Pleasanton couple's dog a winning wiener

"In the seven years they have been together, Patrick Major has seen Sammy Davis transform from a playful pet to one of the fastest dachshund racers in the state. Even though he stands only about 6 inches tall, Sammy can pump his stubby little legs and leap through the air to catch Frisbees nearly as big as he is. And, this pooch was a doggie pinup in the International Disc Dog calendar three years running." Read More Here

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Marin IJ acknowledges Novato Chess Club

Posted on September 27th, 2017

By Stephanie Weldy, Marin Independent Journal Christopher Major believes in the power of chess. The 55-year-old retired teacher believes the game puts the hearts and minds of youth on display. Chess can show whether a child is a risk-taker, brash, or more strategic, he says, and it also builds self-esteem. The Novato resident is the […]

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Marin IJ acknowledges Novato Chess Club

Posted on September 27th, 2017

By Stephanie Weldy, Marin Independent Journal Christopher Major believes in the power of chess. The 55-year-old retired teacher believes the game puts the hearts and minds of youth on display. Chess can show whether a child is a risk-taker, brash, or more strategic, he says, and it also builds self-esteem. The Novato resident is the […]

Novato Chess Club acknowledged by Jefferson Award Foundation in 2017

Posted on March 22nd, 2017

Allen Martin, KPIX-TV, San Francisco visited the St. Raphael School Chess Club operated by Christopher Major, President / Founder of Novato Chess Club, a 501c(3) not for profit public benefit corporation serving the North Bay. A Jefferson Award Foundation recipient for 2017 for community service. Learn more about how your high school can become a Bay […]

Novato Chess Youth Nights – Extreme Pizza

Posted on March 22nd, 2017

Where: Extreme Pizza, 104 Vintage Road, Novato Date: November 7, 14, 28. December 5, 12, 19. When: Tuesday nights Time: 6:30-7:30 pm *Cost: $50 50% sibling discount 2 kids $75 3 kids $100 *Yes, for all 6 classes   NCC is a 501c(3) not for profit; public benefit corporation, believing chess works for all children and families. […]

2017 Jefferson Award Winner for Public Service – Christopher Major, President HYA

Posted on March 22nd, 2017

I nominate a man named Chris Major for consideration as a Jefferson Awards recipient. Chris is a dynamic, motivational Bay Area native with a passion for helping youth in the Bay Area realize their potential, and encouraging them to consider the possibility of attending college.  Chris has personally started two charities in the Bay Area: […]

Novato Chess Youth Nights – Sam’s Place

Posted on January 31st, 2017

Where: Sam’s Place, 1545 South Novato Blvd. Date: April 11, 18, 25. May 9, 16, 23. When: Tuesday nights Time: 6:30-7:30 pm Cost: $50 (yes, all 6 classes) 50% sibling discount (2 kids $75, 3 kids $100) NCC is a 501c(3) not for profit; public benefit corporation, believing chess works for all children and families. Please share […]

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Posted on November 1st, 2016

What is RYLA?         Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training program for young adults that is offered by districts around the world. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth. RYLA in District 5150 is a 3-day leadership camp that is free to high school students. RYLA serves students in […]

Marin County Yard Sale Fundraiser: Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor

Posted on October 5th, 2016

A fundraiser supporting the local families, schools, and Rotary projects of Marin  County. Your well loved giveaways may be someone else’s treasure! Accepting bags, office clothes, jewelry, casual clothes, accessories, trinkets, household items, furniture, and other great “stuff” Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016 Time: 9-3pm Place: 15 Debes Ranch Road, San Rafael, CA (Terra Linda) […]

I’m a little lost: Thank You, HYA!

Posted on September 21st, 2016

In 2013, (HYA) made a Rotary mission trip to Jinja, Uganda for the purpose of locating fresh water systems for rural villages. The issue of sustainability ‘viability were most paramount on my mind. During that visit, I learned about Naomi’s plight…. I met Christopher Major when I was 12…http://nakkern.blogspot.ug/2016/05/thank-you-hya.html?m=1

Saint Mary’s College Intercultural Center: Black Graduate Celebration 2016

Posted on May 16th, 2016

Last week, I received a request from the SMC Intercultural Center to serve as alumni pinner for the 2016 black graduation ceremony for Saint Mary’s College (CA). My response below: Hi Chris. My name is Cesar Ramos and I am the Coordinator of the Intercultural Center. I was wondering if you were interested in being […]

D5150 Rotary World Peace Concert: Herbst Theater, San Francisco

Posted on September 25th, 2015

Join Brett Dennen, Crystal Bowersox and Rotary International for an evening dedicated to advancing peace, goodwill and worldwide understanding at the Rotary World Peace Concert. As Longfellow said, “Music is the universal language of mankind,” and this special evening brings together two performing artists committed to making the world a more peaceful place through music. […]

