Opening Plenary Session – LCI Convention 2013 Hamburg

07 july 2013   10:00-13:00

Sylvesterallee 10, 22525 Hamburg
01 Jul. 07 11.20
Highlights: Presidential Address, keynote speaker Laura Bush, International Parade Results, and Flag Ceremony.Admission is by convention badge only with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Simultaneous infrared translation for the plenary sessions is available in the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.

 2xTzUIP Wayne Madden welcomed keynote speaker Laura Bush


SMiLE Goes Global

SMiLE now means “Social Media including Lions Everywhere

During its inception September 2012, SMiLE meant “Social Media in Lions Europe” and our intention was to provide resources only for clubs in the Europe.

When we were invited to give seminars, officiate a panel, and run the social media lounge at the Hamburg convention we had to focus on a global audience for that event, and it became apparent that everything we do should benefit Lions clubs worldwide.

We moved our blog here, to Our FB Page is and our Twitter is @Lions_Smile.

Currently we are a team of five from Belgium and Germany. Like all Lions we are volunteers who have families, careers, and responsibilities to our clubs. We would like to grow our core team by a few members who represent other areas of the world. We meet weekly on Mondays at 2pm CDT (UTC/GMT -5 hours), and our meetings are conducted in English via Google+ Hang Out.

We also need Lions who will write blog posts about social media, and share articles and other resources that already exist. Success stories involving fundraising via social media are extremely beneficial!

Add a comment if you are interested in becoming involved and/or have anything to share.

SMiLE @ Hamburg 2013

SMiLE will have a significant presence at the 2013 Hamburg convention, providing free seminars for Lions convention attendees, hosting an online forum/debate, and helping clubs with their social media needs at a lounge which will be set up in the exhibit hall.

The SMiLE seminars will focus on social media: Introduction to Facebook, Introduction to Twitter, Introduction to Blogging, and Advanced Social Media. Continue reading

The origin of the word ‘SPAM’


In our search for information about Social Media in Lions, we come across some not Lions related info that is funny, interesting, etc… This info will be posted as ‘Trivia’, Enjoy…

Spam (shortened from spiced ham) is a canned precooked meat product. “Spam” is also a popular Monty Python sketch, first televised in 1970. In the sketch, two customers are in a greasy spoon café trying to order a breakfast from a menu that includes Spam in almost every dish. The term spam (in electronic communication, and general slang) is derived from this sketch. Continue reading

SMiLE on WordPress

SMiLE has moved its website from ‘Google Sites’ to ‘WordPress’.

The WordPress website enables SMiLE to publish articles to the website, automatically email the articles to subscribed readers and automatically post the articles to social media in a very efficient way. It also enables SMiLE to allow contributing writers to write their articles but keep control of publishing by the SMiLE Editor or SMiLE website Administrator. Continue reading

Google – googol

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in California.

Google, originated from a misspelling of the word “googol”, the number one followed by one hundred zeros, which was picked to signify that the search engine wanted to provide large quantities of information for people. Continue reading

SMiLE @ Europa Forum 2012 Brussels

SMiLE @ Europa Forum 2012 Brussel (Left to right):
  • Ludwig Van Boxelaer, LC Dendermonde, D112-A
  • Roman Jansen-Winkeln, LC Reinheim-Lichtenberg, MD 111-MS
  • Tom Van Kerschaver, LC Brugge Maritime, D112-A
  • Sylvie Louagie, LC Oostende BO4, D112-A

Special thanks to:

  • Europa Forum 2012 Organization Committee
  • Hugo Delbeke (District governor D112-A)
  • Harry Buelens (Immediate Past District governor D112-A)
  • Elien Van Dille (Past Council Chairman MD112-Belgium 2009-10)
  • All attendants of the Social Media seminars