CFA Newsletter
April 15 | 2020
CFA News
Memo From Mark
Hello Everyone!

I know many of you are frustrated with COVID-19 and the impact it is having on each of our lives. My hope is that you remain healthy and if you are currently ill that you recover and return to a healthy status. We value each of you and want to see you again once we are able to get together. I want to salute our first responders who are not able to sit this pandemic out … those working in the medical field, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. Thank you for being there for us.
With the 2019-2020 show season completed, I want to congratulate all our awards winners and their owners. Achieving a CFA award is deliberately difficult to achieve and for those of you who accomplished such a win, you deserve to be very proud.

For those of you who may have missed it our CFA Secretary, Rachel Anger, is one of the many who are staying home. She does not have access to her work email. Please use her home email address:

At the April 1, 2020 meeting of the CFA Board of Directors, there was some confusion regarding how many national awards to which our Household Pets are entitled. In both the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 show seasons we awarded up to Top 25 if minimum points were achieved.

Just a few days ago we rolled out a new feature on our website – a page for the Vendors who support our shows. We know our vendors’ businesses are harmed by the cancellation of our shows and our exhibitors no longer have the opportunity for in-person purchases of goods and services. When I last checked we had more than 40 vendors who took advantage of this FREE opportunity. Please check out this extensive listing and support our vendors. You can find a link to this page in the upper right side of our CFA home page or go to: .
Last Friday ballots were emailed to each club for the election of various seats on the CFA Board of Directors. Every club is encouraged to complete the ballot and return it to the Central Office. Check out the CFA website to see if your club’s ballot has been received. Ballots need to be received in the CFA Central Office by June 1, 2020.  When and how will the ballots be counted? The current plan is to have the ballots counted on the Friday of what would have been the cancelled Annual meeting in June. As usual, Nancy Dodds, chair of the Credentials Committee, submitted a list of names of those who will tabulate the results. Her proposed list was submitted to the board for approval. The results of the election will be quickly shared via a CFA-News announcement.

Dick Kallmeyer continues his analysis of CFA registration data. The pie charts (below) reflect registrations processed from May through March, so eleven months of the current fiscal year. Dick tells us that we show an increase from the same period of the previous year. James Simbro’s data shared with the board indicates even through the first week of April we continue to see healthy numbers of registrations. Thank you, Dick, for your continued assistance.
CFA International Cat Show Judges

364 clubs voted. Based on the vote of CFA clubs, the following judges have been selected to judge this year's show:

Adkison, Larry
Anger, Rachel*
Calhoun, Kathy
Currle, Kenny
DelaBar, Pam
Griswold, Marilee
Harding, Wain*
Koizumi, Kayoko
Morgan, Melanie
Moser, Brian
Newkirk, Darrell*
Nye, Victoria
Pun, Nicholas
Roy, Sharon
Sweeney, Teresa
Webb, Russell

Veach, Gary
Pearson, Brian

* The three judges with the largest number of votes will judge the Best In Show. Those judges are Anger, Harding, & Newkirk.

Central Office Report
Allene Tartaglia, CFA Executive Director

Sign of the Times
The Central Office is eerily quiet with only two or three of us working out of the office. The mask I’m wearing was custom made for me and is definitely a sign of the times. Mostly all CO employees started working remotely from their homes on March 24 when the Governor of Ohio mandated non-essential businesses close. Some non-essential businesses could remain open but with only a skeleton staff on-site to maintain operations and that is what we are doing. CFA is fortunate that practically all office tasks can be done off-site since most registration services are submitted online or by email.
The ballots to vote for CFA Officers, Regional Directors and International Division Representatives were emailed on Friday, April 10 to the club secretaries of clubs eligible to vote. Contact Amber at the Central Office with questions or if your club needs a hard copy ballot mailed.
Clubs whose shows were cancelled by CFA or their local government due to the COVID pandemic have been refunded the show license and insurance fees. Please contact me if you haven’t received your refund yet. Shortly, club and show secretaries for these same shows will be receiving an email from CFA outlining the parameters and procedure for recovering non-reimbursable expenditures such as advertising.
Delegate fees and any other payments related to the 2020 Annual Meeting, e.g. award dinners, have been refunded. If you did not receive a refund and believe you should, please contact me,
CFA Facebook Frames
Cat shows are cancelled, and we're all staying home. Recently, CFA President Mark Hannon asked CFA's graphic designer Teresa Keiger to create a Facebook frame to both help us be "alone, together" and to help promote CFA. The response from our exhibitors has been great (and made for some really good-looking profiles photos too!) Below is just a sample of what we've seen.
Want to use this frame yourself? Go to . Click your profile picture in the bottom left and select your Page. Search for a frame by entering the frame's name, the creator's name or related words. Choose the frame you want to use from the results.
CFA Judging Program
Melanie Morgan

