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For Immediate Release


 AUSTIN, TEXAS, APRIL 28, 2015– The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, installed Charles A. Castiglia, president of Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Hamburg, NY, as 2015-2016 secretary-treasurer. He was sworn in during the OGR 2015 Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, FL on April 25.

Charles A. Castiglia is a Licensed Funeral Director in New York State with an AOS in Funeral Service from Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, a BS in Business Management from Houghton College, and a MS in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. Charles is involved in many area organizations and has been with Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home since 1981.

“It is a privilege to continue on the ladder of OGR’s Board of Directors. OGR consistently provides valuable services and professional opportunities to its members, and I believe it is needed in the funeral profession now more than ever,” said Castiglia. He continued, “I will bring my time and experience to the membership and help build a new future for OGR and our profession. My wife, Rachel, and our three children have encouraged me to give back to the industry that has given so much to us. We also have a duty to ensure the stability of OGR for future generations of funeral professionals. My past experiences and Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership will be valuable assets for my position.”

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