Student Speaker Contest

The Student Speaker Topic for 2017 is:

“Is the Right to Privacy a Threat to National Security?”

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.

Visit the Student Speaker Foundation Contest Official web page Here

This will be the Lions 79th Annual 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
  • District 4-C1 winner $ 10,000 Scholarship.

Contest dates:

Student Speaker Contest Completion Dates
by Wed, February 20, 2017 Club Contest
by Sunday, March 13, 2017 Zone Contest
by Sunday, April 03, 2017 Region Contest
by Sunday, May 1, 2017 District Contest
by Sunday, May 22, 2017 Area Contest
on Saturday, June 3, 2017 MD4 Final Contest

Each year, the district chairmen are invited to attend the August council of governors meeting to participate in the selection of the contest topic for the year. In addition, the MD-4 committee reviews all of the materials used for the contests and welcomes suggestions from the district chairmen as to any revisions that should be made.