The Judging Program announced the following changes and advancements at the April 14, 2020 CFA Board Meeting:

CFA and the Judging Program mourn the loss of CFA Allbreed Judge Lorraine “Ricki” Carroll.

Medical leave of absence for Becky Orlando extended to October 1, 2020.

Application received for Dan Beaudry.

  • Michelle Beaudry advanced to Apprentice Longhair, first specialty 
  • Jennifer Reding advanced to Apprentice Shorthair, second specialty 
  • Mie Takahashi advanced to Approval Pending Longhair, first specialty 
  • Gavin Cao advanced to Approved Shorthair, first specialty 
  • Wendy Heidt advanced to Approved Allbreed 

Congratulations to all!
CFA Clubs
Carol Krzanowski

The following clubs were accepted at the April 14, 2020 CFA Board Teleconference:

1. Indian Cat Club - International Division - AWA/CSA; Hyderabad, India
2. Orange Cat Club - Europe Region; Orange, France
3. Starry Sky Cat Fanciers’ Club - International Division - Asia; Chengdu, Sichuan, China
4. Vietnam Cat Club - International Division - Asia; Hanoi, Vietnam
Rachel Anger - email change
Please be aware that CFA Secretary Rachel Anger’s email address has changed. It is now . Please change the contact information that you have for her accordingly so that she will receive any email you may send.

CFA Marketing Committee
The CFA Marketing Team
Desiree Bobby, Director of Marketing
Kathy Black, Marketing Committee Chairperson

Competition in Quarantine.

Animal lovers are finding ways to put a positive spin on the unfortunate circumstances that face the entire world today and that stands true for CFA as well.

Starting Monday, April 13, 2020, we will hold monthly contests for all cats to strut their stuff and showoff online. There will be one contest a month for the next four months where you will be able to upload a photo (or video depending on the contest) of your cat and qualify to win. Each themed contest will have:

April’s Contest is sponsored by Neon Litter. The top 3 winners will receive 12, 6 or 4 bags of colorful NEON Litter and all contestants will receive a 20% off coupon to purchase products from their website.

The contests will be published on the CFA Facebook page: so be sure to follow it for regular announcements.

Do you sell cat products or services and would like to join the fun? Let’s discuss some fun contest ideas that will surely put smiles on the faces of our CFA family and fans while promoting your business!

Contact:  Desiree Bobby

Breeds and Standards
Annette Wilson

A reminder that Breed Council membership fees are due on May 1 and new applications for membership is also that date. No renewals or applications will be taken before May 1. Information can be found here, including links to current members:

This year is also an election year for Breed Council Secretaries. If you are interested in running for this position, the BCS declaration form can be found here:

Please mark MAY 1 on your calendar to renew or apply for Breed Council
Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger - Editor

We will continue the series"My First Cat" with reader's stories about their first pet or show cat as long as there is interest and input. Laurie Coughlan is coordinating that series and if you have a story to share, please let her know.

You may remember that the June Cat Talk originally was going to feature stories about cat who have accompanied us on travels - and usually unexpectedly. With the travel restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, no one is going anywhere.
BUT - many folks now have new four-legged coworkers and have had some very interesting experiences with them. These cats can photobomb a web conference, talk more than an annoying cubicle mate, and put most power-nappers to shame! And we want to hear all about it!
Ann Strople is compiling these stories and you can send her yours at

Know someone who might enjoy Cat Talk? Remember that it is also available on the Kindle Newsstand and via Magzter.
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 and the Kindle Newsstand ?

