October 15 | 2020
CFA News
President's Message
Autumn has arrived and we are all preparing for the coming winter season. COVID-19 continues to affect many areas of the USA and around the world. Some parts of our country have progressed to allow businesses to open and crowd sizes to increase. However, other areas have had to shut down re-opened businesses and schools due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. We also face the threat of a “2nd wave” of COVID-19 cases as winter approaches.

Due to the continued presence of COVID-19, the CFA Board has discussed a COVID-19 policy that must be followed for the exhibitors that are entering the shows that are being planned by CFA clubs. It has taken a few months to get to a final version of this policy. The policy that is being posted to the CFA clubs, and on our website, will take into consideration those requirements that have been enacted by our governmental laws/rules/policy. Please remain cautious and consider that while you may not be at high risk, many of our cat fanciers have co-morbidities that might cause a less than favorable outcome should they become infected. Be mindful of this and be respectful of others.

The CFA Board held their scheduled October board meeting by Zoom webinar the weekend of Oct 3-4. The board conducts these meetings so that you can sign in and observe the board meeting proceedings. We all have busy lives and understand that you may not be able to sign in and watch the complete meetings. The meetings are recorded and they are uploaded to YouTube so that you can review the meetings at a later date.
The CFA judging program chairs presented several changes/updated to the JP rules. See the updates that were approved in the Judging program report in this newsletter.
Additionally, the show rules committee presented several rules that were considered. That report is presented in this newsletter.

I have addressed the issue of the elimination of the RW for the 2020-2021 show season in a CFA News Announcement, on Facebook, and via the CFA List. I just want to mention that the board debates issues based on the input they get from their constituents. From a business perspective, our constituents are our customers. Many people have written letters asking the board to reverse their decision. That will be up to the board to act, or not act, upon those emails and phone calls they are currently fielding. While I had asked two of the board members to compose and send out an updated survey similar to the one you received in the spring, some of the regional directors starting a poll of their regions. Therefore, I have asked that the CFA system-wide survey be halted until a time we can review the results of the regional polls. If your region has not sent you a poll, contact your regional director and share your opinions. I will keep you updated by CFA News Announcements and posts to the CFA list and Facebook pages on activity related to the RW issue.

Exhibitors in Thailand have had the opportunity to enter and compete at a licensed CFA show. Japan has held a successful show and plans are under way for several more shows between now and the end of the show season. Plans are proceeding in Region 9 for several shows. Here in the USA, Cotton States is hosting a show that filled with 250 entries the first weekend in November. Region 6 has a show scheduled in Gardner, KS the end of November. Cat Club of the Palm Beaches is hosting a show in December. We should all support these clubs as much as possible. They are taking on a big risk as the financial support from spectators will not be available to help the clubs from a financial perspective.

We must continue to adhere to the guidelines as they are updated for local gatherings. While there are several companies working to develop a vaccine to guard against COVID-19, they are not currently available. Three companies are hoping to release the vaccines by the end of the year, if they meet CDC guidelines. COVID-19 is not the first pandemic and, unfortunately, I am sure it will not be the last. We have the best medical system in the world and we will be victorious over COVID-19, just like we have conquered past pandemics.

Please enjoys the CFA cats shows, if you feel like you can participate and maintain your health.

Darrell Newkirk
CFA President
Join us on FB at: CFA – The Next Generation
Central Office Report
Allene Tartaglia
CFA Executive Director

More Tips from the Registration Department

Date of Sale for Kittens – be sure the DATE OF SALE on a blue slip, yellow slip or individual registration section of a litter application is filled in to indicate when the new owner(s) takes possession of the kitten. Please do not leave this section blank.
Email – even if you submit your paperwork the old-fashioned way through regular mail, please include an email address so we can contact you with any questions. Indicate If you wish to have mailed documents versus email.
Payment – it might sound obvious, but be sure to include payment (if not done online) and don’t send cash.

