In This Issue:
From the President's Desk | 2023 Membership Election Results | TFMS/TOES Integration Benefits | TICA 2024 Annual Venue Change| TICA Mentors Needed | New TICA Club |Upcoming TICA Board Meetings | TICA Regional Holiday Greetings | EveryCat Health Foundation December Update | TICA GL Regional Update| TICA MA Regional Update | TICA NW Regional Update | TICA SE Regional Update | TICA SW Regional Update
From the President’s Desk: A Message from TICA President Vicki Jo Harrison
Dear TICA Friends,
The results of the Fall election are available in this newsletter. Thanks to each of you who exercised your right to vote. And thank you to all those who chose to run for office and breed committee to serve the membership of TICA.
I humbly thank you for your confidence to re-elect me as your President. Congratulations to Dr. Liz Brown for being elected TICA's Vice-President.
Congratulations to all those elected to their respective breed committees. For those breed committees who were not filled, they will remain inactive. The committees can be filled by qualified members being appointed by the TICA Board of Directors. If your breed committee is inactive, contact your respective breed chair to see how you can help get your breed committee active.
As we draw closer to the end of 2023, I would like to extend holiday greetings to everyone in TICA’s world. I hope this holiday season brings each of you much happiness and peace. Looking ahead, I am excited for another year of continued success and growth while building on the strength of TICA. I am incredibly excited about this journey and honestly believe the best of TICA is yet to come.
Wishing each of you Happy Holidays and a happy and healthy end to 2023!
As always, I wish each of you good health. Please stay safe and hug your kitties tight!
Vicki Jo Harrison
Learn Complete Results of TICA 2023 Membership Elections
Your votes were counted, and the results are in for TICA’s 2023 membership elections. Congratulations go out to Vicki Jo Harrison, who will return for a second term as TICA President and starting January 2024, Dr. Liz Brown will serve as TICA Vice President.
There were also 162 breed committee members elected, and in some cases, reelected to represent their breed. View the complete list of TICA Breed Committee members.
In addition, all four ballot proposals passed, including:
- Proposal 1 - Amend By-Laws Articles 6, 7, 8, 11, 19 (Chief Operating Officer and Business Manager/Executive Secretary) Yes, Amend Rule
View the complete 2023 election results.
Thank you for voting for the representatives you think will best achieve the results you want to see within TICA.
Learn How TFMS/TOES Integration Cuts Down on Manual Tasks and Processing Time
Did you hear the news that the TFMS/TOES integration, which is reimagining and refining the way TICA cat shows are orchestrated and evaluated, launched last month.
Over the past few years TICA has constantly been striving to improve the experience of our exhibitors and show organizers. The TFMS/TOES integration will drastically cut down the manual tasks and processing time. Among the features:
- Seamless Unified Access: Say goodbye to juggling multiple credentials with one username and password for both TOES and TFMS.
- Instant Data Retrieval: Your Registered Cats' details will be at your fingertips in a flash from TFMS.
- Judges' Information: The Judge’s information will now be sourced directly from TFMS.
- Enhanced Promotional Features: Incorporating TICA Sponsored banners into your profile is now just a checkbox away.
- Automated Show Licensing: Streamlining your show setup, the Show License Application is now a breeze with automation.
- Accelerated Score Delivery: As a member, you'll be able to view your scores in TFMS as soon as they're official.
If you haven’t already, log into your TFMS account and check out how this game-changing enhancement will greatly improve your TICA experience.
TICA 2024 Annual Venue Change: What You Need to Know
Due to some unfortunate circumstances out of TICA's control, the location of the 2024 TICA Annual, originally planned for Chantilly, Virginia, has been changed.
The 2024 TICA Annual, presented by the Central Jersey Cat Fanciers, will now take place August 31-September 1, 2024, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.
Early bird entries have been extended until December 15, 2023. Sign up now before the prices go up! You will also need to fill out a summary sheet in TOES to complete your registration.