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 Ambassador Cats
Karen Lane
Ambassador Cat Program Co-Chair

The Ambassador Cat Program is a true success because of our wonderful and friendly cats, and their owners. Our cats reach out and touch not only the hearts of our spectators at our cat shows, but they are the heart of our Ambassador Program.

Danny and Nancy Bueno have been a fixture at most shows up and down our West Coast. Whenever I have traveled to shows in this area, I get to see Danny and visit with Nancy, another friend. dedicated to CFA.

Danny is a CFA Silver Star Award Winner and we thank Mark for giving Danny this special award. Danny is only the third CFA Ambassador Cat to receive this honor.

Danny shared his good nature and sweet personality for many, many years. It is with a heavy heart, we say goodbye to our friend, Danny, as he crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

We received this letter from Nancy about Danny’s passing and I wanted to share this with everyone. The last time I saw Danny, I wish I would have petted his bright, shiny coat one more time,

And to Nancy, thank you for sharing this special cat with all of us.
GP Coppercats Danuwa Analihi of Najo
aka CFA Ambassador Cat “Danny”

August 30, 2005 to March 21, 2020

The name “Danuwa Anahlihi” is Cherokee for “warrior,” and Danny certainly was a warrior for his entire life. And what a life he had! CFA show cat, CFA Ambassador Cat, model for artists and companies, therapy cat who worked with veterans and their families, my medical service animal and my constant companion. Danny was pure love, and in return, he was truly loved. He helped so many people. Danny was an important part of so many lives.

The end of his days came quickly. He was happy and seemed to be healthy at the Call of the Wild Cat Club show on February 15 and 16, 2020. Just a couple of weeks later he had quickly lost weight and I took him to see his vet on March 9, 2020. The next day he was hospitalized for 72 hours for a “kidney flush” and returned home with me on March 13, 2020.
His veterinarian said that he was eating everything in sight and doing better. She said he enjoyed his stay at the vet – typical Danny, he thought it was another cat show. But on returning home, his appetite had not improved, nor had he gained weight.

We lived at the veterans home in Northern California, and at this time the coronavirus situation was getting worse. Getting veterinary care would soon be impossible. My very good friends Whitney and Andy Perkins insisted I come to be with them in order to protect Danny and protect me, and we left for their house on March 17.

I had not received a prognosis from my vet, and Danny still losing weight. We took Danny to Whitney's vet on the 19th. Bloodwork came back showing worse than what Danny’s vet had told me.Diagnostics showed that Danny had kidney failure, the right side of heart was enlarged and the vet heard a murmur. White blood count also indicated an infection. But Danny was alert and attentive and we could see he definitely wanted to live and we started additional medications.
On Friday, there was no improvement and I questioned his quality of life at this point. That evening we talked with the vet and she agreed we should release him. We made an appointment for the next day … today … Saturday, March 21, 2020.

At about 6 am today, Danny was in distress. I was awake and holding him. His pretty Siamese girlfriend Catty became upset, began yelling and awoke Whitney and Andy. Danny’s death was quick. Only about 15 minutes total. Not enough time for an emergency trip to the vet.
Danny died while I was holding him and he was hugging me like he always does. . Just as when he lived, he was surrounded by love. We took him for cremation just a few hours later.

Thank you to all the many friends who love Danny. Without your generous support, I could not have made his last days as comfortable for him. He was provided with every chance to survive, but his body was not up to that task. There is no way I can ever thank you enough for how you have helped and supported us.
CFA Foundation
Karen Lawrence
This definitely is a challenging time .. for everyone. The CFA Foundation temporarily closed the Feline Historical Museum on March 14th when Karen returned to her home in Canada. She is working from home, handling the more mundane, behind the scenes commitments such as our monthly and quarterly IRS and State of Ohio reports, as well as working on our social media sites.

