January 2016
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Our banner cat for the January 2016 Newsletter is CFA's Seventh Best Kitten, GP, NW Chome Chai Tomoshibi of Nudawnz, a black and white Japanese Bobtail Longhair  Division neuter.
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DEADLINES
All clubs' dues and membership lists must be received by Central Office by February 1 in order to be able to vote for CFA Officers and Regional Directory




Deadline to declare for Regional Director or one of CFA's Executive Board positions is March 15. Declarations must be RECEIVED by CO by that date.  A list of declared candidates and links to the declaration form are available here



Proposed Amendments and Resolutions must be RECEIVED by April 15. Requirements for formatting delegate proposals are available here.



Happy New Year to you all! Here is hoping that 2016 is peaceful and prosperous for you all!

Did you know that the Newsletter is archived and past issues are always available on CFA's website?  On the main menu, look under "About CFA" -> "News" -> "Newsletter Archives" and they are there by year.  Some ISPs prevent many mass mailings from being delivered. Often, they are erroneously flagged as spam because the email is actually being sent from Constant Contact, rather than from news@cfa.org. AOL is notorious for preventing legitimate email from being delivered.  Alternately, other email providers might flag email as spam and hold it in your spam folder.

So, if you or someone that you know are having difficulties receiving the Newsletter or CFA-News Announcements, that may be the reason why. You can always try resubscribing, adding the email address to your contact list, and complain to your ISP.  And although it's preferable for most to receive the Newsletter in their inbox, it's always still available via the archives.

Best,
Teresa 


January is a good time to look back at the past year.  We have made progress in a number of areas.  Few will forget our backlogged registration system a year ago.  We are now turning around Ecat registrations within a day or two, something we have not done before.  A high percentage of our customers are using the Ecat system so they are benefitting from that quick turnaround.  Those registrations that come in via snail mail are usually processed within the traditional ten-day standard.  Thanks to hard work on the part of Dennis Ganoe, Tim Schreck, and CFA staff, our new computer system is finally able to tackle many of the tasks it was designed to do.  Tim has lots of additional enhancements planned so we can take advantage of our computer's abilities.  Our staff has continued to meet their daily challenges and are processing more work and processing it efficiently.   Our Executive Director, Terri Barry, deserves a lot of credit for managing our Central Office and helping us to see so much success this past year.

More work?  Yes, our core business is registering cats and we continue to see an increase in the number of cats being registered with CFA.   That translates into more income for our organization.  Within the next week our club secretaries should be receiving the second quarter financial report through October 31, 2015.  That report shows the increase we have seen in the past year.   I am happy to report that CFA is very healthy financially.

Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter is one of our valued corporate partners and we have finalized our agreement with them for calendar year 2016.  They have significantly increased the number of shows they are sponsoring this year.  They are sponsoring eight shows in January alone.  Dr. Elsey's has also increased the amount of their sponsorship for the Agility program.  Dr. Elsey's will continue to be a naming partner for the CFA / Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter International Cat show, continue advertising on our web site as well as in our various publications both in print and online, and they will be a sponsor for the Annual next summer in Las Vegas.  We value our relationship with Dr. Elsey's and are proud to partner with them.

Your board is listening to you, our constituents.  Last August, at the request of the delegates, we changed our rules and now require kittens to have a registration number in order to be included in the count.  Last week the board, at the request of many constituents, changed our national awards system.  For the first time, we will provide national awards for three separate geographical areas: Regions 1-9, China, and the other areas of the International Division.  Be assured that your board welcomes your input, we are listening and taking action.

A successful 2015 would not have been possible without your assistance.  We appreciate the many volunteers who participated in our varied programs, worked to produce our weekly cat shows, and who were there whenever needed.  We appreciate our customers who registered their litters and cats with CFA, who made use of the many services provided by our organization, and who entered our shows around the world.  We hope you continue to support us throughout 2016 and beyond.

Terri Barry
CFA Executive Director
 

It's hard to believe it's January already and we in Alliance are just now getting winter!  The Ohio area experienced record breaking high temperatures for the month of December, so it's to be expected that winter would arrive sooner or later.  We are lucky it was so late doing so, but none of us are complaining after last year's very long and cold one.  
  
C.O is back to full swing.  We continue to focus on Registrations and the processing of all requests.  We do need your assistance with all written requests. In order to facilitate the process, please take the time when completing forms by hand to make sure your handwriting is legible.  Associates are spending extra time deciphering handwritten requests.  This does slow the process as well as increases the possibility of mistakes.  As brought up in a previous newsletter we are still receiving snail mail that your cat has relieved himself on.  Please be aware that we are returning this paperwork to you via snail mail and you will need to start the process over.

