October 2016
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Our banner cat for October is GC, GP, NW CARICATURE ERNIE BANKS OF DREAMERS, a black Bombay neuter. (photo by Chanan)



Close of entries for the International Show is Monday November 1st 2016 @ noon Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

Complete information about the show is available here.

All additions or changes of address for the CFA White Pages 2017 should be submitted by December 1, 2016. You can make online submissions
Even if you filled out a form for the 2016 White Pages, you must still fill out this form to be included in the 2017 White Pages. Listings are not automatically carried over from the previous year. You will be listed automatically ONLY if you are a Breed Council Member, CFA Clerk, CFA Judge or Club Secretary 


Happy Monday to you all! Autumn is slowly coming to my part of the US, although repercussions of Hurricane Matthew clouded our autumn skies for some time. Many of our fanciers did experience the rains and winds, but everyone remained safe.  On the opposite end of the country, the Pacific Northwest had their own storms to deal with this past weekend.

Here's wishing everyone in the CFA family better, brighter skies for the rest of the month!


Your Board of Directors has three face-to-face meetings each year in February, October and in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.  We met two weeks ago in the CFAF's Feline Historical Museum in Alliance, Ohio.   We have a tradition of handling the bulk of our show rule changes at the October meeting which includes Resolutions passed at the most recent Annual Meeting.  A CFA-News announcement was distributed shortly after that meeting with Annette Wilson's notes so many of you are aware of the changes.  Many of these changes do not go into effect until the new show season next Spring.  The official CFA minutes of that meeting will soon be available online.

One item of concern deals with Temporary Registration Numbers (TRN).  They must be obtained from the entry clerk before the close of check-in just prior to the start of judging.  This includes kittens.  If you have a kitten without a permanent registration number and you want to obtain a TRN, the process must be completed prior to the close of check-in.  This was reaffirmed at the most recent board meeting.  It is not permissible to handle this later in the show and hand the master clerk your kitten's TRN.  It is a violation of the show rules.   Do not ask the master clerk to violate the show rules.

CFA has seen growth around the world which means more cat shows and the need for many judges at these shows each weekend.  We often find ourselves with insufficient CFA judges to officiate at these shows and in both Europe and the International Division there is a need to use Guest Judges (judges from other associations).   I am pleased to see that we are attracting some applicants to the CFA judging program from these areas.  At the recent board meeting we accepted Nick Pun (Hong Kong) as a Trainee in his second specialty and Teo Vargas (Spain) and Frank Dueker (Germany) as Trainees for their first specialty.  In time this should help our clubs in those areas.   Congratulations to Nick on doing so well as a Shorthair judge and we wish him well with the Longhairs.  Good luck to both Teo and Frank who are at the beginning of their judging careers.
The Board discussed the proposal to decrease the number of qualifying offspring required for a male to earn the title Distinguished Merit (DM).  The current requirement is for 15 qualifying offspring and the proposal was to lower it to ten.  The Board did not implement this change; however, they are discussing a different title, perhaps Distinguished Achievement (DA), for a lower number of qualifying offspring.  Before moving ahead with this, the Board asked for both the financial implications as well as what would be required in changes to our computer system.  When this information is available, the new title will be discussed further by your Board.

The Board is also considering a change to the fee structure for licensing our shows.   Currently, we charge $100 to license a show and $100 for show insurance.  The insurance actually costs CFA $167 per show so CFA is subsidizing every show's insurance.  Many believe a straight license fee of $100 is unfair since the cost to CFA varies depending on the format and location of the show.  For example, it costs CFA less for a 4-ring show in the USA than for a 10-ring show in Asia.  Those costs include the show package of supplies sent to every show and the cost to score those shows for awards.  Under consideration is a fee per ring so that a 4-ring show costs less than a 6-ring, 8-ring, or 10-ring show.  There is also under consideration a shipping fee for show supplies based on actual costs.  The Finance Committee is working with Central Office staff to develop actual costs CFA incurs to support our shows and that information will help with the development of a new fee structure for our shows.  Also under consideration is an increase in show sponsorship funds available to our shows.   This should more than offset any increase in fees for our larger and more distant shows.

Central Office reports that very few clubs provide a show application that does not require additional information.  That slows down the process since staff must contact the club to acquire the additional information before issuing a show license.  That also at times requires sending show supplies via an express delivery which is more expensive.   While we charge $100 to license a show, the office has at times had to spend more than $400 to ship supplied to late licensed shows in the more distant areas.  Please check to make sure your club is providing all the required information when applying for a show license.

