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         1.  Hand-feeding kittens with a sponge!  




         2.  Plants Toxic to Cats  



         3. “HCM”  [about the heart]

“Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a heart (cardio-) muscle disease (myopathy). There are several forms of heart muscle disease seen in cats but with this cardiomyopathy the muscular walls of the left ventricle thicken (hypertrophy) on their own due to an inherent disease in the heart muscle.” 


[Above quoted information is from the below cited website.  Please access website for authoritative, comprehensive and insightful information concerning HCM contributor and copyrighted by Mark D. Kittleson, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM (Cardiology), et al. 




           4.  American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) 2013 AAFP Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report




           5.  Vaccine for Cats:  We need to stop overvaccinating.


By Lisa A Pierson, DVM 





           1.  DISEASE INFORMATION FACT SHEET Feline Calicivirus


Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (2013) 15, Supplementary File




          2.  “Mutation in Spike Protein Cleavage Site and Pathogenesis of Feline Coronavirus”


Author affiliations: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, New York, USA

Beth N. Licitra1, Jean K. Millet1, Andrew D. Regan, Brian S. Hamilton, Vera D. Rinaldi, Gerald E. Duhamel, and Gary R. Whittaker 



         3. FIP This work was funded by Cornell’s Feline Health Center, the Winn Feline Health Foundation, and the Morris Animal Foundation.  Published June 11, 2013 



         4.  —  Toxoplasmosis in Cats What is toxoplasmosis? 

This information was prepared by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the Cornell Feline Health Center, Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, New York 14853-6401.








Text Box: Text Box: ~ § ~  CONSTITUTION  ~ § ~

This organization is named the United Silver and Golden Fanciers.

ARTICLE II - Objectives
The objectives of the United Silver and Golden Fanciers [hereinafter referred to as the “USGF”] shall be: 
1.  To promote the breeding of Silver and Golden Persian and Exotic Cats to the standards adopted by The Cat Fanciers'  Association, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “CFA”). 
2. To disseminate and exchange information among all breeders of cats concerning the health, welfare and comfort of cats. 
3. To publish a periodical for members featuring health articles, show results, awards and other relevant matters concerning Silver and Golden Persian and Exotic Cats. In addition to the periodical, the USGF may conduct fundraisers, including, but not limited to, publishing an annual calendar featuring members' cats. 
4. To promote awareness of Silver and Golden Persian and Exotic Cats, the USGF may provide complimentary copies of  the periodical and/or calendar to CFA judges. No judge shall receive more than three issues of the periodical per year. 
5. To engage in the support or sponsorship of CFA sanctioned shows and activities which promote Silver and Golden Persian and Exotic Cats. 

Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the USGF shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on: 
(a) by an organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future federal tax code) or 
(b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under 
Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, i.e., charitable, educational, religious or scientific, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the Federal Government, or to a state or local government for a public purpose.

ARTICLE III - CFA Affiliation
The USGF will be affiliated with The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc.  

ARTICLE IV - Membership
There shall be two classes of membership: Voting Members and Associate Members (nonvoting members). Each applicant shall be classified as a Voting Member or an Associate Member according to the information submitted on the membership application. Voting Members in good standing will be entitled to one vote in all USGF's elections inclusive of any and all ballots or queries sent from the Executive Board. All members (both membership classes) will receive the USGF's periodicals, calendar when printed, or any other such publication of the USGF. Membership shall not be retroactive and shall start the calendar year that the membership application and dues are received by the Treasurer. 

Voting Member Qualifications:
1.  Persons qualifying for Voting Membership class must meet the following requirements:  
    a. Have a current CFA Registered Cattery OR have been a current USGF member for two (2) consecutive years (status  changed to voting member on the second consecutive year); and 
    b. Currently own OR have bred a silver and/or golden Persian or Exotic cat; and
    c. Shall be in good standing with CFA; and
    d. Shall be at least 18 years of age as of January 1st of that membership year.
2.  Voting Membership applications shall include: name, address, statement certifying applicant is at least 18 years of  age, copy of current CFA Cattery Registration or statement certifying a current two year consecutive USGF membership, name and registration number of Silver or Golden Persian or Exotic currently owned or bred by applicant, and membership dues. This information shall be in writing (or completed electronically) and sent to the USGF's Treasurer.  

