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www.mountainrnessenqer.com The Weekend paper for the Greenbrier Valley - Mountain Messenqer Feb. 23,2008 1R Greenbrier Valley Women's Fund High Rocks girls andstaff pose while participating in Martin Luther King Day activities in Lewisburg in January. Pictured are: Stand- ing: Makaila Dodd (left), Susan Burr, Ashley Sydenstricker, Erica Lipps, Ashley McFerrin, Courtney Gillilan, Chelsea Wood, Josie Renick, Kelsey Lane, Rebecca Adreanna McMillion, Amy Rose, Heather Thompson and Jaime Madden; Sitting: Sarah Riley (left), Susan Burnett, Shay Vandevander and Miriah Fowler. The mission of the High Rocks is to support and strengthen young West Virginia women from all walks of life. Their purpose is to educate, empower and inspire girls, giv- ing them the confidence to lead active lives and work toward the long-term betterment of the community. High Rocks Co-Director Sa- rah Riley says the contribution from the Women's Fund is par- The Greenbrier Valley Women's Fund, a donor-advised fund established in 2006 at The Greater Greenbrier Valley Com- munity Foundation (TGGVCF), has awarded its second grant of $i,000 to High Rocks Educa- tional Corporation of HiUsboro. The Women's Fund makes grants to support innovative programs that promote empow- ,erment, economic security and -self-reliance for women. Lewisburg Lions Club members learn about phishing Alice Hol!ingsworth, Mortgage Specialist, City National Bank and Dick Smith, Lions Club Program Chairman may appear to be from a gov- ernment agency. Generally the phishing e-mail will warn you of a "serious problem" that re- quires your immediate atten- tion and will give you a link to contact. At this official-looking link, you will be asked for your personal financial information. If you give them the informa- tion they ask for, you are theirs. To protect yourself, you should never provide your per- sonal information in response to an unsolicited request. If you believe the contact may be le- gitimate, contact the financial institution or government agency yourself--do not go to the link provided. The Lions Club thanks Alice for a timely and informative pro- gram. Alice Hollingsworth, guest speaker at the Lewisburg Lions Club's biweekly meeting, told club members, "Phishing is one of the many ways thefts steal personal financial information." "Identity thieves," she said, "fish the internet for names, bank account numbers, pass- words, Social Security num- bers and other confidential in- formation they can use to loot your checking account or run up bills on your credit cards With stolen information they can damage your financial his- tory in a way that can take years to unravel." Typically, a phishing e-mail will be sent to your e-marl, ad- dress and will appear to be le- gitimate. It may appear to be from a company that you rec- ognize and do business with. It "W[ TO m YOUR ImARMACY" I]liliil'~lk lililMIIIIt II,llh, ~k It. l~llh I.Pk, TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT POISONING AT HOME being used, never let your chil- dren out of your sight. HINT: Never equate any medicine with candy when trying to coax a child to take it. Be sure and talk with our pharmacist for more informa- tion about today's column. We provide your family with your total brand name and generic prescription needs, and every- thing in the way of your home medical supplies and equip- ment. You can always expect prompt and personal service here at 370 Seneca Trail, Fairlea, 304-645-1890. We're locally owned and we have the friendliest, most knowledgeable staff. Nearly every parent is well aware of the potential for chil- dren to become poisoned in the home. In fact, more than two million accidental poisontngs are reported to Poison Control Centers across the country annually. More than nine out of every ten of these incidents occur in the home. With this in mind, parents are advised to use products with child-re- sistant packaging and to keep all chemicals and medicines locked up and out of sight of children. Keep a poison emer- gency phone number by each telephone and be sure to in- struct babysitters and grand- parents of its whereabouts in case it/becomes necessary to use it. When any medicine is www.lrritzsPhannacy com grant to High ticularly special to High Rocks. "Together, we are investing in girls and women, building a new legacy of leadership, of in- dependence, of financial self- sufficiency, of giving. The Women's Fund and High Rocks are partners in a true sense - our core values, our visions are the same. We are working to- gether to build assets. We'll use the financial assets built by the donors to the Women's Fund, donors who give because they believe in the positive potential of women. We'll use these fi- nancial assets to build devel- opmental assets in girls, to build a sense of community, to build civic responsibility, to build a road to the future where these girls grow up to be educated, empowered, inspired community leaders." High Rocks serve girls ages 13-18 from three rural coun- ties in Southeastern West Vir- ginia-Pocahontas, Nicholas, and Greenbrier. High Rocks girls come from various back- grounds and all show a strong natural ability for leadership. High Rocks has all kinds of girls; they may be straight A students with a supportive families or they may be having trouble in school or at home, but what unites them is their creative thinking, compassion and leadership potential. They look for girls who are strong, bright, and eager for a chal- lenge or looking to make a change in their lives. Most girls apply to the pro- gram at the end of their eighth- grade year and join the pro- gram by attending camp the summer before beginning high school. Girls who join the High Rocks participate in the pro= gram in the summer and after school through all four years of high school and are offered continuing support after graduation as alumnae. High Rocks also has done projects with local middle schoolers, el- ementary students, and boys and girls from the juvenile jus- tice system through special summer camps, outreach, in school and afterschool activi- ties. They also have a summer internship program for college and graduate students. High Rocks recruits girls through the local schools; also, many are recommended by teachers, parents, other High Rocks girls, or community members. Each girl must go through a rigorous application process, which includes a writ- ten application with several short answer questions, an essay, and an interview at her home by a staff member and current High Rocks gift. Gifts are accepted on the basis of their application and their de- sire, motivation, willingness to work, commitment, and lead- ership potential. Every girl is in the High Rocks because she really wants to be there, mak- ing a difference in herself, her peers, and her world. Contributions to the Green- brier Valley Women'si F and are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to] TGGVCF, with "Greenbrier Valley Women's Fund" noted on the memo line, and marled to TGGVCF, P.O. Box 387, Lewisburg, WV 24901. For further Information, con- tact Elltott at }304) 645-5620. 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