April 2016
In This Issue
Quick Links
CFA Central Office Staff
CFA Annual Website
Featured Cat
Our banner cat for May is CFA's Best Kitten Reg 1-9 GC NW
PINUPCATS SUPA DUPA FLY OF KUORII , a Sphynx female.
(Photo by Larry Johnson)




 






Delegate Book Advertising
Don't be left out!!

 The deadline is only a couple of weeks away for the 2016 Red Rock Annual Delegate Book. This is your opportunity to let your imagination run wild. Fill the pages of the 2016 delegate book with your cats, cattery and friends. Compose your ads and let's celebrate our CFA Annual.
Congratulate your friend, promote your Breed Clubs, and promote YOURSELF.
Let's make this the best delegate book ever!

 AD RATES
(B/W rates,  Color rates) 
Full Page $50.00 $75.00
Half Page $35.00 $55.00
Quarter Page $25.00 $45.00
Show Flyer $35.00 $70.00
Business Card $10.00 $20.00

Please submit all artwork as camera ready and in either a jpeg or pdf format.
 

DEADLINE - May 30, 2016 - FINAL!
 
Pay online at http://catalog.cfa.org/credit-card.shtml Or you can mail a check (payable to CFA) to:
The Cat Fanciers' Association
260 East Main St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Attn: Annual Delegate Book Ads

Contact
Verna Dobbins
The Cat Fanciers Association
260 East Main Street
Alliance, Ohio 44601
30-680-4070 Email vernacfa@gmail.com 

Start planning NOW!
DEADLINES

 

Delegate booklet ads due May 30


CFA Clubs Membership Rosters and Dues

June 1 - in to CO to still be considered as a club in good standing & not dropped 

Current list of clubs in good standing



Deadline for receipt of ballots for CFA Executive Board and Regional Directors must be received by Central Office by June 1, 2016

Current list of received ballots


CFA Yearbook Ad Deadline
August 1
(read more about advertising guidelines and pricing in this newsletter)

 

The 2015-16 show season is over, and the new season begun. Regions are preparing for their own Regional awards ceremonies while preparations for the CFA Annual in Las Vegas are in full swing. That means plenty of news this month!

Award committees on both the Regional and National levels are asking for award sponsorships. Remember that this is a great way to express your congratulations and celebrate a favorite cat(s) wins AND it helps the programs as well.

Best wishes to all,
Teresa

 

Congratulations to all our Regional and National Award winners!  The 2015-2016 show season is over and the new season is here.

I have been told that the end-of-season scoring went well this year.  Thanks to all who helped make this such a success.  That includes our Central Office staff, the IT Committee, and our Regional Directors.

I am hearing lots of great things about our upcoming Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.  Central Office tells me they received 405 Delegate Forms by the deadline.  The Southwest Region has plans for a great hospitality suite on Thursday night and our Central Office is coordinating an entertaining hospitality suite for Friday night.  As has been the custom, there will be a light continental breakfast Friday morning and an afternoon snack. Lots to do in Las Vegas so come prepared to have a great time.  The Annual website  lists some fun things to do while you are in town so check it out. Have you reviewed the 24 pre-noticed Amendments and Resolutions  to be presented to the delegates?  Our clubs have put lots of thought into ways they think CFA can be improved so be sure to review them. 

Even though the Annual is right around the corner, we are also in the planning stages for the CFA / Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter International Cat Show to be held next November.  We have contracted with the same facility we used in Novi, Michigan in 2013.  Debbie Kusy is the show manager.  Clubs were recently emailed ballots to select a judge from their Region and the ballots are due back at the Central Office by next Friday, May 20 th.   If your club did not receive a ballot, check with Michelle Fergason .  Once we have one judge from each of CFA's nine Regions, there will be a second ballot to select the remaining judges and all clubs will vote on those.  We are seeking volunteers to take on many tasks associated with this show.  If you can help, contact Debbie Kusy.

Now, on to the rest of this month's newsletter ...

Terri Barry
CFA Executive Director
 
Well the 2015/2016 Show Season is now one for the history books.  The closing of the Show Season for C.O. went much better than last year.  Results were posted two weeks sooner than last years were with shows scored days ahead of time compared to last years.  It wasn't without bumps in the road, but as a team everyone at C.O. assisted one another in order to make this happen.

Before I turn the rest of C.O. article over to Allene Tartaglia for updates on our upcoming Annual I would like to ask you all a favor.  If your club has received or is interested in receiving a Dr. Elsey sponsorship please do not contact them directly.  Please contact Jim Flanik at jpflanik@aol.com or myself at tbarry@cfa.org .  This also holds true if your club has any questions, concerns or you are seeking clarification.  Please keep in mind that the coupons you receive from Dr. Elsey are not to be reproduced in any fashion.
In closing congratulations to all of our winners and I hope to see all of you in a few short weeks in Vegas.  Safe travels.
I will now turn the rest of my column over to Allene.

Your adventure awaits in Las Vegas! Although there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas, we have some great things planned for you right at the Red Rock Casino. That is if you ever decide to leave your guest room. The hotel is beautiful and the guest rooms are delightful. Not to mention the outdoor pool area.