The Dr. Elsey's CFA International Cat Show's closing date is November 1 st.  Many of you are waiting to enter and we request that you submit your entries sooner rather than later.  Our entry clerk, Monte Phillips, has a quick turnaround to produce the contents for the catalog and to the benching crew and if a large number of entries are not submitted until the last minute, he won't get things turned around in the time required.  We are looking forward to another exciting event and hope you plan to join us.
Our show schedule in now in full swing with more shows.  I hope you are supporting these shows and are enjoying yourselves.  I have been attending a lot of shows and thoroughly enjoying myself and I hope you can say the same

Terri Barry
CFA Executive Director
With the leaves changing colors and the crisp cool nights arriving, we at C.O. have been very busy.  As a point of information, general registrations are up 38% with cattery registrations up 60% over the same period last year.  As we continue to support this growth, we also just hosted the October CFA Board meeting and are busy with the upcoming 2016 C.I.S.

I must admit that the energy and excitement is becoming intoxicating as we near our 2017 Dr. Elsey's CFA International Cat Show. Some deadlines are fast approaching. Remember if you are in need of a "Letter of Invitation", or any other assistance with your Visa please do not hesitate to contact Allene at atartaglia@cfa.org .   Make sure you are keeping an eye on the calendar. Meanwhile, we have updated our CFA Facebook Page  and International Show Facebook page .  We've also posted an initial press release on the website and have been busy tweeting. I personally invite you to share in the conversation and use #drelseyscfainternationalcatshow.
No doubt the Show Committee and Central Office, have our work cut out for us. In addition to the publicity surrounding the show, we are also weaving our way around crates and boxes that are to be shipped. There are no small parts as together we finalize the details.

For some it will be their first time competing. For others it is a stage upon which they have competed before. One thing I know for sure, after attending two International Shows with a competition of this caliber, expectations are high.

I can't help but step back, pause a moment and remember what it is like:  Everyone under one roof with both familiar...and some unfamiliar...faces, meeting some very interesting people, and developing friendships that might last for a lifetime. It really is an intimate atmosphere that occupies all of the senses.
In a world that hypes virtual reality, it will be refreshing to be in the presence of all that raw energy! Emails can wait...smart phones put on mute - to be there in the moment is how I really enjoy the show!

In the meantime, Allene provides us with an update on The 2016 Dr. Elsey CFA International Show.

Have you entered yet? Entries close on November 1, only a couple weeks away. A reminder that double entries are permitted and the transfer fee between the red and purple show has been waived until entries close on November 1.

The official show pin for this year features an Ocicat with the graphic beautifully created by Teresa Keiger. They are $10 and can be purchased in advance. Last we heard they were selling like hotcakes. Oops, make that spotcakes.

Details about the pin and all other items regarding the show are at:

In closing, it is with a heavy heart that I must inform all that our proud, beautiful and beloved Wesley crossed over the rainbow bridge on the 29th of September. We all miss him very much but most of all Gus, Wesley's H.H.P. buddy. C.O. staff would like to thank the Board for their very kind donation in Wesley's name to the WINN Foundation. Until next month, enjoy Fall.

Welcome Angela Watkins
An Interview with CFA's New Marketing Director

CFA welcomes the addition of Angela Watkins as its Marketing Director. She came on board at the beginning of September and has hit the ground running, focusing on the upcoming Dr. Elsey's CFA International Cat Show in Novi, MI, Nov. 19 & 20.

"From board members to the central office staff, everyone has been great to work with as I get up to speed regarding the CIS," said Angela.

While this is Angela's first cat show, it is not her first attempt in marketing large events. She has previously worked for such Fortune 100 companies as L'Oreal USA where she generated publicity for the Matrix division of the giant cosmetic company at New York's International Beauty Show and the Midwest Beauty Show.

In addition, Angela served as Marketing and Communications Manager for GOJO Industries, makers of PURRELL Instant Hand Sanitizer.  She worked closely with company leadership and led the company's crisis communication's team during the swine flu outbreak of 2009.

"I think my desire to learn and my resourcefulness is a definite plus," said Angela. "I am curious about everything. I am also a good listener."

Angela also lists adaptability as one of her strengths. "The workplace is constantly evolving, whether it is adopting new technologies or new protocols," she explained.

"But when you peel away all the layers like an onion, my main strengths are building relationships and targeting communications to a specific audience," Angela said.

What attracted Angela to the CFA? "I enjoy working with people who have unique perspectives and think outside the box and share those thoughts," she responded.

Although Angela has lived on both coasts, she is originally from Massillon, OH, and currently resides there with her husband of 39 years, David. Together they have two children:  Alison, who is a teacher in New York and Zachary, who works for CoverMyMeds.com, a leader in electronic prior authorization in the healthcare industry. She also has a 14-year-old granddaughter, Elizabeth, with whom she shares a birthdate on October 11 th.

Angela also has two rescue cats, Stripes ("The vet says this one has a Main Coon lineage," Angela laughed.) and Carl ("The vet says this one has a Flame Point lineage," she chides.) and a Golden Retriever named Klondike.

