June 2016
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Our banner cat for June is CFA's Best Cat in Premiership Reg 1-9 GC, GP, NW, AC AHAVA-BURMS BABY T-RUTH OF CALCAT, a Burmese spay.
(Photo by Larry Johnson)


Annual Hotel Reservations

The official deadline for rooms at the Red Rock Resort and Casino has passed BUT there are still a couple of rooms left in CFA's room block.

Please email Allene Tartaglia if you want to make a new reservation or extend an existing one. 

Reservations for the CFA Annual Awards Banquet - June 23

Please make your reservations asap. Complete information and reservation form is here.


CFA Yearbook Ad Deadline
August 1
(read more about advertising guidelines and pricing in this newsletter)


June is the busiest time of year for exhibitors. Yes, they planned all May for the various banquets, shopped for a sparkle dress (or two!), and began making arrangements. But June is really when it all hits: the photos, the reservations, more photos, travel planning, and yet more photos!

I hope that your regional banquet was or will be a joyful celebration of cats and friendship. Safe travels to Vegas, baby!



I attended our Regional Awards show and banquet this past weekend and it reminded me one more time of how much CFA relies on our volunteers.   Every show takes effort to succeed and its difficulty is compounded when an awards banquet is accompanying the show.  None of these hard workers are being paid for all their work so let's make sure we show our gratitude.  A little thanks and an encouraging word goes a long way.

I had a great time at our Regional and I hope all of you who attended or will attend yours can say the same.  Each of us got involved in this hobby because we thought it would be fun, so let's keep that in mind as we devote our time, energy, and money to this hobby.

Before you know it, our Annual will be here.  The Central Office and volunteers around CFA are hard at work to make this an enjoyable gathering.  Come prepared to have some fun.  Kind of difficult to imagine going to Las Vegas and not doing that.  There will be some meetings where we can get some work done but there will also be plenty of time to relax and spend social time with your fellow cat fanciers.  I look forward to seeing each of you who will be in Las Vegas in a few weeks.   

Terri Barry
CFA Executive Director
I would like to open this month by thanking Pam DelaBar, Region 9 Director for affording Michelle Fergason and me the chance to visit and attend Region's 9 Awards banquet and show. This was an outstanding learning opportunity and one I won't ever forget. I can't thank Pam enough for her generosity, thoughtfulness and patience with my many enquiries. The Regional banquet was outstanding and we all had a great time. Frank Dueker and Marcus Bierl went above and beyond with their hospitality. The hard work they and their committee did was apparent with both the banquet and the show. Both events were handled in a professional manner, so they ran smoothly and efficiently. I spent Saturday and Sunday at the show, attending the Awards banquet, and the Regional meeting. The entire weekend was an exceptional learning experience. I now have a more complete understanding of the issues that this Region encounters, as well as the ins and outs of show production in this area of the world. I enjoyed the thoughts, comments, and feedback by everyone, including from judges George Cherri, Arie Groeneueoen, Kenny Currle, Peter and Yanina Vanwonteighem. Again Pam, than you so much for offering this opportunity and I have passed along a lot of information to other staff. 

 I will now turn the rest of the article over to Allene for a complete update on the upcoming Annual. 

 Planning continues for this year's Annual Meeting at the Red Rock Casino & Resort in Las Vegas. Hopefully you've made your room reservations by now since our block closed on June 6. Rooms may still be available but most likely at a significantly higher rate than our negotiated rate. A reminder the meal reservation deadline for the Winn Symposium, the Siamese breakfast, the American Shorthair breakfast and Saturday night's awards banquet is Thursday, June 23. 

Cirque du Soleil is offering a discount for our attendees to their shows. There is a wide variety of shows to choose from and seats fill quickly so you'll want to make your reservation soon. Their shows are spectacular and filled with incredibly talented performers. You will long remember a Cirque du Soleil show

There will be surprise guest appearances during Saturday night's cocktail hour that will provide for some unique photo opportunities so you might want to plan on arriving at the beginning at 4:45. 

With less than a month to go, Allene, myself, and the rest of the Central Office staff in attendance hope to see all of you at the Annual Meeting enjoying the Awards Banquet and the other festivities.

CFA/Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter International Cat Show
The 2nd round of balloting is complete.  This round was to select the remaining five judges for this year's show.

Unfortunately, there was a 3-way tie for 4th and 5th place.  We will announce the top three judges at the delegate meeting and pull two names out of a hat to select the 4th and 5th judges. 

