CFA Newsletter
January 15 | 2020
CFA News
Memo From Mark

Happy New Year to each of you.

This spring our clubs vote for CFA Officers and Regional Directors. In order to be eligible to vote clubs must have paid their dues and submitted a membership list with club officers indicated and be received in the Central Office by February 3rd. Deadline for declaring for any of the Board seats up for election is March 15th. As of this writing both Darrell Newkirk and I have declared for President. You can check out who has declared for any of the positions this year here

As this is the first newsletter of the new decade, I want to briefly take a look back at some of the changes that have occurred in CFA in the past decade. 
  • We moved the Central Office from New Jersey to Ohio. With that move we lost many of our dedicated staff and new staff was recruited and trained. This was a difficult transition and it had its bumps in the road. I am pleased that after an absence of several years Allene Tartaglia returned to her previous role as Executive Director. She has improved office operations with a smaller staff at lower cost. Since her return registration staff have received basic genetic training and staff has also received customer service training.
  • Our yearly registrations have more than doubled and related to that our bottom line has increased by more than $2.5 million. 
  • We are providing financial assistance to all our shows. Based on the end of the current year’s requests and potential approvals we should exceed $500,000 since May 1, 2016 
  • We have invested a significant amount in improvements to our IT systems. More than 90% of our registrations are done online and most of them are processed within a day or two.  
  • Our marketing efforts have been fantastic. We have a great presence on social media. Our clubs are receiving help advertising their shows in order to attract spectators. We have started participating in events with large audiences such as pet expos and state fairs. More and more pet lovers are hearing about CFA and our wonderful hobby.
  • The CFA International Cat Show has grown tremendously and attract more spectators than ever. The most recent show generated almost $100,000 in ticket sales.
  • CFA is growing internationally. We have more shows and more registrations from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

These are but some of the growth CFA has experienced in the past decade. We expect to continue to see changes, improvements, and growth in the years to come.
Central Office Report

Allene Tartaglia, CFA Executive Director

Club dues and membership lists must be paid/received by February 3 for a club to be eligible to participate in the election of CFA Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) and Regional Directors. A list of clubs in good standing is listed online here. The list is updated on a regular basis. If your club is NOT on this list, please contact Amber Goodright .
This year’s Annual is being held at the Davenport Grand hotel in Spokane, Washington. Information about the hotel, meal reservations and meetings can be found online here. Hotel reservations can be made directly using this link.
The discount program with Motel 6 continues for CFA’ers. Use the CorporatePlus@6 account number of CPOAPHHT and receive 10% off. The following link is already personalized for CFA and includes the 10% discount:
CFA Clerking Program
Clerking Dues Now Due

Biennial Clerk dues of $20.00 are now due. Please pay your 2020/21 dues as soon as possible. Dues must be paid in order to receive the 2020 test which will be mailed by mid-April. Renew ONLINE at this link:
CFA Breeds and Standards
Annette Wilson
Chair, CFA Breeds & Standards Committee

The Breeds & Standards Committee is happy to report that the Breed Council ballot results were tabulated and participating Breed Council Secretaries were notified prior to December 20. Thanks to all breed council members that participated in their breed councils in 2019! You are the guardians of your breed.

The balloted proposals that passed the Breed Councils will be presented to the CFA Board at the Feb. 1-2, 2020 meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.  
CFA Marketing Committee
Desiree Bobby, Director of Marketing
Kathy Black, Marketing Committee Chairperson

We’ve got an app for that.

CFA’s very own app, CFA CATS is finally here. This tool benefits both spectators and exhibitors, while promoting CFA, pedigreed breeds, and cat shows.

With over 60% of our CFA family using mobile devices, it makes great sense for us to have useful show info in the palm of our hands. Currently, the app provides easy access to the show guide, show rules, breed descriptions, standards and a general show calendar. There will be enhancements and possibly some fun interactive features in the future as well.