CFA has very kindly relieved us of our rent obligations during the mandatory Ohio business closure. For that, we offer our hearty thanks.
So, like many companies, we’ve turned completely to social media to stay in touch and inform people about our collection. We’ve completed a total revision of our web site and are thrilled with the updates to the site. Visit us at
As you know, The History Project is a collaboration between the CFA Foundation and John Smithson’s Harrison Weir Collection. Lately, we’ve kept John busy writing for The History Project. New Zealand, where he lives, is currently in the middle of a four-week shutdown so he’s taking advantage of the extra time to write his fabulous cat stories, which we are adding to the web site and then promoting on Facebook.

In addition, we’ve done a slight revision to the site by adding a new drop down menu, allowing easier access to all of the various breed articles and photo galleries. Who would have guessed that we were now up to 432 individual historical cat pages on the site! Considering we launched the site only 6 years ago, it’s grown way beyond our original expectations and ideas. And, we are still full of plans to add a variety of exciting enhancements to the site.
Several recently added pages on artifacts include:

Plus, we’ve completed a new cat history page – be sure and read all about Holmwood Trixie , a blue Persian, born in England in 1892, and bred by the very respected Miss Gertrude Jay.

We also invite to you to LIKE our Facebook page, where we keep in touch by posting numerous photos of special items in our collection.

We hope everyone stays healthy. Social distancing will certainly help to defeat this virus, as much as we feel the pain of being apart from our family and friends. Hopefully, life will return to normal in the not-so-distant future. In the meantime, we look forward to keeping in touch online.
Legislation – What’s Hot . . . . . . .
 Kelly S. Crouch, CFA Legislative Information Liaison
Sharon Coleman, CFA Legislative Legal Analyst

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 is creating challenges in every aspect of our lives. As the coronavirus was recognized as a pandemic requiring measures to reduce contagion, state governments needed to reassess their normal practices. Some state legislatures were close to adjournment and ended their sessions early. Others not in session postposed the start date. Some state legislatures that were still in session, temporarily suspended their sessions as state employees needed to work remotely, group meetings were restricted or not permitted, and others with legislative business could not safely do it in person. Most states were able to stop working in accordance with laws and session rules governing adjournment or suspension in systems designed for tight schedules and deadlines. For states that set dates certain to resume, the evolving measures to combat the pandemic are requiring adjustments that make keeping state by state information lists difficult to keep current. Ballotpedia has an informative page, “Changes to state legislative session dates in response to the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, 2020”. For up to the minute information, check state legislatures’ websites and do internet searches for media sources.

Local governments are grappling with the same issues. They are constrained by state and local orders restricting or prohibiting gatherings even when government work is permitted as essential. Even if remote meetings may be legally allowed, implementing the requirements may be difficult or infeasible. With changing circumstances daily and the increasing need to reduce contagion from asymptomatic carriers, check local information frequently to determine the status of scheduled public meetings.

Breeders subject to USDA, state or local breeder licensing should check for information about any planned changes for renewal or administrative procedures or to routine inspections including social distancing among people and necessary personal protection and sanitation measures to prevent contagion.

Every animal owner, must be aware of the conditions that are and will be affecting the ways we care for them in obtaining their food, veterinary care and keeping them safe. As the pandemic is evolving, there are local, regional and national factors to be aware of and plan for as we move through this period of uncertainty. While obtaining pet food and veterinary care are or should be deemed “essential services” to remain available, the realities require knowing what is actually available and how to obtain it. Much of this information is local, but when ordering must be done, supply and delivery times can be uncertain. In some areas, routine veterinary services are also being discontinued until it is legal and safe for veterinary personnel and clients to resume normal activities. Pet owners may find it difficult to obtain vaccinations, any kinds of elective procedures or diagnostics, routine exams or health certificates if needed. Check regularly on local veterinary practices and plan accordingly including prescriptions. Fanciers may also want to look into mobile veterinary services that may be available. Another veterinary service that is beginning to fill the gap are telemedicine video visits (same for humans, too.) Veterinary practice regulations had been expanding to allow these and may be being relaxed more quickly due to the emergency. Check individual practices to determine details of availability, appropriate use and eligibility, technical requirements and costs. Otherwise, the restrictions on access to care are increasing and practice staffing decreasing so be aware of local conditions and special needs. Anyone, breeder or otherwise planning to transfer animals should carefully consider whether there are safe, feasible ways to do this or to delay until conditions change.

