July 2015
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Our banner cat for the July 2015 Newsletter is CFA's Best Cat, GC, BW, NW Venizia Redsilver Surfer, a cameo mackerel tabby and white Maine Coon Cat.

(Photo by Ree Yip)



Breed Council Memberships Due Now
Breed Council Membership Applications/Renewals are due no later than AUGUST 1, 2015. Below are some helpful links on the CFA WEB Site to assist you in joining.

Note: Applications will not be accepted for the 2015-2016 Breed Council Membership year after August 1. The deadline will be here before you know it!

Helpful Links:
General Information 
Application Form
Rapid Renewal Form
CFA Yearbook Advertising
Final Call for All Yearbook Advertising! 
Don't miss out!

A complete advertising package can be found on the CFA website here

We can design your ad, too! Simply send your photo(s) or high resolution digital images and text along with your order form and payment. You can email everything to [email protected] or mail it to Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc., 260 East Main Street, Alliance OH 44601, ATTN: Yearbook AD.

AUGUST 14, 2015.


The 2016 Yearbook will feature cats that have become a Grand, Grand of Distinction and Distinguished Merit during the show season of May 1, 2014 through April 26, 2015.  You can email everything to [email protected] or mail it to Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc., 260 East Main Street, Alliance OH 44601, ATTN: Publications.The deadline is August 14, 2015.

Any questions please contact Shelly Borawski - [email protected] - 732-492-7216

I often describe the CFA Annual Meeting to people as "going on vacation with 400 or more friends," and the Toronto Annual was certainly no different! Kudos all around to Rosina McGlynn, John Colilla, Anne Mathis, and ALL of the hard working folks from the Great Lakes Regions who help produce this Annual! Thank you for welcoming us to this beautiful part of the world and for your wonderful hospitality. It was also great to be able to connect with friends old and new from all areas of CFA.

Congratulations to our breeders and owners of our winning cats, and to EVERYONE in our CFA family!


Earlier this month CFA held its Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Hundreds of cat fanciers gathered to conduct some business, to celebrate our cats' national wins, and to spend time enjoying ourselves in Canada's largest city. The Great Lakes Region was our host and they did a terrific job. Thanks to Regional Director John Colilla, Annual Committee Chair Rosina McGlynn, and the many people who worked hard to make this event so special. This was the last Annual hosted by one of CFA's Regions. After decades of this practice, the Board voted to have the CFA Central Office take over management of our Annuals. Next year our Annual is in Las Vegas and I have no doubt that city will prove to be a terrific venue for us. 


Congratulations to Betty White on being awarded CFA's Medal of Honor!  This achievement is only given on those rare occasions when someone has truly achieved great things for the cat fancy.  The last time this award was approved was in 2010.   Recipients must achieve the unanimous vote of the entire Board of Directors.  The award was announced at CFA's Annual awards banquet earlier this month in Toronto.  George Eigenhauser extolled Betty's contributions which included her many years working with the Winn Feline Foundation.


This year our clubs voted to select the seven Directors At Large. Five incumbents were returned to office and two non-incumbents were elected to serve. Both new Board members, Carla Bizzell and Darrell Newkirk, are familiar faces as both served on the Board in the not too distant past. Join me in offering thanks to Ginger Meeker and Dennis Ganoe who are leaving the Board. They both were hard workers and CFA benefitted from their efforts. CFA's next major event is the CFA International Cat Show. It is being held in suburban Philadelphia in November. I am pleased that Debbie Kusy and Mary Kolencik have agreed to serve as Assistant Show Managers. Both bring a lot of experience to the position. Rich Mastin is again serving as the Show Manager and I again am one of the Assistant Show Managers. 


The Breed Council membership year was recently changed. It now begins May 1st and in order to be eligible to vote your dues must be paid by August 1st. That's only two weeks away. You can renew online . 


Hundreds of people volunteer to work on behalf of our organization from those working on our weekly shows, to committee chairs and committee members, to Board members. Please do not take their efforts for granted. CFA could not exist if we had to pay for the work accomplished by our many volunteers. All too often we hear criticism aimed at these volunteers and if we want these volunteers to continue to work for CFA, we need to acknowledge their efforts, temper the criticism, and offer gratitude. As you leave our show halls, take a minute to thank the club members whose efforts made the show possible. Similarly, give some thought to all the work accomplished by other volunteers in all areas of CFA and give them a pat on the back. They need to know you realize they are working hard and that you notice their efforts. It's easy enough for you to do but all too often it is overlooked. 