Outside of work, Angela is an avid runner. She will be competing in the upcoming New York Marathon on Nov. 6, 2016.

Dr. Elsey's CFA
International Cat Show
Jim Flanik Show Manager

BAOS at the International Show
Registration is open for the Breed Awareness and Orientation School at the Dr. Elsey's CFA International Show!

Attendance is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the breeds that CFA recognizes or who think that they might be interested in eventually applying to the CFA Judging Program. It is a prerequisite for all JP applicants, and considered a continuing education credit for AB judges.

Complete information is available on the  BAOS flyer

Clerking School at the International Show
The CFA Clerking Program is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a clerking school in conjunction with the Dr. Elsey's CFA International Show.
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Location: Hyatt Place hotel (adjacent to the show hall), 46080 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374
Sponsored by: CFA Clerking Program
Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM, with a break for lunch
Instructor: Teresa Keiger
Assistant Instructor: Cheryl Coleman
Cost: $25.00 payable to CFA; includes refreshments; lunch on own
Limit: Open to all; 20 students maximum
Contact person for information: Carol Krzanowski - carolk.cfa@gmail.com
Registration and payment: Kristi Wollam, Clerking Program Administrator - KWollam@cfa.org , The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc., 260 East Main St, Alliance, OH 44601
Closing date: November 7, 2016

Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger

The Cat Talk staff is hard at work producing the December issue. Yes, December! This issue takes a look at handling the holidays (or any celebratory time) when you've lost a beloved cat,  a round up of reviews of some great new books on cats that have just been released, and your kittens' letters to Santa Claus. Which reminds me - a Cat Talk subscription makes a great gift for your veterinarian, pet buyers, or a fellow exhibitor. See how you can gift a subscription (or get your own) right here!

Curious to see what Cat Talk magazine is all about?  We'll have several recent issues on display and for sale at the CFA booth at the International Show. If you have any suggestions for the magazine or for upcoming feature stories, drop by the booth and let me know, or email me at tkeiger@cfa.org.

The October issue of Cat Talk magazine introduced "Dear Catty," our feline "advice" columnist who takes a rather lighthearted look at feline problems. Does your cat need a little advice? Help her write Catty at  dearcatty@cattalk.org 

CFA Judging Committee
Annette Wilson, program chair

At the October 1-2, 2016 CFA board meeting, the following applicants were accepted as trainees:

Nicholas Pun (ID) - LH Trainee (2nd specialty)

Teo Vargas Huesa (Reg. 9) - LH Trainee (1st specialty)

Frank Duker (Reg. 9) - SH Trainee (1st specialty)

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming them!
IT Committee
New Entry Clerk Program Release
Tim Schreck, IT Committee Chair

CFA's new web based entry clerk program is ready for release. We are currently planning on having this ready for use in December for January shows.

Training will be required before access is granted to use this program. Therefore as part of the release of we are planning to offer training on the new CFA entry clerk program Friday afternoon November 18th before the CIS show in Novi. Also we are working to setup a webinar for Saturday November the 19th for those not planning to attend the show.

Additional training times/access will be announced later.

REMEMBER anyone entry clerking for a January 2017 show you will have to use this program or something other than AECFA since it will no longer be supported after January 1 2017.

If there is interest in either of these sessions please let me know at tschreck2003@yahoo.com so we can plan accordingly.

CFA Website
Grand Photos Are Up!
Kathy Durdick, CFA Webmaster

CFA webmaster Kathy Durdick says that she now has the 2015-16 show season Grand Champions, Grand Premiers, and Grands of Distinction are now on the CFA website. To view, simply go to each breed's main page, then look for the "Grand Gallery" link in the right-hand menu.

Remember to submit your grand for this show season to both the Yearbook and Cat Talk, and YOUR kitty will be included on the CFA website next year! Send your photo submissions to SBorawski@cfa.org. Make your payment via  http://catalog.cfa.org/photos.shtml

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by Vicki Thayer DVM , Winn Executive Director

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

Miller Trust Grant Review: The Winn Grants Committee and Board Members met by teleconference October 14 for the Miller Trust grant review. Eighteen grant proposals were discussed and evaluated. The funding available for the review was $124,495. The announcement regarding the approved research grant awards will be made by early December.