Another concern is whether animals can catch COVID-19 from people or vice versa. Two cats, two dogs, and a tiger in a New York zoo have been reported to be infected with the coronavirus. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), porous materials such as paper money and pet fur tend to absorb and trap the virus, making it difficult to contract by touching these types of items. Since there is much to learn about COVID-19, the AVMA recommends that you let someone else care for your animals whenever possible should you become sick .

Ultimately, the best thing we can do for our pets is to stay healthy ourselves. As that is not entirely in our control, make sure your emergency planning is in place as you would during hurricane season or wildfire season. Knowing you have sufficient supplies in case you are quarantined and have a plan for your pets care will reduce your stress levels. Contact your vet and your local emergency veterinary clinic so you know how they will be operating during this time. With the fluidity of the situation, this can change quickly and without notice. Check on friends and family periodically. Stay up-to-date on coronavirus news from trusted sources that include data and trend analysis and frequent updates. These include state and local health departments and special projects of major newspapers. The AVMA is a useful resource for the pandemic and how to handle it for both pet owners and veterinarians.

There will be cat shows again. In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy. For fanciers in the medical and veterinary fields, or other essential businesses, thank you!
Recent CFA Legislative Group Blog Posts:
What’s Hot…………Georgia Surety Bill, Minnesota Companion Animal Board Bill, and Palm Springs, CA Proposed Restrictive Breeder Permit Ordinance
Please report legislation happening in your area to the Legislative Group –  Visit the CFALegislativeNews Facebook page and the CFA Legislative Group Blog to see the current legislative news.
Winn Foundation
Julie Legred - Executive Director, Winn Feline Foundation
A list of Winn's March Honor Donors is available
Planned Giving
by George Eigenhauser

Due to the impact of COVID-19 there have been numerous [temporary] changes to federal income tax law and procedure. Many were part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Others are administrative directives made by the Treasury Secretary. The changes are too extensive to list all of them here. But a few affecting individual taxpayers or their charitable contributions include:
  • The deadline for filing calendar 2019 federal income-tax returns, and payment of any tax due, has been delayed from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. Many states have adopted the same schedule but you should check with your state(s) to determine their filing deadline.  
  • The deadline for making retroactive IRA contributions for 2019 has also been extended to July 15, 2020.  
  • There will be direct federal recovery payments of $1,200 to individuals ($2,400 for joint taxpayers) and $500 for each dependent child. This payment is phased out for higher income taxpayers. If you have filed your 2019 taxes the IRS will use information from that return to distribute your recovery payment. If you have not filed for 2019 your 2018 federal tax return will be used. The IRS will use Social Security data to generate payments to Social Security recipients who may not have filed federal income taxes for the past two years.  
  • Mandatory minimum distributions from certain retirement plans/accounts are waived in calendar year 2020.
  • There will be a $300 “above-the-line” charitable deduction for donations made during 2020 and claimed on your 2020 return next year. This will allow taxpayers taking the standard deduction to still benefit from a limited charitable deduction in addition to their standard deduction.
  • The 60% of AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) limit on individual deduction for cash donations to charity has been lifted for 2020 (although the deduction for all charitable contributions still can not exceed 100% of AGI). For 2020 corporations may deduct up to 25% of taxable income (from 10%). This means itemizers may be able to deduct more of their charitable contributions made this year.
Additional changes in federal income tax law may be made as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses. Please consult with your attorney, accountant, or other tax advisor for more information.
Online Webinar – PURRsuing FIP & WINNing:
What We Know TodaY
Winn Feline Foundation unveils FIP Symposium Summary Document
To download your copy, click here
Clinical study on feline genetics and diabetes 

Anivive Lifesciences, a pet pharmaceutical company, is partnering with cat owners to study feline genetics and diabetes. Your participation in this study is an opportunity to support scientific exploration of the genes thought to be involved with diabetes. This information will help researchers develop new diagnostic tests, suggest possible preventative measures and explore new treatments for this common feline disease. For more details on how to enroll your diabetic cat into this clinical study visit
Corporate Affliates
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 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
Discount Code # #U285933
Link to Avis
Discount Code # Z926291
Regional News
Region 1
Sharon Roy - Regional Director
To quote an old time Boston song, Charlie and the MTA: "These are the times
that try men's souls."