Since my December article, we are welcoming two new associates.  Jordan Lampley, a graduate of The University of Mt. Union and Kylie Westfall.  Kylie, a graduate of Youngstown State will join the staff on the 18th of the month and replaces April Regis handling eCat requests.  Jordon, who has been with us a few weeks, is assisting with both snail mail and eCat requests. 

The 2015 Yearbook is currently at the printers.  If it remains on scheduled preorders should be in the mail January 29th/30th.
Information concerning the 2016 Annual in Las Vegas will shortly, if not already be available, via a link from the C.F.A. website.  The first posting will include information about hotel/registration, airlines, local attractions and the delegate books. This will be followed shortly with information about airline discounts.

The Board of Director's February meeting will again be conducted in Alliance.  As host, C.O. is in the process of managing and carrying out all preparations and arrangements necessary to support our Board members and spectators for the two day meeting.   
 
C.O. continues its focus on customer service, I.T. development and the turnaround time for year-end reports and awards for 2016, as well as handling the entire Annual and International Show for 2016.  We are in the process of implementing the new scoring procedure that was recently passed by your Board of Directors. 
In closing, we at C.O. would like to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

IT Report
Tim Shreck
IT Committee Chair 

S ome significant changes have been implemented this month. These changes include: 
*  Cattery name can now be added to your ecats account. 
Renewals can now be processed online. Offspring report requests with file download can be obtained thru eCats account with cattery being attached, along with Ring reports. We hope to continue to add options in this area. Please let us know what services would benefit you, our customers the most.

*  Distinguished Merit programming has been completed.

*  Yearend test files have been produced to confirm corrects made last year are working properly and evaluate if addition correction are needed.

*  Programing for proposed changes in National Awards change is being quoted. These changes will require some significant programming time to get epoints listed for each area. This will mostly be done manually for the remainder of this show season, so please be patient if these are sometimes slower than usual. We are planning to be ready in May to implement all of these changes.  

*  Kathy Durdick has continued working on redesigning our web pages to move from a fixed width site to a newer industry standard called responsive design.  This upgrade is mostly completed and should be finished be the end of January. Positive feedback has already been received, thanks you for your input and Kathy's work.

*  Additionally eCats entry screen has also been updated to work better with mobile devices.

Work will continue on addition applications and enhancements to current processes.  Please feel free to communicate any problems or errors directly to The Central Office staff so they can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.


CFA Annual
Some of you may have received emails and phone calls from the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union 165 requesting that you ask CFA to relocate the 2016 CFA Annual from the Red Rock Casino and Resort. Please note that this a scare tactic used by the unions to gain a bargaining advantage.

CFA will not get involved in any labor disputes between the hotel and the union. We have visited the hotel during this long-running dispute and the facility is operating normally; the 2016 CFA Annual will be held at the Red Rock Hotel and Casino as scheduled.

We have hotel information up on our Annual site at  www.cfaannual.org and additional information regarding airline travel, local attractions, vendor space and other items will be going up as they become available.
CFA International Show 2016
Some Questions for Exhibitors

The board will soon decide the format for the next CFA International Show. Now is your chance to provide feedback on potential changes to your show.

For the past five years, the event has been scored for National/Regional points and for the past four years we have had two separate shows, each with a 500 cat limit. With the decline in count, most noticeable at the 2015 event, it is time to review whether two separate shows still make sense and whether there are changes that could make this event more attractive to exhibitors. The show committee would like your feedback on possible changes for future events. Questions to consider:
  • Have you attended the event in the past 5 years?
  • If you have attended the show in the past five years, what do you like most about the event?
  • If not, what can we do that would get you to attend the event?
  • Should we continue with a two show format or return to a single show format?
  • How many rings should be offered, 8 or 10 or some other number?
  • At the last show, the board set the format as 4 AB & 4 SP in the adult classes and all SP in the kitten classes. What format should we use for each class?
  • Should we continue to offer top 15 final placements in all adult rings and top 20 in all kitten rings, or should it be top 20 across the board?
  • If we use top 20 for the finals, the points earned by the low placed cats are very small while those cats defeated a large number of cats. In a class of 101, 20th best defeats 80 cats but gets just 5 points. Should we experiment with changing the decrements for finals such as 2.5% decrements, or experiment with using actual points with no decrements?
  • Should we continue to choose the judging lineup as in 2015 where each region's clubs select a judge from their region and the rest are by popular vote among all clubs, or should we use all popular vote among the clubs, or some other method?

