Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Neither Rain, nor Sleet, nor Snow...the mail must go through.

More than three hundred Jefferson County notaries have heard about Notaries for Alabama since its inception one year ago.  Some received a postcard, others an email or personalized letter.  We've been reaching out to Alabama's Notaries in a variety of ways offering basic notary training, mentors, clinics and opportunities to meet and network with other notaries.

With more than twenty-two thousand commissioned notaries in the State of Alabama, we are a very long way from our goal of contacting each and every one.  The response so far has been mixed.  Most are thrilled to learn that there is finally a place to call or go to with general questions and inquiries.  Some have no interest in doing anything more.  A few can't wait to attend the next meeting or training session.

Two months ago, on Friday, February 28th, Notaries for Alabama conducted its first Notary Basics Training class.  Students learned how to notarize documents correctly in Alabama.  Sounds simple, right? Not necessarily.  Although it isn't rocket science, there are different notorial acts (Acknowledgement, Jurat, Certification, to name a few) and each one requires the notary to do something slightly different. Feedback from Notary Basics students was overwhelmingly positive.

If you hold an active notary commission, you don't have to wait to receive one of our letters or postcards.  In fact, you don't have to be a notary.  We offer training and mentoring classes, and will be hosting a community service event in November.  Our group's website is NotariesForAlabama.com. You can also reach us by phone at (205) 626-9399, on Facebook, Twitter and on Meetup.com.  Connect with us.  You'll be glad that you did.

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