Spectators can easily access photos and information about all of CFA’s recognized breeds, making it the perfect tool to find out more about the breeds that they see at shows. There’s also a list of FAQs for spectators, explaining how cat shows operate. The show guide benefits both spectator and exhibitors, as it lists upcoming shows, locations, and judges.

Exhibitors will have ready access to both current CFA show rules and all breed standards. There’s even a point calculator for determining both grand and national/regional points.

The app is available for both the iOS and Android systems as a free download in the Apple App Store and via Google Play. Simply search for “CFA CATS” to find it.

Note: The current version of the app is 1.2 so if you have a previous version on your phone downloaded during testing, be sure to delete it and redownload.
Motel 6
Motel 6's discounted rate of 10% off published rates for CFA is renewed for another year.
The code and link are:
CorporatePlus@6 account number : CPOAPHHT
Landing Page:
CFA Judges' Association
The Care and Feeding of Judges
an ongoing series

Wendy Heidt

Bustling exhibitors, clerks calling numbers over crackling PA, smells wafting from the concession stands with impatient lines, and folks chatting about what looks good for lunch. A judge leaves their ring and heads to the far side of the show hall where a door with a pink and blue sign beckon. An exhibitor follows. While taking care of one’s personal business in the tiled palace, a conversation is started. “I want to shake your hand.” 
While the story is funny, it actually happens. But when you have a question or a comment to talk to a judge about when and where is the best time? Judges are busy people but stalking them into the bathroom may not be the best option even if you have something good to say. 

Show Rule 11.10 A judge should not engage in unnecessary conversations with exhibitors while performing his/her duties. Judges are not required to discuss entries with exhibitors. 
One of the best questions I have heard and been asked was “What can I do to make my cat better”. If you want to ask the question, be prepared for the answer. It may be nothing that you can fix. Each ring of each show is how the cats stack up against each other at that moment in time. The answer may not be what you want to hear. Snotty nose, dirty ears, poo on the hock, overlooked dingleberry, knotted fur, poor weight don’t help the chances of an entry to be called back. 

If you decide you still want to ask the question it is recommended to check with the ring clerk to see when a good time to come back would be. Most likely at the end of the day, after the judge has completed judging. Even if you ask the judge is not required to give you an answer. If the approach is one out of education and polite conversation, you are most likely to get that in return.  

Cat Talk
Teresa Keiger - Editor
Did you love the "My First Cat" stories in the December issue? Good news - there's more to come in the February issue. And depending on reader feedback, this may become a limited run series!

Speaking of reader input, we're going to be asking for more of your stories, and this should be fun! Have you ever gone on a trip and unexpectedly discovered a cat with you? or perhaps the wrong cat decided to take another's place? June's theme is "Vacation" with stories about traveling with cats, and we're including a piece about stowaway cats. Ann Strople is compiling these stories and you can send her yours at

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CFA Program News
Legislation – What’s Hot . . . . . . .
 Kelly S. Crouch, CFA Legislative Information Liaison

Anticipating Future Legislation

If asked to predict what legislation will crop up in a given year, the CFA Legislative Group would have to respond that absent local knowledge only hindsight is 20/20. Through their advocacy efforts, local fanciers are better equipped to anticipate what legislation might arise in their area. A good relationship with legislators can translate into the foreknowledge of proposed legislation. Awareness of a lawmaker’s position on issues is also good to have. Social media and news reports can be useful in discerning an elected representative’s position and legislative priorities. Real events in the jurisdiction can also motivate legislative efforts, so news stories can also be helpful to anticipate a legislative response. Fanciers in tune with their districts are less likely to be caught by surprise though that still happens occasionally to seasoned advocates. 

