COVID-19 and the Effects on CFA
Updated information will be provided as available
March 26, 2020:
The CFA Board met on March 25 to discuss the upcoming CFA Annual Meeting in June. Considering the smaller number of people who would be willing to travel, the disruptions to flight schedules, and the possibility of not being able to achieve a voting quorum, a motion was made and carried to cancel the 2020 Annual. Any delegate fees, banquet dinners, breed council breakfast, or Winn symposium reservations already paid will be reimbursed.
More information regarding proposals and voting will be announced in the near future. The balloting for Officers and Regional Directors will proceed as normal and the method of counting ballots will be announced at a later date.
March 23, 2020:
The Central Office will be closed as of tomorrow (March 24th, 2020). There will be a skeleton crew in the office, but phones will not be answered. This is the message which will be on the phones:
“Thank you for calling The Cat Fanciers’ Association. Our office is currently closed until April 7, 2020 due to a mandatory closure directed by the Governor of Ohio because of the Coronavirus. Please contact the individual you want to reach via email. A listing of email addresses is on the CFA website, cfa.org, click on the box titled “Coronavirus New/Updates for CFA”. If you do not have access to the internet or email, leave a message and we will get back to you within 24-48 hours.”
What About Printed Certificates?
Printing and mailing of certificates (litters, cats, pedigrees, etc.) is suspended from March 24-April 7, 2020. Electronic versions will be sent when an email address is provided. Requests for printed certificates will be filled when the Central Office office building is open and fully staffed.
Following is the list of individuals you may need to contact for questions you have during the temporary closure of the Central Office due to COVID-19, effective March 24 through April 6, 2020. This is not a listing of all CFA employees. Your questions will be directed to the proper individual if applicable.
Allene Tartaglia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Ganni (registrations), email@example.com
Amber Goodright (clubs), firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica Minich (cattery names, certified pedigrees), email@example.com
Jen Brahler (registrations), firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Minich (registrations by pedigree), email@example.com
Kay Chamberlain (payments, customer service), firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindy Lyons (general questions, customer service), email@example.com
Shirley Michaud-Dent (scoring, clerks), firstname.lastname@example.org
March 20, 2020:
Our most recent decision as a board is to impose a moratorium on issuing new show licenses – equally around the world. This moratorium will continue through May 31, 2020. We will continue to review our options as more information becomes available and this world crisis continues to unfold. When the moratorium is lifted, we will waive late fees that would otherwise apply.
An expanding outbreak of respiratory illness referred to as COVID-19 continues to dominate the news and everyone’s attention, with most wondering how will their lives be affected, how to prepare, is it safe to travel anywhere, will I get the virus and so on.
At the direction of the CFA Board of Directors, all CFA shows have been cancelled effective Monday, March 16 through May 31, 2020. This was done in an effort to protect the health of our many loyal cat fanciers due to the spread of the coronavirus. Further show licenses received for this time frame will not be processed. These were difficult decisions for the Board to make, but the Board felt it was necessary.
CFA’s Coronavirus Response Team, headed up by Kathy Calhoun, will meet in the coming weeks to discuss what assistance CFA can provide to clubs whose shows were cancelled and if the minimums required for end-of-season awards should be modified. The team will present motions to the entire Board regarding these issues. The Board will monitor the impact of the virus and make decisions on when shows can return to production.
Many are wondering about the Annual Meeting scheduled for June 19-20 in Spokane, Washington. As of March 16, the Annual is still on. The Board is doing due diligence and working with the hotel to mitigate losses should it become necessary to cancel and also working with a New York attorney to determine CFA’s options should we either not be able to hold the meeting, or if we do not get a quorum. CFA is incorporated in the state of New York and their laws govern us, since our CFA Constitution does not address what happens if we do not have a quorum or are not able to hold the Annual Meeting. In the meantime, each club should select a delegate to represent them at the Annual and submit the required notice to the Central Office. It can be handled online at: http://catalog.cfa.org/annual.shtml#delegatefees The form must be received by midnight on Wednesday, May 1st.
As more decisions are made regarding show scoring, licensing, and other related matters, they will be shared with you via both CFA-News announcements as well as on this page. If you have questions or comments, please share them with your Regional Director or ID Committee Chair.