Welcome everyone to Alexandria, I wanted to hold a quick meeting.
First thank you to Magnolia for stepping up to hold this show this weekend. As you know this is Wildcatter’s traditional weekend, but due to Hurricane Harvey damage they were unable to hold their show this year. They will be back in 2019 and Magnolia will find another weekend. So that will add a new show to our calendar.
Speaking of new shows, Cow Hill is going to be a show producing club! For their first adventure, they are joining us on the Fundraiser weekend, October 27, 2018. The show will be held at the Mesquite – Hampton Inn Convention center. Saturday will be the fundraiser and Sunday will be Cow Hill Cat Club. It is a 6×6 format. We want everyone to attend this show not only to help the Region but also to support a new club. Cow Hill’s traditional date will be last weekend in July starting in 2019. Their first show is July 27, 2019 in Norman, OK. Welcome Cow Hill!!! So that is two new show dates for next season and going forward.
I also want to continue to encourage the youth in the Region to join the YFEP. There are awards both on the Regional and National level. We have two currently earning points. Isabelle Pitts and Viviane Phillips doing wonderful things, and we appreciate their time and commitment to CFA and to learning about cats!
Here are some dates for what is upcoming:
March 17-18 Cleburne, TX show with Ozark Cat Fanciers and Happy Alternative Cat Club as a sponsor. 10 ring back to back
March 31 Gonzales, LA Greater Baton Rouge 6 ring one day show. This is a 5th weekend show so very little competition for entries from other regions.
April 7, Oklahoma City Cat club in a new location in Norman, OK. Right off I35 and very convenient for driving and not too far from the OKC airport either. 6 ring one day show. There is an event with OU that weekend so hotel rooms in Norman will be filled quickly. There are many other options, look to Moore or other surrounding cities outside of Norman. They are all very close.
April 14-15 is Loveland, CO Foot of the Rockies show. Please support our only show producing club in Colorado. This is a 10 ring back to back.
April 21-22 is our Regional last show of the season. North Texas and Fort Worth cat clubs are hosting a 6×6 in Mesquite, TX.
June 9-10 is our Regional banquet and cat show in Houston, TX. Same location as last year. I am looking for volunteers to help with rosettes, set up, MC the banquet, decorations, a host of committees. Jan wrote me that she will not be doing our awards this year. I have a small committee working to find another vendor. I have made a list of the committees needed and I will leave this with Paula at the Master Clerk table. Please consider volunteering to make out show and banquet special. We are also honoring the past Regional Directors and hope that many of them will be attending. (Thank you to all who signed up to help!! I am still looking for more volunteers, there will be further emails about this soon)
June 27-July 1 is the National Awards banquet and delegate meeting in Atlanta Georgia, the information is on the CFA website. Consider going and make your hotel reservations. See you there! We will have 4-5 National Winners from our Region, plan to attend and support them!!
Now for more news, the Board at the February meeting voted and passed the following about the international show. As you might remember we changed the date to October 13-14, 2018 at the I-X center in Cleveland, OH. The Marriot nearby has a $89/night rate.
The show will again be two shows, and scored as it has been the past few years. All Judges will be selected by the clubs with one ballot. There will not be a two-step process like the past few years. Ballots will list the Allbreed judges that have not opted out, and the clubs will pick their 20 judges. Each show will have 8 judges and two alternates. The format will be 2 AB, 3 SP and 3 Super SP. Because of the Super Specialty rings all judges to be voted for must be AB judges. The limit is 500 cats per show. Awards are top 15 across the board (Kit, CH, PR, HHP) and top 5 for Veterans. Top 4 champions and top 3 Premiers in each final. Plan to attend this show!!
I strongly advise you to take advantage of the $1000 CFA is giving to every club. $500 to be spent on advertising, the other $500 to pay other expenses.
I was given and extra $1000 to help a new club put on a show, or could split for two clubs. Due to the rules it didn’t work out for Happy Alternative so the $1000 check was given to Magnolia Cat Club to help with their expenses.
That is all the time I will take today, everyone have a great weekend and show!
Regional Director Gulf Shore Region