I hope everyone is weathering the quarantine. Here's hoping it will soon be over. We may not always agree on everything, but it was very uplifting to hear about and experience people all over our cat fancy reaching out to talk or otherwise communicate with their friends.

Congratulations are in order to all of our "Best" Cats for this shortened show season!
Best Cat in Championship 
GC, NW Misty Springs Arctic Storm
Shorthair Manx, Owned by Gay Van Wheeldon, Omar Gonzalez and Gary Veach

Best Cat in Premiership 
GP NW Penelane Legolas Wood Prince
Red Point Colorpoint Shorthair
Owned by Charlotte Kooistra
Bred by Michele Lukic

Best Kitten 
GC, NW Jovan White Spring
White Persian
Owned by Cheryl and Kirsten Lorditch

Best HHP
GC, NW Chocolate Chip Kisses
Owned by Brenda and Heather Wilde
GC, NW Misty Springs Arctic Storm
Region 2
Terri Zittel - Regional Secretary 

Region 2 would like to honor this year’s National Winners from our region. We had three in Championship, three in Premiership, and one Household Pet. For two of our exhibitors this was their first NW.

Heidi Murphy showed GP NW Tufftons Ring-Of-Fire, a gorgeous cameo tabby neuter Persian of her breeding, to 24th best in Premiership nationally and 2nd best in region 2. Heidi has come close to a NW a couple of times but this is her first. Congratulations to Heidi and Ring-Of-Fire!

Our second pair of first time National Winners, Leonard & Cindy Walker, landed a double. Wil- O-Glen’s El Primo, a red Abyssinian neuter, was 26th Best in Premiership nationally and 3rd Best in region 2. El Primo was bred by Carolyn Osier. The Walkers also have 2nd Best Household Pet nationally and the best Household Pet in RegionTwo with Cleo. Cleo is a fabulous tortoiseshell spay. We are totally thrilled for the Walkers and their two NWs.

The Best Cat in Championship in Region 2 and 5th best nationally, is Wild Rain Huckleberry, a chocolate spotted male Ocicat, bred and owned by Carol and David Freels. This is another of the Freel’s gorgeous Ocicats that have made NW’s over the years.

The 2nd Best Cat in Championship in Region 2 and the 13th best nationally, is GC NW Gunsmoke’s Sidekick of RK Gems. This beautiful blue tabby male American Shorthair was shown by Kay Bertrand, owned by Kay & Randy Bertrand and Mac & Charlene Munro. We are so pleased for Kay that she has achieved this NW with Sidekick.

Rounding out our top three in Championship is Rhoshigar Dreamer of San-Toi. Dreamer is 3rd best cat in Region 2 Championship and 24th best nationally. Dreamer is a seal point female Siamese shown by Dee Johnson and Connie Roberts. The cat is owned by Dee and Connie and Dreamer’s breeder, Rosa Garcia. Congratulations to Dee and Connie!

Our final winner is Cinema’s Delirious of Bombshell, a red mackerel tabby Persian neuter, owned by Felicia Walker and bred by Blake Mayes and Dennis Adler. Delirious is 6th best cat nationally and best cat in region 2. Congratulations to Felicia and Delirious.
Pictured below: Cleo, Ring-Of-Fire, Huckleberry, Dreamer, El Primo, and Sidekick
GP, NW Wil- O-Glen’s El Primo
GC, RW Wild Rain Huckleberry
GC, NW Rhoshigar Dreamer of San-Toi.
GP NW Tufftons Ring-Of-Fire
GC NW Gunsmoke’s Sidekick of RK Gems
Region 3
Leesa Altschul, Regional Secretary
This season has been interesting, to say the least! No one would have ever imagined the historic turn of events we have all experienced. Nevertheless, our exhibitors had a wonderful season, and we have seven National Winners to congratulate!