Terri Barry
CFA Executive Director


The 2015 Annual has come and gone! My first Annual was such an interesting experience and I enjoyed meeting so many of you! I hope that all of you had a great time. The hotel's large open lobby area was like "Main Street" - there wasn't a time I didn't walk by and not see someone I had met earlier or someone stopped me to introduce himself. Meeting all of you was the highlight of the Annual for me.

So many unforeseen events happened before the Annual, but thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of people, everything came together in the end. Many people from every area of CFA worked hard to make this Annual happen, but I would like to extend a very special thank you to Great Lakes' Regional Director John Colilla and the 2015 Annual Committee for their months of planning this event. From Central Office staff's perspective, the hotel personnel were good to work with and quickly gave us whatever we needed.
I would like to take a minute to welcome both Carla Bizzell and Darrell Newkirk to the Board, although my understanding is its really welcome back to the Board. 

I would be remiss if I didn't thank Ginger Meeker and Dennis Ganoe for all of their hard work. They have both been of enormous assistance as we dealt with the many I.T. and Registration changes over the past year. They both stepped up and took on extensive special projects that will benefit CFA and their dedication will be missed. 
Again, welcome to Carla and Darrell I look forward to working with you and those members returning. Thank you all for the very warm welcome throughout the Annual. I hope all of you had a nice time and everyone enjoyed all of the festivities.



New CFA Logo Varient available
After the success of CFA's presence at a Gay Pride event in Minneapolis, it was also thought that a "CFA Rainbow Logo"  would not only be a way to show CFA's support for the LGBT community, but would also allow CFA's exhibitors to demonstrate their support as well. 

CFA's graphic artist Teresa Keiger quickly worked up a variation of the CFA logo using the rainbow theme. It is now available for download on CFA's site here.  For those needing a high resolution version (for signage or printing), it's available (along with the other high res CFA logos) here.

CFA Club Sponsorships

Clubs wishing to receive a corporate sponsorship from CFA MUST fill out and return a corporate sponsorship form. 

An updated form is available  here, or contact Verna Dobbins for additional information.

CFA Star Awards
CFA awarded its annual Star Awards, for recognition of service to CFA. This year's receipients are:
Pat Zollman, Bronze, and Jodell Raymond, Silver Star, for their work resolving the emergency re-location of the 2015 CFA Annual in Toronto. 
Dick Kallmeyer, Bronze, for his work handling the Cattery of Distinction awards and the new computer. 
Ginger Meeker, Bronze, for her work assisting Central Office and the CO Executive Director. 
Beth Cassely, Silver and sadly our first posthumous star, for her work as a mentor, fundraiser, and general cheerleader of CFA and the Tonkinese breed.
Shirley Peet & Hope, Bronze, for their involvement in the CFA World Shows and the CFA Ambassador Cats project and support of many CFA shows. This is the first star awarded to a cat!  
Eve Russell, Bronze, for ordering and organizing the rosettes for the CFA World Shows. 
Kristen Nowell and Carolyn Jimenez, Bronze, for organizing the vendors for the CFA World Show. Linda Peterson and David Raynor, Bronze and Mary Kolencik, Gold, for benching the CFA World Shows.

A more in-depth look at the CFA Star Awards will appear in the August issue of "Cat Talk" magazine.

Judges' Association Spotlight Award
The CFA Judges' Association was please to present Rachel Anger with its 2015 Spotlight Award at the CFA Awards Banquet on July 4, 2015.

Rachel entered the CFA Judging Program in 1994, has also served as CFA's Secretary since 2003, and served on numerous CFA Committees.

The August issue of "Cat Talk" will have complete highlights of this award.


CFA Judging Program
from Annette Wilson, CFA Judging Program Chair:

Judges advanced at the CFA Board Meeting in July are:
John Adelhoch, Advanced to Approved LH, accepted as SH Trainee 
Marilee Griswold, Advanced to Approved SH, accepted as LH Trainee 
Tomoko Kitao, Accepted as LH Trainee 
Yuko Nozuki, Accepted as SH Trainee 
Nicholas Pun, Advanced to SH Apprentice 
Suki Lee, Advanced to Approved LH 
Etsuko Hamayasu, Advanced to Approval Pending Allbreed
CFA Website
Photos of all our National Winning cats are now online for you to enjoy - you can find them here:

In addition, all of the 2014-15 season Breed Winners are online as well.  You can view those photos by selecting the breed you're interested in from the drop-down menu, then click the "Breed Winners" link in the menu on the left-hand side of the page.

Congratulations to all our beautiful cats - and if you have a missing photo, it's NEVER too late to add it!  Just submit a good quality photo to [email protected], and I will be happy to get it posted.

Teresa Keiger

The August issue of "Cat Talk" magazine is always one of the biggest of the year, and this one is no exception! It will contain lots of coverage from the CFA Annual, including Show Rules' chair Monte Phillips review of the CFA Show Rules that were passed during the Annual Meeting.