Show Producing Clubs & COVID Related Items
Best Practices regarding holding a show during the COVID pandemic are here.
COVID Waiver – all attendees at a CFA show, including judges, exhibitors, agents, vendors, clerks, stewards, volunteers, club members, etc. will be required to sign a COVID waiver upon entering the show facility. The waiver is available for advance review and for printing here.
CFA Awards Program - Recent Update
Regional Awards Reinstated For 2020-2021 Season

In May 2020, in response to the shut-down of shows due to the pandemic, the CFA Board of Directors conducted an exhibitor survey with 1,033 respondents. Award options were presented. The overwhelming choice was: Award titles using all points and rings earned regardless of owner’s region of residence - this is the current scoring system. Titles being awarded include Regional Winner (RW), Champion (CH), Premier (PR), Grand Champion (GRC), Grand Premier (GRP), Grand Household Pet (GH), Grand of Distinction, Regional Breed Winner, Distinguished Merit (DM) and Champion/ Premier tiered titles. National Winner (NW) and National Breed Winner (BW) titles would not be awarded. This scoring method was adopted at the May 20, 2020 teleconference.
At the October 3/4, 2020 CFA Board Meeting, the following motion was made and seconded, and a lengthy discussion was had: Regional Awards, for all regions, will be suspended for Show Season 2020-2021. Motion Carried. Currle, Anger, Dunham, Krzanowski, Byrd and Mastin voting no. Roy abstained. 
After the board meeting, the following online motion was made, seconded and carried on October 12, 2020: Rescind the CFA Board decision to eliminate RW awards for the 2020-2021 season. Motion Carried. Calhoun, Colilla, DelaBar, Eigenhauser, McCullough, Morgan, B. Moser and P. Moser voting no. The CFA Attorney has opined that this motion will be ratified at the November 10, 2020 teleconference.
Therefore, the May 2020 scoring system remains in place. A follow-up survey is being composed by a team consisting of Cyndy Byrd, Kathy Calhoun and Vicki Nye to gather current data to achieve scientific, controlled results which the board members can use in formulating the best approach possible to our current challenges. Please be on the look-out for an informational announcement about that survey and plan to participate. Your opinion matters and is valuable to the decision-making process.

Rachel Anger, Secretary
The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc.
CFA Show Rules
Monte Phillips - Show Rule Chair

  At its October 2020 meeting, the CFA Board approved several changes to show rules. Most will take effect at the beginning of the next show season, but one is immediately effective. In addition, throughout this season, the Board has put rule exemptions or rule changes in place that ONLY apply to the current 2020-2021 season. This is for two reasons. First, the season start was significantly delayed by government requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and second the ability of clubs to put on real shows will be mixed depending on where you live. Add to that travel restrictions (e.g., you can not cross the Canadian-US border and return) and the problem with shows is magnified.

 This article is going to be in two parts. The first will deal with those show rules passed in October that will be effective next and future show seasons. I will also include the one rule that went into effect on October 7th of this year for all seasons. The second part will deal with rule changes, exemptions, etc. that have been put in place throughout this season that ONLY apply to the 2020-2021 show season. These changes will go away as of May 1, 2021. With that, here are the changes that will apply to all show seasons starting May 1, 2021.

CFA Judging Program
Submitted by Applicants and Trainees Chair Ellyn Honey

Emiko Misugi Japan -Advanced from Long hair Apprentice first specialty to Longhair approval pending first specialty. Congratulations to Emiko Misugi


We have received a letter of resignation from Michele Beaudry.
We accept her resignation with regret.


Taking place via Zoom on October 15, 16, 17, 2020
Closing date for registration is Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

Judging rule changes which all passed AND ARE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

1. Remove 5 year requirement as approved AB in order to mentor

2. Remove JPC committee member restriction to mentor. File admins may not mentor an individual they are administering as a file admin.

