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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Letter from Vickie

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Another show season has ended... and how exciting it was! While the final results are not published yet, you can still review the estimated points online. The final results will be published July 10th and you can find them online on the Members side under Standings.

I want to thank every cat, kitten, alter, household pet and household pet kitten that was exhibited at our shows around the world. It's because of you and your fine felines that TICA had a great year despite the hard economic times! You can read more about a recap of the show season below.

Oh, and here's an "End of Show Season" checklist for you:

  • Order a personalized shirt or other product with your cat or cattery's name on it through the TICA Online Store (what a great way to show your TICA pride!)
  • Reserve a copy of the 2009-2010 Yearbook - and run an ad and/or photos of your regional and/or international winner.
  • Prepare your giveaways for your winning cat at your regional awards banquet (and international banquet!) - see some tips below...

Now that you've checked off your list, please enjoy the rest of our newsletter.

Congratulations to everyone,
Vickie Fisher
President
TICA

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2009-2010: A Show Season Not to Forget

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60,757 Fabulous Entries Shown!

  • Kittens: 17,734
  • Cats: 24,663
  • Alters: 9,670
  • Household Pets: 5,186
  • Household Pet Kittens: 2,356
  • ANB/PNB/NT: 1,148

523 shows were held in these 25 different countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Russia, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay.

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Ideas for Great Award Gifts

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Isn't it exciting to proudly hand out "goodies" at your regional awards banquet and/or international awards banquet? Everyone loves receiving them, and you enjoy putting them together with your cat's name and title on it. But, are you running out of ideas? Well, here are a few ideas for your cat's award gift!

Wheat grass "Grow Your Own" Kit:
Order wheat grass seeds in bulk. Then divide them in small bags (cellophane is best). Add a card with your cat's photo on the front and instructions on how to grow your own wheat grass in a pot with the seeds. You can find bulk wheat grass seeds online.

Grow your own catnip kit:
Instead of wheat grass seeds, order catnip seeds and grow your own! Your cat will love you when you snip off a leaf, rub it on your fingers and let your cat lick your fingers. He'll be in "kitty heaven".

Homemade, natural treats:
All you have to do is bake some wonderful treats, and then put them in a small bag. Tie a ribbon, attach your cat's card, and voila! You have a great gift! You can find several different, all-natural treats that are easy to make, and loved by cats at the Cat Food Recipe Cookbook. It's a free download and has great snacks that your cat will love all year long!

Every owner will appreciate these natural, good-for-your-kitty gifts! By the way, these ideas are great gifts all year long! If your club is hosting a show, think about them as giveaways to exhibitors or as prizes along with ribbons or plaques!

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You Shared Your Thoughts
(Drum roll please!)

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the communications survey. We had over 300 respondents... and the lucky winner of the TICA computer bag is Denise Raupach of Lynwood, WA. Your input will help us develop communications tools and programs that will provide information on TICA, showing or breeding cats, cat nutrition and welfare, and cats in general! The results of the survey concluded the following:


  • Do you read the entire enewsletter?
    • Yes: 65%
    • No: 35%
  • If Yes, What do you enjoy the most?
    • President's Letter: 16%
    • Promotions: 2%
    • Survey: 1%
    • Industry News: 3%
    • Cat News: 48%
    • TICA News: 29%
  • If No, How much do you read?
    • None: 2%
    • Ten Percent: 12%
    • Twenty-Five Percent%: 26%
    • Fifty Percent: 60%
  • Do you read the enewsletter more than the TICA Trend?
    • Yes: 41%
    • No: 59%
  • What would you like included in the enewsletter?
    • Video Clips: 3%
    • Contests: 7%
    • Fun Articles: 6%
    • Guest Articles: 10%
    • Featured Cat: 4%
    • Featured Breed: 22%
    • Featured Breeder: 6%
    • Featured Junior: 1%
    • Featured Exhibitor: 2%
    • Featured Club: 4%
    • Standings: 5%
    • Nutrition Or Wellness Articles: 24%
    • Other: 6% (We got some great ideas!)

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The History of Rommel

Just a little history, Rommel was Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (15 November 1891 - 14 October 1944), popularly known as the Desert Fox, was a famous German Field Marshal of World War II.

He was a highly decorated officer in World War I, awarded the Pour le Merite for his exploits on the Italian front. In World War II, he further distinguished himself as the commander of the Ghost Division during the 1940 invasion of France. However, it was his leadership of German and Italian forces in the North African campaign that established the legend of the Desert Fox. He is considered to have been one of the most skilled commanders of desert warfare in the war. He later commanded the German forces opposing the Allied cross-channel invasion in Normandy.

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Don't Forget to Order Your Yearbook

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Another show season is over... and that means a new Yearbook will soon be published! If your cat is a regional or international winner, or you want to promote your cattery don't' forget you can run advertisements in the Yearbook. You can also submit photos of your winning cats and kittens to the Yearbook. To submit your photos, place an ad and/or order your Yearbook, please fill out the form and follow the instructions on photo submission.

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We've Got A Question for You!

Survey

Each month we're going to ask a question and then next month you'll find out the results of the previous month's survey.

Where does your cat prefer to sleep?

Vote Now!

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Last month's response?

Which of the four names below is after a famous person? You answered:

  • Rommel: 67%
  • Phoebe: 25%
  • Jag: 5%
  • Sumo: 3%

And the correct answer is...ROMMEL! Learn the history about Rommel below.

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Also This Month

Sponsor an Annual Award!

The deadline to sponsor one of the Top 25 International Winners is August 1, 2010... but don't wait because these sponsorships will go fast!!
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Run for Regional Director!

If you are a TICA Member and would like to file to run as Regional Director, you may do so through July 31 of this year. You must have been a TICA Member in good standing for this and last year and prepay membership fees through the 3 year term of office. The filing fee is $25. Read More

Royal Canin Offer

The only breeder rewards club that lets you choose the options that are best for your cattery's needs! Read More

Updated 2010 Standings

Official Standings from the TICA Executive Office.
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New Price List In Effect

Official price list of TICA.
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Memorial Day

The Executive Office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, 2010.

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