May 21 Spring Board Meeting Notes

Friday, May 21, 7 – 11 AM

TICA Spring Board Meeting

Approval of Consent Agenda: PASSES

Approval of March 10, 2021 Special Meeting Minutes

Set Annual Meeting: September 1-3, 2021, Telephonic


Conflict of Interest Statement – Annual Certification

Nondisclosure Agreement – Adler

Governance: Breed Committee Appointments
*NOTE: While the board is happy to appoint these folks in working to make our breed committees active, we encourage applicants to apply through the standard process and allow their peers to elect them.

Appointment to Abyssinian Breed Committee
Gary Hoffman 

Appointment to American Curl (SH/LH) Breed Committee
Linda Bull
Joe Ruga
Grace Ruga (Chair)

Appointment to Australian Mist Breed Committee
Andrea Schlicker
Karen Henneke

Appointment to Burmese/Bombay Breed Committee
Theo Mitchell
Beata Broing

Appointment to Devon Rex Breed Committee
Ellen Crockett
Michelle Piatt

Appointment to Donskoy Breed Committee
Lilya Kovalenko

Appointment to Havana Breed Committee
Cornelia Schofield
Geraldine McKerlie

Appointment to Household Pet Breed Committee
Judith Milling
Patricia Clary
Michelle Whiting

Appointment to Lykoi Breed Committee
Desiree Bobby

Appointment to Norwegian Forest Breed Committee
Donna Armel (Chair)
Jim Armel
Melissa Waller
Tracy Hisel
Wonsun Jang

Appointment to Persian/Himalayan/Exotic Shorthair Breed Committee
Angela Millican
Brigitte Pouilot

Appointment to Scottish Fold/Straight(SH/LH) Breed Committee
Marto Upham
Paul Harrison
Sauncha Romey

Appointment to Toyger Breed Committee
Sofia Larabi
Zhong Li

Follow-Up Report
Genetics Registry Working Group Update
: This group is working on what data could be added to our pedigrees and what other registries use on their pedigrees. The space on our pedigrees is limited so the group determined that the DNA info is vital for our cats and the available info will only grow over the years. We felt it was more important to expand our database to include all and include something like a QR code or weblink on the pedigree and also a note of how the data was obtained (owner submission or vet ID verification). We want to involve the breed committees in this as well to learn what genetic testing is important to their respective breeds. The committees are in a unique position to help the breeders with recommendations and education about the health of their cats. 
We also found another topic upon discussion. At this moment, when you register a cat/kitten, you can register as non-standard. This info isn’t always accurate through the EO, but the new IT system will fix this. Even worse, this info doesn’t show on our pedigrees/registration. Example: a non-curly Selkirk is registered as a non-standard Selkirk, but that info doesn’t show on a pedigree. The individual breed committees have corrected this with some breeds (such as MC vs MCP) as adding a new breed to the breed group. The working group suggests further discussion on how to track this accurately.

Amend By-Law 17.4 (Breed Committee Duties)  TAKE NO ACTION PASSES

Note: These should be guidelines for our breed committees, but not rules.

Amend By-Law Article Ten and Delete Standing Rules 1010.1 and 1010.1.1 (Board Ballots) FAILS

GL Regional Award Sponsorships Available!

A form available to sponsor awards when the final lists are out. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t let me know now the awards you wish to sponsor. Just email me with which cats you would like to sponsor and I will let you know if they are still available. I am using the most current estimated standings which can be found at….
Click on Standings by Region and scroll to Great Lakes and there will be a list of winners there.
Plaque sponsorship are as follows:
Best – $50
2nd-10th – $20
11th-25th – $15 

We will have plaques for:
• Top Allbreed cats (these will include their longhair/shorthair placement)
• Top Longhair/Shorthair cats (not in the top-25 Allbreed)
• Top Kittens
• Top Alters
• Top Household Pet Kittens
• Top Household Pets

At this point you can sponsor a cat by name and award category. Once the awards list is finalized I will get with you on payment and how you want your sponsorship to read. (Or, if you know how you want your sponsorship to read, you can tell me that now )

If you have any questions, let me know.


Chris Unangst
GL Regional awards sponsorship coordinator

A Message from our President Regarding the 20/21 Show Season

THE TICA Board of Directors is NOT having any type of discussion about changing the status of wins for the 2020-2021 show season. The International and Regional wins earned will stand as they are.

 It was decided by the BOD last year that no additional rules or regulations would be put in place because of the pandemic. The show season would be allowed to go forward normally. This would allow clubs to put on shows as  pandemic restrictions were lifted locally. There were no changes made to the way either RWs or IWs are earned. The BOD did vote to have all Regions of TICA under Isolated Status rules for the 2020-2021 show season. The BOD just voted to extend the Isolated Status for all Regions for the 2021-2022 show season.

We are having a discussion about point minimums for the 2021-2022 show season. There will be a Board Ballot to vote on this within the next couple of days. The results of the Board Ballot will be available on the TICA website after voting is complete.

To answer the question about what we will be discussing concerning the Annual at May meeting, we will be discussing and voting on when and where the  2020-2021 Annual Awards Presentation will be held.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact your Regional Director or you can email me at

Vicki Jo Harrison
TICA President