Elections and Government Services Administrative Rules of Montana Business Services Notary and Certification Records and Information Management

The 2014 Montana Notary Conference

A Capitol Experience!

Over 250 people attended the two day event and the results are in – it was a huge success!!! To all those who attended, we want to extend our deepest thanks for your enthusiasm and support of our efforts to provide Montana’s notaries public with the information and education that allows them to provide the highest quality of service to the people of the Treasure State.

To our presenters, who came from all over the country, we are so grateful for your passion and dedication to this important public office. Your willingness to share your time and knowledge with our notaries is truly appreciated by everyone on the Secretary of State’s Notary & Certifications Division staff. You are amazing people!

To those of you who missed this year’s Conference – we hope you will be able to join us in 2016.

One conference attendee summarized her experience quite eloquently:

I loved being exposed to other industries and the people in them and the challenges and issues that they have, knowing that we all sometimes struggle to know what is the best and right to do. I left feeling informed and empowered to do the acts of a notary with confidence… We really are… entrusted with an extremely important job."

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Thanks to everyone who made the 2014 Montana Notary Conference a Capitol Experience!

Conference Presenters and SOS Notary & Certifications Staff:

Notary Conference 2014 Presenters and SOS Notary & Certifications Staff

L. to R: Kathleen Butler, Executive Director, American Society of Notaries; Blair Fjeseth, Deputy, Notary & Certifications Division, Montana Secretary of State’s Office; Lori Hamm, Notary Program Administrator, Montana Secretary of State’s Office; Bill Anderson, V.P. National Notary Association; Daniel Lewis, Managing Partner, Lewis Notary Services; Carol Salter, Contracts Coordinator, McKee Medical Center; Montana Secretary of State, Linda McCulloch; North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall; Michael Closen, Professor Emeritus, John Marshall Law School; Della Pedersen, Notary & Certifications Specialist, Montana Secretary of State’s Office; Chrissey Ladd, Curriculum Development/Education Manager, Notary Power, LLC; Bill Fritzlen, Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Not pictured: Richard Burton, Notary Law Institute; Lydia Gomes, Trainer & Loan Support, Farmers State Bank; Shirley Chiu, Enforcement Attorney, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


For more information about the Conference, please call Lori Hamm at (406) 444-5379, or email lhamm@mt.gov.

Conference presentation handouts available:


More testimonies from the 2014 Notary Conference attendees:

I appreciate the opportunity to attend 'live' sessions as that is more my learning style."

To be honest, I expected a dull boring 'ho-hum' sort of training. I couldn't have been more wrong! What a great time! I loved the presenters’ energy and the ability to ask questions. I realized how uneducated I am and would love MORE training!!"

Kathleen Butler - so very talented as a presenter and extremely knowledgeable! It was a pleasure having her present two of the sessions I attended. Continue to invite her back!"

I'm a new notary and it was good to find out what I was doing wrong and how to correct my journal. How to do it correctly in the future and how important it is to keep the journal."

The diversity of perspective among the speakers served to highlight areas of notary law under scrutiny and facing change. This allowed me to see that there are areas of legitimate disagreement that are paradoxes, not contradictions, and will come out in the wash in time…"

The focus on notarization in different professions, such as medical, legal, real estate, etc. was very helpful. Mr. Closen was excellent for the legal profession sessions. He is very engaging and offered interesting examples of how to handle the notarization process in many different situations."

The most valuable and critical element is what Kathleen Butler identified first and foremost in her session in Notary 201: That procedure protects & the fundamentals, when properly understood, drive the answer to a never ending stream of questions."

I really enjoyed Carol Salter and Daniel Lewis' sessions."

I came with the specific goal of learning more about being a signing agent and was completely satisfied with getting all I needed to pursue that and more."