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Annual Notary Public Day 2013
"We Are In The Making Of A Notary Public Profession."
 
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Left to Right: Daniel Lewis (2010 NNA NOTY), Wanda Moore (MD TIPIC), Chrissey Ladd (2011 NNA NOTY), The Honorable John P. McDonough (Maryland Secretary of State), Elaine Wright (2009 NNA NOTY), Corey Walker (License Supervisor, MIA), Darlene Arnold (Assistant Chief of Compliance, MIA), Nancy Gusman, Esq. (Past President, MDLTA), John Richardson (Representative, 25th Legislative District, PGC), Debbie Best-Schneidmill (Legal Assistant, Goodwin Procter Law Firm), Frederick Harris (MD TIPIC)
 
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Transforming Lives: Annual Notary Public Day Opens Doors to Success - Posted by Jennifer Colter

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daniellewis 2013 Maryland Notary Day Update by Daniel Lewis
Video Production by Daniel Lewis, 2010 NNA NOTY

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Introduction
The 2nd Annual Notary Public Day program developed by NNA 2009 Notary of the Year, Elaine Wright, and implemented in conjunction with the Prince Georges Community College in Largo, Maryland, was a tremendous success for all Notaries and industry officials who attended. The program included a 3-hour general session and twelve (12) 50-minute workshops on notarial, notary signing agent, title insurance producer, and related topics. More than 130 prospective, new, and seasoned Notaries Public from various Maryland counties, Virginia, and Washington, DC attended the program.

It was an honor to have The Honorable John P. McDonough, Maryland Secretary of State, attend as the featured guest speaker.  Other distinguished guest speakers included John Richardson, a representative from the 25th Legislative District in Prince George’s County, Nancy Gusman, Esq., Owner, Brickhouse LLC, and Past President, Maryland Land Title Association, and Darlene Arnold, Assistant Chief of Compliance, and Corey Walker, MIA License Supervisor, Maryland Insurance Administration

Workshop presenters included 3 NNA Notaries of the year, Elaine Wright, 2009 NNA Notary of the Year (Mitchellville, Maryland), Daniel Lewis, 2010 NNA Notary of the Year (Carmel, Indiana) and Chrissey Ladd, 2011 NNA Notary of the Year (Haddon Township, New Jersey), Wanda Moore and Frederick Harris, veteran Maryland Title Insurance Producer Independent Contractors, and Debbie Best-Schneidmill, Legal Assistant, Goodwin Procter Law Firm.

More than 70 Maryland TIPICs participated in a special “SKYPE” videoconference conducted by Chris Sturdivant, President of the Signing Professionals Workgroup (SPW), Chadsworth, California. Click here to view the videoconference entitled An Inside Look At The Signing Professionals Workgroup And The New Standards for Notary Signing Agents.

Brief History of the First Notary Public in the United States
By Charles Faerber, Vice President, Notary Affairs, Emeritus

In a polite disagreement, Connecticut contends that Thomas Fugill of the New Haven Colony was the first Notary appointed in the English colonies, while Massachusetts maintains that it was Steven Winthrope of the Bay Colony. Connecticut records indicate Fugill was “chosen publique notary to attend the court” on October 24, 1639, and Massachusetts records show that “Mr. Steven Winthrope was chosen to record things” nearly seven weeks earlier on September 9, 1639. The gist of the disagreement is whether being “chosen to record things” constitutes appointment as a Notary Public.

General Session

Introduction
Elaine Wright began the General Session with opening remarks, a welcome address, and introduction of guest speakers and workshop presenters.

2013 NNA Conference Highlights
Wanda Moore presented highlights of the 2013 NNA Conference. This is a well-attended annual event for general or specialty area Notaries Public from all over the USA to network and attend classes and workshops on a variety of topics – e.g. healthcare, real estate, employer/employee, Federal and State laws and regulations.  Wanda observed there were two special “firsts” that occurred at this year’s conference -  A Tribute to U.S.A. Veterans and A Panel of Mortgage Industry Professionals.  Veterans were given complimentary admission to the full conference and partnered with mentors. The mortgage panel addressed the impact of new Federal regulations and mandates on Notary Signing Agents. There was a short video clip of the 2013 Notary of the Year, Kathy Fletcher's (Glendale, Arizona) acceptance speech during which she acknowledged Elaine Wright. Click here to view excerpt from 2013 NNA Notary of the Year video. Each year, Wanda selects something as a “takeaway” to work on after the conference. This year’s takeway is how to incorporate social media into her notary business.  Wanda ended her presentation with a few fun clips of the conference – notice Elaine and Fred kicking up their heels at the Welcome Reception and the invite to the 2014 NNA Conference. To view the PowerPoint presentation of the 2013 NNA Conference Highlights, click here (This presentation takes about 40 - 60 seconds to download.).

