January 2019
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Our banner cat this month is CFA's 11th Best Kitten, GC, NW WINDYVALLEY'S DIOR J'ADORE, a blue-cream Persian kitten.

(photo by Chanan)

Membership lists are due in to Central Office by February 1, 2019 for a club to be eligible to vote in the Director-at-Large election.

Happy first CFA Newsletter of 2019! Here's hoping that the new year is prosperous for everyone in your household - both two and four-legged!

You know that the CFA Newsletter keeps you informed about what's happening in CFA - but do your fellow exhibitors know?  Why not take a moment and encourage them to subscribe to the newsletter too - after all, it's free! They can go here to sign up (and that link is available on the Newsletter Archive page too) and sign up for either/both the Newsletter and the CFA News notices.

With the New Year upon us, I wish good health and success for each of you and your families. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming year.

As reported in the minutes of the December board meeting, Carla Bizzell and Rachel Anger performed a review of all the registrations issued for a specific period. They were looking at possible errors in colors that were genetically impossible. Carla reported:
"Our review of 14,555 records resulted in a finding of 995 errors for a 6.8% error rate. Predictably, the breeds with the highest number/percentage of errors were those breeds with numerous color/pattern combinations possible and those breeds with registrations originating from non-English speaking customers. In my opinion, a few simple learned rules would reduce the error rate by at least 2/3."

An example of an error found was blue x blue producing a blue-&-white kitten. That is not possible. In response to their findings we are doing several things. (1) We will reach out to the owners of the cats incorrectly registered and work with them to correct the registration, (2) We will continue to look further back to ascertain errors. Our goal for the immediate future is to review a full year, (3) Provide training to our Registration Staff. The first training class was held this past Thursday. The training was conducted by Heather Lorimer who is both a cat breeder/exhibitor and also teaches genetics at Youngstown University. The two-hour session was attended by 17 people and a follow-up class will be held next week. The Registration staff was required to attend and it was open to any other staff members who were interested. Almost the entire staff attended.

On another subject, many of you have heard that some of our clubs in China have encountered problems with local authorities which resulted in cancellation of their shows. Quite a few shows have been held with no problem. CFA has hired a law firm in China as well as one in the USA with extensive experience in China. We are working hard to resolve any issues our clubs face and an attempt to make sure they are following all the laws and regulations governing the production of cat shows. It is our position that CFA is not conducting shows in China; local cat clubs are holding the shows. These clubs, just like clubs everywhere, select the show hall, the judges, etc. Please do not think the board is ignoring the problems being faced in China. We have a core group working hard on this issue which has been meeting twice a week. We are working with local cat fanciers and attorneys in an attempt to resolve these issues.

The next board meeting is the first weekend of February and will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. We are coming in a day early for a strategic planning session.

  Allene Tartaglia
Executive Director
Is it only me or does it seem like the holidays in December were eons ago? We've all been catching up and getting back to the normal 5-day work week.

Thank you to all the clubs which have already submitted their dues and membership lists. A reminder to those clubs missing dues and/or a membership list was sent last week. Dues must be paid and membership lists received in the Central Office by February 1, 2019 for a club to be eligible to vote in the Director-at-Large election.

Information regarding the 2019 Annual Meeting in Verona, New York (near Syracuse) will be on line by the beginning of February.

Dr. Heather Lorimer, geneticist, led a Genetics Color Class on Thursday, January 10, at the Central Office. Seventeen (17) staff members attended the 2 hour class. It was a great learning experience for all attendees and at least 3 more classes are in the works.

Did You Know...
that cattery names were kept alphabetized using a circular, metal file like this 

Each cattery name was typed on the small wood-like strips. The strips fit into channels on each side of the metal panel and slid up and down to make room for a new cattery name so it could be placed in the proper order. This file was also used for the visual scan of current cattery names to be sure the new cattery name being registered wasn't a duplicate or too similar to a registered cattery name. 

Index cards were used to keep track of cattery activity - the original "cattery report."

Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger

Subscribers to both Cat Talk AND the Online Almanac: be aware that although you may subscribe to both publications, their renewal dates are probably not the same. Cat Talk's subscriptions started with a February issue, and because many of our subscribers are long time subscribers (thank you!), a large portion of Cat Talk subscriptions renew with our February and April issues.

However, Online Almanac subscriptions do not follow Cat Talk's bimonthly calendar. Their subscriptions may include the previous issue of Cat Talk, or the upcoming issue, depending on what the subscriber initially selects and if label data has been pulled prior to the OLA subscription being renewed.

Every Cat Talk subscriber will receive two renewal notices; one for the second to last issue and one for the last. Online Almanac subscriptions generate a 30 day advance notice which the user will see at the log in window.

We encourage subscribers to renew their combination subscriptions when they receive the first notice in either publication. This will save some worry and ensure service is uninterrupted .

Remember that you can subscribe to either the print or the online version of Cat Talk. It's available online through the Kindle Newsstand or through Magzter. Complete ordering information is here

Winn Logo

by Julie Legred

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

Planned Giving by George Eigenhauser

While 2018 may be over there are still things you can do to help you with your tax returns for that year.  You have until April 15, 2019 to make tax deductible contributions to a traditional IRA.  You also have until that date to make a non-deductible contribution to a Roth IRA for 2018.  While a non-deductible contribution you won't get the benefit of a deduction you will begin compounding tax free earnings in the account earlier.  With Keogh or SEP plans you may be able to take a filing extension to October 15, 2019 and make your 2018 contributions before that date. 

You should also begin gathering the documents you needs to complete your return, such as W-2s, 1099s, mortgage interest statements, ACA documentation and other records.  If you added a baby in 2018 don't forget to file for your child's Social Security card right away.  If you don't have the number in time for filing your 2018 return the IRS says you should file for an extension. While these steps won't save you taxes directly, it will make filing easier and you may be less likely to miss deductions. 
Winn to Exhibit at Upcoming Cat Shows
January is a busy month for Winn. We will be exhibiting at the following Shows:
January 26th & 27th, 2019
  • Deer Park, TX
  • Portland, OR
  • San Diego, CA (educational track too)
Holiday Photo Contest Winners
Winn had many very deserving entries this year and it was so hard to choose. The judges came up with the following winners, despite the tough competition:
Best in Show

Most Humorous

Honorable Mention

For any questions, please contact info@winnfelinefoundation.org .

Ringing in the New Year!
APHIS maps out priorities for fiscal years 2019 - 2023
Fanciers know when their thoughts turn to new year resolutions, it is time to review the new goals set by state and local animal welfare organizations as those goals are often to drive proposed legislation. However, it is also the time of year when government agencies finalize strategic plans for the following fiscal period, as is the case with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. In December 2018, APHIS published its goals and objectives in Strategic Plan FY 2019 - 2023. In addition to goals and objectives, the document includes a message from the APHIS Administrator, the organization's mission statement, core values, and driving forces.
As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), APHIS contributes to maintaining and improving the well being and value of American agriculture and natural resources. The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) also falls under the authority of the USDA. Along with other agricultural responsibilities, APHIS is the department responsible for enforcing the AWA. To achieve its mission, APHIS has identified three goals for fiscal years 2019 -2023: deliver efficient, effective and responsive programs, safeguard American agriculture, and facilitate safe U.S. agricultural exports. At this point, fanciers may be scratching their heads wondering how their activities under the AWA fit within these goals. On page 14 is Objective 2.7 - "Ensure the humane treatment of vulnerable covered animals." The accompanying list of tactics include expanding AWA licensing exemptions for de minimis businesses through rulemaking, revise licensing regulations for better compliance and reduced licensing fees through rulemaking, review companion animal programs for effective partnering with state regulatory agencies, combine enforcement activities with learning opportunities, and complete a pilot project to determine if the use of both announced and unannounced inspections improve compliance.
Time will tell how these objectives will translate into changes in the regulations. Agencies, like APHIS, engage in the rule-making process in response to a variety of situations including a change in laws or to seek a more effective use of available resources. In January 2018, APHIS published a Notice of Public Meeting to solicit data and information regarding third-party inspections. This potential change was dropped due to the overwhelming response in opposition without advancing to policy changes or rulemaking. As a follow-up to amendments to AWA made by the 2014 Farm Bill, APHIS pursued rulemaking to define and implement de minimis exemptions from dealer licensing and published a Final Rule on June 4, 2018. A thorough review of changes affecting cat fanciers considered by APHIS last year is the topic of "The Continuing Evolution of the Animal Welfare Act and APHIS Regulations as They Pertain to Cat Fanciers" in the December 2018 issue of Cat Talk. Other information, including illustrative flow charts, is available on the CFA Legislative Group Blog. One takeaway from the Strategic Plan for FY 2019 - 2023 is that the evolution continues. Therefore, fanciers need to remain vigilant and watch for possible changes over the next few years.
Fanciers may also want to periodically check the websites of state agencies or local government for published strategic plans from which the fancier may glean useful information. A legislator may publish the legislation or concerns upon which they will focus on their websites or social media pages as well. Media sources including print newspapers and broadcast news, often linked from their web pages or copied and distributed through other social media are other sources  for this information as with this article about Fulton County, GA, "Fulton County sets legislative priorities for 2019", where dealing with "high-volume breeders" finally makes its way into the article in the last paragraph. However, not all fanciers will receive such a heads up. Not finding animal control revisions listed as a priority is never conclusive, as plans are not always publicized or later complaints or incidents may lead to review and revisions. The legislative and rule-making processes are fluid with priorities that fluctuate with the passage of time.

