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Obituary - Mr. Boris Lupan

The FIFe Board was informed that the International category 1, 2, 3 and BG C Judge, Mr. Boris Lupan (RU), died on the 28th of November. Boris was only 53 years old and had spent the last 6 months in hospital with a life-threatening affliction and no hope for recovery. Boris joined the cat fancy in Russia in 1998 and bred Persians under the cattery name Triumf Benedikta*RU. In 2006 Boris was appointed as International FIFe Judge in category I, followed in 2010 with category II and in 2015 with the old category III. Since 2009, he joined a CFCA club in Latvia as a member.
Boris was extremely active in the cat fancy and developed a FIFe show and pedigree programme, used by a number of FIFe Members, whom he helped with the organisation of their shows. Besides that, Boris was a popular judge, judging all over the world. We will all remember his broad smile and his kind and friendly behaviour and he will be sorely missed by colleagues and exhibitors all over the world.
The Board of FIFe extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Boris and the Latvian FIFe Member CFCA.

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Obituary - Mrs. Elisabeth Steinhauser

The FIFe Board was informed that the International category 1 & 2 Judge, Mrs. Elisabeth Steinhauser (AT) died after a short, serious illness at the untimely age of 70 years on Sunday the 8th of November.
Mrs. Steinhauser joined ÖVEK in 1975 and bred Persians under the cattery name Borsalino’s for many years. Since 1988 she also bred Siamese under the same name. Mrs. Steinhauser dedicated her life to the cats, ÖVEK and FIFe and besides her functions in ÖVEK, she was also a member of the Board of FIFe; from 1982 until 1991 she was the FIFe Treasurer.
Mrs. Steinhauser passed her judge´s exam in category I in 1981 and in category II in 1982 and was a respected judge, judging all over Europe.
The Board of FIFe extends its sincere condolences to her husband, Mr. Herbert Steinhauser, her family and friends and the Austrian FIFe Member ÖVEK.
On behalf of the Board of FIFe,
Mrs. Annette Sjödin – President
Mr. Eric Reijers – General Secretary

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COVID-19 decisions (last update: 01.10.2020)

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Board decided on several special measures and exceptions to the rules:
● For all European FIFe Member countries, the number of certificates needed to obtain the titles IC/IP, GIC/GIP resp. SC/SP is set to 5, 7 resp. 10. These certificates can be obtained in 1 country (for IC/IP) resp. 1 or 2 countries (for GIC/GIP and SC/SP). In each class, at least 1 certificate must be obtained at shows organised after 01.07.2020. This exception is valid until 31.05.2021 (→ Annex 2A and 3A)
● Show Rules Annex 4, for our Members in Asia and Latin America, already provides the possibility of obtaining all certificates in one country and remains unchanged. However, the expiration date for this exception was 31.12.2020, this date is extended with one year, until 31.12.2021 (→ Annex 4)
● For cats born on 16.05.2019 or thereafter, the number of Best in Show titles in classes 11 and/or 12 to qualify for the title Junior Winner is reduced from 5 to 3, since they did not have the full 6 months’ period to qualify for this title. This exception is valid until 31.05.2021 (→ Annex 5A)
● The incumbent Vice Treasurer, Vice Secretary and the three members of the Health & Welfare Commission to continue their positions for one year. At the General Assembly 2021, these two board and three commission positions would be up for election for two years
● For all Winner Shows already listed on the official show calendar and to be organised prior to 01.06.2021, no qualifications are needed for cats to participate
● Our Italian Member ANFI to organise the World Show in 2021 instead of in 2020 after agreement of future World Show organisers to move ahead on the list
● The Compulsory Student Judge Seminar on 27-28.06.2020 to be organised in a virtual meeting
● The expiration date set for Breed Group exams will be prolonged with one year, i.e. until 31.12.2022
● The validity for theoretical judges exams will be extended with 1 year
● All judges will retain the seminar accreditation they had on 01.01.2020 and the 2017 General Assembly seminar accreditation will be valid until the 2021 General Assembly; all other seminar accreditations will be extended with 1 year too
● There will be no need to send the Judges Engagement form in 2020; all judges will retain the activity status they had on 01.01.2020 and no judge will move to the dormant judges list per 01.01.2021; of course, judges who were not active in 2019 but will be active in 2020 will be listed as active next year
● The General Assembly 2021 will not be held in the last week of May but in the first week of June
● No General Assembly will be held in 2020.

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Minutes of Board meeting 10.08.2020

The minutes of the Board meeting held on 10th August 2020 can be found in the section Events > Board meetings.

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New judges (last update: 10.11.2020)


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  • Mrs. Sanna Hietala (FI) passed the last of the required stages at the show in Ylöjärvi (FI) on the 1st November 2020 and is as of that date appointed an International Judge for category 3.
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