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For Immediate Release


AUSTIN, TEXAS, May 10, 2016 –The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, installed its 2016-2017 Board of Directors during the OGR 2016 Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase in Las Vegas, NV, April 30.

Peter ‘Skip’ Urban, Anton B. Urban Funeral Home in Ambler, PA was installed as President. Also installed were, Charles A. Castiglia, Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg, NY as President-Elect and, Adam Miles Martin, Martin Funeral, Cremation, & Tribute Services in Mt. Morris, MI as Secretary-Treasurer. Returning to the board for additional two-year terms are John Vincent Scalia of John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals in Staten Island, NY, and Tom Hemmerle of Barnett-Strother Funeral Home, Madisonville, KY. Richard O’Hara, McAvoy O’Hara Company-Evergreen Mortuary, San Francisco, CA, returns to the board for the second year of a two year term. Evan Strong of Evan J. Strong Funeral Services in Calgary, AB was sworn in as a first-time board member to a one-year term.

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