The much-quoted African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child” came to mind this morning during our first Small Business Breakfast Club (SBBC)” meeting in Hundred, WV. I would add to that wise proverb by saying that it not only takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to raise up that village.

Since early this week, I’ve been stressing over the weather forecast predicting snow and ice for the Hundred area. After all the excitement our group has been feeling wanting to get so much information out to the community, it just could not be ruined by bad weather. Fortunately, wonderfully, it was not. While it was cold and there was a second or two of light sprinkles of icy rain, it was a clear morning. A perfectly excellent winter day.

The weather foretold that the meeting was going to go well and that our group would be able to communicate so much of the information we wanted to share with the residents of Hundred. While the hopeful part of me wanted a restaurant filled with residents eager to hear all that we had to share, I realized as we began to chat, that the people who attended were exactly the individuals who needed to be there and who had the ability to share what we offered with the greater community. In other words, the gathering was just as it needed to be. Providence, perhaps.

Many thanks to the owner of the Route 250 Corner Café, Melissa White. She was a wonderful hostess, and the food was outstanding! If you’ve never eaten there, you owe yourself a trip. It’s a comfortable, family friendly space that reminds me of the hometown restaurants of my youth.

So, please check out our poster and plan to join us at our next outing in Shortline at the Valley Diner. You can also join in via Zoom. Hope to see you soon!
To complete our salute to Black History Month, profiling notable black West Virginians, we recognize Elizabeth Simpson Drewry. Representative Drewry was the first black woman elected to the West Virginia Legislature, as in 1950 McDowell County voters sent her to the Legislature. Her career began as a teacher in the black schools of coal camps along Elkhorn Creek in 1910. Drewry received a degree from Bluefield State College in 1933. In 1948, she ran for the House of Delegates for the first time, but was defeated in the primary. She won a seat two years later and served for 13 years. While she wasn’t the first black woman in the Legislature — that honor goes to Minnie Buckingham Harper, who was appointed to succeed her husband in 1927 — she was the first black woman elected. (source: The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register)