January 15 | 2021
CFA News
President's Message
We continue to deal with the effect of COVID-19 on our shows. Houston Cat Club had a 10 ring show this past weekend. HCC did a great job with social distancing and everyone was wearing masks. The goal is to make sure that there is no spread of the virus from a person attending the show who could potentially have the virus and not be aware of their infection. Kudos to the club for a great show. We all are looking forward to the day that the vaccines are widely distributed and the incidences of COVID-19 infections is near zero!!
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being distributed to the states. There seem to be some issues with the vaccine being given to those people who most desperately need the vaccines. Hopefully, those issues will be corrected soon. Nationally, around 28% of the vaccines have been administered. Some state the even lower percentages of the available vaccines have been administered.
The CFA Board met on January 5, the meeting notes have been printed for distribution by Pam DelaBar. Thank you Pam for your recap of the meeting.
We seem to be living in toxic times! Please be considerate of your fellow man. We are all in this together. Life is much better when we can respect our friends.

Darrell Newkirk
CFA President
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Central Office Report
Allene Tartaglia
CFA Executive Director

Club Dues & Membership List Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021. This is the date club dues and membership lists for 2021 must be received for a club to vote in the CFA Director-At-Large election this year. Membership lists must indicate they are current (2021) and officers (President, VP, Treasurer and Secretary) identified. These are CFA constitutional requirements. Check online for the list of clubs in good standing which have already met this yearly requirement: Please contact Amber Goodright with questions.

Cattery Reports: Effective January 1, 2021, the $10 fee for a cattery report has been reinstated.
Central Office Update: the CO continues to function fully and well with a “blended” staff – some on-site and some working off-site. However, we are sometimes limited with staff answering phones and we appreciate your patience during this time.

The CO recently lost a long-time team member, Brian Buetel. Brian took care of the headquarter building in Alliance, OH, took care of shipping and mailing and, in general, took care of all of us. He was that kind of person. He will be missed, both professionally and personally. We are all pitching in and show packages will continue to be shipped, mailings will still happen. However, if you receive a package and something is missing or incorrect, please contact me as soon as possible.
CFA Judging Program
Vicki Nye,
Chair Approved Judges and Guest Judging Program
Karen Lawrence, CFA Allbreed Judge since 1995 has tendered her retirement notice to the CFA Judging Program effective 12.31.2020. Though I am saddened to know I will not be judging with Karen again, Karen has been, and continues to be extremely involved in CFA. it gives me great pleasure to announce that at the January 5, 2021 Board Meeting, the CFA Board of Directors has granted Karen the title of Judge Emeritus. Congratulations Karen!

More about Karen's involvement with CFA and the cat fancy is available in this biography.
New CFA Clubs
Carol Krzanowski - CFA Club Membership Chair

The following clubs have applied for CFA membership and will be considered at the February 6-7, 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 January 21, 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.”

China Caesar Cat Club
President: Rui Wu
Secretary: Yi Qu (Shirely Qu)
Location: Shanghai, China

China Free Heart Cat Club
President: Ya Lin Zhao
Secretary: Qiang Deng (Dexter Deng)
Location: Nan’an, Chongqing, China

China Star Shiny Exotic Fanciers Alliance
President: Wenni Huang
Secretary: Zheng Yang
Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Kingpower Cat Lover Club
President: Bo Gao
Secretary: Yuqiang Liang
Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Soochow Riverside Cat Fanciers’ Club
President: Min-Yen Lee
Secretary: Yan Fei
Location: Taiwan, Republic of China

Universal Cats Club
President: Emanuela Morandi
Secretary: Claudia Morace
Location: Caserta, Italy
CFA White Pages Goes Completely Digital
The CFA White Pages are part of the Cat Talk/Online Almanac subscription package. The 2021 edition of the CFA White Pages will be available as digital only, and is moving over to eCats. It will be a secure download as it's available only to those with a paid subscription. The digital version of the White Pages is updated throughout the year.
CFA Judges' Association
Wendy Heidt

Some clubs have the ability to put on face to face shows. That is a hopeful and exciting proposition. It is important to have patience and to exercise kindness with the club members, show producing staff, and judges to make those shows fun and safe place to be.

At a recent meeting, the CFA Board of Directors determined that judges must comply with all national, state, and local requirements in regards to wearing masks and social distancing. They asked for all judges to evaluate if he/she can comply with those requirements, and if not then cancel the assignment if necessary.

