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Capital Guide Online October 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue...October, 2017

  • A Message from the President
  • Time to Renew
  • GuildSide Chat on October 18
  • National Gallery of Art Training on October 19
  • ANC Update, Job Fair, Showcase on October 23
  • Washington National Cathedral Training
  • November Highlights
  • Annual Guild Getaway December 5 - 7
  • Welcome New Affiliate and Friends
  • Contact Information

A Message from the President

Thank you for the confidence you have placed in me to continue as Guild president for the 2018-2019 term. You have voted in an excellent team of officers who I look forward to working with over the next two years. Each of our new officers have devoted many volunteer hours to our Guild and I have no doubt that they will continue to devote many more in their new roles.

Thanks to so many of you who attended the Mount Vernon Update and Business Meeting. Roy Young, Vice President of Guest Experience, commented about how much he appreciated speaking with us since we were such an engaging and knowledgeable group. When our new Board is installed in January 2018, Mr. Young has offered to work with our Training Committee to put together a program geared just for Guild members.

You may notice some changes in our website over the next several months. We have hired a consultant to assist with some of the more technical aspects. We have several board members, along with our Guild administrator, who can usually figure out how to make technical changes, but occasionally we get miffed and none of us can figure it out. That's when we'll call in the expert consultant.

I hope to see many of you at the business meeting at Lincoln Cottage on Tuesday, October 10, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Since becoming President, I have had many guides tell me that they really want to attend more business meetings but because they are during the day, or because they are always on Tuesdays, they cannot attend. I'm listening and trying to accommodate everyone. The Lincoln Cottage meeting will be special in several ways - an evening meeting with a tour and a tribute to a former member, Armen Tashdinian, whose generosity is giving us the opportunity to learn more about President Lincoln and his life at the cottage. I hope you will plan to join us for this unique opportunity.

Don't forget to update your resume for the Job Fair on October 23. If you cannot attend you can send in 20 copies for distribution to Tammy Belden at 6902 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20012.

Jackie Frend, President

Time to Renew

Guild Membership Renewals - 2018
Guild members have until November 30 to pay renewal dues and are encouraged to pay via the Guild website with credit card or Pay Pal. Alternatively, you can mail in your affirmation of the revised Code of Ethics along with your payment to our Guild Administrator, or renew in person at a Guild business meeting this fall.

DC Tour Guide License Renewals
All DC tour guide licenses will expire on December 31, 2017. Be on the lookout in your email for a message from DCRA regarding renewal procedures.

Liability Insurance for Tour Guides
Renewal of the Guild group liability insurance policy is scheduled to begin November 1. Registration for participation in the group policy can be now made via the Calendar of Events on the Guild website until October 31. The individual participation premium is $76.Note that liability insurance is a deductible business expense.
This type of professional liability insurance is very difficult to obtain at reasonable cost outside the Guild. The key benefit of the coverage is that it provides legal representation in the event a participant is sued specific to the terms of the policy.


GuildSide Chat on October 18

Event: GuildSide Chat
Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 10 am to 11 am
Place: Library ofCongress Madison Building Cafeteria (6th Floor).

This month's topic will focus on preparing for the Job Fair on October 23. Even "old hands" can learn how to better prepare for interviews with tour companies at this important event. We will broaden the discussion to include how to find tour jobs in general.

These one-hour informal discussions 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. We can all contribute to each other's skills and knowledge.

These events are great fun. No reservations necessary and no fee. Guild Guides and CMG candidates earn participation points. Questions? Contact Tammy Belden.

National Gallery of Art Training on October 19

Event: National Gallery of Art training
Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Place: West Building Rotunda
National Gallery of Art

The Guild training committee and the National Gallery of Art are proud to present this very special training program for the first time.It is sold out, and due to high demand it will be offered again.This workshop gives an overview of the museum and highlights for personal tours with clients. The program covers both buildings as well as a brief tour of the Sculpture Garden.We will break down into groups to be led by trained docents, who will weave in insights and best practices from their years giving Gallery tours.
The fee is $10. Questions? Contact Tracy Hale

ANC Update, Job Fair, Showcase on October 23

Event: Arlington National Cemetery Update
Date: Monday, October 23
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Place: Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) Arlington National Cemetery

Event: Job Fair and Showcase
Date: Monday, October 23
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM
Place: Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) Arlington National Cemetery
The Guild is delighted that WIMSA will be hosting the Arlington National Cemetery Update and on the same day, our Annual Job Fair and Showcase. Only organizations and individuals who are current members of the Guild may attend the afternoon event, which gives guides the opportunity meet with Affiliates and discuss upcoming tours and job opportunities. Bring your resumes with your smiles to schedule your spring season. Professional dress encouraged and will enhance your opportunity to get hired. Remember to wear your Guild badge and DCRA license in case any Affiliates ask for it. You will also have an opportunity to meet with some of our Friend members to learn about their products and services. As of this date 17 Affiliates and 5 Friends have registered to attend. If you cannot attend you may mail 20 copies of your resume to Tammy Belden (see President's Message for address).