3. Increase number advancing and applicants a mentor may help from 2 to 3.

New CFA Clubs
Carol Krzanowski - CFA Club Membership Chair

The following clubs were accepted at the October 3, 2020 CFA Board meeting:

1. China Fashion Cat Club, International Division - China; Shanghai, China
2. China Skyline Feline Fanciers Alliance, International Division - China; Chongqing, China
3. Leffair International Cat Fanciers Club, International Division - China; Beijing, China
4. Magic Wing International Cat Club, International Division - China; Shanghai, China
5. Shanghai Crown International Cat Club, International Division - China; Shanghai, China
6. Siam Cat Fanciers’ Club, International Division - Asia; Nonthaburi, Thailand
CFA Millennial Outreach Committee
Lorna Friemoth - Chair

Congratulations to the winners of the first Regional Virtual Qualifying Event, hosted by the Great Lakes Region, which boasted 442 entries and over $2000 towards the CFA 2022 Annual fund, as well as $724 in Spectator's Choice votes for The Euclid Beach Cat Project. The Great Lakes did a fabulous job with professional presentations, which can be seen on the region's YouTube channel.

The Southern Regional qualifier closed on 10/12 with 368 entries. We look forward to watching their results!

The Southwest Qualifier, North Atlantic & European Qualifier, and Lykoi Breed Council Fundraiser Qualifier are all accepting entries currently. Please go to and click contests to enter each event. Remember, you can enter any RQVE, and you can enter all RQVEs! All cats are welcome, regardless of breed (or not!), color, region of residence, and registering association.
Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger - Editor
The October issue of Cat Talk should be hitting our readers' mailboxes any day now (and on the digital platforms as well). Our traditional October is "Homecoming," a word with a multitude of meanings. This issue, we look at life with a senior cat and some of the challenges with that.

Candilee is wrapping up her annual feline missives to Santa. This year, the cats explain to Santa just what they did to put them in time out. If your cat has some explaining to do, let Candilee know. But hurry! - her deadline is near!
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.
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.
GEMS on the Cutting Edge Again
Global Egyptian Mau Society Virtual Breed Photo Competition a Huge Success!
Caroline Melia

The Global Egyptian Mau Society just completed judging on CFA’s very first Breed-Specialty Virtual Cat Competition. The show was open to Egyptian Maus only.  The event was a global competition from start to finish with 208 Egyptian Mau entries from 14 different countries representing cats from multiple registries. The quality of entries resulted in tough competition in all five of the classes and 107 of the 208 entries made finals!

Judging was conducted in 5 completive classes: Maulets for kittens under the age of 4 months, Kittens for entries between the ages of 4 and 8 months, Championship and Alters for unaltered and alerted cats respectively over the age of 8 months, and Pets, which included non-Championship colors/patterns. Melanie Morgan, Gary Veach, Sharon Roy, and Yanina Vanwonterghem awarded Top 10 placements in Maulets, Kittens, and Championship, Top 15 in Alters, and Top 5 in the Pet class. Liz Watson judged Best of the Best which included the Top 3 Highest Scoring Maulets, Kittens, championship cats and alters.
All finalists received a customized certificate; Highest scoring in each class received a personalized gift, and Best of the Best received a custom watercolor portrait of their cat from artist Carolle Fleury.
This show was not just a great fundraiser for the club, but a great vehicle for promoting the breed around the world. We had extensive exposure on Facebook in various Egyptian Mau groups, and on our club and breed council websites. Videos of color classes, finals, highest scoring, and Best of the Best presentations, which included personalized rosettes and collages of winning cats, were posted on Facebook and Youtube.

at right: Best of the Best NO*Gooseberry
Lucid Dream
The support and outcome of this undertaking is a true testament to the quality and dedication of the Egyptian Mau breeders, fanciers, and owners around the global.
Congratulate our highest scoring!
Silver Classic Spay
Owner: Randi Walz

