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March 20, 2017   
Association News
The AFA is in the process of planning three regional conferences across the U.S.  We’ll be hosting these events in the Las Vegas, Charlotte and Chicago areas.  Highlights include networking time, education and an excursion.  Attendees will come in on Thursday afternoon and leave Sunday morning so the time away from work is minimized.  Stay tuned for more information as details are finalized.
 
 
The Vinyl Manufacturers Association (VMA) has set a precedent of excellence with the incorporation of its certification program for Tier 1 and licensee program for Tier 3a members. The programs verify to customers that the products of accredited companies meet or exceed industry standards and are made through a quality process. Now is a great time to be a part of the VMA.
 
 
AFA offers courses and certification programs to help you improve your knowledge and skills, and take your career to the next level. It also improves the fence industry by instituting standards and processes, which benefits the consumers. Learn more by clicking on each program listed below.
 

 
Print and digital opportunities are still available! Don't miss your chance to be featured in Fencepost magazine this spring!  To learn more, download our media guide or contact Paul Walley at pwalley@naylor.com or 417-326-2091. Book your spot by April 13 to be included!
 
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AFA's Education Foundation
Make your contribution anytime day or night using our online donation form! Select a pre-determined amount or enter any amount you wish to contribute. Funds are used to award need-based scholarships to fence industry professionals or their children to further their education. Thank you to our many donors for supporting our goal of reaching $250,000. We are getting close. Don’t delay; make your tax-deductible donation now.

 
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Chapter News

Save the date for FENCETECH 2018 in sunny Phoenix, Arizona! FENCETECH will feature top-notch education, technology, networking opportunities and exhibitors for the best trade show in the industry.

 

 

 
Upcoming Events
Colorado Chapter
April 20, 2017
April meeting at Famous Dave’s in Colorado Springs. The meeting will be on Thursday, April 20. For more information, please email info@coloradofenceassociation.com.

Garden State Chapter
May 11, 2017
Grab your ball cap and glove; this chapter is going to have a home run night of networking! Save the date for May meeting, Thursday May 11, where the GSAFA will cheer on the Lakewood Blue Claws. This is just the start of summer fun! On July 8, the chapter will have their annual fishing trip on the Miss Michelle III. More information and details will be available soon.
 
Memphis Tri-State Chapter
May 19, 2017
Save the date for their Annual Friday Night Golf Tournament Hospitality and Reception, hosted by Stateside Steel and Wire at the Gold Strike Casino and Resort. The event will be on Friday, May 19, from 7-11 p.m. to kick off the weekend of activities. The Annual Golf Tournament will consist of a Friday practice round, Robert O’Kelly Memorial Putting Contest, Scramble format golf tournament, and $1,000 cash prize raffle. For more information, email phillipwdoyle@gmail.com

Northeast Chapter
April 6, 2017
Join the NE chapter for a night of brainstorming and fun! Make sure to mark your calendar for Thursday, April 6, at the Mattabesett Canoe Club. Please contact chapter president, Kim Miller for any questions. 

Northern Ohio Chapter 
May 18, 2017
Northern Ohio will be having their next meeting on May 18 with a special webinar from Market Hardware. More information will be sent out prior to the meeting. To RSVP, please email chapter president Ken Throckmorton, CFP.
 
Texas Chapter
June 2-3, 2017
Join the TFA for their summer meeting June 2-3, in Waco, Texas! Their chapter meeting will consist of networking, a general membership meeting, guest speaker, picnic and game day on the Brazos River and so much more! Please contact chapter president Chuck Boyd with any questions. 
 
Opportunities are still available at AmericanFenceAssociation.com. With more than 170,000 pageviews each month, don't miss out on getting your message in front of industry key players! To learn more, view our Media Kit or contact Paul Walley for details.
 
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Member News
 
Learn about current legal and regulatory developments and trends that are impacting the fence industry.
 
1.Education
2.Savings 
3.Resources
4.Publications 
 
You will not want to let your AFA membership lapse. Renew today! Please renew soon to maintain your status as a member, including access to our valuable member savings program. This benefit alone can save you the cost of your membership dues, with valuable discounts on supplies and business services.
 
 Featured Benefit for AFA Members - Sunbelt Rentals save 10-22% and get up to $150 in coupons
 
Sunbelt Rentals for Existing Accounts    
 Members only need to email Mark Schiavone with our AFA Member Savings Program with their Sunbelt Account Number(s), and Mark will ensure you are attached to our preferred pricing program.
 
NEW Sunbelt Rentals
To get a new Sunbelt Rental account, please complete and submit the application. While supplies last, you can get a $50 and a $100 coupon with a new approved account as well. Email Mark Schiavone for more information and the application. It's just that easy to save with Sunbelt!
 
  

AFA is mourning the loss of Jay Mufson. Mufson worked for Wayside Fence Company for 13 years, but had been in the industry for 30. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

 
 

 

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