It will soon be November and this means Thanksgiving, Catsgiving and Giving Tuesday (November 29): Winn supporters who donate $25 or more during November and type Magnet in the promo code box on Winn's secure donation page will receive a delightful Winn magnet to display on their car or other locations. Show your Winn pride!  
Donor Tree "Star Level": The Winn board of directors has recently approved adding an engraved "Star" to the Donor Tree located at the CFA headquarters for a cumulative donor recognition level of $25,000 or more.
'Ain't No Stopping Us Now' Bria Fundraiser for FIP Research, Phase Two: Donations made through the raffle are used only for FIP research. We have many more prizes and variety than in past raffles. There is something for everyone. Entering is easy:
  •  Donate to the Bria Fund via the Winn Feline Foundation
  •  Look at the prizes and pick your favorites
  • Complete the raffle form selecting a prize number for each $5 donated
  • Patiently wait until the end of the raffle to hear if you won or donate and enter again before October 31, 2016
      Prize winners and prize donors will be notified by the second week in November. 
      View Donor Form Information  and The Prize List!        
An important Planned Giving (tax) tip for October - When making charitable donations be on the alert for scams.  If you are unsure, ask to see their IRS tax determination letter or go to IRS.gov and use the "EO Select Check" tool.  Be aware that some scammers use names deliberately similar to known and respected organizations.  If you are unsure to whom you are giving you should follow up to be sure you are donating to the right organization. 
When donating online ensure the web address is secure.  It should start with "https" and match the charity to which you are donating.  Never give out your credit card number, bank account number or any personal information over the phone unless you know with whom you are dealing.
For any questions, please contact info@winnfelinefoundation.org

New Jersey Senate Bill 63 Update

In late June, New Jersey Senate Bill 63 to revise the existing "Pet Purchase Protection Act" was again amended in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and passed by the Senate on June 30.  The bill's purpose is to better protect New Jersey consumers from buying pet cats and dogs with poor health and behavior. Authored by Senators Raymond Lesniak and James Beach, SB 63 had been the topic of the June 2016 What's Hot article.  SB 63 not only restricts New Jersey licensed pet store sales but also creates a new "pet dealer" definition to capture other alleged sources of substandard pets.  The current bill version, now in the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee,is available at   http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/S0500/63_R2.HTM
The bill's lengthy "findings" recite the many alleged ills of "puppy mills" adding a "kitten mill" term that appears six times although no cat specific information is included.  For example, the bill cites the Humane Society of the United States claim that " 10,000 puppy mills produce more than 2,400,000 puppies each year in the United States" but offers no estimates for cats. 
Pet stores licensed as of January 12, 2016 would be allowed to sell cats and dogs from USDA sources subject to stringent requirements - a legislative trend that has appeared elsewhere this year. New pet stores would be limited to selling cats and dogs obtained from pounds, shelters or rescue organizations.
SB 63 goes beyond "pet store bans" to create a new "pet dealer" definition: 
"'Pet dealer' means any person, located within or outside of the State, who is engaged in the ordinary course of business in the sale of cats or dogs to consumers in the State for profit and who is not the owner or operator of a pet shop located in the State and licensed pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.8), or who sells or offers for sale more than five cats or dogs in one year to consumers in the State in non-face-to-face transactions.   "Pet dealer" shall include a pet shop located outside of the State engaged in transferring into the State cats or dogs for resale, or otherwise offering for sale cats or dogs in the State.' [Emphasis added.]
The bill attempts to reach out of state pet shops and all other sellers, including breeders, who transfer more than 5 cats or dogs in one year within or into New Jersey in "non-face-to-face transactions". Thus leading to another new, troubling definition:
"Non-face-to-face transaction" means a sale, offer for sale, transfer, exchange, barter, or other transaction at which the breeder and the cat or dog are not physically present in the same location as the consumer at the time of the transaction.  A "non-face-to-face transaction" shall include any transaction conducted by mail order, the Internet, telephone, at a pet shop, through a broker, or any other anonymous transaction method in which the consumer is not in the physical presence of the breeder and the cat or dog at the time of the transaction.
This would codify in state law a concept from the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) 2013 Retail Pet Store Rule in licensing exemption (9 CFR §2.1 (a) (3) (vii)). That provision exempts small scale breeders and fanciers from the revised pet store definition requirement of only face-to-face transactions for exemption from USDA licensing. However, USDA's fancier exemption is based on having 4 or fewer breeding females with no limit on sales methods. Yet, SB 63 would require all pet dealers to be USDA licensed, have any applicable home state license and meet all the same USDA license report requirements that apply to the grandfathered New Jersey pet store sources.  
Cat fanciers operate in a very small national, if not international, market comprised of different breeds with small populations.  A home grown scheme like this is impractical for compliance and enforcement and has nothing to do with mass market "puppy mills."  For New Jersey residents seeking the cat of their dreams whether just of a particular breed or from a specific genetic background not available in New Jersey, this effort will be more difficult and expensive if not impossible for some.  Ideally, the pet dealer concept should be entirely removed rather than burden those operators already exempted from USDA licensing with new requirements and restrictions.  At a minimum, cats should be removed from the SB 63 pet dealer provisions. 

The web page containing the names of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee members and a link to the committee's hearing schedule is located here.

