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June 20, 2019   
Association News
 
AFA University is AFA’s premier, weeklong training event that educates fence professionals in the industry’s best practices. This year’s AFA University will take place November 3-9 in Arlington, TX and will offer three schools: Fence Contractor Business School, Fence Installation School, and Operator Installer School. Would you like to promote your company and support the American Fence Association and its members?
 
Sponsorship is a great way to get your brand in front of potential customers while also supporting AFA’s educational objectives. Companies can choose overall AFA University sponsorships, or school sponsorships, which focus on a specific school during the week.
 
Check out the 2019 AFA University Sponsorship Opportunities and contact Stephen Dennis at 314-561-6641 or stephen@americanfenceassociation.com to claim your sponsorship.
 
 
   
FenceSense is a current member-only benefit that offers trends and analysis that directly and indirectly affect the fence industry. Members receive the publication quarterly by email.

Give us three minutes and share your opinion on the value of this member benefit by Thursday, June 27. Take the survey now.
 
 
The American Institute of Architects has given its formal approval to a Continuing Education course prepared by the American Fence Association. AFA joined the AIA as a Professional Member this year in order to provide continuing education to architects regarding gates and fences.
 
The 90-minute course is Automated Gate System Safety for Architects and it covers UL 325 for gate operators and the ASTM F2200 Standard, which applies to gates that are to be automated. This course was previewed during an educational session at FENCETECH 2019 in Indianapolis, and later submitted for AIA approval.
 
 
We are excited to offer several opportunities for testing at our AFA chapter locations from June 2019 through December 2019. Please contact Katie Donovan at katie@americanfenceassociation.com if you have any questions!
 
A long running effort to provide training to inspectors with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is ready for implementation. The project was spearheaded by AFA President Randy Becnel and volunteer Mike Gulledge. The training assistance was requested initially by the Louisiana Fire Marshal’s Office following passage of a state licensing law for automated gates.
 
 
Grab a cup of coffee and settle in with your digital edition of the May/June Fencepost publication. In this issue:
 
• A sneak preview of AFA's exciting Certified Fence Contractor initiative
• Check out two award-winning vinyl masterpieces from AFA members
• Learn more about your AFA Executive Director Tony Thornton in this exclusive interview

Start Reading!
 
 
RSVP for the AFA Young Fence Professional Leadership Summit Closest to You!

This summer, passionate trailblazing young professionals from across the US will gather for the 3rd Annual YFP Leadership Summit in New York, California and Texas. These young leaders will learn from influential speakers, engage in skill-based workshops, and participate in a day of action!

The Summit is an enriching experience that aims to empower, educate, and activate the potential of young changemakers in our fence industry.
 
 
We’re happy to announce that 10 of the members in our network have received the “Best of HomeAdvisor Award” for 2019! Only the top-rated pros that exemplify quality practices and premier services are bestowed this prestigious award! Criteria for the award are:
 
• Avg rating of 4.0 or higher
• 3+ reviews in last 6 months
• No Homeowner complaints in 6 months
 
 
The American Fence Association (AFA) is pleased to announce the call for volunteers for the 2020 Board of Directors and committees is now open. We rely heavily on our members to assist with committees, activities, projects and service on our Board of Directors. We are seeking candidates for President-Elect, Treasurer/Secretary, Directors and committee members.
 
 
The Deck & Rail Institute (DRI), through the efforts of industry volunteers, is identifying areas for change with the goal of establishing education and training to strengthen the professionalism and safety in the industry. The Codes and Standards committee has examined potential gaps in codes and standards for commercial and residential decks and rails, and is starting to prioritize and build timelines to address these items.
 
 
   
AFA now provides members with a digital badge showing your membership with the association!
 
What is a Digital Badge?
The NEW AFA Digital Member Badge is an indicator of accomplishment that can be displayed and verified online, and shares your involvement with the American Fence Association. You can use this badge for your website, email signature, or social network.
 
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Chapter News
 
Join us in beautiful Colorado for certification testing, golf and a chapter meeting!

Testing for CFC, CFP, CAGOI and CAGSD will be available on July 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM at the Omni Interlocken. To Sign Up to take an exam, please complete the exam application at www.americanfenceassociation.com/certifications.

The Golf Tournament will be on the same day starting at 12:30 PM at the Walnut Creek Golf Preserve. After the golf tournament, the chapter will have a brief award/prize presentation and a chapter meeting with dinner. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Logan Good at logan@centennialfence.com for more information.
 
 
The Carolinas Chapter of the AFA had their second meeting of 2019 at the City Range Steakhouse in Greenville, South Carolina.  It was a great event.  The Chapter Board had a very productive business and planning meeting, which was followed up by a Networking Cocktail Hour. Grant Edwards, Managing Chair with the C12 Group, gave a great presentation regarding Strategic Planning for our businesses and lives in general. 
 
The Carolinas Chapter continues to work hard to bring fun events that provide value to our members. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We welcome all members and guests to join us.
 
 
When the AFA Midwest Chapter received a letter from Don Schaffer of Lincoln, NE, asking them to help a family in need, they came together to make the family's wish come true.
 
Nineteen gracious Midwest Chapter members volunteered their time, talent and materials to build a beautiful privacy fence that will serve the family well for years to come. It's just one more example of how AFA members care for their community.
 

The AFA Florida Chapter will host an Automated Gate System Designer Class on September 12-13, 2019 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. Special room rates at the Rosen can be found by clicking here. The deadline to reserve is August 13, 2019.

We will also be hosting our 2nd Annual Golf Outing immediately following the AGSD class, on Saturday, September 14, 2019.  Sponsorship opportunities are available and can be found here. The deadline for sponsorship signup is August 30, 2019. Sign up your team today by completing the registration form here. The deadline to register is September 10, 2019.

Feel free to contact Nick Rike with any questions or concerns at nrike@jamiesonfence.com.

 
 
The Memphis Tri-State Fence Association held its 33rd Annual Golf Tournament on May 18th at the Tunica National Golf Course in Tunica Mississippi.

Once again, the weather was outstanding and the day was filled with cheers and smiles from the 147 players attending the annual fund raising event.
 
The Friday practice round had 101 players and the Friday night reception hosted by Stateside Steel and Wire was as grand an event as ever.
 
Upcoming Events
 
You're invited: Join AFA for our upcoming events in June and July! 
Make sure to visit AFA's Facebook page  to stay current on all our latest news and updates.
 
• 06/21 — GULF SOUTH CHAPTER MEETING - Conference call
• 06/22 — INDIANA/KENTUCKY CHAPTER MEETING - TBA
• 07/16 — AFA BOD/CPC MID YEAR MEETING - Broomfield, CO
• 07/20 — AFA CAROLINAS CHAPTER MEETING - Galax, VA
• 07/25 — AFA GREATER CHICAGO CH. MEETING & ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - Lincolnshire, IL
 
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Did you know that the AFA can save you, your business, your staff and even your family members significant money — on many goods and services you buy today?
Your AFA Member Savings Program is one of the key reasons members join and gain a fantastic ROI on their membership.
 
Welcome New Members
 
   
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently joined the association as first-time members. Welcome to the AFA family!
 
Thank You Renewing Members
 
   
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently renewed their existing membership. We're glad you're part of the AFA family!
 
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Member News
 
Twin Falls, ID — Siren-Operated Sensor is pleased to introduce two new products that ensure emergency vehicles fast access to any gated facility by simply activating the vehicle siren — saving precious response time in an emergency:
   - SOS-12 – Siren-Operated Sensor
   - SOS-RM – Remote Microphone
 
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