The Southwest region is hosting Thursday night's hospitality with dancing and singing and I've heard rumors there will be a guest appearance by a Las Vegas icon. CFA is the host for Friday night's hospitality and there will be a live band and Mystic Mona. Mona holds the special Psychic Arts license and hosts a weekly radio program, Psychic View so you don't want to miss having her peek into your future.

The casino floor is separate from the guest rooms and the meeting space and is surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, from a quick fast food court to a buffet (of course!) to very elegant, upscale dining and everything in between. Just steps away from the hotel is a fabulous, outdoor shopping district called Downtown Summerlin which includes stores such as Macy's, Dillards, Old Navy, White House Black Market, and Sephora as well as dining and entertainment options.

There will be a raffle for a two night stay at the Red Rock for a future date. Sign up during Delegate Registration (1:30PM-5:30PM on Thursday, 7:30AM-8:30AM on Friday). The drawing for the winner will take place during the Annual Meeting. You do not have to be a delegate to enter the raffle.

Make your hotel reservations, order your dinner for the banquet, order your duplicate awards and then relax knowing it's all done and the only thing left is...your adventure in Las Vegas. See you all soon!



NW Minimums for 2016-2016 Season
As stated in the 2016-2017 Show Rules, the national awards for the 2016-2017 show season will again be divided into Regions 1-9, ID-China, and ID-Other.  For cats/kittens scored for Regions 1-9 awards will be provided up to Top 25 Kittens, Championship, and Premiership.  For cats/kittens scored in either the International Division - China or the rest of the International Division, the number of awards in each category is determined based on shows and counts from the previous show season.  The minimum number of points required in the most recent show season are still applicable.  Thus, if for example, 25 kittens in Regions 1-9 do not meet the minimum, awards will be made only to those who meet the minimum.   The maximum number of wins to be awarded for the 2016-2017 are as follows:
 
AREA
KITTENS
CHAMPIONSHIP
PREMIERSHIP
Regions 1-9
Top 25
Top 25
Top 25
ID-China
Top 17
Top 14
Top 4
ID-Other
Top 3
Top 4
Top 2
Minimum Points
1,800
4,300
2,200
National Awards Fund
Please consider making an individual contribution to the National Awards fund. Your contribution in the name of your favorite cat or cats will help pay for the trophies and rosettes presented at the 2016 Annual in Las Vegas. You can make a contribution in the name of any cat receiving an award at the annual, National Winners, Breed Awards, Agility Winners and Hawaii Awards.

Each cat can have multiple contributors, so the list of cats will not change. If received by June 1st, contributions will be acknowledged in the banquet booklet. All contributions received before June 24th will be listed on a card and placed with the trophy so that the owner knows of your generosity.

We are asking $30 for each cat, but you can donate a different amount using the link above. Payments by Paypal and credit cards are accepted.

Questions? Please contact Mary Kolencik .

Thank you for your generosity!
CFA By the Numbers
Dick Kallmeyer, CFA Vice-President

A compendium of statistics on the 2015-16 Show Season, with comparisons to prior show seasons for Registrations, Breeds, Grands, Catteries and Judges. 
For example: 

There were 2,352 Grands in the 2015-16 show season:
GC 1,471 (62.5%)
GP 710 (30.2%)
HHP 171 ( 7.3%)

Read the entire report here
Show Rule Clarification
Monte Phillips, Chairman
Show Rules Committee


There has been some confusion on the use of Temporary Registration Numbers (TRNs) for Bengal entries.

First - TRNs can NOT normally be issued for Bengal entries. That's because the show rules that define a Bengal as domestic require at least a five generation pedigree showing NO ALC cats at any point in that pedigree, while the TRN rules only require four. As such no Bengal can obtain a TRN via a pedigree, as no Entry clerk is qualified to complete a pedigree review and ascertain that all five generations are ALC free.

They CAN obtain a TRN utilizing CFA Registration numbers for both parents of the cat - but that is the only acceptable method for a Bengal to obtain a TRN. This only occurs with Bengals because that is the only breed currently in existence where only some of the cats of that breed are considered to be domestic and allowed in the show hall.

ALSO, Bengals need a registration number to enter Miscellaneous class. As stated above, this will normally be a permanent CFA registration number as the use of a TRN is very limited.

Show Rule Reminder
Mark Hannon
CFA President

Many judges have commented that clubs often fail to send them a copy of the show flyer as required in the show rules.  Central Office reports that few clubs send them a copy of the show flyer as required in the show rules.  Central Office has been tasked with following up when clubs fail to submit the required flyer and for shows licensed under 90 days the show will not be licensed without the flyer.
5.05 - The show secretary must send a copy of the show flyer to the officiating judges.
5.07 - Upon show license approval for shows the show flyer/announcement shall be provided to the CFA Central Office within seven days of license approval for shows licensed 90 days or more out; under 90 days, it must be filed concurrent with the show license.

IT Committee
Tim Schreck       
IT Committee Chair       

While I may have missed reporting to the newsletter this last couple of months, several things have been happening.
The first and the most important item, the year-end files have been sent out and it is still May. A substantial improvement over last season. If anything may have been missed please let us know immediately.

Secondly, CFA has contracted John Colilla as a temporary System Analyst to work on preparing programing specifications to be used by Computan to complete transitioning all programs still on old HP system. These tasks include but not limited to: Show Licensing and Scheduling, Club and Judges Modules, Breed Council Module , White pages, Cattery of Distinction and Scoring improvements.
John will also be tasked with documenting these processes, creating user documentation, and testing of completed work from Computan.

