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April 20, 2016   
Upcoming Events

May 10, 2016
Garden State AFA Meeting
7 p.m.
The Sheraton Edison Hotel
Raritan Center, Edison, New Jersey

May 10, 2016
Carolinas Chapter Meeting
Raleigh, NC
Details to come. Save the date. 

May 14, 2016
Memphis Tri-State Fence Association 30th Annual Golf Tournament
12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start
4-person Scramble Format
Tournament will take place at the Tunica National Golf Course. Entry fee is $160 per player and includes 1 red tee, 2 mulligans, entry into putting contest and 30th commemorative shirt. $4,500 cash total split payout for first, second, and third teams in three flights, two-closest to the pin and two-long drive. Click here for more info.

DASMA Mid-Year Meeting
Location TBA
DASMA meetings are open only to members and prospective members. Contact for more information.

June 2-4, 2016
Rocky Mountain Regional Event
Omni Interlocken Hotel
Broomfield, Colorado
For more information or to register, visit

June 4, 2016
Gulf South Chapter Event
Birmingham Barons Baseball Event
Contact Jennifer Palmer for more information at or call (601) 932-4445 ext. 112.

June 10, 2016 
Texas Chapter Summer Meeting
Waco, Texas
More details to come.
June 15, 2016
Western Pennsyvlania & West Virginia Chapter Sporting Clay Shoot

2 p.m. Registration and practice
3 p.m. Shotgun start - Clays
5 p.m. Dinner
Hunting Hills Shooting Preserve
181 Hunting Hills Road, Dilliner, PA 15327
Click here for more info.
July 9, 2016
Garden State AFA Fishing Trip
3 - 11 p.m., departing from Pt. Pleasant, NJ
July 29-31, 2016
Carolinas Chapter Meeting
River Float
Details to come. Save the date.

August 10-13, 2016
Pacific Northwest Regional Event
Skamania Lodge
Stevenson, Washington
For more information or to register, visit

September 15, 2016
Western PA/West Virginia Chapter Event
Topic: Medical Benefits
12 p.m.
Master Halco, 101 Steel St., Aliquippa, PA
Free lunch at noon. Must make reservations no later than one week before.

September 16-18, 2016
Carolinas Chapter Meeting
By the Sea @ Myrtle Beach
Details to come. Save the date.

November 15, 2016
Carolinas Chapter Meeting
Charlotte, NC
Details to come. Save the date.

December 1, 2016
Western PA/West Virginia Chapter Event
PA 1 Call-Loss Prevention
3 p.m. tour of plant. Meeting and dinner to follow
Must make reservation for dinner no later than one week before.
March 3-4, 2017
Jackpot 2017
Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City, NJ
Friday, March 3: Educational seminars, exhibitor set-up, the Jackpot kickoff party at "The Pool"
Saturday, Marc 4: Jackpot 2017 Tradeshow in the "new" Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's AC
Registration for exhibitors and attendees will open 4th quarter of 2016. Rooms will also be available to reserve at that time. Rooms will be available in the GSAFA Room block for Thurs., Fri, and Sat. nights. Check for updates, our Facebook Page, search Garden State AFA or email
Chapter/regional event information subject to change without notice; please check with your local chapter to verify dates, times, locations and content.
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Association News
The March/April issue of Fencepost is now online. Catch up on the latest ways to market your business, whether it's through digital channels or the old tried-and-true ways, in our cover story, "Getting the Word Out: Marketing Strategies to Boost Your Fence Business." Read about the AFA Education Foundation's fundraising efforts in "The 'Race to 250k' is on!" and the latest innovations in stains and paints in "Weather or Not." These are just a few of the many interesting articles found in the latest issue of Fencepost.

The magazine has a new look and fresh content to help AFA members stay informed on the latest association news and industry information. You will be able to read Fencepost on your desktops, tablets or smart phones and stay in the know! The digital edition contains the same articles, images and ads as the printed copy in a convenient format that mimics the print version. We're excited to bring you this improved version of Fencepost and would like to hear your feedback. Contact the magazine's editor-in-chief at

This year, AFA will be producing its first-ever membership directory, complete with association information, tools aimed to make your job easier, and contact information on AFA fence contractors, suppliers, distributors and manufacturers. This valuable member benefit is a further extension of the networking offerings AFA already provides - information on members from east to west coast will be available at your fingertips. The 2016 Membership Directory & Resource Guide will be a critical resource members and industry professionals will use throughout the year to build connections and find trusted AFA partners. Participating in this communication piece is the perfect way to brand your company image to AFA members and within the growing fence industry. Your advertising support enables us to produce a quality communication tool for AFA members, which helps keep our industry strong and growing. Your chance to reach AFA members through our 2016 Membership Directory and Resource Guide is coming to a close. The deadline to secure your advertising position is Wednesday, May 4, 2016. For more information, download our media guide or contact Paul Walley at or 417-326-2091.

