October 2017
In This Issue
Quick Links
CFA Central Office Staff
Featured Cat
Our banner cat for October is CFA's Third Best Cat in Premiership,  GP, NW Abizaq Exacta Of Idlemaine, a red tabby and white Maine Coon Cat neuter.
(photo by Larry Johnson)


October 20
Early Bird Deadline for entries for the CFA International Show.

October 31

Entries for the CFA International Show close on this date. The show flyer is available here.

November 1
Registration for BAOS closes

Show Advertising
What to give your upcoming show a little boost?  The CFA Newsletter is offering clubs the ability to place banner ads to help promote their shows.

Interested?  Contact Teresa Keiger for more details.


All treats and no tricks in this October issue of the CFA Newsletter! Lots of news coming out of the October Board of Directors meeting. Do be sure to read Monte's summation of show rule changes in this issue.

You'll also find many references to the CFA International Show in the newsletter. It's really "that sort" of event that gives fanciers from all over the world the opportunity to get together and see each other face to face. Here's hoping that we'll see lots of smiling faces in Portland next month!


Lots of misinformation has circulated the past month regarding our efforts in China. I recently sent out a a CFA-News notice in both Chinese and English explaining the facts.  If you did not read it, here  is a copy.  We have translated the Show Rules into Chinese.  Since the translation was created by someone outside the cat fancy, we have asked several Chinese cat fanciers to review it to make sure the translation makes sense in the context of the cat fancy.  As soon as they complete their review we will publish it.  Our registration forms now have both English and Chinese on them in an effort to help the Chinese register their own cats and not have to rely on a service for which they have to pay extra.  
There have been some comments on social media that the board is not listening to our customers.  When the board votes, you should not assume we are not listening simply because we came to a different conclusion than you.  Each board member makes a sincere attempt to vote for what they think is the best interest of our organization.  We don't always agree with each other so it should not come as a surprise when the board at times disagrees with you. 
Some tasks have been reassigned in our Central Office.  Please be patient when contacting the office since the person handling your concern may be still learning the newly assigned task.   If you are unhappy with how your concern was handled, please bump it up to our Deputy Director, Verna Dobbins at vdobbins@cfa.org .  Verna will do her best to provide you with satisfaction.  We want happy customers.  We love seeing compliments from satisfied customers posted on social media.  If you are unhappy, take your concern to someone who can deal with it rather than simply venting to your friends. Our staff tries hard but at times there are errors.  We will correct them if you discuss them with the appropriate staff member or manager.
Did you see the notice that Lands End is selling merchandise with the CFA logo? Check it out .  They have a variety of shirt styles and colors as well as other items available.
Royal Canin's CFA International Cat Show is next month.  There is an early bird special that ends October 20th.  You can get $10 off each entry as long as the entry is both submitted and paid for by that date.  You can pay by PayPal if you wish.  The show committee is hard at work to make sure you have a good time.  There are numerous vendors and they are advertising heavily in the local market to bring in a spectacular gate to witness our hobby at its finest.  This show has all the bells and whistles including an Education Ring, breed booths, Ambassador Cats and Pet Me Cats, Agility, and more. 
That's it from me.  Enjoy reading the rest of this month's newsletter.

Terri Barry
CFA Executive Director
It's been a busy first of the month for C.O. staff.  As I am writing this, we have just completed hosting the October CFA Board meeting here in Alliance.  A very special thank you goes to Verna Dobbins and also to Mariane Toth, who really jumped in to assist as one of our associates was out due to a health issue. 

As some of you are aware C.O. has been experiencing issues with some AOL and Comcast email accounts. This may have been the reason you did not receive a response or the reason your response was delayed.  We sincerely hope this has been corrected and the "fix" holds. 