It also contains a special section on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy with articles on current research being done and how to ensure that an HCM screening's results are read correctly.

This issue can be bought as a single issue or as the beginning of your one year subscription. Go to http://catalog.cfa.org/cattalk-almanac.shtml  to purchase.

Gift Subscriptions
Would you like to give a pet buyer, your veterinarian, or another cat lover a subscription to Cat Talk?  It's easy! Go to http://catalog.cfa.org/cattalk-almanac.shtml  , order a new subscription, and specify the address that you want it sent to. NEW! We will send a letter to you recipient announcing your gift.  

CFA Cancer Support Group Forming


In May 2014 I began a journey following my diagnosis of invasive breast cancer. Surgery and chemotherapy were real challenges! CFA people were my fantastic support. I was overwhelmed with prayers, care and concern and answers to many questions. Have you been on the journey? Cancer in your past? Just beginning dealing with diagnosis and treatment? Would you be interested in joining a closed Yahoo group to share your story, information and just provide support to others in CFA? Please contact Mary-Margaret Richardson, [email protected] for additional information.



Calendars For HCM Research in Persians

The Atlantic Himalayan Club is selling Calendars for to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Research in the Persian cat. HCM is found in a variety of breeds; however, testing to determine the genetic marker for the gene is unique to each breed and researchers must develop a new test for each breed. The Persian Breed study, initiated by Kathryn Meurs, DVM is being funded though the Persian HCM Fund and the Winn Feline Foundation.

The Atlantic Himalayan Club is very proud to be a staunch supporter of this research and proceeds from the sale of this Calendar will be donated to the Winn Feline Foundation to help fund this project. The research being sponsored by WFF on behalf of the Persian Breed will also benefit all other breeds of cat including our random bred cats. Calendars are available via www.himalayan.org for $20 plus postage. They will also be available at the International Show
CFA Ambassador Cats
Up-Front and in the Center
by Karen Lane, ACats Committee Chair

The CFA Ambassador Cats Program is now one year old, and in pulling together our report to the delegates at the Annual Meeting, it became apparent that the ACats are now "Up Front and in the Center" at most CFA shows as well as other events.

Our 23 members and their cats have made appearances in show halls across the US. They've made appearances at the CFA Foundation Museum (to the delight of visitors there!) Many of them have become "stars" on TV and the Internet. The ACats Trading Cards are so popular with spectators that owners often run out of them at shows!

Soon we will be adding our logo patches to our purple and orange cage set ups. Later this year, we'll begin adding breed banners to our displays, so that our CFA breeds will become even better known to the public.

We want to thank all of the clubs who welcomed our A-Cats into their show hall and found space for them. In the future we will be providing press releases for clubs so they may better advertise their show and our presence at their show
Winn Logo

by Vicki Thayer DVM , Winn Executive Director

 A list of donors to the Winn Foundation is available here. Thank you!

 The 2015 Winn Symposium was held on July 2nd in Toronto. The lecture notes and audio podcasts for both presentations, Dr. Jody Gookin's and Dr. Craig Webb's, are available now on Winn's Winn Symposium webpage. Transcripts from both talks will be available at a later date and a notification will be sent out. 


 Please remember Winn's Patriotic Cats Photo Contest - Feeling Patriotic? Why not send in a photo of your cat in a red/white/blue setting and/or attire, or how about colors associated with your family's country. Why not honor our military by sending a photo of your cat with a person of military or in uniform? A summertime look? No problem!
Details for submission: Include the cat's name and your name with the photo Photo size maximum is 3 MB 

Categories for prize winners

Best of Show    Most Humorous


 $50 Amazon Gift Card to winner in each category
Selected by panel of judges
Last day for submission is August 1, 2015 Submit your photo today!


A new Special Fund established - With a request and supporting documentation letters provided, the Winn Board of Directors established a new Special Fund to collect donations for research on the significant problem of amyloidosis occurring in the slinky breeds (Familial Amyloidosis in Abyssinians is due to a different amyloid protein buildup and is not the focus of this research). Details are available on our Ways to Give webpage

and donations can now be made to the Amyloidosis in Siamese-related Breeds Fund on our donations or GIVE NOW page. 



Winn/AVMF Excellence in Feline Research Award Recipient for 2015 - Dr. Urs Giger of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine was selected by the AVMA Council on Research. He will receive his crystal cat award and check at the NIH/Merial Young Scholars Program at UC-Davis on August 1. We will have more details later after the award ceremony. 


