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Flying to Chicago soon?

Check out Google Trips. Google Trips is an app for Android an iPhone that helps you plan your trips.
Scary but useful… After downloading the app, Google Trips scanned all my emails and filtered out all bookings for Rental cars, Flights and Hotels. I automatically made trips for all past and future trips.

Try it and be amazed or fear it and leave it be…

Right sizing – great looking

A new style to your club website or social media page?!

Changing banner image occasionally helps keep your site interesting . It is also a good way to align with the current main activity of the club or the centenary theme of lions.

Once you have chosen your preferred picture , the hard part begins …

SMiLE blog post: Right sizing - great looking

The challenge

How to …

  • avoid a distorted image?
  • keep all main image parts in view, once uploaded?
  • judge, whether the image will fit for Twitter too?
  • get a perfect look?

At this point it is very helpful to know, which image dimensions each service uses for all the different images supported: Profile image, banner image, event image, post image, etc.

But wait a minute … every once in a while social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. change these dimensions a bit – leading to the above outlined “problems” and challenges.

SMiLE is your friend …

SMiLE team members have the same challenges and questions while maintaining our sites or the sites each of us maintains for our clubs or districts.

So we share some resources with you, which really help to stay up to date with all the image dimensions. This way, you do not have to scribble them down or memorize them. Just bookmark this SMiLE blog post 🙂

You will find tons of web pages on the internet, which talk about this topic. Here are the sources we find most helpful:

A great big infographic covering all major social media channels:

Original web page:

Infographic itself (Image):

Repeated here, with some Photoshop templates:

Second infographic about social media image sizes, slightly different approach:

About Facebook Event Cover images:

This seems to be a bit of a secret, but finally we found information about that as well … Two resources reported this dimension: 784 px wide by 295 px tall (

Here you find some extra Facebook image dimensions, typically not mentioned in other sources!

Equipped with these cheat sheets, social media admins’ life gets much easier 🙂

But we have one more great thing to share with you …


Tools to create perfect sized social media banners

To speed up the work to compose a perfectly fitting social media banner or post image, using the right tool can help a lot!

One of the internet resources listed above provides Photoshop templates for various social media platforms. For those of you, who work a lot with Photoshop, that might be a good way for you.

In case you like it easy yet powerful and good looking, the SMiLE team recommends Canva, a tool we use quite a lot for this task.

Canva is an online service ( you can use simply with your browser, or you use the nice Canva iPad App! We highly recommend it.


Related SMiLE blog posts

To get a first impression about Canva, have a look on the SMiLE blog post, where we introduce Canva to you. Another valuable reading is our post about improving your Facebook club/district page in general. A click on the blog post title takes you right to it:

Lions & hashtags: #DignityHarmonyHumanity

#DignityHarmonyHumanity is the theme of Lions International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada. It encourages all people to bring dignity through service, harmony through leadership, and build bridges for humanity.


Why Paper Cranes?

Japan legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted a wish. The wish of Lions clubs around the world is to spread #DignityHarmonyHumanity through service and international cooperation. Lions are fulfilling wishes of health, hope and a better life for millions of people.

Fold a crane. Make a paper crane and write #DignityHarmonyHumanity on its wing. Take a photo of your crane at a special place in your community or at the location of a Lions service project. Share your photo with the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, …

Give a crane. Give your paper crane to someone you know or leave the crane somewhere in your community for another person to find. Challenge other Lions and friends to do the same and spread #DignityHarmonyHumanity.

See the power of using hashtags on:


Finally have a look at the Lions Clubs International puts
Dignity, Harmony & Humanity Cranes

Google 4 Lions – Google Drive, Part II

GOOGLE 4 LIONS – Google Drive

The purpose of this series is to enable all Lions from one club to have an ‘L: drive’ on their  PC/Mac which syncs with the Google Drive of the club, but acts like a local drive (like C:, D:, …, L: for Lions of course)
In the previous article Google 4 Lions – Google Drive (Part I), we created and setup a club Gmail account with the accompanying club Google drive. Next let’s prepare the club members…


part II: club members Gmail & Google drive

Step 2

All members who need acces to the shared Club Google Drive (‘L:’ drive), need to have a Gmail account (e.g. board members or all members or …).  If not, they need to get a personal Gmail address like

  • Go to  and register.
  • Create your personal Gmail account (none of your clubmembers will ever have to access this mail, so it is personal!).
  • Use a personal passwords to register your personal Gmail account. Do not share this with others.

At this point all the club members (e.g. board members or all members or …) now have a Gmail account and 15 Gb of free online personal storage to store personal documents

If some club members are not familiar with Google drive, help them to get the hang of it.
You can find lots of information on the following links


Step 3 in a few days:

  • Share Club Google drive folder with club members

Google 4 Lions – Google Drive

Do you use Gmail?

Do you know that every Gmail account comes with 15GB free online storage?

Do you know that you can sync the Google Drive content on your PC/Mac (like Dropbox)

You probably answered ‘yes’ to the first two questions. If you answered ‘yes’ to the third question, I have an additional question for you…

Do you know how to add a shared Google folder to the Google drive folder on you PC/Mac?

In the next series “Google 4 Lions” articles we will focus on Google Drive and learn how all members of a single club can use Google Drive as a club file server for free. When installed and setup correctly, you will be able to communicated to club members like “Membership forms are available on the L: drive” rather than sending them links or explaining them how Google Drive works.

GOOGLE 4 LIONS – Google Drive

What we are going to do is enable all Lions from one club to have an ‘L: drive’ on their  PC/Mac which syncs with the Google Drive of the club, but acts like a local drive (like C:, D:, …, L: for Lions of course)


part I: Club Gmail & Google drive

Step 1

Get your club a Gmail address like

  • Go to  and register.
  • If you are the club secretary or webmaster, use your own name to create the club email. If not discuss with the club board what name to use to register the club email address.
  • Do not use personal passwords to register your club Gmail account. Keep in mind that at one point you will want to pass on the log in credentials to your successors.

Your club now has a Gmail account and 15 Gb of free online storage to share club documents.

If you are not familiar with Google drive, play with it and get the hang of it.
You can find lots of information on the following links.

Step 2 in a few days:

  • Help club members set up a Gmail account.

Gmail tools part I: RAPPORTive

Show of hands for everybody who uses GMail. If I would have asked this during the Social Seminars in Hawaii at least half the audience would have raised their hand. It’s free, works on any device and there are some nice free add-ons available! So let me introduce some add-ons that I think might come in handy while doing Lions stuff (or private).

GMail 4 Lions Part I: Rapportive by LinkedIn

The nice part about Rapportive is that there not a lot to explain. Install the Chrome extention and it will integrate LinkedIn in your Gmail web interface.







Rapportive for Chrome

Install Rapportive directly from the Chrome Extensions Gallery.

Once you’ve installed Rapportive, open a new Gmail tab and try looking at an email from somebody. You should see the Rapportive sidebar where the ads used to be.

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