NO*Gooseberry Give Me Goosebumps JW (FIFE)
Breeder/Owner: Rebekka Løkke (Norway)

NO*Gooseberry Lucid Dream (FIFE)
Breeder: Rebekka Løkke (Norway)
Owner: George Sarlas (Greece)
NW GIC NO*Gooseberry I Love Applause (FIFE)
Breeder/Owner: Rebekka Loekke (Norway)

GP RW Mautrix Sirocco (CFA)
Breeder: Laurie Coughlan (USA)
Owner: Parker Sutton (USA)

Best of the Best
NO*Gooseberry Lucid Dream
4 month old Silver Female
Bred by Rebekka Loekke (Norway)
Owner: George Sarlas (Greece)
CFA Program News
Legislation – What’s Hot . . . . . . .
 Kelly S. Crouch, CFA Legislative Information Liaison
Sharon Coleman, CFA Legislative Legal Analyst

Whatever Happened to This Legislation? CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IL, KS, and NH

This unusual year made it easy to lose track of state bills and local ordinances. The usual procedures would change unexpectedly leaving everyone – from lawmakers to the public – scrambling to adjust to the monkey wrenches thrown at legislative processes. Legislative priorities quickly focused the limited time and resources on pandemic related legislation with animal bills largely limited to time-sensitive topics. Some measures were enacted while others were simply not heard regardless of need, merit, or improbability.

Many of the 2020 bills or ordinances were retail pet store proposals prohibiting or restricting the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits on the theory of eliminating “inhumane” breeding. In California, these addressed specific problems that had arisen with enforcement of previously enacted legislation. California Assembly Bill 2152 was signed by the Governor and removes the option for stores to legally acquire “rescue” animals but added express provisions for “showcasing” by public agencies and shelters with a newly narrowed definition for “animal rescue” groups. The state of Colorado, as well as local jurisdictions located therein, Fairplay and Silverthorne, also considered the issue. There were also bills considered in Florida, Kansas, and Naperville, Illinois. The Naperville ordinance allows pet stores to only sell dogs and cats obtained from or displayed in cooperation with humane or welfare organizations or animal rescue groups and revised the rescue definition to exclude relationships with breeders or brokers to deter use of fraudulent rescue groups as happened in Chicago and California.

Evanston, Illinois went further than a pet shop ban by prohibiting sales of cats and dogs from all but USDA licensed breeders. There was no exemption for hobby breeders.

The New Hampshire pet vendor definition thresholds were once again the subject of legislation this year.

Georgia considered a bill that would have required surety bonds of up to $500,000 for all pet dealers. The March 2020 issue of What’s Hot explains why this would include anyone having a single litter.

Honolulu, Hawaii adopted a mandatory microchip ordinance.

As usual, there were bills relating to animal cruelty. One of these was the Florida Allie’s Law bill that would have mandated veterinarians report animal cruelty. Note that a number of states do mandate veterinarian reporting, some just allow it and some have no law at all.

To view all the legislation discussed above, click here to see the chart. Other states are still in session, and local legislation can happen at any time. Although many things are clamoring for your attention, please keep your eyes and ears open for legislation affecting you. If you have any concerns or questions about legislation, contact the CFA Legislative Group at the email below. We also have a Facebook page and blog for information of interest to you.
Recent CFA Legislative Group Blog Posts:
What’s Hot………… Burke County, North Carolina –-- From Animal Services Reform Efforts to Mandatory Sterilization with Breeder Permit Proposal
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
submitted by Virginia Rud
A list of our honored donors for the month of September is available here
The 2020 Cures4Cats Campaign kicks off Saturday, October 17 and runs through the rest of 2020! This year’s focus is Feline Diabetes Mellitus and our goal is $15,000. We also have matching funds available, so every dollar given will be doubled, up to $15,000.
Consider this- $15,000 in gifts, + $15,000 in matching funds = enough to completely fund one feline health study.
Click here for more information and to help us reach our goal!
Upcoming Webinars
Thursday, October 15, 2020 
1:00-2:00 PM EDT 
“ZOOMing in on Kitten Diarrhea”
with Dr. Jody Gookin
In this presentation Dr. Gookin will talk about her Winn Feline Foundation sponsored studies investigating gastrointestinal disease in fostered shelter kittens. Topics ranging from the search for infectious causes for diarrhea in this population to pursuit and discovery of treatment interventions associated with survival of fostered shelter kittens with diarrhea will be covered. RACE Approved!