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.


nullby Karen Lawrence

The CFA Foundation is busy planning our booth display at upcoming shows. We look forward to attending the Cotton States Cat Club show on November 5-6 in Duluth, GA. This will be our first booth display in the deep south area of the Southern Region. We are bringing the "Feline Faces of the Past" display, as well as some historical items such as trophies, ribbons, etc. Included will be Cotton States' show catalogs from 1948 and 1949, along with a photo of Persian winners at their 1950 show.

We are also attending the CFA International show in Novi, MI, on Nov 19-20, where we'll be unveiling a new display of "People Portraits of the Past" - an indepth look at the exhibitors that started the cat fancy in England, and nurtured the early development of our breeds. This display is an extension of the People Gallery on The History Project 

The Burmese Gallery on The History Project  has grown by leaps and bounds, and now includes 84 photos of Burmese born between 1930 and 1969, numerous of which have FactFile pages with additional information.

The bottom of the Burmese Gallery page shows a 1947 breeding chart of cats that can be traced back to Wong Mau. This chart has been photographed and stitched (thank you, Larry Johnson), and we intend to have it printed and on display at the CFA International Show.

by Candilee Jackson, Chair

Ambassador Update:
Welcome to Fall!  The Ambassadors have been very busy over the past month, visiting with spectators, answering questions, and making sure people are guided to the ri ght direction in the showhalls.  Thank you, everyone, for all you do for our program and for CFA.
As an update, we have welcomed several new members as ambassadors, and have gotten some much needed help in the Asia International Division!  We are pleased to welcome Abdul Sein of Kuala Lampur and Izaddin Syah Yusof of Malaysia!  Also joining us is Maggy Lombardi from Region 5... so many welcomes and thank yous sent your way!

2 Ambassadors to host the welcome booth at the International Show in Novi, MI
 *   distributing pamphlets about the show hall; directing spectators to specific areas (agility, education, vendors, specific breeds); answering questions; setting up tours (2 on Saturday; 1 on Sunday)
Time required
 *  decided between both hosts, however, booth needs to have someone there on a regular basis.
NOTE:  YES!  You can still exhibit your cat and you can have your benching area near you.
3 Ambassadors to give tours  (one per tour)
  *  provide a walking tour of the show hall, its various special exhibits (agility, education, vendors, etc)
And a little bit about each breed as you guide our guests through the benching area
Time required
 *  approx. 20-30 minutes depending on the interest of your group
Please note:  if we don't have volunteers there will be NO ambassador visibility in the show hall!!!  Please help out!!
Region 1:  Diane Coppola reporting
Everyone had a great time at the Greater Lancaster Feline Fanciers Apple Pickin' Time show on October 1st in York, Pennsylvania.  The weather outside was cold and rainy, but there were lots of spectators eager to see and pet our wonderful cats. We had lots of free apples and smiles to go around in addition to beautiful cats.  Dan and Michelle Beaudry were benched near Diane, and they were so gracious sharing "Wicked" with some cuties who came to the show dressed in their cat ears and tails (left). 

Region 6: Candilee Jackson
Lucky Tom and Tiger's Lair Clubs joined together to put on a wonderful fall show at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois.  Ambassadors were really on their toes as there were FIVE brand-new exhibitors who had tons of questions!  This fall show usually has a tremendous gate as there is a dog agility show and a horse show in the close vicinity which brings in the curious.  The Ambassadors fielded a number of questions about some of our newer breeds, the Burmilla and the Bengal.  A great time was had by all!

Region 8:  Takako and Masanari Kojima
The Exotic Cat Club host a one-day six ring show on September 11th at the Tokyo Mamata PIO, welcoming 111 beautiful cats.  Reporters from "Neko Meow" were present, recording and taking pictures via video and camera which will be published on their website.  CDs will be made available to club members as well as spectators.  A lottery was held during the show and the big winner was an exhibitor of
an American Shorthair kitten.  Takako was also among the many lottery winners, taking home a new litter pan and litter set.

The weekend of September 24-25 found the new Singapura Cat Club hosting its first ever show at the Kobe Port Terminal in Kobe, Japan.  The breed club truly showed off
some lovely Singapuras in the 6 x 6 show.  Takako and Masanari took their ambassador, Raptor as well as Raptor's son to help distribute 50 Ask Me pamphlets
.   Raptor's son was a little frightened as this was his first show experience, but on Sunday, he was ready to be a
show cat, and one day an ambassador like his father, 
Raptor.  Exhibitors had a wonderful
time at the show featuring beautiful flowers, great coffee, drinks and snacks.

