March 2017
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Our banner cat for March is GC, NW MINOS SURI, a seal lynx point Ragdoll. 


DEADLINES

March 15  is the last day for declarations for the office of director at large.

April 14 Proposed Amendments & Resolutions must be RECEIVED in CO by this date.

 

Fluctuating weather and blustery winds signal that March is truly here!  It also means that spring storms (sometimes masquerading as snow storms!) are blowing through, so do be alert to any potentially dangerous weather - especially when you are on the road to your next show!

March also means that the show season is nearing it's close and things are getting busy all across CFA, as you'll see from this month's newsletter.
 
Teresa

 

With seven weekends left, we are heading into the final stretch of this show season.  Many of you are closely monitoring Epoints to keep track of not only your own cats but the competition or for some general interest in what's going on.  Be sure to support our shows.  Clubs can not afford to produce shows that lose money so they need your support.  Enter a cat or two and when you get to the show try to support their vendors and their raffles.  Spend a few minutes chatting with a new exhibitor and with spectators.

In case you have not heard, the Board of Directors voted to increase the CFA sponsorship available to every show.  Starting with the new show season each club can apply for $1,000 in sponsorship funds.  Half must be spent advertising the show to the public and the other half can be spent as the club wishes.  Your club does, however, have to apply for these funds.  Contact CFA's Deputy Director Verna Dobbins at Vdobbins@cfa.org for the application form. 

I attended the Atlanta Phoenix Cat Society's show last weekend and they spent money on billboards to advertise their show.   That was a great idea.
 Other clubs have come up with their own ways to advertise their shows.  Greater Lancaster Feline Fanciers placed ads on the paper mats placed on trays at a local McDonald's which resulted in a great gate.  Talk to other clubs and find out what worked for them and try to adapt them to your own show's needs.  If you attend a show that has a good gate, chances are the club did something to attract that gate.  Ask what they did.

I want to once again plug the upcoming World Cat Congress show  being held in Las Vegas on April 22-23.  It's a hotel show and you will be able to not only attend a great cat show but there is so much else to do in Las Vegas that you should make a mini-vacation out of it. Check out Celine Dion's show or one of the Cirque du Soleil shows.  How about the Mob Museum?  Or, of course, one of the many casinos.
Terri Barry
CFA Executive Director
    
Yep, it's still snowing and cold with a few 50 degree days mixed in-between here in northeast Ohio.  However, the staff at the Central Office has been so busy, we haven't had time to even notice.  For Central Office, this is among the busiest times of the year.  As the show season draws to a close and the deadlines for our Annual fast approaching staff is working diligently to meet the demands that comes with this time of year.   As an example we have already registered over   30,000 kittens/cats so far this year.  Our final numbers will tell the story, but we are predicting that our numbers will reflect another year of successful registrations.

Just a reminder to mark your calendars:
April 22 - 23 World Congress Cat Show at the Rio in Las Vegas.  I'd like to give a shout out to Allene Tartaglia and Rhonda Avery for all of their work in pulling this together.  Also, a very big thank you to our sponsors, Royal Canin and Dr. Elsey.

Meanwhile, Allene and Mary Auth, Region 6 Director continue planning for the CFA Annual, which will be held June 26 - July 2 at the Fairmont in Chicago.  Keep an eye out for Delegate information.  This mailing went out the week of March the 6th.  Please take note of all the information and deadlines included.  On The Road Again specs are included along with how and who to get your photos to. 

Allene and Pam Moser, Region 2 Director are gearing up for the International Show that will be held at the Portland Expo Center the weekend of November 18 and 19. This promises to be an exciting show.  Central Office has already received over 20 vendor contracts. 

Also, just a reminder....CFA and Neogen's GeneSeek Laboratory unveiled affordable feline DNA testing.  If you haven't checked out the services provided, visit:  http://www.catdnatest.org/   

As always travel safe and good luck at the shows.