Without further ado, congratulations to the following Gulf Shore Region’s National Winners of the 2019-2020 show season:
10th Best Cat
GC NW Woodspirit's Talisman
BR/OW: Sherri Humphreys
11th Best Cat
GC NW Oxi Sable Next Step of Elan
BR: Oksana Soboleva
OW: Beth Grant-Field
10th Best Kitten
GC NW Woodspirit's Gentry
BR/OW: Sherri Humphreys
10th Best Premier
GP NW Abizaq Heritage of Idlemaine
BR: A Mitchell/Martha &Norm Auspitz/Beth Feininger
OW: Vicky Edwards/Aaron Edwards/Pat Idleman
15th Best Premier
GP NW Dewisplear Pint O'Guinness
BR: Camelle & Joel Chaney
OW: Deborah Jones
20th Best Premier
GC, GP, NW Purr Elli Light Em Up
BR: Tabitha Metcalf & Mike Perkins
OW: Jan Chambers, Laura Gregory, Tabitha Metcalf, Mike Perkins

7th Best Household Pet
GH HNW Dizzie Izzie of Angelbear
OW: Paula Noble/Sheryl Zink
Congratulations to the Regional Winners! Region 3 has so many wonderful exhibitors and beautiful cats. They are the wheels that keep us in motion. Each placement represents time, effort, dedication, and a willingness to keep the cat fancy moving forward. Congratulations to each and every one of you. Job well done!

Kathy is moving forward with the awards, rosettes, and sponsorships. She will put together the "On The Road Again" video, and we will have an awards booklet and trophies to hand out. Where and when will be determined later.

The Region's website will be updated very soon to include the award-winning cats. Take the time to sponsor a cat, and be sure to send your portrait pictures to me at, and send your "On The Road Again" pictures to Kathy Black
We are selling the 2021 Annual pins for $20. To purchase, see Traci Whittenberg or Beth Grant-Field. The pin design is a cat in space to represent our Houston Annual. They are very popular and everyone wants one!
Hot Off The Press!
Gulf Shore Region 2021 Annual T-Shirts. As one of the fundraisers for the 2021 Annual, we will be selling T-shirts with our Annual theme on the front. The logo will be in full color on a quality navy T-shirt. Shirts are only $20 for S, M, L, XL, 2X and 3X. The next show they will be available at is the December 7 th Orange, Texas, Brazos Valley Cat Club. . We are not able to ship them.

To reserve your size, place your order via PayPal (send money via “Friends and Family” option) to (or you can pay at the show.) List your size and quantity in the PayPal comment section. Get yours before they are all gone!
WE NEED YOU! if you have any fundraising ideas and/or wish to serve on a committee for ideas for the 2021 Annual, please contact Traci Whittenberg (our Annual Chair).
Region 4
John Colilla - Regional Director

No report for this month
Region 5
Howard Webster - Regional Director
I hope everyone is home and staying safe from the Covid-19 virus, as we all want to see you back at the shows when this is over! We, as a country, let alone the world, have not seen a killer like this since the early 1900's with the Spanish Flu.

I hope you are using this time to do those projects at home we would normally let slide, because it is the last month of the season and many would be traveling to shows. I personally have done a cattery remodel during this time. That was stressful enough without going to shows!

We have canceled the Regional Awards Banquet for this year; however, we will be doing everything else we normally do. We will be making the Award booklet, and we will have a special section for congratulatory wishes from your friends and fellow exhibitors. We will be taking sponsorship as usual, maybe even a YouTube video of the winners. That is all in the planning stages.

Most importantly, when this is all over, it is important for everyone to be here! We want to be able to enjoy our hobby that we all love, see our friends, and celebrate our cats!
Until then, we will be dreaming of cat shows and making those next grand champions and regional winners.