If you need to cancel your entry due to the change of events for the show, please email Entry Clerk Toni Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hotel Information: Those who have already booked their hotel at the Marriott in Chantilly are advised to cancel their reservations as soon as possible and rebook their stay at the Embassy Suites in Hampton, VA.
The hotel and convention center are located next to each other with a covered walkway linking the two buildings. Free parking is available at both the hotel and convention center. As an added benefit, hotel rates include a full cooked-to-order breakfast.
Flight Information: For those flying, Norfolk Airport is the closest airport (ORF). There are direct flights from most large metropolitan airports. International travelers can connect at a hub airport.
Visiting the Area: Hampton, Virginia has many tourist attractions, including museums, a zoo, botanical gardens, and beaches. The area is known for its many seafood restaurants. Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens are just 30 miles away. The area is also home to Norfolk Naval base, one of the largest U.S. Naval bases including a WWII battleship.
We look forward to you joining us for a weekend of fabulous felines, fun, and friendships!
Share Your Expertise and Help Grow the TICA Community
The TICA Mentor Program is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our committee and become a part of something truly special.
The TICA Mentor Program was established to promote TICA through qualified exhibitor and breeder mentors. As a mentor, you'll have the opportunity to guide and support new members interested in showing and/or breeding cats. You'll share your knowledge and expertise to help build a strong and more vibrant TICA community, while making new friends and having fun along the way.
We're looking for qualified mentors to pair with applicants from all regions to join our Mentor Committee, so don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!
And if you're interested in taking on a leadership role, we have a special opportunity to become our committee chair. The committee chair will be responsible for accepting applications, passing them along to their respective regional liaison, and answering any questions that may arise. If you are interested in taking on this leadership role, please let us know as soon as possible.
For more information on TICA’s Mentor Program or to volunteer to become a mentor, serve on the committee, or apply to become the committee chair, please email TICAGLRD@gmail.com.
Together, we can create a strong and supportive mentor network that will foster growth and camaraderie among our members.
TICA Welcomes New Club to the Europe South Region
Wherever you are, you are in TICA's world!
TICA continues to grow through the end of 2023 with the addition of the new club Monticarlo’s Cats (Bruailles, France) in the Europe South Region. Welcome!
TICA has clubs around the world and are a great way to mix and mingle with people who love cats as much as you do. There are more than 160 clubs in TICA’s world with a diverse array of backgrounds, interests, and professions. By joining a TICA club you can make new friends with amazing people while attending TICA cat shows, participating in club activities, and volunteering.
If you’re not already a member, then find a club near you and start the fun! Find a list of TICA clubs.
Two TICA Board Meetings Announced
TICA will hold the following two Board meetings in December and January. They include:
TICA Special Meeting: A Special TICA Board meeting will take place on December 19, 2023, at 9am CST. Agenda includes:
- Welcome and Call to Order – Harrison 9:00 am – 9:15 am CST
- Consent Agenda 1. Corrections/Approval of Special Meeting Minutes, October 11, 2023
- Executive Session - Board Discussion 9:15 am – 10:30 am CST
- Open Session - Board Discussions 10:30 am – 12:00 pm CST
- Interim GL Regional Director appointment
- Other Discussion(s) Adjourn
See the full agenda.
The TICA Winter Board Meeting will take place January 18-20, 2024, online. Check the TICA website for the full agenda of proposals and reach out to your respective Regional Director with comments prior to the meeting.
Holiday Wishes from TICA Regional Directors and their Four-Legged Friends
TICA Regional Directors and their four-legged friends send holiday greetings to you and your families.
