March 2017 Newsletter

A short meeting was held during lunch at the Ozark Cat Fanciers show, March 18 in Cleburne, TX. For those of you not in attendance, we missed you. It was a wonderful show, well organized with lots of fun, good cats, and great food.

Regional shows:

Please support the following upcoming shows:

  • Gonzales, LA               March 25, 2017
  • Oklahoma City, OK      April 1, 2017
  • Denver, CO                  April 8-9, 2017
  • Mesquite, TX               April 15-16, 2017

CFA is hosting the World Cat Congress April 22-23, 2017. If you have not attended a World Cat Congress event, it would be worth the drive or flight to Las Vegas. Besides, it’s Vegas, baby! Check the website for more information regarding meetings and events. The Region supported this show by sending $100 to sponsor the rosettes.

Regional Awards Show & Banquet:

Our Regional will be held this year at the Hyatt Regency North Houston, 425 N Sam Houston Pkwy East, Houston, TX. This is a hotel show. We are working hard to host a beautiful and fun event for you. But we need you there to celebrate with us!

The show is an 8 ring 6 AB, two SP show featuring the following judges:

Saturday: Bizzell, Owen, Jaeger, Thompson

Sunday:   Ammons, Godwin, Black, Bassett

We are finishing the final information regarding the banquet so the flier will be posted soon to the Regional website. The meal at the banquet will have a choice of three meats, or vegetarian. This choice will need to be decided when you purchase your banquet ticket. Tea/Water/Coffee, rolls, salad and desert are included with each meal. The location is beautiful and we plan a fun and elegant evening affair. We want everyone to attend regardless of attire, please plan to join us.  We are also working with the hotel to provide lunches during the show. Once in the hotel there will be no need to leave! Shuttle service from IAH is also provided. We are very excited to have this property for our show and banquet and believe you too will enjoy your stay at this location.

Thank you to everyone that completed the survey online. The results of your input have helped us determine which awards to have this year. The good news is nothing is changing with the Top cats, DM, GoD or Household Pets. Same plaques as we have used for many years. Over 84% of those voting on the survey wanted to keep the plaques as we have done in the past. We listened to you!

We will be featuring the top Kitten, Championship and Premiership cat of each breed that achieves the minimum of 50 regional points. Each of these three cats will be featured and receive a rosette.

 The sponsorship amounts have not changed from last year! George will have the website up soon on our regional page, so look for it, start sponsoring our winning cats. Many thanks to all who help to sponsor our awards. We will not lose money this year!

 Leesa Altschul is gathering your photographs for the booklet, slide presentation and awards. Please send your images to her:

 2017 GSR Award PHOTOS Needed

Send to

  • Regional Winners: Kittens 1-25, Championship 1-25,
  • Premiership 1-25, Household Pets 1-10, and Agility.
  • Grand Champions – Grand Parade Slide Presentation
  • Grand of Distinction Awards (Champions, Premiers, HHPs)
  • Distinguished Merit Awards

Again, her email is  Please do this now! If you are in the top 25, have a DM this show season, Grand of Distinction, or top 10 HHP we need your pictures. We will have a firm deadline posted as to when all photographs will need to be received. We also will have a firm date for duplicate awards. Revising orders, and placing last minute orders causes huge increases in our costs. Please watch for these dates and help us by getting the pictures or duplicate orders completed by the deadlines. (dates to be posted soon)

This year we are having one of our favorite judges retire. Jimmy Thompson has decided to retire as of the end of June this year. We will be sad to not have Jimmy at our shows, we wish him well in retirement. We are collecting pictures of Jimmy, so dig through your old pictures, your camera and your phone and send those images to Leesa.

I am collecting the ONTA images, but if you send those to Leesa she will get them to me.

  • Jimmy Thompson (retiring GSR Judge)
  • On The Road Again (OTRA) Slideshow Presentation

Our committee chairs are looking for people to help with this show/banquet. If you are willing to help please contact the chairman for each of these:

Rosettes – Donna Hinton

Setup/Teardown  – Mike Altschul and Sheryl Zink

Decoration – Chris Willingham

Gate – Kathy Black

Vendors – Toni Huff

Raffle – Mike Altschul

We plan to have a raffle, so start cleaning out those closets and set your items to one side. We will appreciate any and all items donated!

