Stan Smith was on the executive for countless athletic, civic, and professional organizations from the 1910s onwards. However, he is probably best remembered for his role as chairman of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games Society, which organized the Games held in Vancouver. In recognition of his work for the Games, he was given the citation of “Freeman of the City of Vancouver” and a personal thank-you from the Duke of Edingburgh Prince Philip.
However, Smith was involved in dozens of other endeavours. He was secretary of the Vancouver and District Basketball Association (1918) and played a key role in the organization of the BC Basketball Association (1921).
Smith served as the secretary of the BC Amateur Ice Hockey Association (1912-24) and president of both the Vancouver Amateur Ice Hockey Association (five years) and the Vancouver Senior Amateur Hockey League (two years).
Smith was the first Western Canadian to serve on the registration committee of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (1927-30).
He was secretary of the Soccer Commission (1928-30), the Vancouver Senior Amateur Baseball League (twenty-two years), and the BC Amateur Baseball Association (1921-41).
He worked as secretary of Bob Brown’s Athletic Park (1920s), secretary and director of the Vancouver Mounties Baseball Club (1950s), and a director of the Canadian Amateur Baseball Association for three years.
In the 1920s, he was secretary of the Vancouver Athletic Club before becoming its chairman in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He went on to become chairman of the Vancouver City Athletic Commission (boxing and wrestling) for six years.
In 1952, he served as the treasurer of the BC Track & Field Association.
Finally, Smith served as chairman of the Vancouver BECG organizing committee from 1950-54. As chairman, he oversaw the administration of all aspects of the Games, including the construction of Empire Pool at UBC, the state-of-the-art Empire Stadium, and the China Creek cycling velodrome.