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Capital Guide Online January 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018  
Posted by: Jackie Frend



In this issue... January, 2018

  • President's Message
  • Ford Theatre Update on Jan. 8
  • Annual Meeting and Education Seminar on Jan. 9
  • Museum of American History on Jan. 12; Book Group Jan. 20
  • Special Tour of Union Station on Jan. 22, 29
  • National Cathedral Testing Deadline on Jan. 31
  • Guild Business Meeting on Feb. 14
  • NFTGA Convention on Feb. 21 - 23
  • Guild Business Meeting on Mar. 19
  • 2018 Contact Information

President's Message

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018. It was a pleasure serving as your president in 2017, working with the board of directors and seeing so many of you at our Guild events. We all worked hard as guides during the tour season, accomplished a lot professionally through the Guild's education and training programs, and had lots of fun together throughout the year. Thank you all for your support and commitment to this wonderful organization.
As we look back on 2017, I know many of you also look back on it with sadness. We lost several of our members: Nick Adams, Liz Christian, David Freund, Renata Koppel, and Gail Ragan. We are a better organization because of their contributions to the Guild. We will miss them and will always hold a special place for them in our hearts.

As we look forward to 2018, I hope many of you will join us on Tuesday, January 9, at our Annual Meeting and Education Seminar at the Naval Heritage Center (see details below). I am also hoping that you will join us at the end of the day for a toast to the new year, the new tour season, and to thank the old board while welcoming the new board. We have reserved space at a restaurant less than 2 blocks from the Naval Heritage Center – Dirty Habit DC – attached to the Hotel Monaco. January 9 will be a long day, but definitely worthwhile. We will hold the annual book sale, hear about the accomplishments of the outgoing board, learn about the activities scheduled by the incoming board, cheer our award winners, learn more about DC history, and finally relax with our fellow guides to celebrate our work and our friendship. It definitely will be a BIG DAY!

Congratulations to Ellen Malasky who was recently voted as President of the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations. Ellen is a Guild Certified Master Guide and serves on the Guild’s Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Government and Tourism Committee. I know Ellen will be an outstanding President of NFTGA.

I hope to see you all on January 9!

Jackie Frend, President

Ford's Theatre Update

Event: Ford’s Theatre Update
Date: Monday, January 8
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Place:511 10th Street, NW

Enjoy after-hours access to the basement museum, historic theatre and the Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership. Learn tips and tricks to navigate and interpret the historic site with your group, how to work within Ford’s daily schedule and about the upcoming closure of the Petersen House. National Park Rangers at Ford’s and staff from their education and visitor services teams will answer questions and share stories that are sure to engage your group on their next visit. Join us in the lobby after the event for light refreshments and mingling from 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Annual Meeting and Education Seminar

Event: Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Date: Tuesday, January 9
Time: 9:30 am — 12:00 noon
Location: Naval Heritage Center,701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Closest Metro: Archives on Yellow and Green lines

9:30 am — 10:00 amRegistration/Networking and Book Sale
10:00 am —12:00 noon Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Please join us on January 9 for the Guild's Big Day!The activities include the annual business meeting, the annual awards presentation, and the half-day Education Seminar. The bargain book sale will take place during registration/ networking and before the beginning of the education seminar. Do bring cash or checks to take advantage of good deals.
Please Note: You must register separately to attend the Education Seminar.To register for the annual meeting click HEREor go to the Guild website.

Event:Education Seminar
Date:Tuesday, January 9
Time:1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Place:Naval Heritage Center, U.S. Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
The Education Seminar features speakers with material relevant to DC tour guides. Click HEREto register or go to the Guild website. The fee for this special program is $25. Two speakers have been confirmed.
John A. Lawrence, author of "Class of '74: Congress after Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship." John A. Lawrence is a visiting professor at the University of California's Washington Center. In The Class of '74, John A. Lawrence examines how these newly elected representatives bucked the status quo in Washington, helping to effectuate unprecedented reforms."
Dan Arant, speaking about the bas reliefs at the World War II Memorial. Since 1993, Dan has served as an invaluable resource to the National Park Service, having volunteered over 6,000 hours on the National Mall. A Vietnam Veteran, Dan is the recipient of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Libby Hatch Award, two U.S. National Mall and Memorial Parks Volunteer of the Year Awards, and the Department of the Interior Take Pride In America National Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award.

Event: Social Gathering at Dirty Habit Restaurant
and Cocktail Bar

Date: Tuesday, January 9
Time: 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Place: 555 8th St. NW
After the Education Seminar there will be a social gathering less than two blocks away and just one block from the Gallery Place/ Chinatown Metro, Join fellow Guild members in a toast to the new year, the new tour season, and the new Guild board. A happy hour menu and cash bar will be available. Click HERE to register online or go directly to the Guild website.

