CFA Newsletter
August 15 | 2019
CFA News
Memo From Mark
We are now into the second quarter of our show season and it appears that a number of our shows are seeing a decrease in entries but our clubs are making good use of social media to attract visitors to their shows which helps cover the costs of show production. I have attended several shows and our exhibitors appear to be having a good time which is very important. This is, after all, a hobby and if our exhibitors are not enjoying our shows, they will not keep coming back. 

I am pleased to see some of our clubs that have been dormant for several years are making a come-back and will be producing shows this season. For example, we have not had any shows in South Carolina for some years but Carolina Sophisticats will be returning to show production in that state this year . New Vision Cat Club has increased the number of shows they are producing and plan three shows in Florida this season. Florida has seen a dramatic drop in the number of shows the past few years so these additional CFA shows are exciting our exhibitors in that area. Other areas of North America are also seeing an increase in the number of shows. Europe is also seeing an increase in the number of shows which our European exhibitors are enthused to see. In China, as many of you know, we have experienced issues holding shows; however, there was a successful show held in Shanghai last month and another planned this month. The hope is that we can resume holding successful shows around China in the near future.

Don’t forget that CFA provides financial assistance to our show-producing clubs. The board has increased such funding this year. Check with your Regional Director to make sure your club is aware of the various monies available.

Our registrations got behind last month due to several vacancies and vacations in the registration department; however, they are back on track. We appreciate our customers’ patience while we worked through these challenges.

The CFA website is being redesigned by Kathy Durdick and we should soon see the fruits of her labors. Mary Kolencik is tasked with managing updates to the content on the website and she is relying on many of you to help revise the content. Some of the content is 20+ years old and out-of-date. Please do your best to assist when asked.
Jo Ann Miksa-Blackwell will be attending the Minnesota State Fair later this month in support of the Twin Cities Cat Club CFA booth and later in the year she has several Pet Expos lined up for a CFA Booth presence. She is currently updating some of our brochures to be available at these events. She is also working with a graphic designer to create some exciting displays for these events. Here is one of them.
Central Office Report

Allene Tartaglia
Executive Director

When Dectalk took up residence at the CO he was nicknamed “Herman” in an effort to bring a “human” element to the equipment. Herman proved to be so popular that a second Dectalk was added. Herman eventually moved online but the memory and body of Herman still reside at the CO. 

Registration processing times for eCats are almost back on track and you will start experiencing a 2-3 day turnaround timeframe once again by the end of August. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Entries are open for the CFA International Cat Show - enter by August 27 noon EDT at and take advantage of the early bird entry fee. Regular entries close at noon EDT on September 24. 

Did you know…that Herman (Online) was first introduced to CFA in the late 1980’s to help ease the phone calls the Central Office received to check on grand points? The Dectalk equipment (pictured below) was a speech synthesizer with text-to-speech technology released by the Digital Equipment Corporation in 1984. Customers dialed the dedicated phone number, punched in a registration number and received replied with information on grand points for their cat.
Meet the Central Office Staff
Melinda Lyons
Geri Fellerman

Melinda (Mindy) came on board with CFA on May 20, 2019 – one of our newbies. She is the receptionist and also does transfers. She enjoys everything connected with her job, especially interacting with people both on the phone and online.

Her job at CFA comes naturally to Mindy as she has always been employed in customer service of some sort. She worked for a long time with Clinique as well as in the Office of the Clerk of the Courts in Canton, Ohio.

At the end of the work day, Mindy goes home to her husband and two children. Her 9 year old son is involved in several sporting events which take up a portion of her at home time and her 11 year old daughter plays basketball, so more games to attend. On those rare quiet moments, Mindy really enjoys settling in with a good book. Her household also includes two cats and two dogs. While she has yet to attend her first cat show, Mindy is really looking forward to the upcoming International Show in October.

CFA Judging Program
Melanie Morgan
CFA Judging Program Committee Chair
Accelerated Application Process For CFA Judging Program
Dear CFA Judges, Breeders and Exhibitors,

Now that the minutes for the CFA Board of Directors have been published for June 27, 2019, you may be wondering about the discussion related to the topic "Accelerated Application Process" for the CFA Judging Program. This process was proposed as a result of many conversations with the CFA BOD over the last several years and I'd like to explain it to you and ask you for some guidance and input.

