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Capital Guide Online August 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue...                                                                      August, 2017

  • A Message from the President 
  • Trio of Events on August 15
  • CMG Franciscan Monastery Tour on August 16
  • GuildSide Chat on August 22
  • Visit to Grace Episcopal Church on August 25
  • Events on Calendar for September
  • Save-the-Date Events

A Message from the President

The Board of Directors met on July 10 for the first time since March and we discussed many topics important to us all. Of note, we are gearing up for the membership renewal season. Renewal letters will be mailed in September to Guides, Affiliates and Friends.

We plan to modify the Hire Guides4DC form based on feedback we received from members. We will be asking additional questions from the requestor so you are better informed about a tour before you accept it. We are also planning to send a letter to our Affiliates reminding them of Metro’s change in hours and explaining how those changes impact our guides.

Have you checked out the upcoming events on our website lately? In case you haven’t noticed, there are over 20 upcoming education and training events as well as business meetings listed. Once dates and locations are confirmed, they are listed on our website for registration. Take a look at the website and sign up for as many as you can before space fills up.

Thanks to the efforts of Carol Rudolph, our Mount Vernon site liaison, we met recently with new senior executives at Mount Vernon to plan our Mount Vernon update on September 14. We were very happy when they offered to schedule education events for us to enhance our knowledge and to dispel some myths. We will keep you updated as details are finalized.

I hope to see many of you at our August 15 business meeting at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Do join me and your colleagues after the meeting for some social time at BlackFinn.

Jackie Frend


Trio of Events on August 15

Info-tainment Workshop
Event: Workshop on Professional Guiding Skills and Commentary
Date: Tuesday, August 15
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Place: Teaism, at 400 8th St NW, Washington, DC

The training committee is offering a workshop on guiding skills and commentary oriented to "info-tainment,” combining fun with education. The workshop itself will demonstrate these principles, and participants can have a particular topic addressed by emailing Tracy Haleor Heidi Watson at before the workshop. Register online by August 10 to reserve your spot.

Event: Guild business meeting
Date: Tuesday, August 15
Time: 1:30 pm—4:00 pm
Place: National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions. At our meeting we will have a spokesperson from the museum and will also hear from Izetta Mobley from the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Be sure to register online. The closest Metro Stop is McPherson Square.

Event: Social hour
Date: Tuesday, August 15
Time: 4:15 pm -
Place: BlackFinn Ameripub, 1620 I St. NW

Join your colleagues and friends at BlackFinn Ameripub following the August 15 business meeting for a social hour of fun as we share the best and worst of our 2017 peak-tour season.Guild members are welcome to register a guest to attend the business meeting and/or social hour (contact to register a guest).


CMG Franciscan Monastery Behind-the-Scenes Tour on Aug. 16

Event: Certified Master Guide Program
Date: Wednesday, August 16
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 1400 Quincy Street NW

Founded by the Franciscan Friers in 1899, the Franciscan Monastery of the holy land in America is one of Washington's hidden gems. Fr. Greg Friedman will take the CMGs and candidates on a personal tour of the property. CMGs and CMG candidates may register online.


GuildSide Chat on August 22

Event: GuildSide Chat on Interpersonal Skills
Date: Tuesday, August 22
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Library of Congress Madison Building Cafeteria
1st and Independence Avenue SE

This series of informal sessions are designed to allow guides to share tips and advice with each other on issues of interest to guiding in this area. This month's topic will be interpersonal skills and how they can help or hurt your business as a guide. For further information contact Tammy Belden.


Visit to Grace Episcopal Church on August 25

Event: Visit to Grace Episcopal Church
Date: Friday, August 25
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Place: Grace Episcopal Church
1041 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown (1867, Gothic Revival architecture) is located where the prominent hostelry, Suter’s Inn, once stood. Suter’s Inn was patronized by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Pierre Charles L’Enfant, among others. Grace Episcopal Church was founded to serve the laborers, craftsmen, shopkeepers, and watermen of the Georgetown waterfront. Register online and join us as we learn more about the rich history of this beautiful church in Georgetown.


Events on Calendar for September

Event: Training Workshop: Become The Tour Guide in Demand!
Date: Wednesday, September 6
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Place: Atrium of the National Portrait Gallery, 8th & F Street, NW

Join us as your training committee continues to help you become “the tour guide in demand.”
When there are difficulties on a tour, are you part of the problem or the solution?
What kind of a team player are you?What do you do about drivers who don't know routes or who are difficult? How do you handle customer complaints?How do you change itineraries to make them more manageable? How were your evaluations this year?How do you keep your spirit up when you're run down?These and other situations as requested will be met head-on and solutions offered that just might work for you!If you have a particular topic you'd like addressed, please email Tracy Haleor Heidi Watson. Online registration is available until 9/1/2017

Event: Book Group Discussion of “Mr. Jefferson’s Lost Cause”
Date: Wednesday, September 13
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Tenley-Friendship DC Public Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

The book group has selected "Mr. Jefferson's Lost Cause: Land, Farmers, Slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase," by Roger Kennedy for discussion at our September meeting. The meeting is open to any Guild member who reads this selection. Register online or contact John Days.

Event: Guild business meeting and Mount Vernon Update
Date: Thursday, September 14
Time: 9:30 am
Place: Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon,Va.

The Guild business meeting will have committee reports and a vote on 2018-2019 board officer positions. Our hosts at Mount Vernon will provide the annual update on new features and what we can expect in 2018. Registration for this event is already available online.


Save-the-Date Events

Event: Guild Gives Back
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 6:30 am
Place: Korean War Memorial
(cleaning supplies provided)


Event: Walk ’N Talk
Date: Tuesday, October 10
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: TBD

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, October 10
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Place: Lincoln's Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW

Event: Arlington National Cemetery Update
Date: Monday, October 23
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Place: WIMSA at Arlington National Cemetery

Staff from the Arlington National Cemetery will provide the annual Arlington Update in the Women in Military Service to America Memorial (WIMSA). Online registration for this event is already available.

Event: Annual Guild Job Fair and Showcase
Date: Monday, October 23
Time: 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Place: WIMSA at Arlington National Cemetery

Mark your calendar now! The Women in Military Service to America Memorial (WIMSA) is a spacious location for the crowd that comes to the Annual Guild Job Fair and Showcase. The Job Fair presents an opportunity for our members, Affiliates, and Friends to interview, disseminate information and socialize. A committee of volunteers is beingformed and participation points will be awarded. Please contact Sandra Mooreif you are interested in joining the committee.

Your training committee is organizing a fall trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, with excursions to Valley Forge and Amish Country. Plan now to join us on December 5, 6 and 7 as we offer an opportunity to learn about OTR tours and new venues to put in your “Guide Experience Book.” More details coming!


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 (CapitalGuide Online)

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