We will also pull names out of a hat to select that three Best In Show judges at the delegate meeting.  
CFA Yearbook Advertising
2016 CFA Yearbook Shelly  Borawski
CFA Yearbook Editor


Congratulations on a great show season! We know you must be delighted and proud. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to advertise this fine achievement in the 2017 Yearbook. Take a look at our reduced rates. A complete advertising package, including our reduced rates can be found on the CFA website at the following HERE 

Not sure how to desgin an ad? Let Shelly Borawski do it for you! Simply send your photo(s) or high resolution digital images and text along with your order form and payment, and she will do the rest. You can email everything to Sborawski@cfa.org or mail it to Cat Fanciers Association, Inc., 260 East Main Street, Alliance OH 44601, ATTN: Yearbook AD.


The 2017 Yearbook will feature cats that have become a Grand, Grand of Distinction and Distinguished Merit during the show season of May 1, 2015 through April 26, 2016. If you haven't yet sent in your photo and payement to be included in this fine publication, please do so now. You can email everything to Sborawski@cfa.org or mail it to Cat Fanciers Association, Inc., 260 East Main Street, Alliance OH 44601, ATTN: Publications.The deadline is August 14, 2015.

Any questions please contact Shelly Borawski - sborawski@cfa.org - 732-492-7216

Teresa Keiger

The June issue of Cat Talk just came out - many thanks to our staff writers and other contributors who helped make this one of our best issues yet! It profiled 5 judges who recently retired, and two others who are now "Benched in Heaven."  Our theme this issue is "The Human-Animal Bond"  and we looked at how our connection with the animals we love enriches our lives...and our health!  It also has the first of a few articles by Candilee Jackson about Therapy Cats and how they help their humans. And we take a look at the many tasks that our clerks perform throughout the show. (Personally, I loved the photos that we had available for the cover! They tie into a profile of cat and people photographers Larry Johnson and Preston Smith)

Cat Talk Magazine recently received a Certificate of Excellence in the category of "Magazines - National Distribution" from the Cat Writers' Association. Certificates are not easy to achieve as the combined score of 3 judges must be 90 or above. Editor Teresa Keiger will be attending the CWA convention, held in conjunction with BlogPaws, in Phoenix next weekend.

Our June issue also launched our new subscription expiration system. Subscribers should now be receiving notices with both their last and second to last issues reminding them to renew. Let me know what you think of this change.

Remember that the August issue of Cat Talk is the "Year in Review" issue, featuring a look at the 2015-2016 Show season and the CFA Annual Meeting. It's always one of our most popular issues. Share your celebrations of the past season with our readers and s potlight your cattery with an ad in Cat Talk!    
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One thing that our readers tell us that they love about Cat Talk is the photos. (we like that too!). I'm always looking for some unique photos that only our readers can give us.  Specifically, I'm looking for high resolution photos of pedigreed cats at play, interacting with their humans, just hanging out at home, during the holidays....you get the idea. And of course - cute kitten photos. Want to contribute? Send your photos to me at tkeiger@cfa.org

Don't miss out on a single issue of Cat Talk Magazine. Renew or begin your subscription here. Or read online at Magzter
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by Vicki Thayer DVM , Winn Executive Director

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

Last reminder for Winn's 2016 Symposium - The 38th Annual Winn Symposium will be held June 30th from 4-6:30 p.m. at the CFA Annual meeting being held at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas. The speakers for the Symposium are:
Dr. Leslie Lyons - "Genetics and Precision Medicine: State of the Art Health Care for Cats!"
Dr. Nicholas Dodman - "Feline Compulsive Disorders"
Registration fee: $30 per person. One free Symposium registration ticket has been mailed to each cat club that donated $100 or more between July 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016 for distribution to a selected attending club member.

Sponsorship of a research project is easy! Simply pick any of the projects below seeking sponsors ($250 minimum donation). Go to our website http://www.winnfelinefoundation.org for more information on the project and to make your sponsorship donation online or download a donation form to mail to: 637 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 336, Wyckoff NJ 07481. 

W16-023: Mefloquine's potential to inhibit FIPV infection in the cat 
W16-034: Evaluation of DNA variants associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the Persian cat 

W16-053: Efficacy of a new treatment for cats with ronidazole-resistant Tritrichomonas foetus infection   A new podcast  has been uploaded to Winn's podcast library. Dr. Jody Gookin was interviewed on her 2016 project (W16-053) regarding a potential new treatment for cats with ronidazole-resistant Tritrichomonas foetus infection. Listen and learn more about the background of this groundbreaking research. 

