Fellow ACFA North Central Region Members,
Many thanks to the Cat-N-Around Cat Club of Des Moines for hosting the North Central Awards Banquet! Through careful planning and diligent execution, the club provided a fun venue, kept meal prices low, and provided beautiful ribbons for the top 20 regional winners in each category. Preston Smith’s photographs from the banquet, including the formal pictures afterward, are posted here: http://smu.gs/pv0C8W. You can purchase prints (4x5 and 8x10) and website-sized files from that web site. If you're interested, don't delay, because the photo gallery goes away on November 1!
If you are a regional top 20 winner who didn’t attend the banquet and didn’t ask someone else to pick up your winner’s rosette, please contact me so we can make arrangements to get your rosette to you.
Kudos also go to the Cat-N-Around club for the cat show on the awards banquet weekend – one of the largest ACFA cat shows in a long time, and one that displayed the friendliness that is the hallmark of an ACFA cat show. Special thanks go to those of you who invited new exhibitors to the show. Some new (or almost new) exhibitors told me that ACFA shows were a welcome change from the associations they had been showing in, and others told me that they enjoyed their first experience at showing cats and plan to keep showing in ACFA.
Ray Benter, yearbook editor, now has the pictures of the top 10 regional cats from our region, but there are several other opportunities for your cats to be featured in the 2011 ACFA Yearbook, and I urge you to act quickly on these opportunities, which will help Ray plan the layout of this excellent publication. Most of you received a copy of the price list along with year-end information from Central Office. In case you’ve misplaced it, I’ve posted a copy on the ACFA North Central web site: www.acfanorthcentralregion.org/extras/yearbook.htm.
Although the October 1 deadline has passed, those October 1 prices still apply. The coveted color cover ad slots are still open, and this is a wonderful opportunity for you to let the cat fancy know about the excellence of your cats! You don’t even need to design and create the ads yourselves; just provide the photos and suggested wording and Ray will create the ad at no charge!
Remember, too, that $10 will get your cat’s picture in the “friendly faces” section of the yearbook, whether or not he or she won an award this year. $10 is also the cost for a picture to celebrate your cat achieving any level of grand championship or supreme. If your cat passed over the rainbow bridge this year, a $10 picture in the yearbook is a lasting memorial. Similarly, if your cat earned a Legacy of Achievement or Legacy of Excellence, it’s only $10 to put the picture in this year’s ACFA Yearbook. Note, too, that the Rainbow bridge and LA and LE pictures are in color, while the others are in gray scale (sometimes called black and white); if your cat’s picture is in color but goes into a gray scale section of the Yearbook, Ray will convert it for you.
One more important pricing detail: For ACFA clubs, the advertising rates are half of the listed rates, excluding the covers. For example, your club can advertise next year’s show in a full page black and white ad for only $100. If you’d like that full page in color, it’s $225, rather than $450.
North Central Regional Director