July 15 | 2021
The ballots have been counted and we now have the results for the DAL election. Welcome back to the board George Eigenhauser, Carol Krzanowski, and Melanie Morgan. Welcome newly elected DAL members Mark Hannon and Annette Wilson, both of whom have prior service to CFA as board members. Thank you to Brian Moser for your service to the CFA Board these past two years. Thank you to Cyndy Byrd for your service this past year serving my vacated DAL seat when the member clubs voted me to the role of CFA President.

Thanks to the hard work that Cyndy did during this past year, we now have an updated set of bylaws which comply with the New York not-for-profit law. As most of you are aware, we had two constitutional amendments which had to be passed in order for CFA to be in compliance with NY NPC law. The board presented five additional amendments that were also passed, and now our constitution goes by a new name: bylaws.

Additionally, the member clubs passed the updated certificate of incorporation!

COVID-19 is still an issue, but as so many people are fully vaccinated, the reporting of cases has dropped drastically! Thanks to all that have participated in the vaccination programs across the USA.

The CFA COVID-19 guidelines were updated and now clubs are required to comply with local, state, national, etc. guidelines. These guidelines are in line with the recommendations set at the CDC. Thanks to Rich Mastin and George Eigenhauser for heading up our COVID Advisory Committee. And a special thank you to Dr. Marilee Griswold for your expert guidance.

Many clubs are now planning shows for this show season. Good luck to everyone who supports CFA and our clubs. We cannot do it without you!
CFA News
Central Office Report
Allene Tartaglia, CFA Executive Director

You did it!

The CFA Virtual Annual is over, a distant memory for many, and you witnessed and you were a part of history in the making.

Many of you know I do not have human children, only cat kids. However I was as proud as any parent could be when the Annual Meeting was called to order by President Darrell Newkirk and all delegates had participated in the roll call, logged into the Zoom meeting, a quorum was met and we were all ready to get on with business. The months of practice sessions and learning paid off. Amendments and resolutions were discussed and voted on, service awards were announced, and we were reminded of those missing in the memorial slide show created by Cheryl Coleman.
A big thank you to the Virtual Annual Committee who met many times to discuss various aspects of the Annual and particularly to the very capable sub-set of committee members who formed the team who were there for every virtual practice session for delegates and onsite at the Central Office the week of the Annual Meeting: Cathy Dunham, Shelly Borawski, James Simbro and Amber Goodright. Darrell Newkirk and Rachel Anger were onsite for the board and Annual meetings and we all worked together to make the virtual Annual a good experience for all.

The CFA Board voted at the Sunday board meeting after the Annual to return $30 of the $40 delegate fee to clubs who participated in the Annual Meeting. All of these rebates have been processed to the original payor using the same method of payment (credit card, PayPal or check). The mailing and receipt of checks takes a little longer and all rebates should be received within the next week or two.
CFA Judging Program
Vicki Nye
CFA Judging Program Committee Sub Chair
Approved Judges & Guest Judging Program

It is with regret that I announce the retirements of two of our esteemed judges. During the June 17th Board Meeting, the Board of Directors accepted Norm Auspitz and Vicki Abelson’s requests for retirement. I would like to wish Norm and Vicki every happiness in the next chapter of their lives. If you would like to send them a card their addresses are as follows:
Norm Auspitz—1110 Lodge Hill Road, Louisville, KY. 40223-5510
Vicki Abelson—14782 Gruber Lane, Loxahatchee, FL. 33470
Read more about them:
Biography and photo of Norm Auspitz
Retirement letter and photo of Vicki Abelson

Additionally, I would like to note two leave of absence requests that were granted by the Board of Directors at the June 17th Board meeting. They are detailed below.

CFA Allbreed Judge Laura McIntyre has requested a one year leave of absence April 26, 2021 through
April 26, 2022.

CFA Approved Longhair Judge Yuko Nozuki has requested a medical leave of absence May 1, 2021 through
June 1, 2022.
Ellyn Honey
CFA Judging Program Committee Sub Chair
Applicants and Trainees


I am happy to present the following judges who have advanced in the Judging Program as of June 18,2021:

Bethany Collila - Advanced from Apprentice Shorthair, Second Specialty, to Approval Pending Shorthair, Second Specialty.