Annette Louviere (DVM 2016, University of Georgia) is the recipient of the 2016 Winn/AAFP (American Assn. of Feline Practitioners) joint scholarship. Selection is based on their academic achievement, leadership, and dedication to and excellence in the study of feline medicine, health and welfare. Read more  about the scholarship and Annette.

An important Planned Giving (tax) tip to make special note of for June - The IRS reports a surge of phone scams in recent years by people claiming to be the IRS. These scammers often threaten taxpayers with arrest, seizure of assets, deportation, and more. The IRS states that they will never:
*Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
*Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
*Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
*Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
*Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. 
For any questions, please contact info@winnfelinefoundation.org.

June Legislative Update
CFA Bill Tracking

New Jersey Bill Would Require Face-to-Face Sales of Cats and Dogs if Enacted 

New Jersey state legislation, SB63, seeks a ban on sight unseen sales of dogs and cats and requires pet shops sell only dogs and cats acquired from shelters, pounds and animal rescue organizations ("shelters"). SB63 also repeals the Pet Purchaser Protection Act that provides consumer protection laws for dog and cat buyers. SB63 is unnecessary when less restrictive legislation would protect pet buyers without denying those buyers access to their choice of pets whether sourced from shelters, pet stores or breeders. 

In the current version of SB63 breeder is defined as "a person, firm, corporation or organization not engaged in the business of breeding cats or dogs per state law." Yet the section prohibiting sight unseen sales does not limit the prohibition to breeders as defined, it applies to all breeders including hobby, small and occasional breeders. Specifically, section 4.a states: 
"No person shall sell, offer for sale, transfer, exchange, or barter a cat or dog or otherwise engage in a transaction concerning a cat or dog, unless the transaction is a face-to-face sale. This subsection shall apply to transactions between a breeder or other seller and a consumer who are both in the State, a breeder or other seller in the State and a consumer in another state, and a breeder or other seller in another state and a consumer in the State." 

 There are exemptions to the proposed general rule above including one that would allow the sales by pet shops of cats and dogs sourced from shelters. However, of particular interest to hobby breeders is a limited exemption in section 4.b. (4) for breeder-to-breeder transfers:  
"the sale, transfer, exchange or barter of a cat or dog from one breeder to another breeder exclusively for the preservation of the bloodline of the cat or dog, provided that such breeder does not make more than five such transfers each year."  

Given the size of New Jersey, most intrastate transactions might meet these restrictive provisions of SB63 but they are also easily avoided by residents able to travel outside the state to acquire their sight unseen pets. However, SB63 does not stop at the state lines. It tries to control all U.S. breeders engaged in transactions with New Jersey pet buyers, even in states where New Jersey has no personal jurisdiction. This legislation does not recognize that to get the pet they want New Jersey residents may have to look far beyond the state lines. By requiring face-to-face sales, SB63 may effectively put some pets out of the financial reach of its pet buyers, especially rare breeds or animals with specialized training. Not all kinds of pets are easy to find from breeders locally or in a shelter situation.  

Legislators should consider that well-run shelters often have a shortage of adoptable animals and must import animals from other states to meet demand. This can be a good thing. Unfortunately, the shelters' successes limit choice for the pet buying public. This will only get worse as more shelters achieve this level of greater success. When pet buyers are restricted to locally sourced pets that do not meet all or even most of their requirements, both the people and the pet lose. New Jersey can better protect pets and pet owners without making it difficult for buyers to find the pet of their dreams.

Please report legislation happening in your area to the Legislative Group -    legislation@cfa.org

Cathy Dunham
YFEP Program Chair

Midwest RegionCongratulations to all the youth participants on a successful show season.

Their current successes are the foundation on which a very bright future will be built. The program was designed to let the young people of CFA determine their own path through various activities in hopes that they will find themselves in the hobby they love and in life in general. All our kids have accomplished a great deal this year from showing their feline companion to raising money for a feral program to promoting CFA in the most positive light to the general public.

The positive attitudes these youth people have exhibited all year have given us some great moments and wonderful memories to be shared with family, friends, and the cat fancy in general. The contributions made by each of them will be felt for years to come, it gives the program great pleasure to recognize all the Regional Winners. The regional awards are being presented at all the regional awards banquets so please cheer on the winners as they are the future of CFA.