There are some issues that fanciers should anticipate and be prepared to counter. Even if there are laws on the books, someone may seek to amend the law. Mandatory spay/neuter, breeder permits, limit laws, pet licensing, and mandatory microchipping are all that crop up fairly frequently. Often the proposed ordinances adopt a familiar theme. Sometimes the advocates of the proposed law get inventive. A development in mandatory microchipping is the replacement of pet licensing with microchipping. Though not the first community to consider such a law, Honolulu, HI was the subject of the November 2019 What’s Hot for their proposed ordinance. What makes the Honolulu article a good read for fanciers is that the proposed ordinance compounds the issues of mandatory microchipping with those of several additional mandates. These multiple mandates just create too many challenges for the city and its residents. 

Legislatively seasoned fanciers also know to watch for consumer protection, nuisance, and dangerous animal legislation. Any of these can impact fancier activities. Consumer protection provisions designed for commercial enterprises often increase the liability of a hobbyist. Some of these laws also impose the care and facility requirements typically found in breeder licensing laws on all breeders. Nuisance laws may penalize caterwauling or at-large cats. A cat who attacks the neighbor’s dog or the neighborhood squirrel may be declared dangerous.

There are more recent legislative developments of which fanciers should also be aware. A few years ago, a movement began to stop the sale of commercially sourced dogs, cats, and sometimes rabbits in pet stores. This legislation still comes up frequently at both the state and local levels of government. Although the local ordinances are more likely to affect hobby breeders by placing mandates on all breeders or narrowly defining hobby breeder exemptions, fanciers should keep an eye on state versions as well.

Another issue that has been cropping up in recent years is the use of pejorative terms in legislation. Emotionally charged and frequently ill-defined terms like backyard breeder, puppy mill, kitten mill, and irresponsible pet owners have no place in legislation. Sometimes it is just bad form because the advocate does not realize how pejorative a term may be outside of their community. Often used simply to categorize activities, these terms are also used to create a new classification of offenses. Laws outline the behaviors that will not be tolerated by society. Generally, jurisdictions have laws on the books making offenses of acts failing to meet the minimum behavior expected for the care of animals. A few local jurisdictions have considered making another offense of being an irresponsible pet owner. One becomes an irresponsible pet owner by being guilty of committing one or more of other enumerated offenses. In essence, the pet owner is punished for committing the offenses for which they have already been penalized.

The CFA Legislative Group usually cannot predict what legislation will show up in a particular area. There are just too many towns, cities, counties, states and nations for us to keep track of by ourselves. This is why local advocates are critical. If the first time anyone hears of legislation is in a news article, then they are already in a reactive mode rather than a proactive one. If the proactive fancier watches and prepares for these types of legislation, they are in a pretty good position to take action if necessary. We are here to help if you need it.

Recent Legislative Group Blog Posts:

1. UPDATE – January 2019, Current Topics in Legislation: Consumer Protection Pet Leases and Finance Legislation Must Preserve Fancier Breeding Lease Practices. December 31, 2019
2. Legislation - What’s Hot……….As 2019 Draws to a Close, Stay Aware of legislative Happenings. December 18, 2019
Please report legislation happening in your area to the Legislative Group –  Visit the CFALegislativeNews Facebook page and the CFA Legislative Group Blog to see the current legislative news.
Winn Foundation
Julie Legred - Executive Director, Winn Feline Foundation
A list of Winn's December Honor Donors is available
Planned Giving
by George Eigenhauser

Is your employer withholding the correct amount of federal income tax from your paycheck? As you prepare your 2019 tax return you may discover that your employer is withholding too much or too little tax. If you are not having enough tax withheld from your paycheck you may owe Uncle Sam at tax time. If you are having too much withheld you may be getting too little money in your pocket each paycheck. The IRS has revised their tax withholding tables to incorporate the changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The TCJA changed or eliminated many popular deductions, raised the standard deduction, and lowered some tax rates. You can use the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator to determine the right amount of withholding for 2020. The IRS recommends everyone use the Tax Withholding Estimator to perform a “paycheck checkup”. They note it may be particularly important if you have recent changes in your life, such as marriage, the birth of a child, adoption or bought a home. It’s free to use and may help you avoid unpleasant surprises at tax time next year.

