In 1992, a group of local cat fanciers wanted to start a new CFA
cat club in Phoenix because there were so few clubs in the area. They
approached Craig Rothermel, and his wife Diana, for help in forming a club
that would be comprised mainly of people who were not already members of
existing area clubs. The Rothermels eagerly embraced this idea, and
Phoenix Feline Fanciers was formed.
Phoenix Feline Fanciers, Inc. applied to
The Cat Fanciers' Association to become a member club, and was
accepted at the board meeting held in February, 1993.
The first show planned by the club was held in December of 1993 and had
171 entries. A clerking school, held in conjunction with the show,
attracted 20 participants.
In June of 1994, club member Craig Rothermel was elected President of
Phoenix Feline Fanciers received their Not for Profit (501C4) status in
December of 2000.
In 2001, PFF members were deeply saddened by the loss of two of their
founding members - Craig Rothermel and Becky Cotter. Both were valued
members and friends - Craig was relied on for his vast knowledge of the
cat fancy, and Becky was always a willing mentor. In their honor,
trophies have been awarded at PFF shows since 2001.
CFA held its annual meeting at the luxurious Fairmont Scottsdale
Princess in Scottsdale, AZ in June, 2002. The CFA Southwest Region hosted
the annual meeting and PFF club member, Craig Rothermel, was named chair
of the committee. On his death, the chairmanship and responsibility for
planning all of the minute on-site details was assumed by club member
Willa Hawke, with assistance from Diana Rothermel. Numerous
helped in the various jobs associated with hosting a 5-day meeting and
awards banquet for over 600 people. The annual meeting was an unqualified
success, and it remains one of the most memorable in CFA history!
In 2008, Nancy Dodds, as president, instituted the President's Award for highest scoring cat or kitten owned by a club member.
During 2003, the members of Phoenix Feline Fanciers enthusiastically
began a project to produce a cook book. Phoenix Feline Fanciers
Purrfectly Delicious Recipes & Other Cool Stuff is the end result, and
copies of this
collectible cook book are now available.
Our Annual Cat Shows
Annual shows have been successfully planned and hosted since 1993, with
the exception of one year when show hall problems forced cancellation.
The show theme "It's Feline a Lot Like Christmas" was first used in 1995
and continues to this day. 2009 Show. Photos from previous shows.
Our cat shows have attracted exhibitors from across the continent. For
several years, the annual PFF show was chosen as a "Friskies Lead Show"
which entitled the club to the full support of Friskies and their public
relations team. The Iams Company have been generous with their sponsorship
of past shows, and the 2006 show had a new sponsor - Feline Greenies. In
2007, we welcomed Royal Canin as our sponsor of our show.
Members of PFF have always paid attention to the "finer" details of
show production, and the quality of the shows has resulted in them being
popular with breeders and exhibitors, vendors and sponsors, as well as the
general public in the Greater Phoenix area.
The success of the Phoenix Feline Fanciers cat shows has enabled the
club to donate funds to various worthy causes including The Winn Feline
Foundation, the Arizona Humane Society, Citizens for Tempe Strays, CFA
Disaster Relief Fund, Friends for Life, Arizona Animal Welfare League,
Maricopa County Animal Control, and the Maricopa County Sheriff Animal