CFA IT Program Report
Tim Schreck
CFA IT Program Chair


We want to emphasize a major difference in the process of accessing the new entry clerk program. 
 
With this program, shows will not be created for your access until the show is licensed. We have experienced several requests for yet to be licensed shows but creating the show while entering the license is the best control to make sure the information is correct. Also if you need to change entry clerks for any reason Melissa can handle this. All currently liscensed shows have been entered. If for any reason you believe your show has been missed, please contact either Melissa at mwatson@cfa.org or me at tschreck2003@yahoo.com.

The first set of enhancements to the program have be promoted.
We will continue defining the rest of the requests for programming.
Work is also continuing on moving applications from the HP.

CFA Website
Kathy Durdick, Webmaster


The CFA show calendar listings  now have a new addition....  When you click to view an individual show's details, there is now a map included as well!

Clicking on "view larger map" will take you to Google Maps, where you can see a full-sized map, have Google provide directions, etc.


Resignation
We are sorry to report that Edward Maeda is having health issues and has resigned as the Regional Director in Japan.  CFA's Central Office will work with both our attorney and the Credentials Committee chair to conduct an election for a new Regional Director to fill the remainder of Mr. Maeda's term which expires at the close of the 2018 Annual Meeting. The clubs in Japan will soon be notified of the process to fill this important position.
Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger
Editor

The April issue of Cat Talk magazine is well into production! It's our annual Kitten Issue and articles include taking a look at what information some breeders give to their new pet buyers to help kittens transition to their new home. It's also Pet First Aid Month and pet safety counselor Dense Fleck sent us a great list of reminders! 

We begin our look at our things people don't know about our various breeds this month with some insights into the Siberian. And we have a remembrance of recently deceased allbreed judge, Wayne Trevathan.

Cat Talk magazine is a great (and easy!) gift to give to your veterinarian, pet buyers, or cat fancy friends. It's available in print here, or online via Magzter



Wagging Tailz - id bands and collars for kittens and puppies

World Cat Congr ess
Seminar Schedule
9:00AM-5:00PM
No Fee, Reservation Required
Contact Allene Tartaglia to reserve your seat.

Open Meeting with World Cat Congress Delegates

Dr. Heather Lorimer
Genetics Professor at Youngstown State University
and Oriental Shorthair breeder

Karen Lawrence
CFA Foundation and Museum

Dr. Vicki Thayer
Winn Foundation - Research Updates

Laureline Malineau
Royal Canin's Role in the World Cat Congress.

Pat Jacobberger
CFA Judging Program Education Chair
"Ethics and Psychology of Judging"

Royal Canin
Nutrition & Reproduction

Breed Presentation - American Curl
Presented by the breed's founder, Grace Ruga


Winn Logo

WINN FELINE FOUNDATION
by Vicki Thayer DVM , Winn Executive Director


A list of our donors contributing $100 or more in January is available  

   
The Winn Symposium Registration is Open: Our speaker is one of the foremost experts on FIP, Dr. Niels Pedersen. The 2-hour symposium on June 29th at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago will be dedicated to current information about FIP. A special guest, Mr. Peter Cohen of Zen by Cats  will give a short video presentation about Miss Bean and Smokey, two cats that have been participants in the clinical trial using a protease inhibitor drug for wet FIP. We expect a large crowd so register early! Details to register are here. Cat clubs that have donated $500 or more since July 1, 2016 and through June 25, 2017 will receive one free registration for a member to the Symposium.
 
Stay Tuned For Winn's 50th Anniversary Celebrations: Winn will begin the roll out of our 50th Anniversary celebration at this year's CFA Annual in Chicago. CFA was instrumental in the startup of Winn Feline Foundation and CFA will be part of the launching of our Golden Anniversary.
 
2017 Winn Grant Review: Winn Feline Foundation just completed our 2017 grant review in Las Vegas. Ten grant awards for a total funding of $216,017 will be announced shortly.
 
