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The purpose of the Circus Relations Committee is to act as a liaison between
the Circus Fans Association and the members of the American circus business.
Specifically, it is intended to act as a channel through which both
organizations can work together and to help the owners, staff and performers
better realize that the CFA is there to help lighten and brighten their day.
In the past year, the committee was made up of four long standing and
dedicated CFA members. Over the years these members have become friends with
many in the circus profession and have always been most welcome on the circus
During the 2009-2010 year, committee member and CFA past president, Rich
Deptula communicated with several circus personalities and sent numerous cards
and well wishes to those who were ill and to families of those that had passed
away. He also traveled with Kelly Miller Circus volunteering his time while
working in the cookhouse.
Committee member David Orr is well known in the circus industry, particularly
for his efforts to fight unjust exotic animal regulations that would so
adversely affect the public showing of many circus animals. Over the winter
months, David represents the committee while he is in Sarasota, Florida, the
home of many circus people. He also volunteers his time at Circus Sarasota
during its season.
Father Richard Notter, Circus Chaplain and committee member, administers to
many in the circus community, particularly during times of stress and hardships
in their life. Father Notter is also part of a group that tries to locate good
housing and care for retired circus employees.
Committee member and also a CFA Past President, Don Curtis visited nine
circuses during the past year spreading the work about the CFA's desire to help
where needed. In addition to providing portrait type photos for owners and
performers to use in their Christmas cards and web pages, Don also provided
dinner for all on Walker Bros and Lewis & Clark circuses and a barbecue for some
of the performers on Kelly-Miller Circus.
The committee is always open to suggestions from the CFA members of more
things that can be done to improve the already very positive relationship that
we enjoy with the circus people.
Don Curtis, Chairman
Circus Relations Committee
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