Healthcare Notarization
General Session attendees viewed a video presentation prepared by 2005 NNA Notary of the Year, Carol Salter, from Loveland, Colorado, entitled “Healthcare Notarization.” Carol spoke about three universal health care documents that Notaries will most likely encounter in the health care setting, best practices in performing notarizations in the health care setting, and the challenge of identifying signers. Click here to view the healthcare video.

Maryland Secretary of State Address
The featured guest speaker, The Honorable John P. McDonough, Maryland Secretary of State, spoke on the importance of the Office of the Notary Public. His presentation was followed with a Q & A session. Notaries were thrilled to have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the individual who heads the office responsible for administering and enforcing rules and regulations regarding Notaries Public. Click here to view Q & A session.

Representative of the 25th Legislative District Address
John Richardson, representative of the 25th Legislative District, Prince George’s County, informed Notaries of the updated administrative procedure in processing Notary applications. Senators have the option to process notary applications or forward them to the Secretary of State office. He advised that notary applications should be complete and truthful. John also encouraged Notaries Public to get involved in community and political activities.

Maryland Land Title Association Address
Nancy Gusman, Esq., spoke about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) new regulations/requirements and the Dodd-Frank requirement to merge the Truth-In-Lending, Good Faith Estimate, and HUD-1 settlement statement into 2 new forms. She also spoke about the importance of the state trade association, Maryland Land Title Association, and encouraged Notaries Public to get involved in it. She invited TIPICs to the participate in “Lobby Day”  next spring. Click here to view new regulations.

Maryland Insurance Administration Address
Darlene Arnold and Corey Walker spoke to Notaries on TIPIC pre-licensing requirements and continuing education requirements. We were reminded that TIPICs share the responsibility in ensuring that they are "appointed" by Underwriters. There was mention that there may be some changes in “credit hours” required for renewal licenses.

Jeopardy
The morning session concluded with Jeopardy, Notaries most favorite game, that Elaine creates as a fun learning tool. The Notaries Public who graciously participated are listed below:

Team #1 Team #2 Team #3 Team #4
LaVerne Pegues Gina Walker Nate Barber Latonia Ford
Renaldo Sarvis Omar Baly Princess Gunter Donnell Smith
Lois Hall Rosie Roberson Gloria Simon Debbie Best-Schneidmill
Janet Hollaway Mary Kokumo Linda Kibunja Sharon Foster
Penny Telesford Brenda Catlet Gary Williams Cynthia Young

We want to thank all Notaries for participating. Team #4 was the winning team! Each team member of the winning team receives a $25 gift certificate that he/she or any designated person of his/her choice can use towards a notary class at Prince George's Community College. This certificate is good for one year; expiring November 23, 2014. Each winner also receives a beautiful gold certificate acknowledging 1st place winner in the team competition. Want to refresh your memory? Click here to play the Jeopardy game. Good Luck!!

Ladd We want to also thank our Jeopardy Judges, Daniel Lewis and Chrissey Ladd.

Workshops

Workshops are open to everyone.

Select up to three (3) classes to enhance notarial knowledge and skills.

SPECIAL Workshop for Notary Signing Agents/TIPICs on Signing Professional Workgroup (SPW) new standards (Effective January 2014)




 

Free Notary Public and Notary Signing Agent Workshops
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Session I – 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Workshop Title

Description

Target Audience

Room #

What is a Notary Public?
Debbie Best-Schneidmill

Have ever wondered what it is like being a Notary Public? Learn about the important role of the Notary Public and the steps to becoming a Notary Public in our tri-state area (MD, VA, & DC). Also, you will have the opportunity to explore the process of notarizing documents “properly.”

  • Prospective Notaries or anyone who desires to become a Notary

Bladen Hall
211

Maintaining A Professional Notary Business
Chrissey Ladd

Chrissey

As a Notary Public commissioned to perform “notarizations for the general public,” do you feel that your business has stalled? Jumpstart it and take control of your professional notary business today!  Additionally, learn how certain skills acquired while engaged in other lines of work can easily be transferred to this self-motivated business. Examine your personal inventory of “transferrable skills,” that will empower you to take advantage of talents you currently possess.

  • Notaries Public performing basic notarial services for the general public at home, on the job, at church, and/or other off-site locations.

 

Bladen Hall
214

An Inside Look At The Signing Professionals Workgroup And The New Standards for Notary Signing Agents
Elaine Wright
Daniel Lewis

Join us for a discussion with the National Notary Association (NNA) about the Signing Professionals Workgroup (SPW), the new Standards created by the SPW committee, and how the SPW will positively affect the industry moving forward. Following the presentation, there will be an open Q&A.
(This session will be recorded and shared online.)