"One young couple came to ambassador booth.  I asked them, 'What kind of cat are you looking for?'  They said, " Singapura !"  I took them to club secretary, a Singapura breeder.  The club secretary knew them as they were listed on her waiting list. I suggested she move them up on her waiting list:  she agreed as young couple was so eager  and had great interest in showing cats.  I hope they will have a Singpura as soon as possible!"                     

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Region 1
by John Adelhoch,  Regional Director 

Congratulations to "Cats without Borders" on their show held in Binghamton, NY on September 10. The club members worked very hard along with Southern Tier Cat Fanciers to put on a wonderful show. Cats Without Borders has not had a show for quite some years, so it's great to have another show producing club in our region. We also saw many of our Canadian exhibitors supporting the show, and I would like to thank them for making the effort and trip. You and your cats are always appreciated.

I would like to welcome a new club to our region, Ragamuffin CC. They already have plans in place to produce a show along with Atlantic Himalayan club on March 25th, 2017. These clubs will be holding a back to back show along with Cats Incredible and Hudson Valley CC. It's really exciting to have two more show producing clubs ( Ragamuffin CC, and Cats without Borders ) in our region. Best of Luck to both of these clubs and all their members.

Now that autumn is here and winter is approaching, we should put all those needed tires on our cars so we can travel safely to shows. We have our upcoming Liberty Trail on October 23-24 and New Hampshire November 5-6th. Let us not forget the International Cat show November 19th and 20th. ! It's an exciting time of the year because breeders from all over the world come together in one arena to exhibit their beautiful cats. What better place to show the world what CFA is about and what it has to offer. This is yours time to shine as an exhibiter and breeder. Let's welcome all NewBees that we come across at this show and every show. Remember it's not always about winning, it's also about making new friends and perhaps realizing that which I have always said "These are the Best of Times" so get out there and enjoy!

Félicitation a ''Cats without Borders'' pour l 'exposition à Binghampton, NY le 10 septembre. Les membres de ce club ont travaillé fort avec Southern Tier Cat Fanciers pour faire une merveilleuse exposition. Cats without Border n'avait pas fait d'exposition cette année et c'est bien d'avoir un autre club qui produit des expositions dans notre région. Nous avons aussi vu plusieurs exposant Canadien qui supportait cette exposition, et je voudrais les remercier d'avoir fait l'effort et le voyage. Vous et vos chats sont toujours apprécié.

Je voudrais remercier un nouveau club dans notre région Ragamuffin CC. Ils ont déjà planifié de faire une exposition avec Atlantic Himalayan Club le 25 mars 2017. Ces clubs tiendront conjointement sur deux jours consécutifs une exposition avec Cats Incredible et Hudson Valley CC.  C'est vraiment merveilleux d'avoir deux autres clubs qui produisent des expositions (Ragamuffin CC, et Cats Without Borders) dans notre région. Meilleure chance à ces deux clubs et leurs membres.

Maintenant que l'automne est arrivé et que l'hiver approche, on devrait installer les bons pneus sur nos autos pour que l'on puisse voyager en toute sécurité pour aller aux expositions. Nous aurons comme exposition Liberty Trail le 23-24 Octobre et New Hampshire Feline Fanciers les 5-6 Novembre. N'oublions pas l'Exposition Internationale le 19 et le 20 Novembre. C'est une exposition vraiment excitante car les éleveurs de partout dans le monde se réunisse dans une même salle d'exposition pour présenter leurs beaux chats. Il y a-t-il une meilleure place pour montrer au monde ce qu'est la CFA et ce qu'elle peut offrir. C'est pour vous le temps de prouver ce que vous êtes comme exposant et éleveur.  Souhaitons la bienvenue à tous les nouveaux exposant qui vont être à cette exposition et tous les autres. Souvenez-vous que ce n'est pas toujours de gagner, c'est aussi de se faire des nouveaux amis et probablement réaliser ce que j'ai toujours dit ''Profitez du moment'' soyez là et amusez-vous. 

Region 2
Terri Zittel, Regional Secretary  

I would like to thank Marianne Clark for this wonderful write-up on the second annual Newbie event at the Seattle Cat Club show.

The Seattle Cat Club along with Rip City, once again offered a special "Newbie Package" of a free double cage space, free raffle tickets, and partnering of a mentor, if they didn't have one already. The ten newbies and their cats included Household Pets, Siamese, Sphynx, Silver Persian, British Shorthair, Devon Rex and Russian Blue. Our newbies were (In alphabetical order) Leigh Ann Longre, Janet Middleton, Katherine Middleton, Susan Morris, Tina Parkhurst, Shelly Mitchell, Kathleen Reynolds, Dina Marie Sanchez, Gena Starkweather, and Deena Stevens. Special Mention to Deena who came on Friday to learn about shows and helped to set up! Saturday morning, Regional Director Pam Moser. held an introductory meeting with the Newbies and introduced them to the other exhibitors in the hall. They were presented with Newbie Bags made by Payton Gomez, the Youth Feline Exhibitor of the 2016 year. Payton from Region 5 was visiting and exhibiting with mom Debi Gomez and grandmom Linda Osburn.