Two More Bria Fundraisers To Announce:
Do you love chocolate? Who doesn't? Rachael Benion is raising money for the Bria Fund for FIP Research for the month of March. You can order wonderful chocolate items (Dove Chocolate) through the Cocoa Exchange and support finding a cure for FIP. If you search for a hostess, please put in first name: Bria, last name: Fund.
 
ParadisMaison.com has a "Rainbow Bridge" double-sided kitten black and white cushion cover available to order. All profits go to the Bria Fund for FIP research. 
Details to order can be found on ParadisMaison's website
 
An important Planned Giving (tax) tip for February - You must be able to document any charitable donations you deduct on your tax return.  Cash donations should have a bank record such as a canceled check or credit card receipt (with the name of the charity) or a written record from the organization. The writing must include the date, the amount and the organization that received the donation.
 
For charitable contributions greater than $250 you must have an acknowledgment from the qualified organization.  For payroll deductions you can keep a copy of your W-2, pay stub, or other employer furnished document.  For federal workers your Combined Federal Campaign pledge card should be retained.  Additional rules apply for donations of property.  You don't submit these records or receipts with your tax return but they should be available in case of an audit.



 
Sellers and Dealers (AR, NJ, TN and Pinellas County, Florida)

As the 2017 legislative session for most states continues, fanciers need to remain vigilant for detrimental legislation.  The twist and turns a bill takes as it moves through the legislative process may require quick action. It can also be interesting to watch legislation transform throughout the process. This month's legislative summaries focus on legislation that might make animal sellers and dealers of small home-based breeders.
 
Arkansas House Bill 1717 would create a permit program for registering sellers of cats and dogs. In HB 1717, "a person who offers, or attempts to offer, a cat or dog, or both, for sale within this state by advertising through any form of public media shall register as a seller with the Department of Health." The term sale excludes transactions involving an animal from a shelter or 501(c)(3) rescue, certain gifts, and exchanges involving greyhounds which are excluded from the definition of a dog.
 
Hobby breeders would also have to register as pet sellers if they intend to sell cats or dogs within the state. In the bill, Hobby Breeder means "a person who owns one (1) dog or one (1) cat." There is no requirement the said dog or cat be intact or used for breeding.  Hobby breeders would be subject to all of the provisions of the legislation. Hobby breeders will be concerned about the requirement that the Department provide a list of registered sellers on its website.  
 
The only concession to hobby breeders under this bill would be a "minimal" registration fee to be determined by the Department. The Department is expected to cover the costs of the program through fees and donations to the "Dog and Cat Sale Registration Fund."
 
New Jersey Identical Bills, Senate Bill 63 and Senate Bill 3041. Once again, SB 63 has been amended. In the fifth reprint, the Pet Dealer threshold has been increased from five cats or dogs to ten cats or dogs in one year to consumers in the State. This change still means a breeder could become a Pet Dealer with a single litter. Fanciers regulated as Pet Dealers may also run afoul of local ordinances that prohibit commercial entities in residential neighborhoods. After amending SB 63, a new identical bill, SB 3041, was introduced and has been assigned to the Senate Economic Growth Committee. Senate Bill 3041 was on the agenda for the committee hearing scheduled on March 13, 2017. For a history of SB 63 and the related bills, see the CFA e-newsletter What's Hot articles for   June,   October, and December 2016, and February 2017.
 
Tennessee House Bill 120. The Tennessee legislature amended HB 120 to include language similar to the commercial dog breeder licensing language of HB 265 discussed in last month's What's Hot. Tennessee cat fanciers are urged to assist their fellow dog breeders in defeating this bill. Please see the American Kennel Club alert here for more information.
 
