Student Speaker


This year the Lions of Multiple District-4 of California are proud to sponsor the 81st annual Student Speakers Contest. Our challenging topic for the 2019 contest is:



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.

Student Speaker Contest Completion Dates
by February 15, 2019 Club Contest
by March 18, 2019 Zone Contest
by April 01, 2019 Region Contest
by April 29, 2019 District Contest
by May 20, 2019 Area Contest
on  June 8, 2019 California State Contest

This will be the Lions 82ndAnnual contest.  Awards for this year contest:

  • Club Winner $ 75.00 and $ 25.00 to each finalist.
  • Zone winner $ 100.00
  • Region Winner $ 150.00
  • District Winner $ 4,500 Scholarship
  • Area contest $ 6,500 Scholarship
  • California State winner $ 10,000 Scholarship

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 (