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American Sportfishing Association Bringing New Benefits to  Members

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 2003 Newsletter)

There have always been significant benefits to being a member of the American Sportfishing Association.  Now, ASA is devoting more resources than ever to providing new services and conveniences.  “More important than anything,” said Membership Director Ric Ice, “We’re listening to what’s important to our members and making it happen.”

That’s why the American Sportfishing Association has just rolled out an entirely new membership benefits package, and it’s all set up on their website at www.asafishing.org under “Membership.” 

Insurance Packages

Business Insurance:  The American Sportfishing Association’s new partnership with Dale Longfellow Business Insurance Company (1-800-296-7985; www.businessquote.com) offers members a broad spectrum of business-related insurance options, including:

Business Insurance coverage

Property Insurance

Retirement Plans

Group Life Insurance

Voluntary Individual Insurance

Health and Dental Insurance:  The American Sportfishing Association’s new agreement with HealthInsurance.com (1-877-886-0110) gives members competitive rates with a variety of carriers, and a host of options to suit your individual and business needs for health and dental care, including:

Traditional major medical coverage

PPO’s and HMO’s

Medical Savings Accounts

Business Services

Shipping:  Through a new partnership with Shipping Plus (for Fed Ex information, contact 1-800-599-2902; for the others call 1-800-636-2377), the American Sportfishing Association is putting the “ship” in membership.  Members can take advantage of the following discounts:

10-25 percent off ground and home delivery shipping through Fed Ex

Up to 50 percent off Airbourne Express, LTL freight service from Yellow and Roadway Express, and air freight delivery through Emery Worldwide.

Travel:  Through the American Sportfishing Association’s partnership with E-Travel-4-Less (1-800-865-3398), you can save up to 60-70 percent on a variety of travel services, and can even shop and book all your travel needs on ASA’s website.  You can save on:

Lodging at major hotels worldwide, such as Ramada, Days Inn, and Howard Johnson

Car rentals

Air fare, both domestic and international

Cruises and vacations, and attractions such as Disney World and Universal Studios. 

Credit Cards:  The American Sportfishing Association’s new program with First Horizon Merchant Services (1-800-490-5667; www.ftbms.com) gives you access to credit card accounts with the incredibly low rates of 1.59 percent, no monthly fees, and more. 

Banking:  The American Sportfishing Association’s new partnership with Secure Payment Systems (1-888-313-7842; www.securepaymentsystems.com) allows you to benefit from discounted rates and new conveniences that can help you run your business efficiently, including: 

Discounts on check authorizations and electronic check conversion

Discounts on transaction fees

Electronic gift card processing

Teleconferencing:  The American Sportfishing Association’s new program with Confertel, Inc. (1-800-804-8076; http://www.tele-conferences.net/ASA.htm ) allows members access to superior teleconferencing features and voice quality along with savings of 20-30 percent.  You can even receive 5 hours of free teleconferencing when you sign up for these services. 

Printing and Display Design:  The American Sportfishing Association’s partnership with Jack Ward Digital Printing (212-725-5200; www.jackward.com) offers access to the latest digital technology to produce brochures, posters, and catalogs at discount rates. And in cooperation with Joslin Displays (800-325-1030; www.joslindisplays.com), a leader in retail sporting goods store design, you can not only benefit from specialized expertise but also discounts on store fixtures, display materials, and seasonal decorations.

For more information call Membership Director Ric Ice, 703-519-9691 x234, rice@asafishing.org. We'll also have more information in our next issue of ASA's newsletter, AmericanSportfishing