Pinellas County, Florida. The ordinance requires Pet Dealer permits of anyone who advertises or sells one or more litters of cats or dogs per year to the public. To be exempt from the Pet Dealer permit and inspection requirements, a Hobby Breeder cannot sell more than two litters or 20 Animals, whichever is greater, per year per household. Before the February 21, 2017 hearing, Hobby Breeders were not subjected to inspection. At the hearing, an amendment was made reinstating the inspection for Hobby Breeders. This version of the ordinance passed. At the hearing, some stakeholders also requested the Commission consider stricter regulatory requirements for Hobby Breeders in the future. A history of this ordinance can be found in the What's Hot articles for November and December 2016 , and February 2017 .
(Newsletters are archived here on the CFA website)

The CFA Legislative News Facebook page (URL below) lists legislation not included in these articles. Visit the page to see if there is any legislation listed affecting cat fancy where you live. Let us know if you know of legislation you know of that should be listed but is not.
 



Please report legislation happening in your area to the Legislative Group -    legislation@cfa.org
Visit the  CFALegislativeNews Facebook page to see the current legislative news.


CFA Ambassador Program
by Candilee Jackson
CFA Ambassador Program Chair 

Happy Spring, everyone!  As I sit in my office and look out at the wooded area that surrounds our rural home above the Mississippi River in the wilds of Missouri, I have daffodils blooming, redbuds budding, pink tulip magnolias opening, and SNOW on the ground!  Mother Nature's really having a great time changing seasons.
As I face open-heart surgery on March 14th, I am so very grateful for all the loving and supportive emails, messages, and Facebook posts from my Ambassador and CFA family.  Your thoughts mean so much to me, and going into something as scary as this procedure is, I feel wrapped in your love and prayers.  "Tank mew!"

Region 5:  Shari Millar
Malibu Cat Club's traditional show "Another Garden Party" was a relaxing event on February 25th in Glendale, California. The club always makes the extra effort on their trademark creative garden themed ribbons, bugs, butterflies and flowers galore! The gate was a steady stream of visitors with a large family base, many returning to the show for a second time. Ambassadors were kept busy answering questions and directing traffic to crowd favorites.

Region 6:  Candilee Jackson
MO-KAN Cat Club hosted a well-attended show on March 11th in a brand-new venue, the Lenexa Community Center in Lenexa, Kansas.  The facility was spacious, but not too big to wear everyone out!  Using a red, white and blue theme, the show hall was an All American Blowout which welcomed a steady stream of spectators, many newbies.  Lots of questions were fielded and many spectators, especially the new ones, were fascinated with the judging process.  Thank  you, MO-Kan, for a great show!

Region 8:  Takako Kojima
(no report received, but here's a photo of a young attendee with Raptor)
 
International:  Hong Kong- Phebe Low
The HKBCC 4th Championship Cat Show was held by Hong Kong Black Cat Club at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Feb 25-26, 2017.  As usual, this annual show has been in conjunction with the largest Pet show of Hong Kong with gate over 300,000.   It was an absolutely great chance to promote our beautiful cats to public.   
 
On Sunday, Pat Jacobberger conducted 2 sessions of Introduction to CFA Breeds  in the education ring.  Suki Lee helped to translate for audience and calling cat models to the ring.  The presentations were wonderful and attracted lots of people to gathering around.   After the presentation, the two female judges handled lots of inquiries about breeds and cat care.   Suki also leaded an Ambassador tour around the show hall.  There were groups after groups of people line up to visit the benching cats of different breeds.  Breeders introduced their breeds and showing their beautiful cats to 'tourists'.  Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. 
 
Thank you to Pat and Suki, as well as the many breeders who helped to promote the goodness of our cat fancy.   It was such wonderful weekend for CFA!



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Region 1
by John Adelhoch,  Regional Director 
 
Could winter finally be winding down, as the weather starts to get warmer?    As we approach spring and warmer weather we start to see our exhibitors trying to capture those points towards a Regional or National win.  I have also seen all those beautiful new cats coming to shows, with the hope of starting their show career for the 2017-18 show season. 
            
National Norwegian Forest Cat Club was once again an amazing show with a really nice turnout and count for all.  As expected Jane Barletta and her members worked very hard to put together again another premier NAR show.  What would the NNFCC show be without Jane and her traditional welcoming of "HELLO", to start us off for a day of fun and friends? I would like to compliment Sue and Robert, the food was Excellent! Not a surprise to any of us waiting for a morning coffee and egg and cheese on a bagel.

