Show Sponsor & Supporter

The TICA Great Lakes region includes:

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Manitoba Canada, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Nunavut Canada, Ohio, Saskatchewan Canada, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


Messages From Our Regional Director

I have organized two fundraisers for the GL. I’m calling it the “HOW CAN I HELP” Campaign in response to the numerous requests I received with just that question.
Part 1: GREAT LAKES MEMBERS HELPING MEMBERSTo start off our COVID-19 “How Can I Help” campaign, we’ll focus first on individual members’ needs. I’ve activated the GL Disaster Relief Committee (chair Nichole Kelland). What can you do?

  1. If you are in a club, please reach out to your members. Check-in on each other.
  2. If you are in need of assistance (either human or feline), please reach out to either Nichole or I with your needs. We will work hard to help through this campaign.
  3. If you feel yourself getting down (staying indoors and away from others tends to do this) and want a friendly voice to chat with, please let us know.
  4. If you are willing to assist/donate or call another member through the phone tree or donation of supplies, let us know. We will gladly add your name to the list.
  5. You can donate to the Go Fund Me fundraiser for Disaster Relief or donate directly to the region itself.
    GL Regional: TICAGLPaypal@gmail.com
    GO FUND ME: gf.me/u/xryrg3

Let’s also keep the Facebook page filled with those cute cat/kitten pictures that I know put a smile on everyone’s faces!
Nichole Kelland: Emmerscattery@gmail.com
Liz Brown: TICAGLRD@gmail.com or (636) 734-9233

Due to the COVID virus, shows have been either cancelled by TICA or their local governments. For the Great Lakes region, this means that 3 clubs have been directly impacted. Two clubs had shows cancelled by the local governments (Showcats and GLFOF). One club (Wisconsin-Illinois Cat Fanciers) had their show cancelled by TICA. TICA will be helping the clubs where TICA cancelled their show with financial assistance. The first two clubs do not fall under that umbrella.Please remember, Cat Shows are NOT a Business. Putting on shows is a very expensive undertaking. And it is not a business, but a labor of love. Many clubs do this on a shoestring budget to keep costs as low as possible to assure we can provide shows year after year. This means our clubs have no large reserves for disasters such as this one.Your donation to this TICA GL Fund Raiser could make the difference as to whether these clubs are able to continue in the future.What are some examples of costs that our clubs have lost as a result of their local government. Examples include:

  • judges’ airfare (those that used their tickets and were on the ground in Columbus for the show)
  • travel expenses for judges (hotel, mileage and meals)
  • exhibitor catalogs (Columbus show)

How can YOU help?
1. The TICA Great Lakes has set up a GO FUND ME to raise money for the clubs who can demonstrate loss of revenue from show cancellations (that aren’t covered by TICA). Funds will be divided to clubs, on a case-by-case basis, in response to their individual loses. Chris Unangst and Liz Brown will work to do this at the end of the campaign.https://www.gofundme.com/f/tica-gl-fundraiser-members-helping-clubs?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet
2. You can also send funds directly to the club of your choice or the Region. Showcats Columbus:richsonrex@earthlink.netGLFOF: PaypalGLFOF@gmail.comWisconsin-Illinois Cat Fanciers:wisillcat@yahoo.comGL Regional: TICAGLPaypal@gmail.com

Important Info:

  • All donations will be sent directly to the Great Lakes Regional treasury and will be distributed by the region to the affected regional clubs who can demonstrate their financial impacts on a case-by-base basis.
  • If this goes beyond April 30 and additional clubs are effected, those will be added to this list.
  • Any funds raised beyond this will go into the Regional fund to assist with the loss the Region faces from the loss of a portion of our regional rebate (given from TICA based on the number of rings scored in that show season) and/or used towards the Fundraiser to help our individual members who have demonstrated a need for supplies.
  • Your GL RD pledges to personally cover the percentage taken from Go Fund Me in making the totals whole. It is a 2.9% fee and small per transaction fee.

Please help. Every little bit is an investment in our region’s future.

Great Lakes Clerk of the Year 2018-19
Dawn Faust

Dawn began showing in 1994 with household pets. She has since branched out and shown Maine Coons, Persians, Ragdolls and Himalayans. She has many beautiful Regional Winners.

She has been a member of many Great Lakes clubs (Nice Cat Club, Norwegian Cat Club, Around the House, Prairie State, Wisconsin-Illinois Cat Fanciers and Cats Rule) and worked to put on not only GL Regional shows, but also TICA Annuals hosted in the GL over the years.

