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Letter from Vickie

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I can't believe that in just a few weeks we will be ending another show season! Time flies.


The 2011-2012 show season has been exciting and I personally can't wait to see who our new International and Regional winners will be, and which kittens from this show season go on to be some of next show season's winners.


In true TICA form, we've expanded our presence worldwide, either forming new clubs in various countries or cities, or clubs hosting their first shows in their communities.


TICA has seen a lot of changes during this show season, but with the end of this show season, a new one starts that will be filled with a lot of new, and exciting, opportunities.


Please remember that TICA's Annual Awards Banquet and Championship Cat Show isn't just for the previous year's winners, it's a time to celebrate your cats, your friends' wins and TICA. Make sure to put this year's event on your calendar.


I look forward to seeing you and your fabulous felines!


Purrs,

Vickie Fisher

TICA President

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May 1: Pay Your Dues

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May 1 all Membership fees are due to the Executive Office.


If you have an account on TICA's TDS ONLINE then you can renew quickly online.


If you haven't created an account on TDS ONLINE, then click on JOIN TICA.


For current members, you don't want to miss out on your right to vote, or not receive your next issue of the TICA Trend...so renew today!


Membership prices are:

  • Regular Membership - $35
  • 5 year Regular Membership - $160
  • Family or Junior Membership - $15
  • International Membership - $40
  • 5 year International Membership - $180
  • International Family or Junior Membership - $20

To see the other rates, view our updated pricelist.

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TICA Welcomes Interim Regional Directors

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Interim Regional Directors who will hold the position until elections take place later this year have been named by TICA:


Mike Vasquez has been appointed as interim Regional Director and Board member for the Great Lakes Region. He will serve until elections are held next year. The Great Lakes Region encompasses 12 locations: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Ontario. He has served as the region's show reporter.


Jay Bangle will act as interim Regional Director and Board member for the Mid Pacific Region this year. The Mid Pacific region includes four states: Nevada, Northern California, Oregon and Utah. Jay is a Provisional All-Breed Judge and Chair of TICA's Legislative Committee. Under her cattery Bangles, Jay has bred and shown many winning Bengals.


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Showcase Your Cats at Meet the Breeds 2012

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In just six months TICA will be in New York City, co-hosting Meet the Breeds with the American Kennel Club (AKC) on October 20-21, 2012. If you'd like to participate and help showcase your breed, contact your Breed Committee Chair.


Each breed is represented by a breed booth, where cat lovers can meet breeds that they admire and have never had a chance to see in person! Last year more than 40,000 people attended the event, and TICA and its fabulous felines were featured on TV and in other publications.


If you can help out, email or talk to your Breed Committee Chair today!


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Meet the...Ragdoll

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What captivates people when they see their first Ragdoll are the magnificent blue eyes and silky coat.


One of the largest breeds of cats, the Ragdoll is often compared to dogs not just because of their size, but because of their friendly personalities and how they love to play with other cats and children.


They're so laid back that even the youngest child can carry them around in their arms, making their name perfect for the breed.


To read more about the Ragdoll, click here.


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TICAU: The Place Cat Lovers Need to Visit

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How many times have you had new cat owners or cat lovers at shows ask you how to trim nails? Bathe a cat? What to feed?


Now you can help them out by sending them to TICA University.


Not only are there videos about how to clip nails, grooming and other "how to" information, but fun articles about authors, artists, nutritional treats and more.


Tell cat lovers no matter their age, to visit TICAU. Just a few of the new videos that have been posted on TICAU are:


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Share TICA News with Cat Lovers

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If you receive the TICA Trend and don't keep your issues, don't throw them away! Share them with cat lovers in your community! Great ways to do that is by:

  • Taking them to cat shows so cat lovers can look at them in the benching area
  • Take them to your veterinarian's office
  • Donate them to your local library
  • Give them to your children's school or class

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Welcome New Advertisers!

TICA would like to welcome our two new advertisers! J Jan Designs and Life Abundance! Take a few minutes to visit their websites:

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Take time to visit TICA's new advertisers!

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End-of-Season Checklist

April 30th is the last day of the show season. Don't forget to:

  • Get your points in for titles earned during the season
  • Check on your Lifetime Achievement or Outstanding Dam or Sire titles
  • Get photos shot of your winners for the Yearbook and awards banquets
  • Make sure your cats are ready for the new show season that starts May 1st!
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