The National Notary Association bestows prestigious awards for excellence and achievement not only on Notaries, but also on officials and other influential persons who govern or set standards for Notaries, or otherwise make significant contributions toward the improvement of the Notary office. The NNA® Conference serves as the venue for recognizing outstanding achievements in the Notary field.
The Notary of the Year Award is given annually to an outstanding Notary Public who operates at a level of professionalism and ethical conduct that sets a high standard for other Notaries to emulate. In addition to excellence in the performance of notarial acts, recipients of the Notary of the Year honor are distinguished by their achievements in one or more of the following activities:
The 2013 Notary of the Year will be announced at the Gala Banquet on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
March Fong Eu Achievement Award
The March Fong Eu Achievement Award is given annually to the individual who, in the judgment of the Association’s Executive Committee, has done the most to improve the standards, image and quality of the office of Notary Public. Previous recipients of the Award include legislators, governors, secretaries of state, attorneys general, Notary program administrators and law school deans.
Named in honor of former California Secretary of State March Fong Eu, the Award was conceived in 1979 and presented to Eu that year for her extraordinary leadership in spearheading enactment of progressive Notary reform legislation, despite opposition from powerful lobbies who preferred lower notarial standards. Today, the March Fong Eu Achievement Award goes to honorees whose efforts led to creation or implementation of a new law, program or policy with a significant beneficial impact on the Notary office.
2013 Notary of the Year Honorees
Carolyn Barton’s 25 years of notarial service was recognized in 2010 when she was chosen Montana’s Notary of the Year, an honor that acknowledges exceptional service to the profession. One of the contributing factors may have been Barton’s request to the Montana Secretary of State to become the state’s first certified Notary trainer. “I sought the certification after seeing a critical need for comprehensive Notary education. I wanted to contribute to the growth and development of the notarial profession and help my fellow Notaries,” she says. [read more]
Notary of the Year Honoree Tonie Boaman decided to become a Notary when a former employer asked her to notarize documents using his seal. She refused to do so, of course, but the request prompted her to obtain her own Notary commission. An articulate spokesperson for ethics and accountability, Boaman strives to educate the public about Notary responsibility and mentors other Notaries, ensuring their notarizations are performed correctly and accurately. [read more]
John Kenneth Cole
Raised in a “service-oriented” family, Cole learned that individuals have a responsibility to perform community service. “Being a Notary gives me that opportunity ― to make a difference for someone at the beginning of their adult life when they are buying a home or starting a business. And near the end when they sign their last documents ― a living will or other final arrangements.” [read more]
Marissa de Luna
Being a Notary is the focal point of Marissa de Luna’s life; she loves to serve people and makes herself available even late at night! “The time of day doesn’t matter; I am a Notary and I am there when someone needs me – 24/7.” Believing that education protects both Notaries and signers, she makes sure that new clients understand that Notaries are public officers serving as impartial witnesses. [read more]
Kathy Fletcher has spent much of her adult life serving others. Prior to becoming a Notary, she worked in Adult Day Health Care, gaining awareness of the needs of seniors. “My cousin continually encouraged me to become a Notary, declaring my background, personality, organizational skills and integrity were a perfect fit for the profession,” she says. When she followed that advice, she found her life’s passion. [read more]