Washington National Cathedral Training

Event: Washington National Cathedral Certification Training
Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 24; Thursday, Nov. 2; Wednesday, Nov. 15
Time: 9 am - 12:30 pm
Place: 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Being certified by the Cathedral is useful because it gives you more flexibility in tour times and makes you more valuable for many tour operators. Register online to attend one of three training sessions designed to teach, reinforce, and augment your knowledge of the art, architecture, mission, and policies of the 20th century Gothic cathedral.
Attending training is Step 1 of the certification process. Each Guild guide wishing to be certified to present Cathedral tours, must attend one of these three sessions.
Step 2 of the certification requires testing. Details regarding who needs to be tested and who remains certified will be provided in the near future.
If you wish to make a donation for the ongoing repairs for earthquake damage, you will find a basket for donations located at the check-in desk. Checks may be made out payable to the Washington National Cathedral. Cash donations will also be gratefully accepted. Questions? Contact Mary Beth Lane.

November Highlights

Event: A Walk Down Embassy Row
Date: Tuesday, November 2
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Place: Begins at the Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Join us for a walk down Embassy Row and learn about some of the fascinating people and buildings along Massachusetts Avenue. Register online. For questions contact Heidi Watson

Event: U.S. Holocaust Museum Update and Guild business meeting
Date:Tuesday, November 14
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Place: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC

Event: Fall Motorcoach Guiding Workshop
Date: November 16
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Place: Teaism Penn Quarter
400 8th Street, NW

Why is the Motor Coach Workshop so important?
Well…routing, timing and commentary are the backbone of a great tour!

This fall we will conduct the Motorcoach Guiding Workshop during the week so we can offer practical ways to experience daily traffic that we guide in on a day-to-day basis. Also, timing your commentary is also quite important whether you’re sitting in traffic or cruising down Pennsylvania Avenue.The workshop is open to all levels of the Guild, but keep in mind this workshop is a requirement to advance from Guild Guide to Guild Certified Guide. So if this is your opportunity to advance, let us know!

Sign up online or mail your $25 payment (Guild Prof. Tour Guides) to Heidi Watson, 1484 Morris Pond Drive, Locust Grove, VA 22508.If there are particular routes or questions you have in regards to transportation, send them to Heidi Watsonor Tracy Hale.

Event: Book Group Discussion
Date: Thursday, November 30
Time: 2 pm
Place: TBA

The final read for this year is Warmth of Other Suns (2011), by Isabel Wilkerson. An review describes this book as “[an] epic, beautifully written masterwork.” In it “the Pulitzer Prize–winning author chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.” This book was recommended by several Guild members who have already read it and want to participate in the group discussion. Information about the meeting place will be in the next Capital Guide Online and on GuildGuides.For information about the Book Group contact John DaysNew participants are welcome.

Annual Guild Get-away

Event: Two-night Trip to Historic Areas of Pennsylvania
Dates: December 5 - 7
Place: Depart from Navy Memorial
Registrations have been so strong that capacity is expected to be reached soon for the Annual Guild Getaway. If you have been thinking about signing up, don’t delay too long. Full information about the trip is available on the Guild website. Rates: single occupancy @ $560.00 per person; double occupancy @ $425.00 per person.

Sign up online, and if you choose to pay by check, please still sign up online to secure your space. Mail a check payable to the Guild of Prof Tour Guides Wash., DC. to Tracy Hale at 3565 Christiana Court, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 20732. NOTE: For thoserooming together, sign up as individuals and then send an email about your roommate choice to Tracy Hale.

Welcome New Affiliate and Friends

Adventures For Creative Tourists
Silver Spring, MD
POC: Diane Maglaque
Small group walking tours to historic sites and art museums. Focus on cultural education with unscripted tours. Tours specialize in leisure and recreation markets.

DC Nation Transportation
Washington, DC
POC: Mistral Anampa
Innovative transportation service with chauffeurs in all languages. Fleet of motor coaches, mini coaches, executive vehicles, luxury SUVs and private boat rides. Water and candy are free! We are a dedicated, committed, reliable, competitive, flexible, and creative local transportation service. "Safety is our priority, luxury is our specialty" at DC Nation.

Whisper USA
Miami Springs, FL
POC: Annette Morejon
Rental and sales of radio guide systems for tour groups, events, museums, factories, universities, athletic training, etc., with offices in Miami, Florida to service the entire US and Canada. The Whisper brand stands for advanced technology, high quality, and excellent service, by offering the solution to communication challenges between speakers and groups of people.

Windmill Books Ltd
Washington, DC
POC: William Holland

William Holland is a travel writer and blogger at The website supports writers and independent publishers by helping ensure their works meet industry standards. This is done through book reviews and articles exploring market trends.

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)

Karen Miller (Web Strategies)

Joe Steinbock (Past President)

Tammy Belden (Guild Administrator)

Shirley Timashev (Capital Guide Online)

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