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Capital Guide Online July 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017  
Posted by: Jackie Frend


In this issue... July, 2017

  • A Message from the President
  • Pre-registration for Business Meeting due by July 3
  • Guild Book Group July 6
  • Guild Business Meeting July 11
  • GuildSide Chat July 18
  • Guild Business Meeting August 15
  • Nominations for Guild Awards

President's Message

I hope by this time you have resumed a more normal pace with tour guiding and have gotten your life back in order.I saw many of you on the streets and we barely had time to say hello. But that is good news. We were very busy. Guild members were in such high demand that we received a record number of requests for our services on HireGuides4DC - almost 400! I believe that this is a testament to our recognized professionalism and experience in tour guiding. Many thanks to Tammy Belden for diligently monitoring HG4DC and emailing the requests within minutes of receiving them, and kudos to our web strategies team of David Turin, Karen Miller, and Jamie Johnson for the success of our new website.

The nominating committee under Steve Kline is busy preparing for its first meeting in July. In seeking volunteers for board officer positions, we are in particular need of a treasurer. You do not need to be a CPA. We are seeking someone who has familiarity with QuickBooks or is willing to learn, and is a Guild Certified Guide or Guild Certified Master Guide. If you have the skill to handle finances, please consider joining the board for a two-year term (2018 - 2019). Contact our current treasurer Bill Adams ( or me if you have questions. Contact Steve Kline ( if you are interested in any position or have someone to nominate.

Our next business meeting will be held on July 11 at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Remember to pre-register online at our website by July 3. If you need help, contact Mary Beth Lane ( or me and we'll be more than happy to register you.

Our August business meeting will be held on August 15 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Following this afternoon meeting, we are planning to have a gathering at the nearby BlackFinn Ameripub for happy hour, sharing laughs and tears over our experiences this tour season. I hope to see many of you there!

Jackie Frend, President


Pre-registration Alert!

July 3 is the deadline for signing up to attend the Guild business meeting on July 11 at the U.S. Institute of Peace. We do not normally have a preregistration requirement for our business meetings and so we are providing this special alert. It would be an unwelcome surprise for a member to be turned away at the door for not having pre-registered. Security requirements mean that no walk-ins will be allowed.

Guild Book Group -- July 6

Event: Guild Book Group
Date: Thursday, July 6
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Tenley-Friendship DC Public Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 And How It Changed America will be the topic of the next gathering. All Guild members who have read the book are invited to attend and participate in the group's lively discussions.


Guild Business Meeting -- July 11

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, July 11
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave NW
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: By July 3 on Guild website

This is a rescheduling of the meeting planned for March that was cancelled due to snow. Snow will not stop us now!
Pre-registration is required by July 3. No walk ins will be permitted due to security in the building.The agenda will be sent out on GuildGuides prior to the meeting date.

GuildSide Chat -- July 18
Event: GuildSide Chat
Date: July 18
Time: 12:00 noon
Place: National Portrait Gallery Courtyard

GuildSide Chats are one-hour informal discussions that are an excellent way to meet with other guides, discuss various issues and topics of interest to our profession, and share information, tea and sympathy with each other. Experienced guides can offer new guides advice on questions they may have, and we can all contribute to each other's skills and knowledge.

This month's topic will focus, as it often does in July, on the season just ending. Bring with you your best and worst moments this spring. Tell us your biggest challenge and how you dealt with it. We will all learn from our various "trials by fire.” These events are great fun. No reservations are necessary and there is no fee. (Guild Guides and CMG Candidates earn 1 participation point for attendance).If you have questions, contact Tammy Belden (

Guild Business Meeting -- August 15

Event: Guild Business Meeting in August
Date: Tuesday, August 15
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: National Museum of Women in the Arts,
1250 New York Ave, NW

The agenda for the meeting will be provided later on GuildGuides. As noted above in "President's Message" there will be a gathering afterwards at the nearby BlackFinn Ameripub for those who want to share stories during happy hour.

Nominations for Awards
You have probably encountered at least one motor coach operator you think is worthy of a nomination for the Guild award. If so, send Mary Beth Lane an e-mail with your nomination and capture the good feeling that the driver gave you as you were touring together.Provide details that will assist the awards committee members as they review each nomination.
In addition to nominations for the Motor Coach Operator of the Year Award, consider making a nomination for the Blakeman Award, which goes to a Guild Certified Guide or Certified Master Guide who has made a significant contribution to the work of the Guild, and who has advanced the guiding profession. The third major award is the Tourism Industry Contribution Award, which goes to an individual or organization that has provided distinguished service to tourism in the Washington area.Nominations will be accepted until early fall; however it is recommended that nominations for Motor Coach Operator of the Year be made when memories are fresh. Please email your nomination or nominations to Mary Beth Lane,

Contact Information

Jackie Frend (President)

Sandra Moore (1st Vice President)

Mary Beth Lane (2nd Vice President)

Bill Adams (Treasurer)

Bette Runck (Secretary)

Maria Covell (Affiliate Rep )

Russ Norfleet (Guild Guide Rep)

John Days (Administration & Ethics)

Tracy Hale (Training)

Heidi Watson (Training)

Aaron Killian (Communications)

Corky Rainey (Membership)

Bill Harris (Membership)

Shannon Mikush (Certified Master Guide)

Jim Carr (Certified Master Guide)

Ellen Malasky (Gov’t & Tourism)

Maribeth Oakes (Gov’t & Tourism)

Amy Mierley (Education)

David Turin (Web Strategies)

Karen Miller (Web Strategies)

Joe Steinbock (Past President)

Tammy Belden (Guild Administrator)


Shirley Timashev (Capital Guide Online Editor)

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