The Accelerated or Alternative Application Process is designed to provide a process for candidates wanting to enter the CFA Judging Program who have devoted themselves to the breeding of pedigreed cats for more than 20-25 years. It is not intended as a "quick way" to get into the judging program through relaxed application requirements. Actually, the application requirements are more strenuous in many ways.
CFA Judges' Association
Tips for Handling Judges
On Lodging...
by Wendy Heidt

So, you have picked out (or more like it had all other options eliminated) a show hall, contracted judges, and now you need to find suitable lodging for those judges. When considering hotels for judges there are many different factors that will come into play before making the reservation. Clubs are required to provide lodging for judges the day before, the day after, and any day in between of the contracted assignment. (see show rule 20.05) Some may elect to fly or drive home after the day of judging for their own or the clubs benefit but they are not obligated to do so.  
Location, Location, Location – it can be helpful to have a hotel near the airport if judges are flying in. Many hotels close to airports have airport shuttle service and this can save the club much time and manpower. Besides being close to the airport some cities have great mass transit options right at the airport to take judges to hotels without the need for club support. Portland, OR has the MAX light rail at the airport that many judges have used to take to the downtown Portland show hotel and hall. 

Grub – When looking at hotels it is good to have food nearby or at the hotel itself. It can be helpful to have breakfast included on the room rate. You may be able to work a deal with the hotel to have this included. If meals are not available at the hotel there should be a plan to obtain sustenance prior to and after judging. Finding food can be troublesome for judges out of the area without access to easy transportation. 

The Bottom Line – clubs have to watch every penny to try and make ends meet to have the next show. Contact the hotel directly to see if they can offer you a better rate for the number rooms you are booking, or include extras like breakfast. Other times it might be best to book online and get a reduced internet rate for nonrefundable or pre-purchased rooms. CFA has partnerships with Wyndam Hotels and Resorts as well as Red Roof Inn and Motel 6

Happy hunting and when you find a good place, let other clubs know. I have a great hotel I have used for many years in Portland and now several other clubs use it as well. Good for the hotel and great for the clubs as we all are getting a great rate. 
CFA Marketing
The CFA Marketing Team
Desiree Bobby, Kathy Black, Mike Altschul
CFA Embraces All Cat Lovers at Popular Cat Culture Event in the Windy City
Desiree Bobby and Kathy Black of the Marketing Committee attended Meow Meetup, a pop culture cat event in Chicago, on July 20-21, 2019. We viewed this as a soft launch of the Companion Cat World (CCW) program. With an audience of nearly 4000 Chicago Cat Lovers, we were very pleased with the feedback and enthusiasm for the program. We captured names, contact information and cat info of many excited pet owners who are looking forward to being the first group of CCW members.
Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger - Editor
The August issue of Cat Talk is here! It's our annual "Year in Review" issue, featuring news from the recent CFA Annual. And many thanks to those of you who took advantage of the great pricing on the Cat Talk/Yearbook ad special!

Remember that we would love to have your suggestions for upcoming articles. Some of our best pieces have come from our readers' ideas. And often, directly from our readers! We are always seeking article submissions. Want to share and idea or an article? Contact Teresa Keiger with details.

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CFA Program News
Carmen Johnson-Lawrence - Committee Chair

Time flies when we’re having fun…and we’re just over one-third of the way through the current show season! The number of shows coming up each month now will only increase; many weekends have two or more shows throughout North America. Participating at shows is a great way for our youth to become involved in the Youth Feline Education Program and learn more about the fancy.
Here are just a few of ways youth can be involved with shows:
  • Set up and tear down at the show
  • Hospitality
  • Showing their cat
  • Giving a breed presentation
  • Acting in an Ambassador role
  • Assisting with gate/raffle table.
  • Clerking (must meet pre-requisites)
  • Stewarding
Stewarding is probably one of the most important jobs for our youth at a show. Youth who steward get an up close and personal view of all the cats entered in the show. They have the opportunity to listen to the judge present and describe the cats and their standards to exhibitors and spectators. Youth who steward also get paid (and what kid doesn’t like money!) and they are typically also fed lunch. They may not realize however, they are building skills that will carry them throughout their professional careers as they head into high school, college and beyond! Those that keep a record of all the shows they work at are already building their first resumes! What is great about the Youth Feline Education Program is while yes, our mission is to grow and develop our future exhibitors, breeders and leaders in CFA, these youth will gain desired transferrable skills as they learn and build on focus, taking direction, and managing their time in the ring to ensure a smooth show for the judge and clerk.