Please report legislation happening in your area to the Legislative Group -  legislation@cfa.org  
Visit the  CFALegislativeNews Facebook page to see the current legislative news.


Karen Lane
A-Cat co-chair

Maybe it was the holiday shopping, gift wrapping, traveling or whatever kept everyone busy last month; whatever the reason our Ambassadors and/or Pet Me Cats did not respond to us so they could get registered into the new program. CFA Ambassador Cat Program.

Because of so many questions, and confusion, we are running the same article again, as last month, with full information about the joining of two dedicated CFA programs, so we all get started on the same foot in 2019.

Please take a few minutes and get involved......

CFA Ambassador Cat and CFA Ambassador Program
Merge to Become
CFA Ambassador Cat Program

Great news for both of these CFA outreach programs! Starting January 1st these two great programs will merge and come under one umbrella called, CFA Ambassador Cat Program. We are joining together for better coordination and reporting to CFA. Our board members, going forward are Joel Chaney, Karen Lane, James Flanik and Candilee Jackson.

Together both of these programs will have better accountability to CFA and together we will expand into areas we presently have been absent.

Lead personnel and their duties in the program are now:
James Flanik, Secretary. Jim will keep an up-to-date recording of who, what, and where within our now larger program.

Joel Chaney, Cat Operations. Joel will be the go-to guy for all of the A-Cats and the Pet Me Cats. All things "cats" will be his responsibility.

Candilee Jackson, Ambassador Operations. Candilee will be responsible for keeping current records for our Ambassador people and their activities. Candilee will also be instrumental in recruiting Therapy Cats for CFA and special Educational Cats for CFA. Both Therapy and Special Education Cats will be a new program for us. We are also looking at expanding into Children's Charities for our CFA A-Cat Coloring Books and other future materials.

Karen Lane, will help coordinate all of the programs and will continue the A-Cat special projects.

Because these programs are coming together, current participants will be asked to contact us and let us know if you are still participating as an Ambassador or a Pet Me Cat or want to be an Ambassador or Pet Me Cat. Record keeping is a large part of a successful program and merging two sets of record keeping is a huge task.

If you are presently a Pet Me Cat or want to be a Pet Me Cat: contact Joel Chaney and register. You will be asked for your name, breed of cat and your contact information.

If you are presently a CFA Ambassador or want to be a CFA Ambassador: contact James Flanik and register. You will be asked for your name and contact information.

