May 2013 CFA's Monthly eNewsletter
June 3 - Club fees & membership list must be receiveD in CO by this date for a club to remain on
CFA's membership roster.
June 3 - Receipt of ballots for Director At Large
August 1 - Join or renew Breed Council membership
August 1 - Submission of ballot items need to be received by BC Secretaries
August 15 - Receipt of Ads,
Grand/DM photos for Yearbook
To all the 2012-2013 Winners !!
Cat of the Year
GC, BW, NW Parti Wai Ex Jackpot
B/O: Penni Richter
GC, NW Wild Rain Let's Dance of Dotdotdot
B: David & Carol Freels
O: David & Carol Freels / Roger & Nancy Brown
Best Cat in Premiership
GP,NW Zehnder's Roger Vivier of NuDawnz
B: M Zehnder / S VandeSande
O: Lorna Friemoth, Seth Baugh, Monica Zehndner
Notes From The Board Meeting
The CFA Board of Directors met via conference call on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Here are the highlights.
How many points did it take to earn a Regional Win in the show season that just ended? How many finals? The chart below gives you the answers for how many points 25th Best Kitten/Cat had in each Region and in how many rings they earned points. The numbers comes from the end-of-season Epoints.
| 1080 (84)|| 482 (25)|
| 2|| 739 (38)|| 951 (34)|| 411 (24)|
| 3|| 513 (33)|| 508 (47)|| 322 (34)|
| 4|| 1021 (27)|| 1386 (100)|| 645 (48)|
| 5|| 898 (17)|| 928 (39)|| 198 (21)|
| 6|| 686 (40)|| 950 (55)|| 358 (18)|
| 7|| 929 (40)|| 1557 (74)||
| 8|| 581 (40)|| 840 (97)|| 472 (42)|
| 9|| 686 (26)||
| 128 (20)|
CFA National Marketing Committee
by Jodell Raymond & Mark Hannon
Last June our CFA President created a new committee to generate some interest from the cat loving public in our association. We have focused our efforts in four specific areas: Interactive-website, Social Media, Customer Acquisition / Retention efforts and Promotional activities. Since it's been almost a year, it's time for a report on the committee's accomplishments.
CFA created a new look for its public website and the front page is now geared to the general public rather than to breeders / exhibitors. In order to keep this page fresh, every two weeks we add four or five new items to capture the attention of our target audience. We also create new graphics for the top of the home page which tie into those articles.
CFA created a new Facebook page and every weekday we post something new which highlights subjects of interest to the visitors to our page. We have run a number of contests on this site, such as our Halloween cat costumes. Our most popular topic has been the support we generated to have the CAT be the new game piece for the popular Monopoly game.
CFA now has a presence on Pinterest. Our first efforts were 42 Boards, one for each of CFA's recognized breeds. Next we plan to add Boards with kitten photos and Show photos. Continue reading ...
Submitted by Donna Jean Thompson
AND THEIR OFF! Not only the Triple Crown races but also the CFA 2013-2014 Show Season races. With this issue of the CFA News we are sharing new enhancements, reminders and suggestions to enhance the year long journey for all involved.
CLUBS: "How Much is that Kitty in the Widow?" Yes, I know, a groaner, however".......
In an effort to assist clubs with marketing their upcoming shows, CFA has had its ad agency put together a DVD that includes two television commercials, one 15 second and one 30 second commercial, three radio spot ads and our new "So You Want to Show Cats" video that is also on CFA's You Tube Channel.
The commercials were first used to advertise our 2012 World Show in Columbus and are an effective way to attract spectators to your upcoming show. Your club can approach your local television and radio stations to see if they would air the commercial as a no charge "public service announcement" or your club may be able to negotiate a discounted rate advertising package with the station(s).
Starting with the May shows, clubs will receive the DVD's in their show boxes. If you have any questions or if you know in advance that your show box will be going to an entry clerk service, please contact Brian Buetel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to open your show box well in advance of your show, so that your club can take advantage of this excellent promotional tool
EXHIBITORS: Little Boxes on the hillside, little boxes in a row - Do you know where you live?
While the "region of residence" for regional awards isn't determined until the first full show weekend in January, it's never too early to insure that the regional designation listed on your show entry form and in the catalog is correct. The boundaries of Regions 1 -7 set forth in the CFA Constitution follow state lines in most instances, but each of those regions contains at least one state and/or province which is divided along a longitudinal or latitudinal boundary. The Internet has made it easy to determine the longitude or latitude of an address. Exhibitors residing near a longitudinal or latitudinal regional boundary should confirm their region of residence by looking up the coordinates of their address at http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html
BREEDERS: More Boxes - Just for You!