Rip City Cats in February 2017 will also offer the Newbie Package. Come and join us, the best region, we like to think! Seattle Cat Club is thankful for all the help and was once again glad to be back at the Expo Center in Portland, Oregon, the home of the 2017 International Show.

This weekend, Emerald Cat Club will be holding their annual two day show in St Helens, OR. This is an especially fun event in a show hall in the shape of a hexagon. As the entry clerk and bencher, this is a really interesting show to set up. 

The Golden Gate Cat Club will be hosting their annual one day six ring show on November 5th in Livermore, CA. Again this is a great little show in a really lovely location. Also the Utah Cat Fanciers will hold their annual two day in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 12 and 13. Hope as many exhibitors as possible can add these shows to their schedules.
Region 3
by Kathy Black, Regional Director   
Pat Idelman & Jeff Janzen

Foot of the Rockies and Maine Coon Cat Fanciers had a very successful and fun show in Denver. This is one of the few remaining show producing clubs in Colorado. Congratulations to the clubs.
Sheryl Zink

The Region is very quiet until December when we will be holding our Regional FUNdraiser in Rosenberg, Texas on December 3, 2016. There are going to be a lot of fun events and I hear rumors most of them will be happening to the Regional Director. So please support the region and bring some extra money to bail me out of whatever they have planned!

There will be a raffle table with wonderful unique prizes. One is a free consultation with a Veterinarian which was very popular last year. We also will be pulling the winning ticket for the beautiful cage curtains donated by Kathryn Queen. She is infamous for her handiwork.  You can see the cage curtains and purchase a ticket by visiting the Gulf Shore Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Gulfshoreregion3/?fref=ts
See you then.

Region 4
by John Colilla, Regional Director

Our region is very active in social media. We are a member of Pinterest and have our own 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/
Show Reports.
  Cleveland Persian Society October 8-9
We did not have a full count, counts were good in all divisions. but not enough to do top 15,despite us beating the bushes.
We had every nice cat in the United States.  The show was VERY competitive.  The show finished by 615 on Saturday and 430 on Sunday - and both specialties worked hard to get done. The food was great as usual...the show clean and not too hot and not too cold.

The weather made it challenging because 3 judges were coming from the Florida area and Hurricane Matthew was heading towards the coast.  Hope Canceled on Wednesday,
Wayne T called on Thursday and didn't cancel but didn't say he was coming either....so we replaced him anyway, because I had a feeling he would be a no show. Good thing that we did, because he was a no show. But I have to tell you I was worried he was going to show up and then I would have 1 too many judges. It was a stressful weekend!

Bethany did a great job as an entry clerk...as usual, her benching was right on the money....and I need to tell you (as her father)  you should be very proud of her.  She puts up with crap very diplomatically.

Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming shows:
More information can be found online at www.catshows.us/greatlakesregional/  
  • Oct 22-23 - Hallmark Cat Club, Brockport NY, 6 AB. 2 SP (Back-to-Back)

  • Nov 12 - Dayton Cat Fanciers, Beavercreek OH, 5AB, 1SP
  • Dec 3-4 - Ohio State Persian Club,Columbus OH, 7AB , 3SP, HHP
Region 5
by Lisa Marie Kuta, Regional Director 
2016 has gone by so quickly that it is hard to believe there are only two
more shows in the SWR! Both have fantastic early birds, so enter early.

First up is Poinsettia City Cat Club in Glendale, CA on November 26.
Glendale is the perfect place to spend a Thanksgiving weekend
mini-vacation. Come for the cat show, stay for the shopping, dining and
world-famous tourist sites.

The Phoenix Feline Fanciers present their annual show on December 10-11,
"It's Feline a Lot Like Christmas". This year's show features the Cornish
Rex, along with fun contests for holiday cat costumes and holiday
decorated cages. With a great show and the wonderful Phoenix weather, it
is a must-not-miss!
Region 6
by Mary Auth, Midwest Regional Director
Larry Atkison judging the stuffed animal competition

The Twin City Cat Fanciers held their 84 th show in Crystal Minn. the weekend of September 24.  The club went all out to make the show fun and engaging.  A terrific raffle offered up several pieces of original artwork and judge Larry Adkison officiated the all-breed stuffed animal competition, adding some light-hearted fun to the show.
One unusual household pet was the star among spectators who kept asking to see the "werewolf cat." The Lykoi, a black roan cat named Catitude Wolfsbane of Kattecasa, drew a lot of attention. Also in competition in the Miscellaneous category was a Bengal owned and shown by the ACFA Bengal Breed Council Secretary, Janice Becker.

