VFW leaders honored as they leave Louisa

Andy Smith and Beth Rowley accept recognition from the Louisa County Board of Supervisors at the Sept. 8 meeting.

Beth Rowley and Andy Smith received a warm send-off from the Louisa County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 8 as they prepared to move to Florida after nearly a decade leading the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Mineral.

Rowley served as post commander for eight years and Smith, her husband, for four years as district commander. During that time they helped bring new energy to the post on Mineral Avenue, remodeling the building and organizing various activities. Instead of a few people drinking in a smoky room, Smith said, the post now draws a large array of visitors.

"If you don't have activities, a reason for people to be there, you don't regenerate," Smith said. "When we left we had 30 people coming to our meetings. It's very active, and the post is making money."

Patrick Lane is the new post commander, working with his wife Bettina to carry on the active schedule that Rowley and Smith put in place. The Lanes are bringing their own ideas, with dinners available for purchase at the post on Thursday and Friday evenings. 

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