Be watching for announcements where to send your pictures and sponsorships!
Region 6
Mary Auth - Regional Director
The Regional show and banquet – originally scheduled for June 6 in Coralville IA – was canceled. Future plans are fluid for now, with hopes of incorporating the awards into an existing show when it all opens up. Staying at home did not deter Midwest exhibitors from the region denying themselves hanging out with their cats, or even incorporating them into their work schedules.
Sueann Spinder of Morton, Ill. had to maneuver for desk space and even had help to attend faculty meetings with Google.
The blanket served as a holding place while Sueann Spinder got her work done.
Countrygal Scarlet observes her family and practices social distancing in Linda Lyon’s house in Lincoln, NE. I didn’t know that Persians could get up that high.
Nuggy has on her Easter Regalia. Many know Nuggy from the shows toodling around in her “ride”. Nuggy lives with Lori and Shannon Alexander from northern Illinois. Both Lori and Shannon are struggling with health issues and the cats give them a lot of comfort for the time home.
Region 7
Kenny Currle, Regional Director
Region 7 has postponed its regional awards show and banquet until later in the year when it will be safe to hold it. An overwhelming number of people in the region supported the idea of delaying the banquet until it was assuredly safe to hold it. Regression of the pandemic and availability of venue will ultimately determine when and where
Congratulations to all of our Southern Region winning cats, and a bit round of applause to our 17 National Winners! (apologies if the titles are not exactly correct as the final info has not yet been released)

Third Best Cat
Maine Coon Cat Male

Eighteenth Best Cat
European Burmese Male
Best Kitten
Persian - Calico & Bi-Color Female

Twelfth Best Kitten
American Shorthair Male

Thirteenth Best Kitten
Egyptian Mau Female

Nineteenth Best Kitten
Exotic Male

Twenty-second Best Kitten
Tonkinese Female

Twenty-third Best Kitten
Devon Rex Female

Twenty-fourth Best Kitten
Egyptian Mau Male

Best Cat in Premiership
Persian - Solid Color Spay

Second Best Cat in Premiership
Persian - Calico & Bi-Color

Seventh Best Cat in Premiership
Bombay Spay

Eighth Best Cat in Premiership
Maine Coon Neuter

Fourteenth Best Cat in Premiership
Colorpoint Shorthair Neuter

Sixteenth Best Cat in Premiership
Egyptian Mau Spay

Eighteenth Best Cat in Premiership
Colorpoint Shorthair Neuter

Twenty-First Best Cat in Premiership
Cornish Rex Neuter
Region 9
Michael Schleissner, Regional Director
Europe In a State of Emergency
What a strange situation, something happened nobody ever expected. Cat shows are canceled and not only cat shows, the show season was finished weeks before seasons end, regional awards banquet is canceled or moved to later this year, borders are closed, flights do not happen and traveling is is almost down to zero. We have to stay home for our safety and for the safety of our countries.
What a surprise, the world is still spinning and the time moves on. There are people spending 24/7 online on social media and think this is real life. Sorry my friends, this isn't the truth. Life is around you: your family, your real friends, your neighborhood, your animals. I personally wasn't bored for an hour during the last couple of weeks. The good thing with us is, that we we have our animals. So, if you have animals around you, you always have something to do. Animals give you love and pride and this is important, they also give your day a structure. So let's be happy having our cats and maybe, other animals with us.
As your regional director for Europe I also have a busy time in CFA. There were dramatic decisions to do, which I never had expected to do and nobody before me/us ever had to do. Even to stand up at 1.40 am for another board meeting at 2.00 pm is a challenge, but it needs to be done and it's important to do this. What a surprise it was that so many of the " very important " decisions were done by the CFA board unanimously. There are lots of constitution rules and show rules we had to care about, but also common sense was asked. Yes, there is always people who know everything better and discuss without having background information, but there are also people who support CFA and keep the business running. Thanks to all of them.
Today it's Easter Sunday in Germany and I know also for the rest of the world. This is the highest Christian holiday we have. Usually people celebrate this day with family members and good friends. This year everything is different. Lets think of all the people we know and love in the cat fancy and maybe this gets us closer for the future.
Have a great spring time, stay healthy and all the best
International Division
Dick Kallemyer
no report this month

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