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Letter from Vickie

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February is the month "of love". So hug your kitties - and special person, family and friends - and tell them how much you love them. Bet you get a big kitty kiss back (from your cats of course!). By the way, you can show your love for TICA all year long by ordering your TICA - logoed wearables!


I'm really happy to announce the news that came out of our Board of Directors meeting held in Harlingen, Texas the end of January. We have a lot of news that came out of this year's Winter meeting. New regional directors, new judges, and new championship status breeds! The Board of Directors has lost a few Regional Directors and I want to say thank you for all of your hard work, and dedication to TICA.


We've also made ordering your copy of the 2010-2011 Yearbook, easy! To learn how to reserve and pay for your copy of the Yearbook online ... read the information below.


I can't believe this is just February! It's started off an exciting year, and I know more bigger and better things are going to happen during 2012!


Purrs,

Vickie Fisher

TICA President

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2012 Board of Directors Meeting Update

A lot was accomplished at the 2012 Winter Board of Directors meeting held in Harlingen, Texas.


  • We have three interim regional directors: Dewane Barnes, Great Lakes; Kristine Alessio, Southwest (effective May 1) and Jo Parris, Southeast. Election of SE/SW new regional directors will take place during the Fall 2012 Election and the GL director election will be in 2013.
  • Please welcome and congratulate all the newly accepted trainees and advanced members of the TICA Judging Panel:
    • LH/SH Trainee: Sun Hee Lee (Korea)
    • LH/SH Trainee: Toni Meisberger (Texas, USA)
    • LH/SH Trainee: Erwin van den Bunder (Austria)
    • Probationary SP Judge: Sharon Kalani (California, USA)
    • Probationary SP Judge: Brenda Russo (Pennsylvania, USA)
    • Provisional AB Judge: Phillipa Holmes (United Kingdom)
    • Approved AB Judge: Elaine Hawksworth - Weitz (Washington, USA)
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  • The Savannah and Kurilian Bobtail both were accepted for Championship status effective May 1 2012. They will be able to compete for championship titles and regional and international awards with the start of the 2012 - 2013 show season. The breeders involved with these programs deserve a round of applause for their hard work to get these two wonderful breeds to this coveted status in the cat fancy.
  • TICA's regions have been realigned as noted (effective May 1):
    • Costa Rica will become part of the South America Region
    • Ontario, Canada will move from the Great Lakes Region to the Northeast Region.
    • Nunavut, Manitoba and Saskatchewan move from Northwest Region to the Great Lakes Region.
    • Colorado and New Mexico will move from the Southwest Region and become part of the South Central Region
    • The southern portion of Nevada, which includes Las Vegas, will become part of the Southwest Region

To read the full report from this year's Winter Board of Directors meeting, click here.

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Reserve Your Copy of the 2010 - 2011 Yearbook

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Did your cat earn a title? Win a regional or international award? Become a DM? Or, do you just love cats and want a copy of TICA's Yearbook? Don't miss out on ordering the 2010-2011 Yearbook! Reserve your copy now. It's easy to do.


Click here to order your copy - we've even made payment easy through PayPal.


If you have a new Supreme Grand Champion or Alter and/or a regional or international winner, you'll be able to submit your photos and information at the end of the show season. More information will be sent out in May.

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Mark Your Calendars for Meet the Breeds 2012

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TICA will once again co-host Meet the Breeds with the American Kennel Club (AKC)! It will be held in New York City again, but this time it will be held on October 20 - 21, 2012.


More than 40,000 people visited Meet the Breeds in 2011, and TICA was featured on several TV shows and in different publications as a result of Meet the Breeds. The Bengal was a big hit and many cat lovers got to meet the Bengal in person for the very first time in New York City.


Image This year's Meet the Breeds is expected to be an even bigger event for both TICA and the AKC. If you are interested in participating in your breed booth, please contact the Breed Committee Chair. Watch for updates as we work on this year's event. You can see photos of the 2011 Meet the Breeds by clicking here.

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Easy Online Registration Forms

TICA's goal is to streamline all of our registrations for our members and other exhibitors, making it easier to join TICA, register your litter, register your cattery and register household pets. The online forms currently available include:


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Meet the ... LaPerm

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During 1982 in a cherry orchard, a cat named Speedy gave birth to six kittens. One little female kitten was hairless, but at six weeks had developed a sparse curly coat. Named Curly, her coat matured into a soft wavy coat ... and the LaPerm was "born".


A lean, muscular cat with a sweet personality, the LaPerm was granted new breed status in 1995 and Championship status in February 2003. To learn more about the cat with a mohair coat, click here.

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If you are looking for a mentor, apply to be paired with an Exhibitor Mentor. Or if you're an exhibitor and/or breeder, please consider and apply to be an exhibitor mentor.

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