Archive for November, 2010

Richmond Area Veterans Day Activities

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

November 11th is Veteran’s Day and we hope you will take the time to let veterans know that their service has not gone unappreciated. The Richmond Times Dispatch has put together a list of Richmond-Area Veteran’s Day events which are listed below:

Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St. A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center that features guest speaker Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, Deputy Adjutant General for Virginia’s National Guard. For details, call (804) 786-2060.

Prince George Regional Heritage Center, 6406 Courthouse Road. An 11 a.m. ceremony on the lawn to honor veterans will include music by the band of J.E.J. Moore Middle School and participation of the JROTC color guard from Prince George High School, local Boy Scout troops, American Legion Post 120 and County officials. Featured on the bugle will be Richard L. Haden, A.P. Hill Camp 167 SCV. This event is sponsored by the Heritage Center and Post 120. Refreshments follow the program at Post 120, located at 5115 County Drive in Disputanta. For details, call (804) 863-0212 or

St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1205 W. Franklin St. A Veterans Day Service of Holy Eucharist will be held at noon, followed by a reading of more than 500 names of those in the U.S. Armed Services who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since last Veterans Day. For details, contact Anita Lisk at or (804) 355-1779, ext. 313.

Benedictine High School, 304 N. Sheppard St. A 2 p.m. ceremony featuring guest speaker Anthony E. Dowd from the class of 1943, a veterans troop-of-the-line, and a cadet corps pass-in-review. For details, call (804) 749-4129.

Hanover Veterans Memorial, at Hanover Wayside Park. A 2 p.m. ceremony will feature guest speakers, laying of the memorial wreath and a rifle salute. For details, call Hanover Parks and Recreation at (804) 365-4695.

Armstrong High School, 2300 Cool Lane. A ceremony will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., featuring a pass-in-review by the Armstrong High School Junior ROTC cadets and performances by the school’s band and choir. For details, call (804) 648-8027.

Carillon: A 4 p.m. ceremony at the World War I memorial in Byrd Park. Featuring guest speaker Dean Decker, army veteran and commander of The Memorial Rifles, vocal selections, a concert by carillonneur Lon Mitchell, presentation of colors and memorial wreath. For details, call (804) 646-1031.

Veterans Day Concert, featuring vocalist Raymond Elmore, 7:30 p.m., Salisbury Presbyterian Church, 13621 W. Salisbury Road, Midlothian. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the therapeutic riding program for veterans at Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center. Presented by Concert for a Cause. For details, call (804) 794-5311.

Virginia State University’s Professional Enhancement Course

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

M. H. West & Co., Inc. associates Julian House, Erica Cage and Joe Armstrong recently participated as guest instructors at Virginia State University’s Reginald F. Lewis School of Business. They were invited as part of the Professional Enhancement Course. The course invites local business leaders to guide students through role playing exercises which helps them learn business skills. Julian, Erica and Joe were responsible for teaching their students about Cost-Benefit Analysis and Opportunity Cost.

The overall goal of the course is to aid students in becoming competitive in today’s dynamic environment by providing the necessary skills and resources they will need to enter the corporate arena and develop their career. All three WEST associates enjoyed the class and agreed that it represents an excellent opportunity for business students to get some real world advice in a classroom environment.

A Higher Standard: Patricia Roberts Harris

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Black women have always served a critical role in the African American community, from the names we all know — Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks — to today’s young mother fighting for educational opportunities for her children. Others have quietly broken barriers to open doors that were once closed to people of color.

Patricia Roberts Harris is one of those quiet warriors whose life stands as a testament to excellence, tenacity, and commitment to change.

She was born on May 31, 1924, the daughter of Hildren and Bert Roberts, in Mattoon, Illinois. A product of Illinois public schools, Harris attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., on scholarship and graduated summa cum laude in 1945. From early in her life as a brilliant scholar at Howard, she went on to become the first African American woman to serve as a United States ambassador and later the first African American woman to serve as a Cabinet Secretary. Harris was a powerful influence in American politics and a major figure during the Civil Rights Movement.

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48th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities held their 48th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner at the Richmond Marriott on November 1st. M. H.  West & Co., Inc.’s CEO, Marilyn West is proud to serve on the Dinner Executive Committee for The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and has been supporting the organization for years. Marilyn attended the dinner along with fellow associates Joe Armstrong, Meaghan West and Erica Cage.

The Humanitarian Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that demonstrate a commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Among those honored included: Tommy Baer, Maureen Massey, Ranjit K. Sen and Laverne B. Spurlock. John W. Kinney received the Jeffrey B. Spence Award for Interfaith Understanding. Elk Hill which provides a healthy environment for young people and their families to feel safe and make positive changes, received the Distinguished Merit Citation.

WEST’s Joe Armstrong enjoyed the dinner and found it noteworthy that Congressman Bobby Scott took the time to attend the awards ceremony on the eve of election day. Thus showing the importance of the event.

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