If the judge appears in the ring and is unable to complete their duties wearing a mask in correct manner, then show rule 11.03 will come into play. Rule 11.03 states, “Should a judge become incapacitated while judging and be incapable of completing the assignment…”

Having a judge wear a mask does make it more difficult to hear a judge present finals, and exhibitors can be tempted to crown in to listen. Please be mindful of your surroundings and keep distance from other exhibitors and the judge. You can always ask them to repeat what they said about your cat at a later time. It is also challenging to thank the judge after a final keeping social distancing in mind. An “air high five” might be more appropriate at this time or perhaps someone will come up with a simple creative gesture to show appreciation while hiding their smile behind their mask.

Safe travels and good luck out there.
CFA Millennial Outreach Committee
Lorna Friemoth - Chair

The CFA International Top Cat Challenge finale sponsored by ZYMOX was a huge success. 1066 entries from seventeen countries entered the competition. We received over 2000 votes in the Spectators’ Choice competition as well, with all proceeds of the votes being donated to the WINN Feline Foundation. We would like to thank everyone who entered the event, who voted in the Spectators’ Choice competition, to all 45 of our judges, the entire Millennial Outreach committee for seeing this through thousands of hours of work from start to finish, and all of those who supported the proposal for this series at the board table. 
The Best of the Best Winners for the Photo Event are as follows:
Best Cat in Championship (top left): Kelela Aloha Hua of Tajhara, Owner Mary Franz
Best Household Pet Cat (top right): Johnny, Owner Niki Feniak
Best Kitten (bottom left): Pinupcats Supa Dupa Fly of Kuroii, Owner Cyndee Hill
Best Cat in Premiership (bottom right): Suavere’s Dark Secret of Penobscot, Owner Ginger Gunlock
The Best of the Best Winners for the Video Handling Event are as follows:
Best Cat in Championship (top left): Sun-Silk RayRay, Owner Mary Myers
Best Kitten (top right): Kokiri Summer Sky of NuDawnz, Owner Brianna Ciesla/Lorna Friemoth
Best Cat in Premiership (bottom left): Kawaiikats Keiko Catsui of Bunikats, Owner Jaime Lerner
Best Household Pet Cat (bottom right): Sassy, Owner Karen Beyers

Congratulations to all the winners not listed here as well. Your prizes were mailed the first week in January and we hope you and your cats enjoy them! We hope you will continue to support CFA Virtual Cat Competitions in the future.
Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger - Editor
As with many items in December, we understand that there were significant transit delays for some issues of the December issue of Cat Talk. Unfortunately, that was something we couldn't control, but we though an explanation was worth noting.

Reader input needed!

Have you worked with more than one breed? When you started working with your second (third, additional) breed, did you discover that things were done differently in your new breed? Queens had different birthing styles, perhaps you needed to change up diets? Grooming is a given, but perhaps your new breed also interacted with your cats differently

Ann Strople is working on an article regarding things which breeders/exhibitors might need to consider when beginning to work with a new breed and she would LOVE to have our readers' input. Please email Ann with your experiences. This is for our April issue, so it is time sensitive.

Who doesn't love discussing cat names and how to choose them? Laurie Coughlan is working on a piece for our upcoming kitten issue, looking at what some breeders/breeds try to AVOID when naming a kitten. Sounds, superstitions, and self-fulfilling expectations - Laurie would love to have your stories - so send them to her! This is also for the April issue.
My Special Cat
All of us have had "that" special cat - a heart cat that we had a deep connection with. It may have been a cat that you exhibited and formed a lasting bond with. Or convinced you that he/she should stay - and you are thankful it did. Or maybe a non-pedigeed cat who knew that you needed him/her and consoled you like no other cat ever did.
Laurie Coughlan is taking her series to the next level with "My Special Cat" and she would love to include your story. Think of this as a love letter to that special cat in your life. Please send her your story and a photo if you wish.
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CFA Program News
Legislation – What’s Hot . . . . . . .
 Kelly S. Crouch, CFA Legislative Information Liaison
Sharon Coleman, CFA Legislative Legal Analyst

PIJAC’s Letter on Essential Businesses, Legislative Sessions,
and an Update on Burke County, North Carolina 

This month’s What’s Hot covers several issues facing fanciers:

  • COVID-19 and business closures have raised concerns about keeping essential pet supply and service providers open during the pandemic. Pet food (particularly specialty or prescription foods), supplies, and even emergency veterinary care may be limited or difficult to obtain. CFA has joined with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) to send an open letter to regulators to protect these essential pet services. You can still help. 
  • Uncertainties for legislative sessions in the new year caused by COVID-19. And,
  • Update - recent news on the Burke County, NC breeder permits proposal. 