Lyn Knight - Advanced from Apprentice Longhair, First Specialty, to Approval Pending Longhair, First Specialty.

Mie Takahashi - Advanced from Approval Pending Longhair, First Specialty to Approved Longhair First Specialty;

Congratulations to all of you on your great achievement
CFA Judges Association
Ellyn Honey, President
JA Spotlight Award - 2021

It was no surprise to me when my nominating committee decided that Wain Harding should be given the the 2021 Judges Spotlight Award.

Wain has been in the judging program since 1981. Under his cattery name Bastis, he at first showed for 7 years, wrote the standard for the Egyptian Mau, which had many similarities to his much loved breed the Abyssinians. The Maus received championship status in 1977.
Under the Bastis cattery name, Wain bred Egyptian Maus, Abyssinians, and Persians.  He co-bred a litter of Exotics with Mark Hannon under the cattery name Taki. It was the only litter bred, shown and raised under that cattery name.

He had trained many, many new judges, served as the International Chair for Asia, wrote a standard for a new breed and so many more contributions to CFA.
He spent his childhood in Charlottesville, Virginia, attended Berkeley, returned home for a few years, and finally returned to Berkeley where he began work as an artist and art eestorer.

Our Judges Association Spotlight Award is given the Wain Harding, for his years of service to CFA.
CFA Clubs
Carol Krzanowski, Chair


The following clubs were accepted at the June 17, 2021 CFA Board meeting:

1. Aisha Cat Fanciers’ Club, International Division - China; Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
2. China Kiwi Fanciers Cat Club, International Division - China; Wuhan, Hubei, China
3. Fast Fish Cat Fanciers’ Club, International Division - China; Shanghai, China
4. Supreme Cat Fanciers Club, International Division - China; Chengdu, Sichuan, China
5. True Love East China Fanciers Cat Club, International Division - Shenzhen, Guangdong, China


The following clubs have applied for CFA membership and will be considered at the August 3, 2021 CFA Board meeting. Anyone wishing to submit comments regarding the applicants should do so in writing and send the comments to Committee Chair Carol Krzanowski no later than July 23, 2021.

As stated in the CFA Constitution - Article III - Membership, Section 3 - Election to Membership: "If negative information is submitted regarding the applicant, the information will be provided to the applicant with enough time for the applicant to prepare a written rebuttal prior to board consideration.”

Central Breed Cat Club
President: Gritthanut Srikisanarak
Secretary: Thanaban Authongmak
Location: Nonthaburi, Thailand

Dragon King Feline Fanciers’ Club
President: Cheng Tao
Secretary: Xue Bo (Andy Xue)
Location: Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

GLB Cat Fancier Club
President: TaoMing Tuan
Secretary: YuKe Long
Location: Xiamen, Fujian, China

Oriental Crown Cat Fanciers’ Club
President: Qin Yi
Secretary: Zou Yun (Zoey Zou)
Location: Jiashan, Zhejiang, China

Tan Malaka Cat Fanciers
President: Fajar Afdhol Akmal
Secretary: Ardinsyah Ardinsyah
Location: Tangerang, Indonesia

The Polaris
President: Qiangian Wan
Secretary: Yan Zhou
Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
CFA Show Rules
Monte Phillips, Chair

The board instituted a new requirement for grands that reduces the points required for cats showing in the international division outside of China. Specifically, for those cats, 75 points are required for the grand championship, and 25 points are required for the grand premiership. Also, only three qualifying rings under two judges are required for the champion/premier title. These changes only apply to the current (2021-2022) show season.
CFA Star Award Recipients
Cathy Dunham - Chair

 The CFA Star Award rewards volunteers who perform some service for CFA, whether it be promoting CFA, working on a CFA task, or assisting with animal welfare issues. These recipients of CFA's 2021 Service Star Awards were all nominated by the various committees in CFA and approved by the full CFA board. Congratulations to the recipients of this years awards!
Listings are in alphabetical order, noting the service area and the total number of awards the recipient has earned.
Leesa Altschul
NewBee Program - First