If you would like to be part of the A-Cat Program: contact Karen Lane and get all of the information about being an A-Cat.

This is a very exciting time for our new and expanded program. Please join us and become an important part of CFA. Together these two programs will grow and be larger and stronger than before. We have raised our horizon and are goals have been set.
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Region 1
by Sharon Roy, Regional Director 

Region 1 is busy preparing for this year's annual at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona NY. Stay tuned more information to come....

Special Thanks to Jill Archibald and Garden State Cat Club. They will be representing CFA at the Garden State Pet Expo in Edison NJ, February 8,9,10. They will feature Agility Competition and a Pet Me Cats area.   CFA will be well-represented.

Upcoming shows

February 16&17th - Black Diamond and Ramapo Cat Fanciers team up for a show in Phoenixville PA.

February 23&24 - National Norwegian Forest Cat Club is celebrating the 40th year of Norwegian Forest Cats in the United States.   This show is featuring a special 25.00 entry fee and Breed Summit judging.  This show will be at the Oaks, Philadelphia Exposition Center.
Hope you can all join us for these upcoming events.

Region 2
Terri Zittel, Regional Secretary 

Emerald Cat Club held their first annual January show in Seaside, OR on January 5 & 6, 2019.
It was a spectacularly fun event! The Ebbtide Inn and Suites made us a special offer on rooms for the show. In each room was a basket of cat treats, food, toys and a water dish. I have seldom felt so welcome when traveling with cats and staying at a lovely venue. We had a room overlooking the boardwalk, beach, and ocean.

The show hall was lovely and the staff made us more than welcome. The same with the town of Seaside. Many of the restaurants and shops had a sign welcoming us to the town. Most of us can't wait to return next year. We could have used a few more exhibitors so pencil in the first week in January to join us in Seaside, OR.

I may get in trouble for this but one of our "local" judges was seen tossing the "award fish" (yes, stuffed catnip fish) at the winners. Truly funny!

My photographer, husband Dan, was to get pictures for the newsletter. He did! Lots of pictures of our cats. What I wanted was a picture of our Newbie Sponsor, Shelly Perkins. Shelly has done an outstanding job of helping new exhibitors to the CFA show scene. He did get a picture of her wonderful display that she brings to every show. Shelly is often clerking at the shows so she is a really busy gal.

We have some nice shows coming up this month and in the next several months. Poppy State Cat Club show in Auburn, CA on the 19 th of January. Seattle Cat Club/Grandview Cat Fanciers show in Longview, WA on February 2 nd . And don't forget the McKenzie River Cat Fanciers show in Portland, OR. This show is in honor of Betty Denny's 100 th birthday! She is so excited to come back to Portland for the show and this event. I talked to her on the way home from Seaside and she sounds terrific. She has also finished a small queen-sized quilt that she wants us to raffle off for the show. I will have more details on this in the February Newsletter.


Region 3
by Leesa Altschul                                                                                                          

Ho Ho Ho! We had some exciting shows this past month! On December 22, 2018, was the Show And Tell Cat Club show in Mesquite, Texas. It was held at the Mesquite Convention Center this year. This is our region's annual holiday show and it was a great success! Some of the highlights of the show was the enormous Annual Holiday Buffet, Santa Gifts, and Prizes for the Best Decorated Cages/People/Ugly Sweaters too. There was lots of cheery and merry going around at the show in the holiday spirit. There even was another spectacular raffle. The fabulous rosettes were decorated stockings which decorated cages throughout the show hall. We even had some wonderful newbees show in the Persian and Bengal classes. Did I mention gate? There was plenty of gate to make the show a huge success and the vendors happy! Here's a peak of a video of the show that Leah Dow created.