Click here to read more about these subjects.
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 Feline Foundation
A list of our honored donors for the month of December is available here

Winn Feline Foundation welcomed Jackie Ott Jaakola as its new Executive Director on January 4th. With more than 30 years of experience in animal welfare, Jackie is a seasoned professional with expertise in nonprofit management, strategic planning, education program development, and fundraising. Jackie most recently served as the Executive Director of Cat Depot, located in Sarasota, FL. Read more about her in this article
submitted by Virginia Rud
Winn’s 2020 Cures4Cats campaign more than met its matching goal of $15,000! Read more about our annual Cures4Cats program . Thank You to all of you who contributed and continue to contribute to the health and well-being of every cat, every day.

The Cats in Boxes holiday photo contest- Winn received almost 200 photo submissions with 24 selected to post, one daily, on social media from December 1st to the 24th. The photo with the most “likes” was declared the winner on December 31, 2020. Check Winn’s website and social media to find our lucky (and adorable) winner.

Tax Tips from George Eigenhauser- THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Winn Feline Foundation in 2020. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and help benefit cats everywhere. As you prepare your 2020 tax returns, don’t forget that you may be able to deduct your donation as a charitable contribution even if you do not itemize. For most individuals you should file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A.  However, the IRS estimates that 9 out of 10 individual taxpayers do not itemize and instead take the standard deduction. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act creates a new $300 “above-the-line” charitable deduction for donations made during 2020 and claimed on your 2020 return. You may take this $300 deduction even if you take the standard deduction. In addition, the CARES Act raises the maximum amounts allowable as charitable deductions for certain taxpayers who do itemize. You should consult your tax advisor for more details.
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
No report this month
Region 2
Terri Zittel - Regional Secretary 
No report received
Region 3
Paula Noble - Regional Secretary

Happy New Year to all from Region 3. We hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season.
We’ve kicked off 2021 with BIG HOUSTON!! Ten rings of safe fun in a convenient hotel show at the Hilton Houston North near the airport for the convenience of exhibitors and judges alike!! From check-in to waving good-bye, this show ran smoothly with great attention paid to the safety of all!! We all sincerely hope that as the vaccines continue to roll out and exhibitors get vaccinated that shows can continue on a more frequent basis.
Our Annual fundraising projects continue as we’ve added a new color to the T-shirt selection. Light blue is the latest color and was available at the Houston show this past weekend. All the other merchandise is still available so check the advertising emails being sent regularly with ordering/payment information.

Everyone stay safe and healthy!!
Region 4
John Colilla - Regional Director

The 2022 CFA Annual will be held on June 24-26, 2022 in Louisville, KY and the Great Lakes Region is looking forward to many of you joining us for this event!!

The Great Lakes Region is excited to announce our next fundraiser to benefit the 2022 CFA Annual to be held in Louisville, Kentucky.

The region received a donation of a beautiful diamond pendant and chain. The pendant features a 1/4 carat diamond solitaire and is accented by a glistening 18” polished Singapore chain crafted from quality 14k gold. This chain features a spring ring clasp and measures approximately 18” L x 1/16” W.

Tickets can be purchased online by contacting Nannette Schindler at: Tickets will also be available when shows resume in Region 4 and at select shows in other regions.

Tickets are a donation of:
4 tickets/$10.00
10 tickets/$20.00

To view photos of this gorgeous piece, contact Martha Auspitz or Nannette Schindler. The winner of the pendant and neck chain is scheduled to be announced at the 2021 CFA Annual in Houston, TX.

In other news, The 2022 Annual pins have arrived. Information on the sale of these pins will be released later this spring.

The 2022 CFA Annual Fundraising Committee
Region 5
Howard Webster - Regional Director
Happy New Year! Here is hoping for a better year than the last one. (2021: "Hold my beer!")

Now that we have a vaccine, I hope we will be able to start having shows again in the SWR. With Arizona and California the hottest spots in the country, it will be a while. I look forward to seeing all of you when we can get together and share this hobby we all love so much!

We lost a dear breeder/exhibitor, Linda Sellaro, to cancer. She was a lovely woman that will be missed by all. Our sympathies to her friends and family members.

Please take care and be safe. I expect to see all of you at the first show when it becomes available! 
Region 6
Candilee Jackson - Regional Secretary
No report this month
Region 7
Kenny Currle - Regional Director
No real news in the Southern Region this month. We're just hoping that everyone is taking the proper precautions for themselves to stay healthy and safe. Wishing our fellow fanciers health and prosperity in 2021.
Region 8
Yukiko Hayata - Regional Director
No report received
Region 9
Pam DelaBar - Regional Director
No report this month
International Division
No reports this month

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Teresa Keiger
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