And boxes are located on Litter registration forms in Section E where you may indicate the completed registration be sent to the owner either via email or snail mail.
On the BLUE slip there is a box in Section C if checked will send the completed registration to the owner.
And on YELLOW slips there is a box indicating the completed registration should be sent to the owner.
MEMORY TEST: Do you remember "Click it or Ticket" when we asked you to be extra careful before you submit an online form. Now we are asking our Snail Mail fans to "take five" as well and double check your work before turning it over to the postal service or fax machine. We have been receiving a number of "Oopsie" messages on birthdates, sex changes, parentage confusion, name spellings, etc. We do our best to correct these before processing, yet some slip by and you will receive a request for the correction fee (ticket). Kitten registration season is beginning and if you take that extra minute to double check all is in order, we will all save time and you even money.
We all strive for perfection and you are encouraged to review all work received form Central Office. We correct our errors for free if reported within 90 days. Longer than that and there will be a correction fee.
Region 9 and International: Please be sure to include the name of your Country in the bottom line of your address.
May your hopes and dreams come true in 2013-2014, but most of all, may your furry (or not so furry) family enjoy good health and happy homes.
Submitted by Joan Miller
Chair, CFA Outreach & Education
and CFA Legislative Information Liaison
Is SPAY the only Way?
Contraception and non-Surgical Sterilization for CATS
is in the Future!!
The upcoming Fifth Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D) International Scientific Symposium will be in Portland, Oregon, June 20 -22, 2013. I am a speaker and member of a panel to present the ways in which contraception and non-surgical sterilization might impact various segments of the animal world. I will discuss the potential interests of pedigreed cat breeders, pet cat owners and others involved with cat population dynamics related to this topic.
A survey has been developed to gather information in preparation for my presentation. Your participation is greatly valued and will be kept anonymous.
Please answer the survey questions online at:
THE DEADLINE IS next Wednesday May 22, 2013
It should take you approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete, according to the Outreach Committee "focus group". We hope to gather information from cat lovers around the world. The survey was designed with the help of Linda Keys, MLS, Access Services Librarian, Spokane Community College.
Forwarding of the survey link and the above information is encouraged !
Continue Reading ...
CFA on Facebook
The latest contest on our Facebook page concerns Grumpy Cat. Take this picture of Grumpy Cat and come up with your own, original family-friendly saying on the image. The best caption with the most likes and shares by Thursday, May 30 at 5pm EST wins a bag of litter from Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter! Post your answer on Facebook:
As always much is going on in the Ambassador Program with the end of the show season and the ongoing planning for the upcoming Annual. Of course we want all Ambassadors to be sure to join us for the Ambassador reception at the Annual. In addition to the core committee we were lucky enough to get the promise of much needed help from Carly Kellogg, one of our Region 2 RCs.
Hawaii Pet Expo
The Core Committee will be meeting on Wednesday evening in Vancouver to plan for next years needs and activities. Our Regional Coordinators (RC's) have been busy working and we thank them for their tireless efforts. Included later in this report are photos and reports received from several of these great folks.Be sure to read and enjoy ALL of their reports and stories. I promise that you will be glad that you did!
As always we are looking for Ambassadors as we continue in our efforts to grow the program throughout CFA. It is easy to sign up and become an enrolled member of the CFA Ambassador Program. Go to CFA Web site.
Again, be sure to start planning on attending our annual Ambassador Reception which will be held as usual in the President's suite immediately following the Delegate's Meeting on Friday in Vancouver.
See you there if not before!!
The newly revised (as of May 1, 2013) forms are now on the CFA website
1. Judging Program Rules
2. Application Guidelines
3. Initial Application for Unlicensed Individuals
4. Application for Judges Without Guest Judging Evaluations or With an Inactive License.
5. Application for Judges With Guest Judging Evaluations
6. Custodial Experience Forms
The CFA Foundation
Submitted by Karen Lawrence
Music boxes date back centuries. In the 18th century, there were snuff boxes that played tunes when opened. Swiss watchmakers made some of the earliest ones, and because of their fine workmanship, they ran like clockwork. Eventually, accompanying figures were designed to dance to the music, such as a ballerina in the musical jewelry boxes which are mass-produced and popular with young girls. Today, the antique jewelry boxes are highly collectible.