Winn/AVMF Scholarship Recipient - The Winn Board of Directors selected Ms. Emily Pearce, a third year veterinary medical student from Mississippi State University, for the $2500 scholarship. More details will be available in a future newsletter. 


Planned giving tip for July - Being organized may not reduce your taxes but it can help you avoid overpayment. For example, if you donate your time to a charity you may be able to deduct certain expense (such as mileage) but only if you document and claim them. One-time charitable donations early in the year may be forgotten by tax time. Don't wait until the end of the year to document your contributions/donations. Keep track as you go to maximize your deduction later. For any questions, please contact [email protected]


Winn Give Now

Please make note of our new contact information:

Mailing address: 637 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 336, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Email address: [email protected]

Website address: www.winnfelinefoundation.org


The problem with pet store bans... 


Two years ago, Joan Miller wrote a What's Hot article on a pet store ban in San Diego. At that time there were about 30 bans enacted in cities across the United States. Today there are over 80 bans enacted in communities across the US and Canada. Many of these communities had no pet stores in their jurisdiction. We are also seeing legislation proposed at the state level to ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits not obtained from shelters or rescues.

Why? It is still legal in this country, this land of the free, to sell dogs, cats and bunnies. Isn't it? Well yes, at least for the moment. Ban proponents say it shouldn't be that way. They claim most (or all) of these animals come from substandard kennels, catteries, and rabbitries. Don't look now but many of those accusatory fingers are pointing at you, and you, and, formerly, me. It doesn't matter that we do not supply pet stores. For many of the proponents of pet shop bans, this is just another tool to end all breeding. All breeders are abhorrent to them. At one point, the proposed San Diego ordinance included an exemption that would have ended breeding for most of us. Only the novice breeder with just 2-3 females might have worked within the exemption. It took considerable effort by cat and dog fanciers to get that exemption removed. Versions of that exemption, however, did find its way into ordinances of other cities.

Here are a few of the other claims made by advocates of pet shop bans:
* There are an "estimated" 10,000 substandard commercial breeding facilities in the US;
* An "estimated" 25% of dogs in shelters are purebreds;
* An "estimated" 2 million plus puppies are purchased each year from substandard kennels;
* USDA licensed facilities produce an "estimated" 1,055,435 puppies per year.
Remember, at one time it was "estimated" that in 7 years one female cat and her offspring could produce 420,000 cats. Misinformation abounds. Repeated often enough misinformation is taken for fact. Don't take unsubstantiated claims to heart. They may not be accurate.

Does the claim of most, or all, of these pets coming from substandard facilities not make you wonder? Forget for the moment that profit is not yet a four letter word. Or that some of these pet stores have been in business for decades which would be difficult if they were not profitable. How long would they stay in business if the stores consistently sold sick pets costing hundreds to thousands of dollars each? Word of mouth alone would surely cause major damage to the store's business over that amount of time

Can all these pets really be coming from substandard breeders? In April 2015, I attended a webinar for the National District Attorneys Association entitled "The Animal Welfare Act and Working with USDA". Dr. Robert Gibbens was one of the presenters. Dr. Gibbens is the Director of Animal Welfare Operations, Animal Care, APHIS, USDA. He stated that in any given year 95-97% of inspected facilities were in substantial compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. Substantial compliance means there was no serious noncompliance or repeated noncompliance. Dr. Gibbons also stated that half of their 120 inspectors were veterinarians. I doubt many veterinarians would overlook animal abuse as they conduct those inspections.

 Let's pretend for the moment that pet stores, those alleged purveyors of the broken and ill, buy solely from noncompliant breeders. Just where do the other 95-97% of inspected and licensed commercial breeders sell their offspring? This claim that pet store pets come mostly from substandard facilities does not always win the day for proponents of pet store bans. When the city of Welland, Canada was considering such a ban, a local pet store owner went on the offensive. The owner provided the City Council with a petition asking the city not to impose the ban. It was signed by 750 of the pet store's customers. The store's veterinarian of 10 years also testified on the store's behalf.(1) If proponents of the bans are right, how could this pet store owner pull it off?

The governor of Maine recently vetoed a bill that would have created a statewide pet store ban. Only 4 of Maine's 78 pet stores sell dogs and cats (and maybe rabbits). These pet stores account for less than 500 dogs sold in the state. Allegedly 95% of these dogs came from out-of-state large substandard operations.(2) That was not the only common claim trotted out. Requiring that pet stores acquire their pets from shelters and rescues helps save lives was another claim made. Let's look at the situation in Maine. In 2013, the Maine shelter system took in 10,000 dogs statewide. Of these, 2,710 of the dogs transferred in from out-of-state. Fully 95% of these dogs were adopted, returned to owner or transferred out.(3) It appears Maine shelters and rescues have little trouble saving lives of dogs both in Maine and elsewhere. Yet the legislation was not limited to addressing out-of-state or substandard breeders.