YFEP also extends a hug welcome to all the new participants in the program and are very proud of all the kids. This year the program has even reached into the international division and we are very proud to have several youths from Singapore join us. Please join the program in congratulating the future of CFA on their accomplishments.
William Dorsey

North Atlantic Region

1st - William Dorsey - Lions Division

Northwest Region

1st - Abbey Berry (Bendixen) - Lions Division
2nd - Hailey Goldsbary - Lions Division
3rd - Michelle Bumgarner - Lions Division
1st - MacKenna Goldsbary - Cats Division

Great Lakes Region

1st - Edward Goatseay - Cubs Division
1st - Rebecca Gibson - Cats Division
1st - Hope Gibson - Seniors Division

Southwest Region
Payton Gomez

1st - Payton Gomez - Lions Division
2nd - Ethan Wright - Lions Division
1st - Conner Wright - Cats Division

Midwest Region

1st - Joseph Brickey - Cats Division
1st - Willow Miller - Seniors Division
2nd - Simone Miller - Seniors Division
3rd - Emily Conway - Seniors Division

Southern Region

1st - Abigail Vaughan - Cubs Division
1st - Rachel Emch - Lions Division
1st - Nautika Buterakos - Cats Division
1st - Chandler Bussey - Seniors Division

International Division

1st - MD Amzar Deni Arjhad - Cubs Division
2nd - Nur Quraatu "Ain" Bte Mohamed Japri - Cubs Division
3rd - Nura Salsabila Binte Zulkifli - Cubs Division
1st - Nurfarzan Jamil - Cats Division
2nd - Glennelle Lim Yan Shan - Cats
Singapore YFEP members with Donna Fuller

3rd - Yaqin Sahni - Cats Division
1st - Shie Min Xuan - Seniors Division

by Candilee Jackson, Chair

Happy Summer, Ambassadors!  I hope everyone is refreshed and geared up for another exciting show season.

INVITATION:  If you are planning to come to the annual in Las Vegas, I would like to invite all ambassadors to an informal reception on Thursday, June 30th, from 3-4pm.  A location will be available once you arrive.  Please drop by and say "hi" and allow me to put a face to a very familiar name!

Next, many thanks to Chris June of Region 1 for the incredible Pet Me! Banner design for the Seacoast Cat Club!  Our very own Art Graafmans has designed one for us and I hope to have it ready to be shipped out to anyone who needs one by August.

Region 2:  Mary Siestma, Megan Noecker
Although there were no cat shows in the upper Northwest, there were some local pet events where CFA cats had an opportunity to shine.  Sweetheaven Royal Regulus attended the outdoor Petpalooza event in Auburn, Washington, on May 21st:  it rained the first three hours of the event, but he was happy and dry under his clear umbrella!  He also earned 4th place in the costume contest!  Regulus was joined by HHP Kimo Keoa and both cats were terrific in showing how well cats can handle community events with lots of people in attendance.
On June 4th, Regulus headed to Seattle to ambassador for their Pet Expo.  He spent the day in his stroller and meeting people.  He took 2nd place in the City Dog cover contest ... he was entered as a "puppy cat"!

Region 4:  Mariane Toth-
Almost Heaven and Western PA May 22, 2016
Although the day was rainy and dreary outside, but inside the Charleston Civic Center, cat friends came from regions 1, 4, 6 and 7 to reunite and show their beautiful fur babies.  Vendors, as always, had cool cat stuff, including toys, beds, carriers, pads, and custom-made wooden cat furniture. Cross Lames Veterinary Hospital gave away FREE (yes, FREE!) stuff including cat treats, cat toys, cat pens, magnets and bow ties in all different colors.  The show enjoyed a large gate, and for many who attended, this was their first cat show which kept Ambassadors hopping!  Thank you, Renee Fraley, for this wonderful observation and report!  Thank you to Susan Rzyczycki and Tammy Adams for the pictures!!! 

