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Marilyn H. West will sponsor the Continental Societies Book Scholarship Award

Marilyn H. West will sponsor the Continental Societies Book Scholarship AwardMarilyn H. West will sponsor the Continental Societies Book Scholarship Award for the first four years. Marilyn is the Chair/CEO of M. H. West & Co., Inc., which is a Virginia-based consulting firm that specializes in management, planning and education services. Through a talented team of professionals, WEST has developed solutions that help clients build and maintain a qualified and satisfied workforce, strengthen internal and external customer relationships, align the organizational structure with the strategic plan, reduce costs, assure the delivery of quality products and services, meet financial and other performance goals, keep pace with the factors that impact their market share and monitor outcomes from resources expended. A broad cross-section of industries, governments, non-profit organizations and trade associations have engaged WEST.
Applications for the  book award are processed with the Continental Societies scholarship program.

November is National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month

This year, National Adoption Month focuses on “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections.” The theme pays tribute to the unique bond between siblings—it is the longest lasting relationship most people have, longer than the parent-child or spousal relationship. Over the last two decades, research has demonstrated the critical nature of sibling bonds and their importance for children’s development and emotional well-being. In fact, some research suggests that children and youth in foster care experience better outcomes when placed with their siblings.

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 requires States to make reasonable efforts to place siblings in the same foster care, kinship guardianship, or adoptive placement and to provide for frequent visits or other ongoing interaction between siblings not placed together. Some States have enacted statutes that protect sibling relationships in foster care, and a few have established laws to protect sibling relationships after adoption. Still, many States struggle to recruit and support families that are able to parent sibling groups, and many children and youth adopted from foster care every year are separated from their siblings.

Explore this year’s National Adoption Month website and the AdoptUSKids website to find resources to help promote and support sibling connections in adoption.

Get More Information on National Adoption Month

Veterans History Project Through the Library of Congress

Veterans History Project - Library of Congress

There are almost 19 million veterans in America today, but with over 1,100 war veterans dying each day, there is an urgent need to collect their personal accounts of their war time experiences while they are still among us. There are valuable lessons to be learned and these should be collected by the nation’s library, The Library of Congress. You can help create this historical record by contributing a story or interviewing someone yourself. Capture the oral history of a veteran in your family or community.

The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project has provided this tipsheet on how to capture veterans’ oral histories on video and audiotape and submitting them to the Project.

The goal of the Veterans History Project is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Please go here to learn how you can participate.

Black History Museum Groundbreaking a Big Success

Black History Museum Groundbreaking a Big Success

A very large crowd filled the tent across the street from the Leigh Street Armory for the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia despite the rainy weather. Dignitaries who spoke at the event included: Stacy Burrs, CEO of the Black History Museum; Penny McPherson, Chair of the Groundbreaking Ceremony; Marilyn West, Chair of the Black History Museum Board of Directors; Levar Stoney, Secretary of the Commonwealth; Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, United States Congressman; Dwight Jones, Mayor of Richmond; Jennifer Hunter, Senior VP Government Affairs for Altria; Iris Holliday, Director of Corporate Philanthropy for Dominion and Monroe Harris, Jr., Chair of the Capital Campaign.

Many of the speakers remarked upon the necessity of the Black History Museum and the important role it would play not only in Richmond but across the country as well. It was also noted what an appropriate home the Leigh Street Armory is for the Black History Museum. The building has a long, proud history which will only be enhanced by its new role as a cultural center.

While the weather outside was on the gloomy side, the mood inside the tent was decidedly upbeat with many people staying long after the ceremony had ended to discuss the bright future of the Black History Museum.

Black History Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony is November 6th

Black History Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony is November 6th

The Board of Directors of the Black History Museum cordially invites you to attend the Black History Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 @ 10:00 a.m.

The Leigh Street Armory
122 West Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23220

This event is sponsored by Altria.