Dr. Gookin is recognized for her expertise in gastroenterology with a special emphasis on infectious causes of diarrheal disease. In 2011, Dr. Gookin’s research team and key collaborators were recognized by Winn Feline Foundation/American Veterinary Medical Foundation for their research contributions to advancement of feline medicine.
Saturday, October 17, 2020 
1:00-2:00 PM EDT 
“Discussing Diabetes Mellitus: Empowering Technicians”
with Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition),VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry)
From the first interaction with a pet owner to the diabetes conversation after diagnosis and throughout the long-term care of a diabetic pet, this presentation will empower you to support pet owners as they embark on the diabetes journey. RACE Approved! NOTE: THIS WEBINAR WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR ON-DEMAND VIEWING AFTER THE EVENT
Miller Trust Grants
In 2002, the George Sydney and Phyllis Redman Miller Trust designated Winn Feline Foundation as one of its advisor organizations. Winn has subsequently been provided an unprecedented opportunity to make annual recommendations for grant awards to the San Francisco Foundation, trustees of the Miller Trust. The total grant funding varies each year, and this year, the amount was $137,720. On October 6th, 2020, Winn Feline Foundation’s Board of Directors, along with 10 Primary Grant Reviewers and 3 Scientific advisors, met to review 13 submitted grant proposals and determine which proposals to recommend to the San Francisco Foundation for funding. Watch for more information on the selected grant proposals in the next month. For more information about the Miller Trust Fund, click here.
Tax Tips
by George Eigenhauser

Many companies have programs for their employees to make charitable contributions through payroll deduction at work. Charitable giving through these programs makes donations simple, easy, and automatic and makes your record-keeping a breeze. Just keep a copy of your W-2 or other document furnished by your employer that shows the total withheld for charitable donation. You should also keep a copy of the pledge card that shows the name of the charity. For federal workers (civilian, postal and military) you may make charitable donations through the Combined Federal Campaign. State, county, and municipal employees may be able to participate through similar charitable giving programs. A few private companies even match employee contributions (up to a limit) to qualified nonprofits. If your employer participates in donation matching you can double the impact of your gift without you giving another cent. Check with your employer to find out if they have a charitable giving program and how you can participate.
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
You are invited to enter the "PAWS ACROSS THE SEA," a joint North Atlantic (Region 1) & Europe (Region 9) 2020 Regional Qualifier Virtual Cat Competition.

All entries in our virtual competition will qualify to enter the CFA 2020 Top Cat Challenge Virtual Competition to be held this fall (date tba).

We will have some great prizes for the top 15 cats in each category including Amazon gift cards and a fabulous Sturdi product for Best of the Best (donated by SuziKat).

ENTRY FEE $10 per cat per class - via PayPal SPECIAL DEAL! Enter 3 cats, get one additional entry for free (4 entries for $30)!

To enter, go to: Entries accepted beginning October 12-26.*
Public Voting for Spectator Choice Awards October 26-31
Class Judging will take place October 27-30
Finals October 31-November 1 with Best of Best November 2-3

Easy how-to-enter instructions can be found on this link

Flyer is available here

Very special thanks to Iris Zinck, Chris June, and Teresa Land for all the work they are doing to pull this virtual competitions together.