HYA Baseball 4 East Africa & Chess – Migori, Kenya

Posted on July 25th, 2015

Chris Major, HYA President will embark on a Rotary baseball and chess fellowship mission to East Africa, June 24- July 26, 2016. The host club is the Rotary Club of Suna-Migori, Kenya, D9212. Chris is a member of the Rotary Club of San Rafael Harbor, D5150 USA. He encourages Rotarian and non-Rotarian global partners for this youth outreach in Migori County, Kenya, East Africa. We […]

Pleasant Valley 5th Grade Elementary Chess Club: Amanda Davis

Posted on March 14th, 2015

We begin our 2nd (6) week chess program in the classroom of Ms. Davis on March 24…..every Tuesday for the next 6 weeks. We are looking for lady chess players to help support the students. Thank you teachers, parents and students of Pleasant Valley Elementary School

Pleasant Valley 5th Grade Elementary Chess Club: Amanda Davis

Posted on March 14th, 2015

Session 5 of of 6….. Thank you Pleasant Valley Elementary 5th grade for your attention and effort. We look forward to chess this summer. Contact Chris Major, 415-879-2127 and register your child. We accept youth 3rd grade to high school age

Pleasant Valley 5th Grade Elementary Chess Club: Ms. Amanda Davis Room

Posted on March 14th, 2015

We begin  our 3rd session in Ms Davis classroom… This week discuss the objective of chess. checkmating the KING! Thank you for the community support at Pleasant Valley Elementary..

Pleasant Valley Elementary Chess Club

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

Novato Chess Club session 4 of 6. The class is learning chess. There are 31 Pleasant Valley 5th grade students are learning chess over 6 sessions. We are happy to announce many students with participate in the Marin County Scholastic Chess Championship on March 14. We salute Ms. Deborah Baraban, “A Work of Art Teacher” […]

Rotary District Assembly 5150, Leah Lambrecht, DGE 2015-16

Posted on February 25th, 2015

A message from DGE Leah Lambrecht Exciting changes are in the works for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. Surprises are in store. I promise you will NOT WANT TO MISS this District Assembly! Take your club to the next level and learn about bold, new strategies as we prepare incoming club officers, committee chairs and future […]

Saint Mary’s College Baseball: Dr. Miles McAfee Youth Day for Education

Posted on February 13th, 2015

Join us in honoring Dr. McAfee on April 26 at Saint Mary’s College. Event flyer: (http://haywardyouthacademy.org/events/photos/). Barbecue with players. Campus tour for the first 50… MCAFEE WAS PIONEER WHO TOO FEW KNEW April 2, 2009 By Monte Poole, Bay Area News Group People like Miles McAfee, whose name may not be familiar unless you hold […]

Rotary Club Novato Sunrise: Fishing in the City of Novato (Scottsdale Pond) 2015

Posted on February 13th, 2015

Sponsored by the Novato Sunrise Rotary Club, CA. Fish & Game, and the City of Novato Parks & Recreations Department. A day of fishing,  learning about the eco-system in a fun; relaxed setting. We invite youth and families to participate on April 18th. Scottsdale Pond is the venue located 101 North bay (exit Rowland Blvd west) in Novato. For […]

The Marin County Scholastic (K-8) Chess Championship

Posted on February 12th, 2015

Dear Chess Players and Families, The Marin County Scholastic Chess Championship is taking place on Saturday, March 14, 2015. We hope you will be able to join us for this very fun event! It is being held at the Corte Madera Recreation Center, adjacent to beautiful Corte Madera Town Park, so in addition to playing […]

Sam’s Place for Novato Chess Club, Session I

Posted on February 7th, 2015

Novato Chess Club (NCC) is a 501c(3) not for profit public benefit corporation, serving Novato and Marin County, USA. (Federal tax id: 46-5381938) We are funded through fee based programs, private donations, grants, small business, corporations, and our annual winter HYA College Outreach fundraising campaign. We announce our Novato Chess Club Summer Instructional Chess Program beginning the week […]

Hotel Kabuki: Rotary District 5150 SF Peace Conference 2016

Posted on February 7th, 2015

2016 for a different kind of District Conference   Join us in 2016 for a different kind of District Conference at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco on April 30 & May 1, 2016The Rotary District 5150 San Francisco Peace Conference! Two days of exceptional keynotes, inspiring breakouts, along with a House of Friendship open to […]

Rotary District Conference 7020, Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Posted on February 7th, 2015

Join D5150 for a wonderful time in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Check out the website and register below: Many thanks to: Dennis P Chong Rotary Club of New Kingston Rotaract Club of New Kingston Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise Rotary Club of Novato Rotary Club of Ignacio    for their support of the Swallowfield Chapel Learning Centre mission […]

Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise: Swallowfield Learning Center (Jamaica)

