The 2018 Notary Public Day (NPD) program was a huge success! More than 275 prospective, new, and seasoned Notary Public professionals from the MD, DC, VA metro area, industry officials, and workshop presenters attended this free annual event on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Notary Public Day is coordinated by Elaine Wright Harris, 2009 NNA Notary of the Year, and implemented in conjunction with Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), Largo, Maryland.
This program recognizes Notary Public professionals for their hard work and commitment to the general public and provides notarial education and information about legal requirements, business best practices and procedures, and current events that are important to performing notarial responsibilities properly, effectively, and legally.
Elaine Wright Harris opened the morning General Session with brief remarks about Notary Public Day. The first Notary Public Day was celebrated on November 7, 1975; created to recognize Notaries Public for their public service and contributions to national and international commerce. Today's Notaries are essential to the execution of business and to the many highly sensitive personal transactions that occur in the lives of the general public. There are nearly 4.8 million Notaries Public in the United States, all of whom serve the common good as trusted public officials. Scroll down to experience 2018 NPD in text, pictures and videos.
Veteran attendees were acknowledged for outstanding service to our country by Felix Adams, an Honored Disabled Gulf War Veteran with a Bronze Star and MD TIPIC,
Wanda Moore, MD TIPIC and PGCC Adjunct Instructor, coordinates the Notary Public Day "Give Back to the Community" project. Maryland Area Notary Professionals contribute to the project with individual contributions and by supporting the Annual Notary Pubic Day raffle.
LaVonda Lyons, PGCPS teacher, accepted the 2018 "Give Back to the Community" $200 donation on behalf of Samuel P. Massie Academy, a public magnet school located in Forestville, MD.
Nicola Jackson, Supervisor, Training & Education, National Notary Association presented many benefits of membership with the National Notary Association.
Harry W. Nash, Jr., Department of Homeland Security gave an overview of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification and E-Verify Program.
Shelly Jackson, staff Attorney, Home Preservation Project, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, recognized Notary volunteers for pro bono services provided at Estate Planning Clinics for Maryland Low Income Seniors in 2018..
Attorney Jackson awarded the following volunteers (alphabetical order) for outstanding service provided in 2018: Phillix Adams, Susan Amiable, Miranda Bacon, Erlinda Cooper, Doris Cuffey, Ron Foster, Lola Ferguson, Pamela Gillespie, James Guthrie, Terry Johnson-Bey, Sondra Lancaster, Novella Matthews, Kimberly Morton, Laverne Parks, Nichole Saunders, Harriet Stewart, Elaine Tuman, LeJeune Wynn, and Daryle Yancey
Volunteer Pro Bono Feedback
"Elaine, I want to also provide some feedback from today's Estate Planning Clinic. First, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve today. Today there were approximately 24 total clients with the support of four notaries. We were all of various backgrounds and experiences which made it even more engaging and rewarding. There were Notaries today who performed their first notarial act today and it was an absolute pleasure to have them "shadow" and then for them to "fly on their own" without reservation. We all spoke highly of you and each of our experiences with you and how much we truly value and appreciate your expertise in this field and your willingness to share so that we can all be successful, accurate and confident that the services we provide are accomplishing the tasks at hand. Again a big thank you for entrusting us to not only get the job done, but to represent you and all you've taught us very well." [LeJuene Wynn]
"Working Hard to Make People Happy"
"Develop Your Own THRIVING Business Despite Roadblocks"
2010 NNA Notary of the Year
Rochester Hills, MI
2016 NNA Special Honoree
2017 NNA Special Honoree
Helped develop Loan Signing A - Z II CE class.
Notary Historian - developed Notary reference book.
Superior service provided to a title company.
Grew his NSA business with 55+ signing companies.
Tenacious in growing his NSA business step by step.
Elaine Wright Harris was surprised with the presentation of a plaque commemorating 7 years of successful implementation of the comprehensive 8-hour Notary Public Day program for Maryland Area Notary Professionals.
Wanda Moore stated, “Thanks Elaine for all that you do.”
Debbie Best-Schneidmill stated, “You are a Pioneer.”
Donnell Smith stated, “You are a Leader.”
Frederick Harris stated, “You are a Giver.”