Effective immediately, all Speech Contests at the Area-, Division-, and District-levels must be conducted online. This applies to all Districts regardless of their local authorities’ restrictions or lack thereof, related to COVID-19. This decision was not made lightly. This decision will ensure a consistent experience for the speech contestants and officials throughout the various levels in all Districts. With contests starting as early as the end of 2020, there is too much uncertainty about the current situation and the Board felt strongly that the burden of this decision should rest with them and not be put upon our District leaders.
We understand that this may come as a surprise; however, we must take appropriate action in the best interest of our members and our organization. The Board’s concern for the health and safety of our members remains paramount.
2019-2020 International President
Chief Executive Officer