Student Speaker Contest

This year the Lions of Multiple District-4 of California are proud to sponsor our 77th annual Student Speakers Contest.

Our challenging topic for the 2014 contest is:

“Community Service — What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter?”

Congratulations to the 2013 District 4-C1 Student Speaker Contest: Landon Cox

The Student Speakers Foundation was organized in 1960. Its father is Don Snyder, District Governor of 4-A3, 1958-59. He asked PIP Fred Smith and then International Director Dwight Stanford to join him as the organizers and first directors of the Foundation. Don did all the work getting IRS and California taxing authorities approval. He is now a lifetime, honorary Director of the Foundation, as is Dwight Stanford.

The Foundation’s first cash came from the profits of the Lions Goods Store at the next MD-4 convention. District Governor Al Mendel of Apple Valley, 1961-62, ran the store and suggested the gift. The first few years of the Foundation were a bit thorny. It was hard for the organization to collect money when it had very little prestige. Gradually the situation changed and the Foundation began to supplement the prizes which heretofore had been paid for entirely out of the MD-4 budget. Foundation funds come entirely from voluntary donations and income from the accumulated assets.

Past International President Fred Smith was the first president of the Foundation, followed by Past International Directors Dwight Stanford and Robert E. Anderson. Past District Governors Seeley J. Kondris and George “Jake” Jacobssen served between 1994 and 2002. The current president is PDG Gordon Wellman.Learn more about this year’s contest at the MD4 Student Speakers website.

For more information, contact the District 4-C1 Chairman: Mike Dahl (


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