7th Annual Notary Public Day Review

"We Are In The Making Of A Notary Public Profession."

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.

Veterans Acknowledgment and "Giving Back to the Community"

Felix Adams

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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

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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

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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.

General Session Speakers

Nicola Jackson

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Nicola Jackson, Supervisor, Training & Education, National Notary Association presented many benefits of membership with the National Notary Association.

Harry W. Nash, Jr.

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Harry W. Nash, Jr., Department of Homeland Security gave an overview of  Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification and E-Verify Program.  

Shelly Jackson, Esq.

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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..

Congratulations! Pro Bono Estate Planning Clinic Volunteers

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]

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Keynote Speakers

Jeannette Ramcharan, 2018 National Notary Association Notary of the Year

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 "Working Hard to Make People Happy"

Click here to read Jeannette's story

Jamie Liggins, 2004 National Notary Association Notary of the Year

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 "Develop Your Own THRIVING Business Despite Roadblocks" 

Click Here To Read Jamie's address

Recognition of NNA Notaries of the Year and Honorees Who Attended 2018 NPD

Daniel Lewis

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Carmel, IN

2010 NNA Notary of the Year

"Doing Things Right One Detail at a Time"


Christine Wissbrun

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Rochester Hills, MI

2016 NNA Special Honoree

"A Strong Sense of Helping and Giving Back"

Crystal Whiteside-Lemon

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Middleburg, FL

2017 NNA Special Honoree

"Don’t Put Money Ahead Of Doing Things Right"


"Special Acknowledgments for Special Acts by Elaine"

Miranda Bacon

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Helped develop Loan Signing A - Z II CE class.

Elaine Tutman

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Notary Historian - developed Notary reference book.

LeJuene Wynn

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Superior service provided to a title company.

Evay Harvey

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Grew his NSA business with 55+ signing companies.

Daryle Yancey

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Tenacious in growing his NSA business step by step.

Recognizing Our Leader

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.

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 Wanda Moore stated, “Thanks Elaine for all that you do.” 

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 Debbie Best-Schneidmill stated, “You are a Pioneer.” 

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Donnell Smith stated, “You are a Leader.” 

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Frederick Harris stated, “You are a Giver.”  

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General Session pictures.  Can you find yourself?

Our Registration Team

NPD Greeters [Tracy Samelson, Diane Harley, Daisy Smith & Elaine Tutman] welcomed attendees with a warm smile.

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Save The Date!

2019 Notary Public Day - Saturday, November 16, 2019!!