Mike Altshul
Facebook Marketing of Shows & VCC Committee Work - Second

Rachel Anger
Top Cat Challenge - Fourth

Rhonda Avery
Top Cat Challenge - Second

Jacqui Bennett
Breeds and Standards Committee - Second

Kathy Black
Meowy Hour - First

Desiree Bobby
Top Cat Challenge - First

Gavin Cao
Translating Materials for China Associate Program - Second

Chloe Chung
Translating Materials for China Associate Program - First

Laurie Coughlan
Cat Talk Writer and Copy Editor - First

Pam DelaBar
Judging Program File Administrator China Associate Program   - Second

Nancy Dodds
Judging Program File Administrator - First

Cathy Dunham
Virtual Cat Competition Committee - First

Lorna Friemoth
CFA Millennial Outreach Committee & Top Cat Challenge - Third

Deirdre Gerhardt
Virtual Cat Competition Committee - First

Omar Gonzalez
Hospitality 2019 Annual - First

Marilee Griswold
Judging Program File Administrator - First
Kathi Hoos
Judging Program New Applicants Administrator - Second

Barbara Jaeger
China Associate Program - First

Carmen Johnson-Lawrence
Top Cat Challenge - First

Julie Keyer
Purebred Rescue - Third

Nancy Kerr
Virtual Cat Competition Committee - First

Teresa Keiger
Meowy Hour - Third

Mary Kolencik
Top Cat Challenge - Fifth

Jaime Lerner
Top Cat Challenge - First

Anne Mathis
China Associate Program   Second

Arden Moore
Meowy Hour   First

Darrell Newkirk
China Associate Program   Third

Allen Raymond
Judging Program File Administrator - Second

Krista Schmitt
Top Cat Challenge - First

Teresa Sweeney
China Associate Program - Third

Yaeko Takano
Judging Program File Administrator - First

Nicole Turk
Top Cat Challenge - First

Bob Zenda
China Associate Program - First

Iris Zinck
Virtual Cat Competition Committee - Second
CFA Marketing
Desiree Bobby, Director of Marketing

Educational Content to Attract New Fanciers and to Support Seasoned Ones

Future and seasoned fanciers have varying degrees of knowledge and intent and do not all participate with CFA in the same way. Some folks fancy exhibiting, some fancy breeding and some are just here to see and snuggle cats. Regardless of how or why a fancier enters our world, we aim to provide educational content that attracts and supports their CFA journey.
This month’s webinar: Kitten Development Milestones
Covers milestones of the physical and behavioral development of kittens, what to expect at various stages and how to help kittens develop properly to achieve those milestones. You must register to attend the LIVE event: https://bit.ly/3xANXOj

Did you miss a webinar or want to watch one again?
All past webinars are available on-demand through the CFA website: https://cfa.org/workshops-and-webinars/

Topics include:
●   Pregnancy & Birth: Keeping the whole family healthy
●   Defeating Diarrhea
●   Fight the Fungus: How to prevent, recognize and treat ringworm
●   Healthy Living Environments for Kittens
●   Conquering Upper Respiratory Infections in Kittens
●   Basic Immediate Critical Care for Kittens
●   Common Concerns with Kittens
●   Bottle-Feeding Kittens 101

New webinars are added 2 weeks after the live session.
2022 Yearbook
Photos! Photos! Photos!
Deadline for receipt of 2020-2021 winning cat photos approaching fast!
If you haven’t yet submitted your winning cat’s photo and paid the applicable fee
For the 2022 Yearbook Regional Winner section, Grandstand section,
Distinguished Merit section or Grand of Distinction section, do it now.
Send high-resolution digital images to: sborawski@cfa.org
AND pay the applicable photo fee using the secure catalog:
The DEADLINE for all photos and payments: AUGUST 2, 2021
ADS for the 2022 YEARBOOK now being accepted. Don’t delay. 
Ad prices and other information is located here: https://catalog.cfa.org/yearbook-ads.shtml
The DEADLINE for all ads is: AUGUST 16, 2021. This deadline is FINAL.
If you miss the deadline, you will miss being in the 2022 Yearbook.
Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger, Editor
We're already planning on content for our October issue! Because this issue comes out in autumn, we often look at cats in "the autumn of their lives." This year, we want to tell the stories of cats who have achieved titles and recognition at a "less than young" age. Call them Veterans, call them "aged to perfection" - we want to know about them! Send your stories to Ann Strople.
Did you know you can advertise your cattery and its accomplishments in Cat Talk?

