Fall, 2004
James Watson, Gulf Shore Regional Director

CFA Region 3

Region 3 News:

Reminder about NEWSLETTER FORMAT

In the past we have printed and mailed the newsletter to the Gulf Shore Region Clubs, in addition it has been posted on the Region 3 web site. We have decided to use a slightly new format on the website which will allow us to update the newsletter more often, and clubs can print it as needed for their scheduled club meetings. The intent is to provide more current information to the GSR clubs and their membership. It will also save the cost of printing and mailing a hard copy to each club. This will help more people have access to the information that is published in the newsletter in a timely manner.  There will also be copies available at shows.  Please let me know if you need copies for your show.

We ask that each club secretary, or a designee in the club, print the newsletter from the web site and pass it along to those members that don't have Internet access. We would also suggest club officers notify their membership that the newsletter is now online. Also, some clubs have email groups where the information about the newsletter can be shared.

CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWLY ADVANCED JUDGES

Congratulations to all the judges that have been advanced and accepted into their new specialty. A round applause goes out to:

Advance to Approved:  Carolyn Lyons - SH and Jan Stevens - AB.

Advance to Approval Pending:  Carol Fogarty - SH, Dennis Ganoe - SH, Ellen Honey - AB, Edward Maeda - LH, Jan Rogers - SH, and Iris Tanner - LH.

Accept as Trainee:  Marge Collier - LH.

REGIONAL QUALIFIER (not any more)  REPORT

Well, we celebrated the end of the Qualifiers in grand fashion in the GSR.  We held the largest "Last Qualifier" in the country.  With 454 entered it was a great show. The rings were decorated in themes according to the States represented in our region. The Louisiana - Mardi Gras theme took best in show with Mardi Gras beads for all of the finalists and the Colorado clubs came in second place.  All the rings were special and it was great fun to participate.  Hopefully we will continue this 'theme show' for future fundraisers to be held on this weekend.   The Gate was exceptional this year thanks to the efforts of Marsha and Karen.  Flyers in the vets offices and newspaper ads really did the trick.  A great hotel facility just made it better for those who stayed there.  In case you missed it, there was a hospitality room on Saturday night.  Lots of snacks and a cash bar.  Lively conversation at each table about all things cats and even some off topic conversation.  Thanks to Paul and Toni for setting this up.  Also thanks to them and their committees for putting on the best - last - qualifier.

On the fund raising part of the program, we sold 8 more cookbooks and I made over 50 luggage tags.  The "Walk of Stars" booth made a good start and covered about 80% of expenses on the first weekend out.  I will post a full finical report as soon as Betsy gets all the bills in and paid.

Gulf Shore Officers and Committee Chairs

GSR Director - James Watson

GSR Secretary - Trudie Allen

GSR Treasurer - Betsy Gaither

GSR Finance Committee - Chair Betsy Gaither, Bill Coombes, Chris Willingham

GSR Legislative News - Lynette Clooney

GSR Webmaster - Gene Wright

GSR Regional Shows Committee - Chair James Watson

GSR Fund Raising Committee - Chair Grace Guidry

GSR Clerking Committee - Chair  Dick Cullen

GSR Grievance Committee - Chair Michael Barber ,  Terry Brown, Gene Wright

GSR 2007 Annual Chair - James Watson

GSR Historical Committee - Chair-Terry Brown,

GSR Pure Breed Rescue - Chair- Betty Haden.

GSR Junior Showmanship Committee - Chair-Cheryl Peck, Grace Guidry, Brenda Moore

 

If you are interested in any of the above committees, contact the Chair to see how you can help.

 

ANNUAL 2007 COMMITTEE CHAIRS

As it stands this week, the following have agreed to Chair the respective committees.

 

2007 Annual Chair

Entertainment and Hospitality nights

Delegate Services

Banquet Decorations

Publicity

Special Projects

Delegate Bags          

James Watson

Paul & Toni Huff

Marsha Ammons

Betsy Gaither& Betty White

Karen Crooke

Lonnie & Gloria Hoover

Karen Godwin

 

Once again, if you want to help, check with the committee chair and volunteer your services.  This is a preliminary list and will expand as the Annual approaches.  And it will approach much sooner than you think.  Clubs, start thinking about what you are going to donate to the Delegate Bags.

 

 

 

 

REMINDER - Don't miss out on the GSR Annual Grand Parade

 

Dennis Allen has offered to do the "Grand Parade" at the Regional Awards Banquet this year.  Thank you!  It will make his job much easier if you will send those photos as soon as your cat grands during the season!

From Dennis:

Last year, there were 289 Grand Champion and Grand Premiers in Region 3.  That is a lot of photos to work with.  So I am asking everyone to start sending me their photos as soon as your cat has granded.  This will help spread out the photo collection process a little and give me a chance to stay on top of assembling the show.

Your photos can be sent via snail mail and I will scan them and send them back.  Please include a self addressed stamped envelope for returning your photos.  Please write the full registered name of the cat on the back of the photo, including the title.  See my address below.  You can also send the photos that you have scanned by email.  These need to be scanned a resolution of at least 300 dpi x 4in x 6in.  I will size them for the slide show after I get them.  You can send photos right from the camera.  They will come out of the camera at 72 dpi x 17in x 13in  if you use at least 1200 dpi resolution on your camera.  Again, I will size them for the slide show after I get them.  Any photos that are sent by email need to have the cats name as the file name.

We will be at various shows this year and I will notify the list of the shows that we will be at so you can bring your photos to the show and I will scan them while we are showing kitties. 