Region 5:   Shari Millar
Superstition Cat Fanciers and Kino Kat Klub hosted a 6x6 in Phoenix, AZ on the Memorial Day weekend.  In addition to two wonderful shows, the club also reached out to the community.  All About Animal Rescue  was able to place 11 cats into new homes.  Puppy Mission Rescue received donations of food earmarked for the cats in their program.  Packages From Home collected cash donations to help fund their ongoing program to help our deployed military.  Superstition had an excellent raffle and Kino had a 50/50 raffle.  There was good gate due to their extensive advertising, both print and social media.
Sponsored by the Victor Valley Cat Club & Americans West Cat Clubs, the Southwest Regional Awards show was held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Oaks Middle School in Ontario, California. The show was relaxing and handled by a wonderful group who came together to pitch in to make it a success. Although the gate was small, it was a time for SW members to hang out and enjoy one another's company, and answer the questions of an interested gate.
Region 6:  Candilee Jackson
The newly refurbished Wyndam West Hotel in Indianapolis was the site for the MWR Awards Show and Banquet.  Through extensive advertising, the show experienced a lovely gate which allowed ambassadors to visit with both seasoned and newbie show-goers.  Lady Bronwyn walked the show hall on her pink harness and leash, stopping to say hello to old friends and made many new ones during the exciting weekend.
Hong Kong:  Phebe Low
Cat fanciers just finished the first ever trial run of Meet the Breeds in Hong Kong. 'International Championship Cats Parade,' in conjunction with a pet expo, was held at a grand convention center in Hong Kong. 
There were 16 breeders invited to set up breed booths, and the decorations were fabulous and eye-catching.   Spectators enjoyed interacting with the beautiful cats.  On exhibition of older issues of CFA yearbooks, and a cat fancy history of Hong Kong.   Breeders wore Ambassador stickers, representing the beautiful face of CFA, and talked to visitors about the breeds, about CFA, about how to enter a show.  Breeders took turns in the breed showcase on stage to present their breed to audiences.  There were ons of question from fans...what should I feed my cats?  What care I should do for this breed?  Why was the 'grey' cat described as blue? .....Waa!  What a great chance to promote our beautiful cats!!  
We were delighted to hear the feedback from audience who felt they learned a lot from this event, and appreciated our breeders putting such great effort for public education.  

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Region 1
by Geri Fellerman,
Regional Director 

The dust has settled and another Region 1 show and banquet have come to an end. Both the show an banquet were held at the Stamford CT Sheraton. Our Saturday show ran smoothly and first-time show manger Jim Land did an absolutely phenomenal job getting us all out of the showhall in plenty of time to shower and dress for dinner. This year's theme was A-Catamy awards with mini Oscars dotting the show rings. There was even a 5' cardboard cut-out of an Oscar for those desiring formal photos after the banquet. Dan and Michelle Beaudry kept things moving at the banquet and we were all wrapped up by 11 which was great. Everyone agreed that it was the best banquet food we've had in quite a while. Omar Gonazales found some different new awards this year and, as usual, Jim and Teresa Land took care of ordering them and pairing them with gorgeous rosettes. Huge congratulations to our Clerk of the Year, Lynn Jordan and especially to our Exhibitors of the Year, Karen Bishop and Jill Archibald. I'm happy to report that we pulled off a triple surprise this year as none of these recipients had a clue what was going on.

Everyone is now into relaxation mode and looking forward to Las Vegas. After that, it's time to visit Lebanon, PA, again for the One Fine Day show. Then on to Garden State!

Region 2
Terri Zittel, Regional Secretary 

Two first of the season shows were held in May. The first was the annual North Pacific Siamese show held in Issaquah, WA on May 14 th . As usual it was a wonderful show in celebration of the start of the show season and to highlight the lovely Siamese breed. An added attraction was the first Bengals at a CFA show in our area. I must say that this is a strikingly beautiful breed.
The second show was the High Sierra Cat Club show held on May 21 st in Pleasanton, CA. I was unable to attend this show this year. From all reports it was a highly successful event.
On June 4 th the second No Cal Northwest Regional Picnic was held at the Foothill Community Center is Sacramento, CA. Pam reports that "A few but mighty crew showed up for the Picnic, Auction and Bingo game." The venue changed from last year to this location that provided a large covered shelter and paved walkways. It was rather warm but the cover provided shade making it enjoyable to those who attended. She says that "the food was good, the auction nice, and Bingo to top the day off." A big thank you to all that attended.
June 25 th is the date of the Regional Awards Banquet and one day 6 ring show. This year's events will be held in Portland, OR at the Double Tree Hotel at Lloyd Center. All of the Regional Winners' trophies have been sponsored and we are looking forward to a fun filled show and banquet. Be sure to get your reservations and entries in soon.
As an added note: Don't delay in getting your hotel rooms for the annual Sunkats Show to be held in beautiful Seaside, OR. The show dates are July 16 th and 17 th . This is a busy time on the Oregon coast so procrastination is not an option. 