Now an update from Allene Tartaglia on The CFA International Cat Show Presented by Royal Canin:
Tick tock, tick tock.  Time is running out to enter your cat at the discounted early bird entry rate.  The deadline for early bird entries is October 20 (overall entries for the show close on October 31).  October 20 is also the deadline to make reservations at hotels where CFA is holding a block of rooms.  Please note the Courtyard and the Fairfield Inn do NOT take pets.  As you already know, the Courtyard, Fairfield, Residence Inn and Oxford Suites offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the Portland airport.  They also offer shuttle service to the Expo Center.  However, there is only one van available between the Courtyard, Fairfield, and Residence Inn for this purpose. So, you might want to line up an alternative way of getting to the Expo Center (for instance, catch a ride with an exhibitor who has a car). 
Royal Canin is the named sponsor for the show and they are planning a number of new things for exhibitors and spectators.  The Royal Canin booth, located in the benching area near the judging rings, will have an area where your cat can be photographed at no charge.  Royal Canin will you provided with a thumb drive of the photos shortly after the photo shoot.  If you attended the World Cat Congress earlier this year in Las Vegas, then you are already familiar with this "photo activation."  As always, three of CFA's top cat photographers will be available for regular portrait sittings - Richard Katris, Larry Johnson, and Tetsu.  Royal Canin will have a presentation area included in their booth to host educational seminars and a few judges' finals throughout the weekend. Everyone enjoys seeing the finals and love to hear what the judges are saying but often it is difficult to hear the judge.  Fortunately, we will have microphones for the presentation area and there are plans to have an area slightly elevated (a stage) in this area so that it's easier to see what's happening.  We think these enhancements will make the finals even more exciting and entertaining. 

A Kitty Korral will be available for spectators to interact with cats up close. Some breed booths will have Pet Me cats, which are always a popular addition to the show.
Check the International Show section on CFA's website regularly for updates.
Just a couple of announcements:
  • CFA has earmarked $8,000 for cats and their owners affected by recent hurricanes. For details, the press release is located on CFA.org.
  • CatDNAtest.org announced updated parentage testing as well as testing for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Visit the website to find out more.
To keep up-to-date on all CFA activities, visit our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter .

We at C.O. hope you see you at the Portland show.  So if you haven't registered, don't forget to take advantage of the special that will be expiring soon.  As always, travel safe.

CFA International Show
CFA BAOS at International Show
Pat Jacobberger,
Education Chair CFA Judging Program

There will once again be CFA Breed Awareness and Orientation School held in conjunction with the CFA International Show! The school be held November 16-18, 2017, with classes held at the Courtyard by Marriott Thursday and Friday, and the practical (handling) portion of the school held on Saturday in the show hall.

A flyer with complete information is available here . Deadline for registration is Wednesday, November 1. CFA Judges may attend this school for continuing education credit.

IT Report
by Tim Schreck
CFA IT Chair

The major enhancements to the new entry clerk program for color classes and the two spaces between CH and GC in the judges books have been completed, along with special items for the upcoming International Show.

Next for the Entry Clerk program is addition of agility entries and printing them in the catalog.
We are still working on completion of the programing to create the show schedule from the new system with work to continuing on the other aspects of show licensing and Judges information to remove these from the HP soon.

Work is continuing on moving defining other applications to move from the HP

CFA Judging Program
Melanie Morgan
CFA Judging Program Committee Chair

Judging Program Committee announces the followng changes and advancements from the October 7th CFA Board of Directors meeting:

CFA and the Judging Program mourn the loss of CFA allbreed judge Ed Davis.

George Cherrie's resignation, effective December 4, 2017, accepted with regret. Very best wishes to George!

Applicant Gavin Cao accepted as first specialty SH trainee.
Applicant Pam Degoyer accepted as first specialty LH trainee
Welcome, Gavin and Pam!

Bethany Colilla to LH Apprentice, 1st specialty
Wendy Heidt to SH Apprentice, second specialty
Kit Fung to LH Approved, 2nd specialty and Approval Pending Allbreed
Danny Tai to Approved SH, 2nd specialty and Approval Pending Allbreed

CFA Website
Kathy Durdick

The 2016-17 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. Please note that not all breeds had grand photos - clicking on the "Grand Gallery" link will take you to the most recent year's photos in that case.

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

Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger

The October issue of Cat Talk magazine is out!

In this issue, we look at charitable giving within the CFA "family" in advance of "Giving Tuesday" (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving).  We also begin a series on DNA testing, with the opening article on "Genetics 101."

We hope that our readers have been enjoying our "What You Don't Know About..." breed series. This month, we take a look at what it's like to live with the European Burmese. There's also profiles on two rather special cats, one who found a calling beyond the show hall as a therapy cat in an assisted living facility.