Nor do these ordinances differentiate between reputable shelter/rescue sources and those known as retail rescue. Retail rescue groups may be substandard facilities pretending to be a legitimate rescue. Or they may acquire many of their pets from substandard facilities and other questionable grey-market sources. This enables the very thing these bans try to eliminate.

Reputable shelters and rescues provide a vital service to the communities and the animals. Yet the nature of this service also means those pets can have no guarantees of health or freedom from psychological issues. They do save lives but sometimes those animals come with unknown costs as well. It is an unavoidable and sad situation. Many pet stores already provide shelters and rescues space to sell their animals. As long as it is legal to have pets, a pet store should have the choice to provide legal pets from sources that are not abusive to their animals.

 Ultimately, people that want a specific breed for particular characteristics are going to find a way to obtain that pet. The reality is that the entire US community of purebred dog and pedigreed cat breeders cannot supply the existing demand. Neither can rescue. Brick and mortar pet stores can be inspected by communities and pet buyers. Eliminating them as a source of purebred dogs and pedigreed cats drives some pet buyers to those substandard sources.

 Everybody should be concerned about abusive situations whether they are pet shops, commercial breeders, shelters, rescues, or individuals. Legislation drafted to address those concerns should avoid overreaching into legal activities. What legislation should not do is drive people to these substandard facilities.

1 http://www.pijac.org/blog/effective-advocacy-niagara-pet-corner-and-pijac-canada-ed-sayres-pijac-pres-ceo
2 "Maine lawmakers hear praise, criticism for bill targeting 'puppy mills.'" Kevin Miller, Press Herald, 3/5/2015.
3 "Most pet store puppies from licensed breeders, Proposed ban would encourage underground, unregulated market in puppies." Rebekah Milford, centralmaine.com.


Please report legislation happening in your area to
the Legislative Group -   
[email protected]

by Karen Lawrence
CFA Museum Director


Dollar Sale

The Feline Historical Museum will host a $$ DOLLAR DAY $$$ sale on Saturday, July 25th. Hundreds of duplicate books about cats, figurines, knick-knacks, and magazines will be available for only $1.00 each. If you're in the Alliance, OH area, drop in and see what we have that will complement your cat collection.

Siamese Breed Exhibit 

The next breed exhibit lined up for the museum is the Siamese. With a long and historical story, there is much about this breed to be discussed and displayed. The exhibit will open on October 1st.

Rainbow Bridge Memorials

During the months of July and August, we will be accepting memorials in our Rainbow Bridge Memorial Book for only $10.00. The museum is the perfect place for remembrances of your deceased pet. For more info see http://felinehistoricalfoundation.org/rainbow-bridge.html


by Candilee Jackson, Chair


Ambassador Update

The Ambassador Program is thrilled to have new banners, a new handbook, new buttons and stickers, and new flyers for the 2015-2016 show season!  Please email me with your region's needs.  I have a banner for each region, and I need to know how many handbooks, buttons, stickers and flyers you need.  So far, 100 handbooks have been printed, and we can print more if you need them. 


The new handbook has several new sections, including a section on Pet Me! Cats and Grief Counseling.  I know many of you are faced with spectators in tears who have just lost their fur companion, and hopefully the handbook will enable you to handle this delicate situation with grace and tact.


With regards to Pet Me! Cats:  The yellow felt pennants are not holding up well, and Art is back to the drawing board to create something with a longer use life.  I'll keep you updated so that we can get materials to you as they are created.


Next, if you have Pet Me! Cats, please remember that if you are NOT exhibiting this cat, you are entitled to a free double space and grooming space (if available) for that show.  You need to contact the show manager and entry clerk with your needs.  You should also ask to be benched near the entrance so spectators can see you easily. Next, TAKE PICTURES!!!!!  You can't send me too many! 


And last, your Ambassador Chair is thrilled to have been retained for the 2015-2016 show season!  Thank you so very much for your support as I learned how to do this difficult position for CFA - there are so many ins and outs that come with this position, and your help, suggestions and understanding are greatly appreciated.  If you have ideas to make our program better, remember, I'm "all ears" and ready to listen!  To those of you where English is a second (or third!) language, I compliment all of you on your use of English.  If you need me to use a translator application, just let me know.  I'm having great time learning Japanese and Chinese, and my high school and college French is getting a work out!


Region 1:  Jane Ramey-  no shows this reporting season

Region 2:  Mary Siestma, Meghan Noecker

Currently there are no shows in northern California until the first weekend in August.  The region's banquet is upcoming so Mary and Meghan will be attending the show, and will send in a report and hopefully some photos.