Every weekend clubs are looking for stewards, including the CFA International Show coming up in October in Cleveland, OH. Being a steward at the CIS is even more exciting because youth will be able to see cats from all over the world!

If you have a youth interested in stewarding, regardless of their participation in YFEP, have them reach out to the show committee of the show they are interested in. For those interested in stewarding at the CFA International Show, reach out to Linda Murphy at 17 stewards are needed for the CIS. We thank those who have already answered the call.

If you know a youth that is interested in the Youth Feline Education Program, you may contact Carmen at carmenlawrence.yfep@gmail; or reach out directly to your Regional Coordinator!
  • North Atlantic Region – Lynda Smith or Sandra Polcaro
  • Northwest Region – Sande Kay
  • Gulf Shore Region – Anne Paul
  • Great Lakes Region – Lorna Friemoth or Bethany Colilla
  • Southwest Region – Kelsey Friemoth
  • Midwest Region – Emily Conaway or Jill Sullivan
  • Southern Region – Chandler Bussey or Karen Thomas

You can also visit our website at and check out our Facebook page
Legislation – What’s Hot . . . . . . .
 Kelly S. Crouch, CFA Legislative Information Liaison

Fort Smith, AR: $500 Breeder Licenses
Tulsa, OK: Pet Limits and Exemption Permits

Fort Smith, Arkansas

By a vote of 6-1 on August 6, 2019, the Fort Smith Board of Directors approved multiple changes to its animal control ordinance (Talk Business & Politics, “Fort Smith Board approves new animal control measures, shelter contract” ). A major change is the $500 annual breeder license per animal for cats and dogs. Breeders must have a city business license, a state sales permit, and prove the animal has been microchipped to obtain a breeder license. There are other requirements as well. The breeder must license and microchip offspring over four months of age. They must display the license number on all advertising, receipts, or transfer documents, and the breeder must prominently display the license number to any person acquiring a cat or dog from them. A breeder may not sell, adopt, gift or otherwise transfer a cat or dog earlier than six weeks of age or that is not immunized against common diseases as directed by a licensed veterinarian. The breeder must provide the new owner information about city licensing and microchipping requirements. They must also supply the new owner’s information to the City Animal Control Department.

Furthermore, the ordinance mandates microchipping of cats and dogs and secondary identification, such as a collar with a tag. During the meeting, the ordinance was amended to include a lifetime $10 license for animals microchipped and sterilized per the article referenced above. The annual license fee for intact animals is $60. A zero dollar exemption to the licensing requirement is available to dogs actively trained and used by law enforcement and rescue activities, certified service dogs, and cats and dogs under four months of age, including those subject to a Breeder License. The ordinance also prohibits cat owners from allowing their cat to run at-large. Fanciers can find the draft ordinance attached to the August 6, 2019 Board agenda here . There have been six related articles posted on the CFALegislativeNews Facebook page since September 21, 2018.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

As part of its eight-step Animal Welfare Reform Plan, Tulsa officials have proposed a 67-page animal ordinance, an addition of 30 pages to Title 2 which includes animal control, agricultural animals and other provisions often separated from animal control ordinances. Such an expansive ordinance invites inadvertent violations from residents as well as making it difficult for those enforcing the law to be experts, especially those not dedicated to animal control. Concerns include provisions about pet limits, due process provisions, fee appropriateness, at-large cats, and dangerous animals. The city is seeking input about the ordinance from residents via an online survey through August 31, 2019.

The pet limits contained in new §101A.15 would prohibit the harboring, keeping, or possessing “in any one household more than a combined total of five (5) dogs and cats over the age of four (4) months”. Under current law, §101A.18 requires that dogs and cats be sterilized, other than police dogs or pets continuously licensed prior to January 1, 1998. There are three permitted exemptions to these restrictions in §117. The Animal Count Exemption Permit allows a person to own and keep up to a total of ten sterilized cats and dogs at a single-family dwelling per acre of land. For a cat fancier to obtain this permit, they cannot be a commercial breeder (undefined) and must be actively involved in a nationally recognized, organized sport or hobby for at least one year prior to the date of application. A cat or dog breeder would need an Intact Animal Exemption Permit, allowing a holder to own and keep up to a combined total of five intact cats and dogs at a single-family dwelling. The fees for both of these exemptions is $100 for the first animal and $50 for each subsequent animal. Fanciers involved in rescue need an Animal Rescue Permit for a fee of $25. A person violating §101A.15 or §101A.18 is subject to up to six months in jail, a fine of not more than $1200, or both. A person violating the permit requirements is subject to a fine up to $500. The exemptions are more complicated than discussed here. To fully understand them, fanciers are encouraged to study the ordinance .

