OGR installs new officers, board at awards ceremony

INDIANAPOLIS (April 30, 2021) – The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, installed Evan J. Strong of Evan J. Strong Funeral Services in Calgary, Alberta as its president for 2021-22 at its inaugural online awards ceremony Thursday, April 29.

Mary F. Steele of Arnett & Steele Funeral Home in Pineville, Kentucky, transitioned to Immediate Past President. Paul A. Hummel, III, of Hummel Funeral Homes, Inc., in Akron, Ohio, was installed as President-elect and Christopher B. Miller of Thomas Miller Mortuary & Crematory in Corona, California, was named Secretary/Treasurer.

Returning as board members are Kim R. Hunter of Humphrey Funeral Home in Toronto, Ontario; Raffy S. Jose of Arlington Memorial Chapels & Crematory in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines; and Jamie L. Wieting of Wieting Family Funeral Home, Inc., in Chilton, Wisconsin.

Peter A. Urban, Jr., of Anton B. Urban Funeral Home in Ambler, Pennsylvania, joined the board as a director after serving two years as chair of OGR’s Young Professionals Council. Taking over for him as head of the YP Council is Arianna Rule of Brunswick Memorial Home in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

While Strong was installed at the Golden Circle Celebration awards ceremony April 29, the rest of the board and officers were installed at the board's spring meeting the week prior on April 20. Video of that installation available below.

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