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Happy Birthday Lions

One hundred years ago, on June 7th Melvin Jones called to order the first Meeting at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago.

For SMiLE, June 7th 2017 is therefore the birthday of Lions International!

#lions100bday birtday whishes from #lionssmile #lions100

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What better way to honor and celebrate 100 years of Lions than sending a birthday message to all Lions Worldwide using Social Media!

SMiLE create a special webpage especially for that purpose.

Showcase your club or individual birthday wishes to Lions making a short video on Instagram and include the hashtag #Lions100bday. We will make sure your message is display on our ‘Happy Birthday Lions’ page.

To stimulate you and your club, we created a little contest.

On June 15th the SMiLE team will select the 3 best video clips. First, second and third get a small wooden trophy during the international convention in Chicago at the SMiLE/Internet booth. If you or your club do not attend the convention will hand it over to your District Governor.

Post you video message on your own or club instagram account and include #lions100bday in the description!

Don’t know how to make video messages on Instagram or never used instagram before? be sure to check out these SMiLE resources to help you get started

Wireless Passwords From Airports And Lounges Around The World

WWW – World Wide Wifi

In less than a moth more than 50.000 Lions are expected in Chicago for the 100th Lions International Convention. Lions from all over the world will travel by airplane to get there and spend hours waiting for connecting flights in airport lounges. Thanks to social media waiting is less boring if you have an internet connection. Luckily airports have Wi-Fi, but getting on the correct Wi-Fi network and have the correct password isn’t always easy. One solution for this is Wifox…

Wifox is a continually updated map of airport and lounge Wi-Fi passwords from around the world. In map view, you can tap any Wi-Fi icon where wireless information is available, and use the button to copy the password to the clipboard. The map is available offline so you don’t need an Internet connection to use WiFox when you’re traveling.

Offline versions available as Apps for iOS and Android

SMiLE 2.0

SMiLE 2.0

Being involved in the SMiLE project means lots of extra work. Building and maintaining the website, answering emails, writing articles, creating presentations, networking, meetings etc…

Meanwhile we are also involved in Multiple District and District ICT & Social Media projects and we are also active members of our Club taking up multiple responsibilities…

All this to say we are sorry not being able to answer all the emails and request you send us…

SMiLE is all about Social Media and the power of the community, and still we are doing too much manual tasks managing SMiLE. So we decided to automate and/or simplify some tasks…


Submission of articles

Registered users can submit a Lions Social Media related articles directly in the SMiLE website. After reviewing the article content wise, we can decide to publish with only one action needed…

So please try it out on

Some key features

  • Enter title and content (containing pictures, video, etc…)
  • Only the author (you) can make changes
  • When published it will mark you as the writer

This system should make it easier to share tip, tricks and stories and result in more posts!

Please keep in mind that this feature is still in experimental stage


Source Powerpoints

In the next few weeks we will put all the source PowerPoint presentations online, available for download. You are free to use parts or the complete presentation, as original or altered as long as you mention SMiLE and its website.

You can find these downloads and more in the SMiLE resource section


New Social Media Directory

Until today we use a plugin for the ‘Social Media Directory’. Sometimes after WordPress or Plugin security updates these plugins break and quit functioning as expected. Therefore we will develop our own ‘Social Media Directory’ with a working Map.

Please allow us some time to develop and migrate the existing data

Pokémon GO for Nonprofits ???

Pokémon GO…

On July 6th Pokémon GO was released and it changed the world. People all over the world get up, go outdoors and walk around to catch Pokémon’s.

Pokémon GO is an AR (Augmented Reality) Game which means that you can actually be a character from the popular Pokémon cartoon series shown on TV early 2000. The game sits on top of Google maps and shows virtual places and Pokémon’s on real maps. To play the game you physically need to go to these places.

Augmented Reality

It is the first time an Augmented reality application was successfully implemented on such a large scale and it will not be the last! Already inventive people are looking how to benefit from this new phenomenon.

Read the article
How-Pokémon GO can lure more customers to your local business

A closer look

To understand the opportunities of this new game you need to know only some basis facts. – Pokémon players walk around in real world  to catch Pokémon’s in a virtual world

  • Players need Pokéballs to capture Pokémon’s.
  • At Pokéstops you can get Pokéballs, Pokémon eggs and other Pokémon stuff.
  • Pokémon can be lured to Pokéstops to catch them.
  • Pokémon’s can battle each other in Pokémon Gyms.
  • To get extra Pokéballs, Pokélure modules and other items you need Pokécoins. Pokécoins can be earned playing the game, but you can also buy (using real-world money) Pokéballs

More about playing Pokémon Go
Pokémon GO Wike pages
How to play Pokémon Go

Pokémon for NGO”s

So how can NGO’s benifit from all of this…?

Some interesting articles
Yes, Your Nonprofit Can Capitalize on Pokémon GO
Pokémon Go and nonprofits

Opportunity 1: use what already exists

Pokémon Stops & Gyms are scattered over the world in cities, museums, art installations, public, historic and touristic places. If you are lucky to have one in your location, use it to your benefit by posting about it on social media and get people to visit your location

Opportunity 2: take action

Use a Pokélure module that will attract Pokémon’s to a Pokéstop for a limited period of time (30 minutes). Announce the lure and attract players to your location/event.

  • More about luring Pokémons in this article
  • You can submit a request to have your location considered as a Pokémon GO Gym or Pokestop via this Niantic support page.

Have a look at this great example of the Lexington Lions Club!

Do you have ideas how Lions can use this game and other augmented reality for doing good?

Let us know!!!

Social Media CAN make a difference…

‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Results in ALS Discovery

2014, people challenged friends on social media to pour a bucket filled with ice water over their heads. If they refused, they needed to make a donation to help fund ALS research. The ‘Ice bucket challenge’ became a succes and people posted videos on social media and challenged friends to do the same.

As the campaign evolved, people took the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ by getting the freezing water over their heads AND donating money for the ALS Research as well! The campaign became a real hype when celebrities got involved.

Earlier this week, the ALS Association announced that money raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge financed a discovery. Researchers working on a project called MinE announced they identified a gene (NEK1) that is partly responsible for the disease.

One of the doctors involved said “Global collaboration among scientists, which was really made possible by ALS Ice Bucket Challenge donations, led to this important discovery”

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