Associate Member (nonvoting) Qualifications: 
1.      Associate membership shall consist of the following two classes:
    a.  Junior members: This class of membership includes persons who are younger than 18 years of age as of January 1st of the membership year, and who have an interest in silver and/or golden Persian or Exotic cats. 
    b. Other nonvoting members: Include individuals who have not met Voting Member Qualification “a” or “b” or individuals who  have not supplied necessary information/ documentation under the above Voting Member Qualifications.

ARTICLE V - Officers and Executive Board
1.     The officers shall be a President, Vice-president, Secretary, and reasurer.   The Executive Board shall consist of the four officers, the appointed editor and two additional elected Board members.
2.    The Executive Board shall serve as the publisher of any publication and shall be in charge of the management of all affairs of the USGF and its publications. 
3.    The term of all officers and additional Board members shall be for a period of two years, beginning on February 1 and ending on January 31 of all even numbered years, or until a successor is elected, as herein provided. 

ARTICLE VI – Election and Recall Procedures
1.   Nominations for the four club officers and the two board positions will be forwarded to the Secretary and postmarked no later than October 1st  of each odd numbered year.  The secretary shall communicate in writing with the person nominated on or before October 15 of that year to determine if such person accepts the nomination.  If no acceptance is received in writing by the Secretary by October 31 of that year, it will be assumed that such nominee has rejected the nomination.  
    a.  All members shall be notified of all upcoming nomination deadlines. All notices will be in the form of a written communication and will be mailed by First Class US mail, or the equivalent, not less than 45 days prior to the set deadline. 
    b.  Only voting members in good standing shall be eligible to be nominated for the four club officer or two elected board positions .
2.    Elections will be conducted by mail ballot with the ballots being mailed by First Class US mail, or the equivalent, to all eligible voting members not less than 45 days prior to the deadline for ballot returns. 
    a. The issue of the Quarterly most closely preceding an election will contain a listing of all candidates who have accepted their nominations, including their statements. Ballots must be completed and returned by mail to the designated member on or before January 27 of even numbered years. For all special elections a ballot deadline will be announced in accordance with previously stated notice procedures. Ballots will be numbered and counted by a designated member and election results shall be reported online using a web site listing the returned ballot numbers and results.  
    b.  A majority of votes cast for an office is required for election to the office of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  With respect to the two elected board members, the two nominees receiving the most votes will be deemed elected.   
    c.  If three or more persons are nominated for an office and none of the candidates receive a majority of the votes cast, a run-off election shall be held between the two nominees receiving the most votes.  
    d.  If all positions are uncontested, no ballots will be mailed out.  The Secretary shall cast one vote for the membership and the uncontested slate will be deemed elected. 
    e.   If there is a lack of candidates running for any position, the Executive Board shall appoint a voting member to fill that position in the upcoming term.
3.      Recall and Resignation Procedures -- Any officer, elected board member, or appointed position may be recalled  
     a   A Petition to Recall an elected Executive Board member signed by a minimum of 25% of the current voting membership or 25 voting members in good standing (whichever is greater) shall be sufficient to initiate the following recall procedures for the petitioned office(s).  The petition must include the name of the Executive Board member; violation of the USGF Constitution clearly identified; and any and all evidence in support of the allegation.  The Executive Board shall:
        i. Give notice to the Executive Board member at issue; and  
        ii. Verify the Petition for Recall*.     
      b.  The Executive Board member at issue has the right to submit a rebuttal refuting the allegations in the same issue of  the USGF in which the ballot is presented or submit a letter of resignation to the Executive Board. 
      c.  Membership Vote: A minimum of two-thirds (2/3) of the voting membership must vote to remove the Executive Board member.
      d.  If an elected Executive Board member is recalled, the Executive Board must, within 14 days of the ballot deadline, mail notice of the upcoming election and call for nominations for the office(s) being recalled.  The Executive Board shall appoint a temporary voting member to fill that position until a permanent replacement can be elected.
          i.  All members shall be notified of a nomination deadline 45 days from the date of mailing. All notices will be in the form of a written communication and will be mailed by First Class US mail, or the equivalent, not less than 45 days prior to the nomination deadline.
          ii.  Nominations will be forwarded to the secretary and postmarked no later than the nomination deadline. The secretary shall communicate in writing with the person nominated on or before 15 days from the nomination deadline to determine if such person accepts the nomination. If no acceptance is received n writing by the secretary within 30 days of the nomination deadline, it will be assumed that such nominee has rejected the nomination.
         iii.  Within 45 days of the nomination deadline, ballots and candidate statements will be mailed using First Class US mail, or the equivalent. The ballot return deadline will be 45 days from the date of mailing. All procedures regarding ballot return, counting of votes, and result notification shall be as stated in Item #2 above.
     e.  A petition signed by a minimum of two-thirds (2/3) of the Executive Board shall constitute automatic dismissal from any appointed position.  In the case of editor, he/she shall not have a vote on his/her removal.