As always, we welcome your suggestions for article topics and feedback about Cat Talk. Please feel free to contact me at tkeiger@cfa.org

Don't miss this or any other issue of Cat Talk!
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CFA Show Rules

by Monte Phillips, Show Rules chair

 At the annual, clubs bring up proposals to change the show rules.  However, normally, none of these actually results in changes to the show rules until the October CFA Board meeting, which this year is the weekend of October 7-8.  However, all of the proposals passed at this years' annual meeting were acted upon and approved by the Board at its Sunday meeting after the annual.  I discussed those in my last newsletter article.  Most of these led to addendum 2 to this years show rules.
At the October Board meeting, eight rules were passed, and all of them were made immediately effective or retroactively effective.  This will lead to addendum 3 to this years show rules, and that should be available sometime in November.  It will be a compilation of the other two addendums plus what was passed in late August and at the October meeting.

Read the complete article here
New Options in DNA Tests
Roger Brown
CFA Scientific Advisory Board chair

Parentage Testing: An updated parentage panel is now included as part of the Basic CFA Panel Test processed on each sample that arrives at the laboratory. This new panel examines 150 markers which will establish a unique "fingerprint" for your cat. The markers of parents and offspring can be compared to confirm pedigree relationships between queen, sire and offspring. Parentage tables can be ordered during the online ordering process.

If you would like to re-test a sample submitted to Neogen prior to October 1, 2017 on the new parentage panel, you can do so for a discounted price of $15.00. Contact us if you are interested in this option.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy: A test is now available for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. This test has been created separately from the Basic CFA Panel Test due to the nature of the genetic mutation. The cost of this test is $15.00 and can be ordered during the online ordering process.
Winn Logo

by Lorraine Shelton

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

Winn's 50th Anniversary book, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, has been released: www.winnfelinefoundation.org/50th-anniversary-book   Highlighting advances in feline medicine and how your donations have contributed to cat health over the years, this beautiful publication may be downloaded from the website as an eBook. If you prefer, a softcover version may be ordered as well (shipping and handling charges will apply). The book's cover features an original drawing from acclaimed artist Jamie S. Perry. Everyone at Winn sends Jamie their most sincere sympathies on the loss of her home and artwork in the recent California fires.
See you at the International!
Winn Feline Foundation will have a booth at the International Cat Show on November 18-19 in Portland, OR. Come by and visit with Executive Director Dr. Vicki Thayer. The 50th Anniversary Books will be available at our booth.
Cures4Cats Day Update: At their recent meeting, the CFA Board issued a statement supporting Winn's Cures4Cats Day on October 21st. In conjunction with the AAFP conference, Winn is highlighting our Honor Roll program. Two veterinarians, two veterinary technicians, or one veterinarian/one veterinary technician can be recognized with a "2 for 1 special" for a $100 donation from now until October 21st. Use the Promo Code: Honor. Further information may be found at:
Cures4Cats Design Contest: The Winn Feline Foundation is calling all creative cat lovers everywhere to submit an original creative design for our new initiative, Cures4Cats. The winner will receive an award of $250.00, plus wide recognition as the designer and winner. There will also be two honorable mention designs chosen. The winning design will be used on promotional items such as tee shirts. Designs must be submitted to info@winnfelinefoundation.org from October 1, 2017, through December 15, 2017. The winners will be announced in early 2018. When e-mailing your design, use Cures4Cats Contest as the Subject Line and provide your full name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. Designs should contain the following words: Cures4Cats and Winn Feline Foundation, and also feature a photo or image of one or more cats. Winn will require a signed release to use any photos or images. A maximum of 3 designs may be submitted per entrant and must be submitted via separate e-mails.
New Grants Approved: Feline researchers around the world submitted grant applications for funding through the Miller Trust program. Our team of reviewers, including new member Dr. Carol Johnson (veterinary pathologist and CFA American Shorthair breeder) lent their scientific insight to advise the Winn Board on the merits of each application on October 13th.  A New Investigator Grant was awarded to fund a research project of a new researcher. More details about the exciting research grants funded in this cycle will follow next month, including FIP research funded through the Bria Fund. To learn more about the exciting work of Winn Feline Foundation, sign up for the Winn Wins Wednesday e-newsletter, a weekly email featuring information about Winn-funded research, the critical need for evidenced-based medicine, and early-stage biomedical research.
Planned Giving (tax) tip for October:
President Trump and the Republican-led Congress have expressed interest in income tax reform. There are several changes being proposed under which your charitable donation today may produce a greater tax benefit than waiting to donate in future tax years.  (1) Itemized deductions may be capped in the future. Since charitable contributions are included in your itemized deductions, your tax benefit may decrease.  (2) If income tax rates are lowered in future years the amount of your net tax benefit from a charitable donation may decrease.  (3)  If the standard deduction is increased, some taxpayers may no longer itemize their deductions.  Those taxpayers may lose their charitable deduction completely.  A charitable donation today benefits the charity now and may give you a tax deduction this tax year.  The same tax benefits may not be as available to you in future years.

