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The 2019 Notary Public Day (NPD) program was another huge success! Approximately 300 prospective, new, and seasoned Notary Public professionals from the MD, DC, VA (DMV) metro area, industry officials, and workshop presenters attended this free annual event on Saturday, November 16, 2019. 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 the origin of Notary Public Day which was first celebrated on November 7, 1975. Notary Public Day was 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 all people. There are nearly 4.8 million Notaries Public in the United States, all of whom serve the common good as trusted public officials. 


In celebration of Notary Public Day 2019, DMV Notaries were recognized for their service to the public, received gifts, attended free training sessions, and were entertained with our annual “Dress for Success” fashion show. Top industry officials—Nicola Jackson, the National Notary Association (NNA) and Michael Schlein, the Maryland Secretary of State (SOS) Office—were featured speakers.  Another featured speaker was NNA's 2015 Notary of The Year, LaQuita Johnson Gaskins, who shared her awesome journey as a Notary Public. The Day’s activities also included: awarding Certificates of Recognition for pro bono notarial services provided to low-income seniors in Maryland; holding drawings for door prizes in over 21 classes, which were contributed by valued sponsors; and conducting workshops conducive to improving the notary's business. Of  course, the greatest benefit of the Day was the opportunity to network with other successful Notary professionals. 


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Giving Back to Our Community

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In an effort to continually "give back to our community", each year Notary Professionals participate in this endeavor by providing individual monetary donations and supporting  raffle drawings. This year, donations were made to Thomas G. Pullen Creative and Performing Arts Academy and a fundraising campaign to the Bahamians due to damages from Hurricane Dorian. The "Giving Back To Our Community" project is spearheaded by Wanda Moore.

Thomas G. Pullen Creative and Performing Arts Academy

Mr. Anthony Pezzele, MM:Med., Director of Piano Instruction and General Music Teacher, received a $200 donation.

Thomas G. Pullen is a K-8 Creative and Performing Arts Academy in the Prince George’s County Public School system. The piano program at Pullen is grounded in an apprenticeship model of music education where the focus is fostering the relationship between the students and music as they move towards musical independence. 


Four piano majors rendered outstanding selections from four distinct periods of music history during our Notary Public Day program. Mr. Pezzele stated that the students are taught to read music, play by ear, and improvise. The students and their selections are illustrated below. 

Solfeggio by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach

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 Played by Daniel Gomez. 

Prelude in B Minor, op. 28 no. 6 by Chopin

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 Played by Egjayba Shaw -Taylor. 

River Flows in You by Yiruma

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 Played by Arianna Ukonu.

Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi

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Played by Ian Ward.

Click on the video to be pleasantly entertained by the students' musical selections representing  four distinct periods of music history. Note the improvisation of a selection rendered by the last student, Ian Ward.




Hurricane Dorian Hit The Bahamas by Wanda Moore

On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian hit The Bahamas. It was one of the most powerful hurricanes ever in that region. It left behind loss of life, separation of families and friends, and unimaginable destruction. As I watched the news unfold on T.V. I said to myself “They are going to need a lot of help for a very long time.” After some thought and collaboration, A Salvation Army Fundraiser was created for notaries public, friends and families to make donations to assist in recovery and support efforts for the Bahamian people. Thanks to you, we are a quarter of the way to meeting our goal of $3,000. Contributions will continue to be accepted up until December 31, 2019.

Click here if you wish to contribute online.


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General Session Speakers

Nicola Jackson

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 Manager, Notary Education & Notary Hotline

National Notary Association, Chatsworth, CA 

Topic:  Benefits of Being a Member of the National Notary Association - get the tools, resources and support needed to grow and thrive in your role as a Notary.

LaQuita Gaskins

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 NNA Notary Amb. & 2015 Notary of the Year

Founder, Shiloh City of Peace Foundation, Inc.

Topic: Protecting Citizens As A Veteran and A Notary while imparting knowledge, strengthening communities, and promoting sound professional standards for the protection of all citizens 

Michael Schlein

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 Division Administrator, Charities & Legal Services Division (Responsible for Regulating Notaries) - MD Office of the Secretary of State  

Topic: Changes to Notary Law as a Result of Senate Bill 678 that passed during the 2019 Legislative Session in the Maryland General Assembly.

Congratulations! Pro Bono Estate Planning Clinic Volunteers

The following Notaries (alphabetical order) received Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of volunteering as a professional Notary at Estate Planning Clinics held in Baltimore and Prince George's Counties for Maryland Low Income Seniors between November 9, 2018 and October 31, 2019: Lisa Adams, Denise Armstrong, Miranda Bacon, Duiona Baker, Cassandra Chess, Erlinda Cooper, Ron Foster, Shirell Harris, Terry Johnson-Bey, Arnele Maldonado, Novella Matthews, Nichole Saunders, Daisy Smith, Harriet Stewart, Carla Thompson, Elaine Tutman, Tina Tyson, LeJuene Wynn. The certificates were signed by Sharon E. Goldsmith, Esq., Executive Director and Emily M Poor, Esq., Staff Attorney/Home Preservation Project, The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.


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 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. ..." [LeJuene Wynn, Notary Public]

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"Special Acknowledgments by Elaine for Special Acts"

Elaine acknowledged the Notaries below for their special acts of support and kindness.

Susan Aimable

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Gene Dickson

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Donnetta Reed

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Daisy Smith

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Recognizing Our Leader

Maryland Notaries recognized Elaine for being a leader with forethought, vision, and determination to ensure that Maryland Notaries Public are expert professionals. Therefore, for the 8th Notary Public Day program Elaine was presented with the infinity necklace (symbolic of the 8th Notary Public Day) which symbolizes intuition, insight, potential to explore, and new beginnings.  To read more, click here.

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Notary Public Professionals Dress for Success

Absolute stunning fashion show presentation!

  1. Mini Skit - Inappropriate Attire
  2. Notary Public Professional Attire

  • Scene One: Business Professional
  • Scene Two: Business Casual
  • Scene Three: Evening Gala

Congratulations to Raffle Drawing Winners!

Logitech C525 1 Megapixel Portable Webcam

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 A webcam – short for ‘web camera’ – is a digital camera that’s connected to a computer. With the passing of Senate Bill 678, Notaries can capture clients anywhere in the world with a webcam. You can add a separate webcam to your monitor at any time. A 2-year protection plan included. 

HP OfficeJet All-In-One Printer; Print from Smartphone or Tablet

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 Neat, Sleek Look, Wireless! Print from smartphone or tablet. Every family can benefit from a Bluetooth color wireless printer. Print pictures, recipes, articles, or whatever your family desires 

Samsung 32” Class Curved Monitor

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 Remote notarization is coming! Remember the 5 P's? Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance! Imagine notarizing from your home-based business for clients around the world and the mortgage industry. But wait! A 32" monitor will surely capture all the images required to complete the notarization 

Cecelia Wilkerson

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Purchased raffle tickets on June 22, 2019 at our Notary Enrichment Day program and also on November 16, 2019 at our Notary Public Day program.

Barbara Johnson

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Purchased raffle ticket on June 22, 2019 at our Notary Enrichment Day program!

Randy Summers

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Purchased ticket on November 16, 2019 at the Notary Public event!

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Notaries Public, it is with honor and pride that we thank and support our sponsors who also make Notary Public Day a success. Click here to view our sponsors.


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