Clinical study on feline genetics and diabetes Anivive Lifesciences, a pet pharmaceutical company, is partnering with cat owners to study feline genetics and diabetes. Your participation in this study is an opportunity to support scientific exploration of the genes thought to be involved with diabetes. This information will help researchers develop new diagnostic tests, suggest possible preventative measures and explore new treatments for this common feline disease. For more details on how to enroll your diabetic cat into this clinical study visit

We want to thank all of you for your continued support and donations. Winn Feline foundation is truly blest to have all of you in their corner and we wish all of you the best in 2020!
Corporate Affliates
Our friends at Motel 6 would like CFA to continue to receive the 10% discount at participating locations by using the new updated reservation code of CPOAPHHT. There is a dedicated reservation site for CFA at or you may call 800-466-8356.
Discount Code # CPOAPHHT
Code: 1000026977
or call 877-999-3223 and ask for the discount code CFA CAT FANCIERS ASSOCIATION
Discount Code # 526223
Discount Code # #U285933 
Link to Avis
Discount Code # Z926291
Regional News
Region 1
Sharon Roy - Regional Director

Vermont Fancy Felines and Fleur De Lys held another very successful show this weekend. Excellent gate again. This was despite an ice storm on Saturday night. 
What a great relief that it was a hotel show!
The show always features a breed presentation which is popular with the public
I also must congratulate our December shows, Straight and Curl and Burmillas Fanciers and Finicky Felines. All the shows were competitive and well attended by both exhibitors and spectators.

Plan Ahead Region 1 awards show and Banquet will once again be in Cromwell CT. Due to the timing of the CFA annual, the Region has moved the show to June 27 th.  That is the weekend after the annual. Our theme is “Holidays.” We have decided on a 1 day Saturday show. Hope to see you there!
Region 2
Terri Zittel - Regional Secretary 

We had a wonderful time at the second Emerald Cat Club Seaside show on January 4th and 5th. The weather was stormy and the sand was blowing but the remodeling on the Seaside convention center was completed and really lovely. The cat show was fun and the gate was terrific! I imagine the weather drove the spectators in but the club had done a really great job with the advertising. The monies from CFA for such efforts have really paid off for our clubs! Good work CFA!

Pam Moser held a regional meeting before the start of the show on Saturday. She discussed some of the current issues and also the Annual in Spokane, WA. We won’t be having a regional fundraiser show this year but will hold one next year on the January Emerald Cat Show date. The hall was booked so Emerald will move their show to the second week in February for one year only. That is Super Bowl Sunday so the club will try to arrange a viewing room. The remodeling has state-of-the-art audio visual so it should be very possible. 
One of the highlights of the show was GP KCDancers Tiger Wood earned his Grand Premier of Distinction in Wain Harding’s ring. Tiger Wood is 9/3 years old and was bred by Craig and Kathy Miller. Tiger is owned by Janet and Lori Hollister. (right)

On January 18th, Poppy State Cat Club will host a one day six ring show in Auburn, CA. This show is followed by the Seattle Cat Club/Valley Cat Fanciers six ring one day show in Longview, WA on February 1st. Call of the Wild Cat Fanciers has a two day eight ring show in Santa Rosa on February 15th and 16th. All of these shows have flyers and entry forms available at 
Region 3
Leesa Altschul, Regional Secretary
Message from our Regional Director, Kathy Black:

I am excited for 2020 and the growth we will see for CFA and within the Region. Thank you for each of your contributions. I anticipate a fabulous journey as we walk together!
Happy New Year!!