Finally, it is with regret that I report that  Steve Thieler's current Assist Entry Clerk program is no longer functioning as it should. Activation codes cannot be issued and this will probably not be corrected soon. He is also not able to respond to Support Requests. There is a current work around that Dick Kallmayer or I can send to anyone desiring to continue to use this program. Contact information will soon be on CFA website under CFA Entry Clerk Software tab.
We are looking for a long term solution to the Entry Clerk Program and are currently getting quotes for replacement.

We continue with enhancements to current programs and moving old programs to the new system.  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 Yearbook Advertising
2016 CFA Yearbook Shelly  Borawski
CFA Yearbook Editor

YEARBOOK ADVERTISING! REDUCED RATES!

Congratulations on a great show season! We know you must be delighted and proud. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to advertise this fine achievement in the 2017 Yearbook. Take a look at our reduced rates. A complete advertising package, including our reduced rates can be found on the CFA website at the following HERE 

Not sure how to desgin an ad? Let Shelly Borawski do it for you! Simply send your photo(s) or high resolution digital images and text along with your order form and payment, and she will do the rest. You can email everything to Sborawski@cfa.org or mail it to Cat Fanciers Association, Inc., 260 East Main Street, Alliance OH 44601, ATTN: Yearbook AD.

DEADLINE FOR ALL ADS IS AUGUST 17, 2016.

GRANDSTAND, GRAND OF DISTINCTION AND DISTINGUISHED MERIT PHOTOS!
The 2017 Yearbook will feature cats that have become a Grand, Grand of Distinction and Distinguished Merit during the show season of May 1, 2015 through April 26, 2016. If you haven't yet sent in your photo and payement to be included in this fine publication, please do so now. You can email everything to Sborawski@cfa.org or mail it to Cat Fanciers Association, Inc., 260 East Main Street, Alliance OH 44601, ATTN: Publications.The deadline is August 14, 2015.

Any questions please contact Shelly Borawski - sborawski@cfa.org - 732-492-7216


Teresa Keiger
Editor

The June issue of Cat Talk magazine is well into production. In this issue, we examine "The Human-Animal Bond" and why we have such a strong connection with the pets in our lives.

Remember that the August issue of Cat Talk is the "Year in Review" issue, featuring a look at the 2015-2016 Show season and the CFA Annual Meeting. It's always one of our most popular issues. Share your celebrations of the past season with our readers and s potlight your cattery with an ad in Cat Talk!    
(All rates for color or b/w)
Full Page: $300
Half Page : $200
Quarter Page: $100
Eighth Page (i.e. Business Card): $50
Refer to our online ordering page for more information and to place an ad 
(Commercial advertisers: contact Verna Dobbins for advertising opportunities and rate quotes)


One thing that our readers tell us that they love about Cat Talk is the photos. (we like that too!). I'm always looking for some unique photos that only our readers can give us.  Specifically, I'm looking for high resolution photos of pedigreed cats at play, interacting with their humans, just hanging out at home, during the holidays....you get the idea. And of course - cute kitten photos. Want to contribute? Send your photos to me at tkeiger@cfa.org

Don't miss out on a single issue of Cat Talk Magazine. Renew or begin your subscription here. Or read online at Magzter
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WINN FELINE FOUNDATION
by Vicki Thayer DVM , Winn Executive Director


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

A special thank you to Winn's founding organization, The Cat Fanciers' Association


  
Reminder for Winn's 2016 Symposium - The 38th Annual Winn Symposium will be held June 30th from 4-6:30 p.m. at the CFA Annual meeting being held at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas. The speakers for the Symposium are:
Dr. Leslie Lyons - "Genetics and Precision Medicine: State of the Art Health Care for Cats!"
Dr. Nicholas Dodman - "Feline Compulsive Disorders"
Registration fee: $30 per person. One free Symposium registration ticket has been mailed to each cat club that donated $100 or more between July 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016 for distribution to a selected attending club member.


 
The 2016 Winn Grant Awards have been announced
 
GENERAL STUDIES
 
cfDNA and liquid biopsy - a novel diagnostic approach for melanocytic tumors. (W16-011)
Principal Investigators: Barbara Nell, DECVO, Jessica Rushton DVM; Clinic of Small Animal Surgery, Dentistry and Ophthalmology, Vetmeduni Vienna; 
$5188.
 
Efficacy of a new treatment for cats with ronidazole-resistant Tritrichomonas foetus infection.  (W16-053)
Principal Investigators: Jody Gookin, DVM,PhD, DACVIM, Mark Papich, DVM, MS, ACVCP; North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine; $24,585.
 
