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August 19, 2016   
Upcoming Events
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.


Chapter/Regional Events 

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 16-17, 2016
TFA Fall Fundraiser
Downtown Ft. Worth Hilton
Golf tournament to be held at the Iron Horse Golf Course in North Richland Hills.
12:30 check in / range opens. Beers and burgers at check in. 2 p.m. shotgun start. Call Sean Cooper at (214) 748-6088 or email for more information.
September 16-18, 2016
Carolinas Chapter Meeting
By the Sea @ Myrtle Beach
Details to come. Save the date.
September 23-25, 2016
Gulf South Education Weekend
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The CAGOI and CFP will be administered along with seminars and reviews for the tests. The test will be given at the Hyatt Place Baton Rouge I-10, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. CAGOI is set to be administered for Friday, Sept. 23 and the CFP for Sept. 24. If you are interested in taking either of these tests, contact Pat Calhoun at 601-932-4445 ext. 111.

September 30-October 1, 2016
CFCA Q3 Meeting
Peppermill Hotel
Reno, Nevada 
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
Garden State Chapter 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.
US Fence Solutions
DoorKing, Inc.
The Original BadAss Gate Hinge
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
The Original BadAss gate hinge by Shut It™, a D&D Technologies company, is a weld-on gate hinge for flat or round post installations. It has a unique bushing design that produces near frictionless movement, two sealed maintenance free bearings, and an adjustable yoke for perfect installations. Gates up 1,100 lbs.
AFA's Education Foundation
As a nation, we are more concerned than ever about the safety of our communities, our homes and our families. One need just turn on their television, radio, computer, tablet or phone to hear or read about the latest tragic incident. So, when it comes to choosing a security gate access system for their residence - particularly one that focuses on telephone entry and remote control devices - where does a homeowner begin?
Two years ago in Cypress, Texas, a fence contractor inserting posts for a home under construction accidentally hit a main gas line. A fire started in the neighborhood, resulting in nearly three nearby homes set ablaze. Two of the three were severely damaged while the primary was completely destroyed. The contractor suffered several burns and it took nearly four hours to extinguish the fire that could be seen from miles away. A small mistake, such as forgetting to call 811, can lead to a far larger disaster.
Wheatland Tube
Naylor Association Solutions
Association News
AFA is accepting donations for the victims of the Louisiana flood. Everything collected will be delivered Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, to affected areas. If you would like to help with relief efforts, call 601-932-4445 ext. 112.
Items needed include:
Cleaning Supplies - Bleach ,Gloves, Masks, Boots etc.
Toiletries - Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Shampoo, Toothpaste, etc.
Baby Supplies - Blankets, Diapers, Bottles, Formula etc.
Socks - All sizes
Bottled Water, Gatorade
Bedding-Sheets, Blankets
Over the Counter Meds
***We will be taking cash donations for AFA members whom were directly affected by the flood***

Drop off and ship to locations - through Friday
Calhoun Fence, Inc
100 Old Hwy 49 South
Richland, MS 39218
Triple B Fence & Construction
2398 Gravois Street
Vacherie, LA 70090
Thanks in advance for your help!

The Pacific Northwest Regional Event took place earlier this month in Stevenson, Washington, and was a huge success. A thrilling whitewater rafting trip kicked off the three-day event. Other events included education seminars, certifications, a chapter meeting, zip lining, wine tasting and a great round of golf.

Chapter Presidents, Board Members and AFA members shooting the waterfall at the Pacific Northwest Regional Event. 

To view more photos, visit AFA's Facebook page.

Have you accessed the new member portal? All members should log-in and add fellow employees and co-workers to ensure they receive AFA communications on a regular basis.
This issue’s theme is "Doing Business in 2017" and will also include bonus distribution at FENCETECH 2017 in San Antonio. Participating is your perfect opportunity to gain exposure to manufacturers, contractors and distributors in the fence, deck and railing industries, but space is limited! For more information, download our media guide or contact Paul Walley at or 417-326-2091.
Be a part of the largest professional association representing the entire fence industry! Ad placements are now available for the 2016 AFA Membership Directory and Resource Guide. This publication will include information on all AFA members, plus additional industry info. Target top decision makers in the fence industry today. For more information contact Paul Walley at (417) 326-2091 or access the media kit here.

Thanks to our generous donors, we have raised $135,718.96. The Education Foundation is challenging chapters to give $5,000 and companies to give $1,000 to benefit the students and families in our industry. See the companies who have contributed and make a donation today.

Vehicle Detection Has Never Been Easier
EMX Industries, Inc.
The CarSense 303, featuring magnetoresistive technology, is the latest in loop-less vehicle detection. Equipped with EMX's exclusive Detect-on-Stop™, the compact unit can distinguish between stopped and moving vehicles to improve detection in above or below ground applications. A single cut installation saves on labor and materials. The CS303 is the perfect alternative to inductive loops!
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Chapter News
Mark your calendars for Feb. 1-5, 2017, when AFA takes FENCETECH and NOMMA takes METALfab 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
Crew members of Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville competed in the company’s inaugural Fence Skills Championship on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at their facility. The competition determined individual winners and overall gold, silver, and bronze medalists in eight critical commercial fencing skills.
Show Us Your Work

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!


Fencepost Wants to Hear from You

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

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