Townhall meeting, Orange, TX – Feb 23, 2019
Good morning. I want to thank you for coming and supporting this show. As you know the club has dealt with many adversities, and I appreciate their strength and determination to hold a show for you to attend. Thank you, Wildcatters and Magnolia clubs!!
We are very sad to not have Dr. Warren Joubert here. I know he is here in spirit and we all feel that. Thank each of you who donated to the GoFundMe, sent donations, attended the funeral and showed his family our love and support.
I have been in communication with Kris his wife and she has assured me there will be a CENLA cat show in August. She wants to dedicate the show to Warren. I hope that each of you will support Kris in this show. She has not been involved in show production in a long time and we do not want to lose a show off our calendar.
Like the Geico commercial with the camel Guess what day it is??, well it’s close to the day of our GSR Regional show and banquet. June 15-16, 2019 is just around the corner. I hope each of you plan to be there. We have a 10 ring show planned with Marsha Ammons, Rachel Anger, Pam Bassett, Marilee Griswold, Karen Godwin, Wain Harding, Darrell Newkirk, Brian Pearson, Liz Watson. Jan Rogers has canceled, and I will take her place to save the Region money. We also are going to have Agility!! The banquet and show will be at the Mesquite Convention Center attached to the Hampton Inn. A hotel show in a fabulous location!!
I need some feedback from you. Did you like the awards last year? We had some issues with the images, and I apologize to some of you that had a smaller picture than others. We wanted to have the pictures recessed into the wood with a plastic covering, but because of the sizing we were not able to do that. Some of the plaques got scratched, which was an issue when we used the prior vendor. So I would like to use our original idea of the recessed image under plastic, but you have to help me by supplying high quality images that have not been altered in size. Now that we have a good working relationship with this vendor, I expect the awards to be even better than last year.
I would like to add another trophy to our awards. We have a perpetual trophy for the best Kitten, Championship and Premiership cats. I would like to add the Dr. Warren Joubert perpetual trophy to the highest scoring HHP. Donna Hinton has provided us with a trophy, I will get it inscribed if everyone agrees with this idea.
Leesa will accept the images and Toni will be our chairperson for sponsorships and duplicates as we did last year. I was blown away by the sponsorship last year. Let’s do it again this year!! I have been asked how many HHP we will recognize. We will award top 10. We have several close races this year in all classes and within some breeds, and that adds to the excitement of the shows. Continue to support our Regional shows and best of luck to everyone!
We will be hosting the Annual is 2021 in Houston Texas. Traci Whittenburg is chairperson for the Annual. She is looking for people to assist her and be on committees. If you are interested see Traci. As a breeder, club, or club member start thinking about the items for the delegate bag. This is something every delegate looks forward to getting at the Annual meeting and I would like every club to donate something to the bag. Start discussing this with your club members and start thinking about what you would like to donate.
Other Regional thoughts. Please be kind and considerate of our visitors to the shows. We want to make the people feel welcome and for them to have a good time.
I have Yearbooks for sale, $45 each and saves you the shipping costs. I was not able to bring too many with me this weekend. I will have them at the Mesquite show in a few weeks. Let me know if you want one.
Consider volunteering as a Mentor, bring a Pet Me Cat to the show, become involved in actively bringing in new exhibitors. Have ideas about the Mentorship, Ambassador, Youth Feline program, or any other CFA program? Get involved! Have you thought about clerking, becoming a judge, want to be involved in show production? Don’t be shy, volunteer! Get involved!
Now for some CFA news. I hope everyone read the summary minutes from the last Board meeting. Rachel is very close to sending out the detailed minutes from the weekend. CFA accepted the Toybob as a new breed starting May 1. They join the Lykoi and the Khao Manee as Miscellaneous breeds. Congratulations to the Toybob breeders.
The solution to the China situation is still in progress. The Board sent out a statement and I can’t comment other than what was said. Please keep your comments about China out of Social Media. Every word said, complaint, or question is used against us and provides a stumbling block our opponents can use to thwart our progress. I understand it is difficult to say “trust us” but that is what the Board is asking each of you to do. We are very close to resolving our issues there.
One last thing and then I will take a few questions. A couple of years ago the delegates passed a constitutional amendment that each Region will be incorporated. The Regions will be incorporated under the laws of Ohio. The Board has passed the By-Laws for each of the Regions. In the By-Laws it calls for 4 officers of the Region: The President – the current Regional Director, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The three officers will be appointed by the President of the Region.
I do not plan to make any changes to our existing officers of Sheryl Zink as Treasurer and Leesa Altschul as Secretary. The one open role is for Vice President. In the By-Laws it lists the Vice President as “performing the duties of the president in the absence of the President”. Our show rules address how a vacancy of the Regional Director is to be handled. The Vice President would be in charge until a new election would be completed. I plan to expand this role to include other duties as well. I will be appointing this position soon. If you are interested in the role contact me privately for more information.