Pam Bassett with her Best Cat
Warren Joubert

WOW! The 66th Annual Houston Cat Club Charity Cat Show was January 5th & 6th, 2019, at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. This was an incredible show with so much going on for the exhibitors and the spectators/gate. This show was publicized mainly with Facebook advertising and they had 3,347 in gate, which was the biggest gate in over 15 years! There were also 17 rescue cats adopted out over the weekend. The crowd loved the agility course; the costume contest was a huge hit too.
Becky Galloway with her Maine Coon Cat

The "Meet the Breed" presentation was fabulous and people got to pet and handle the breeds too. Vendors had records sales and look forward to coming back next year! There was a fabulous raffle with proceeds going to the local animal shelter. They even had a children's section with the CFA coloring books and other activities for them. And we can't forget about the Dunk a Duck game which proceeds went to the 2021 Annual for the Gulf Shore Region. We had NewBees in the Persian class again and also in the Egyptian Mau class. Both did really well and the Egyptian Mau even made a final! Here's a peak at the show Saturday and Sunday which Leah Dow created.
NewBee Alison and her Eqyptian Mau
Donna with her NewBees Mary & Dena

The Gulf Shore Region sadly lost one of our members. Judy Binion lost her husband, Tom, after a courageous battle on December 25th. He was a great supporter of Judy's love of her Persian cats. Please keep Judy and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Upcoming Shows:
February 2 & 3 - Wichita Cat Fancy, Inc. Kansas, Wichita: The Cotillion. 6AB, 2SP, & HHP.
February 23 & 24 - Wildcatters Cat Club. Texas, Orange: VFW Post 2275. 7AB, 3SP, & HHP.
Additional shows and more information can be found on the Gulf Shore Region's Website

Region 4
by 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 at: https://www.facebook.com/cfagreatlakes and https://www.pinterest.com/carmencitamarie/great-lakes-region-cfa/ 
2022 Annual Fund Raising for Louisville
Great Lakes Region Fundraiser Calendar will be available at all GLR show. Please contact Nannette Schindler at njschindler@hotmail.com for mail order.
Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming shows:
More information can be found online at http://www.cfagreatlakes.org/
  • Jan       19 - Cleveland Persian Society - Parma OH, 4AB 2SP HHP      
  • Jan       20 - Cleveland Persian Society - Parma OH, 4AB 2SP HHP      
  • Jan   26-27 - Midwest Persian Tabby Fanciers - Taylor MI, 6AB 2SP (back to back)
  • Feb         9 - Steel City Kitties - Monroeville PA, 4AB 2SP
  • Feb       10 - Steel City Kitties - Monroeville PA, 4AB 2SP
  • Mar 02-03 - Genesee Cat Fanciers Club - Rochester NY, 7AB 3SP HHP

Region 5
by Howard Webster, Regional Director 

John F. Kennedy, President of the United States, said "Ask Not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country."

We need, as members of CFA, ask ourselves the same question about what we can do for CFA!

Our hobby is in drastic need of new, younger people if we want our hobby to survive.

New breeders need mentors, we need to share our lines, grooming tips and to be friendly and helpful.

Ask yourself, what did you do at the show today that would improve CFA? Did you help a fellow exhibitor? Did you speak to a spectator and enlighten them about your breed?

There are so many things each and every person can do at the shows to improve CFA's image. What are you doing?

I have done a lot of firsts in the breeds that I have bred and shown. I bred the first Shaded Silver in CFA history to be Best of Breed, and place in the top 25 nationally (12th Best, 2013-2014). I have the first Red Pt. Javanese male, DM, I bred the first Tortie Lynx Pt. CPSH grand champion, just to name a few. However, none of this means anything if I don't help new exhibitors get started, give show tips, share bloodlines, or be kind to fellow exhibitors or spectators.

Each person we meet is a potential kitten buyer, or new breeder/exhibitor that is yet to be realized.

Most of all of us have Facebook accounts, and some have twitter accounts we can repost show flyers on. We can inform past kitten buyers there is a show in town or close by.

Each and every one of us have something we can do. If you can't go to the show, you can support it by paying for an entry, driving judges to the show, or, if nothing else, ask the club if there is something you can do to help.

Here is list Debi Gomez and I have come up with:

We need to do more for CFA and our region.