Any other suggestions? Please send us your comments at cfanwfeedback@gmail.com no later than Friday, January 29th.


Teresa Keiger
Editor

The first issue of Cat Talk - Volume 6 comes out next week. It's hard to be believe that we're now 6 years old!

Many subscriptions ended with the December issue (as many of our subscribers have been with us since that first issue). We don't want you to miss a single issue of Cat Talk because your subscription lapsed, so do make certain that your subscription is up to date.

February is our "Couples" issue and contains several articles regarding breeding, planning a (small) breeding program, feline genetics, and pedigrees. We also look at dealing with chronic rhinitis, the affects of manditory microchipping, plus a whole lot more!  

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WINN FELINE FOUNDATION
by Vicki Thayer DVM , Winn Executive Director


A list of our donors contributing $100 or more in December is available here.

  
Speckles Abdominal Cancer Campaign
Winn is raising money to match an anonymous large donation toward research on finding answers about abdominal cancer in cats. Additional information can be found on our Gifts In Action page: http://www.winnfelinefoundation.org/giving/gifts-in-action . Please help Winn find answers about solving cancer in cats.
 
New Board Members
Winn recently introduced two new members to the Board of Directors. The new members of the board, Susan E. Gingrich and Dean Vicksman DVM, represent a dedicated mix of talented volunteers to serve as Winn board members and indicate Winn's commitment to expanding its board to include the necessary skill sets for a growing foundation. Read more about Ms. Gingrich and Dr. Vicksman by downloading a pdf of the Press Release.   
 
A New Veterinary Scholarship 
Winn Feline Foundation (Winn) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are pleased to announce a new joint scholarship for a third or fourth year veterinary student enrolled in an accredited veterinary college or school in the United States or Canada. The $2,500 award will be based upon academic achievement, financial need, leadership, and dedication to and excellence in the study of feline medicine, health and welfare.
PDF of Press Release  

Planned giving (tax) tip for January
The holiday season brings many solicitations for charitable contributions from many worthy causes.  But how can you be sure the organization asking for donations has qualified as a public charity?  The IRS has a solution.  Go their web site at: https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/. You can search for the status of charitable organizations by name or EIN (their tax ID number). Winn Feline Foundation (EIN 23-7138699) is a fully qualified public charity.  Your donations to Winn are deductible as charitable contributions to the fullest extent permitted by law . For any questions, please contact info@winnfelinefoundation.org .

I n addition, five new cat health articles
can be downloaded from our 



nullby Karen Lawrence

T he mission statement of The CFA Foundation includes the "acquisition of artwork". To this end, we were delighted to recently purchase a drawing of an early Persian, particularly when the cat could be identified and the drawing dated as being over a century old.

The drawing itself, of a white Persian, is done in charcoal. We were fortunate that a photo of the drawing was found in the May, 1914 issue of The Cat Review, a popular publication of the era, printed in Elizabeth, NJ and dedicated to the subject of cats. We were doubly fortunate that both the cat and the owner were identified!

"Don Giovanni', also known as 'Kilvarock Don Giovanni', was a blue-eyed white Persian male, born July 9, 1908. He was registered with the American Cat Association (ACA 1352, v5) and with the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA 564, v2). He was bred by Miss J. Kroeh of Orange, NJ, and his owner was Mrs. J.L. Renner of Medford, OR (and Richmond, CA). The pedigree for 'Don Giovanni' traces directly to cats imported from Persia and also to the famous English white Persian stud, 'White Friar'.

As 'Don Giovanni' was born in 1908 and appears to be an adult in the drawing, we feel confident that the date of the drawing is between 1909, and 1914 when the photo of it was printed. Handwritten on the back of the drawing is "Best in Show 1912, OCC". In Volume 2 of the Stud-book & Register of The Cat Fanciers' Association, wins for 'Kilvarock Don Giovanni' are listed as "1st, Novice, 1st, Open, Portland, 1912", which would confirm the win noted on the back of the drawing (assuming "OCC" is the Oregon Cat Club).

Mrs. Harriet V. Furness was a well-known animal painter who lived in New York City and advertised her services in various magazines. In addition, she was also a breeder of Angoras (Persians) in a variety of colors, and numerous of her cats (with exceptional pedigrees) can be found registered in the early CFA studbooks. Additional photos and documentation can be found on The History Project artifact page at http://cat-o-pedia.org/painting-HVFurness.html

Louis Wain (1860-1939) was well known as "the man who drew cats", but he also was extremely active in the cat fancy as President of the National Cat Club in England, and also a judge at shows held at the Crystal Palace in London. Wain's artwork is highly collectible these days. The Foundation has recently received a donation of an original Louis Wain watercolor, courtesy of John Smithson and The Harrison Weir Collection. Titled "Where's That Bird?", the painting is dated 1905 on the back of the wood frame.