Dawn has earned the honor of GL clerk of the year FOUR times. She has mentored most new clerks in the GL region & is always one of the first to offer to ring clerk for every show she enters. We miss her terribly in the GL, as she moved to Arkansas and the SC region in 2019, but are so glad she still returns for a few shows & is active in both the SC and SE regions.

Great Lakes Judge Of The Year 2018-19
Dr. Nikki Crandall-Seibert

Nikki (with her then future husband, Cory) started showing Japanese Bobtails in 1989, although in a different cat association.  Japanese Bobtails are very addictive and so soon they found themselves breeding cats.  Their first litter was born on June 12, 1991 and Rockinashi Japanese Bobtails was established.   Based on a love of “silver” Japanese Bobtails, they later partnered with Jennifer Reding (California) and established Ginchika Japanese Bobtails.  Although very successful in the other association, in 2006 Nikki & Cory began showing in TICA.  Nikki immediately immersed herself in TICA, first by ring clerking and then master clerking.  With her background of coordinating cat shows, she quickly found herself embraced by TICA clubs and helping with shows.

Nikki and Cory continued to produce beautiful cats and yearly Regional Wins were the norm for them.  But they also were interested in other breeds and so, in addition to Japanese Bobtails, they have shown Somalis, Birmans, Himalayans, Maine Coons, Norwegian Forest Cats, Siberians, Oriental Shorthairs, Household Pets, and Khaomanee.   However, Japanese Bobtails continue to be their heart breed.

While their Regional Wins are too numerous to mention, here are a few of their other accomplishments:

IW Ginchika Yoshiwara Gin Tora (2010)

IW Forestkatz Shrpdrstmn of Rockinashi – NFC – (2011)

IW Hojpoj Rocky Road of Rockinashi – ORSH (2011)

IW Ginchika Yoshiwara Gin Tora (2012)

IW Mysticmelody Lombardi of Rockinashi – Siberian (2013)

IW Ginchika Bidi Bidi Pom Pom  (2019)

OD Ginchika Okonomiyaki (2013)

OD Ginchika Goody Two Shoes (2016)

OD YukiUsgi Nasuno of Rockinashi (2016)

In 1995 Nikki graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin (Madison) with her DVM degree.  Again due to her love of cats, over the years she frequently “specialized” in feline care.  With her love of knowledge, Nikki also learned acupuncture (for animals) and continues to learn more about “natural” ways of healing.

What has remained constant is her love for cats, her love of showing cats, her knowledge of cats, and her ability to handle cats, so it was no surprise when Nikki applied to TICA’s judging program.  Nikki was accepted into TICA’s judging program on 8/20/14, and her first judging assignment was in Waukesha, WI on 9/6/14.  She was then advanced to All Breed in January of 2018.  If you ever watch Nikki as she judges, it soon becomes evident that this is where she belongs … she loves the cats, she loves handling the cats, she loves being a cat judge.
In 2019, Nikki was voted by GL members to be our Judge Of The Year
Reasons for this honor include:

Handling – She is very patient with the cats and can bring out the playful side in almost any cat. She doesn’t rush; every cat is judged
Knowledge about cats in general, but also about the breeds she handles
Love of cats; love of judging
Willing to help exhibitors expand their knowledge of cats and/or grooming
Takes time to explain to gate/visitors highlights of the breeds in her finals
Has fun – not only does she enjoy what she does, she tries to engage the exhibitors to ensure everyone who comes to her ring, 2 and 4 legged, has a good time
Honest and Ethical – She isn’t swayed by the opinion of others; if she puts up a cat, it’s because she believes it to be deserving.

Great Lakes Member Of The Year 2018-19
Chris Unangst

This year’s TICA Great Lakes member of the year is Chris Unangst. Chris has been TICA member for many, many years (over two-thirds of her life).  Over those years, she has been a member of four different TICA regions. She has bred different breeds, rescued cats in need, and shown in our five main competitive classes achieving international wins in all of them.

Chris works tirelessly both publicly and behind the scenes.  She has helped numerous clubs host successful shows.  She has worked diligently as clerk, master clerk, entry clerk, and show manager.  
And yes, she also serves as one of our esteemed Allbreed judges.
 If that wasn’t enough, she (and Vanadis Crawford) work to create the beautiful PowerPoint presentation of winners at the awards banquets (both Regionally or Internationally). Chris is our talented TICA Yearbook editor. She also worked round the clock this summer to secure sponsorships for ALL of the Great Lakes awards (rosettes, plaques and trophies). This is no small task, but as you can see, Chris dedicates herself to our amazing region and TICA as a whole.

It’s was my sincere pleasure to present this year’s award of TICA Great Lakes member of the year to Chris Unangst.

2022 TICA Annual – Showcats in Chicago!

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