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July 22, 2019   
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.
• 09/12 & 09/13 — AFA FLORIDA CHAPTER AGSD CLASS + EXAM - Orlando, FL

Good news: there is still an opportunity to select a booth for FENCETECH/METALfab 2020! FENCETECH/METALfab will take place in Salt Lake City from March 3-6, 2020.  FENCETECH/METALfab is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your latest offers to a wide variety of attendees in the industry. Don’t wait too long, the floorplan is filling up quickly!  

To secure your booth, please contact Stephen Dennis or Katie Donovan:

• Stephen Dennis, 314-561-6641,
• Katie Donovan, 314-561-6716,
Don’t be on the fence about exhibiting! Take a look at the FENCETECH/METALfab 2020 floorplan here and give us a call to pick your booth.

We are excited to offer several opportunities for testing at our AFA chapter locations from August 2019 through December 2019. Please contact Katie Donovan at if you have any questions!
Have you read the May/June issue of Fencepost magazine yet? Each issue is archived online so you can easily access all of the industry features, member news, AFA updates, and professional development articles with the click of a mouse. In this issue:
• Safety codes and best practices for pool enclosure gates
• The solution to low website load speed on your company's site
Keep an eye out for the print and digital edition of the July/August issue, headed your way next week!
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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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The AFA recognizes its members for the outstanding work you do in the field, in the community and as volunteers of the association through the AFA PRO and Association Awards.
The AFA PRO Awards recognize AFA members who have created and installed outstanding fence projects in the last year. Multiple nominations for commercial and residential projects are encouraged in the following categories as long as nominees meet eligibility requirements: multi-use (combination of 2 or more categories), access control, chain link, deck/rail, farm/ranch/agriculture, ornamental, wood, and vinyl. From all winning commercial and residential entries, a Project of the Year Award will be given to the most outstanding work.
The AFA Association Awards recognize AFA members for their service and dedication to the industry, in the community, and as a volunteer with the association. Nominations for multiple awards are welcome as long as eligibility criteria are met. Consider nominating a colleague for one of the following AFA Association Awards: Ambassador, Contractor of the Year, Distinguished Service, Hall of Fame, Manufacturer of the Year, and the newest award, Outstanding Service. Full details for each award are listed on our website.
Awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner at FENCETECH 2020 in Salt Lake City. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, December 6, 2019.
Learn more at

Why haven’t you joined the Deck & Rail Institute (DRI)? AFA members can join as a Charter Member at a discounted rate, and lock in the special rate as long as their AFA membership remains active.
Get plugged in to the latest industry information on codes and standards. In addition, take advantage of publications, access to education seminars, and more.
This limited time opportunity ends on Friday, August 30. Visit to learn more and access the member application. Contact Cristina Rodriguez at 314-561-6625 with questions.
Online registration is live for the 2019 AFA University. There will be three schools offered this year: Operator Installer School, Fence Installation School and Fence Contractor Business School. All three schools will be conducted November 3 – 9, 2019 in Arlington, Texas.

AFA offices have received a higher than usual number of inquiries about the schools in recent weeks and attendance is expected to be full in all three schools. We recommend registering as soon as possible to guarantee your place in AFA’s premier hands-on, educational opportunity.

AFA is seeking your help in bringing a dynamic and timely series of education seminars to next year’s FENCETECH in Salt Lake City.
Submit a seminar topic that you would like to present, either individually, or with additional presenters. AFA is seeking a wide array of topics that are innovative, engaging, inspiring, and informative for fence and deck contractors across the USA. Conference attendees are interested in hearing the latest trends, installation techniques, and best practices from industry experts and peers.
The deadline to submit is Friday, July 26, 2019. All completed submissions will be peer-reviewed and the AFA 2020 educational program will be announced no later than August 30, 2019. Individuals selected to present at FENCETECH 2020 will receive a travel voucher.
To learn more or submit your presentation, please visit

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.

The American Fence Association (AFA) is pleased to announce the call for volunteers for the 2020 Board of Directors and committees is 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. Be a part of the AFA future by encouraging a colleague or friend to apply or apply yourself and serve the Association to maintain a positive and professional direction for the future.
Deadline for submissions is August 30, 2019!
If you are interested in serving the American Fence Association, visit our website to learn more about volunteer opportunities or fill out the volunteer submission form here.

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Chapter News

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



The Northern Ohio AFA chapter had a great dinner cruise on the Nautica Queen Cruise Dining Ship in June. They also held a brief meeting, where they focused on the upcoming September 6th clay shoot, as well as their community project taking place this fall. Follow The Northern Ohio AFA chapter on Facebook, and stay tuned for further news and events!

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Member News
Congratulations to Swi Fence & Supply, LLC for winning the "Path to Safety Excellence" safety award for the small business category! Swi was the category winner for all of Wyoming.
AFA is always proud to see their members putting safety first - and being recognized for their efforts!
Is your company doing great things? Let us know, and we'll share your success in an upcoming edition of our Across the Fence newsletter. Contact to share your news.
New Member Savings Program Partners
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. For example: take advantage of HP for your business and home, learn about gasoline savings just for AFA members, and get an insurance checkup with Alliant.
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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