It’s show time. On Saturday, December 21st, Show and Tell Cat Club had their Holiday Happenings cat show in Mesquite, Texas. It was a show that everyone looked forward to attending. Not only were there great judges from all over the United States and the world, but the fabulous brunch/lunch potluck buffet was a feast everyone participated in and really enjoyed. They also had a fun gift exchange going on all day. 
There were prizes for best decorated cage and decorated person too which a New Bee (Julia and Cassie) won with their highly decorated cage and wearing their cute Christmas sweaters. The giant raffle was great, with many winners. There were many craft fair vendors with great ideas for holiday presents and goodies for our cats
Jan Rogers was able to donate money to CFA’s Breeder Assistance Program/Breed Rescue Group (BAP-BRG) and to the local spay/neuter network. The on-site rescue group adopted 4 rescue cats at the show.

Show and Tell had lovely rosettes, which had a beautiful ornament on top of the glittered streamer. This was a very fun show and quite a success.
The prestigious 67th Annual Houston Cat Club Charity Cat Show, at George R. Brown Convention Center, was January 11th and 12th. There were many events going on throughout Saturday and Sunday besides the judging in eight rings. They had a spectator ring set up for special events for the spectators and exhibitors. In the ring, at specific times they had Meet the Breeds, discussion on ancient cat breeds, daily best cat costume contests, best dressed human (cat-related) contest, and stuffed animal contests. 
The show had elaborate face painting by two ladies dressed up as Disney characters. They also had a fantasy backdrop that was used by many for picture-taking.

They had Agility for both days, and the cats had really fast times. The agility ring was another huge hit for the spectators, who were amazed at what the cats could do.
The Youth Feline Education Program (CFA-YFEP) had the youth do a breed presentation of their cat in a ring. The youth were of various ages and all did a fantastic job presenting their cats and breeds to Judge Brian Pearson and the audience.
The club had a children’s activity center set up which was popular. There were a few Ambassador cats at the show, which the gate loved since they were able to pet the cats and take lots of pictures of them. They had nine rescue groups, and the groups adopted out many cats. It was great that there were three New Bees at the show, and they really enjoyed their first show. There were returning New Bees at the show too. The raffle was a huge hit with many spectators participating in it.
The club had a children’s activity center set up which was popular. There were a few Ambassador cats at the show, which the gate loved since they were able to pet the cats and take lots of pictures of them. They had nine rescue groups, and the groups adopted out many cats. It was great that there were three New Bees at the show, and they really enjoyed their first show. There were returning New Bees at the show too. The raffle was a huge hit with many spectators participating in it.
Tracy Whittenberg’s Maine Coon Cat, GCD, RW X-Maine Miraq, was helping raise funds for the 2021 CFA Annual, which will be held in Houston, Texas. Human contestants get to pay a buck and draw a duck. Ducks are color coded to reveal a prize. All proceeds from Buck-a-Duck go to the Region 3 Annual Fund.
We are selling the 2021 Annual pins for $20. To purchase, see Traci Whittenberg or Beth Grant-Field. The pin design is a cat in space to represent our Houston Annual. They are very popular and everyone wants one! 
Hot Off The Press!
Gulf Shore Region 2021 Annual T-Shirts. As one of the fundraisers for the 2021 Annual, we will be selling T-shirts with our Annual theme on the front. The logo will be in full color on a quality navy T-shirt. Shirts are only $20 for S, M, L, XL, 2X and 3X. The next show they will be available at is the December 7 th Orange, Texas, Brazos Valley Cat Club. . We are not able to ship them.

To reserve your size, place your order via PayPal (send money via “Friends and Family” option) to (or you can pay at the show.) List your size and quantity in the PayPal comment section. Get yours before they are all gone! 
WE NEED YOU! if you have any fundraising ideas and/or wish to serve on a committee for ideas for the 2021 Annual, please contact Traci Whittenberg (our Annual Chair).

Upcoming Shows

• January 18 - 19: TX, Mesquite. Ozark Cat Fanciers
• February 1 - 2: KS, Wichita. Wichita Cat Fancy, Inc. 
• February 22 - 23: TX, Orange. Wildcatters Cat Club 

Region 4
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 on our Facebook and Pinterest pages.

