Mrs. Smith has served on the National Eagle Forum Board since the Board’s inception in 1975 and was asked by Phyllis Schlafly to serve as First Vice President in 1996. She served as National Eagle Forum President from 2016-2022 and is now President Emeritus. Eunie is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University where she was Vice-President of the Women’s Student Government Association. Her volunteer activities in Alabama began with the Junior League, other service organizations, her church, the Freedom Education Foundation, and her children’s schools. As President of Pro-America (1970), she invited Phyllis Schlafly to speak in Birmingham. In 1972, Eunie co-founded Alabama Stop ERA, which she chaired for its 10-year existence. She was a founder of Eagle Forum of Alabama (1976) and is its longest serving President.
She was President of the Women’s Committee of 100 for Birmingham. She was Chairman of the Ethics and Religious Committee (2011) of the Southern Baptist Convention. She served as a member of the Alabama Supreme Court Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics 2008-2020. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her lifetime of volunteer service including a 1992 Joint Resolution by the Alabama Legislature “for outstanding service in support or pro-family and pro-life causes”. In 2016 she received the “Salt and Light” Award from ALCAP (Alabama Citizens Action Program).
Eunie is the widow of former U.S. Congressman Albert Lee Smith, Jr., the mother of three and grandmother of six. She was singularly honored by Phyllis Schlafly in 2014 with the Eagle Forum Homemaker of the Year Award.
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