Posted on February 7th, 2015

Development of the Swallowfield Children Learning Centre Rotary Club of New Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. 2011-2014 MAJOR PARTNERS 1. Rotaract Club of New Kingston 2. Swallowfield Chapel 3. St John Ambulance BACKGROUND In 2005 the Rotary Club of New Kingston launched a Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) project in the Swallowfield community in collaboration with the […]

Pleasant Valley Elementary Chess Club

Posted on February 7th, 2015

Week 5 of 6 at Pleasant Valley Elementary Chess Club in Novato. We salute Ms. Baraban’s 5th grade classroom. 31 students have learned chess over 4 sessions. A work of art teacher in Novato Unified School District, we appreciate her vision. We have 2 groups, 45 minutes of instruction each session. Appreciation to the chess team of the Rotary […]

Pleasant Valley Elementary Chess Club

Posted on February 7th, 2015

Our 3rd session of 6! We salute Ms. Baraban’s 5th grade classroom. There are 31 students learning chess over 6 sessions. We salute Ms. Baraban“, Pleasant Valley Elementary’s “Work of Art Teacher” in Novato. Chess improves critical thinking and math skills. Novato Chess Club are tutoring 2 groups of students, 45 minutes of instruction each session. Appreciation to […]

Pleasant Valley 5th Grade Elementary Chess Club: Deborah Baraban

Posted on February 7th, 2015

Our 6th and final session of chess instruction in Ms Baraban’s classroom. We begin chess instruction in Ms. Davis classroom on Tuesday, March 24. What an amazing educational experience at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Novato. Ms. Deborah Baraban, Pleasant Valley 5th grade teacher had a vision of exposing her children to the game of chess for the […]

Moreau Catholic High School Honors Coach Al Vermeil, 1973-78

Posted on December 23rd, 2013

A Letter from Moreau Catholic Hall of Fame Coach Al Vermeil: To My Boys (Now Men), Having the new athletic facilities named after me is the greatest thing that can ever happen to a coach and it’s all because of you. Like Lance told me when you guys put me in the Moreau Hall of […]

Brad Waldow Visits Hamilton Meadow Park School: Inspiring Wonder in Youth

Posted on November 21st, 2013

An important educational outreach visit from Saint Mary’s College star center, Brad Waldow “inspired wonder” at the Hamilton Meadow Park School in Novato. On a rainy Tuesday afternoon,  Brad spoke on the importance of time management, being your own leader, and staying focused on academics. He spoke of his personal goal of being an accountant, […]

A Rotary Literacy Mission in Africa

Posted on November 9th, 2013

A three-week trip to Uganda and Nigeria grew from a Rotary Club outreach project evolved into an eye-opening, life-changing experience for Chris Major. In March, the Novato resident and member of the Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise embarked on a journey that he won’t soon forget. “The first thing you learn is what we take for granted,” Major said. “Things as […]

Saint Mary’s College Alumni: Paying it Forward

Posted on November 1st, 2013

When he was at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, Christopher Major ’83 accomplished a lot as the football quarterback and a baseball outfielder, along with being the first black class president. But he didn’t think much about where he would go to college. “I had a goal for college, but not much of a […]

Patrick Major and Bethany Meloche Walk for Charcot Marie-Tooth (CMT)

Posted on October 31st, 2013

By Joe Rodriguez jrodriguez@mercurynews.com POSTED:   08/26/2013 08:24:00 AM PDT UPDATED:   08/26/2013 08:24:36 AM PDT   MOUNTAIN VIEW–On bruised knees and legs held up with carbon fiber braces, Bethany Meloche started walking gingerly around and around a city park on Sunday morning. Even though she waddled like a penguin, she was the picture of […]

AVID Gives Mrs. Madsen’s Hamilton Middle Schoolers 2 College Tours

Posted on October 30th, 2013

On a beautiful spring Tuesday, Tanya Madsen’s Advance Via Individual Determination (AVID) students from Hamilton Meadow Park School converged on the Saint Mary’s College of California and the University of California at Berkeley  campuses. The importance of first-generation, college-bound youths visiting a college campus during the middle school years might be a catalyst in “changing the cycle” of poor educational opportunity […]

HYA College Outreach Program: Saint Mary’s College

Posted on October 14th, 2013

Event Date January 25, 2014 Where Saint Mary’s College of California  West Coast Conference Men’s Basketball: Saint Mary’s College vs Loyola Marymouint University Game: McKeon Pavilion 3:00 pm Campus tour 11:00-11:45 Pre-game meal 11:45-12:30 (Oliver Hall) Educational program 12:40 – 1:30 (Oliver Hall) HYA past events: http://haywardyouthacademy.org/events/past-events/ Contact: cmajoredu@gmail.com (to reserve your youth group for an […]

