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Student Speaker Contest


The Student Speaker Contest

The Student Speaker Contest, better known as the Lions Speech Contest, is a California state wide contest and is a great opportunity for all high school students in the Redding area. If you are a high school student in the Redding area, contact us to get involved in the Student Speaker Contest and earn scholarship money!

Topic for 2023-2024 is:  “For a better world, what would you change?”

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.

Contest dates:

Student Speaker Contest Completion Dates

  • Club Contest by late February 2024 

  • Zone Contest by mid March 2024   

  • Region Contest by mid April 2024       

  • District Contest by May 2024

  • Area Contest by late May 2024

  • State Final Contest in June 2024 TBA @ Council of Governors

The Student Speaker Foundation

The Student Speakers Foundation was organized in 1960. Its father is Don Snyder, District Governor of 4-A3, 1958-59. He asked Past International President 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 California Lions 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 California Lions 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" Jacobsen served between 1994 and 2002. The current president is Past District Governor Gordon Wellman.

This is a community service project of the Enterprise Lions Club

in partnership with the Fourth District Student Speaker Foundation.

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