Midsouth Notary Association
Vision Statement by Tim Gatewood
First, this will be a professional membership organization. That means the dues will be set by the members, the rules will be set by the members (in the form of Bylaws and Standing Rules), and the activities of the group will be those that the members support. I have many ideas of where this Association can help us, where it can take us professionally and personally, where it can make a difference – but what we actually accomplish will be up to those who choose to join AND participate.
do NOT see this Association as yet another group that wants your money
and offers you stuff for sale.
I DO see it as focusing on three key areas: Education, Professionalism, and Fellowship. Stated differently, that is learning all we can about what it means to be a Notary, where to get supplies, what organizations are worthwhile and which to avoid, etc.– those fall under education.
Professionalism would include learning how to make income as a Notary, studying for and passing any certifications or other tests that may be available for professional Notaries, dealing with ethical issues that come up in the course of Notary work, treating the public and any clients you may have in a proper manner, etc.
covers getting to know one another well so that we can network on Notary
work, have a good time doing things together, and share those gifts that
expect that this Association will be a patriotic body whose members uphold
the highest ethical standards, based on a firm foundation of religious
faith. This does not mean that we will talk about politics or religion
during the meetings.
In fact, we will avoid discussions on politics or religion, not because we are ashamed of our convictions or afraid of facing the beliefs of others, but so that we can focus on the things we have in common as Notaries Public.
You may have also noticed that this is the Midsouth Notary Association, not the West Tennessee or Memphis Notary Association. That is because I very much want to include Notaries from eastern Arkansas and north Mississippi in the group.
If you are a Signing Agent, you have probably already had calls from clients who wanted you to go to Arkansas or Mississippi to handle a signing – we Tennessee Notaries cannot do that. I suspect some of the Mississippi and Arkansas Notaries have had calls to come to Memphis, too.
If we can network
together, we can help each other with this sort of work when those calls
come in. Also, it will help us all if we broaden our perspective by being
aware of how differently things operate in nearby states.
Finally, as none
of these states allow the Notary Public to charge much for their services,
one focus of these meetings will be the Signing Agent business and any
other opportunities that may surface where the Notary can make an income.
Part of each meeting will be spent talking about issues directly related
to being a Signing Agent or other income - producing Notary-related businesses.
Anyway, that is my vision of what we are building here. I hope you will join with me and share your vision so that together we can create a stronger Notary community for our three states.
This page was last updated Sunday, August 28, 2005.