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September 20, 2017   
Association News
 
Where else can you attend one of four schools that provides classroom and hands-on training? This is what sets AFA University apart from similar training programs. Scheduled November 5-10, 2017, AFA University will feature: • Operator Installer School (OIS) -- celebrating 10 years! • Automated Gate System Design School (AGSD)Fence Installation School (FIS)Sales Training School (STS)Certification Exams (CFP, CAGOI, CAGSD), and more Training is ideal for fence professionals at all experience levels. If you are seeking to gain or improve your technical skills, advance your career, and build a network of professionals, AFA University is for you.
 
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 October 9 to be included!
 
 
Take a look at trends and issues with fence industry leaders and contractors across the country as they share their insights into today’s market and the future to help you make better business decisions. Every major sector of the fence industry is represented on the FenceSense board, including an external economist who watches the housing, construction, and public markets. To sign up to receive this monthly publication automatically, click here.
 
Chapter News

Registration for FENCETECH 2018 will open on Oct. 9. The schedule of events and education sessions is available online. Keep in mind that several activities begin on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Review the events and sessions and build your ideal FENCETECH registration package.

Want to be notified when registration is open? Submit your information on the AFA website

 
Hotel room blocks are now open for FENCETECH 2018. We encourage you to make your reservations now to guarantee availability and the special rate. Hotel information can be found here.
 
Enjoy an 18-hole golf experience at the Raven Golf Course, presented by the AFA Education Foundation. The outing will include breakfast and lunch, and all proceeds will benefit the Education Foundation’s scholarship fund. Sponsorships and foursomes are available. More details coming soon. Please direct questions to Brad Howard.
 
For the past several years, AFA members have donated time and materials to benefit a local charity in the FENCETECH host city. In 2018, AFA invites you to participate and help make a difference at the Ronald McDonald House. You can choose to donate your time by registering to participate in the Mission’s Event, which will take place on Wednesday, February 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the local house. The Mission’s Event will be an available event option in your 2018 FENCETECH registration. More details on the online wish list is coming soon.
 
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New Member Savings Program Partners
The Member Savings Program is pleased to announce new program partners. Get to know the new partners and how they can help you reduce operating expenses. If you aren't currently participating in the Member Savings Program, now is a great time. To sign up contact Dan Pramis by phone at 603-628-2333 or email.
 
 
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For savings up to 15% for both business and personal use Whether you're moving to a new home or looking for a strategic business partner to help your business grow, look to Penske for the expertise and resources to keep you moving forward. • 15% off all local rentals • 10% off all one-way rentals
 
 
For savings up to 35% for both business and personal use HP offers you an incredible array of business grade equipment with special association pricing including: full size and mini-notebooks, laptops, docking stations, monitors, tablets, desktops, work stations, scanners, printers, toner and ink. Free shipping as well Discount levels vary based on product. Rotating monthly promos offer up even greater savings.
 
 
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Upcoming Events
California Chapter
The California Chapter will hold its Semi-Annual Meeting, Golf Tournament and Appreciation Dinner October 6-8 at Paradise Point in San Diego, California. Play a round of golf, attend the chapter meeting (for members only) and join the chapter in acknowledging those individuals who have contributed to their chapter's success over the years. Click here for more information. 

 
Colorado Chapter
The Colorado Chapter of the AFA has planned the rest of 2017 with two more incredible events you will not want to miss. Reserve October 20 for a Bocce Ball Tournament and December 2 for the annual holiday party at TopGolf! For more information and questions, please reach out to Sandra Tucker at info@coloradofenceassociation.com

Florida Fence Association 
 To better serve the Florida region for our AFA members, a new Chapter has been established and we need your involvement to make a difference in our industry. The Florida Fence Association has held one planning meeting in Orlando and the next planning meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Orlando at the Holiday Inn & Suites across from Universal Orlando. This upcoming meeting will establish a Chapter Board and Chapter Committees. To support the revitalization of the Florida region and support the members, we hope and encourage your involvement. RSVP to Nick Rike at nrike@jamiesonfence.com or call 407-745-5247 office, 937-305-4984 cell.

Gulf South Chapter
The Fall Meeting (Education Weekend) is September 29-30 at the Courtyard Marriott in Bossier City, Louisiana. The CFP & CAGOI Tests will be administered at 8 a.m. on September 29 at the Marriott (must register). The schedule for the afternoon seminars is to follow. On the morning of September 30 there will be additional seminars followed by a mid-afternoon social with the General Meeting. For more information, contact Ryan Becnel or Jennifer Rome at 225-265-7916 or by email at trplbconstfence@aol.com.
 
It is never too early to get in the holiday spirit! Mark your calendar for December 2 in New Orleans for the Gulf South Chapter Annual Holiday Meeting and Celebration at Pat O’Brien’s. You will not want to miss this exciting event on Bourbon Street. Reach out to Jennifer Palmer, jennifer@calhounfenceinc.com, for questions and registration. 

 
Northeast Chapter
Mark your calendars for the remaining chapter events for the 2017 year! 
October 13, 2017 (FRI)– Dimillo’s On the Water - Portland, ME
December 8, 2017 (FRI)– Holiday Party on The Odyssey Harbor Cruise – Boston, MA

 
Texas Chapter
The TFA golf tournament is getting closer and "The Bill Turner Cup" is up for grabs! On September 29-30 in Fort Worth the Texas Chapter will be teeing off for their golf tournament fundraiser and rolling the dice at the casino themed party at the Hilton on Friday night. For more information, please reach out to Vice President Sean Cooper at cooper@alliedfencedallas.com
 
Please check with your accounts payable department to ensure they have the current address for the American Fence Association.  AFA is still receiving numerous checks and correspondence addressed to our old suite number. 

The current address is 6404 International Parkway, Suite 2250-A, Plano, TX  75093.
 
 

 

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