Region 3:  Harold Bourgeois, Janis Walkingstick-

Jayne recently found that the Ambassador emails were going to her junk mail which was why we haven't heard from her for a while. Crazy!  Jayne is looking forward to attending a September show and her report at that time.

Region 4:  Mariane Toth-

Region 5:  Ken Cribbs (Hawai'i), Shari Millar

Not much happening in Region 5, including Hawai'i, this summer.  September should have some excitement!


Region 6:  Candilee Jackson

Late June found the MWR celebrating the hard work and beautiful cats of the 2014-2015 show season at their regional awards show and banquet on June 20-21 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  The fairgrounds is a popular venue for Midwesties as it always attracts a large gate.  Ambassadors were out in force, and a lovely crop of spectators came through the bright Illinois Building to see the cats on display.  Although there were no scout troops, the show did attract many senior citizens on a field trip from their residence.  A great deal of petting and snuggling was seen by a great many exhibitors!  In a conversation with the residence recreational director, it was obvious the Center had a need for visiting Pet Me! Cats.  A follow up conversation and maybe a plan  to utilize the Sangamon Animal Shelter volunteers and kitties can be arranged.


Region 7:  Lyn Knight, Jane Wood-  no report

Region 8:  Takako Koijima, Masanari Koijima

Although there is no report from Region 8 this month, this Ambassador Chair was honored to meet Takako Koijima at the CFA Annual in Toronto.  Though we didn't have much of a chance to talk, it was lovely to put a sweet face to a name!

Region 9:  Natalya Gnatyuk, Ulrike Kneupple-   no report

Asia/International:  Phebe Low - no report


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Region 1

by Geri Fellerman, Regional Director 


Our Region was blessed with a truly fun show and Regional Banquet this year. Kudos to Diamond State CC and Greater Lancaster FF for putting on a great show. Lots of laughs capped off our banquet. After the Annual (many thanks to Region 4 for a terrific time), Region 1 exhibitors were able to look forward to what is always an enjoyable show with a super count, One Fine Day.


Now, then, it's time for all of us to gear up for the BIG ONE! Garden State is just a few days away. The club has really outdone themselves this year - publicity has been fantastic (newspaper stories, TV spots and radio ads in abundance). Should be quite a gate. It's always great fun to the see early contenders for this season's NW's. Again this year, the club is playing host to BAOS which is always popular. Well, better get going - the cookie baking has commenced.


Region 2

by Terri Zittel, Regional Secretary


The Northwest Region Attendees report that the Annual was a great success. The hot el was lovely and the views from the hotel were truly beautiful. Good sight seeing tours to go on and the meeting went well. The picture is Pam's birthday party on a sail boat cruise. Happy Birthday Pam!


July 18th and 19th is the SunKats annual show in Seaside, Oregon. This is a great location and a show that everyone looks forward to.

In August Poppy State is having their show in conjunction with the Northwest Regional Banquet. Details are on the cfanorthwest.org website. The date is August 8th in North Highlands, CA.

Finally summing up the summer events is the Upper Northwest's "Picnic in the Park!" on August 15th. It is a potluck, auction and Bingo game.

Region 3
by Steve McCullough, Regional Director


Betty White
Betty White, was the recipient of CFA's highest honor- The Medal of Honor. Betty has certainly earned it from all of her years of volunteering, mentoring, and judging for CFA and Region 3. He
r tireless hours with What is a Breed, to years on the Winn Foundation Board, and traveling abroad representing CFA everywhere, we take pride in knowing her as an AB judge from Region 3. THANK YOU BETTY.

Carolyn Owen
Forty. When you hear the word forty, usually memories of a joyful past come to mind. Forty. Carolyn Owen received her judging recognition as being a CFA judge for the past forty years. What an honor for region 3 to have such a kind and caring lady as Carolyn behind the bench. As she has said many times, God must have gone to the University of Texas because he makes the sunsets burnt orange for a reason. Thank you Carolyn for your continued service, here is to looking forward to forty-five.

Jeff Janzen

Jan Rogers and Jeff Janzen also received recognition for their 15 years as CFA judges.

Coongratulations to Dennis and Trudy Allen with Macgyver being 13th Best Cat in Premiership!!! Macgyver was our only National Winner this year, which leaves the doors open for us to increase that number this year.

Tracy Bayarena had another first for the region, a Best of Breed Persian- Smoke and Shaded with her GC, BW, RW Sunlit Tiger Tiger of Rare Earth. The first Shell Cream Persian to achieve a National breed win. YAY!!!!!

