Lions Club Hosts Student Speakers Contest

Originally published February 13, 2004 in Orange County News.  Reprinted with Permission

If you have any questions about the Stanton Lions, Please contact David Parikh 


The Stanton Lions Club will host its annual Student Speakers Contest on February 18.  High school and middle school students are welcome to participate, said David Parikh, Lions President.  

The contest gives students an opportunity to speak in front of a group of adult judges on a predetermined topic.  This years’ topic, "Democracy is it Right for Everyone" has sparked student interest and more students are participating than in the past few years.  

Additionally, each student receives $25.00 for participating, and the winner receives $50.00 and an opportunity to go on to the next round of contests.  

The Stanton Lions Club underwrites this event.

Stanton Lions Club President, David Parikh, said, “Our lions club has been doing this for decades.  We have partnered with local schools to give students this opportunity.  

Because of recent cutbacks, some schools are cutting back on non-classroom activities.  That’s too bad because the kids learn a lot.  They have to research the topic and write a speech.  

We are encouraging students for whom English is not their first language to participate.  We will not hold an accent against them.  The idea is that every participant is a winner", said Parikh.

Private and public school students who attend school in the cities of Anaheim, Cypress, Garden Grove, or Stanton are eligible to participate.  Students should contact their Language Arts department for more information or contest chairman John Doogan at (714) 995-8800  

There is no fee to participate, but space is limited.

For More Information, contact Dave Parikh 714-846-1833 or .


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(Front page) Members of the Stanton Lions Club check out a plaque that will go up once it is mounted, naming the meeting room in the club house after five-time president Ed Mendick who died recently.  Pictured (l-r) are David Parikh, president; Milt Blumenthal, who was a close friend of Mendick's, Mendick's widow, Betty, who is a member of the club; and John Doogan Past President. 

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Stanton Lions Say Thanks

Stanton Lions Club President David Parikh (right) presents banner to John Seymour who spoke at the club luncheon Wednesday.  Seymour is editor of the Orange County News.