In the 1920s, Laura and her daughter often hosted parties at the home, include bridge and card events. Her activities included the Order of the Eastern Star, Et Cetera Club, and Oriental Shrine.
|Ind. Star, 3 Jul 1924.|
|Ind. Star, 5 Mar 1928.|
|Ind. Star, 6 Dec 1924.|
|Ind. Star, 15 May 1927.|
In 1929, Laura was a delegate to a national Shrine convention in Los Angeles. The group from Indianapolis took a special train across the country for the event. Laura went on this trip with her brother in law John Ray and his wife, daughter Marie and granddaughter Jeanne.
|Indianapolis Star, 31 May 1929.|
In the 1930s, Laura had a leadership role in the Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America. It is unfortunate to see the news articles of the day crediting her as "Mrs. John D. Smith" instead of under her name, Laura E. Smith. In the article below, Laura was the chair of the fundraiser to benefit the Shriners' Hospital in Chicago.
|Ind. Star, 4 Dec 1932.|
|Ind. Star, 22 Apr 1934.|
|Ind. Star, 29 Sept 1940.|
|Indianapolis Star, 7 Oct 1951.|
|Ind. Star, 20 Jan 1952.|