Both pieces of artwork are currently out for preservation and reframing in their original frames, but will be returned in time to be on display during the February 6-7 CFA board meeting to be held in the museum.

Occasionally, artwork such as these two pieces becomes available and the CFA Foundation jumps at the chance to acquire them. The Foundation is most appreciative of donations received from clubs and individuals that allow us to purchase these items, rather than have them lost to the cat fancy. Please consider a donation to our "acquisition fund" to ensure that future purchases of cat fancy history are possible.

 
Breeder Permits with a Testing Twist considered by Santa Paula, California
 
 
As if mandatory spay/neuter (MSN) and breeder permits loaded with unworkable provisions seen in other ordinances are not problematic enough, Santa Paula (Ventura County) is considering testing applicants for breeder permits. Many complexities are involved in well-designed testing programs. State licensing tests frequently use applicable law and subject matter for the testing material such as the driving license test administered by state. However, the state agencies administering these tests do not necessarily have subject matter expertise. Often they look to outside experts. What experts will Santa Paula seek? Will the city look to attorneys, the Animal Services Coordinator (ACS), a local humane society, veterinary colleges, or dog breeders who may not understand the differences between cats and dogs are significant and would require a separate test? This may well depend on what is the real goal of the test. Is the goal to prevent breeding altogether, ensure that people who breed their pets demonstrate an understanding of the applicable laws pertaining thereto, or something else?
 
State and local law could be the basis for test questions on the law, but the actual subject matter is not clear. The testing provision requires applicants "demonstrate a basic understanding of 'humane' breeding practices." Humane is not a term typically combined with breeding practices. Therefore, "humane breeding practices" has no established meaning and no experts. Even if we infuse the term with the meaning of animal husbandry practices appropriate to cats and those appropriate to dogs, these are subjects upon which reasonable people may disagree.  Humane breeding practices implies more than (or perhaps something other than) animal husbandry, and may be skewed in such a way that no responsible breeder could qualify for a permit.
 
There is a science behind and an art to developing a fair, well-written test designed to achieve a well-defined goal. The proposed legislation does not require the ACS to write the test, but they are required to define and administer the test. The ACS will need to design a professional testing program including study materials and classes. Unlike the state licensing exams, the city will bear this burden as there is not a sufficient market to entice a for profit entity to provide such things. Some of the easier decisions in developing the program the city will have to make include:
 
  • The form of the questions may include multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay questions or a combination of all;
  • Whether the test will be proctored, written or electronic, open or closed book;
  • Will the applicant be told which questions they got wrong and why;
  • Will city demographics require tests in multiple languages; and
  • Will they provide alternatives for people who may have difficulties with conventional test taking such as reading disabilities?
 
Breeder testing goes far beyond what other U.S. cities have done to our knowledge. Perhaps other cities have not considered testing programs due to the complexity involved. The proposed testing requirement does not help communities as MSN and breeder permits do not solve the problems communities face. Exceptions for MSN and permits requirements show either a huge lack of understanding of hobby breeding or an intent to end all legal breeding. Adding a testing requirement solves neither of these problems. Codifying the test requirement just adds another problematic provision for perpetuation in the copy and paste environment of legislative drafting. For these reasons, CFA opposes MSN and breeder permits, including this new testing requirement


Please report legislation happening in your area to
the Legislative Group -   
legislation@cfa.org
CFA Ambassador Cats
Karen Lane
CFA A mbassador Cats Chair






The CFA Ambassador Cats wish everyone
a Happy New Year!


2015 in Review, and a Look Forward to 2016

This past year saw a true increase in spectators attending our CFA shows and visiting with our A-Cats. All of our members have the new patches for their A-Cat Cages and Display Area, so our CFA logo will become more prominent to the public. We added two new members to our group this past year and most CFA Shows had an A-Cat in attendance, as we now have 27 active A-Cats.

As we look forward to 2016, we will be seeing the addition of the purple color, to compliment our orange cages, in our A-Cat display equipment. And design work on our new breed banners has started. The new breed banners can be used in different ways to attract the public to our A-Cat area and to welcome spectators to our CFA events.

We thank CFA for their support of this wonderful program and look forward to continuing our "Front and Center" approach to marketing CFA and our pedigreed cats.