Breeder Licensing and Lemon Law Bills Making Their Way Through the Massachusetts Legislature

Several Massachusetts bills of interest to cat fanciers are scheduled for a hearing in the Legislature's Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. These bills would regulate breeders including small noncommercial catteries, institute consumer protection provisions, amend animal abuse laws, and add provisions regarding pet insurance. The bills regarding cattery regulation and consumer protection are summarized below.
House Bill 1080/Senate Bill 1155
Identical bills, HB1080/SB1155, would require every city and town to license and annually inspect, or cause the inspection of, any commercial breeder and personal cattery or kennel. Catteries and kennels that would be subject to licensing are defined as where there are at least five intact females kept to breed and that sell the offspring as household pets.
The license or license application may be denied, suspended, or revoked for refusal to allow inspections. Denial, suspension and revocation may also result from noncompliance with the regulations to be developed by the Department of Agricultural Resources. While the licensee may be given time to correct the noncompliance, the legislation also provides that the inspector may "summarily revoke or suspend the license for the kennel or cattery." Another way a licensee could be subject to review would be if 25 citizens file a petition stating they are "aggrieved or annoyed to an unreasonable extent constituting a nuisance."
House Bill 1080 and Senate Bill 1155 also contain a lemon law applicable to all individuals or entities that sell animals to the public. The bills describe the remedies a buyer could require of a seller should an animal be deemed to be "unfit for purchase" by a licensed veterinarian. Unfit for purchase is defined as "a defect which is congenital or hereditary and which has a significant adverse effect on the health of an animal or a disease, deformity, injury, physical condition or illness which has a significant adverse effect on the health of the animal and which was manifest, capable of diagnosis or likely to have been contracted prior to or at the time of the sale and delivery of the animal to the buyer." There are limited exemptions to the liability imposed on the seller such as when the condition is agreed to in writing by the seller and the buyer prior to the sale. Another exemption involves health screening prior to breeding according to breed-specific protocols established by a recognized animal health registry.
Additional consumer protection provisions would restrict the sources from which a pet shop may purchase a dog or cat for resale. The allowed sources include breeders in good standing with state and federal law as defined in the legislation and shelters or rescues. Cities and towns could adopt sourcing ordinances more stringent than these bills.
House Bill 1084
Similar to HB 1080 and SB 1155, HB 1084 would impose additional breeder regulations, a lemon law and restrict sources of dogs and cats for pet shops. Of note to fanciers is the change in the threshold required for licensing and inspection of personal catteries and kennels. Under HB 1084, regulated catteries and kennels would include anywhere "a person kept at least 10 sexually intact female dogs or cats between 1 and 8 years of age for the purpose of breeding such dogs or cats and selling the offspring as household pets."
House Bill 3212
House Bill 3212 lists consumer protection provisions that would be applicable to pet shops in Massachusetts. Under current law, a pet shop does not include anyone who only sells the offspring of their own animals. As with the legislation above, pet shops will face sourcing restrictions for the dogs and cats they sell should the bill pass. Unlike the bills above, towns and cities would be prohibited from further restricting the source of animals for pet stores. Additional provisions include record keeping requirements for shelters and mandatory microchipping for all dogs and cats released by a pet shop or animal rescue group.
The hearing for these bills will be held at 1:00 - 3:00 PM in Room 222 at the State House in Boston. The senators and representatives comprising the committee can be found at the following link: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J10/190

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.