Region 2
Terri Zittel - Regional Secretary 
We have no news to report this month. Most of us are still sequestered due to the ongoing Pandemic. We do however send our thoughts and prayers to those of us living in the path of the horrible hurricanes and torrential fires.
Stay safe and hug your kitties.
Region 3
Paula Noble - Regional Secretary
Fall weather continues to cause problems in some parts of the region. Hurricane Delta just slammed into areas of Louisiana that still haven’t recovered from Hurricane Laura. Please keep those in the Gulf Coast area in your prayers.

The Annual Committee continues hard at work on our fund-raising projects. The CFA masks have been a big hit and are flying out the door fast. We plan on having a display at Cotton States with all of our fund-raising products available. Please come by and see us!

Crystal Wood has let us know that the Out of This World Cookbook is off to the printers so please stay tuned for information on pricing and how to order. It is highly likely that these will be available at the Cotton States show as well.
Region 4
John Colilla - Regional Director

No report for this month
Region 5
Howard Webster - Regional Director
Region 5 has been busy.

First condolences are being sent to our Regional Director Howard Webster on the loss of his mom. She was a super lady and will be missed by all.

Ellyn Honey, secretary for the region was asked to do a poll on rescinding the rule passed by the Board to not have Regional Awards this year. A poll was completed on October 8. Both clubs and individuals voted and the consensus was to have Howard vote to reinstate the Regional Wins.

And last but not least...
The Southwest Region is pleased to host its first virtual competition. Entries opened on October 5, and will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on October 16, 2020. Please access to register and upload your photos. There are four conformation classes (kittens, championship, premiership and HHPs) and 6 fun classes (Best Friends?!; Tiny Tots, Litter-ally!; Cats in Costumes; Anything Goes! and Rainbow Bridge). Each entry is $10. The conformation classes will be judged by Kathy Calhoun, Ellyn Honey, Darrell Newkirk, Jennifer Reding, Lorraine Shelton, and Gary Veach, and each of their "Best" will receive an electronic gift card. Each judge will give Honorable Mentions to their favorite entry for each fun class, but the winners in each fun class will be determined strictly by Spectator Choice voting, which will take place from October 17-23 at $1 per vote.
Region 6
Candilee Jackson - Regional Secretary
no report this month
Region 7
Kenny Currle - Regional Director
The Southern Region's virtual qualifying competition closed with 348 cats entered! Many thanks to all of your for supporting us!

Spectator's choice voting is NOW OPEN! Just $1/vote and proceeds will benefit a charity assisting cat owners who have been impacted by wildfires and other natural disasters. Vote early and often!

Many thanks to OUR "Pick of the Patch" team Jacqui Bennett, Rich Nolte, Nancy Kerr, Krista Schmitt, and Karen Boyce, and to Mike Altschul for his promotional support.
Region 8
Yukiko Hayata - Regional Director
In Japan Region, many condolences were sent to the death of Raptor, the top ambassador of the Japanese cat world. I will tell you the sad news that we lost a big treasure called Ambassador Raptor: GC,RW Royal Road F/A Raptor. He passed away on Oct 4th 2020.

Introducing the world's CFA to Japanese audience/visitors, he did his best in going around Japan, participating in many cat shows and big pet event fairs, giving dreams and hope to many children, and conveyed the charm of the pedigree cats and cat shows.

Raptor appealed to all generations, and taught them how living with cats brings joy and healing, and he pioneered the cat boom in Japan.
The Nishinihon Cat Show in Osaka on August second this year was his last job. In the midst of the pandemic of COVID, he, with his last power, encouraged us, cat fanciers, to do our best.
I would like to congratulate him on his many wonderful achievements as an ambassador of CFA Japan. My fond memory with him was at the Japan Pet Fair, he enjoyed the large audience of tens of thousands of people and fascinated and entertained people. Raptor was embraced by the audience, let them touch his wonderful coat without hesitation, and conveyed the characteristics of cats and the wonders of life with cats. Many cat fanciers were born thanks to him.