Another concern is in the completely new Chapter 9 where §902 authorizes the Director of Working in Neighborhoods Department or Chief of Police to enter premises to determine the health and well-being of, or to impound, an animal. Furthermore, it authorizes them to determine the terms and conditions under which the owner “may regain or maintain custody of the animal.” There is nothing in §902 indicating this authority is subject to the U.S. Constitution Fourth Amendment provisions of Chapter 1, §116. If it was intended that provisions in one chapter govern provisions in another chapter, it needs to be clarified. If this was not the intention, there is a Fourth Amendment issue in §902.

Also, looking at the penalties for violations of this ordinance leaves one wondering if they are appropriate. When assigning penalties, the severity of the violation should be considered in comparison to other violations with the same penalty throughout the entire municipal code. The maximum fine up to $500 applies to most violations including having an unlicensed or unvaccinated animal, abandoning an animal, unlawful number of dogs and cats, and the unlawful sale of a diseased animal. The table of pre-set fines, often $100, may be the minimum fine but this is unclear. Neither does the ordinance provide guidance on how the penalties escalate from minimum to maximum levels.

Two current dog only sections have also been expanded to include other animals. At-large now includes cats. While a dog may not be off-leash or not in the physical control of its owner, a cat must be in the physical control of the owner. Yet, cats are walked on leashes. Similarly, the dangerous dog section has been expanded to include cats and other animals necessitating a thorough review of whether the existing dangerous dog provisions should be applied to other animals.

Recent CFA Legislative Group Blog Posts:

1. What’s Hot, July 2019: Using the New Hampshire Budget Bill as a Backdoor to the Governor’s Desk for Tabled Licensing Bills 7/16/2019
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.
CFA Ambassador Cats
Karen Lane, co chair

We are excited to introduce our new logo. We love the new fresh look of of program and you will start seeing our new logo on all of our printed material.
The Ambassador Cat Program previewed our new 2020 CFA Calendar at our Annual Meeting in Syracuse. This year we spotlight our CFA kittens. The calendar will be available for any club holding a show between October 2019 and February 2020. Please contact CFA, Central Office if you wish to have them at your club’s show. We will have our new calendar at the International Show in Cleveland. Ohio.
Pages from the calendar: February (above) and September (left)
Great news, presently we have 32 active Ambassador Cats in CFA. Some of our newest members are waiting for their new equipment to come to us from Strudi. We have to thank Sturdi for making a special effort to locate some of our original paw print material and again we have the ability to “go back to the future” with our show displays. Teresa Keiger continues to produce our breed banners and our cat’s trading card, and we use the artistry of Bonnie Searles, from Naples, Florida to provide our members with custom cushions and comfortable pads for our very special cats.
Banner (above) and trading card (left)
"Caring for your Kitty” continues to be our most popular coloring book for our spectators and their children and grand-children. We have decided to edit our “Colorful World of Pedigreed Cats” to expand our color chart and add some new information. This edit should be in place within this month and we will be ready for printing the newly edited book soon. 

Right now Candilee Jackson, is putting together our criteria to have Therapy Cats, within the Ambassador Cat Program. We are always looking to reach out to the public and bring our cats and cat ownership to the public. This part of our program will be called,”Cats in Harnesses”. We will be putting out this information sometime this year. 
We invite suggestions and ideas to help continue to grown this dynamic program, please feel free to contact me anytime, 

Happy Summer Everyone.

