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 TCA, Inc. Constitution & By-Laws 

The Traditional  
Cat Association, Inc.1987TM 
 

Founded 1987 
by Diana L. Fineran 

 
Constitution 
and By-laws 
 


Copyright 1987
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 

THE TRADITIONAL CAT CREED 

THE SPORTSMAN'S CHARTER 
KNOWLEDGE OF RULES 
INTRODUCTION  
ARTICLE I NAME: 
ARTICLE II PURPOSES: 
ARTICLE III. DEFINITIONS AND EXPLANATIONS AS USED HEREIN 
ARTICLE IV. GENERAL PREFACE AND STANDING RULES. 
ARTICLE V. MEMBERSHIP 
ARTICLE VI. LOCATION: 
ARTICLE VII. MEETINGS AND REPRESENTATION 
ARTICLE VIII. ELECTION OF OFFICERS 
ARTICLE IX. OFFICERS 
ARTICLE X. DUTIES OF OFFICERS 
ARTICLE XI. INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATE AND INTERNATIONAL DIVISION  
ARTICLE XII. ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD 
ARTICLE XIII. EXECUTIVE BOARD 
ARTICLE XIV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
ARTICLE XV. IMPEACHMENT OF AN OFFICER 
ARTICLE XVI. ETHICS, DISCIPLINE AND HEARINGS 
ARTICLE XVII AMENDMENTS 
ARTICLE XVIII DISBAND 
ARTICLE XVIX REIMBURSEMENTS AND ALLOWANCES 
ARTICLE XX COMMITTEES 
ARTICLE XXI MEMBER CLUBS 
ARTICLE XXII BREED COUNCILS 
ARTICLE XXIII REGIONS 
ARTICLE XXIV RULES OF REGISTRATION 
ARTICLE XXV OFFICE OF THE HEAD REGISTRAR 
ARTICLE XXVI CATTERY RECORDS 
ARTICLE XXVII BREED STANDARDS 
ARTICLE XXVIII JUDGES - RULES, TRAINING AND LICENSING 
ARTICLE XXIX SHOW, JUDGES, AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS 
ARTICLE XXX QUALIFICATION, TRAINING AND LICENSING OF JUDGES 
ARTICLE XXXI SHOW STEWARDS 
ARTICLE XXXII SHOW CLERKS 
ARTICLE XXXIII SHOW RULES 
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  C) COPYRIGHT JUNE 9, 1987 BY DIANA FINERAN 

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 

EVERY PART AND PARCEL OF THIS DOCUMENT IS COPYRIGHTED. NO PART OF THIS DOCUMENT MAY BE REPRODUCED IN ANY FORM, BY PHOTOSTAT, MICROFILM, XEROGRAPHY, ELECTRONIC SCANNER, OR ANY OTHER MEANS OR INCORPORATED INTO ANY INFORMATION RETRIEVAL SYSTEM, ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL, WITHOUT THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF DIANA FINERAN. 
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THE TRADITIONAL CAT CREED

I am a Friend of the Traditional Cat.... 

I may be an owner, a breeder or just an admirer of this ancient and beautiful Purebred.... 

I respect the men and women of past ages who have preserved and guarded this most treasured of cats from distortion and impure influence.... 

I value the tradition and culture that have grown up around the Traditional cat through the thousands of years it has shared in the history of mankind.... 

I believe that this type cannot be improved, but need only be preserved in its natural superiority and health.... 

I am glad to share my pleasure in Traditional Cats with new people who want to be introduced to one of the worlds living treasurers.... 

I enjoy this type for the activity and enjoyment it offers to me, and for the opportunity to befriend an intelligent and noble animal.... 

I am aware that it is a mark of distinction to own and enjoy Traditional Cats in the 21st Century, as it has been in countless centuries gone by.... 

I will not cheapen this ancient type with behavior that betrays me as being something less than the guardian the cat deserves.... 

I will abide by the rules that have been established for the showing of the Traditional cats, and where I believe the rule has not been carefully defined, I will work through my club or Association for a better or more careful definition.... 

In my personal enjoyment of Traditional Cats I will protect them from injury, abuse, and any other form of neglect or cruelty.... 

In the public enjoyment of Traditional Cats I will dedicate myself to the principles of good sportsmanship, winning and losing with a grace that equals the cat I am showing.... 

Measured against the other cats of the world, every Traditional Cat is a Champion and deserves to be owned and cared for only by those who can qualify for the same title.... 
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THE SPORTSMAN'S CHARTER 

That sport is something done for the fun of doing it and that it ceases to be sport when it becomes a business only, something done for what there is in it; 

That amateurism is something of the heart and spirit - not a matter of exact technical qualifications; 

That the good manners of sport are fundamentally important; that the code must be strictly upheld; 

That the whole structure of sport is not only preserved from the absurdity of undue importance, but is justified by a kind of romance which animates it, and by the positive virtues of courage, patience, good temper, and unselfishness which are demanded by the code; 

That the exploitation of sport for profit alone kills the spirit and retains only the husk and semblance of the thing; 

That the qualities of frankness, courage, and sincerity, which mark the good sportsman in private life, shall mark the discussions of his interests at a show. 

The above was taken from The American Horse Shows Association, 1978 Rule Book - Author unknown. 
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KNOWLEDGE OF RULES  

A knowledge of the rules of any sport is required of each participant, and the exhibitor at a Recognized Show is in no way exempt from this responsibility. A complete knowledge of and compliance with the rules are essential and the exhibitor must be fully cognizant of all the rules as well as class specifications in the Divisions in which he or she shows. 

It is obvious that, however complete rules may be, they never can cover all possible situations which may arise. If a matter cannot be solved by interpreting the rules to the letter, the solution to be adopted by those responsible should lie in a principle that follows as nearly as possible the spirit of the rules. 
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INTRODUCTION 

YESTERDAY: Back in 1987 in an attempt to find a Siamese similar in body type to those that I had owned and bred in my youth, I began a search through letter writing and cat show attendance. The result was a letter, which was published in a national cat magazine, which lead to responses from 19 breeders of this type of Siamese cat. Follow up requests from over 500 persons looking for the same type of Siamese cat lead to the formation of The Traditional Siamese Breeders and Fanciers Association (c). 

On February 19, 1992 the name of this Association was changed to: The Traditional Cat Association, Inc.

TODAY: Success of our kitten Referral Service has been achieved with over 30,000 snail mail requests having been received for our List of over 70 breeders in the U.S.A., Canada and Europe. With a monthly Newsletter and a sustaining membership near 200, T.C.A., Inc. has firmly established its purpose and goals. Our motto is: To Protect, Preserve, Perpetuate, and Promote the Traditional Cat. We are a democratic group run solely by the majority. 

TOMORROW: Our goals have been recognized as positive, not only by Siamese enthusiasts, but also by enthusiasts of other cat breeds. This along with the establishment of sound Breed Standards and a Constitution and By-Laws have become the foundation for the formation of the TCA, Inc. Registry. Our Registry is focused on preserving the traditional qualities and blood stock of all Traditional cats of the various breeds. We hope our success with the Siamese breed will be shared by other breeds to bring back the healthy, long lived, Traditional Cats to the cat fancy as a whole. 
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