The Capital Guide Online - Nov

In this issue...

  • A Message from the President 
  • Renewal of Dues
  • Update from WFTGA 
  • Business Meeting 
  • Magazine Submissions

A Message from the President


As many of you may know, Dianne Wallace resigned as President of the Guild, effective November 9, 2016.  Dianne did an amazing job as President, helping us through a time of change that included a new Guild website, Guild Administrator, and Board.  Dianne personally reached out to many of us, helping us with any problem we had, whether it was logging into the website, registering for an upcoming event, or contacting a Committee Chair.  Dianne contributed so much of her time to ensure that you, whether you are a Guild Guide, Affiliate, or Friend, had access to all of your Guild membership benefits.  Unfortunately, Dianne felt she no longer had the ability to devote the time necessary to the Guild.

We benefitted from Dianne’s leadership including some terrific educational events.  Her impact will be with us for a long time. Dianne is currently working closely with me to ensure a smooth transition of the Presidency and I am grateful that Dianne has the utmost respect for the Guild and our members. As I work with Dianne through this transition, I encourage you to contact me with any concerns you might have about the Guild.  

I look forward to working with you and our Board members to maintain and improve the highest standards of the quality and ethics for the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC.

The Board needs your participation in the Guild and I encourage each of you to reach out to our Chairs and Co-Chairs to let them hear from you about what you would like the Committees to do for you, our Guild members.  The Board Officers and Committees are here to serve you, so you can be successful.  Please contact us with your ideas for the Guild:  

Board Member Committee Contact Information:

Jackie Frend President

Sandra Moore 1st Vice President

Jackie Frend 2nd Vice President

Bill Adams Treasurer

Bette Runck Secretary

Maria Covell Affiliate Rep

Russ Norfleet Guild Guide Rep

John Days Admin & Ethics

Tracy Hale Training

Aaron Killian Communications

Corky Rainey Membership

Bill Harris Membership

Shannon Mikush Cert. Master Guide

Jim Carr Cert. Master Guide

Ellen Malasky Gov’t & Tourism

Maribeth Oakes Gov’t & Tourism

Annemarie Johnson Education

Amy Mierley Education

David Turin Web Strategies

Karen Miller Web Strategies

Joe Steinbock Past President

Tammy Belden Guild Administrator

I look forward to meeting you at Guild events and please feel free to contact me via phone, e-mail or text.  

Jackie Frend


Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC


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Renewal of Dues


Final Month to Renew Your Guild Guide Membership for 2017


This is a reminder that your Guild Guide membership will expire on December 31, 2016 unless you renew for 2017.  We know you will not want to lose access to your Guild benefits, including:  education and training events, HireGuides4DC, online job listings, electronic Capital Guide newsletters, the Showcase/Job Fair, and the GuildGuides and DCGuides Yahoo email groups.      


Here are some important points to remember when renewing your Guild Guide membership:


  • Dues:  $90 before December 1st, 2016/$105 late Guide renewal (after December 1st, 2016)
  • Online or Mail Renewal Options:  renewing your membership on the Guild’s website is easy and fast or if you prefer you can mail a check to renew (see instructions in the renewal letter).  
  • 2017 Guild Directory:  Review and update your profile on the Guild website under “My Profile”.  When you renew on-line, this is a convenient time to review/update your profile.  
  • Specialty or Foreign Language Tours or Sustaining Membership Category:  Contact Jana  Zeigler for further information ( 
  • Questions?  Contact Bill Harris ( or Corky Rainey (


Update from the WFTGA

With great joy I announce that the Iran registration develops very successfully: until now, WFTGA has 160 outside participants from 23 countries with additional accompanying persons, plus registrations in Iran by the National Members...

Iran fulfilled its promise to supply free visas for the first to register and to make the process easier for all. They have also supplied us with a double contingent of hotel rooms for the Pre-Tour and thus all can still sign up. The Post-Tour might be enlarged with another night outside Iran, if you do not get the flight the same evening please check under

Some of our members have questions and should and go via facebook. Since not all take part in this social media, it might be better to write a personal email to get a prompt answer; the best support is to use , as it includes the Austrian DMC for registration and thus reaches various members in charge.

Visa facilitation for Iran is so complex, that I suggest to address directly our Host

The workshops have been decided and the final programme will be published in the next days by our Host, the Iran Federation of Tourist Guides Associations - IFTGA. Considering the high season for all who prepared and the difficulties in connecting between tours, I am happy to announce that we have accomplished this within the time frame for the early bird participants; only two more days remain to profit from the reduced price. Major assistance was given by Vice President Ruby Roy and Ivana Čuruvija – both knowing the conditions from their inspection last fall; the Vienna DMC accomplished most registrations with verve and success: many thanks to All!

One of our US Area Representatives, Maricar Donato, has initiated various meetings for interested people to travel to this old culture, the Persian Territory. I look forward to meet many of you there!

As any airline wanted to be exclusive with a contract to reach Tehran next January, none could get the final signature; this would exclude some territories around the globe which was not acceptable for part of EXBO. We are sure, most of you found already the best flight for best conditions through internet and there are many more possibilities. 

Wishing you lovely days during the change of season, hoping that you will enjoy either spring or autumn days to make you fit for any further adventure!

With best wishes,

Felicitas Wressnig

WFTGA President 

Business Meeting



Date:  Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Location:  U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Room:  Rubenstein Auditorium

Time:  9:30 – 10:00AM - Registration/Networking

10:00 - Noon - Business Meeting

Speakers:  Wily Jones, Deputy Director, Museum Services (Topic:New Ticketing System)

Paul Ollig, NPS Chief of Interpretation and Education (Topic: Long-Range Plans for the

National Mall)

Note:  The Guild does not conduct Business Meetings in the month of December.

The January 2017 Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for January 10. Location TBD.

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Capital Guide Magazine Submissions

If anyone has ideas for a great article or feature for the first Capital Guide "Magazine" this season, let us know. Ideal submissions will be 1000+ words of timeless information (so not "updates") - such as how to guides (use social media for updates / how to get the most out of AnyGuide), in-depth knowledge articles about area attractions, guide skills, etc. 

If you have an idea or questions, start the conversation now:


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