Winn Foundation
Julie Legred - Executive Director, Winn Feline Foundation

A list of our donors contributing $100 or more in June 2019 is available here

Meet Virginia…No, not the song, but it’s a good lead into the introduction of our new Outreach and Development Assistant, Virginia Rud, CVT. Virginia comes to Winn with a background in veterinary medicine as a certified veterinary technician. She has worked most recently as a non-profit administrative assistant, but has worked as a veterinary technology program director and with B.A.R.T. (Basic Animal Rescue Training). She is a huge advocate for all animals and has a passion for talking with and engaging with clients and the public on behavior issues, end of life decisions and planning and keeping pets safe.
Virginia will be responsible for a number of things, but her number one focus will be to help Julie, Winn’s Executive Director, in outreach in Winn’s efforts in expanding the number of people and communities’ recognition and knowledge of Winn Feline Foundation’s name, mission and vision and to grow and enhance donor recognition and numbers, to enable Winn to continue and expand funding for feline specific health research. A big part of these efforts will be the Winn booth and ensuring Winn is at the venues and events that will be give Winn exposure to many.

Meow Meetup - July 26 – 28, 2019; Chicago, IL – We had the opportunity to exhibit at the Meow Meetup in Chicago, IL. Virginia was able to meet and talk with many wonderful cat lovers over her time spent there. She was also able to discover some the new products now available for cats. 
Please save the date for Winn Feline Foundation FIP Symposium: PURRsuing FIP and WINNing an interactive presentation and panel discussion concerning topics and updates on FIP. This event will be help November 16 th and 17 th, 2019 at UC Davis. Watch for more details soon and thank you to all of the sponsors supporting this event.
Planned Giving by George Eigenhauser:

It has been estimated that more than half of U.S. families are “blended”. This means one or more of the partners is remarried or re-coupled. Blended families may face additional concerns when doing estate planning. Planning may be an issue when there are children from prior relationships. A simple Will may be insufficient to assure that your biological children receive what you intended if you should predecease your partner. A trust may provide income for your partner during their lifetime with some assets passing to your children on the death of the surviving partner. You may also wish to provide for your children by making a gift to them upon your death if you should pass before your partner. In addition, you should decide who will make health care decisions for you if you become incapacitated. With the help of an attorney your estate plan could provide for your loved ones even in blended families. 
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

Congratulations to Garden State Cat Club for another successful show.  On what was one of the warmest weekends in the Northeast in years, the club still had over 2600 spectators come through their gate. The rescue groups had 24 cats adopted. Their advertising worked with ads in NJ Monthly, NY Pet lifestyles, 3 billboards and facebook. Try to place this show on next year’s bucket list!

We have two upcoming shows in Region 1
August 24&25 - Nemo in Sturbridge MA. They will be having a professional filming crew in to film for a future TV special.

September 21&22 - Cats without Borders and Salt City Cat Club will be hosting their annual show in Syracuse NY.

While our region may have only 2 shows up and coming, we encourage you to support other shows within easy travel distance for Region 1:
  • National Siamese Cat Club- August 31, September 1 in Rochester NY.
  • Freestate Feline Fanciers, September 28&29th in Timonium MD.
Region 2
Terri Zittel - Region 2 Secretary 

Region 2’s big event for August is the Annual Fundraiser Picnic at Hudson-Parcher Park on 75503 Larson Rd., in Rainier, Oregon. This annual picnic and auction have been a super fun experience for many years. Each person is to bring an item to be auctioned along with money of course. This year there are “prepaid” entries to eight different Region 2 shows and some really nice “Sturdi” products. Other picnickers have brought baked goods and fresh fruit to be selected. Also many different cat related items such as gift cards and cat toys are offered. The full details are on the Northwest Regional website under the show calendar.

September brings us the annual Seattle Cat Club & Grandview Cat Fanciers show on Saturday 9/28/19. This is a one day six ring show with Agility to be held in Longview, WA. The flyer and details are found here. This club offers a Special NewBee package. If it is your first CFA show, you get a free double cage, 10 raffle tickets and special benching with mentor or another helpful exhibitor. This offering has brought many new exhibitors to our Region 2 shows.

In the last newsletter, I forgot to congratulate Brian Moser on his successful bid for a Director At Large position! Great going Brian!
Region 3
Leesa Altschul

Cow Hill Cat Club held their first stand alone show July 27, 2019 in Norman, OK. The show may not have had the count, but the quality was sure there. Many cats earned their grand at the show. Congratulations to you all! With Facebook and other advertising, plus the farmer’s market in the parking lot, the show had a great gate. Exhibitors were doing a great job with letting the gate pet their cats and talking about their breeds.
The costume contest was a huge hit and a big draw for the spectators too. Jan Rogers did a superb job showing off the cats and their costumes to the large crowd. Exhibitors and spectators all enjoyed the fun. The prize went to the HHP wearing a saddle with Mickey Mouse on top of the saddle. (left). 