Region 3
by Steve McCullough, Regional Director   

What a whirlwind of a month in Region 3!  Everyone is busy getting ready for our Regional Awards Event this weekend in Oklahoma City, OK.  We have a few of our exhibitors off to a great start towards a promising campaign year ahead.  After the Annual in Las Vegas, we have a couple of shows in July starting with our Regions first in conjunction show July 9 th with Stars and Stripes, Tabbies and Torties in Conroe, TX for the Saturday portion of the weekend. Then ending the month, we will be having a show in Seguin, TX with Alamo City Cat Club on Saturday July 30th and our Regional summer fundraiser on Sunday July 31st, rounding out the  July shows.  

Congratulations once again to our retiring judges, Willa Hawke and Gloria Hoover, they will be missed by us all.
See ya'll in the show hall!!

Region 4
by John Colilla, Regional Director
June is a time for celebration. Breeders, exhibitors nd judges gather together to celebrate last season's regional and National winners. This year our Regional show and awards banquet changed weekends and location to the last weekend of Jone in Akron, Ohio.
Our region is very active in social media. We are a member of Pinterest and have our on Facebook page. You can check out what is going on in our region through these social media sites at: https://www.facebook.com/cfagreatlakes and https://www.pinterest.com/carmencitamarie/great-lakes-region-cfa/ 
Almost Heaven  Cat Club / Western Penn Cat Fanciers
It WAS Almost heaven in Charleston, West Virginia on May 21. Almost Heaven Cat Club and Western PA Cat Fanciers held a CFA show at the Charleston Civic Center. This was an excellent partnership between the two clubs.
The Civic Center show hall was very pleasant and roomy. Spectators were plentiful and happy to see us back in WV. We are excited about building and what we accomplished this year.
Our judges were fantastic. The Judges; Jacqui Bennett, John Colilla, Gene Darrah, Melanie Morgan, Sharon Powell and Teresa Sweeney, spent time engaging the spectators and the they loved it. Exhibitors also spent time talking with the spectators making it informative and fun.
The quality of cats was phenomenal. We want to thank all the exhibitors, many of whom traveled many hours, for supporting our show. We hope you had fun.
A special thank you goes to CFA for their sponsorship. We plan to be back in 2017 and hope to see you there!
Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming shows:
  • June 25-26 Great Lakes Regional Celebration Show, Akron OH, 7 AB, 3 SP and 10 HHP
We will be holding our show with all its glitz and glamour in conjunction with the Regional Celebration at John S Knight Center, 77 E Mill St, Akron, OH. This back-to-back show moved weekends so please mark your calendars accordingly. There will be a tremendous raffle, Feline Agility and for your photography needs, Larry Johnson will be there.
Be sure to come out and help celebrate what the Great Lakes Region exhibitor and clubs accomplished this season!
More information can be found online at www.catshows.us/greatlakesregional/   
  • July 23 Motor City Jazz Club, Taylor, MI, 5 AB, 1 SP and 6 HHP
Region 5
by Lisa Marie Kuta, Regional Director 
I extend heartfelt thank yous and congratulations to all whom volunteered,
donated, attended this weekend's Southwest Regional show and awards
banquet. In addition to all the beautiful cats, our region honored
Carolyn Osier as our Exhibitor of the Year and Howard Webster as our Clerk
of the Year.

Without Sharon Rogers making it happen, there would not have been a
show, especially one that was so well-organized and fun. Maggy Lombardi
and Cyndy Bryd put in countless hours of labor making delightful ring
decorations and rosettes. Diana Heinzen, Carol Johnson, Scarlet and
Danny Schrotberger and the members of Americans West and the Victor Valley
Cat Clubs took on the show tasks with aplomb as well as driving far
distances to set up and tear down. In addition to those above, all who
came to set up on Friday, making it one of the quickest I've seen.

Art Graafmans, RoseAnn Wheeler, Cyndy Byrd and John Snedden produced a
memorable evening with beautiful awards. The theme, the decorations, the
slides, the program planning, the voiceover and the hosting! With only a
few hours to set up the banquet room was transformed by Tim Wheeler, Linda
and Larry Smith, Jennifer Reding, Mark Campbell, Pat Janson, Maggy
Lombardi and Bruce and Donna Isenberg.

In addition to being the treasurer for both events, Carolyn Osier wrangled
all the photos for the awards, booklet and presentation. A special shout
out to Nancy Jo Bueno for volunteering to take on the herculean task of
wrangling all the winners' info and photos and artfully putting them
together into the awards' booklet!