The A-Cat program welcomes anyone interested in becoming part of our CFA group to contact Karen Lane for information at karenllane@comcast.net

We'll see you at the Shows!

by Candilee Jackson, Chair

Region 2:  Meghan Noeker
Though not a show report, Meghan Noeker and her Zoo Crew have been very busy as Ambassadors on the set!  Many products are capitalizing on the Facebook phenomenon cats have created in social media, and Meghan as several feline ambassadors purring away at commercial shoots.  While on the set, Meghan has the opportunity to educate about training, de-clawing, and to reinforce feline socialization skills to some very surprised professionals. (see photos below)

 
















Jon Brubaker of Lovinmittens Birmans and 5 year old exhibitor to be, Annaliese Schiller.
Region 6:  Candilee Jackson
Lucky Tom Cat and Tiger's Lair Cat Show, January 9-10, 2016  St Louis, Missouri
Two clubs joined forces to present a great show on a very chilly weekend in St Louis:  the temps outside Saturday morning hit only 2 degrees above zero, but the mood inside was exciting and filled with the good will of the new year. The MWR was excited to have a show with a count just under 200 and only a handful of absentees.  "Though the weather outside was frightful," the spectators turned out to see all the wonderful kitties in exhibition.  There were several physically challenged ladies who came through the show hall in hopes of finding a kitty to become a companion, and they left having adopted a lovely furbaby from a small pet rescue group.  The show was also a great place to teach "potential exhibitors" of the munchkin factor:  ambassador Mary-Margaret Richardson carefully squired her two great nieces, Brynn and Annaliesse, through the show hall, and explaining how to ask questions of exhibitors, why it was important to sanitize their hands between permissible pettings, and why certain cats (the long hairs) couldn't be petted during a show.

Region 8:  Takako Kojima, Masanari Kojima
Nishinihon Cat Club Show, December 5-6, 2015  Osaka Act III Hall

Our club hosted an 8-ring show in Act III Hall, Osaka, Japan.  Though there weren't many entries, there were many spectators.  We prepared 50 Ask Me! Pamphlets and displayed our new Ambassador banner.

On Saturday evening, a few exhibitors came to Ambassador booth and to ask how to fill out Champion Claim Form. The exhibitors were new and this was a first time application. I helped the exhibitor with two ways:  handwriting, mailing to CO and input on the website with credit card.  Now she will be able to do it by herself and then she can instruct other new exhibitors.

On both Saturday and Sunday, a veteran exhibitor came to us needing a Regional/National Award Point simplified chart.  Fortunately, I have some on hand, and it helped exhibitor so much.
We are so happy that many exhibitors are asking us about various things about showing, grooming, taking care of new exhibitors, paperwork, show rules and choosing a good veterinarian.  When I was not able to answer their questions, I got back to them when I had the correct answer.  This greatly encouraged us in our roles as Ambassadors.
Another happy thing was when a veteran exhibitor/breeder came to us to get an Ask Me! Pamphlet.  They wanted to be able to explain about CFA shows using the pamphlet with the spectators they met during the show.

On Sunday, young girl came to cage of Raptor. She stayed in the show hall for a long time.  I gave her pamphlet and asked "May I help you?  What kind of breed are you looking for? "

She said she was looking for her next cat, and she was looking at the long hair and short hair, trying figure out which she should have.  She also said she has Abyssinian female.  I recommended her Abyssinian male because she wanted to breed and her female was still intact.  I took her to meet a veteran Abyssinian breeder who was showing a nice kitten. I asked Abyssinian breeder to support young girl.  When young girl left show hall she told me she was very happy to come here and would be in contact with Abyssinian breeder. I hope she will be able to get good Abyssinian for her dream.

As usual, many fans of Raptor came to show hall. One of them brought cake for Raptor !   Thank you ! 

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Region 1
by Geri Fellerman, Regional Director 

Just returned Monday from a trip to the frozen north (well, Vermont that is). Awesome show. Arrived at the lovely hotel on Friday night and didn't leave until Monday morning. Even though the weather totally cooperated this year, it was still nice to stay snuggled in the warmth. As always, the clubs did a great job without a single glitch. The high point of the weekend (and do plan to go next year if you've never been) was the annual Saturday night benefit auction. So many wonderful items were up for auction that we didn't crawl out of there until around midnight (did I mention there were snacks and a cash bar?). Sheila Mizzi was the auctioneer and provided fun for everyone. I was very happy with my treasures and the shelter raised more than $6,000!

January 30 will find us joining Finicky Felines in Leesport, PA, on their "alternate date" (when their regular date encompasses New Year's). Come on out for great food and great friends (and judges as well). We again hope that the weather smiles down on us.

