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Roger A. Cota - President 2006-2012
Roger A. Cota
, age 71 passed away on May 18,
2012 at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY. Roger was a minister in
the local Methodist Church and was a retired English teacher at Sauquoit
High School. He leaves behind one son and daughter in law Bruce and
Mai Cota of Ithaca as well as a sister and four nephews.
Roger was best known to many in the rabbit world as District 7 Director,
judge, friend and mentor. He became involved in rabbits in 1981 when
he began breeding Mini Lops. In 1984 Roger founded and became President
of the Mohawk Valley RBA. He was currently the Treasurer and Show
Secretary and was very active in promoting their yearly show. Roger's
additional involvements in the rabbit community were:
* Past president, editor of the first guidebook of the American Dwarf
Hotot RC and first Sweepstake secretary. He was also editor of the
Dwarf Hotot newsletter and Secretary/Treasurer for many years.
* Served as ARBA State Representative for 4 years in early 90's.
* President and Vice President of the New York Rabbit and Cavy Breeders
* Roger was also President of the New York Rabbit and Cavy Breeders
Association from 2006 to the time of his passing in May 2012.
* 1987- Received his rabbit Registrars license.
* 1989 became an ARBA Licensed judge and traveled extensively judging
4-H shows, local and National shows along with many fairs throughout
* Served as past president, secretary/treasurer and publicity director
for the National Himalayan Club.
* Past Chairperson and member of the ARBA Resolutions Committee.
* Ballot Chairperson and member of the Silver Fox Rabbit Club.
* Roger also served as the ARBA District 7 Director until his resignation
in 2011 due to health complications.
Roger's total dedication to our youth breeders will not soon be forgotten.
He was convinced that District 7 had some wonderful youth breeders
and he was committed to promoting youth programs and scholarships.
His most recent endeavor was to encourage our district to send teams
to ARBA convention. When our teams placed well last year in Indian,a
Roger was ecstatic and was so looking forward to working with the
teams for the 2012 Kansas Convention.
Roger was a fighter throughout his many recent health challenges.
His determination to live and stay involved in the local rabbit community
will be etched in our hearts forever. He will be sadly missed. Roger
is interred at Sunset Hill Cemetery, Clinton NY next to his son Jeff.
Donations can be sent in Memory of Roger A. Cota to the New York Rabbit
and Cavy Breeders Association, c/o Deb Vecchio P.O. Box 33 Parish,