For clubs:
* All show producing clubs should have a webpage that is up to date and include information for spectators. If you are accepting new members and hold meetings this information should also be included. Your club should also set up a PayPal account for exhibitors to pay their entry fees, as well as allowing spectators the ability to pre-pay for tickets to the show. This money can be used as seed money for the show. This is attractive to younger spectators and exhibitors who do not always carry cash. PLUS, you get your cash NOW, as opposed to waiting!

For exhibitors/breeders:
* Be prepared when talking to spectators interested in your breed, have a handout prepared with your contact information, web addresses to your website or Facebook page, if you have them, the southwest region, and also to CFA and Breed websites.
* Always ask for their, the spectator's information.
* Always "Like" and "share" posts from the regional Facebook page and Instagram. If we all did this, we would reach a larger group of people who would attend our shows!
* Tag the SWR in your Facebook post from the shows you attend and hashtag your Instagram posts with #cfaswr
* Create your own contacts list consisting of people you've sold or placed cats and kittens to, and the people you've talked to at shows, then send out emails and text messages letting them know about upcoming shows and shows you will be attending. Also, don't hesitate to invite them to show their own cats and provide them information to our NewBee and Mentor coordinators.
* Encourage your friends and family to participate in our fundraising efforts. Just providing a link to our Amazon program which is the most popular will benefit all of us enabling the region to reduce the cost of the regional awards and banquet and provide advertising funds so we can promote the entire region as a whole on an ongoing basis
Should you have questions or need help with any of the above information please don't hesitate to ask as we have many people in place to help.

Remember the SWR have some great shows coming up.
  • The San Diego Cat Fanciers - January 26 -27, 2019, San Diego, CA
  • Victor Valley Cat Fanciers -  February 9, 2019, Palm Springs, CA
  • Malibu Cat Club  - February 23, 2019 Glendale, CA
  • The SWR Fundraiser Show  - March 9,2019, Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Colores Cat Club  - March 23, 2019 Palm Springs, CA 

We have shows every two weeks in warm sunny weather, so get out of the ice, snow and come to a SWR show!


Region 6
by Mary Auth, Regional Director
Holly Mueller, a fairly new exhibitor from Indiana, got a chance to clerk at the WWFF show in Lawrenceburg, IN
If you don't like the weather in the Midwest, wait five minutes (or in this case five days) and it will change. World Wild Feline Fanciers (WWFF) enjoyed 50-degree weather on their show weekend, January 5, which impacted their spectator count. The next weekend, the Three Amigos show (Frontier Feline Fanciers, Tornado Alley Feline Fanciers and Topeka Cat Fanciers) had the opposite problem - more than seven inches of snow and 34 degrees, which impacted their exhibitor travel.

All in all, it's a testament to the resiliency of the CFA cat fancier. WWFF had a great entry for a four-ring show (87) and a good exhibitor turnout. Good Pizza Hut delivery and baked goodies by Lily Newcomb and rosettes for those who granded were part of the fun and organization by Janet Marr and her crew. The weather should promise to be better for the show's July 20 show. If you haven't been to a four-ring show, consider trying it out. The competition is no less tougher, just fewer numbers - making for a more relaxed  cat show.
Pam DeGolyer judged a longhair specialty ring at the WWFF show in Lawrenceburg in early January. Pam will be also judging at Lincoln State Cat Club and Illini Cat Club shows in February and March.
Kathy Calhoun flirts with a Devon Rex at the Lawrenceburg show.

Judge Brian Pearson checks the ear set on this bumblebee - er Maine Coon.
It was relaxing once exhibitors made it to Gardner Kansas for the Three Amigos show. Getting there was the challenge and forced many to stay home - thus a 65-percent absentee rate for their entry of 183. St. Louis where many exhibitors where traveling from or through was the snow gate that kept many away - they got more than a foot of snow there.

Brian Pearson looks like he is trying to talk himself out of a ticket from this Maine Coon at the Three Amigos Show.


This Chartreux competes for the best in show for the cat costume contest.

This American Shorthair is showing off his red_white_blue patriotism for the cat costume contest at the Three Amigos show in Gardner_ KS.