Precision Medicine for Felines.  (W16-030)
Principal Investigators: Leslie A. Lyons, Barbara Gandolfi; University of Missouri; $4900
 
BRIA FUND STUDIES
 
Evaluating new drug compounds for treating feline coronavirus, a continuation study.  (W16-022)
Principal Investigators: Brian Murphy, DVM, PhD, ACVP; Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD; University of California, Davis; $12,175
  
Mefloquine's potential to inhibit FIPV infection in the cat. (W16-023)
Principal Investigators: Merran Govendir,BVSc, PhD, Jacqueline Norris, BVSc, PhD; The University of Sydney, Australia; $11,750
 
Exploring humoral responses to non-structural proteins of feline coronaviruses.  (W16-024)
Principal Investigator: Magdalena Dunowska, BVsc, PhD; Massey University, New Zealand; $25,000
 
RICKY FUND STUDY
 
Holter monitoring in the home environment for cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  (W16-038)
Principal Investigator: Katherine Scollan, DVM, DACVIM, Oregon State University; $16,330
 
ABYSSINIAN HEALTH FUND STUDY
 
Seeking genetic markers of Abyssinian/Somali hereditary amyloidosis.  (W16-028)
Principal Investigators: Maria Longheri, DVM, PhD, University of Milan; Leslie A. Lyons, PhD, University of Missouri; $6,900
 
PERSIAN HCM FUND STUDY
 
Evaluation of DNA variants associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the Persian cat.  (W16-034) 
Principal Investigator: Kathryn Meurs; North Carolina State University; $23,531.
 
BIRMAN HEART DISEASE FUND STUDY
 
Phenotypic characterization of cardiomyopathy in Birman cats - a phase two continuation study.  (W16-040)
Principal Investigator: Virginia Luis Fuentes, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM, DECVIM; Royal Veterinary College, University of London; $10,812
 

 
An important Planned Giving (tax) tip to make notes of for May - Life insurance (whole life or term) is an often overlooked way to make charitable gifts.  A gift of life insurance can be as simple as designating the charity as beneficiary or contingent beneficiary.  Life insurance proceeds can go to the charity directly without probate, court costs, legal fees or unnecessary delays.  The full benefit will go to the charity even if the donor dies after making only a few premium payments.  A charitable gift can be made using life insurance without affecting assets earmarked for family members, such as a family home or business.  It can also result in a federal estate tax deduction for the full amount paid to the charity.  Present gifts of a life insurance policy itself, or a life insurance trust, may even create current income tax deductions for the donor.  Consult your tax advisor for more details.
For any questions, please contact info@winnfelinefoundation.org



 
May Legislative Update
CFA Bill Tracking

CFA is again tracking hundreds bills during this legislative session.  Fortunately, more than half of the states have adjourned now cutting down somewhat on the number of bills actively tracked.  The bills tracked include animal abuse and abuse registries, seizures, shelters, animals in car provisions, standards of care, pet sales and breeder licensing are some of the categories into which these bills fall.  While some bills that the Legislative Group tracks do not initially affect the hobby of breeding and showing cats, they could evolve into legislation that is detrimental to the cat fancy and fanciers.  Many other bills do not gain the necessary momentum to warrant issuing an alert to fanciers.  They die quickly or quietly.  Several bills fit into that category.
 
Iowa SF 502
 
This bill, as originally introduced last session, would have added small breeders, show breeders, specialized breeders and rescues to existing law.  During the last session, the bill was amended to establish a quality assurance council.  SF 502 died when the session adjourned in April 2016.
 
South Dakota SB 157
 
SB 157 died, but had it passed it would have made anyone owning or harboring four or more dogs or cats at least 6 months of age for breeding purposes subject to the commercial breeder requirements.
 
Utah HB 132
 
People new to searching for legislation could easily overlook HB 132 as it was entitled "an act relating to certain licenses and a municipality's authority."  In addition to authorizing local licensing of commercial breeders, HB 132 defined commercial breeders by the number of dogs or cats kept for breeding and if that person provided an offspring to another person, or any person who sold dogs or cats at wholesale for retail to another.  HB 132 failed to pass prior to adjournment of the legislature.
 
West Virginia HB 4653
 
Had HB 4653 passed, it would have mandated statewide spay or neuter of animals.  The only exempt animals were those kept as breeding stock by registered breeders of purebred domestic dogs and cats.
 
While these state bills are dead, there are many other state bills still under consideration.  New Jersey S 63, dealing with sight unseen sales of cats and dogs, is one of the bills still in play. Click here to see the status of certain bills on the Legislation Quick Look or here to see the entire list of state and federal bills the Legislative Group is tracking.  The Legislative Group would like to thank everyone who has helped fight these bills and other detrimental legislation.


 
 
 
Please report legislation happening in your area to the Legislative Group -    legislation@cfa.org

CFA Ambassador Cats
Karen Lane
CFA Ambassador Cats Chair

It has been a Banner Year for the our
A-Cat Program!


Most of our A-Cats have received their new breed banners and I personally have seen them at our CFA shows. They are a great addition to this great program.

In the past show season, our A-Cats have made 287+ appearances at our CFA shows. We presently have 27 active A-Cats and a few of our members are on a medical temporary "leave of absence". We are always looking for new A-Cat members. If you are interested in being part of this program, please contact me at karenllane@ Comcast.net

I want to personally thank all of our A-Cats for their hard work and their dedication to this program. And I want to thank our CFA Board for their support and funding.

We have great plans for the 2016-2017 season. Please make your plans to be at our Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. It will be a great CFA Celebration.

by Candilee Jackson, Chair

News   
Happy May everyone!  The CFA Annual meeting is just around the corner, and the Ambassadors will be hosting an informal reception, tentatively set for Thursday evening.  I should have the location by the next online newsletter, so watch your email! 