Region 2
by Terri Zittel, Regional Secretary

Regional Director Pam Moser held a regional meeting at the Responsible Cats of the Northwest Cat Club show held in Chehalis, WA on January 2 nd . Marianne Clark very kindly substituted for me as secretary. A discussion on the format for future International shows starting in 2017: The group of exhibitors present supported a two show idea. They would like to see one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast to give all regions and exhibitors a chance at attending a large show.
The China situation as it affects National Wins was also discussed. Vicki Nye suggested that the exhibitors should express there concerns and make suggestion on the CFA website before the board meeting on January 5 th .


The issue of show flyers not always being distributed in a timely fashion was talked about. This also addressed the on-line flyers as well. Pam was going to propose a two month rule on show flyers for all clubs.

The theme of the show was "Sweet Sixteen". The club always has a clever theme dealing with the New Year. This year's theme made for great cage and exhibitor decorations. This is a CFA charity show benefiting CFA Purebred Rescue. Also congratulations to Kay Bertrand, president, and her cat GC, NW, RW Amber Snow Choclatmousse of RKGems who is CFA's first Longhair Scottish Fold Grand of Distinction.
High Sierra Cat Club is holding a show in Roseville, CA on the 16 th of January. I wlll try to take pictures. February and March are busy with Rip City Cats holding a one day show in Chehalis, WA on 2/6/16 and Call of the Wild holding a two day show in Santa Rosa, CA on 2/20-21/16. These are date changes but the flyers are up on CFAnorthwest.org.

March is a three show month. The first is Tails and No Tales Cat Club holding a two day show in San Jose, CA on 3/5-6/16. The following week is the McKenzie River Cat Club two day show held at the DoubleTree@Lloyd Center in Portland, OR. Idaho Cat Fanciers will hold their annual show on 3/19-20/16 in Boise, ID. All three of these two day shows can certainly use exhibitor support. Nice shows, all of them. 


Region 3
by Steve McCullough, Regional Director  
Jody Chambers elfing it

The wicked weather continues.  The region had a great December-January boost in counts.  It started with the Show and Tell Show.  It was well attended by many locals and campaigners.  A competition was held for best decorated cage and person in the holiday spirit.  Hats off to our special 'elf', Jody Chambers for pulling off the best costume!!!  The rain didn't dampen anyone's spirits for the annual holiday buffet.  Thanks to Tracy Bayarena for helping pull it off.  
Ann Pauls helpers out front at Houston

Our next show was the Region's largest show, Houston Charity Cat Show.  It came close to filling with 222 entries and a very low absentee.  Becky Galloway had a very capable team working all aspects of the show from Craig Allen and Frank Willingham greeting the spectators at the ticket window, to Marco Bayarena working the food line.  There were a lot of exhibitors praising the Board for taking a strong stand in supporting the new changes for the awards system.  

Kathleen Forth waving the line along.  Diane and Tara Bourgeois waiting patiently.



Our next show will be this weekend in Loveland, CO where Trudy and Cheryl, with spousal help, will put another wonderful show on. Sunny Lodge and Laura Haswell will be running the large raffle that they are known for. 

Our next upcoming show will be Wichita Cat Fancy in Wichita, KS on February 6-7, 2016.  The club always goes above and beyond hosting this show, while the spectator base is a loyal group.

Then it will be on to Gonzales, LA March 26 th for the Greater Baton Rouge Cat Club's annual show.

I am looking forward to increased counts now that hope has been restored in the ability to achieve a National Win here in Regions 1-9.

See ya'll in the show hall.

Region 4
 by John Colilla, Regional Director
 
We have a Facebook page and are a member of Pinterest, both which provide information about our region. The links are https://www.facebook.com/cfagreatlakes  and https://www.pinterest.com/carmencitamarie/great-lakes-region-cfa/
 
The GLR will be having a show in Charleston, West Virginia the third weekend in May 2016. The last show there was nine years ago. The sponsoring clubs are Almost Heaven and Western Pennsylvania Cat Fanciers. Please enter and support these clubs, so CFA will have a presence there again.
 
Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming shows:
 
  • January16-17 Cleveland Persian Society at Parma, Ohio 7AB and 3 SP
Cleveland Persian Society has a great show hall . . . easy in, easy out.  Great lightening, big and airy with food that is not typical cat show food . . . it is extra special. The show is 10 minutes from the Cleveland airport. There are many hotels close that are inexpensive. 
  • January 23-24 Midwest Persian Tabby Fanciers at Monroe, Michigan 7 AB and 3 SP
  • February 13 Steel City Kitties at Monroeville, Pennsylvania 4 AB and 2 SP
  • February 14 Great Lakes Regional Benefit at Monroeville, Pennsylvania 4 AB and 2 SP
Steel City Kitties is excited to host the Great Lakes Region fund raiser this year. This show will be a 6 x 6, with SCK Saturday & GLR Sunday.  There will be a 225 entry limit each day and we expect to fill.  Marilyn McBane is doing the advertising, so we will have thousands of people come through over the course of the weekend.  Make your plans now, as we already have clerks begging for a position, I suspect the hype to be fulfilling!
  • February 20 Kittyhawk Felines at Dayton, Ohio 5AB and 1 SP
Kittyhawk Felines will be holding their 6-ring one-day show on Feb.20, 2016. Our format will be SUPER SPECIALITY for Championship, AB Kittens and Premiership and one All Specialty ring.
  • March 5-6 Genesee Cat Fanciers  at Brockport, New York, 7AB and 3 SP
Genesee Cat Fanciers is hosting its 64th Annual Cat Show on March 5 & 6, 2016 at the Sweden-Clarkson Community Center in Brockport, NY.  This is our fifth year in the SAME LOCATION so our spectators know where to find us!  This is a 10 ring, 7AB/3SP show, 225 limit with a great line up of judges, wonderful food and many vendors for your shopping desires!  Our Canadian friends can get $5 off their first entry too!  Contact Carmen Johnson-Lawrence ( carmen.johnsonlawrence@gmail.com) for more information.

Region 5
by Lisa Marie Kuta, Regional Director 
 
On behalf of the Southwest Region I would like to extend our condolences
to the friends and family of Connie Stewart. Connie was a like no other
and a true legend. I am grateful for the opportunity to have known her.

The members of the Crown City Cat Club outdid themselves last weekend with
their wonderful show "Monkey Business"! From the decorations, the food to
the smoothly-run rings, it was a great weekend of friends and fun.

Time is running short to enter the largest show on the West Coast!
The entry deadline for the San Diego Cat Fanciers show on 1/23-1/24 is
coming up fast. Looking for a Valentine's getaway? Victor Valley in Palm
Springs would be the perfect spot. Rounding out the month is the Malibu
Cat Club show in Glendale, convenient to all of Los Angeles' attractions
Region 6
by Candilee Jackson, Midwest Region Secretary

MWR Planning Committee Updates:  Regional Meeting, January 10, 2016
RD Kathy Calhoun presided over a Regional Meeting on Sunday afternoon, January 10 th, at the Lucky Tom/Tiger's Lair Show in St Louis  Approximately 37 exhibitors and planning committee members were present.  A COMPLETE REPORT WILL BE POSTED TO THE YAHOO LIST
1.  Financial Status:  the region has $49,000 banked and the region is in good shape financially
 a. The BOD changed the process of funding annual meetings, putting less financial pressure on
Regions.
 b. The region has funds available for club start up support as well as club hardship

2. 2016 Regional Show/Awards:  Under the direction of Pam DeGolyer, the 2016 regional will be held at the Wyndom West Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, on the region's traditional weekend,June 4-5, 2016. 

3. Upcoming shows:   (see list below)
The 2016 Cat'n on the Fox show is their farewell show, and to divest it's treasury, CASH awards will be given.  The Region plans to keep this week in the future for a regional fundraising show.

4. Board Report:  The changes to the awards system and process changed immediately on January 16 th.  Rule changes are currently being updated by Monte Phillips.

5. 2017 Chicago Annual Meeting:  Fairmont Downtown Chicago Hotel with access to 5 star dining to fast food, dynamic shopping opportunities, and sight-seeing, all within walking distance.  Cathy Dunham is the region's annual meeting chair.  With the financial changes, the MWR is responsible for one hospitality night (Friday), the delegate pin and delegate bag.

6. Legend's Show:  an idea is currently in the planning stages for each region to hold some kind of  region legend's show to honor long-time exhibitors so that each region can maintain its historical roots with regards to not only exhibitors, but clubs and shows.

