Young Professionals Council Charter

OGR’s Mission: To make independent funeral homes exceptional.
OGR’s Vision: Be the first contact and primary source by our members for information, assistance and cost savings.

The purpose of the Young Professionals’ Council is to oversee activities that offer professional development to OGR members who are 40 years of age or younger or who are not yet in primary decision-making roles at their funeral homes and to formally represent their input at board of directors’ meetings.

The Young Professionals Council will be open to an unlimited number of participants who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Own or be employed by an OGR funeral home in good standing.
  • Be under 40 years of age OR be employed in a non-ownership funeral home position.

Chair’s Responsibilities & Terms
The YP Council Chair will serve for two years and may not serve consecutive terms. Responsibilities include presiding over YP Council meetings and conference calls. The Chair will also be appointed to one two-year term on OGR’s board of directors beginning when OGR’s new Board of Directors are installed or as determined by OGR’s President. The Chair will represent the interests of the Young Professionals Council in addition to adhering to all criteria and standards set for OGR Board members.

The Chair may opt to run for additional two-year terms as a Director on OGR’s board if approved by OGR’s Nominating Committee. If elected, he or she may serve two additional two-year terms as a Director.

Staff Liaison’s Responsibilities
OGR’s Assistant Executive Director shall act as Staff Liaison. The Staff Liaison will schedule meetings, record and distribute meetings for all proceedings and oversee implementation of Council initiatives.

Young Professionals Council Members
Young Professional Council members are expected to participate in at least 3 out of 4 quarterly meetings and/or conference calls called by the Council Chair. All members must also adhere to OGR’s standards of ethical conduct, procedures and policies per its Bylaws and Organization Policies at

Manner of Electing the Chair
OGR’s President will appoint the charter Young Professionals Council Chair. Thereafter, Council members will elect a Chair. Members interesting in chairing the Young Professionals Council must submit an application to the Staff Liaison at least 90 days prior to OGR’s annual business meeting. Applications must be approved by OGR’s President. Summaries of approved candidates’ qualifications will be distributed to active Young Professionals Council members who may vote by electronic means. If only one candidate runs for Chair, YP Council members will vote to “approve” or “reject” that candidate. A majority of those casting ballots will determine the outcome. In the event that no applications are submitted, OGR’s President will appoint a Chair.

The Young Professionals Council is responsible for reporting to the OGR Board of Directors through the Council’s Chair. The Chair will represent the interests and input of the Council.

All Young Professional Council members must adhere to OGR’s Anti-Trust Policy that prohibits discussing: prices or methods of setting prices; activities that inhibit free trade; barriers to membership; or any other topics that may be perceived as violating anti-trust regulations set by the U.S. Fair Trade Commission.

All Young Professionals Council members must identify any personal or professional benefits they may potentially receive as a result of the Council’s decisions, recommendations and/or initiatives.  

See OGR’s full Anti-Trust and Conflicts of Interest policies at

Young Professional Council members may not enter into contractual agreements with any entity on behalf of OGR.

Contact Jessica Riddlesperger, OGR Assistant Executive Director, at (800) 637-8030 if you’re interested in participating in the Young Professionals Council.