The Great Lakes Region Fundraising Committee is busy producing the 2020 CATS OF CFA CATENDAR which will be available late summer. The proceeds from the sale of the Catendar and other fundraisers helps offset expenses for things such as hospitality, entertainment, etc at the CFA Annual. 

GLR is having a raffle for 2 pieces of Waterford Crystal for our 2022 Annual. Tickets are $5 each and we will sell only 200 tickets. Winner announced after the sale of 200. 

The 2022 CFA Annual will be held in Louisville, KY and the Great Lakes Region is looking forward to many of you joining us for this event!!
Upcoming Shows
Be sure to mark your calendar with our upcoming shows:

More information can be found online at


Region 5
Howard Webster - Regional Director
In this new year of 2020, we all can have high hopes of new beginnings and a better life for all of us. It seems that 2019 was just a dark cloud that hung over our heads and we are ready to see the sun again! 

In January The SWR has two of our big shows in the region: Crown City which was last weekend, and San Diego the weekend of the 25th. Our weather in California for these two shows are better than just about everywhere else, so make plans on coming on out and being a part of the SWR!

Rhonda Avery is also putting on a clerking school on Friday, January 24th, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. So for all of you who want to learn more, contact Rhonda Avery.

Don't forget, we have the Malibu show the 8th of February in Glendale, CA. Again, for those that wish to leave the snow and cold, the weather here is wonderful! You can see all the SWR shows here So, get out of the cold and visit sunny California and have a great show!
This last weekend we had only 3 show locations in the USA. There was less than 600 cats present at all of these shows combined, and there were double entries in each show, so the final count was less.  

What we need now is outreach and advertisement. We need new spectators who come and see what we do and want to do it also. I want to say we did just that at the Crown City Show, in Ontario, CA.  Lisa Kuta and Debi Gomez teamed up again and made it happen. This was the best attended show at that location by spectators in years! Most had not been to a cat show before. There was a team helping with spectators at the door giving information on etiquette and how to find out information. The crowd was steady and continued both days.  

Social media and friendly people will be the vehicle we use to change the direction of the cat fancy. We all have a hand in this process no matter who you are. Thank you to everyone that made a helped to make a difference!
Emma is 8 years old. When Pop Pop and Nana said she could go to the cat show with them, she chose her outfit. PopPop and Nana have rescue cats
She is shown here holding Goat
Region 6
Mary Auth - Regional Director
The Midwest region hosted two shows in early January and is planning a third in St. Paul, MN in conjunction with Winter Carnival. This show is always fun – huge gate and the crowing of King and Queen of the carnival cats. As always, complete info is on the Midwest Region web site:

The Three Amigos celebrated a fun show with cat costume and human costume contests. While on the first eastern side of the region World Wide Feline Fanciers kept with their wrestling theme and slammed it to the matt with a record-breaking show in gate, raffle and entries. I would encourage everybody to take a good look at the four-ring shows in Lawrenceburg Indiana for a chance to pick up some grand points. The next one is in July.
America’s Junior Miss Agriculture stopped by the WWFF show to talk to people about careers in agriculture – like animal husbandry
It was clean at the beginning of the show, but children at the WWFF show make beautiful art during the day
This was part of the human costume contest at the Three Amigos, Gardner KS show.
Still in the Christmas spirit, this fellow competed in the cat costume contest at the Three Amigos, Gardner KS show. The fun returns to this venue in March.
Region 7
Kenny Currle, Regional Director
It's the New Year and there's a lot of new show action coming to the Southern Region!

Welcome back to Carolina Sophisticats! This Carolina-based club returns to its traditional date this February 15-16.

Exhibitors will have to enter Atlanta Phoenix' show earlier this year, as it has changed both date (February 29-March 1) and venue (Marietta, GA)

A new club is coming to western NC! Land of the Sky Cat Club will be holding shows in Asheville, NC area.

