A TICA LOSS
The Flaming Redhead is gone, and an era has ended. It
is with a very heavy heart that I send you the sad news
of the passing of Maureen Nottingham. She had been seriously
ill for the past several years and gravely ill for the past
year. She had been in and out of the hospital, nursing home,
rehab centers, and hospice. She passed away, peacefully,
sitting in a chair in her own home. She was flamboyantly
coquettish in her show demeanor and presentations and she
had a unique way of having fun with the cats and exhibitors
at shows; however, she was a very private person and preferred
to decline in dignity, leaving us to remember Maureen the
way we last saw her, full of life and fun.
At one time she had the world's best Russian Blue and
the world's best Abyssinian. She was TICA's first
of the Year.
Please remember Maureen and her Bette Davis eyes, with
joy in your hearts and remind yourselves of how many times
she made you laugh. If you are relatively new to the cat
fancy, ask one of us old timers and we will certainly enlighten
you about "The Flaming Redhead."
She was flamboyant - but this was her charm. It is my
hope that she will always be remembered as the true "Lady"
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SCORING AND WINS FOR 2012-2013 SHOW SEASON
For those of you who are new to TICA and International/Regional
scoring and wins, here is a bit of info on what the process
First, please understand that May 7 does not determine
the ultimate winners, nor is the final list of winners posted
on May 7. Throughout the show season, everyone is encouraged
to make sure that their entries reflect the correct registration
numbers, that cats who are first show without a number are
"hooked up" with their winnings after registration, and
that they are in the correct regions. By far, this is the
type of problem that the May 7 deadline is trying to address.
Past that, the Office will finish scoring all catalogs,
make whatever corrections they are aware of, and send lists
of standings to the Regional Directors. The Regional Directors
will review the lists for any additional errors they may
see - cat/person not in their Region, for example. Also,
the Directors will determine that every potential winner
was shown in their Regions at least one time. Any problems
or issues they identify are sent back to the Office for
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Our new show season has begun and if you are new to showing
or breeding, here is information that may help you.
Looking for a Mentor?
Are you interested in learning more about how to show
(exhibit) your cat at a TICA show?
If so, apply to be paired with an
Mentor. As a protege, you will have a mentor available
to answer your questions & help you learn about TICA and
the inner workings of showing cats.
Are you considering breeding cats?
Breeding cats is not a hobby to take without forethought.
If you'd like to learn more about what is involved in breeding
cats, please request a
Mentor. You are not obligated to breed cats through
applying for a mentor. As a protege, you will have a mentor
available to answer your questions & educate you on TICA
and breeding cats. (Note: This program is not a source for
finding breeding cats).
Interested in becoming a Mentor?
Do you find yourself chatting to new exhibitors or
spectators at cat shows about the details of showing mechanics?
Do you enjoy this contact?
As you know, TICA is one of the friendliest feline associations
where new faces are always welcome. If you think you have
the time to make the commitment to assist those with an
interest in showing their cats (but not breeding), please
consider applying to be an
Do you have the time, knowledge & interest in teaching
others good cattery management, feline husbandry, breed
Responsible breeders are at a premium and we need your
help to increase the awareness of what it takes to be a
good breeder. Please consider applying to be a
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Junior Exhibitors Program is open to anyone under the
age of eighteen. As members of TICA, each
Exhibitor's continued success is gauged by their accomplishments
and personal growth.
The program consists of six levels through which the
youth may progress, with each level having different activities
and testing questions. At the three junior levels, the emphasis
is on learning about TICA, the etiquette and procedures
of showing, and basic cat health and welfare. At the three
senior levels, the emphasis is on advanced knowledge of
cat showing, cat breeds, working at a show, and TICA.
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Ellen Crocket: Northwest Regional Director
I live in Washington, USA. The Region consists of approximately
375 members and around 6 active juniors (2 or 3 thinking
about joining the program). There are 15 clubs in the region.
My hobbies are being a compulsive knitter and my husband
and I make wine and rescue Dobermans and Mastiffs.
Marilyne Gregg: Approved Allbreed Southeast Judge
I live in North Carolina and was one of the first TICA
members, #5 in the SE. I had TICA's "first" COY. Surfside
Sadi of Rog-Mar, a copper eyed white Persian. I have judged
all over the world, meeting fantastic people, handling the
best cats in the world.
I started showing back in the day when "adults" did stewarding
for free just to help. Moved on to clerking, and was a great
clerk if I do say so myself, watching and learning. After
much persuasion from Larry Paul, I decided to go into the
My interests are varied: children, grandchildren, messing
in the yard, reading. My smartphone keeps me connected and
I just love Judge Judy.
ZellaJane Goodwin: Southeast Region Clerk
I live in Florida. I became Head Ring Clerk in September
2012 and Entry Clerk October 2012. I wanted to help clubs
and show managers and to just become more knowledgeable
about the shows. My favorite part of clerking is knowing
that the judging can start in the ring I am clerking. The
least favorite part of clerking is not having time with
my husband and showing our cat. I miss a lot of the socialization
with friends at and between rings and with no steward, concentration
is severely diminished.
I started showing a Maine Coon then added a Norwegian
Forest Cat. Just lately I have added a Siberian all of which
are in the alter class after their kitten class finished
My hobbies include knitting/ crocheting, tatting. We
love to travel with our cat but primarily drive to shows.
I also do amateur radio since 1986. Now retired I stay up
late and sleep in late ... it's a GREAT life with the husband
Joyce Pierce: Southwest Junior Liaison
I live in Arizona and have always loved cats. I used
to bring home abandoned kittens and hide them under my bed
while nursing and leaning them.
I am a former school teacher and am dedicated to fostering
involvement of young people in TICA through the junior program.
I have to thank my fellow SV breeders for welcoming and
encouraging me to show and I was addicted from the first
one. Helping the kids to learn the ropes and handling their
cats is a wonderful experience. My breed is the Savannah.
I have entertained the thought of other breeds but my heart
belongs to the Savannahs alone.
I currently enjoy sculpting as a hobby.
Valentina Catucci Duran: South America Region Junior
I live in I live in Montevideo, Uruguay. I am 10 years
old. Cats are my favorite animals. Watching other cats in
action at the shows is a lot of fun. I am not sure what
breed of cat I want to work with yet.
My hobbies are playing the piano, listening to music
and watching TV. My goal for the future is working with
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