San Rafael Pacifics Baseball, Animal Wellness Center, and Frisbee Dogs

Posted on August 4th, 2013

The first place San Rafael Pacifics baseball team (41-14) will host the East Bay Lumberjacks today at Albert Field. Game time is 1:15pm. There will be a special adoption of pets and a wonderful show featuring Animal Planet’s (SAVED) Patrick Major and Sammy Davis,  (http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_15121753) along with many other disc dog performers. A wonderful day of fun in the […]

Fishing in the City (of Novato): Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise

Posted on April 4th, 2013

A wonderful event sponsored by the Novato Sunrise Rotary Club, inconjunction with the CA. Fish & Game, City of Novato Parks & Recreations Department. Encouraging youth and their families in a day of fishing and learning about the eco-system in a fun paced;relaxed setting. Scottsdale Pond is the venue located 101 north bay(exit Rowland Blvd […]

HYA College Outreach Program: California State University East Bay

Posted on August 19th, 2012

HYA-Cal State East Bay Athletic, 1st baseball/softball youth outreach day. Thank you Robert Ralston, Head Coach, former San Francisco Giant, Darren Lewis, Asst Coach, and the Athletic Department, supporting youth outreach, and improving the educational cycle in all communities.  

Novato Chess Club Youth Fundraiser: Red Boy Pizza (Ignacio location)

Posted on August 18th, 2012

In partnership with College Dream Team,  Novato Chess Club announces our community fundraiser at Red Boy Pizza on October 13, 2012. Support HYA “College Outreach Program”, and chess at San Jose Middle School and Lynwood Elementary for 2012-13.   Saint Mary’s College and Cal State University East Bay will serve as our “college outreach” host for the 2012-13 […]

Omar Samhan, & Novato “AVID” Program 2011

Posted on January 19th, 2012

Local Kids Get a Taste of College Life Thanks to Donations, Volunteers Teachers, administrators team up to take about 200 Novato kids over to St. Mary’s College in Moraga for an inspirational day.  By Brent Ainsworth | Email the author About 600 Bay Area kids, including more than 200 from Novato, spent Saturday on the campus of St. […]

Patrick Major (HYA) Speaks On Education

Posted on October 20th, 2011

Join host Joe Hackman, BlogTalkRadio with guests Christopher Major, President HYA,  Robin Kelley, Presisent Epic Healthy Choices, and special guest Patrick Major, MeetSammyDavis.com speak about the role of parents, reading, and structure in the  education process…. more

Meet Kai Edwards of SMC Ladies Soccer, Winning A Tradition?

Posted on September 19th, 2011

Support the work of Kai Edwards on September 25th, and his youth outreach for Ladies Soccer…….. The fifth head coach in the 29 years of women’s soccer at Saint Mary’s College, Kai Edwards enters his third season as the Gaels’ head women’s soccer coach in 2011. In 2010 Saint Mary’s finished the season with an 8-7-4 overall […]

Douglas B. Rand to Address Cogswell College 2011 Graduates

Posted on May 10th, 2011

Policy Advisor to the White House Office of Science and Technology, Douglas Rand, will deliver the keynote address at the May 14, 2011 Cogswell College Commencement Ceremony. Mr. Rand is a leading architect of the Startup America initiative and other federal policies to promote entrepreneurship. Rand?s appearance will coincide with the first phase of the College?s […]

Dr. Miles McAfee: A Commentary by Tom Brown, Saint Mary’s College (CA)

Posted on March 14th, 2011

2010 Saint Mary’s College Baseball Banquet February 13 It’s always good to be back at Saint Mary’s.  I spent most of my life on this campus as an Assistant Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Studies and Dean of Advising Services.  I had many responsibilities during my 27 year career; however, there were few things […]

McAfee Was Pioneer Who Too Few Knew, by Monte Poole

Posted on March 13th, 2011

MCAFEE WAS PIONEER WHO TOO FEW KNEWApril 2, 2009 People like Miles McAfee, whose name may not be familiar unless you hold a microscope to local sports history. He was fairly well-known inside baseball circles but relatively anonymous to the general public.The shame of it is these immense contributors to the lives and families of […]

Danville to Lithuania: Omar Samhan, by Alec Tappin

Posted on January 15th, 2011

You can’t teach 6 foot 11 inches.  Omar Samhan was born in the Oakland Children’s Hospital on November 3, 1986.  From the moment he was born he knew that he was destined to play basketball.  Born of an Irish mother and an Egyptian father, a basketball was put in Omar’s hands from birth.  “I started […]

Pleasanton couple’s dog a winning wiener

Posted on June 1st, 2010

By Robert Jordan Contra Costa Times PLEASANTON — Sammy Davis loves to fetch.  His ears perk up. His little dachshund tail switches back and forth. They say he’ll chase anything. “No dog runs like him,” said Patrick Major, his owner. “He’s special.” Major should know. In the seven years they have been together, Major has seen Sammy […]