CFA Ambassador Program
by Candilee Jackson
CFA Ambassador Program Chair 

The hot commodity right now are the fabulous CFA coloring books!  We can't seem to keep them in hand once a show opens.  Many thank yous to Karen Lane and her crew for this wonderful educational idea!  Both parents and kids are thrilled to get these awesome freebies!

Region 1:  Diane Coppola
While I didn't have a pet me cat with me, I recently visited the Greater Lancaster Feline Fanciers show in York. There were many spectators asking great questions. (I always wear my Ambassador button) We let a new "pet person" bring kittens to the ring and she is now looking for a cat to show. They are young and excited, just what we need in the cat fancy right now !!! This is just one of the many ways this wonderful program works.
Region 2:  Meghan Noecker
September 23rd was the date for a terrific show hosted by the Seattle Cat Club:  The "Furever Auturn" show was held in Longivew, WA, played host to a good amount of spectators who were wowed not only by the cats in exhibition, but those in agility as well.  Regulus, a Pet Me! Cat, was out and about in his stroller, while two more Pet Me! Cats participated in the agility ring...though not winners, they were definitely entertaining to the crowd!

Region 4:  Cheryl Boyer reporting for Mariane Toth
Cheryl attended the Kentucky Colonels Cat Club show on October 7th in beautiful Louisville, KY.  The show was relaxing, completely stress-free with time to visit and make new friends.  There were so many beautiful cats which enjoyed the admiration of the spectators.  The coloring books were a great hit, with over 50 of them given to excited kids.
Region 5:  Linda Hornberger reporting for Shari Millar
Linda attended the Felinefest hosted by the Santa Monica Cat Club on October 7-8 in Pomona, CA.  The "gate" was huge, with many families.  At times, the public was standing four-deep to watch a final. Around 40-50 people stopped each day to chat, and to pet my show Persian, Peaches, who was both entered in the show and serving as a Pet Me! Cat.  Janiss Garza was present with her Pet Me! Cat, Summer, wowing the crowd with both his antics and tricks.  The show was great and the spectators the best!


by Carmen Johnson-Lawrence, Chair

Spotlight on National Divisional Winners - Seniors Division National Winner

Our Youth Feline Education Program spotlight is a special one this month! We introduce to you Chandler Bussey! Chandler has been showing since 2011. He began his YFEP career stewarding, and then as a runner. He also started to pick up responsibilities which show managers asked of him such as selling raffle tickets and working the gate. He is a member of the Birmingham Feline Fanciers and assists with the show every year. Numerous times he has interviewed with TV stations to promote the Birmingham show. He has also tried his hand at training a therapy cat for Hand In Paws. For the last three years he has volunteered/worked at his local veterinary clinic.

Prior to earning his high school equivalency diploma Chandler was a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to attend Jefferson State Community College for the Veterinary Tech program, and University of Alabama at Birmingham for Nursing. He is also very involved in his church, the Riverchase United Methodist Church, where he is aspiring to be a youth minister.

Congratulations Chandler on all you have accomplished here in CFA YFEP and beyond! But Chandler's time with YFEP is not over yet! At Ocicats International, Jean Dugger appointed him to the Southern Regional Coordinator role! The program is very excited to have Chandler on the team! His experience with the program will help us to continue to grow and develop excellent lifelong learning opportunities for our youth!

The YFEP regional coordinator team is now complete! If you know a youth that is interested in the Youth Feline Education program, you may contact Carmen at carmenlawrence.yfep@gmail or reach out directly to your regional coordinator!

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Region 1
by John Adelhoch,  Regional Director 

Witches, goblins, and Jack o'lanterns bright,
that's what makes an October night! 

It's that wonderful time of the year, autumn when all the colors brighten up the tree lined sky. That is what I was seeing making my way to the Cats without Borders/Salt City CC shows on September 16/17th. It was a great way of stating a weekend at a fabulous show. The show was held in Auburn, NY, a very lovely city nestled in the Finger Lake Region of New York.  YES, once again the clubs turned out a really great show. It was obvious that all the members were working hard for weeks before to get this new show hall ready for our exhibitors and cats.  The show had a really good entry, and many exhibitors from all over our Region, and others were in attendance. It is so important that we all get out to support out shows and all those who are helping to make "Our "region great.