  • Notary Signing Agents
  • Title Insurance Producers Independent Contractors

Marlboro Hall
M1097

 

Session II – 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Workshop Title

Description

Target Audience

Room #

What Is A Notary Signing Agent?
Wanda Moore

The Notary Signing Agent (NSA)/Title Insurance Producer Independent Contractor (TIPIC) profession has developed into a viable opportunity for Notaries Public seeking to earn part-time or fulltime income. Information covered will allow you to make an informed decision if this profession is right for you.

  • Prospective Notaries
  • Notaries Public

Bladen Hall
211

Other Income Opportunities Available for Notaries Public
(This class is taught twice.)
Chrissey Ladd

While the economy ebbs and flows, Notaries Public and Notary Signing Agents may feel their business is at the mercy of the economic conditions and/or the lending environment; this is simply not the case.  This workshop will examine atypical and ingenious methods of utilizing your Notary Public and Notary Signing Agent skills that can be transferred to other similar business opportunities. Discover other potential business ventures.

  • Notaries Public
  • Notary Signing Agents
  • Title Insurance Producers Independent Contractors

 

Bladen Hall
214

Become An Acknowledgment, Jurat, Official Witness, and Copy Certification Expert
Elaine Wright

Mastering notarial certificate wording will enable Notaries to properly execute acknowledgment, jurat, official witness notarizations, and copy certification notarizations.

  • Notaries Public
  • Notary Signing Agents
  • Title Insurance Producers Independent Contractors

Bladen Hall
215

Closing A Purchase Transaction
(This class is taught twice.)
Nancy Gusman, Esq.

Learn techniques that can round out your business skills by becoming proficient in conducting loan “purchases” in addition to “refinance” loan closings.

  • Notary Signing Agents
  • Title Insurance Producer Independent Contractors

Marlboro Hall
M1097

Managing a Successful Notary Signing Agent Business
Daniel Lewis

This workshop will cover Basic Business Management Practices, SMART Goal Setting, techniques on how to get and stay involved in the Notary community.

  • Notary Signing Agents
  • Title Insurance Producer Independent Contractors

Bladen Hall
219

 

Session III – 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Workshop Title

Description

Target Audience

Room #

Maintaining A Professional Notary Business
(This class is taught twice.)
Chrissey Ladd

As a Notary Public commissioned to perform “notarizations for the general public,” do you feel that your business has stalled? Jumpstart it and take control of your professional notary business today!  Additionally, learn how certain skills acquired while engaged in other lines of work can easily be transferred to this self-motivated business. Examine your personal inventory of “transferrable skills,” that will empower you to take advantage of talents you currently possess.

  • Notaries Public performing basic notarial services for the general public at home, on the job, at church, or at other off-site locations.

 

Bladen Hall
214

Other Income Opportunities Available for Notaries Public
(This class is taught twice.)
Daniel Lewis

While the economy ebbs and flows, Notaries Public and Notary Signing Agents may feel their business is at the mercy of economic conditions and/or the lending environment; this is simply not the case. This workshop will examine atypical and ingenious methods of utilizing your Notary Public and Notary Signing Agent skills that can be transferred to other similar business opportunities. Discover other potential business ventures.

  • Notaries Public
  • Notary Signing Agents
  • Title Insurance Producers Independent Contractors

 

Bladen Hall
219

Overview of 3 Basic Notarizations
Frederick Harris

 

Refresh your knowledge of the 3 basic notarizations performed in MD, DC, & VA - how to properly identify clients, keep adequate records of notarial acts, and completing notarial certificates.

  • New Notaries Public
  • Notaries Public
  • Notary Signing Agents
  • Title Insurance Producers Independent Contractors

Bladen Hall 211

 

Closing A Purchase Transaction
(This class is taught twice.)
Nancy Gusman, Esq.

Learn techniques that can round out your business skills by becoming proficient in conducting loan “purchases” in addition to “refinance” loan closings.

  • Notary Signing Agents
  • Title Insurance Producer Independent Contractors

Marlboro Hall
M1097

Door prizes, door prizes, door prizes
There were lots and lots of door prizes. One door prize was given away in each one of the twelve classes. Notaries were delighted to receive National Notary Association journals, privacy guards, and luggage tags.

Summary
The 2nd Annual Notary Public Day ended on a very, very, high note. So high, that one Notary suggested that the class time should be extended even longer. Again, another year, attendees left with renewed enthusiasm and awareness of why Notary Public education is so vital to performing our role as professional Notaries Public.

Sincere Thanks
Elaine Wright extends sincere thanks to guest speakers, workshop presenters, the photographer, Abraham Davis, and the lunch hostess, Elaine Murrell, in making this another memorable day.

Testimonials
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