His booth was always decorated with the American flag, the hometown of American Shorthair, and he became the top star with his wonderful appearance and personality as a representative of American cats. Whenever there was a show, Raptor with his beloved partner went to work and guided beginners comfortably and kindly, and invited people to see what a wonderful event the cat show was.

Sadly, it was time for God to reach out to Raptor to cross the Rainbow to rest forever. The time has come Raptor was dignified to the end and was held in the lap of his beloved partner and went to sleep while talking about his memories. Thank you Raptor.
Region 9
Pam DelaBar - Regional Director
Region 9 Europe is looking forward to starting shows; the first will be a two ring show in Ylojarvi, Finland on 18 October. Several of our countries and areas have limits on the number of people allowed at any gathering, so show production has been difficult to plan. Additionally, our judges are in several different countries which may require up to fourteen days quarantine if coming in from a “red zone”.

We are looking forward to sharing photographs from our first Finnish show and the first show for the Sherwood Manx club. We will additionally have two more 2 ring shows in the same facility in Ylojarvi, Finland in November.

We are so lucky and very fortunate to be able to pair with the North Atlantic Region for the Regional Qualifying Virtual Event - appropriately named Paws Across the Sea! And I bet both regional directors will have something to brag about when the events are completed.

Stay safe and stay healthy so we all can get together in the near future.
International Division
submitted by ID-Asia Chair Bob Zenda
The first CFA Show in Asia was held on September 5, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Organized in cooperation with the Malaysia Cat Fanciers Club.
The show committee strictly observed COVID-19 health and safety monitoring standards; to include booking a larger than normal show venue to accommodate social distancing, providing disinfectants to all rings, registration and master clerk desks, as well as other primary locations. Masks and face shields were provided to the judges, and CFA AB Judge Allan Raymond (left) reported that he judged the entire show wearing a mask or shield and that no exhibits showed any discomfort with the mask, but a few were apprehensive when he wore the fact shield because they could see their reflection.
Unfortunately, Douglas Meyers was hospitalized just prior to the show. Since no other CFA Judges were available due to COVID travel restrictions, The CFA Board granted emergency approval for Thailand resident Michael Woods (UCA AB Judge, right) to serve as his replacement. This show attracted 64 entries and it generated excellent feedback from exhibitors, sponsors and the visiting public.
submitted by ID-Asia Chair Bob Zenda
Malaysia Awards Luncheon

On September 5, 2020 more than 50 fanciers gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a luncheon organized by Hairri Zikhafri (Asia Country Contact for Malaysia), to celebrate CFA 2019-2020 achievements earned by CFA cats in Malaysia. At the event, rosettes, trophies as well as DW and BWI certificates were presented by well-known “senior exhibitors” and participants were given opportunities to win “lucky draw” prizes courtesy of many brands, catteries, and CFA enthusiasts. Everyone enjoyed the event, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown halted every cat show in Malaysia. It was clear that breeders & exhibitors missed the cat shows and this luncheon was the opportunity to meet everyone and send the message that CFA’s presence remains strong in Malaysia.
Adilah Roose presents Best in Championship
Malaysian fanciers enjoying the event
Wilson Ng presents Best Kitten
submitted by ID-China Chair Russell Webb
I’m happy to announce that mainland China has received approval from the NGO and will be putting on the first approved CFA show in October 2020. This is just the beginning more shows to follow in the months ahead.

We also now have 5 new entry clerks to represent the different areas in China. With this new program, all entries for the China shows will be entered in China and will not have to go through Hong Kong. The 5 new entry clerks have gone through a training program and have done well. I wish them all the best and am sure they will do a great job!!

Gavin Cao has been developing a new program for WeChat and I will report on that at a later date.

Lastly I want to thank Gavin Cao and Eva Chen for their help and input in moving mainland China into the future.
Stay Safe everyone!!!!!

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