The region had a meeting on Sunday morning the agenda included our upcoming banquet whose theme will be "A Royal Affair" honoring our kings and queens. The stage for the show and banquet will be at the Best Western at Hunts Landing in Matamoras, Pa.  Information can be found on the NAR web site. We have a block of rooms that will only be held till May 16th, so please make your reservations early. The rate goes up substantially after May 16th.  While you are on the site check out our raffle!  It's part of the way the region will be making money for our regionals and yes our upcoming 2019 annual.

Hope to see you all at our upcoming NAR shows: Warwick Valley Feline Fanciers show on March 18th, and Cats Incredible, Hudson Valley CC, Atlantic Himalayan Club and Ragamuffin Club will have their show on March 25-26th.

Good bye for now, get out there and show and support our region
Remembering "These are the Good Times" so enjoy and make some new friends 

Region 2
Terri Zittel, Regional Secretary  

On March 11 th the CFA Northwest Region held a one day fundraiser show at the DoubleTree Lloyd
Center, Portland, OR. This was a festive show with a St Patricks Day theme: lots of green and lots of shamrocks.

The entry was a little less than we hoped for but the sponsorship of rings, judges, clerks etc. was very generous on the parts of our exhibitors. A big thank you to all of you who participated in and or contributed to the show. It was a full moon and we had our share of scheduling and benching problems but it all worked out in the end. Everyone was having a great time.
Lia Greendale's CH, GPD, RW Phyxius Kerkyra earned her Grand Premier of Distinction in Donna Fuller's ring. Kerkyra is 8 years and 11 months old and has never looked better than she has this year.

Next weekend we have the traditional Idaho Cat Fanciers show in Boise Idaho. This is a two day eight ring show that is just, again, a lot of fun.

Our Region has begun a "Baker's Dozen" Rewards Program. To encourage entries in the Northwest Region shows, for every 13 entries made, the region will pick up the tab for that 13 th entry with a $50 rebate. An exhibitor can submit a claim form after every 13 entries. The "Bakers Dozen" recording period will begin retroactively, and will cover the period from January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2017. The complete program can be found on the Northwest Region website

Region 3
by Kathy Black, Regional Director   

Region 3 is into the busiest part of our show season. We recently attended the Wildcatters show in Port Arthur, Texas. Harold and his team put on a fun filled and competitive show. The showhall was a small gymnasium and everyone got to know their neighbor. This sign outside the building was cute. Jim Dinesen had a pew as the only seating in his ring. But we all had a great time, wonderful food, and lots of smiles and laughter. Next year their show will be in a huge convention center. Congratulations Wildcatters!

Upcoming shows you don't want to miss:
  • Ozark Cat Fanciers, Cleburne, TX March 18, 2017
  • Greater Baton Rouge, Gonzales, LA March 25, 2017
  • Oklahoma City Cat Club, OKC April 1, 2017
  • Foot of the Rockies, Denver, CO April 8-9, 2017
  • North Texas and Fort Worth Cat Club 6x6, Mesquite, TX April 15-16, 2017
 
Please support these shows.


Region 4
by John Colilla, Regional Director
We did a fund raising event with photo banners. Thanks to all of you who bid for a picture on the banner, and to CFA for donating two of them; this fundraiser was a huge success. The banners will be on display at our Regional show June 24-25, 2017. This is when the winners of the bids will be revealed to all. 
 
Genesee Cat Fanciers had a very successful show the first weekend in March. Thanks to the support of surrounding regions and the Great Lakes Region they had more entries this show then they have in the last five years.
 
Keep an eye out on the Great Lakes Region in April. There will be a show almost every weekend. First up is Mid-Ohio Cat Fanciers in Mansfield, Ohio. 

Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming shows:
 
More information can be found online at www.catshows.us/greatlakesregional /  
  • Apr 01-02 --  Mid-Ohio Cat Fanciers, Mansfield, OH   7AB, 3 SP, 10 HHP
  • Apr 08       - Just Cat-In Around Cat Fanciers, Melvindale, MI   5AB, 1 SP
  • Apr 15-16   - Cincinnati Cat Club , Hamilton OH , 7AB , 3 SP
  • Apr 29         - Great Lakes Great Maines, Medina OH 4AB, 2SP 
  • Apr 30         - Great Lakes Regional Benfit, Medina OH , 4AB, 2SP
  • May 20       -- Almost Heaven Cat Club, Charleston WV, 5 AB , 1 SP


Region 5
by Lisa Marie Kuta, Regional Director 

Kudos to the Malibu, Marina and Las Flores cat clubs for their fun,
friendly shows in February and March. Malibu in Glendale always does a
fabulous job, this year was no different. I saw many spectators reviewing
the education materials and using the handouts to see all the breeds. The
rosettes were beautifully hand-embellished, so lovely! There may have
even been a celebrity or two among the gate.

Marina and Las Flores worked hard to produce an exhibitor-friendly show.
The showhall had such a calm, supportive vibe, especially welcoming to the
brand-new exhibitors. I particularly enjoyed watching the younger kittens
relaxing and developing their "show legs".

Next up, Los Colores in Palm Springs on March 25. It doesn't get more
spring break-y than that! Come in a few days early or stay late--just be
sure to get in some time to enjoy the sun.

Region 6
by Mary Auth, Midwest Regional Director

The Midwest Region hosted three shows in late February and during early March. Lincoln State Cat Club was in a new location in Elgin, Ill. and attracted a great group of exhibitors and spectators, including some new exhibitors. The club carried on with its traditional educational seminars that not only attracted spectators, but also engaged exhibitors.

Gena Garton opens up the Illini show in Urbana by singing the National Anthem

The Illini Cat Club in Urbana, Ill. also tried out a new show hall - this time in a Wyndham Hotel.  Gena Garton opened the show by singing the national anthem and kept the show's theme alive - a tribute to veterans. Five veteran cats were shown and two veteran judges officiated. Brian Moser is a veteran of the Air Force and Jim Dinesen served in the Army. A show of hands revealed that a number of exhibitors were veterans.
 
Veteran competitor Fuzzy Foot's Butch Cassidy - a ten year 3-month old Manx - took the honors of oldest cat in the show.  Sheree Eyestone (left) presents a gift basket donated by a local veterinarian to Donna Zimmerman (far right) in Jacqui Bennett's ring.




















Lapcats Kaiser Wihelm, a black and white Maine Coon owned by Cathy Johannes and shown by Riley Schwartz won the "Cat in the Hat" contest at the Mo-Kan Show in Lenexa, Kan. March 
The M o-Kan show also featured a patriotic th eme with matching rosettes of red, white and blue.  Snow did not hamper the exhibitors and the show had a hefty gate.  One highlight was a scaled-back agility activity (sorry I didn't get photos).  Another activity was the "Cat in the Hat" contest.  The competition, judged by Mary Auth, had a flexible bent, allowing exhibitors to be in hats, cats sitting by cats, cats on hats, cats besides hats, cats and hats. The winner was a black and white Maine Coon who froze when the hat was put on, gazing into nothingness (see photo).
 
Fund raising activities to pay for the Annual Hospitality room continue.  Another shameless plug:
For $50 you get a Cool Cat Crew membership card, special pin, fedora hat and wine glass (both available at the Annual Meeting) and an invitation to a wine party on Saturday during the annual. Bobbie Weihrauch, Mary Auth, and Jack Nichols are selling pins at the shows. Or you can order by sending an email to Mary Auth at mary@maryauth.com or to Bobbie at bobbie@koratcat.net .  Paying via PayPal is super easy - and will save the region a handling fee - if you pick friends and family.  Log on to your PayPal account, select SEND & REQUEST, then send $50 for one membership to treasurer@cfamidwest.org. You can also pay by check made out to Midwest Region.