Did you know readers from all over the world can subscribe to Cat Talk online via Magzter ?

Did you know vendors and small cat-related businesses can take advantage of special advertising pricing?

Check out our pricing, or contact Teresa Keiger for more details.
CFA Program News
CFA Breeders' Assistance/Breeder Rescue Program
Charlene Campbell, Chair

Hi all, it is that time of year again... Hurricanes & fire!  A few tips and reminders... Please stay safe, listen to local authority advisories, avoid driving through moving water. Remember we are here to help you during any emergency.

Download our list of tips to help plan for you and your pets during a disaster.
Legislation - What's Hot...
Kelly S. Crouch, CFA Legislative Information Liaison
Sharon Coleman, CFA Legislative Legal Analyst
From the Texas Sunset Commission Review to the End of the 2021 Legislative Session, What Happened with the Licensed Breeder Program?

The 2020 Texas Sunset Commission Staff Report that recommended the elimination of the Licensed Breeder Program - and the subsequent rejection of that recommendation increased the anticipation about how lawmakers would respond in the 2021 legislative session. Three bills were introduced that involved licensed breeders. Click here to read more about what happened.

Recent CFA Legislative Group Blog Posts:
What's Hot………… Burke County, North Carolina --- Animal Ordinance Reform Effort Adopted in Part
Please report legislation happenings in your area to the Legislative Group – legislation@cfa.org  Visit the CFALegislativeNews Facebook page and the CFA Legislative Group Blog to see the current legislative news.
EveryCat Health Foundation
submitted by Virginia Rud
A list of our honored donors for the month of June is available here
July Webinar

"No Worries- She's an Indoor Cat’ is NOT the Solution for Tick & Heartworm Prevention for Cats"
Wednesday, July 28th, 2021, 1:00 pm EDT
With Dr. Craig Prior.
A review of the more common external and internal parasites of cats including an update on prevalence and parasite forecasts from Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC); a discussion of the risk to indoor cats; and how long acting preventives can increase compliance and protect more pets.

Dr. I. Craig Prior is the previous owner of VCA Murphy Road Animal Hospital, an eight-doctor practice in Nashville, TN. A 37-year veteran, Dr. Prior was born and raised in Australia, graduated from the University of Queensland in Brisbane with a degree in veterinary medicine in 1984 and moved to the United States in 1985. Dr. Prior is a board member and past president of the Companion Animal Parasite Council .
This webinar is sponsored by Merck Animal Health.

Tax Tips with George Eigenhauser

The new American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes provisions allowing taxpayers who qualify for the federal child tax credit to begin receiving monthly payments starting in July 2021. The Act temporarily expands the child tax credit from $2000 per child to up to $3,600 per child. The benefits gradually diminish for single filers earning more than $75,000 per year (or married couples making more than $150,000). Unlike a tax deduction that only reduces taxable income (indirectly reducing tax), tax credits may provide dollar-for-dollar reduction of the money you owe in taxes. Some credits may even exceed taxes due, resulting in refunds. Half of the child tax credit benefit will be sent out to eligible households in monthly payments from July through December 2021. The second half of the credit may be claimed on your 2021 tax return (filed in 2022). Monthly payments of up to $300 per child will begin shortly, based on your prior tax filings. If you haven't filed a tax return with the IRS recently their web site has a non-filer sign-up tool to enroll. For more information about the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021 please visit:

Corporate Affiliates
Our friends at Motel 6 would like CFA to continue to receive the 10% discount at participating locations by using the new updated reservation code of CPOAPHHT. There is a dedicated reservation site for CFA at www.motel6.com/en/cp/cfa.html or you may call 800-466-8356.
Discount Code # CPOAPHHT
Code: 1000026977
or call 877-999-3223 and ask for the discount code CFA CAT FANCIERS ASSOCIATION
Discount Code # 526223
Budget Car Rental
Discount Code # #U285933
Link to Avis
Discount Code # Z926291
click for info
CFA Regional News
Region 1
Sharon Roy, Regional Director
No report this month
Region 2
Terri Zittle, Regional Secretary
No report received
Region 3
Paula Noble, Regional Secretary
Greetings from Region 3. Well, the first Virtual Annual Meeting has come and gone and I must say it went much smoother than many expected. Many Region 3 folks worked hard over the past couple of years in preparing to host this Annual live and in person and for all those involved we are very grateful. We still have some of the fund-raising merchandise available so for any that are interested, please contact Steve McCullough, Regional Director or Paula Noble, Regional Secretary or Sheryl Zink, Regional Treasurer for information on purchasing any of the available merchandise. We have t-shirts in three colors (limited sizes in the navy blue and blackberry colors), commemorative pins, cookbooks, masks and wristbands.