Region Reports

Region 1: Chris June


Seacoast Cat Show, April 30-May 1, 2016, Concord, NH The Pet Me Cat Ambassadors would like to thank the Seacoast Cat Club for their support of our PMC group, giving us priority visibility in our show hall and generously offering a comp'd double space for each Pet Me Cat, even if it were entered/competing in the show. This club knows how important it is to the Cat Fancy to reach out to our visiting guests - in addition to being the best way to encourage new exhibitors and future club members and grow the Cat Fancy; you never know when a friendly tip will enrich the life of a cat...or offering someone who has recently lost their beloved pet a chance to hold, hug, cry and heal! The rewards are endless for everyone involved.
















Region 2:  Meghan Noecker
A wonderful pet fair was held in Portland, Oregon, and CFA Ambassadors took center stage.  There were 7 volunteers who brought Ragdolls, Egyptian Maus, Siberians, and a Selkirk Rex.  Additionally, a slide show was going on full time, and they littered their space with the CFA Ambassador Banner, and lots of Pet Me! Flags.  Regulus rode around in his stroller with a Pet Me! Flag, and also won funniest pet with his airplane costume.  They had a blast telling people about CFA, shows, giving grooming tips and answering all sorts of questions.  Meghan and her crew made lots of friends who are promising to comeback in October for the next Pet Expo!  Additionally, Karen Stenlun's Grand Premier Egyptian Mau recently finished the requirement for his Grand of Distinction and is looking forward to becoming a Pet Me Ambassador cat for shows in the Northwest. 

Region 4:  Mariane Toth
Although the entry count was small, the quality of those entered at the Cat Nation Fancier's Show in Erie, PA, was outstanding!  The gate was awesome the spectators enjoyed the cats and the CFA table most of the brochures where gone by the end of the show.  Spectators really enjoyed the judges talking about the cats during class judging and their finals.  
 
Region 5:  Shari Millar
Region 5 Ambassadors had a blast in a brand-new show venue, the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The two-day, ten-ring show nearly sold out.  Saturday was very crowded and there wasn't much room for the Ambassadors to do much roaming around, but questions were asked and answers given.  A shout out to the staff of the Flamingo for their hospitality and gracious service!

Region 6:  Candilee Jackson
The MWR ended its show season in Springfield, Illinois, with the America's Heartland Show, April 23-24 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  This awesome show is the result of a consortium of about 10 clubs who come together to put on a terrific show and party.  The Illinois State Fairgrounds always has a lovely gate, and this year's spectators did not disappoint.  Among the visitors was a small group of special needs young adults who spent a great deal of quality time with kitties whose owners allowed petting and holding.  It was truly a beautiful moment.
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Region 1
by Geri Fellerman, Regional Director 
Judging rings all had a horse race theme


As anticipated, the 2016-17 show season started off with a bang in New Hampshire with Seacoast CC's annual show. Fortunately, the calendar gave us an extra weekend this year and the club took full advantage. The gate was absolutely amazing. Everyone enjoyed the celebration cakes and the ice cream social. Shouts of "new grand" were heard in virtually every ring. Definitely looking forward to next year's show. The following weekend's show in York, PA, got rave reviews. Greater Lancaster had a great show by all accounts. Tons of vendors, great raffle and fun galore. There was a horse race theme throughout the show hall. Alas, I was home delivering new babies, but Carolyn Jimenez was kind enough to forward some great photos of the decorations I missed seeing - hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Memorial Day Weekend brings us the Siamese Alliance show in Lancaster, PA - a one-day show on Saturday gives everyone two more days to enjoy the rest of the weekend with family. The only June show in the region is on May 11 when Region 1 exhibitors (and others as well) gather at our Regional Show in Stamford, CT. We love this location - show and banquet in a lovely hotel - and look forward to celebrating last season's wins. Hope to see many of you there to celebrate our very own A-Catamy Awards!



Region 2
Terri Zittel, Regional Secretary 

The month of May has two traditional shows in Region 2. The first is North Pacific
Siamese to be held on May 14 th in Issaquah. WA. This is a one day six ring show. The
second show is High Sierra Cat Club to be held on Mary 21 st in Roseville, CA. This is
also a one day six ring show.

The Regional show and Banquet will be held on June 25 th at the DoubleTree@Lloyd
Center. Information can be found at cfanorthwest.org. There are many opportunities to
sponsor this year's winners in all of the categories.

One of the highlights is the Grands of Distinction earned by Region 2 cats.
  • Amber Snow ChoclatMouse of RK Gems - Scottish Fold
  • For-Real Life-of-Riley - Ragdoll
  • Forevermore Fireworks of Kissyfurs - Birman
  • Kimo's Lucky - Cornish Rex
  • Kiriki Somewhere in Thai'm - Korat
  • Kotchera Paladin of Anam Cara - Siberian
  • Maison DuKat Thorin Oakenshield - Egyptian Mau
Congratulations to the owners and breeders of these beautiful cats.


Region 3
by Steve McCullough, Regional Director  
Marsha Ammons

This past month found us busy preparing for our Regional Show and Awards Banquet in Oklahoma City, OK on June 18-19 th.  It started with the April show in Mesquite, which was attended with the same enthusiasm as has been in the past.  Kudos to North Texas Cat Club and Ft. Worth Cat Club for the same high quality of show production that we take for granted. Thank you, Paula Noble and Vicky Edwards. Heading into the new show season, we are excited to looking forward to seeing those new grands and household pets.

