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Time to say “Thank You” – using Canva templates

Lets be open – too often we forget to say “Thank You” to those, who support our work. But using social media and some good looking Canva templates this is quick and easy. Canva not only is a great tool, the team from Canva also provides great tutorials and templates. Ideal to achieve best results – even as a beginner! In this SMiLE blog post we show you …

Step 1: Select the template

  • Visit Canva’s template page and choose the template you like. “Thank You” is one of the subcategories available, so lets choose that:

  • Once you find something you like, click on the Image, which takes you to the template’s detailed Information page.
  • Click the “Edit this template” button to start …


Step 2: Tweak / Personalize the template as appropriate …

  • Change / Add / Delete text parts
  • Change / Add / Delete Image parts

Of course you can add additional Images you uploaded to your Canva workbench!

Step 3: Save & Download your work

Once you are satisfied, save your final work and download as PNG or JPG graphic file.

Step 4: Post your “Thank You”

Post your fresh designed “Thank You” message on your favorite social media platform. Your supporters will be more than happy:

  • You demonstrated that you care about them and
  • you delivered a professional looking graphic work

Hint: Of course you can also use the Canva design for some printed Cards as well – simply download it as PDF file for further printing or uploading to your favorite print Service.

More information

The Canva team provides some additional articles that you might find useful:

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Related SMiLE blog posts:

SMiLE has already posted some material about ussing Canva for your Lions public Relations and social media work:


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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!!!

#LCICON – Follow the Fukuoka Lions Convention live!

During the International Conventions Lions clubs International, SMiLE and many Lions post on social media using the hashtag #LCICON. Because of the hashtag it is very easy to follow events during the convention while at home.
What is even nicer is that you actually don’t need accounts on social media to read and see what is happing live at the convention! Clicking on the links below will get you a stream of everything posted with the hashtag #LCICON somewhere in the message.


Use the #LCICon100 for the conventions during the Centennial celebration!

Mifi – Or how to stay connected during the Fukuoka convention


Mifi stand for Mobile Wifi.

Mobile Wifi?
Mobile Wifi is Wifi from a mobile router.

Mobile Router?
A mobile router is typically a small battery operated device with a local SIM card (local to the country of your travel)

So what’s it about? Well as we will travel to Japan for the Lions International convention in Fukuoka, we want to stay connected to use Social Media, Google Maps, Google translate, Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, etc., etc… But traveling abroad means roaming costs for connections using your personal SIM card…

Preparing for our Pre convention trip, we looked for an affordable way to stay connected and we came across several Wifi rental services. They rent you a mobile router with local SIM card with (unlimited) data throughout Japan (up to 95% coverage)

How does it work? You order your mobile router and state your hotel and time of arrival. The service will deliver the mobile router to your hotel so it is available for you upon arrival. The delivery also includes a pre posted envelope to return the device just before your flight home!

We ordered using the Japan wireless service and according to our order confirmation the total cost is 5600 JPY (+/- 50 USD) for 8 days, unlimited data allowing multiple devices/people to connect to the Internet.


As this is the first time we make use of such a service, the information above is purely informative. You should do your own research on the service, the companies and its providers before ordering. A good place to start are online reviews…

Connect your Smartphone to a PC via TeamViewer

Smart use of your smartphone with TeamViewer and a PC

Here is how it appears a smartphone on a video 8 smile
Would you like to share your smartphone video & audio in a Club meeting?
You can also share a  video conference, by the way!
Want help a friend using his smartphone remotely  through your PC ?


I’m using TeamViewer, a free App for Private and non commercial use

Here is how to do it

Step 1           Install TeamViewer on the  PC

  • Go to
  • Choose the proper download (language, OS)
  • Install it, checking the ‘private use’ flag

Step 2           Install TeamViewer QuickSupport on the relevant smartphone

  • Open the Play Store in you have an Android device, or the App Store If you have an Apple device
  • Search and install TeamViewer’s QuickSupport App

Now you’re ready to connect the two systems :

  • Start the QuickSupport App on your smartphone device. It will provide you with a 9 digit ID identifying the smartphone;
  • Launch TeamViewer on the PC ;
  • Enter the smartphone’s ID on the PC’s TeamViewer application and click ‘connect’
  • Accept the connection from the smartphone.

Now we are ready to control the smartphone from the PC.

Bear in mind that:

  • You can work from both sides using the smartphone’s interface directly or activate its functions via the PC
  • the screen of the smartphone (landscape or portrait) will be seen on your PC, even in  full screen mode


And audio?  My solution? I’m using  the Wireless Speaker System connected via Bluetooth to smartphone


Easy, isn’t it?

Here is a video of the whole process!Bottone 240 x 136

And next?

You want to operate your PC remotely from a smartphone or from another PC?  Stay tuned for our next article

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