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His life was barely worth a dollar. He slept outside, on park benches, in stairwells, under bushes. Michael Gaulden lived in shelter after shelter across the United States. With his father incarcerated and mother disabled, he stayed homeless for ten years.

From the age of seven to seventeen, Michael, with his mother and sister, journeyed along his own underground railroad, desperately searching for a way to free his family from the sewers of society.

Michael learned death was a big part of youth homelessness. Education was not. To survive, he had to become something more. Caught in between two worlds– his dreams vs. his reality– violence, gangsters, hunger, poverty, and sorrow marked his daily life.

Michael vowed to change his fate through getting his high school diploma. He never hoped to dream that not only would he graduate from high school but also from a prestigious California university. This is the true story of a homeless boy, marked for prison or worse, who fought against tremendous odds and persevered to achieve academic and professional success.

Michael Gaulden
Jan 24, 2018
 
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Professor Welsh will talk about his work on the NASA Keppler Mission, the mission to identify exoplanets (planets that rotate around other stars).  He has photographs!

William Welsh, Professor of Astronomy SDSU
Jan 31, 2018
 
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Dr. Nizet is a pediatrician who now devotes his time at UCSD researching antibiotic-resistant bacteria to develop ways to prevent death from infections that were once easily treatable.

Victor Nizet, M.D.
Feb 07, 2018
 

The Peacemaker Award is given annually to honor members of the community (Rotarians and non-Rotarians) who have made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, understanding, conflict resolution and peace, either locally or globally. The winning nominee is selected based on demonstrated commitment to the foregoing, as well as actions taken to bring about the change referred to in Rotary’s Mission Statement: to help build goodwill and peace in the world.  This honor will be bestowed at our meeting on February 28 as part of Rotary's Conflict Prevention-Resolution Month.

2018 Rotary Peacemaker of the Year Award
Feb 28, 2018
 
Four-Way Test Speech Contest
Apr 11, 2018