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August 2019 - Regional Update

Membership Report:  Growing and proud! The Northeast Region is home to 588 active members as of June 2019.

New Northeast Club: The NE Region warmly welcomes a new club based out of New York, Project Meow, who is hosting the Brentwood, NY show in March 2020. Visit the official TICA show calendar for more details!

Mark your calendars for the following shows/events:

Canuck Cat Club, Sept 14-15 in Toronto, Ontario

Nauticats Cat Club, Oct 19-20 in Quebec City, Quebec

Cats Ahoy Cat Club, Oct 19-20 in Hartford, CT

Nauticats Cat Club, Nov 2-3 in Montreal, Quebec

Clawsome Cats, Nov 23-24 in Toronto, Ontario

NE August Member Spotlight - Remembering Debra Legrand-Wellman: The Northeast Region is honored to pay tribute to friend and long-time member, Debra Legrand-Wellman, who left us in July 2019. Deb's show career began in the late 1980s at a local gas station, when a strikingly beautiful stray cat befriended her. He was a short-haired seal point with deep blue eye color. Built like a Siamese, perhaps of more than 100 years ago, with a white toe or two. Deb ended up taking him home and named him Bartholomew Bunny. In later years, she said she believed he was an angel sent to her by a higher power. “Bart,” as Deb normally called him, was incredibly outgoing. She tried showing him as a HHP at local shows, and he proved a natural show cat. Bart soon became a star and rose through the ranks until he was CFF’s top National Winner. Bart retained that title for years, appearing regularly in CFF ads in magazines and other cat fancy publications - a familiar sight to all. He was even asked to be a ring bearer at a couple of weddings! Around 1990, Deb obtained a CFA registered Siamese of quality color and moderate type, Gotier Gressner Tip Tap Toe en Jazz, also known as “Bucko.” Bucko was the foundation of Deb’s first Siamese breeding program. One photogenic Bucko son, Premier Morningbrook So Solomon, can be found in many book and magazine articles, including the 1993 CFA Cat Encyclopedia. Deb, who was instrumental in efforts aimed at getting the Traditional Siamese recognized as a separate breed from the Modern Siamese, was one of the founding members of the Prestwick-Beresford Old-Style Siamese Club (PREOSSIA). Deb also served on PREOSSIA’s board. It was PREOSSIA that did the work needed to bring the Thai to championship in TICA in 2010. As time passed, Deb was supportive of the Thai, but she had become increasingly enchanted with the modern Siamese and Oriental. After Bart's passing at roughly 24 years of age, she devoted her efforts to Siamese and Orientals exclusively. In 2008, she married her soul mate John, with whom she shared her passion for all things feline. Deb will be fondly remembered as a kind and caring friend to many, touching the lives of all who knew her. Rest in peace, Deb; fly high with Bart amongst the stars.

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