Text Box: 4.  Vacancies 
     a.  In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President. 
     b.  An Executive Board member may decide that s/he is, for whatever reason, unable to uphold their position, s/he shall state his/her reason for resignation at an Executive Board meeting. At that time, s/he must recommend a general member to occupy the vacant Executive Board position; for that recommended person to be officially appointed to the vacant spot, two-thirds of the Executive Board must approve. Until a new officer is appointed, the remaining Executive Board members shall divide the duties amongst themselves to compensate for the vacancy.

ARTICLE VII - Meetings
1.    The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the USGF in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Constitution and any special rules of order the USGF may adopt. 
2.    Since the membership of the organization is so widely distributed, there will be no general meeting of the membership.
3.    The Board shall meet at such times as are mutually convenient for all Board members or a majority of the Board members. The Board's business meetings may be conducted over the internet, by phone or in writing.  The votes of a majority of those voting shall be sufficient to adopt or ratify a proposal.  All seven Board members shall be notified by the Secretary of all meetings in advance of the meeting.  At least four members of the Board must participate and must cast their votes when a vote is necessary.  
4.    The Executive Board shall be responsible for administering the day-to-day operations of the USGF.

ARTICLE VIII - Periodical
1.     The Executive Board shall appoint the Editor of the Club’s periodical, or such other publications printed and distributed by the organization.
2.     Advertising in any USGF publication is accepted and paid for by the advertiser with all proceeds going to offset the publication and mailing costs.   
3.     No part of the net earnings of United Silver and Golden Fanciers shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, directors, officers or other private person, except that United Silver and Golden Fanciers shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of Section 501(c)(7) purposes.  No substantial part of the activities of the United Silver and Golden Fanciers shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation; and United Silver and Golden Fanciers shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.  

ARTICLE IX - Delegate to CFA Meetings
The Executive Board shall appoint the USGF's Delegate to attend a CFA Annual or Special Meeting.   If a Delegate appointed to  attend a  meeting  for  any reason cannot attend, then the Executive Board shall designate the Proxy to be substituted and the Delegate shall execute the applicable proxy appointment.  The Delegate shall be responsible for paying his/her own expenses, minus the Delegate registration fee payable to CFA.  The Delegate or proxy shall cast votes at the meeting in accordance with instructions received from the Board. 