Let's keep in mind we have two shows in October, Liberty Trail, and Nova, October 28th.29th.  Hope to see you all there

Remember, these are the best of times, s o get out there and show!

Region 2
Terri Zittel, Regional Secretary  

Tragedy seems to have struck everywhere this year in our country. Northern California has been severely hit with fires. Residents have been given little or no time to evacuate their homes. Santa Rosa Cat Club president, Sally Daniels, and her husband were on vacation and lost everything, including her beautiful Silver Persians. My heart just aches for her as this is beyond sadness. Jamie Perry, our favorite cat artist, was able to escape her home with her cats but lost all of her artwork. Again our prayers and thoughts are with them. If you wish to make a donation, you can do so by sending money to the Northwest Region marked for the fire victims. The Paypal address is: cfanwr@tamarakatz.com

The region is also saddened by the untimely death of Bob Roseberry. Bob operated the cage service for many of the California shows. He was a terrific individual who took pride in his work and was a lovely man. Again, this is another huge loss to our region.

Thank goodness we do have some good news. Wendy Heidt has been advanced to both specialties. Wendy has been a true asset to the region 2program and we are just thrilled with this promotion. Be sure to congratulate her when you see her at the Emerald Cat Club show in St Helens tomorrow. 

While at the Seattle Cat Club show in September, I was able to sit in on the presentation by Dennis Ganoe of the Bengal breed. Dennis has the ability to make you see and understand the breed much in the manner of Walter Hutzler. He was showing a blue R/S Tabby, Traipse Blu Baloo of Dennigan; a terrific cat with a fabulous pattern and temperament.

Upcoming events are the Emerald Cat show tomorrow in St Helens, OR and theGolden Gate Cat Club show in Livermore, CA on November 4th. AND most of all don't miss the CFA International Show in Portland, OR on November 18th &19th. It has been a long time since we have had the show on the West Coast.We are looking forward to hosting the event and hope for a good attendance. 

Region 3
by Kathy Black, Regional Director

Becky Galloway with her female Maine Coon Cat
Foot of The Rockies Cat Club and National Maine Coon Cat Club held their show on 9/30-10/1/17. Since this was a 5th weekend they were the only show in the US that weekend. Exhibitors were from Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and Hong Kong.  Best Maine Coons in show were:
Championship - SUNCOON SIMBA OF FUJICATS - Region 5
Premiership - ABIZAQ BLAZIN BITZ OF PAVLOVA - Region 3
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for supporting our show in Colorado.

Fran and Bandit

Retired AB judge Jimmy Thompson dropped by to visit

Upcoming at the end of the month is our only regional fundraiser, October 28, 2017 in Cleburne, TX. We are planning a fun day and hope you will join us. We are recognizing a local celebrity cat named Bandit. He saved a woman's life by leading his owner to her. Bandit, Fran his owner, and Mary whom he saved will be visiting us at the cat show.

It is also National Chocolate day and we will have lots of sweets for you. Large raffle table and excellent judges. We hope you will join us.

November 11 is Alamo City Cat Club in Seguin, TX. This show date falls on Veterans Day and this club is offering judging to the Veteran cats. Veteran judging is not a common event in our region and we are excited to see the mature exhibits at the show.

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 here. 

Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming shows:
More information can be found online at http://www.cfagreatlakes.org/
  • Oct 28         -- Hallmark Cat Club, Brockport NY, 4AB 2SP
  • Oct 29         -- Hallmark Cat Club, Brockport NY, 4AB 2SP
  • Nov 11-12     -- Dayton Cat Fanciers, Beavercreek OH, 7AB 3SP 
  • Dec 02         -- Ohio State Persian Club, Columbus OH 4AB 2SP 6HHP 
  • Dec 03         -- Ohio State Persian Club, Columbus OH 4AB 2SP 6HHP
Region 5
by Lisa Marie Kuta, Regional Director 

Congratulations to the Santa Monica Cat Club for producing yet another
fine show!