Our Regional Director, Kathy Black, had a town hall meeting to discuss budget and fundraising ideas for the 2021 Annual. Contact Traci Whittenberg if you have any fundraising ideas and/or wish to serve on a committee.

We had 4 NewBees at the show, and each one had a show mentor. Leesa was unable to attend the show but exhibitors stepped up to ensure each NewBee was mentored. Thank you to those who volunteered! You made a difference in a new exhibitors experience with CFA.
BUY A PIN! We are selling the 2021 Annual pins for $20. To purchase see Traci Whittenberg, Beth Grant-Field, or Kathy Black. The pins are of 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. (2GSR 2021 Annual T-Shirt) 
We are taking pre-orders on T-shirt sales until September 1st. Shirts are $16 for S, M, L, XL and $18 for 2X and 3X. IMPORTANT - These are pre-sale (pre-paid) prices only. At the shows, they will be $20 each so order now! To place your order Paypal (send money via friends and family option) to List your size and quantity in the PayPal comment section. We plan to have the T-shirts printed in time for the Deer Park show on September 7th.

  • August 31 - September 1: LA, Alexandria. Cenla Cat Fanciers
  • September 7-8: TX, Deer Park. Coastal Cat Club. 
  • September 28-29: CO, Loveland. Foot of the Rockies Cat Club. (Additional sponsor: National Maine Coon Cat Club.). 
  • October 15-16: TX, Mesquite. Gulf Shore Region Fundraiser. Mesquite Convention 

Region 4
John Colilla - Regional Director

Our region is very active in social media with a Facebook page as well being a member of Pinterest. Please stop by and check out what is going on in our region on our Facebook and Pinterest pages.

The Great Lakes Region Fundraising Committee is busy producing the 2020 CATS OF CFA CATENDAR which will be available late summer. The proceeds from the sale of the Catendar and other fundraisers helps offset expenses for things such as hospitality, entertainment, etc at the CFA Annual. 

GLR is having a raffle for 2 pieces of Waterford Crystal for our 2022 Annual. Tickets are $5 each and we will sell only 200 tickets. Winner announced after the sale of 200. 

The 2022 CFA Annual will be held in Louisville, KY and the Great Lakes Region is looking forward to many of you joining us for this event!!
Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming shows:

More information can be found online at

  • Aug   18 - Monroe Shorthair Club – Brockport NY- 5AB 1SP HHP. 
  • Aug 24-25 - Sacred Cat of Burma Fanciers – Medina OH - 7AB, 3SP 
  • Sept 14 - Thumbs Up Cat Fanciers – Taylor MI - 5AB, 1SP, HHP
Region 5
Howard Webster - Regional Director
Where did the summer go?
July has been and gone, and I am back teaching already.
We had a great new show in Simi Valley, CA on July 14th. Grand Canyon Cat Club came out of retirement and put on a great show! It was a wonderful show hall, they had a good gate, and they are going to do it next year!
Carolyn Osier and Cyndi Byrd completed the yearend audit, and we are doing very well in the region. We have brought in more money than we spent this past year with our fundraisers, and the Regional Show and Banquet, so that was GREAT news!
We had a regional meeting at the end of the Simi show, and many people volunteered for the various jobs in the region. The support shown to help the region run smoothly was very exciting. Our next Regional meeting will be in Ontario, CA at the Santa Monica show, so, just another reason to attend the show!
The region is going to choose a new SWR logo this next year. I have already had several submissions, so I am opening it up to any SWR exhibitor who wants to submit something. We will be able to look at them on our website where the region will be able to vote on it. At that time, we will also choose a design for the upcoming 2023 Annual fundraiser. It will be exciting to see the designs that come in! All of the designs will be displayed without the artists' name to ensure anonymity. Entries must be submitted by 9:00 PM MST October 31st, 2019. The winner will be announced at the end of the year.
Also, if you want one-stop shopping for entering all show schedules in CFA, go to where you can access every region's show schedule from there. Our webmaster Debi Gomez has outdone herself, once again!
We have three shows coming up in the next 6 weeks in Southern CA where the weather is always nice so check out our website and enter your cats today!
Glendale, CA August 24, 2019
Hemet, CA September 14, 2019
Ontario, CA September 21-22, 2
Region 6
Mary Auth - Regional Director
As the region works to add more shows to the schedule, we welcome more people embracing the idea of 4-ring shows. Despite the World Wide Feline Fanciers show in Lawrenceburg, Indiana having a lean number of entries – 60 – several cats granded. And more important people had fun. With the help of Sueann Spinder and her Facebook marketing skills, it was a hefty gate.

