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A Notary’s Word – as Good as Gold ccording to The Societies of Notaries Public of BC, the tradition of Notaries goes back over 2,000 years — to the dawn of recorded history. Notaries laid down the Codex Hammurabi, the oldest evidence of recorded law.

According to a new U.S. poll, many people are using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others to follow companies and nonprofit organizations. Among those who have taken action as a result of following a cause online (39 per cent), more than half (54 per cent) say they have talked to a friend or a family member after reading something on a non-profit or charitable organization’s social networking site, a third (33 per cent) have contacted an elected representative.

Notaries were also employed by the Catholic Church to guide the light of civilization through the Dark Ages. The Notary’s reputation for trustworthiness meant that documents retained a stable reliability throughout centuries of upheaval. BC Notaries are governed by the Notaries Act of BC and the discipline of their professional society. Today, the position of Notary as a member of one of the branches of the legal profession is sanctioned and safeguarded by law. BC Notaries are unique in North America, providing non-contentious legal services to the public. The Society receives over 1,600 application inquiries from interested candidates annually; on average 20 to 25 students per year are

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selected. Once employed, the professional work of a Notary is covered by an insurance plan that protects the public. The average age of a BC Notary is 43; 55 percent are women. BC’s Notaries reflect many ethnic backgrounds and languages. It is considered an admirable profession.

Notaries in B.C. can perform a vast range of services on your behalf, including estate planning, powers of attorney, wills preparation and searches, and many other important requests. Go to www.notaries.bc.ca to locate a notary near you.

As well, 31 per cent have made a financial contribution to the organization, 23 per cent have made a financial contribution to a cause the organization supports, and 23 per cent have attended an event sponsored by the organization. For those running charitable associations and seeking legacy contributions and other donations, take note: It’s a new age, and social media tools will work wonders! - courtesy Harris Interactive

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C Bowls for Kids is an annual fundraiser for Variety, put on in partnership with Bowl BC. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the campaign. Norm Grohmann, honourary chair, BC Bowls for Kids, says: “Since 1987, BC Bowls for Kids has raised nearly $2.5 million for children in BC who have special needs and their families. Bowlers across the province have helped Variety – The Children’s Charity in providing funding for individual families as well as organizations that support children.” Last year, Variety provided grants to over 1,300 individual families and 50 organizations. In fact,Variety helps 25 families each week – from wheelchairs and hearing aids to emergency travel and accommodation expenses, your sup-

port makes all the difference in the lives of children and their families. Grohmann is proud to have been a part of this great cause for many years. “Variety’s work could not be done without the support of bowlers like you! Please join me in supporting BC Bowls for Kids.” The BC Bowls for Kids campaign is a great opportunity to get involved in a Variety fundraiser and help children in BC who have special needs. You can participate through your bowling league or put together your own team and collect donations. This year’s campaign will run from Dec. 1 to Jan. 31, 2011. Bowlers and other supporters can get more information and register online to participate in BC Bowls for Kids at: http:// www.variety.bc.ca/bcbowls.htm.

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