I apologize to the others whom helped as I know I am forgetting someone.

With gratitude,

Lisa Marie Kuta
SWR Director

Region 6
by Candilee Jackson, Midwest Region Secretary

Show Reports
The MWR Awards Show and Banquet were held in the lovely Wyndam West Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 4-6, 2016, following an "Indy 500" theme.  Creative artist Renee Farley designed the show and banquet decorations, and just wowed everyone for what could be done UNDER budget!  Even more exciting was the entry count:  203!!!!  The MWR hasn't seen this large a count in a very long time!  The show hall was spacious, and the colorful cage curtains, sponsored rings and vendor set ups added to the festivities.  As a "sidelight fundraiser," the region auctioned to the highest bidder a SUPREME TABLE, complete with escort and special goodies in the front of the banquet hall.  Congratulations to Terry Bierrie and her guests who enjoyed a ring-side seat to the evening's festivities.  Many congratulations to the banquet and show committee for their hard work:  their talents gave the MWR folks a wonderful memory and an exciting celebration!  Thank you to Janet Mar of Furkatz for the wonderful awards picture!

MWR Welcomes A New Exhibitor!
There is a new exhibitor in town! Nine years old and full of dreams, Kate Spasser plans to bring her 4 month old Siberian kitten, Slava's Artic Dream,  to Ohio later this month for their first show.
Kate has been working for the past 5 weeks socializing him and getting him ready.  "I just want my kitten "Dreamer" to have a good time," stated Kate.   She is an animal lover in a family of animal lovers.  They have 5 dogs named Duke, Lilly, Twinkle, Ginger, and Daisy; a bunny named Thumper, a rat named Oreo, and a Haflinger horse named Nugget.  Kate hopes to have a farm someday.  
Watch for a little girl with long curly hair and a brown Siberian kitten, that's Kate.  Please give her lots of encouragement!  
Kate is mentored by Sherrie Phelps of Slava Cattery.
After-Show-Glow BBQ:  Don't forget to put the barbeque following the Purina Farms show on August 6th in your summer plans!  Kirk and Candilee have opened their home for a hot dogs and hamburgers picnic, and will feature HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!!!!
MWR Brags
Lucy Drury and Sherrie Phelps are pleased to announce their new grand, GC Slava Call Me Regal, a blue spotted tabby Siberian.  The breeder is Sherrie Phelps, and owners are Sherrie Phelps and Lucy Drury.  The excitement occurred at the North Texas Cat Club Show on April 16, 2016.  
Sue DeLadi is excited for he red point Birman male, GC Welby V. Blutengarten of Bikhata who was imported from Austria, Granded at the MW Regional Awards Show. Welby's breeder is Elisabeth and Yvonne Suchan and he is owned by Sue DeLadi.
Upcoming Shows:
MWR Region/TGIF Fundraising Show:     August 6, 2016                    Purina Farms, Grey Summit, MO

Region 7
by Jean Dugger, Regional Director

Our Southern Stars Shining Brightly in June 2016

Although the new show season is in full swing, the highlight of June for the Southern Region was our awards banquet and show, held June 11-12, 2016, in Duluth, Georgia. And although no event is without its glitches, I am so very proud of everyone who worked tirelessly to make this come together.

 On Friday, we hosted a clerking school taught by Teresa Keiger, with twelve students, which included several young people excited to participate in the cat fancy. I received great feed back from several of the students, which included a suggestion that the Southern Region clubs consider adding a veterans class to our shows. I told them I would poll the clubs and our exhibitor base for interest in this, as I know it is available in other parts of the country. One of our junior clerks who attended the school, also completed his first assistant clerking assignment at the show, and we are excited for him to be in the program.  

Somehow, I talked fellow Cotton States club member Joanne Hardeman into being show manager for the Southern Regional Show. Everyone who has attended our Cotton States show in November knows that Joanne is the key to us pulling together our show! Joanne did a fantastic job!! Thank you all the sponsors of the show, to Shirley Peet and her crew, and if anyone is wondering who was behind the beautiful decorations that continued our Southern Stars theme throughout the show hall - Cotton States members Joan Scholle and her daughter, Dana, were responsible! Joan is an artist beyond words, and created a beautiful theme that we can use for years to come. Thank you Joan and Dana! 