Event: New Exhibit Tour at Museum of American History
Date: Friday, January 12
Time: 12:50 pm
Place: 1300 Constitution Avenue NW
The tour will focus on four of the newer exhibits on 2 West. In addition there will be Q & A with staff in the Department of Visitor Experience and the Office of Communications and Marketing. Register online. For further information contact Amy Mierley


Event: Guild Book Group Discussion
Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 11:00 am
Place: TBD
The Guild Book Group will start the year reading and discussing Grant, by Ron Chernow. The book is a #1 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Book Review Top Ten Book of 2017." The book is said to be a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. See the Guild website for details including meeting time and location.
The book group is open and inviting to all Guild members. In addition to the fun and education of group discussions, one Guild participation point is earned for attendance at each meeting.
The book group is co-chaired by John Days, and Corky Rainey

Special Tour of Union Station

Event:Tours of Union Station:
Unique Rooms, Unique History
Dates:Monday, January 22 and January 29
Times:3:30 pm – 4:30 pm both days
Place:50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE

Tour highlights:
• The Presidential Suite – Where every president from Taft to Eisenhower greeted VIPS and dignitaries from around the world. It also served as a staging area for presidential departures. It now serves as private event space.
• Columbus Club – currently event space
• Legionnaire Statues – viewed from the statue level
• 1953 Federal Express Train Crash
• History of Early Renovations – and use as National Visitors Center
• Earthquake Renovations
Update on Planned Major Renovations

Register online to get new talking points about this much-visited place.

National Cathedral Testing Deadline

Reminder: Members who attended any one of the three training sessions this year and have paid their membership dues are reminded that if they haven’t been tested in three years they need to sign up for certification testing as soon as possible. A calendar sign up is available at the link below:
ALL testing must be completed by the end of January 2018 to be certified for the 2018 season. Questions? Contact Mary Beth Lane

Guild Business Meeting February 14

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date:Wednesday, February 14
Time:9:30 am – noon
Place: Olney Theatre Center
2001 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD
Guild member Andrea Urciolo is a board member at the Olney Theatre Centre and she has arranged for the theatre to host our monthly business meeting. There will be an opportunity for Guild members to attend the afternoon performance of Aubergine, an off-Broadway hit play. It has been described as a life-affirming and perceptive drama that distills the flavors of rich characters and intense relationships. A fuller description is on the website

There are a number of lunch possibilities within a few minutes of the theatre. Directly across from the theatre is the Olney Ale House, and approximately one mile west is Olney Center with a number of restaurants — Green Turtle, Panera Bread, Grill Marx, and Riciuttis.

Please contact Andreaif you are interested in attending that matinee performance at the special price of $45. A block of seats will be held for the Guild until January 31.If you are planning to attend the business meeting, please remember to register online at the Guild website so we know how many to expect.

NFTGA Conference in Philadelphia

Event: NFTGA 2018 Milestones Conference
Dates: February 21 - 23
Place: Wyndham Historic District, Philadelphia

The 2018 Milestones Conference celebrates the 20th anniversary of the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations and the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides. The conference will explore many of the issues facing the tourism industry and guiding. Featured speakers will include representatives from the National Park Service, the Visit Philadelphia Tourism Information Center and local technology experts as well as representatives from some of our Industry Tourism Partner organizations. To register online and for more information:

Business Meeting on March 19

Event:Guild Business Meeting
When:Monday, March 19
Time:9:30 am – noon
Where: Anderson House/ Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Maricar Donato will have a presentation about the upcoming convention of the World Federation of Tour Guide Associations in Tbilisi, Georgia, in January, 2019. She expects to have a representative of the Georgian embassy with her.

2018 Contact Information

Jackie Frend (President)

Corky Rainey (1st V.P.)

Maria Limarzi (2nd V. P.)

Bill Adams (Acting Treasurer)

Mary Thorne (Secretary)

Karen Miller (Affiliate Rep)

John Days (Guild Guide Rep)

Bill Adams (Admin & Ethics)

Shannon Mikush (CMG)

Jim Carr (CMG)

Russ Norfleet (Communications)

Ellen Malasky (Gov’t & Tourism)

Maribeth Oakes (Gov't & Tourism)

Chris Bauer (Education)

Pat Abler (Education)

Jamie Johnson (Membership)

Barbara Longnecker (Membership)

Christen Eliason (Training)

Sandra Moore (Training)

Tammy Belden (Guild Administrator)

Shirley Timashev (Capital Guide Online)

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