Region 7
by Jean Dugger, Regional Director


We started March off with a bang in the Southern Region with TWO shows and lots of news:

Atlanta Phoenix Cat Society - We had a great time at this show, catching up with friends, lots of grand cakes (including a beautiful one from Panthat (Karen Thomas) celebrating 3 new grands - Congratulations!); and lots of fun! 

 We turned a new kitten owner, Linda Hopkins (right), into a new exhibitor with her red Persian kitten, and she was beyond thrilled watching her new baby in the finals!

Atlanta Phoenix also welcomed Bethany Colilla at her first judge training assignment with Don Williams.










I held a short regional meeting, which will be detailed in a Southern Region news bulletin later this week. We mostly talked about our upcoming awards banquet and show, which will be held in Roanoke, VA, June 10-11, 2016. All information about the banquet and awards will be available soon on cfasouthern.org. Karen Thomas has found a location for a summer Rebel Rousers show in Griffin, Georgia (south of Atlanta) and we are working on the preliminary plans for it.

Crab 'N Mallet - At the same time, the Crab 'n Mallet Cat Club held their annual show in Maryland. And while all the exhibitors were busy and enjoying themselves, something extra special was happening in JoAnn Miksa-Blackwell's championship ring--as little did JoAnn know the cat that she was presenting as her best cat was owned by a newbie exhibitor!

Dave Peet shared these comments with me: "Although we have a fine organization in CFA and a great Region 7 producing some of the best shows in the country... NOTHING will make you happier or prouder than to have a " newbie " to pedigree cats run to you tearfully after receiving a BEST CAT as happened this weekend in JoAnn's ring at Crab n Mallet. I have had that privilege with two different " newbies " this season and must say that the feeling is awesome. GO NEWBIES!!"

Dave reminds me that this is how we built the foundation of CFA-with breeders sharing the lines they have worked so hard on, and their knowledge with others to carry it own, and even make it better! When I look at pedigrees of my own breed, Persians, I know how grateful I am to those who did that very thing, and I know that is true in all of our breeds.

Coastal Paws Cat Club is holding a 6 x 6 show in Raleigh, NC, March 18 and 19, followed by Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers celebrating their 40th anniversary 10 ring show - with 7 super-specialty rings!

Check out both of these shows on catshows.us! I hope to see you at a SOUTHERN REGION show soon!


Region 8
No report - we wish Edward Maeda a quick recovery from his recent illness.

Region 9
by Michael Hans Schleissner 

No report received
International Division
Dick Kallemyer, International Division Chair 

The CFA International Division 2017 banquet dinner will be held, 19 August, in Seminyak - Bali, Indonesia, at the Trans Resort.    http://www.transresortbali.com .  Negotiations for the attendee hotel is still under way.
The February Cat Fashion show in Israel has a break during the show for the children attendees

The International Division committee welcomes Ellyn Honey with responsibilities for Israel! Ellyn reports on the Cat Fashion Israel show:  "The show caters to children and young people.  All the exhibitors are young, very friendly and really love CFA.  They fight the other Associations to come to the CFA show CFA.  CFA shows are getting more entries at each show." 

The Best Kitten_ Championship cat and Premiership cat at the Cat Fashion show


















Judges Alan Raymond and Kit Fung, along with show manager, Pattinee Tangkawattanakul

The Cat Fanciers of Thailand held their show March 4th and 5th at the Central Plaza Ladprao (Bangkok).  Royal Canin was the show sponsor.  The adjoining hotel, Centara Grand, will be the exhibitor hotel for the Asia World show planned for Bangkok in March, 2018.  On Saturday, 120 free spay/neuters were performed and over 150 cats adopted.

CFCT staff and Judges in the gardens at the Grand Centara hotel.


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Teresa Keiger
CFA Newsletter Editor