New Vision Cat Club will be holding CFA's first "Curly Congress" during its Sepember 19-20 show in Plant City, FL. Welcoming our curly-coated breeds, it will offer a discounted rate for Devon Rex, Cornish Rex, Selkirk Rex, and LaPerms. As a non-scored event, each judge will select his ring's top 5 curly-coated breeds in Kittens, Championship, and Premiership, plus Quickest Curly Cat in Agility. There's many more events associated with this show - details to come

Upcoming Shows in the Southern Region

  • January 25-26 - Star City CF - Roanoke, VA
  • January 25-26 - Birmingham Feline Fanciers - Irondale, AL
  • February 1 - Pawprints in the Sand/Chamberlin on the Bay - Newport News, VA
  • February 15-16 - Carolina Sophisticats - Spartenburg, SC (returning show!)
  • February 29-March1 - Atlanta Phoenix - Marietta, GA (new date!)

So we welcome y'all to come on down South!
Region 9
Michael Schleissner, Regional Director
After a break of about 2 years with no shows in this very historical area for our organisation, CFA is back. Not only back, let me say "back in stile". UK Cat Fanciers produced this show in the south of Germany in the beautiful capital city of the German, Munich in the state Bavaria. Close to the international airport.
Mary Auth in a Christmas mood
Ulrike Knueppel & Justine Meyer
Ulrike Knueppel and her fabulous team of club members and helpers took the risk and finally did great. For the first time they produced a one day 6 ring show. This was a real challenge because nobody was sure how it will work out and how many entries the club will have. Finally the club had 124 and was very satisfied. It was a show with only CFA judges and, of course, the club also supported one of our new CFA judges. Teo Vargas did a Longhair/Shorthair speciality ring and could go the the next step on his way to become a CFA allbreed judge.

Having the show at the end of November made the motto very easy - Christmas, with a wonderful decoration done by Monja Hahn and her daughter Julia. Not only this, there was also a raffle prepared and believe it or not, all tickets were sold out. The raffle was very professional presented by Giulia Di Natale and Justin Meyer and "the lucky winner" was the club.
Very special thanks go to Romain Attard and Frederic Goedert for there help with cages, entry clerking, clerking, catalog printing and building up the show hall, without you this first show wouldn't be possible. Once again we can see, that working together should be the new spirit in Europe.
Last but not least, we don't want to forget to say thank you to our two master clerks Natalia and Reto Gfeller from Switzerland, not only for doing a great job with keeping the files, also for making a time schedule which didn't produce conflicts.
Romain Attard (above)
Master clerks Natalia and Reto Gfeller (left)
Upcoming shows at the end of January and February 2020
Jan/26/2020, Castellanza, Italy, 44Gatti Cat Club
6 rings - one day
Feb/8&9/2020, Berlare, Belgium, Feline Fanciers of Belgium
8 rings - two days
Feb/15&16/2020. Bilbao, Spain, Club Felino Espanol
6 rings - two days
Feb/22&23/2020, Sofia, Bulgaria, Bulgarias Cat Fanciers
6 rings - two days
Feb/29 and Mar/01/2020, Perpignan, France, Cats-H-Art and American Shorthair Lovers of Europe
6 rings - two days
International Divison
Dick Kallemyer
CFA has now had 4 successful shows in China since the end of November with a full calendar until to the end of the show season

At right: Judges and club members at the CFA show in Hangzhou, China on Dec 28
CFA had one of the highest cat shows in Shanghai on January 4-5, 2020, on the 53rd floor of the Citic Plaza, Hong Kou District Shanghai. Thank you to the Houg Kou District government for helping us to find the venue.
Left: Clerking school December, 30 Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
Right: Siam Blue-Eyed Cat Fanciers held their show on Dec 28 in Bangyai, Nonthaburi, Thailand.

Best cats, exhibitors and club members in the Christmas spirit
Highest scoring cat and owner along with judges at Cosmos Cat Fanciers Club at the Taipei, Taiwan show on Jan 4

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