Contact: Jessica A. Smith,
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For Immediate Release


AUSTIN, TEXAS, April 27, 2017 –The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, installed Charles Castiglia, Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg, NY as its 2017-2018 president during the OGR 2017 Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase in New Orleans, LA on April 22.

When asked for his vision for OGR, Charles said, “We’re going to make bold decisions that will provide Golden Rule Funeral Homes with innovative and effective ways to help families and friends who lose loved ones to begin a journey of healing through meaningful tributes to their lives.”

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 an MS in Strategic Leadership from Robert's Wesleyan College. He is proud to enhance his credentials with the Certified Funeral Service Professional and Certified Pre-planning Consultant designations. Charles is committed to enhancing his knowledge of the funeral profession to provide exceptional care to families that Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home serves.  Most recently he received the Funeral Celebrant Certification. Charles is involved in many area organizations and has been employed at the Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home since 1981.

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