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Announcing Speakers for the 2024 OGR Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia

The Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) is thrilled to unveil the distinguished lineup of speakers for its 2024 Annual Conference, set to take place from May 7-9th at the historic DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.  Among the esteemed speakers are industry leaders and experts who will offer valuable insights, expertise and successful strategies to help attendees grow their businesses. The speakers include:

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OGR Board Spotlight: S. Chase Lewis

 

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OGR Board Spotlight: Kim Hunter

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Honing Your Passions and Moving Forward in Your Profession

This year, the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) is focusing its podcast series on “The Changing Consumer,” — exploring consumer needs in deathcare and how they have shifted in recent years. How are consumers finding and choosing their funeral homes? What services are they looking for? Which aspects of the funeral are most important to them? The 2023 season investigates questions such as these to provide insight into modern consumers. 

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OGR Wins Award for Grief Support Program

OGR Wins Award for Grief Support Program
The Indiana Society of Association Executives recognized the association for its membership program. 

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OGR Board Spotlight: Peter Urban, Jr.

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OGR Board Spotlight: Geri Oliverie

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OGR Board Spotlight: Jamie Wieting

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2024 OGR Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program: What You Need to Know

The application window is NOW OPEN for the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) Award of Excellence Scholarship Program. What is this program and how can you get involved? Here is everything you need to know: 

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Using Social Media to Engage Your Families

This year, the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) is focusing its podcast series on “The Changing Consumer,” — exploring consumer needs in deathcare and how they have shifted in recent years. How are consumers finding and choosing their funeral homes? What services are they looking for? Which aspects of the funeral are most important to them? The 2023 season investigates questions such as these to provide insight into modern consumers  

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The International Order of the Golden Rule Partners With Four New Endorsed Suppliers

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Contact: Danielle Groves, OGR
Phone: (512) 334-5504 ext. 345
Email: [email protected]


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GPLs - Getting pricing information into the hands of the consumer

The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) hosts a Virtual Roundtable series for members to connect and share their expertise, ideas and questions around common challenges facing the funeral profession. The June 2023 roundtable discussion centered around service pricing and how to best get that information to consumers. Topics included how to present pricing information, training staff to discuss pricing and what to be aware of regarding Federal Trade Commission (FTC) pricing regulations. Key points of discussion include: 

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Combating Compassion and Change Fatigue

This year, the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) is focusing its podcast series on “The Changing Consumer, — exploring consumer needs in deathcare and how they have shifted in recent years. How are consumers finding and choosing their funeral homes? What services are they looking for? Which aspects of the funeral are most important to them? The 2023 season investigates questions such as these to provide insight into modern consumers.  

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Building A Legacy: Empowering The Next Generation For A Stronger Future

Chris Miller, current president of Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) and owner of Thomas Miller Mortuary in Corona California, recognizes how important the next generation is to a stronger future.

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Understanding Veterans' Benefits

Funeral directors play a vital role in providing compassionate and dignified services to families during their time of loss. When it comes to honoring veterans, it is essential for funeral directors to be knowledgeable about the benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These benefits not only assist families in arranging meaningful funerals for their loved ones but also ensure that veterans receive the recognition and respect they deserve for their service. There are key aspects of VA benefits that funeral directors should be aware of, enabling them to guide and support families in navigating the process.

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Thinking Outside the Box

This year, the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) is focusing its podcast series on “The Changing Consumer, exploring consumer needs in deathcare and how they have shifted in recent years. How are consumers finding and choosing their funeral homes? What services are they looking for? Which aspects of the funeral are most important to them? The 2023 season investigates questions such as these to provide insight into modern consumers. 

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Member Spotlight: Stevens Mortuary

Stevens Mortuary is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. OGR had the opportunity to learn from Mary Cantwell's experiences, who is 93-year-old and continues to work at her family funeral home. In this blog, she shares why she never retired and how she continues to find the work she does rewarding.

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Cremation Preferences and Trends

This year, the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) is focusing its podcast series on “The Changing Consumer, exploring consumer needs in deathcare and how they have shifted in recent years. How are consumers finding and choosing their funeral homes? What services are they looking for? Which aspects of the funeral are most important to them? The 2023 season investigates questions such as these to provide insight into modern consumers.  

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Invitation to Innovation

Funeral homes are constantly looking for innovative ways to provide exceptional services and meet the evolving needs of their clients. Recently, the Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) had its inaugural “Invitation to Innovation” workshop to explore new approaches to caring for cremation clients. Led by Andrew Loos from Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, participants engaged in ideation exercises to generate implementable ideas. The event sparked creativity and highlighted the importance of viewing cremation services through the eyes of customers. Let's dive into some of the exciting ideas that emerged from this workshop.

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Is CHATGPT for me? chat.openai.com

As technology continues to shape the world, businesses across various industries are incorporating it into their operations to improve services and remain competitive. Funeral homes are no exception to this trend and can also harness the power of technology to enhance client interactions and services. One such technology is ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence program that is designed to understand and generate human-like language. The best news is that ChatGPT is FREE! 

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