The CFA Foundation's Feline Historical Museum has recently increased its doll collection with the addition of more than 20 musical cat doll novelty figures. Some can be found in drums, others in boxes, and all are dressed in a variety of costumes and all move to the music. Music played includes well-known songs such as "It's a Small World" and "Memories".
Our sincere thanks to Glenna Moore of Hawaii for her generous contributions to our cat doll collection.
Status of Requests for Change of Date/Location
June 15-16, 2013 - Capital CF, Gaithersburg MD (6x6)
November 30, 2013 - Frontier Felines, Gardner KS
WINN FELINE FOUNDATION
Submitted by Betty White
The "Kiss Me I'm Rescued" photo contest is benefiting Winn Feline Foundation, Military Working Dog Adoptions, and Petfinder Foundation by inviting people to "Pucker up to help animals." PetHub celebrates this bond between human and newly adopted animals with this campaign, and it will donate $1 to Winn for each entry. Winn was the first organization to join this campaign, and we urge your support. For more information, please click on the website
The Cat Health Network is proving to be an unqualified success. This association of Winn Feline Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, American Veterinary Medical Foundation, and American Association of Feline Practitioners has teamed to supply much-needed funds to augment the sizeable donation by Hill's Pet Food, Inc. which provided more than 4,000 arrays of 63K feline DNA variants. These additional funds allowed the personnel costs of sample preparation and analysis to happen. To read the full report, please visit the Winn website. The report by Dr. Leslie Lyons is impressive and ground-breaking!
As for Winnie this month, she is talking dental health. She suggests that cats start with dental hygiene as kittens, because like dogs, cat do NOT like to learn new tricks as adult cats!
Submitted by Teresa Keiger
It's time for Cat Talk's June Cover Contest!
Want to see YOUR cat(s) on the cover of Cat Talk magazine? Then submit photos! The Cat Talk staff will then select one winner and 4 runners up to appear on and in the June issue of Cat Talk. The requirements are simple. The photo must be vertical or be able to be cropped vertically. Although your submitted photo does not need to be high resolution, it needs to have a high resolution available for printing if selected. For example, if you have the low res photo from your photographer, we can always get the high res version from them. Email your photos to email@example.com
Deadline for all submissions: May 18
We can't wait to see who will be on our June cover!
Submitted by Mary Auth,Marketing Coordinator
Update on the 2013 Annual in Vancouver
As the journey of Lewis and Clark continues, don't forget to add your special ending to each chapter. The chapters are sent to the individual region's Yahoo Groups and can be found on the Annual web site. Send your chapter endings to Mary Auth or simply respond to the posts on the Yahoo lists. Lewis and Clark themselves will arrive at the Thursday night hospitality room to choose the best endings for the chapters.
The Vancouver Hilton is full, but there are still rooms available at the overflow hotel - Homewood Suites, which is a short drive away on the banks of the Columbia River. Remember to call the hotel directly for reservations at 360-750-1100.
There is still time to reserve your Saturday night banquet and Friday noon luncheon, which is a great value. In a time crunch, you don't have to leave the hotel and it's a bargain at $10. The deadline for both is June 14. All can be reserved on the Annual Web Site.
We are still accepting donations for the delegate bag and ads for the delegate booklet. The deadline for both is May 24. Visit the Annual web site for contact information under the Event Info tab.
The area is rich in history and our own Chinook - the red tabby cat from the Lewis & Clark journey -- may have had some influence on nearby famous pictographs. "She who watches" or Tsagaglalal can be found just east of Vancouver at The Dalles along the Columbia River in Columbia Hills State Park.
China Phoenix Cat Club
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
April 20-21, 2013
Dick Kallmeyer shared photos from this show. The show was in a hotel. Exhibitors came from Hong Kong, Malaysia, the US (Donna Hinton) and Thailand. Afterwards, the club sponsored a thank you party for club members, judges and guests for over 40 people. They roasted 2 whole lambs.
Passion Feline Fanciers
April 27-28, 2013
Highest Scoring in Championship
D'Eden Lover G'Black Magic
Owners: Ami and Yoyo (from Beijing)
Highest Scoring Kitten
Highest Scoring in Premiership
Boberan's Wild About My Baby
Submitted by Sharon Roy, Regional Director
Just wanted to share with all of CFA the original Catalog cover designed by Drew Fagerstrom, His mom, Deb, is a Siamese breeder from Massachsetts. Drew (Andrew) is homeschooled, 10 years old, into just about everything that can be tinkered with! His mom refers to him as a little MacGiver .
