1st Franklin Financial Title Sponsor for T-Shirts for Turkeys

Ron Byerly, Area Vice President for 1st Franklin, and his team collect turkeys and donations.

For the fifth year in a row, 1st Franklin Financial was the Title Sponsor for The Joy FM’s (FM 91.5) T-Shirts for Turkeys, a promotion which helps to fill up food pantries that provide a holiday meal for hungry families. This year the radio station kicked off its annual T-Shirts for Turkeys promotion on November 14th, and with the help of 1st Franklin, generous listeners, and other sponsors, thousands of people sat down to a holiday meal.

During the annual T-shirts for Turkeys promotion the radio station collected over 5,000 turkeys in the form of frozen turkeys or “paper turkeys” (cash or checks). During a 4-day period, November 14th through 17th. There were 12 live, on-air “Turkey Stops” at area Chick-fil-As, which included the presence of 1st Franklin employees.

Jerry Brannon, spokesperson for the event, said: “For five consecutive years, T-Shirts for Turkeys has been made possible by the generous partners at First Franklin Financial. Without their financial support we could not bring this opportunity to our listeners. Their support at each of our events means a lot as they come out every year to support The JOY FM, and the local Food Banks.”

This year’s holiday drive was timed one week prior to Thanksgiving provided a holiday meal for the homeless, hungry and those who are less fortunate. The promotion served 10 different local organizations in 11 different counties, who feed the hungry during the upcoming holiday season.

The JOY FM is a network of non-commercial, listener-supported contemporary Christian music stations serving Metro Atlanta, Middle Georgia, & East Alabama since 2011. It is owned by Radio Training Network, and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

Since 1941 home offices for 1st Franklin Financial Corporation have remained in Toccoa, Georgia. The company’s original goal is still in operation—to serve the financial needs of friends and neighbors with respect and personal service. Today, 1st Franklin has 308 loan offices in six states, and it continues to provide investment options and personal loans along with retail sales financing.


Lynn Lewis, Regional Operations Director for 1st Franklin, and her team take time to pose with the Chick-fil-A mascot.

More Friendly 1st Franklin Folks collect turkeys and donations.

Ginger Herring elected chair of AFSA

Ginger Herring, President and CEO of 1st Franklin Financial Corporation, was recently elected Chair of the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) at the association’s 101st Annual Meeting last week in Washington, D.C.

During her one-year term, Herring will preside over the AFSA Board and Executive Committee meetings, serve as an ex-officio member of all AFSA committees, and represent AFSA at industry and association-sponsored conferences and meetings.

She has served as President of 1st Franklin Financial Corporation since 2001 and became CEO in January 2015. She is also the owner of The Learning Tree Academy, a pre-school and after school child care center located in Toccoa, Georgia.

Herring has served on AFSA’s Independents Section Advisory Board, serving as chair in 2012, on the board of the AFSA Education Foundation (AFSAEF), serving as chair in 2016 and 2017, and on AFSA’s Professional Development Committee.

Additionally, Herring is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO GOLD) and is active with several networks through that membership. She has served on various community boards including Northeast Georgia CASA, Leadership Toccoa-Stephens County, Camp Fire USA of Georgia and is currently serving on the board for the Boys & Girls Club of Toccoa/Stephens County.

Herring holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia and is an active member of First United Methodist church of Toccoa, Ga.