Yvonne bred her first litter of Birmans under the AMOENTA prefix in 1993 and soon after that was elected onto the committee of the Palmerston North Cat Club. In 1998 she took over the position of president of the club from Bryan Surgenor and held this position until she stepped down in 2005.
During her time as president Yvonne very ably represented the club on the Central Region committee, a very important role as this was one of the links between the Club members and the NZCF Executive Council. She also produced a very informative and entertaining club newsletter as part of her job as president. From 1998 to 2005 Yvonne oversaw the organisation and running of several very successful Palmerston North Cat Club shows and the biggest and most important of these was the 2000 NZCF national show which was held in Palmerston North. This was a huge event and very demanding but it was also a very successful show, due largely to the input by Yvonne and her Palmerston North Cat Club committee.
During her years of involvement with the Palmerston North Cat Club and especially during her long tenure as president, Yvonne and her husband, Kevin, committed a huge amount of time and effort to the Club.
Yvonne was made a life member of the Palmerston North Cat Club in 2016.
Her love of Siamese started in 1975 with her first Siamese neuter cat Anvago Lilac Adonis bred by Margaret Wiseman. Colleen obtained her breeding prefix of GRYMALKIN in 1976 under her own name. Her foundation cats Branmar Chocolate Petunia and Westhaven Sweet Charity.
Colleen was elected as Southern Region Secretary in 1976 and finishing on 1982 and from 1982 to 1984 she went onto the NZCF EC as the delegate for South Region. Colleen started her shorthair judging in 1980 (at this time was a requirement to have been a breeder for five years) and she took leave from judging in 2000, then later resigned.
Colleen and Rob started their very successful prefix ROBANDI in 1982, producing multiple national winners and best in show cats. Today they still have an active prefix.
Colleen became a member of Palmerston North Cat Club on arrival to the city in 2003. Since then Colleen has performed the role of Secretary and committee member and was heavily involved in working with Albie Johnson NZCF EC in 2006 when Palmerston North Cat Club held the national. Today that national show has been a benchmark for other clubs.
Over time Colleen has served on several other committees, NZ Siamese as President, Shorthair Breeders Secretary (at that time had 500 members and biggest club in NZ), was a foundation member of TOSCA and served time as President.
Colleen was made a life member of the Palmerston North Cat Club in 2016.
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