Selma Kessler traveled from Lincoln Nebraska to show and pick up this lovely Cornish Rex painting.

Show committee Allene Keating with John Brubacher who came all the way from Wisconsin to exhibit.

Show committee member Joyce Kempf (left) and Kadri Koppel are local to Gardner, so had little trouble making it to the show.

N ote: the photos from the Three Amigos show are compliments of Hidden Rock Ranch photography.

There are still plenty of opportunities to have travel impact our ways to the upcoming cat shows - but the spirit of the CFA exhibitors will prevail. 

January 26-27 - Saintly City, St. Paul MN
February 9 - Hawkeye State Cat Club, Altoona (Des Moines) IA
February 23-24 - Lincoln State CC - 11 rings in St. Charles IL
March 2-3 - Illini Cat Club, Urbana IL
March 9 - Mo-Kan Cat Club, Lenexa KS
March 23 - Tornado Alley Feline Fanciers/KC Cats, Gardner KS for an in-conjunction show with ACFA

Region 7
by Kenny Currle, Regional Director

Our region has begun planning its regional awards show and banquet for the weekend of June 22-23 in Timonium, MD. Dave Peet will be the show manager and Claire Dubit will be heading up the banquet arrangements. More details as they develop, so stay tuned!

The region got off a great start to the new year in Nashville with Nashville Cat Club's traditional New Years' show the last week of December.  We then turned around the following weekend for our first show of the year with Absolutely Abyssinians' show in Jacksonville, FL (see report below).  We're now looking forward to this upcoming weekend in Ormond Beach, with Cat Club of the Palm Beaches' show.

Show Report: Absolutely Abyssinians
submitted by Larry Fry

January 5th and 6th the Absolutely Abyssinians Cat Club held its annual show in Jacksonville, Florida. This show is held to honor the memory of a long time cat fancier, Mona Cherrington, who was a club founder. The awards at this show are given in her memory.

The show hall this year was quite different than in previous years. It was held at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Jacksonville. This show hall was simply fantastic, carpeted, catered by the conference center staff personnel, who were absolutely the friendliest and most helpful group of people one could ask for in this type of venue. There were 165 entries representing 13 breeds of Longhair cats and 20 Shorthair breeds including 5 Abyssinians.
Ray Cherrington (right) selected a delicious assortment of wine, cheese, and meats for the party.

The Absolutely Abyssinian Club hosted the annual international wine and cheese tasting party. The participants were treated to smoked turkey, hams, a plethora of cheeses and lots of equally good wines. The exhibitors and judges were able to feast everyone had a great time. Our thanks goes out to Cindy Lewis and Joann Hardman for helping set up and opening wine as well as in generally being the really great people that we know and love.

Our judging line up was tops: Norman Auspitz, Pam Bassett, Ken Currle, Gene Darrah, Karen Godwin, Marilee Griswold, Teresa Keiger, and Jan Rogers kept our show moving along and got to give out the special rosettes that we had this year. The rosettes had a picture of an Abyssinian on the button in the center piece. Ray Cherrington picked out the picture he wanted and had these absolutely beautiful awards created again to honor the memory of Mona. We really appreciate the exhibitors that came to our show and hope to see them back next year for more fun in rings and tasting wine and cheese.
Exhibitors spent the evening enjoying the great food and company
Cyndi Lewis was one of several folks who made certain that good wine was enjoyed by all

Part of the show proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. We hope this contribution will help contribute to the elimination of this disease that has affected so many of our fellow cat fanciers.

Upcoming shows in the region:
  • Jan. 26-27 - Star City Cat Fanciers (with Central Carolina Cat Fanciers) - Roanoke, VA
  • Jan. 26-27 - Birmingham Feline Fanciers - Irondale, AL
  • Feb. 2 - Pawprints in the Sand - Newport News, VA
Complete info is at the regional website or CatShows.us

Region 8
 Kayoko Koizumi, Regional Director

No report this month
Region 9
by Michael Schleissner, Regional Director 

No report

International Division
by Dick Kallemyer

No report

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Teresa Keiger
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