From the 4-ring show in mid-July to the jumbo format on the first weekend in August – the contrast was not so evident. TGIF hosted their six-ring one-day show on Saturday and the National Birman Fanciers hosted their show on Sunday, drawing some extra entries from Birman breeders from across the country. 

Next month, I will have information on another “lean” show, this time in Gardner, Kansas. The show limit was 100 and filled well before the closing. I will be reporting on a new show in Noblesville, Indiana on Saturday, August 17. This is a new show on the schedule – the Hair of the Cat was revitalized to license the show. 

Coming up in September is the American Gothic show in Peoria, Illinois and the Twin City Cat Fancier’s in Crystal, Minnesota. The club has expanded its format to a two-day show this year.
Longhair judge Pam DeGolyer examines a white Persian at the World Wide Feline Fanciers show in mid-July
Leann Rupy introduces a young lady to a Havana Brown at the World Wide Feline Fanciers show
Michael Schleissner from Germany was one of the judges at the TGIF show in Gray Summit, Missouri. He is joined by Kathleen Lawton from California and Colin Cornwall, a local club member. Lucy Drury hosted a barbeque at her house on Saturday evening.
You can always count on Brian Pearson to have a little fun with his clerk, Jill Singer at the TGIF show.
Kadri, just back from vacation, and into showing again in Gardner, Kansas
It only takes a cat to put a smile on Gary Powell’s face at the Topeka Cat Show in Gardner, Kansas
Region 7
Kenny Currle - Regional Director

There's been no excuse not to be at a show in the Southern Region. We've had shows every single weekend for the past 4 weekends, beginning with the GEMS/International Egyptian Mau show in Richmond, VA the last weekend of July. Our very own Lyn Knight made her debut as a LH apprentice judge at that show.
We had good attendance at Hidden Peak's show in Timoniium, MD. August 10-11, And of course, this upcoming weekend has the Rebel Rouser's show in Georgia.
The first weekend of August saw the Platinum Coast CF show in Ft. Myers. Club president Charlene Campbell reports on the show:

Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers offers our sincere gratitude and Thank you to Donna Wilbanks and Barbara Leffler for supplying the beautiful Donna Guyer BEST Memorial Plaque Awards for the BEST Kitten, Champion and Premier! Donna Guyer will be missed by many in the Cat Fancy. Thank you Hope Gramlich for the HHP "Morris the Cat" BEST trophy. Thank You to John Adlehoch for presenting the Awards.

Congratulations to all!!! Donna Guyer Memorial Awards (shown below)
BEST Kitten, Pennelane Canned Heat, Michele Lukic
BEST Champion, Katsmith Hot Blooded, Kathryn Brady & Mary Kolencik
BEST Premier, Penelane Peaky Blinders, Michele Lukic. 
Morris Award HHP Queen & BEST "Curley Sue", Kathleen Comstock
HHP King, "Jack", Judy Trunzo.
Our Southern Regional Director Kenny Currle gave a great informative "lunch time chat" presentation of all things new for our Region and in CFA which was eagerly attended by the folks in Region 7.

Our Southern Region also voted and gave the most generous $4,000 donation ($2000 from CFA; the rest from regional funds earmarked for BAP) to the CFA BAP-BRP Program! "Thank You"!!! We can't began to thank the Southern Region for these funds to continue our work; we have recently lost a few of our long time exhibitors/breeders, the last rescue where a breeder unexpectedly passed away ran over $5,000 in expenses. Thank you Southern Region members!

BIG Thank you to all our wonderful CFA judges, exhibitors, clerks, stewards, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, media, rescues, and show production staff volunteers!  Without each and everyone of you our Championship & HHP Show would not come together for the spectators to enjoy!

