynamics of the arrangement conference, the theory of economic progression as it applies to funeral service, and how to interact with three types of grieving customers.

Noon – 1:00 PM               Catered lunch (included in the cost of registration)

1:00 – 3:00 PM               
Transforming your Business, Alan Creedyalt
Learn how you can shift your firm to a more prosperous track while serving grieving families by avoiding the current culture that sets funeral directors up for failure. Find out why funeral service has difficulty adapting to change. Learn how to break this pattern and develop a new funeral home culture that produces high achievement. (Materials and lunch provided – earn 4 CEs in states where approved.)

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*Cancellation within two weeks of scheduled event will result in 50% forfeiture of registration fee.

TRANSPORTATION: To get to St. Charles (35 minutes from downtown), you can rent a car or take a car service from both Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport. Taxi service is not available to St. Charles due to the distance.

A-1 Limousine (630-837-9601) - Midway to Hotel Baker is $92 one way / O’Hare to Hotel Baker is $65 one way.
American Chauffeurs (1-888-693-5588) - Midway to Hotel Baker is $85 one way  / O’Hare to Hotel Baker is $69 one way.

To reserve a car, call either number to make your reservation. Both companies charge $5 extra for each additional person

Regional Workshop—Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Steering Funeral Holmes toward a Profitable Future”
Chris Kuhnen,
Funeral Profit Protectors
Hosted by George and Gregory Darte,
George Darte Funeral Home—St. Catharines, Ontario
Presented by Chris Kuhnen, Funeral Profit Protectors

Higher profit starts with better understanding the families you serve. Be prepared to respond to three things every family does when selecting a casket. Solve the mystery of which merchandise will sell. Learn which words build trust during the arrangement conference. Chris Kuhnen of Funeral Profit Protectors will share years of study about customer service details that make significant differences in families’ purchase decisions and satisfaction during two presentations of a one-day OGR Regional Workshop. George and Gregory Darte (George Darte Funeral Home) will host the first workshop on July 8 in St. Catharines, Ontario. John Vincent Scalia (John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals) will host the second workshop on Sept. 10 in Staten Island, N.Y.  

Northeast Regional Workshop
September 10, 2014
Steering Funeral Homes toward a Profitable Future”
Chris Kuhnen,
Funeral Profit Protectors

The Historic Old Bermuda Inn
301 Veterans Road W, Staten Island, NY 10309-1209
Hosted by John Vincent Scalia of John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, Inc.

Details coming soon

Post-workshop events will include riding the Staten Island Ferry and a visit to the 9-11 Memorial on September 11, 2014. Check here periodically for updates.