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December 20, 2017   
Association News
 
The AFA office will be closed December 25 and December 26 for Christmas, as well as January 1 for the New Year. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
AFA has partnered with ClickSafety to provide a 10 percent discount on all ClickSafety courses. Offering OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour Construction courses in English and Spanish, which is a great opportunity for AFA members.

Browse their full list of courses and sign up today! Use the code AFA10 to receive the course discount. Contact memberservices@americanfenceassociation.com with questions. 
 
Chapter News
 
The AFA Education Foundation (AFAEF) invites you to participate in a golf tournament at FENCETECH, which helps to fund scholarships for students in the fence industry seeking higher education. You can also promote your business by sponsoring the event. Contact Brad Howard at (916) 257-6707 or bhoward@scsfence.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities. To register as a player, add the event during your FENCETECH Registration or download and submit the Golf Registration Form.
 
 
Book your tickets to attend the Opening Party, sponsored by Southwest Automated Security, at FENCETECH 2018. You won’t want to miss out on an opportunity to connect with other industry professionals and enjoy great entertainment. Pack your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie along with tunes of the live band. Add the Opening Party to your FENCETECH registration or include it now when you register online.
 
 
AFA is offering several schools and education sessions at FENCETECH 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. There are topics for all levels of employees. Review the full schedule online. The Automated Gate System Designer (AGSD), Fence Installation School Core (FIS), and Sales Training School (STS) are one full day and one half days beginning on Tuesday, February 6. The education sessions will run concurrently and cannot be attended if you register for a school. If you have any questions, please contact Cristina Rodriguez at (314) 561-6625 or cristina@americanfenceassociation.com.
 
 
The Vinyl Manufacturers Association (VMA), a division of the AFA, will host its Annual Meeting and education session, ICC-ES AC174: Acceptance Criteria for Deck Board Span Ratings and Guardrail Systems, at FENCETECH 2018. Make plans to attend both meetings on Wednesday, February 7. In order to attend, you must register for the Full Package or Education Package. Complete your online registration today!
 
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Upcoming Events

AFA Education Foundation Golf Tournament
February 7, 2018
Raven Golf Club
Phoenix, Arizona

AFA Mission Event
February 7, 2018
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Phoenix, Arizona

West Coast Regional Fence Show
September 13-15, 2018
West coasters, mark your calendar for this event, themed"Education-Knowledge-Networking Leads to Success" featuring exhibitors of fence, deck, railing and access control. It will be held at the Peppermill Resort-Spa-Casino in Reno, Nevada. More details to come.
 
CHAPTER EVENTS
Northeast Chapter
The NE Chapter of AFA will hold its biennial trade show on Jan. 5-6, 2018  the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa. This is the largest trade show in 2018 on the East Coast and is heavily attended. On Jan. 5 there will be educational seminars, booth set up, and of course, the popular cocktail party. On Jan. 6 will be the trade show and educational seminars. Mystic is a beautiful coastal village and has many local attractions such as historic Mystic Seaport, the Submarine Museum at Groton and the hotel is located 20 minutes from Foxwoods Casino. If you are not registered with the NE Chapter and wish to attend please email jbranchini@hastiefence.com to be added to the email list.
 
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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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.
 
Welcome New Members
 
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have either recently joined the association as first-time members or have renewed their existing membership. Welcome to the AFA family!
 
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Member News
 
Certifications and accreditations establish credibility within the industry and help to distinguish those who obtain them from their competitors. The American Fence Association offers eligible candidates the opportunity to attain the following certifications: Blue Ribbon Company (BRC), Certified Automated Gate Certified Operator Installer (CAGCOI), Certified Automated Gate Systems Designer (CAGSD) and Certified Fence Professional (CFP).
 
 

 

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