Please note: The actual groundbreaking ceremony will be held at Abner Clay Park located across the street from The Leigh Street Armory.

Designated volunteers will be on site to provide any additional direction and assistance.

November is American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month

American Diabetes Month® (ADM) is designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.

Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:

  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes!

America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes is an initiative designed to inspire people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle, empowering all Americans to cook nutritious and delicious food, and be more active.

Visit us online each week and get tips on staying healthy throughout the holiday season, learn how to host a special, food-themed event and vote for your favorite recipes to help create the perfect holiday meal!

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Happy Birthday Marilyn H. West

Happy Birthday Marilyn H. West

Some things never change and Friday, October 31st is Marilyn’s Halloween Birthday.  Also never changing is Marilyn’s dedication and loyalty to family, friends, staff and clients. Celebrate with her but also give to one or more of your favorite charities.

$1M Gang Violence Initiative Launched in Norfolk

$1M Gang Violence Initiative Launched in Norfolk

M. H. West & Co., Inc. applauds the $1 Million anti-gang initiative having provided technical assistance and education programs to school districts and other organizations for many years.  It was good news to learn that Attorney General Mark R. Herring, Rep. Bobby Scott and Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim announced the community-based effort. The initiative will be funded with a $500,000 federal grant and $500,000 of asset forfeiture funds.

The officials say the initiative includes strategic prosecutions, two additional prosecutors for the region, policing strategies driven by data, and a community-based outreach, education and prevent effort.

One of the additional prosecutors will be assigned to the Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. The other will be assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. They will be designated as both assistant attorneys general and special assistant U.S. attorneys.

Saturday, October 18 is HandsOn Day

Saturday, October 18 is HandsOn Day

Imagine how much better Richmond could be if we all spent just 4 hours doing something together for the community. Join one thousand other volunteers across the metro region this October at nearly 60 sites to make a difference in Richmond on one of many organized volunteer opportunities.

Find the project for you! Registration for projects will close 24 hours in advance of the day. Remember–youth are volunteers too and must be registered for projects.


Registered volunteers and nonprofit staff hosts are invited to join us again this year at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery at 2408 Ownby Ln, near the Diamond, for a celebration after service. Join us for:

• food and beverages
• live music
• a community art project
• family friendly activities and games
• in a festive indoor-outdoor atmosphere

The Celebration will be from 1:30-3:30pm.

Go here for more information.

The Richmond Folk Festival: Event Information

The Richmond Folk Festival: Event Information

The Richmond Folk Festival often attracts more than 200,000 people to downtown Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food. It has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond several years running. The 2014 Festival will bring a new and similarly amazing list of performers, artists and exhibitors.

Hours of Operation:

• Friday, October 10, 6 PM – 10:00 PM
• Saturday, October 11, Noon – 9:30 PM
• Sunday, October 12, Noon – 6:00 PM


The Richmond Folk Festival is a FREE event – you can enjoy the performances, the Union/University of Richmond Virginia Folk Life Area & Stage, and the Genworth Family Area at no cost. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.

Bucket Brigade

Help keep the Richmond Folk Festival a FREE event! A group of community volunteers carrying orange buckets will be circulating the festival asking for your support. All donations made through the bucket brigade help directly cover the costs of the festival. Thank you in advance for your support!

NO Pets

DO NOT BRING PETS (other than service animals) to the festival. We expect very large crowds and your pets will be more comfortable at home.

FAQ: What can’t I bring with me?

Items that are not permitted include, but are not limited to:
• Pets (service animals are permitted)
• Coolers, Large Backpacks
• Alcohol
• Bottles/glass containers
• Contraband (drugs and weapons)
• Laser pointers
• Bikes, skateboards, inline skates
• Flying objects (kites, Frisbees, footballs, etc.0

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Richmond, Virginia

Management & Education Services

Marilyn H. West

February, 1991


804.782.1938 (Local))
888.WEST904 (Toll Free)

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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