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JULY 27th - Will Barkan - My 1,500 mile Hike Adventures on the Pacific Coast Trail

7/27 - Will Barkan Talks Hiking Adventure on PCT / Chair: J.J. Panzer

7/27 - Will Barkan Talks Hiking Adventure on PCT / Chair: J.J. Panzer

Will Barkan will present on his recent experience hiking 1,500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) between the Mexican border and Canada. He will discuss the varied terrain, unique wilderness, challenges, and the people that attempt to hike the PCT. Barkan will also speak on hiker culture, "trail angel" communities, long-distance hiking, and the wildlife along the trail. Will's hike is postponed by a minor injury and will be speaking to the Golden Gate Breakfast Club during his recovery in the hope   of returning to the PCT in coming weeks. 

Will Barkan is a San Francisco native and recently returned to California to attempt a "through hike" of the Pacific Crest Trail. For the past seven years, he served as a Department of Defense intelligence analyst focusing on Afghanistan and Pakistan. During his career, Barkan lived in Washington D.C. while detailed to the Pentagon and deployed in support of several military operations overseas. In 2012, the Department of Defense recognized Will as the first legally blind government employee to serve in a combat zone. Will is also the recipient of the Defense Intelligence Agency Director's Award and a Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from George Washington University and a graduate certificate in Strategic Intelligence and Counterintelligence from the Institute of World Politics. Will is a seasoned hiker, ultra-marathon runner, wilderness emergency medical technician, partially competent mountaineer, and Eagle Scout.



NEXT WEEK AT GGBC - 8/3 Kevin McCormack California Institute for Regenerative Medicine / Chair of the Day: Patricia Fripp

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8/10 - TBD
8/17 - General Club Meeting
8/25 - OFFSITE Jill Hoffman Sausalito Mayor
8/30 - Chester Santos: The International Man of Mystery


9/7 -  Steven Campbell Making Your Mind Magnificent / Chair: Patricia Fripp
9/14 - Jan Wahl - Your favorite movie critic
9/21 - GGBC In Progress
9/28 - Carole Rodoni Real Estate Insights / Chair: Steve Shain


10/5 - Meeting moved to Thursday
10/6 - THURSDAY Blue Angels
10/19 - Roderick MacDonald - Mis-understanding the Middle East
10/26- John Rothmann - With two weeks to go, now what?
10/29 - GGBC 70th Anniversary Dinner and Awards


11/2 - TBD
11/9 - Veteran's Day w/ Col. Chris Starling / Chair: Bill Buchanan
11/16- In Progress
11/24- No Meeting / Thanksgiving no meeting
11/30- In Progress


12/7 - In Progress
12/14- GGBC Annual Christmas Breakfast
12/21- No Meeting
12/28- No Meeting