Founders District Fall District Conference

It’s now time to plan and act on upcoming Fall speech contests – Tall Tales and Evaluation Speech Contests! If you are unfamiliar with the Tall Tales format, check out these videos of our District Competitors from 2013!

Everyone has fun will Tall Tales!
Imagine how much you can refine your skills by competing in either one or both!  

  • As an evaluation speech contestant you will improve your listening and analytical skills as you prepare your speech evaluation.  Then, as you give your opinion on the test speaker’s presentation, you are giving your delivery skills a chance to grow even more.  
  • As tall tales contestants, you have the opportunity to stretch your imagination outside your usual boundaries and come up with a story that would entertain, provoke, or mesmerize the audience.

This is a win-win situation — the audience gets to learn and enjoy good speeches and contestants gain stage time.

If you’re not ready to complete, consider enhancing your leadership skills by volunteering at contests – from your own club, to area, division, and even district.  There are many roles for you to get involved as part of the contest itself, from contest chair, evaluation contest toastmaster, tall tales toastmaster, judge, timer, teller, or sergeant at arms.  You can also help design a contest flyer; search for a venue; coordinate food for the event; or serve as a registrar.  The list is long. Take the role that fits you and allow you to grow as a leader.

Winners from your club will compete at area contests.  Winners from Division Speech Contests will compete at the Fall District Conference on November 7 at Knotts Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park.  Come early for Continental Breakfast and be a part of Opening Ceremony at 8 AM.  

  • The Opening Ceremony will start with a parade across the stage, by division carrying division banner, in the order of 2014-2015 Distinguished status.  
  • The Division with the most all-day RSVPs will be rewarded with reserved table(s) at the Hall of Fame lunch.
  • The Area Governor with the most club members in attendance will receive the Roy D. Graham Award. The Area Governor must be present to win the Trophy to keep until the next conference with their name engraved plus a plaque.

District Conference Chair Linda Robinson, ACB, ALB ( will provide more detailed information in early September.Questions regarding speech contests can be directed to your Area or Division contest chairs.  At the district level, you can reach out to Chief Judges Michael Alexander, DTM ( and Marsha DeGon, DTM (, and Contest Chairs Jim Raney, DTM ( and Vincent Vo, ACS, ALB (