As we approach the end of this year, I wanted to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a joyful holiday season filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments. May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, surrounded by your loved ones and creating beautiful memories. ~ Liz Brown, TICA Great Lakes Regional Director
Wishing all the members of the TICA Mid Atlantic region joyful and festive holiday season! May your holidays be filled with warmth, love, and happiness and lots of cuddles from your kitties! Here’s to a wonderful and prosperous New Year ahead. Happy holidays to all. ~ Brenda Russo, TICA Mid Atlantic Regional Director
Holiday Greetings … As you celebrate this holiday season, make wonderful memories that will linger in your home, make great friendships that will last a lifetime, and may this season be filled with peace and joy.
This time of year is a special time … we wrap up all of the good things from our past and carry them over to the new year. It gives us the opportunity to remove from our thoughts those things that were troublesome. Above all else, we can raise our hopes for a better year ahead – to fabulous felines, fun and friendship! ~ Elaine Hawksworth-Weitz, TICA Northwest Regional Director
A todos os membros de TICA SA e a toda família TICA, meus votos de um Feliz Natal, um Feliz Chanuká e um Ano Novo repleto de boas notícias e realizações! ~ Luiz Paulo Faccioli, TICA South America Regional Director
A todos los miembros de TICA SA y toda la familia TICA, les deseo una Feliz Navidad, un Feliz Hanukkah y un Año Nuevo lleno de buenas noticias y logros! ~ Luiz Paulo Faccioli, TICA South America Regional Director
I am so proud to be your Southeast Regional Director and look forward to a new year filled with cats, cat shows and new experiences - working together to continue growing our very successful and special region.
I wish each and every one of you a Holiday filled with family, friends, felines and, of course, Magic. ~ Rene Knapp, TICA Southeast Regional Director
From our home to yours Donna, myself and all the crew wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah 🙏 ~ Jim Armel, TICA South Central Regional Director
Happy holidays to all our members in the TICA Southwest Region! I look forward to the rest of our 2023/2024 show season and hope to see you and your cats at one of our upcoming SW Regional shows in the new year! From my house to yours, Happy Holidays! ~ Laurie Schiff, TICA Southwest Regional Director
EveryCat Health Foundation December Update
With the season of giving upon us, EveryCat Health Foundation would like to ask that you join us in Gifting a Better Future in Feline Health. Support now will allow researchers to concentrate on their efforts to solve the mysteries of feline specific diseases, nutrition, and behavioral issues which all help ensure a lifetime of happy, healthier cats. Your kindness toward all cats will be felt for generations. To donate, visit www.everycat.org.
From all of us at EveryCat Health Foundation, we wish all our friends at TICA, both two and four-legged, a happy holiday season!"
TICA Regional Updates:
TICA Great Lakes Regional Update
TICA Mid Atlantic Regional Update
TICA Northwest Regional Update
TICA Southeast Regional Update
TICA Southwest Regional Update
TICA Great Lakes Regional Director, Liz Brown:
Dear Members of TICA Great Lakes,
After seven incredible years of being your Regional Director, I’m now moving to the role of Vice President for TICA. While this new role will keep me busy working for the entire organization, I want you to know that my heart will always remain in the Great Lakes region.
It has been an absolute honor and privilege to serve as your Regional Director and I cannot express enough how much I have cherished every moment spent with all of you. The Great Lakes region holds a special place in my heart, and I am grateful for the unwavering support, dedication, and passion that each of you has shown throughout my tenure.
Though my responsibilities may have expanded, I want you to know that I will continue to work diligently to uphold the values and goals we have set for TICA, not only in the Great Lakes but for the entire organization. Your trust and confidence in me have allowed me to take on this new role and I am committed to ensuring that TICA continues to thrive and grow.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being a part of this incredible journey. The memories we have created together will forever hold a special place in my heart. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you, now in a different capacity, to make TICA even stronger and more successful.
Wishing you all a blessed holiday season and a prosperous New Year.
TICA Mid Atlantic Regional Director, Brenda Russo:
Please mark your calendar to attend the upcoming 2023/2024 shows in the TICA MA Region:
- January 5-7, 2024, Central Jersey Cat Fanciers in Parsippany, New Jersey.