CFA colorig books and Agility were a great hit for the kids too!  Thank you Patty Mahany for making our show hall beautiful, Ray Cherrington for the lovely rosettes and everything you did for our show's success, we appreciate you!

Platinum Coast Cat Fanciers were blessed to recruit 4 new championship exhibitor members; thank you for making them feel Welcome! Thank you to all the grassy knoll parkers', congrats lunch winners! Thank you everyone for making this a FUN show!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stephanie Boulter, Cat Cub of the Palm Beaches, whose husband suffered a serious medical emergency at home during the show weekend. Thank you to the exhibitors who were able to gather all their belongings from the hall to return to them.
Coming up - no shows until September.  

  • Sept 7 - Cat Fanciers of Washington - Winchester VA
  • Sept 21-22 - New Vision Cat Club - Plant City, FL
  • Sept 29-29 - Freestate Feline Fanciers - Timonium, MD

For those of you who will will be wondering what happened to the Ocicats International show, it's moved! Look for it next April 4-5, 2020. Only the date has changed; it's still in the same location in GA.
Region 9
Michael Hans Schleissner
Regional Director

Impressions from our regional awards banquet in Legnano Italy 2019
The entrance to the Region 9 banquet (above), the awards booklet and the awards and rosettes (left)
The Spanish attendees' table (above) and attendees from France, Switzerland, and Italy (below)
Banquet attendees from Germany, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands
The Faces of 44 Gatti Cat Club Team
44 Gatti Cat Club team 2019, doing a great job with organizing our Region 9 Europe awards banquet and show. There is one person missed on this picture; its Domenico he also belongs to the team. Now everybody in the region has faces, when you meet these people on shows, please say thank you to them for there great job. They did everything just for you.
The region wants to say thank you to our photographer Oscar Silva Sanchez for taking wonderful pictures of the awards banquet and the following show.
How to Advertise a CFA Cat Show
There are very many ways...

"Dogs & Cats day" in Tallinn / Estonia at Maxima XXL Shopping Center outside in the green area - 17th of July 5-7pm. 

Many interesting things to do and to see for both dog and cat breeders and visitors. Piret Heinroos and Triin Simmulson from Cleopella Cat Fanciers Club of Estonia talked to spectators about cats grooming supported by Cats Beauty Salon- Kasside Ilusalong and also advertised their upcoming CFA show in Estonia. They handed out business cards and flyers. Many local cat lovers were interested in entering their Cats in this show on 2-3 of November 2019. Kids were allowed to pet the 2 cats that Piret presented to the public. It was a fun evening! 

The company Maxima has big shopping centers all over Tallinn and Estonia. Cleopella Cat Fanciers Club of Estonia is working on a good relationship with them. This can bring good marketing opportunities for future.
The club's booth (above and below)
Piret grooming a Persian
Upcoming shows in the region:
Sept/14+15/2019 - Cat - H - Art
Court Saint Etienne, Belgium
4 SSP rings, 2 LH / SH SP rings
Sept/21+22/2019 - Jardin De Korat
Narbonne, France
6 SSP rings

Watch also our upcoming announcements on the regional homepage !
International Divison
Dick Kallemyer
The Siam Blue-Eyed Cat Fanciers held the first CFA cat show in Terengganu, Malaysia July 20-21 under the sponsorship of the king, Mizan Zainal Abidinand, and queen, Nur Zahirah. The king and queen and their son and daughter (prince and princess) are cat aficionados and attended the show on both days.  
The Princess, Queen, King and Prince of Terengganu, Malaysia seated from left) watching Gary Veach judging.
They hosted a formal banquet in honor of the show promoter, fashion designer, Calvin Thoo, CFA judges and Master Clerk, club members and show attendees. The king and queen were very pleased with the show and plan to make it an annual event. Other Malaysian monarchs heard about the show and also want to sponsor CFA shows.
Judges and show committee at Terengganu, Malaysia show (above)
Terengganu Royal Palace banquet hall (below)
The Oriental Diamond Cat Fanciers successfully had their show in Eastern China on July 20-21, 2019.

(right) Oriental Diamond show exhibitors, club members and judges. 

The CFA International Division Awards Banquet 2019 will be held in Sentosa, Singapore on August 17, 2019 at the S.E.A. Aquarium with host Feline Fanciers’ Society of Singapore cat club. 

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