 June will be buzzing with many of us attending the Awards show and banquet and then heading into July with Stars and Stripes- Tabby and Torties show in Conroe. It will be a first for S&S with an in conjunction show with TICA, on July 9th. We are all looking forward to that weekend.  Then later, the last weekend in July will see Alamo City Cat Club and the GSR putting on a 6X6 show in Seguin TX. It will be a weekend not to be missed, for sure.
Lynn Ellis and Jack Nichols

I am looking forward to seeing a lot of you at the Annual in Las Vegas the last week of June.

As always, I am looking forward to seeing ya'll in the show hall.


Region 4
by John Colilla, Regional Director

Last season saw many challenges in trying to show and obtain the wins exhibitors had in mind. Thanks to the CFA Board of Directors' help, the Great Lakes Region is proud to brag about their 13 National winners; 2 in Championship, 3 Kittens and 8 in Premiership. Once again, the Great Lakes Region claims the most National wins in Premiership. 
 Our region is very active in social media. We are a member of Pinterest and have our on Facebook page. You can check out what is going on in our region through these social media sites at:   https://www.facebook.com/cfagreatlakes and https://www.pinterest.com/carmencitamarie/great-lakes-region-cfa
SHOW REPORTS 
Cincinnati Cat Club 
John Hiemstra
On April 16th and 17th of this year, masses of people showed up in Hamilton, Ohio, and gave Cincinnati Cat Club a resounding boost! Exhibitors entered the show, not completely full, but in enough numbers that gave us hope for their future in CFA. Spectators came to see the cats and owners in droves! We now feel that the Hamilton area can support more cat shows in the future. 
We had a special presentation of three oxygen masks that will save future cat and dog lives in the Hamilton area. We worked hard to present the show in its best light and everyone seemed to enjoy the weekend. The Fire Department even came back on Sunday with their families. 
Delicious food was served by a food truck vendor to feed everyone this year and we can't wait until next year! Thanks to all that joined in to help make the show great! 

Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming shows: 
  * May 21 Almost Heaven Cat Club with Western PA Cat Fanciers, Charleston WV, 5AB and 1 SP We're Back!!! Almost Heaven Cat Club will hold a Cat Show at the Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Drive, Charleston, WV 25301. This is a wonderful facility across the street from the Charleston Town Center Mall. Our one-day 5 AB, 1 SP show will be held in conjunction with Western PA Cat Fanciers. There will be wonderful judges, vendors and a great raffle. For more information visit our online flyer at www.catshows.us/almostheaven/. It's been six long years since we've held a show in Charleston, West Virginia but we are back and hope to stay. Please support the show as we hope to make this our permanent show date. 
* May 28 Golden Triangle Cat Fanciers, Cambridge Ontario, CA, 5AB, 1 SP and 6 HHP
Golden Triangle will be holding its 40th anniversary show at the Galt Arena Gardens, 98 Shade St, Cambridge, ON CA. Come help us celebrate 40 years of great shows! For more information visit our online flyer at www.catshows.us/goldentriangle/
* June 25-26 Great Lakes Regional Celebration Show, Akron OH, 7 AB, 3 SP and 10 HHP
We will be holding our show with all its glitz and glamour in conjunction with the Regional Celebration at John S Knight Center, 77 E Mill St, Akron, OH. This back-to-back show moved weekends so please mark your calendars accordingly. There will be a tremendous raffle, Feline Agility and for your photography needs, Larry Johnson will be there. Be sure to come out and help celebrate what the Great Lakes Region exhibitor and clubs accomplished this season! More information can be found online at www.catshows.us/greatlakesregional/


Region 5
by Lisa Marie Kuta, Regional Director 
 
Looking for a Memorial Day getaway in a fantastic location? Come to
Phoenix for a 6x6! Superstition Cat Fanciers and the Kino Cat Club are
planning two great shows in one location.

Save the date--June 11 is the Southwest Region's award show and banquet in
Ontario, CA. The early bird entry discount expires on May 16, so get your
entries in. Banquet tickets are going fast, we're already half-full! We
have just a few sponsorships left, honor a favorite breed or cat or
congratulate a friend. All the info you need is posted here:
http://cfasouthwest.org/awards2016.

Region 6
by Candilee Jackson, Midwest Region Secretary

Planning Committee Report
Your planning committee has the regional awards show and banquet just about "in the can," but still needs things from YOU to tie up all the loose ends.  Cathy Dunham still needs pictures of your winning cats so she can have your award etched and ready to go.  Roger Dunham also needs pictures for the On The Road Again slide show:  he's looking for pictures of getting ready to go to a show (baths, suitcase packing - with help!), loading up the car, setting up, the show itself, tearing down and heading home.  Pictures can be sent to:  mwregional@mediacombb.net .  In the meantime, don't forget to contact Renee Farley with your banquet reservation and with whom you would like to sit.  And lastly, don't forget sponsorships for your favorite cats, the Supreme Table auction, and ring sponsorships!!!
NEWS!!!
The MWR has a brand-spankin'-new website!  Colorful, informational and so easy to use!  The webmaster has asked that everyone check the site to make sure you are listed in the directory section and that your contact information is correct.

