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

Public Speaking Program

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Public Speaking Program

Novato Chess Club (NCC) is a 501c(3) not for profit public benefit corporation, serving Novato and Marin County, USA. We are funded through fee based programs, private donations, grants, small business, corporations, and our annual winter “HYA College Outreach Program” fundraising campaign. (


HYA President /Founder Chris Major, Rotary Club Novato Sunrise, Laws of Life Essay Contest Keynote Speaker 2012

Public Speaking Program



Time and location TBA….

Registration fee: $25

Program fee: $100

Total fee: $125*

Maximum capacity: 16

Ages 8 to 14 


Our programs are designed to support student-learners in facing fear, learning the techniques of public speaking, and overcoming nerves. Novato Chess Club (HYA) curriculum includes 6 sessions on character building attributes:


  • Facing the Fear
  • There is no such animal, in or out of captivity, as a “Born Public Speaker”
  • Every Great Speaker suffers from: Nerves


1. Nine Ways to Control Nervousness

2. 23 Questions You Ask When Preparing for A Speaking Engagement

3. How to Attain Positive Energy in Speaking

4. First Impressions are Important

5. Be Aware of Your Body Language

6. Effective Use of Your Voice

7. Delivery Techniques That Add Pizzazz

8. Romancing the Microphone

9. Use of Notes

10. Check Out the Facilities

11. Use of Visual Aids


Rotary Youth Day, Lokoja Nigeria (March, 2013). Chris Major, President, Founder Novato Chess Club & HYA, addresses the Polytechnical College of Lokoja Nigeria on education in the USA; and international student exchange programs in Rotary

12. Introducing a Speaker

13. Organizing Materials for a Talk

14. What You Need to Know (while organizing a talk)

15. The Opening, The Body, The Close






 What is a Therapy Reading Dog?


Therapy Dogs…

-come from a variety of breeds; there is no, ‘perfect,’ breed or mix of breeds that make the best Therapy Dogs.

-have a desire to visit with people, loves children, and interacts with other animals well.

-have a temperament that is friendly, patient, and outstanding overall.

-also interact with other dogs they encounter in positive ways.

-must be on-leash obedience trained and remain under control while presenting excellent behavior.

-need to have the ability to work around other dogs while remaining free of aggression.

-are social, interacting with people in a positive manner.

-enjoy being touched, petted, and held if appropriate.

-present a stable temperament and do not display aggression or fear.

-have the ability to stay calm in situations that are new and may involve a number of distractions.

-come from a variety of breeds; there is no, ‘perfect,’ breed or mix of breeds that make the best

-must be healthy, one-year of age, well-mannered, and enjoy interacting with people.

If YOUR dog fits these requirements…it may make a good Therapy Dog.


What are the Definition of Pet Therapy Activities?

Patrick Major,

Animal Planet,, “SAVED” visits schools, nursing homes, libraries, hospitals, and  facilities where people benefit from interactions with the Dogs.

During our visit with a Therapy Dog, people are invited to interact with the Sammydavis/ or Karma through play.

Some people might brush the dog, others may simply wish to look at it.


Smaller Dogs people can hold in bed or on their laps, with permission.

Therapy Dogs perform simple tricks; others might perform obedience routines for the pleasure of the person they are there to serve.

People like to walk or use their wheelchair or adaptive equipment next to the Dog.

Handlers might throw a toy for the Dog to fetch, or play games with the Dog and the person to enhance the therapeutic contact.

Therapy Dog and Handler teams are all unique and provide people with exceptional opportunities for therapeutic contact.

Only dogs that are registered with an organization are considered to be Therapy Dogs. Coyotes, Wolves, coyote hybrids, or wolf hybrids are not permitted to become Therapy Dogs becomes they cannot be verified as immune against rabies.

Therapy Dogs are not required to know any tricks, although a number of Handlers have taught their Dogs some such as how to wave or shake hands as a way to start conversations with the people they are there to serve; or to make them smile.

Routines that teach Dogs obedience may also be used to start conversations, with well-trained Dogs excelling at say, standing still while a person either pets them or brushes them.

Each Therapy Dog and Handler team is familiar with their means of interacting with others and provides unique and wonderful therapeutic contact.

Recognition of the value of using animals in the healing process has been around for a very long time. In a variety of types of health care facilities, visits from Therapy Dogs have demonstrated an increase in the calmness, happiness, and overall emotional well-being of people who have come in contact with them.

Studies have been pursued that have demonstrated a decrease in both the stress levels and blood pressure of people during visits by Therapy Dogs.

These Dogs give residents, staff members, and visitors a break from regular daily routines, loneliness, and illness

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