Email photos to:
dennis@trutails.com

Snail mail to:
Dennis Allen
1134 Lin Mar Dr.
Fort Collins, CO  80521-1210

If you have questions call 970.472.4272

 

CFA News:

Treasurer's report - October 2004

Registration is the largest contributor to CFA's financials.  They are slightly below last year (3.8%) but ahead of budget (5.7%) for this year.  The good news is that the year-to-year decline of 5% was not realized during this reporting period.

 The MSG show statement is not available at this time but was expected to "break even" this year.  The media coverage was great and CFA received over a week of prime time exposure.  CFA could not afford anything close to this kind of airtime, so even if we did not break even the cost was well worth it.  Roeann Fulkerson and Pam DelaBar are to be commended for their efforts to promote CFA and gain this National exposure.

NEW BOOK INTRODUCED

THE CAT FANCIERS' ASSOCIATION COMPLETE CAT BOOK was introduced in October.  One was donated to the GSR Qualifier Raffle table by James & Paula Watson.  I don't know who won it, but I'm sure they will enjoy it.  This completes years of work by CFA and is available from CFA for $29.95.

NEW AWARD  INTRODUCED

THE CATLIN AWARD  was approved by the BOD in October.  This is an award recognizing excellence in advertising, specifically advertising that incorporates a cat in some way.  The first CATLIN award will be presented at the 2006 Annual (CFA's 100th anniversary).The award name is CATLIN = CAT + Linking Innovative Networking.

CFA CLERKING PROGRAM  needs more clerks!!!  There are about the same number of clerks as were licensed in 2002.  This year 314 clerks returned their tests.  24 Master Clerk Instructors, 118 Master Clerks, and 162 Certified Ring Clerks.  76% of all clerks scored 95% and above.  Only 4 clerks did not pass.  2004 saw a new Master Clerk Manual and updating of all clerking manuals due to the efforts of Marsha Ammons, Shirley Michaud-Dent, Nancy Abbott, Carol Krzanowski and Melanie Morgan.

DISASTER PROGRAM GOES REGIONAL.   Pam DelaBar suggested that each region set up a list of equipment and facilities that can be used in the event of a disaster.  This would include spare rooms or even a garage that can be used by evacuees.  Those with generators that can be loaned would be appreciated.  If you are interested in gathering this information, please let me know.  This will develop over the years but just a list of small boats, campers, motor homes, spare cages, etc. will go a long way to helping those in need.

CLUB ACTIVITY REPORTS Clubs need to get in their Activity Reports.  Please do this, as it is very important to several committees.  You can do this on line at    http://www.cfa.org/exhibitors/club-activity-report.html

Additional notes from the Board meeting:

Committee updates:

Marketing and Business committee split to become the Marketing Committee and the Management Committee.  Roeann Fulkerson is the Chair of Marketing Committee

 

The International will be opened if it does not fill.  1st to those that attended and qualified and to kittens that turned 4 months between the qualifier and the International.  2nd to those who entered but did not qualify and those that were affected by disasters and were not able to attend.  3rd to those who entered but did not attend.  You must have entered to be considered.  Entries will be taken in the order they are received by the entry clerks.

  

Increased the Regional and National Awards to top 25 for Premiership and Kittens.  This will be affective with the 2004-2005 Regional Awards and National Awards.

  

The CFA On Line Breeder Referral list is now on line.

$44.95 per year for 1-5 breeds with up to 4 pictures, $9.95 for additional breeds.

And it will include a text box for general info.  Breed Council Members will get a $10.00 discount.

To sign up for this new service, go to http://secure.cfa.org and create a User Account.  (Online Almanac subscribers already have a User account).  Once logged in, click on Purchase Cat Breeder Listing Service.  You will be asked to supply the litter number of a CFA litter registered within the past 2 years.

 

The CFA IT/Web committee noted that the CFA website had received over 4.6 million hits in the last 3 months.  From over 124 different countries!  Many of the forms have now been translated to foreign languages.  There is a committee that will start “up dating” the CFA web site to make it easier navigate and find what you need.  On this note, be sure to read FANC-E-MEWS.  This is a very good site and has lots of important information.

  

The Business Development committee has some really big deals in the works but these are not signed deals yet so I am unable to discuss them at this time.  You will be very impressed with the contacts that Roeann has developed.  Look for some exciting announcements between now and the Feb board meeting.

 

The Management Committee is reviewing CO and will make recommendations to improve utilization of personnel or possible changes in job functions.  After a visit to CO, it is apparent that they really do a tremendous amount of work with a minimal staff.

My apologies to Trudie Allen who normally does the newsletter.  After starting to put the information together, I found it was almost done so I just finished it myself.  Next time it will look better because I'm going to give it to her.

Respectfully submitted,

James Watson, GSR Director

The GSR Newsletter is (normally) produced by: Trudie Allen, GSR Secretary, e-mail snickers@trutails.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

CFA SHOW STATISTICS  1994 - 2004

U.S. / CANADA   Does not include Hawaii or the International Show

Figures are for actual cats present at the show and are not unique cats

 

 

Championship

Kitten

Premiership

# of Days

Total

Paid

Average/

Season Ending

 

LH

SH

LH

SH

LH

SH

1

2

Shows

Entries

Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April-94

 

19,324

17,073

11,337

11,392

4,701

7,259

27

332

359

87,392

243

April-99

 

16,648

15,690

11,272

11,279

6,366

8,231

16

338

354

82,242

232

April-04

 

13,659

13,718

9,671

10,165

5,706

7,836

76

248

324

71,617

221

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 week period 2003 vs 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/03 - 9/03

 

4,820

5,115

3,581

3,991

2,185

3,034

31

92

123

26,290

214

5/04 - 9/04

 

4,436

4,435

2,752

3,713

1,995

2,472

30

78

108

23,130

214

 

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