 I wanted to comment what a Great site our Region has! I think it is totally cool, with a beautiful lay-out.I found it easy to guide through and I am appreciative to all who was involved in the updating of our Region 6 Web site! ( :
Cary Plummer
 
Show Reports
With the 2015-2016 show season in the books, the MWR region ended the season with a lalapalooza show!  America's Heartland, a consortium of about 10 region clubs, banded together to present a year-end show to remember on April 23-24 in Springfield, IL.  To cap off the event, the exhibitors and judges enjoyed the hospitality of a brand-new LaQuinta Inn so graciously gave the region the use of a meeting room for a Saturday night pizza fest!  A great time was enjoyed by all, and many kudos to those who made the show and party a success!

After-Show Glow BBQ
As you plan for attending the MWR/TGIF Fundraising Show on August 6th at the lovely event center at Purina Farms just outside St Louis, don't forget to add the barbeque at the Jackson's to your event itinerary ... it's free, and there's rumors of HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!!!

MWR Brags:
Bruce Bradshaw and Cindy Browning are pleased to announce that GP Clowntown's Blue Boy of Rowleycats granded at the American Heartland Show in Springfield, Illinois.  Judge Wain Harding put him over the top.  Blue Boy (aka Yoshi) is the first blue-silver ticked tabby and white to Grand in CFA history, as this is a new color. 
Pam and Rick DeGolyer are excited to announce that GC,NW Purrelli cold as Ice of Ivy Cat (Blu) finished third best cat nationally and best cat in championship in the Midwest region 6.  Owners , Rick, Pam DeGolyer, Tabatha Metcalf and Mike Perkins. 

Additionally, Pam and Rick's GC,GP,NW Ivy Cat Nitro of Snomyst finished sixteenth best cat nationally in premiership and best cat in premiership in the Midwest region 6.  Owners are Rick , Pam DeGolyer, Donna Zimmerman and Ruth West. 
 
Cathy and Roger Dunham are pleased to announce their exciting winning season!  Three time RW and Grand of Distinction, GPD, RW Britzohoney Independence @ Its Best, Brown Spotted Tabby British Shorthair Spay.  Owers: Roger & Catherine Dunham; breeders Roger and Cathy Dunham and Kathie and Doug Von Aswege
Additionally, Britzohoney has a new new Grand Champion!    GC Britzohoney Frosted Holly is a
Blue British Shorthair Female .  Breeder/Owners are Roger and Catherine Dunham
 
Nancy and John Hitzeman are incredibly excited to announce three Regional Wins and a Grand Premier of Distinction this show season.

Always first, and always in Nancy's heart is Oscar the Arrogant (GP, NW Acadiacoons Franklin Lodge, GPD) has achieved his Grand Premier of Distinction, along with his fifth Regional Win at the age of 13 years. Oscar's dam is CH Katmindu's Madawaska PineCoon, DM (Maddie); his sire is GC, RW Pawtalk's Aroostook of Acadiacoons, DM (Roscoe). Our ever-so-grateful thanks to  L ibby Watkins   and   Shana White , who trusted us with his Mom and Dad so many years ago, as well as Janine Nydegger   who has mentored us all along the way. Way to go My Misser Wunnerful, aka Oscar !

And just as important, Maddie and Roscoe's great grandson, and Oscar's great nephew,GC, RW Acadicoons Doc Richard J Gatling (aka Doc-a-doodle doo), achieved two Regional Wins. Doc finished the season as11th Best Kitten and 13th Best Cat in Championship in the Midwest Region.
Nancy and John are also sending our huge congratulations to  Sueann   and  John Spinder   on their GC, RW Mollymaines Little Bear, from their very first litter of kittens, who hung on and completed the season as 25th Best Kitten. Bear and Doc have the same sire, CH Acadiacoons Madockawando (aka Pork Chop). Huge Coon-grats to both of you!
 
Upcoming Shows
June 4-5, 2016               MWR Awards Show                    Wyndam West Hotel, Indianapolis IN
August 6, 2016               MWR/TGIF Fundraising Show      Purina Farms, Grey Summit MO  (St Louis) 
After-show Glow BBQ                  Kirk and Candilee Jackson's house

Region 7
by Jean Dugger, Regional Director


The Southern Region has really come together, and I am proud to be a part of it! Thanks to JoAnn Miksa-Blackwell, our communications director, we have identified people in all parts of the Southern Region who were willing to come on board and work together towards our goal of making the Southern Region even better for everyone! Teresa Keiger and our Southern Stars team are hard at work on our awards banquet and show, and you will find everything under the "Southern Stars" tab on the website. The data downloads were received last Friday afternoon, and several volunteers are working with the data to ensure everything is in order.

We had a quick regional meeting at the Rebel Rousers show, where I told everyone about the Southern Stars information on our website. Although a lot of you are already at work on it, we always welcome more help. If you can help with the show, please contact Joanne Hardemann, show manager-I'm sure she would be happy to hear from you! Help is also welcomed for the banquet and awards room set up, and you can find the coordinators' contact information on our website.