The banquet hall was beautifully decorated by Connie Wardlaw and her team of decorators extraordinaire, from the amazing orchid terrariums (donated by Kerry Ury) to the theme of stars everywhere! And stars they were - the stage curtains were almost COVERED with the pictures of the Southern Region's National Winners!! For the first time, our Household Pets were scored and awarded Regional Winner titles that they very much deserved. A huge congratulations to all of you on an unbelievable job well done-and the most important - congratulations to ALL of the beautiful cats we were able to honor. 

 Although I hesitate to name people with the fear of leaving someone out, I must say special thanks to Ann Strople who coordinated the awards room, with Laura Gregory, Mary Myers, and Des Spencer. 

 We were lucky to have a fellow cat owner make stage photos for us at the banquet, and Larry Johnson generously agreed to help him coordinate the photos so they can be available. I recruited my husband to make lots of pictures as well. We are planning to have a photo gallery on our Southern Region website, and share the pictures with everyone.  

Thank you to everyone who participated in our show and celebration. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! We had a great raffle and made almost $1,000 for the Region! For those who could not be here for one reason or another - please know that you were missed. As I watched Shirley and her crew tearing down the show hall, I realized that it is a lot like Christmas-so much fun goes into the planning, the work, and the anticipation-but suddenly it is over with and becomes a memory!  

To my Southern Region family - thank you allowing me to be your regional director, and for all the work that all of you have done! Its never about me - its about all of you - and most important - its about our CATS! 

 All my best, Jean
Region 8
by Edward Maeda, Regional Director 

Japan Region plans to hold its Regional Award Banquet on this upcoming 17th July at the banquet room 'Ohmi,' at the Biwako Ohtsu Prince Hotel near the largest lake in Japan.
Our regional staff members are preparing for this successful event right now.
Please join us there and spend together a good day in the summer !! We hope many exhibitors, owners, and breeders will attend at this special banquet.
We are waiting for the show to be licensed.
Region 9
by Michael Hans Schleissner 
Frank Dueker ( left ) and Markus Bierl ( right ) from Cat Friends of Germany

May was the month we celebrated our Region 9 awards banquet. This year it was organized by the Cat Friends of Germany and raised the standards for regional banquets. Frank Dueker and Markus Bierl, and of course their whole team, did an outstanding job. The banquet was in conjunction with, once again, a great 6 ring show. This team presented a perfect evening event including not only wonderful decorations with lots of love in every single small detail, but also a great buffet with lots of choices, a light show, and a performance.

Master of Ceremonies Markus Bierl led by the evening and had the pleasure to announce Isabel Doerfler, one of our famous musical stars in Germany. Isabel gave us a large variety of songs out of well known musicals. She was the one who made this evening to a really great event.

Pam DelaBar, Regional Director Region 9

Also our Regional Director Pam DelaBar did a wonderful speech and pointed out some very interesting statistics. Did you know that Region 9 registered more cats than Regions 2, 5 and 90% of Region 3 combined? That Region 9 conducted 24 shows / 150 rings, which is more than each of region 2, 3, 5 and 6. Not bad for, being still a kind of newbee..... Pam had the pleasure to present the awards to our Regional Winners, to our Catteries of Distinctions, and DM winning cats. It was also her pleasure to give a special award to Teo Vargas for being Clerk of the Year in Europe. A very special, one time, fun award went with Jos Wintershoven for being through no fault the slowest clerk of the region; this was awarded for a ring at the show in Tallinn / Estonia. You can imagine there was lots of laughs and applause.

I don't want to finish this report without putting a spot light on one person; yes, it's Frank Dueker. He was the person in the background holding together all the threads. I personally remember when, maybe a year ago, he told me about his vision about this celebration and believe it or not it was clear to me that his plan worked to perfection.
Jane Sorochenko from Ukaine receiving Best Cat in 2015_2016

International Division
Dick Kallemyer, International Division Chair 
Don't forget the International Division banquet on August 27 in Chiang Mai!  The theme is "Moulin Rouge" with attire of "elegant and classy".  There will be an after dinner party  with them of Wild & Joyful, with dress code of Trendy and Sexy!
The deadline for reservations and duplicate trophies is June 30, 2016. Contact Rung, Suttida, Danny Tai or Maggie Kwan at 2016idbanquet@gmail.com
China Phoenix Cat Club had CFA's first show in Qing Dao on May 21-22, 2016.  Qing Dao is the home of the famous Chinese beer, Tsingtao beer and was the home of the 2008 Olympics sailing competition.
The club sponsored a clerking school with over 20 students, many who flew to Qing Dao solely to attend the clerking school

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Teresa Keiger
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