2017 Events

Meet the Author/Annual Meeting – Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 1 p.m.; Southport Community Center

After a short business meeting, guests were treated to “Meet the Authors.”  This year we are proud to present Linda and Howie Franklin and Jana Sasser.
Photos from the Annual Meeting
L-R: Donna Morgan (President), Judith Kurzer (Board Member), Denise Ballard (Harper Branch Manager) and Erika Dosher (Barbee Branch Manager)


L-R: Donna Morgan (President), presents recognition gift to Marge Leuschner (Volunteer), along with Paula Paxton (Board Member)


2017 Annual Meeting


Floral Arrangement donated by Wild By Nature


Howie Franklin
Howie Franklin is the only Flight Steward who worked for five U.S. Presidents: Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. He also flew extensively with Dr. Kissinger, Secretary of State, on his Shuttle Diplomacy Missions during the Nixon and Ford administrations. The son of a New York-area marina and deli owner, Franklin enlisted in the Air Force at age 20 with a single aspiration: to see the world. It’s easier for him to name the places he hasn’t been rather than reel off an exhaustive list of journeys. Howie spent 29 years in the United States Air Force, reached the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, 24 years at Andrews Air Force Base in Special Missions Operations, including 18 years on Air Force One. Howie has over 300 stories of his memories of working around Presidents, First Ladies, Vice Presidents, Cabinet Secretaries, VIP guests and U.S. press corps. Howie is currently the Director of the Cape Fear Regional Jetport at Howie Franklin Field, dubbed “The Little Airport with the Big Heart.” He is past president and is currently a member Executive Board of Directors of the North Carolina Airports Association. Howie’s amazing story, YES SIR! Mr. President, documents his days serving the rich and famous as a young man on Fire Island in New York to working his way up the Air Force ladder to become an Air Force flight attendant on the president’s plane. Reading this book, you will feel as if you’re riding along on presidential missions and experiencing the behind-the-scenes life aboard the plane carrying the leader of the free world.  Linda Franklin also worked on Air Force One under the Carter and Reagan administrations.

Jana Sasser
J.C. Sasser started her professional career at age 12, working as a dishwasher, waitress, and cook at a truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. Over her life, she has worked as an envelope licker, tortoise tagger, lifeguard, Senate page, model, editor, water-polo coach, marine biologist, plant grower, software consultant, and 6-Sigma Black Belt. Her debut novel, “Gradle Bird” has been selected as a 2017 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association, and has been chosen as a book of the month selection of the international Pulpwood Queens Book Club, the largest book club in the world. Deep South Magazine chose the book for its 2017 summer reading list and has been named one of the 15 2018 selections for the annual Trio Project which pairs new novels with a songwriter and visual artist, who in turn write a song and create a work of art inspired by the book. The results are installed as part of a touring art exhibit that will begin later this year. “Gradle Bird” was shortlisted in the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom novel competition and received rave reviews by critics who have compared Sasser to such authors as Flannery O’Connor, Harper Lee and Carson McCullers. She lives in an old barn on Edisto Island, SC with her husband, Thomas, along with their two sons, T.C. and Robert Esten, two dogs, Cro and Blue Moon June, a school of fighting fish, and a flock of frenzied chickens.