Catitude Wolfsbane of Kattecasa
Wain Harding judging a Bengal

Twin City Cat Fanciers worked closely with the local ACFA club, which supplied many of the cages (in addition to Tom Lukken bringing in cages from Omaha) and supplies - saving the club considerable amount of money. The effort, cooperation and mutual interests went a long way to show that we can work together for a common goal of promoting the pedigreed cat.
If you know Tom, you know that he will do anything to help and the club appreciated it. Tom might also do anything for fun and at this moment is probably regretting his recent Iowa zip line adventure.  A failed brake on the zip line sent Tom to the hospital for surgery and he is recovering in Omaha.
Another note - and a sad one. The Midwest Region lost one of our exhibitors this week. Gary Hunt, husband of Kathie Hunt, and exhibitor of Catsoftara American Curls from Bloomington Minnesota, lost his battle with cancer.  He will be remembered as always being by Kathie's side and helping show the cats. Gary was able to make it to the Twin City show for a couple of hours. It was great to see him.
Ring, ring, ring, ring. Will you take the call?  Don't miss the 4-ring show in Gray Summit Missouri on November 5. Two more 4-ring shows are planned for January in Gardner, Kansas.  Special prizes are set aside for the highest scoring cat, kitten, premier and household pet.  But you must compete at all four shows to qualify.

Region 7
by Jean Dugger, Regional Director

At the Southern Region's last show, Freestate Felines in Gaithersburg, MD, another 50/50 raffle was held to benefit the Region, and we made $400. Many thanks the all the club members who graciously supported our region at their show! And additionally to all of the exhibitors and everyone who participated in the raffles - THANK YOU!! With everyone working together we will continue to make the Southern Region the best!

Looking forward, Cat Fanciers of Washington is holding a 6 ring show October 29th in Winchester, VA with Cotton States Cat Club the following weekend in Duluth, Ga. Also in November is Capital Cat Fanciers' show in Gaithersburg, MD on the 12-13th.

Y'all come to a Southern Region show!!!

Region 8
This show was held on past September 24-26, 2016 at Kobe Port Terminal Hall in Kobe, Port Terminal Hall in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan.It was a 6x6 ring, back to back show. The show hall was beautifully decorated with many flowers. Many exhibitors attended this show, and the club had great success on its first show. Club secretary, Iknyo Takase, who was also show secretary, and many club members contributed to the success of this show. Again, say congratulations to all. Good jobs !! Wonderful cats, and many Singapuras on exhibition. 

The Japan Region has decided to hold its Japan Regional show and Regional Award Banquet 2017 in Tokyo. Japan Regional show will be held at Tokyo Sangyo-Boeke Center Taito-kan this coming January 7-8, 2017. The Japan Regional Award Banquet will be hold on coming July 16, 2017 in Tokyo.

I need to tell very sad news to all. Kazuko Akiyama, who was a retireed CFA allbreed judge passed away on past September 30, 2016. She had judged for long time.
We must say to her thank you very much, have a good sleep in peace.........
Region 9
by Michael Hans Schleissner 

Felinus International is a new show producing club in CFA's region 9. In 2016 this club organized two shows in Belgium, one on the first show weekend of the new season and more recently another show on the second weekend of September. The club realizes that these are not weekends for big counts: many kittens are too young, females are pregnant or they are giving milk, longhairs still don't have their complete coats back. Many exhibitors are hesitant to take their cat to a show because they are not "perfect" in condition. For this reason the club's focus is on organizing a social event with lots of room for new exhibitors to learn about the CFA system.

The September show counted almost 100 entries of high quality. 2 out of the 6 rings were specialty rings and several new exhibitors got hooked with the first rosette ever. Part of this social event is the already famous all you can eat BBQ on Saturday night at the show hall. A wide variety of delicious meat, fish and salads and to top it off, a big dessert buffet. It really created a special atmosphere and I have been told that this will be a tradition for the years to come. The weather was unexpectedly warm for this time in September, so the club offered everybody in the show hall (judges, exhibitors and visitors) a very welcome and refreshing ice-cream. Just one of the details that contributed to the success of the wonderful weekend.

International Division
Dick Kallemyer, International Division Chair 
Frankie Chan and Danny Tai, elected ID representatives, have confirmed the selection of Bali as the location of the ID banquet to be held on August 26, 2017.  Wikitravel says: " Bali , the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth.

Danny Tai reports:  On 1 & 2 Oct 2016, the Cat Fanciers Club of Thailand hold their 1st show in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Best of the Best award winners, show judges, and club members.

The show, sponsored by Royal Canin, was held in concert with a large pet expo.  They had a Best of the Best Award for top 3 highest scoring championship, premiership and Kitten.  Finally, a Flame Point Himilayan persian won the Best of the Best.

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