As we move forward into this new season, we’re hoping the show schedule continues to get busier. Please be aware of restrictions in different parts of the country and be cautious as things continue to change while we progress out of this pandemic environment.

Looking forward to seeing you all in the show halls soon!!
Region 4
John Colilla, Regional Director
No report received
Region 5
Howard Webster, Regional Director
No report received
Region 6
Candilee Jackson, Regional Secretary
Following a terrific but simple awards ceremony in early June, there were many awards to be mailed to those who could not attend the show and ceremony.  These should be in the mail to region winners by late next week. We thank you for your patience!
Region 7
Kenny Currle, Regional Director
Colonial Annapolis Cat Fanciers
July 3-4, 2021
Lebanon, PA
photos and story courtesy of Mark Hannon

This club had their annual show planned on their traditional date the first weekend of June, 2020. The show was cancelled, as were all shows around that time, due to COVID-19 restrictions. They also cancelled their show for the same weekend in 2021.
As states and communities started opening up in the Spring of 2021, the club took another look at holding a show. There were no CFA shows scheduled for the July 4th weekend so the club considered that date. Finding an affordable show hall was one of their chief concerns. They located a hall that met their needs, one that has been used by several clubs in the past, but it was in another region. This is a Southern Region club who has for decades used a hall in suburban Baltimore.
Their new location was in Lebanon PA, about 100 miles from their traditional location but in the North Atlantic Region. Approvals were obtained and the show proceeded. The final decision to hold the show was made in May so there was not much time to pull this show together. The club opted to use a 6x6 format and the same judges contracted for their cancelled show. The show was run by Dave & Shirley Peet, Sara Sieffert and Claire & Bob Dubit. While the show did not fill, it had an average of 150 entries which enabled the club to cover its costs. While there were some campaigners present, for most of the exhibitors this was their first or second show this season. The atmosphere at the show was very upbeat as the exhibitors were excited to be back in a show hall after such a long absence.
A feature at this show was a Super Raffle coordinated by Sarah and Shirley. They sold tickets in advance of the show for a special low price of 100 tickets for $35. They raised several thousand dollars and half the tickets were sold in advance of the show. The raffle was a big success.
Region 8
Yukiko Hayata, Regional Director
Yokohama Bay Cat fanciers had show in Tokyo on 12th June.

Japan Shaded Fanciers had show in Tokyo on 27th June. Because of the COVID-19 rule from both the government and CFA, both of show had not so many entries. However, exhibitors safely enjoyed show as usual.
Allbreed judge Teruko Arai, show manager of this show, has been painting lots of cats as her hobby. Her work was being displayed in the 48th Nissyou Ten by Nihon Hyosyo Art Association. She painted the picture of two women with lovely cat and won honorable mention. Congratulations!!
In Japan we have the rainy season for almost one month, from the middle of June to the middle of July. During the rainy season, we can see the very beautiful flower “Ajisai” everywhere. (Ajisai means hydrangea.)

We will have Olympic game opening ceremony soon. I hope it will be fine day.
Region 9
Pam DelaBar, Regional Director
Cat fanciers all over Europe joined in to watch or participate in the CFA virtual annual meeting. Representatives of the three CFA clubs in Finland all had “the jabs” and met in the wonderful outdoor covered patio at the home of Pauli Huhtaniemi and Marika Lahti. Of course food had to be involved and delicious hamburgers were cooked to perfection by the R9 Regional Director, plus the usual accompaniments.
Though the meeting lasted until around 2 AM Saturday morning Finnish time, it was still very light for us.
No reports this month
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Teresa Keiger
CFA Newsletter Editor