- January 26-28, 2024, Charm City Cat Club in Timonium, Maryland.
- February 3-4, 2024, Central Jersey Cat Fanciers in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
- March 8-10, 2024, Central Jersey Cat Fanciers in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
- March 15-17, 2024, United Cat Club Inc. in Chantilly, Virginia.
- March 23-24, 2024, Christmas City Cat Club in Easton, Pennsylvania.
- April 6-7, 2024, Philadelphia Tea Party, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
Venue Change for TICA 2024 Annual: TICA’s Annual 2024 event will now be held in Hampton, Virginia at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. See article in this newsletter for more details.
Other TICA 2024 Annual News:
- Volunteers Needed!Please contact Lisa and Susan to volunteer.
- T-Shirts Available Soon: T-shirts will feature a new logo design.
- Raffle: Two lovely quilts handmade by Sharon Miller (Fate May’s sister) are available for online raffle. Photos of the quilts will be available at the Parsippany, NJ show and raffle tickets will be available. Both will be available online and at select cat shows.
Show Rule Reminder 22.214.171.124: Any cat or kitten from a house or cattery where there has been fungus or any infectious or contagious illness within 21 days prior to the opening date of the show is ineligible for entry and/or exhibition.
To ensure a safe environment for everyone, please make sure all cats attending the show are properly vaccinated with the FVRCP and rabies vaccine. This will not only help your cats, but also the cats in the show hall.
It is crucial to prioritize the health and safety of all the cats in the show hall. Bringing unvaccinated cats can pose a risk of spreading contagious diseases.
I have asked the clubs to remind judges, clerks, and stewards about the need for extra precautions when handling and cleaning the cages to ensure the safety of all our feline participants. By doing so, they will be taking proactive steps to minimize any potential risks and promote a healthy environment for everyone.
Thank you for being mindful of this important matter!
TICA Northwest Regional Director, Elaine Hawksworth-Weitz:
Please mark your calendars for the following 2024 TICA NW shows through the end of the show season (April 30, 2024):
- January 20-21, 2024, It’s Reigning Cats in Portland, Oregon.
- February 10-11, 2024, The Evergreen Cat Fanciers in Ferndale, Washington.
- April 20-21, 2024, Calgary Cat Association in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
- April 26-28, 2024, And A Mouse Cat Club in Elma, Washington.
TICA Southeast Regional Director, Rene Knapp:
Happy December! The TICA SE region has one more holiday shows this month. Join us as an exhibitor or just come and visit.
Ring in the New Year with your cat fancy family on December 30-31, 2023, with the TICA Sunshine & Magic Cat Club in Largo, Florida. Entry fees and hotel information are in the TOES show details.
TICA Mentorship Committee Members Needed: I am also looking for southeast members willing to join our TICA mentorship committee. Members will serve to discuss things related to the committee and, more importantly, work to match applicants with members in their region to serve as mentors. Anyone interested becoming a part of this new program please email me at email@example.com.
TICA Social Media Group: We also have a new social media group dedicated to showcasing TICA on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. I am a part of this group and if you would like to join us in bringing TICA into the forefront, please contact me.
TICA SW Regional Director YouTube Channel: Please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel and check in often for new videos.
Meanwhile I wish all of you Happy Holidays and a great New Year.
TICA Southwest Regional Director, Laurie Schiff:
Make your plans now to attend these other upcoming shows in the TICA SW Region:
- February 17-18, 2024, Catitude CC & Socal Exotica CC in Victorville, California ** 12 Rings! New Venue!
- March 16-17, 2024, Surf-N-Turf in Arcadia, California.
- April 12-14, 2024, Celebrity Cat Club in Arcadia, California ** 3 DAY SHOW including a Friday night Pajama Party and Poker Run!
- June 22-23, 2024, Socal Exotica Cat Club in Arcadia, California.
- July 26-28, 2024, Southwest Regional Awards show, and Banquet ** 3 DAY SHOW!