Not to be left out, Donna Hinton was a proud grandma with one of her lines behind COTY this year!! What a wonderful Annual for Region 3 exhibitors.
Kelli Griffin and Gary Shubert

Karen Godwin, Linda Beck, Linda Galloway, Kelli Griffin and Gary Shubert, and Sheryl Zink were also Breed Winners from Region 3.

Clerking honors went out to Cheryl Thieler for 25 years and Paula Noble for 10 years.

With our Regional Awards Banquet and Show coming up, August 15-16th in Denver, CO, we will look forward to seeing everyone there, especially championship cats that need to grand before heading out to Oaks, PA for the International Show in November.

See y'all in the show hall!

Region 4

 by John Colilla, Regional Director



Thank you all for attending the 2015 Toronto Annual. Hope all of you had a great time.



We have a Facebook page and are a member of Pinterest, both which provide information about our region. The links are https://www.facebook.com/cfagreatlakes  and https://www.pinterest.com/carmencitamarie/great-lakes-region-cfa/



Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming shows:


  • July 25 Motor City Jazz Club 5AB, 1 SP and 6 HHP
  • August 1-2 Royal Canadian 6AB and 4 SP
  • August 16 Monroe Shorthair Club 5AB and 1 SP
  • August 22-23 Sacred Cat of Burma Fanciers 7AB and 3 SP
  • September 5 Sternwheel Cat Fanciers 5AB , 1 SP 
Region 5
by Lisa Marie Kuta, Regional Director 
It's time to start planning for the festivities at the 2016 Annual in Las
Vegas! The Southwest Region is gearing up for a wonderful time. Have you
seen the pin yet? It looks fabulous in person, much better than my
photographically-challenged self was able to capture. It's $20 and goes
to support the region's hospitality event and delegate bags. We'll have
it available at shows or contact me at [email protected].

Region 6

by Candilee Jackson, Midwest Region Secretary

MWR Planning Committee Updates:

Your planning committee has taken a short vacation of sorts, but will be meeting again next Monday, July 13 as the committee moves forward with plans for a fundraising show for 2016 and next year's regional awards show and banquet. 


As announced at the regional show and banquet in June in Springfield, Illinois, the 2016 extravaganza will be held at the Wyndam Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Pam DeGoyler will be the show manager, and will be putting together her committee over the next few months.  A summer 2016 fundraising show combined with a picnic (and hopefully a pool party!) is being investigated:  watch for more news later!


Many thank yous to everyone who helped with the running, managing, preparation, and decorating for the MWR Show and Banquet.  Mary Auth did an amazing job with the On the Road Again slide show, and it looks like she has created her own monster:  Mary is already accepting pictures for the 2015-2016 On the Road Again!  Please send pictures as you take them so she won't have 1000 pictures to look through next May!  She'd love to have pictures of show prep (bathing, packing), traveling, show set up and tear-down, club meetings, dinners and lunches with cat friends.  Please send to:  [email protected]


Show Reports

The MWR celebrated its 2014-2015 show year with a blow out show in Springfield, Illinois in late June.  The Illinois State Fairgrounds is a favorite place for Midwesties to show their latest crop of show cats, and a great time was had by all.  Many thank you to new show manager Bobbie Weihrauch and show manager in training Lucy Drury!  You both were wonderfully organized and handled any bumps in the road with grace and class. It was wonderful to see some new exhibitors as well as the sweet faces of exhibitors who don't usually come that far south!


MWR Brags

Mary Auth with new exhibitor Sarah Owens & her very first grand!


Sarah and Chuck Owens (Joplin MO), new exhibitors, are as proud as punch to announce their very first Grand Premier, Clowntown's Shining Lunas'a Mystery (aka "Scoot").  Breeders are Howard Webster, and Cindy Browning/Bruce Bradshow.

"I can't forget standing there ...  Scoot's number was not up in the finals, and then all the whispering about not '96', where's '95'...the clerk misread the judge's writing...my heart was pounding because I knew at least a 2nd would put him over the top...then the judge apologizing and called up '95'....OMG!!!!  He GRANDED!!!!!!


 June 27-28 were the dates for the Minneapolis Gay Pride event, and CATS held centerstage with their own booth.  Jill Singer, Valori Trantanella and Brian Tripp, both of Twin Cities Cat Club, were present:  "We had a blast!  ... people were excited to see cats for the first time at Pride."  Brian contacted CFA president, Mark Hannon, to find a way to establish cat booths at the pride events in other larger cities.  With Mark on board, Teresa Keiger has created a CFA Pride logo that can be used for future pride events and for CFA folks to add to their websites in support of LGBT.  "Next year, we want to have a large banner with our cat club name and CFA logo on it with the new gay pride logo," stated Brian.  We ALL love our cats!