We also welcomed the very first Bengal shown in the Southern Region to our show, who was exhibited by Melody Boyd, the secretary of our newest Southern Region club. While we were discussing potential locations for a show, Melody mentioned to me that she was from Savannah, GA (my most favorite place in the whole world!). I told her that we used to have a show in Savannah, GA, and that it was always a great place to go. She told me she would check out some potential locations. Sharing this with the attendees at our meeting was met with a huge applause-obviously I am not the only one who loves Savannah!

Although I am working with several clubs to find potential dates for shows this season, we still have "holes" in our calendar! If your club would like to put on a show, please let me know. Perhaps several small clubs can join together, and even consider a fundraiser show for the region.

To everyone who is receiving a Southern Region award - my congratulations!! I hope you will all enjoy the festivities of our celebration and know how hard everyone has worked to make it a special memory.

Lastly, I would like everyone to know that it has been my honor to serve the Southern Region these past two years. It has been a huge learning experience for me and I know I am a better person for having done it. Good luck in the new season and remember to enjoy every minute of it!

My best to you & your kitties!
Jean

The First Show of the New Season
by Jean Aldrich, Southern Region Reporter

The new CFA show season opened in the Southern Region with the traditional Rebel Rousers show in Lawrenceville, GA, the weekend of May 7/8. The weather cooperated with sunny and pleasant conditions, and the show was well attended (read: it was a tough show!). There were lots of new cats for the judges to see, as well as some beautiful older cats who still definitely have it going on!

One of the cats being shown was a Bengal from Savannah, GA. This breed has recently been accepted by CFA, and the Bengal at the Rebel Rousers show was the first to be shown in the Southern Region under the new accreditation.

 A new format was used at this first show of the season: 6 AB rings were judged on Saturday, and 4 SP rings were judged on Sunday

The cats (and the judges) were well-behaved, and everyone had a good time!

Region 8
by Edward Maeda, Regional Director
 
Before the end of show season, Northland Cat Fanciers held their cat show at the Sapporo Factory Hall in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan on 16-17 April. It was a 6 allbreed and two speciality rings back to back show with 122 entries including HHP. Show hall was very big and good place.

Then on 29 April, after end of the old show season, the farewell party for Kenji Takano was held at Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo. 150 people attended at there, exhibitors and friends alike. Yaeko Takano, who is his wife and CFA AB judge as you know, spoke to all at end of this party. She said that Kenji was very happy in life and spent nice life with many good friends, and thanked everyone.

Already new show season is begun. We will have Japan Regional Award Banquet on 17 July at Biwako Ohtsu Prince Hotel. Please join us...


Region 9
by Michael Hans Schleissner 

The French CFA club Cats'N Cats continues with their CFA shows at the Cote d'Azur with a 6 ring show in Theoule-sur-mer - around 20 km away from Cannes across the Golf Napoule. The exhibitors came from all over CFA Region 9 like Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Ukriane, Malta, and other European countries. Before the show all the exhibitors really enjoyed the warm and fantastic spring weather in south France due the true Mediterranean climate and left the winter mont hs behind.


Cats'N Cats uses well the different available ring formats to 
compose a well-balanced CFA. The experimental ring format which offers all advantages was performed by experienced judges George Cherrie and Arie Gronewegen as well by Lorraine Rivard from Canada and Chloe Chung from China. Sylvie Lamoureux from Canada offered the specialty ring and the special guest from South Africa, Rita Wiseman, completed the setup with an AB ring.
The French style of life was already visible during the show with exhibitors celebrating their personal success and a lot of rosettes for the cats. The common Saturday club dinner - a well-celebrated tradition in CFA Region 9 took place in a local restaurant.
During the show the cat owners are true competitors running for the same award - while at dinner the same people share a bottle of French vine and agree on future CFA exhibitions - to visit together!
Join a CFA show in region 9 - the culture treasure box - young & big - strong & committed - simple CFA Region 9.
Cats'N Cats already announced to continue with their CFA show on the French Riviera and we all looking forward for more fun - more wine - and more awards to celebrate!

First Bengal on a CFA show in Region 9 - Europe

At the show of the UK CAT FANCIERS on May/07/2016 we had the first Bengal in the judging ring. I feel very honoured to be the very first judge in region 9 who had this beautiful neuter in the morning of the show on my judging table.

His name is Typhast Kimi of Ziggian, a rosetted patterned neutered male, owned by Anne Coak.

I want to thank the club for putting up, once again, a great show.

Michael Hans Schleissner
CFA AB Judge
International Division
Dick Kallemyer, International Division Chair 
Judge Danny Tai writes from Hong Kong:
" The 2016 International Division Award Banquet will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 27 August 2016.  The Le Meridien hotel is convenient to the old city temple area and the night market.  Ten International Division areas will celebrate together for this big achievement. 

Chiangmai is full of Thai history.  This banquet will be a mix of Thai and western culture.  The banquet itself will be full of live entertainment with dancing and singing.  Don't forget the after-dinner party!!!

What ar e you still waiting for? Be quick to join our big party in the International Division. It will be full of fun and happiness.

Be quick to enroll and submit your photos to Rung, Suttida, Danny Tai or Maggie Kwan at 2016idbanquet@gmail.com.  More details will be announced soon."
Watch  "On the Road Again" from the 2013-14 ID awards show here

The Shanghai Cat Lover Society had their first show in Nanjing, China, April 30-May1.  This show was held in concert with a pet fair and dog show.


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Teresa Keiger
CFA Newsletter Editor