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Castiglia, Hemmerle Partner on Tornado Relief

OGR prides itself on being a place where our members can connect with one another to share ideas and spur each other on to better serve their communities, but it’s also a place where our members forge personal connections that extend beyond the funeral home. 

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Presidents Message: Join Me in Indianapolis

I'm looking forward to seeing you this year at OGR's Annual Conference! Our board and staff have worked to offer virtual connection opportunities in the three years since our last in-person meeting to help keep our connections strong, but I am excited that we will finally have the opportunity to step outside the Zoom box and see each other again in the flesh.

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What You Can Expect at OGR's Annual Conference

Fuel your think-tank at OGR's Annual Conference!

Register for a three day race with multiple educational pit stops along the way! Take the time to reunite with colleagues and friends for the first time since the pandemic started, while delving into topics that focus on leadership and innovation. PLUS the schedule allows ample time for networking and idea-sharing amongst peers. 

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At a Glance: April, May & June 2022

OGR's monthly feature previewing education, events and other opportunities coming up over the next three months.

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Meet the Keynote Speaker for OGR's Annual Conference!

Say hello to Amy Waninger! Join us in May at OGR's Annual Conference to hear her speak on how you can "move from panic to purpose" in your own business even as the funeral profession changes more rapidly than ever before. 

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Express Funeral Funding Launches New Website

Express Funeral Funding is thrilled to announce the launch of their new website, www.expressfuneralfunding.com. The new platform provides a sleek, leading-edge design, coupled with impeccable functionality and a comprehensive overview of the expansive services Express Funeral Funding offers.

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At a Glance: March, April & May 2022

OGR's monthly feature previewing education, events and other opportunities coming up over the next three months.

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The Messenger Company acquires Bass-Mollett Publishers

The Messenger Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of Bass-Mollett Publishers. The acquisition brings together the funeral industry’s two leading stationery providers - both of which are OGR supply partners - whose combined product line, personalization options and technology solutions will create the broadest product platforms available for funeral homes.

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At a Glance: February, March & April 2022

OGR's monthly feature previewing education, events and other opportunities coming up over the next three months.

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Personalization: Are we just whistling past the graveyard?

Not that many years ago, coffee only came in regular and decaf, and most households had a choice between just three television channels. The world has changed tremendously. Consumers now expect everything to be readily available, delivered overnight, in any color they desire, regardless of what they are buying. Amazon and Starbucks created these expectations and now consumers desire instant gratification. If we think we can serve the needs of the 78 million Baby Boomers and their families in the same way we served their parents, then we are whistling past the graveyard.

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ASD prepares for COVID surge and overcomes labor shortage by expanding remote workforce

With last year’s winter COVID spike pushing the entire funeral profession to the brink, ASD – Answering Service for Directors spent the majority of 2021 preparing for the next big wave. For the leading funeral home answering service, planning ahead in the pandemic age requires the company to build up its workforce to ensure the call volume does not exceed staffing levels. After a major company-wide shift toward remote work, ASD is now fully staffed and ready to confront the next potential COVID surge. Despite a recent increase in call volume, over the past 30 days, less than 3% of incoming calls to ASD have been placed on hold.

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OGR Foundation expands scholarship program, now accepting applications

The Order of the Golden Rule Foundation is excited to announce it has significantly expanded its Awards of Excellence scholarship program.

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Join us in Indianapolis for our 2022 conference!

Ladies and gentlemen: Start your engines! Join us in Indianapolis May 15 - 17 for the return of OGR's Annual Conference! 

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Young Professional Spotlight: Alexandra J. Caselli

Alexandra "Allie" J. Caselli is a 24-year-old licensed funeral director & embalmer at Leete-Stevens Family Funeral Homes and Crematory in Enfield, Connecticut.

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OGR international member's managing director appointed an OBE

Jeremy Field of CPJ Field in the UK was recognized for his vital contribution to the funeral sector over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Spotlight on Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home & Crematory – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Marlene "Marty" Shoemaker is the co-owner & operator of Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home & Crematory in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She shared her experiences with running a successful funeral home that has been around since 1905.

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2022 education focus: Financial fitness & organizational agility

OGR is committed to providing you with the professional development opportunities that address the challenges independently owned funeral homes face, and prepare you for the next stages of funeral service. After all, we have over 90 years of experience serving professionals just like you.

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Lessons of the season

Do you ever notice that during the Christmas season, we always hear the comment “Christmas comes so quickly, it's over before you know”?

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At a Glance: January, February & March 2022

OGR's monthly feature previewing education, events and other opportunities coming up over the next three months.

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Starmark’s Basic Cremation Container Line Receives Environmental Recognition

RICHMOND, Ind. (Nov. 16, 2021) – Starmark, a leading provider of innovative funeral products, is proud to announce that its Artisan Vista cremation container product line has been certified by the Green Burial Council. Starmark joins a number of other funeral and cemetery professionals who share a commitment to creating more sustainable after-death options for families, their communities and the planet.

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