Submitted by Ginger Meeker
The Regional Awards Sponsorship Drive is completed and we have 100% sponsorship for the fifth year in a row! Congratulations and thank you to all who participated. A sponsorship is a thoughtful and and fun way to say thank you to a favorite cat, exhibitor, breed ... or just support to the region. This region has worked hard the last few years preparing for the 2013 CFA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. It's just not possible to list here all those who have contributed but you can go to the Annual website section and see a full list of all individuals and clubs that have donated through the Region to help make our 2013 a success.
Get your reservations in for the Region 2 Awards Banquet. All details are on the R-2 website. Also, the High Sierra Cat Club is doing a one day 6-ring show (Sat) in conjunction with the awards banquet to give you another way to celebrate this 2012-13 season with your cats and your friends. The show flyer is on the R-2 website. Also participating, Dr Leslie Lyons will be taking DNA testing samples at the show. As most of you already know, Dr Leslie Lyons will be leaving UCDavis, while maintaining Emeritus status, and heading to the Univeristy of Missouri. This will be an opportunity for you to make contact with Dr Lyons and thank her for all her most excellent work for our cats. She leaves late June so this may well be her last data gathering appearance in Region 2. Just one MORE reason to get those entries in and those reservations made.
I encourage all individuals and clubs that can do so to donate something to the 2013 Annual delegate bags. If you have questions on the project please contact Wendy Heidt and she can help you.
Starting this 2013-14 show season, there are some scoring changes for HHP and Veteran Class. R-2 and R-5 are cooperating to score these cats in shows from both regions. This was discussed in greater detail in a prior CFA Newsletter so I'm just reminding you that now is the time to get those HHP and Veterans entered and start earning points whether you attend a R-2 or R-5 show. R-2 will also be scoring HHP on the top 100 rings to match scoring practices with the other classes being shown and scored. I'd like to thank Mike Shelton for his cooperative spirit in working to make these scoring options possible.
On Saturday, May 11, Region 2 celebrated their YFEP children with lots of wonderful cake and "Adult" suppport! We are very proud of each and every child participating in the program and wish to thank Royal Canin for their on-going support of this program. Continue reading ...
Submitted by Carissa Altschul, Regional Director
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS IN ALL THE REGIONS AND THE INTERNATIONAL DIVISION FOR THIS PAST SHOW SEASON. You all have worked hard, and the GSR salutes you for your hard work and dedication to CFA!
The Gulf Shore Region awards banquet is coming up on June 8-9th and we are going to have a great time, hope you all can join us. The information is on our web site - and of course we are always looking for sponsors for our event!
Speaking of a good time.... remember to put New Orleans on your agenda for June 24th thru June 29th, 2014 - GSR is hosting the annual in the Big Easy,and we are planning some incredible adventures for you! You will find yourself in the heart of the French Quarter, the Sheraton is our official hotel, and you will be delighted at the property. It is centrally located, and has recently been renovated! Beautiful!!! Check out the website now, and we will keep you updated!!! This is one you will not want to miss!
Submitted by Loretta Baugh, Regional Director
There is only one show in the Great Lakes Region in June, but it is one of our best!! The members of the Great Lakes region invite you to come to our annual Regional Awards show and Banquet, the second weekend in June. Come to Canton, Ohio (near Akron...and not far from Alliance, Ohio - the new home of CFA).
We offer a lovely, well attended show in a great facility. Come to the Canton Memorial Civic Center for our show and join us on Saturday evening for our Annual regional awards Ceremonies and banquet.
The show is an 8 ring show (6 Allbreed, 2 Specialty). Judges are: Rachel Anger, John Colilla, Gene Darrah, Diana Doernberg, Anne Mathis, Annette Wilson judging Allbreed, and Loretta Baugh and Sharon Powell judging Specialties. Our show features our traditional Mega-Potluck lunch which is always a highlight of the show and a great introduction to Great Lakes Hospitality.
The Awards Banquet will be held in the stately McKinley Grand Hotel in downtown Canton and promises to be the usual GREAT LAKES EVENT - with wonderful food and fellowship in an atmosphere of fun and celebration.