Fall is here but it is still warm and sunny in the Southwest Region.
Phoenix is fabulous this time of year. Perfect to visit for the
Superstition Cat Fanicers' show on October 21. Superstition always
produces a great show, so make time to go to

With the CIS being on the West Coat this year, Poinsettia is moving up
their show from Thanksgiving weekend to October 28, in Glendale, CA.
Partnering with Abyssinians International, the clubs are planning a
festive show. Glendale is conveniently adjacent to Los Angeles. Burbank
airport is just a few miles away, LAX, Long Beach, Ontario and Orange
County are all within driving distance as well.

Region 6
by Mary Auth, Midwest Regional Director
Kim Sieving puts a smile on Jack Nichols face when she buys an International Memorial Pin at the MoKan/Midlands show

As we move our way into the fall season, we look forward to some upcoming shows and say farewell to ones just past.  This last weekend, MoKan and Midlands Cat Club hosted a "spooky" show in Kansas City, MO. Despite the surprise heat, everyone survived - even the cats.  And a remarkable amount of spectators came out to see the cats at the show.  At least two cats attained their Grand of Distinction title.  Money was collected destined for the hurricane victims of the Gulf Shore Region.
Left to right: Donna Waskiewicz, Diane Wagner (with a new haircut), and Hilde van der Westhuizen at the MoKan_Midlands show

One exhibitor really got into the "spirit" of the show at the MoKan_Midlands show

A good segue into what the Midwest Region is doing. We have earmarked $1000 for hurricane victims.  $670 will go to Breeders Assistance for the cat food pantry and the balance will go to the Virgin Islands.
Shows coming up include Lucky Tomcat and Tiger's Lair in Springfield, IL this coming weekend - October 21-22.  Indy Cat Club will hold their Maine Coon and "military veteran" show on October 28-29 in Indianapolis. Hope to see you out there. 
We are hoping for a good Midwest Region presence at the International Show in Portland on November 18-19.

Region 7
by Jean Dugger, Regional Director

Having weathered Hurricane Irma, as well as a few other storms lately, I can't stress enough how important it is to have a plan in place and ready for auto-pilot implementation when it's needed. Special thanks to Cyndi Lewis and Ray Cherrington for making lists and locating people; along with Charlene Campbell, Leslie Carr, Sheryl Sexton, and so many more of you who opened their homes to their friends; made phone calls, texted, emailed, and used Facebook to keep in touch -it reminded me once again what our cat fancy family is truly about! I also want to thank CFA for their quick and valuable response to the rescue and recovery efforts, helping people and their pets! In addition to donating to the national organizations working in both Texas and the South, CFA generously donated to the regions affected by the storms, allowing us to be directly responsive to our friends in need. I am working with Charlene Campbell to coordinate any applications for assistance in our region. If we can be of assistance to anyone in their recovery, please contact us for information.

Although a few of our shows were affected as some exhibitors could not get there, we have many upcoming shows in October and November. 

We have several fundraisers underway in support of the 2018 Annual in the Southern Region. We are raffling off an Amazon Echo, with the drawing postponed until the Cotton States show in November. We have Honey Baked Ham gift cards for sale, and annual pins. See Karen Boyce (or our website for details.

I would also like to thank the Cotton States Club for generously donating the proceeds from their rainbow ring to the Southern Region ! I know this will be a beautiful tribute to so many of our beloved pets!

There are other special raffles coming soon at our Southern Region shows - watch for details on show flyers and at http://cfasouthern.org/fundraising/

On a personal note - thanks to so many of you who have offered words of support and encouragement to me during my recovery! Now to survive the rehab, and I will be
Region 8
 Kayoko Koizumi, Regional Director

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Region 9
by Michael Hans Schleissner 

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International Division
Dick Kallmeyer
CFA ID Chair

The China Zhenai Club had their show in Shenyang, China on September 9, 2017

The Great West China Cat Fanciers had their show at the SM Plaza in Chengdu, a very large shopping center. SM Plaza cat show advertising blanketed the shopping center

Show hall banner in Chengdu was over 100 feet long

L&L Cat Club produced their show in Xi'an October 14-15.
Judges Teresa Keiger, Anne Mathis, and Allan Raymond touring the tomb excavations of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China which contains the terracotta warrior army.

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Teresa Keiger
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