ARTICLE X - Officers' and Editor’s Duties
1.     The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer and perform all duties consistent with that position.  The President shall preside over the Board meetings.  The President shall be responsible for directing the Board members in keeping with their schedules, meeting deadlines, implementing resolutions, and being the swing vote in decisions where a swing vote is required.  The President may appoint such committees as he or she deems advisable and shall be a member ex-officio of all committees.  
2.    The Vice President shall perform such duties as may be designated by the President, consistent with the office, and shall perform the duties of the President in his or her absence.  The Vice President shall preside over the Board meetings in the President’s absence.  
3.     The Secretary shall:
      a. Inform the Board members of the meetings called by the President and shall be present at these meetings and will keep a record of each meeting in the form of minutes in order to provide:
           i. A record of the various matters presented to the Executive Board and
          ii. Record the votes of each Board member, and 
          iii. Report the minutes to the Editor of the periodical for publication in the next edition.
      b.  Take care of all correspondence for the organization, keeping copies of all such correspondence.  Report to the Board all but routine correspondence received, and       
      c.  Keep a list of all members of the organization, with addresses and contact information for each. 
4.  The Treasurer shall:
       a.  Keep records and custody of all monetary transactions, including all related documentation.
      b.  Provide a written quarterly report to be available to all members that will include income, expenses, amounts outstanding, and balance on hand.  
5.     The Editor is appointed by the Executive Board on a per issue basis with no maximum or minimum term.  The Editor shall report to the Executive Board.
Duties of the Editor are:
     a.  To collect all USGF data submitted from the appropriate section managers each quarter upon closing date including all Board meeting minutes and Treasurer’s report.
     b.  To compile and assemble all regular and special feature sections of the USGF: memorializing news, health articles, show results and show scenes, new members, cattery advertisements,  awards and other relevant matters that members submit concerning their silver and golden Persians and silver and golden Exotic cats. 
       c.  To proofread, check for spelling and appropriate content.  To make suitable for publication in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Executive Board.
     d.  To maintain deadlines set forth by the Executive Board in order for the publication to proceed in a timely manner.
     e.   To be responsible for getting the USGF’s data to the printer for publication.
      f.  To accept only articles, advertisements, etc., which maintain the integrity and objectives of the USGF and its publications.  

ARTICLE XI – Discipline 
The Executive Board shall have the power to reprimand, suspend or expel any member found guilty of:  
1.  Cruel or inhumane treatment of a cat
2.  Engaging in fraud or misrepresentation in regard to a cat's pedigree
3.  Being suspended from CFA's activities or use of CFA services.  
4.  Any act or conduct seriously and patently detrimental to the best interest and welfare of the cat or the USGF.  

[Side Note:  This ARTICLE XI, item 4 amendment was added in the Summer of 2012..]
Any member so charged shall be given notice in writing of the allegations together with copies of all documents submitted to substantiate the charge.  The member charged shall have a minimum of thirty (30) days to respond in his or her defense. 

ARTICLE XII - Amendments
This USGF’s constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the actual votes cast by voting members. To bring a proposed amendment to a vote, it must be proposed by:
1.  A majority for the Executive Board; or
2.  Be submitted to the President in writing setting forth the exact wording of the proposed amendment and signed by a minimum of ten (10) members.  The proposal will be set forth in the next published Quarterly together with a ballot to be returned on or before a date not less than forty-five (45) days after the mailing of the periodical.  Emergency Amendments to comply with state and federal regulations may be voted on and put into effect by the Executive Board.  

ARTICLE XIII - Club Dissolution 
Upon dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed to the Winn Foundation.  The Winn Foundation meets the criteria of Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code as a scientific and educational organization.  One hundred percent 100%) of every donation received by the Winn Foundation is used to benefit cats. However, if the Winn Foundation is no longer in existence or is no longer a qualified distributee, or unwilling or unable to accept the distribution, then the assets of this organization shall be distributed to a similar fund, foundation or corporation organized and operated exclusively for the purposes specified in Section 501(c)3 or 501(c)7 of the Internal Revenue Code (or any other corresponding section of any future Federal tax code).  

Article XIV - Business Calendar Year 
United Silver AND Golden  Fanciers' business calendar year shall be from January 1 to December 31 of that same year.  

SIDE NOTE:  ARTICLE XI—Discipline  was amended with the addition of section 4. to  ARTICLE XI     
This amendment was added in accordance with the 2/3 majority votes cast by the USGF members and first appeared in the 2012 Fall issue of the Quarterly.  

Information concerning 
The United Silver and Golden Fanciers’ Cat Club 
can be obtained by emailing 
Sally Daniels at:

An International CFA Cat Club dedicated to Silver and Golden Persians and Exotic Cats worldwide. 

(Ongoing since 1972)