Submitted by Michael Shelton, Regional Director
The SWR Awards show and banquet will be held on June 8 in sunny Palm Springs. The show is at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and the banquet is at the Palm Springs Renaissance hotel, all under one roof! Come join us celebrate the accomplishments of our breeders, exhibitors and most importantly, our cats, at An Evening in Purradise. Details about the banquet can be found at the Southwest Region website
. Award sponsorships are still available. The show flyer can be found here
The Orange County Pet Expo was held in April, and the CFA booth was very popular! This event, held annually at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA, typically draws 20000-30000 spectators, and this year's event was no exception. Our CFA cats were at their best, working the crowd to help publicize CFA's goals of promoting both the pedigreed cat and the welfare of all cats. Thanks go to Dee Dee Cantley for organizing CFA's presence at this event, and all of the volunteers and their wonderful cats who worked through all three busy days of the Expo. This event is a great opportunity to educate the public about the value of pedigreed cats and promote our views on the issues facing the fancy.
Submitted by Kathy Calhoun, Regional Director
The Midwest Region's Best Cats in Championship, Kitten, Premiership, and Household Pet divisions would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our national and regional winners.
The Midwest Region to Host Awards Show and Banquet
We cordially invite you attend our Regional Awards Show and Banquet to be held June 1-2, 2013 in Springfield, Illinois
The show will be held at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fair Grounds June 1-2, 2013. Sharon McKenzie is the entry clerk and ready to take your entries, please keep her busy until closing.
The Banquet is Saturday June 1, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL.
6pm cash bar cocktail hour with the musical magic of the MWR's own Kirk Jackson
After Party with a cash bar, more music and dancing
Entrée selections include:
Prime Rib - $50
Porterhouse Pork Chops - $45.00
Chicken Masala - $40.00
Vegetarian Pasta - $35.00
Dessert selections include:
Lemon Mist Cake
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Red Velvet Cake
Reservations will be accepted by Jo Cornwall through email.
When making your reservation please chose your entrée and dessert.
The Crowne Plaza does not allow pets. Other hotels are in the area:
The Holiday Inn Express, 3050 S Dirksen Parkway, Springfield IL, is directly next door. This hotel is pet friendly and a block of rooms has been set aside for $79 per night. Reservations can be made through: 800 992 2694. Please ask for the rooms set aside for the Midwest Regional Awards Banquet when making your reservation.
Red Roof Inn3200 Singer Ave Springfield, IL 62703 (217)-753-4302
The Drury Inn is also on 3180 S Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL, please call the property to determine pet arrangements. (217) 529-3900
Sponsorships: Coordinated by Jo Cornwall. We have many opportunities for sponsorships; to see all the opportunities please visit the Midwest website.
Any questions can be directed to Cathy Dunham.
We look forward to seeing all of you and celebrating all the winners with friends.
Submitted by Tracy Petty, Regional Director
Congratulations to the
Best Cats of the Southern Region 2012-2013
GC, NW Ahava-Burms Baby T-Ruth Of Calcat
"Cats Helping Dogs" Campaign Delivers Royal Canin Dog Food from CFA
Monday, May 6th was a wonderful day for some animals in need in Southwest Florida. Karen Lane and members of the Cat Club of the Palm Beaches provided the monetary support to ship 32,500 pounds of Royal Canin Dog Food, donated to CFA for John Bierrie's "Cat's Helping Dogs" initiative, allowing the food to be distributed to 9 rescues/shelters over 5 counties, plus Harry Chapin's "Meals on Wheels" and "Save A Pet" Program.
Charlene Campbell, the CFA BAP-BRP regional coordinator for Region 7, describes the distribution process:
"Friday, I was told shipment was about 40-46 pallets that weighed about 800 pounds each for 32,500 pounds. I made up my pallet schedule. Then a little past halfway through the distribution, I found out the pallets weighed about 1,048 pounds each...31 pallets!
"Uh-oh, there went my calculations! I was running out of pallets (panic - gulp) and I still needed food for Harry Chapin's Meals on Wheels and Save A Pet (servicing 5 counties). (Note to self: READ the bill of lading when it is handed to me!)
"In the end, over half of 9 rescues ended up with about 4,300+ pounds (4+ pallets valued at about $8,000) of dog food! Other rescues had 3 pallets and a few had 1 pallet. We split the 3 pallets of "Special Needs" foods with all the rescues, as one rescue cannot use that much product; the remainder of the pallets went to Harry Chapin. I know this food will help feed many hungry dogs in Lee, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Desoto Counties. That is what matters the most, our hungry and/or homeless dogs getting a new lease on life!"
The food donation had been secured by John Bierrie of the BAP Food Pantry, who passed away in April before being able to see the distribution of the recently acquired donation. His hope was to encourage CFA Cat Clubs, breeders and associated groups and individuals to not only support our cats through BAP, but to now provide additional assistance to dogs. Tax deductible donations to the Breeders Assistance Program or Food Pantry can be made at
Check out the article in the "Naples News".
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