Show Reports

Lucky Tom and Tiger's Lair, January 9-10, 2016
Two clubs joined forces to put on a terrific show in really, really chilly St Louis ... temps on Sunday were 2 degrees above zero!  The show had a wonderful count, just under 200, with spectacular cats and awesome judges.  Joining in on the fun were Rachel Anger, Marshal Ammons, Kathy Calhoun, Cathy Dineson, Jim Dineson, Doug Myers, Mary Auth and Teresa Sweeney, with photography by Chanan. 
"We would like to give the Lucky Tom Cat Club and Tiger's Lair a HUGE shout out for a Wonderful Show!  We had a treat time!  This show carried 80 present in Championship with a whole bunch of REALLLLY nice cats.  We had our "Boo" GC Topknot Bobby Bullet of Stars R Us who made 5 of the 8 finals.  YaHoo!! And that smaller ribbon on the side means a great deal as well as it is a Champion final for our Tortoiseshell girl, Topknot Marble Candy of Stars R Us who picked up Grand Points!  Thank you for a GREAT WEEKEND!"  Cary Plummer
 
A Quickie Note on JUST WHY WE DO THIS, especially if we are NOT making money:
"... t he rewards I reap are greater than the pretty rosettes at the end of the show, it's the satisfaction of knowing that someone has entrusted me with their cat and I have groomed it to warrant praise by the judges!   Thank you to Lucky Tom Cat and  Tiger's Lair Feline Fanciers   for a wonderful hotel show."  John, Ronna and Bethany Colilla
 
MWR Brags:
John and Nancy Hitzeman are well beyond excited (and a bit teary-eyed) to announce that GP, RW, NW Acadiacoons Franklin Lodge (better known as Oscar the Arrogant) was awarded the last of his 30 finals to become a Grand Premier of Distinction at The Lucky Tomcat show this weekend at 12 years and 8 months of age. So many, many thanks to the judges who have loved Oscar, and our friends who have supported and cheered for Oscar. 
 
Nancy and Roger Brown are tickled pink to announce not just one One-Show Grand, but TWO! Congratulations to  DotDotDot's Sam I Am who became a one-show Grand Chamption today at Lucky Tom and Tigers Lair, and his litter mate (8 mo), DotDotDot's Pink Panther is a one-show Grand Premier.  These lovely chocolate spotted Ocicats are bred and owned by Roger and Nancy.
 
Upcoming Shows:
Jan 23-24                                Saintly City Cat Club                          St Paul, MN
Feb 13                                       Hawkeye State Cat Club              Altoona, IA
Feb 27-28                               Lincoln State Cat Club                     Northlake, IL
Mar 5-6                                       Illini Cat Club                               Champaigne-Urbana, IL
Mar 12                                      Mo-Kan Cat Club                                  Overland Park, KS
Mar 26-27                              Cat'n on the Fox                                   Wheaton, IL
Apr 2                                          Cats of Wisconsin                               Waukeshaw, WI
Apr 23-24                                America's Heartland                        Springfield, IL
 
 

Region 7
by Jean Dugger, Regional Director


The new year started with the Absolutely Abyssisians Show in Jacksonville, Florida, with their traditional wine and cheese party for everyone to celebrate 2016! Everyone had a great time socializing on Saturday night, and at the show. The rosettes were gorgeous red, white and blue, with the show theme honoring our veterans, and a special raffle with donations to fight breast cancer! Special thanks to Ray Cherrington and all of the club for a job well done.

The Southern Region has more great shows upcoming in January - with Cat Club of the Palm Beaches in Ormond Beach this weekend, followed by Star City/Central Carolina in Roanoke, VA (a HOTEL show!) with Birmingham, Alabama ending the month.
Region 8
by Edward Maeda, Regional Director
 
We are very proud to report about 2016 CFA Japan Regional New Year Show.
The Regjonal show was held this past weekend, 9th-10th January 2016 at Kobe Port Terminal Hall which is a wonderful location.

It was sponsored by Royal Canin Japan, its first time sponsoring this show. Their decorations for both their booth and the show rings were very nice. Thank you very much to them.

Of course all of exhibitors attended to this show were pleased to this Regional show.
Thank you very much to all oour judges, Annette Wilson, David Mare, Yayoi Sato, Teruko Arai, Hosako Komota, Yoshiko Sada, Aki Tamura, Etsuko Hamayasu, Kenji Takano, Yukiko Hayata, Koji Kanise, Makoto Murofushi, Mihoko Yabumoto and Toshihiko Tsuchiya.
Also I must say very thanks to all of show management, clerks and show staff. Great job !
I hope to meet you all again at next events of Japan Region.


Region 9

by Michael Hans Schleissner 


International Division
Dick Kallemyer, International Division Chair 
The Felines Asia Exotic club had their show in early January in Foshan_ China starting to open another area for Chian shows
The Cat Fanciers Society of Indonesia had another successful hotel show in Bandung, Indonesia in December with over 90 Maine Coons present!  1 out of every 6 Maine Coons registered in CFA come from Indonesia

Hong Kong CFAers Judge Danny Tai with MC in training_ Chris Wong and experienced MC_ Vera Chan at the Foshan show.




Selfie stick photo of judge John Webster and exhibitors having a great time in China

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