Upcoming Shows:

July 18-19         Mo-Kan                        KC Expo Center, Kansas City MO



Region 7
by Jean Dugger, Regional Director


The Southern Region held our regional show and banquet 6/13-14/2015. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves at the show, despite the cramped quarters in the smaller exhibit hall. We had an excellent turn out at the banquet as well.

This month we have the GEMS show in Richmond, honoring the Egyptian Mau, with special breed awards. In August, we have Foothills felines in Spartanburg, SC followed by Hidden Peak in Maryland. The last weekend of the month, Cat Club of the Palm Beaches is holding a show in Deland, FL. Lots to look forward to in the Southern Region in the coming months!
Region 8
by Edward Maeda, Regional Director

 The Japan Region held its Regional Award Banquet 2014-2015 show season at Granvia Hotel Kyoto, near by Kyoto Station on June 21,2015. Needless to say, Kyoto is very famous traditional historical city in Japan. The Japan Regional Award Banquet had been held in Yokohama for past several years. Around 110 attended at this banquet from all over Japan and applauded all winners on the stage. 

I'm very proud to report about all 2014-2015 show season winners in Japan Region and Regional Award Banquet to this report. Best Cat was GC, RW Royal Road Crystal Clear, American Shorthair Silver Tabby male. The Best Kitten was GC, RW Bas-Barau Silenus, Somali Ruddy male. The Best Cat in Premeirship was GP, RW Marrin's Snow The Great Wall, American Shorthair Silver Tabby Neuter. The Best Cat in Veteran class was GC Goqoo Tamasaburo, Exotic Brown Tabby and White male and the Best Household Pet was Tigger, Blue Mackerel Tabby and White Neuter. Congratulations on your success in 2014-2015 show season.


Region 9
Pam DelaBar, Regional Director

Region 9 (Europe) is gearing up for our regional show and awards banquet 1-2 August in Bremen, Germany. This event is hosted by the capable members of the German Catwalk club. The show is held in conjunction with a large pet fair and draws many spectators.

Europe was well represented at the CFA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. Our Manx breeders took all three breed awards for Longhair Manx (go Finland!), our Japanese Bobtail breeders got two of three breed awards for Longhair Japanese Bobtails, and of course, two of the three breed awards for Exotics. Additionally our breeders earned breed awards for American Wirehair, Bombay, Burmese, Egyptian Mau, Exotic Exotic Longhair, Havana Brown, Korat, Longhair Scottish Fold, and Persians in the Himalayan, Particolor and Tabby Divisions. And of course, we all were thrilled with CFA 3rd Best Cat GC, BW, NW Tombrock's Chopin (and Best Exotic), 18th Best Cat GC, BW NW Rumfold Prince Tiare, (and Best Longhair Scottish Fold), and 22nd Best Cat (and Best Burmese) GC, BW, NW Beautyburm's Chateau Lafite . In addition, CFA's 2nd Best and 21st Best Cats were bred in Region 9. These wins cover the region from France to Russia and Italy to Finland.

We are certain to have a wonderful celebration the first weekend in August. Come join us in Bremen!

Cat Fanciers of Finland is sponsoring a show 16 August with an experimental format. It is a one day, 2 ring show with an entry limit of 100. One judge officiate in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The show was not even advertised yet and is already 10 percent filled! We will have a report on this unique show for the September Newsletter.
International Division

Dick Kallemyer, International Division Chair 

There were several 'firsts' this month in the International Division.  For the first time, the Best Cat in Championship, GC, BW, NW Venizia Redsilver Surfer came from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in the International Division and was the first Maine Coon to achieve this award. Surfer was bred by Chuleeporn Namsiriwiwat and was owned by Jimmy and M. Lee (Malaysia), Chuleeporn Namsiriwiwat (Thailand) and Fion Cheng (Hong Kong). In addition, the Best Kitten, GC, NW Kitties Land Main Event, Blue British Shorthair, came from China, bred and owned by Wen Wei Shi.  Congratulations to these and all ID national award winners!

Setup for the Purepet Cat Club and China Pearl Feline Fanciers show, June 27-28, 2015 and the Beijing Zhuo Zhan Plaza


Other firsts include mainland China's first delegate members to attend the CFA annual meeting.

The ID also welcomes Nicholas Pun (Hong Kong) as a Shorthair Apprentice judge.  Suki Lee (Hong Kong) was advanced to Approved LH judge.

As a reminder, the International Divisional Division Awards Show on August 22 and Awards Banquet will be held in Beijing, China on August 23, 2015.  Contact Maggie Kwan in Hong Kong ([email protected]), Awards Coordinator, or ID representative Amanda Cheng ([email protected]) for further information.






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