Regional Finances:

The Audit of the 2015 show season was completed and there were no discrepancies with any of the Region transactions, or any show entry clerk transactions. Thank you, Becky Galloway, and Traci Whittenberg for volunteering their time to do our audit.

Our current treasury totals little over $29,000.

Thank you:

I want to thank the Region for helping me in my transition into this new role. I hope that you know and believe that I want the best for our Region, and I am working to be the best representative for you that I can be. Those of you who are my right hands, always there to listen and give guidance and support, I am truly thankful. I appreciate your help and most of all your smiles!

Kathy Black

Regional Director


Meeting Notes – Stars & Stripes show in Conroe, TX, July 9, 2016.


Kathy Black, Regional Director held a meeting during the Stars & Stripes show in Conroe, TX, July 9, 2016.


George Snell was recognized for his long time support as our regional webmaster. A check was presented to him as a thank you gift for his contributions over the years.


Sheryl Zink was recognized for receiving a Bronze Star during the 2016 Annual awards banquet. Bronze, Silver, and Gold stars are awarded to those individuals who have gone above and beyond in support of CFA. We all know that Sheryl is a star in our region as entry clerk and Regional Treasurer, it was nice to see the entire organization recognize what a jewel we have.


I mentioned a few talking points from the delegate meeting. The official notes from the meeting will be on CFA’s website as soon as the secretary completes them. But these were hotly debated topics. (All proposals are not put in place until the Board meeting in October, and most are not effective until May 1, 2017)


  1. Ring by ring scoring was defeated by the delegation
  2. Intermediate titles for Champions and Premiers passed with favorable recommendation to the Board.
  3. Super Specialty rings are available for shows this current season, so if your club wishes to have this format, it is available. The Super Specialty rings do not replace the rule regarding the number of required specialty rings. This format is still experimental. If you wish to add this to one of your upcoming shows contact me for additional requirements.
  4. The ability of a club to have a cage free show passed. Has to be pre-noticed on the flier, and the club have wire or pop up cages available for rent.
  5. Recognized awards for National 2nd and 3rd best of breed. The current rule only allows the top cat in each breed (breed winner) to state such on pedigrees, website, etc. This rule allows those whose cats achieved 2nd and 3rd the ability to state so.
  6. Reducing male Distinguished Merit Award down from the current grands of 15 to 10. It was suggested that I create a poll for the Region as to how they feel about this change.


Again, these were defeated or passed by the delegation, the Board will visit each of these resolutions at the October Board meeting. If you have strong feelings about any of these topics, please call or write me.


Alamo Cat Club and the Region are holding a joint show July 30-31, 2016 in Seguin, TX.  I strongly ask you to support both shows with your entries. This is a 12 ring show. Seguin is a very historic area of Texas, a wonderful showhall, and friendly people. Ya’ll come!


The International Show will be held in Novi, MI, November 19-20, 2016.  Seven judging rings, 4AB, 3SP for each show. Information regarding judges, hotels, entry procedures, etc. will be coming out soon. Pamela Basset was chosen in the first round of ballots to represent our region. Kathy Black was chosen in the second round of balloting. 

All kitten rings will be top 20 (both AB and SP).  All premiership rings will be top 15 (both AB and SP).  Championship is top 20 AB and top 15 specialty.  If more than 45 HHPs are entered, they get top 15.  Household Pets will be judged in the Red Show.

Also for this show only, Champions will be increased to 4, and Premiers to 3, so plan to bring those cats you are wanting to Grand.


Our Regional Awards show/banquet next year will be at the Hyatt Regency, Houston, TX the second weekend in June. 


There was a brief discussion about the lack of shows in August, September and October. Mardi Gras Cats/Cenla Cats is hosting a hotel show August 27, 2016 in Alexandria, LA. Information for this show will be on our Regional website soon.


I asked if there were clubs which were not currently hosting shows to talk to their members about a show for the first weekend in October. A couple of clubs are considering this.


I am forming a committee to audit our treasurer records.  Our regional treasurer welcomes this idea and will cooperate fully with our audit committee.  This not only protects her, but also our regional funds.


In closing I want to say that communication is a two-way street.  I will do my best to communicate to the region timely news and ask for your communication back to me regarding shows, your thoughts on the resolutions before the Board, etc.


Kathy Black

Region 3 Director