To compile the listing portion of this membership directory, we are creating a Member Verification System (MVS), a portal where you as an AFA member can log in and update your information for the print directory as well as for AFA’s records. This portal has been created to make updating your information as simple as possible. When you receive notice of this from AFA, please take a few moments to review your listing and make sure your information is accurate and up to date. We hope you’ll find this additional member benefit to be as valuable as we know it will be. Keep an eye out for future communications from AFA on this matter.
AFA is taking the show on the road, bringing educational opportunities, certification exams and exciting networking events to your area. We can't wait to roll out our first year of AFA regional events and engage with our members. Rocky Mountain Regional Event June 2-4, 2016 Omni Interlocken Hotel Broomfield, Colorado Northwest Regional Event August 10-14, 2016 Skamania Lodge Stevenson, Washington
November 6-11, 2016 Fort Worth, Texas Improve your skills and advance your career at AFA University this fall. AFA University offers a chance to demonstrate a higher level of understanding and professionalism within the fence and access control industry. AFA University's comprehensive schools and additional certification programs allow anyone to increase their knowledge of sales, design, installation and more.
Save on big jobs when you take advantage of the Sunbelt Rentals discount from the Member Savings Program. Sunbelt Rentals offers the newest, most comprehensive equipment in the industry and has more than 550 rental locations nationwide. Registration is easy.
Are you an AFA member with a great success story to share? Is there an article topic you'd like to see covered in an upcoming issue? Do you have a story you'd like to submit for possible publication? Please contact Jeanie Clapp, editor-in-chief, at

To all AFA members:
If you have pictures or videos demonstrating what you and your crews do every day on the job, please email them to AFA. They will be posted to the association's Facebook page and rolled out via Twitter. Share with others the great work you do every day!

Chapter News
Mark your calendars for Feb. 2-5, 2017, when AFA takes FENCETECH to San Antonio, Texas. You'll join leading fence industry manufacturers, distributors and contractors and get four days of education, certifications, networking and sessions about industry trends and technology.
Member News
EMX along with other OEM companies in the door and gate industry are coming together for a "TOUR 4 2016" tour to educate distributors, dealers and installers on the new UL 2016 requirements and the changes that have transpired for UL325 compliancy. This coalition will also focus on the newest operator models manufactured by DoorKing and Nice and explain how access control accessories manufactured by EMX and Miller Edge work in conjunction with these operators and others. The tour will include 31 seminars from April through October 2016.
Locinox recently announced a multitude of newly engineered products in different product ranges. Two new gate closers and a new, easy to install mortise lock for 1-1/2" profiles have been added and new access control modules are available for the Locinox modular, turnstile steering mechanism.
Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville donated a 560 linear foot 6-foot-high chain link fence to Global Outreach Developments International at their headquarters in Nashville’s historically underserved Hopewell neighborhood in Old Hickory, Tennessee on Good Friday, March 25.
New Member Savings Program Partners
Respectful treatment of all employees at all levels is the most important factor contributing to employee job satisfaction, according to the SHRM Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement survey.
Is a work-life balance out of reach? A recent Ernst and Young survey revealed that 24 percent of American working employees said that their work-life balance is getting harder to manage. While many workers may think a healthy work-life balance is unattainable, we don't.
When you run a small business, you know how critical it is that you offer your customers multiple payment methods. And even though it costs you money to accept credit cards, it is pretty much mandatory in today's movement toward cashless commerce. In 2014, U.S. consumers purchased over $4 trillion worth of goods and services via credit card debt, and 40 million new credit accounts are being issued every year.
Globally there are 100 million small businesses. They are your electricians, plumbers, carpenters, gardeners and painters. Although important, managing cash flow is where it can get challenging. For many small business owners, hand-written invoices are still very common. Many still drive-around to drop-off invoices and collect checks.



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