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November 07, 2014
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Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Announces
2014 Montana Notary of the Year


Gayle Doney

HELENA, MT – In honor of National Notary Day, Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is pleased to announce that Gayle Doney, a Deputy Clerk of District Court and City Commissioner of Lewistown, Montana has been selected as the 2014 Montana Notary of the Year. 

By virtue of this award, Doney will be automatically nominated for the National Notary of the Year award given annually by the National Notary Association. 

“Gayle Doney is exactly the person we were seeking to be this year’s Montana Notary of the Year,” said Secretary McCulloch.  “She was chosen from a strong field of nominees for demonstrating exceptional services and high standards of practice.”

Secretary McCulloch started the Montana Notary of the Year award in 2009 as a way
to raise the visibility of the invaluable work done by notaries in Montana.  Doney is the 5th Montana Notary of the Year.

“Notaries are the first line of defense against many types of fraud because they are responsible for determining the identity of the person who signs a document, swears an oath, or performs any of the other acts that require a notary public, Secretary McCulloch said. “I’m eager to present this award to such a deserving notary public.”

The Secretary of State’s selection committee evaluates and review’s each nominee based on five criteria of excellence.

Nominees were evaluated in the following areas:

  • Longevity
  • Variety of documents notarized
  • Use of notary journal
  • Community Service
  • Exceptional Notary Service

“Gayle Doney has been a notary for more than thirty years.  I have great respect for her integrity and professionalism, “said Phyllis Smith, Clerk of District Court. “ She will go the extra mile to make sure the public is well serves.”

Secretary McCulloch made the announcement in celebration of National Notary Public Day, which occurs annually on November 7.  Notary Public Day was created by proclamation of the Board of the American Society of Notaries in 1974 out of a desire to honor notaries for the public service and their contributions to national and international commerce, and it continues to be supported and sponsored by both the American Society of Notaries and the United States Notary Association. 

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch will honor Gayle Doney as the Montana Notary of the Year at an public awards celebration, to be held in Lewistown.

*Photo Attached: Courtesy of the Lewistown News-Argus