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Capital Guide Online Special Edition Dec. 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017  
Posted by: Jackie Frend
In this special issue...                          December 12, 2017
  • President's Message
  • Annual Meeting and Education Seminar
  • Social Gathering after Seminar
  • Annual Achievement Awards
  • Visionary Leadership Award
  • 2018 Contact Information

President's Message

We are issuing this special edition of the Capital Guide Online to highlight our big day in January in which we recognize our outstanding 2017 award winners and hold our Annual Meeting and Education Seminar, followed by a social gathering at a DC bar.
I can’t believe another year has gone by until I look at all we have accomplished as a Guild during 2017. As an organization, we do so much – business meetings, programs in tour guide education, training, certified master guide, as well as annual updates, Book Club, Guildside chats, giving back to our community, certifications, board meetings, and special committees (awards, nominations, updating by-laws and Policies & Procedures). It is hard for me to keep up with all our activities. Fortunately, with our new website, it is easy to put numbers on all our activities – we held over 80 events involving close to 2,500 member participants! I wonder if any other tour guide association comes anywhere close to matching that.
I am proud of all we do as a Guild, of our camaraderie, and the network of wonderful tour guide members, tour operator affiliates, and friends of the Guild that we have built over the past 32 years.
Please join me on January 9 as we congratulate our awardees and celebrate our own accomplishments during the past year and as we welcome the 2018 new year, new tour season, and new board!
Congratulations again to our 2017 award winners!

Jackie Frend, President

Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

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

9:30 am — 10:00 am Registration/Networking and Book Sale
10:00 am — noonAnnual 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.
Highlights of 2017 and plans for 2018:The board officers and committees will present the Guild's accomplishments in 2017 and have installation of officers for 2018.
Celebrate your colleagues' achievements:Presentations will be made to the honorees for the Jill Blakeman Award, the Tourism Industry Contribution Award, the Motor Coach Operator Award, and the Ginny Moser Award.
Please Note: You must register separately to attend the Education Seminar.To register for the Annual Meeting click here or go to the Guild website.

Education Seminar

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 is designed to give you new anecdotes and new perspectives to use in the guiding season.Click here to 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. He worked in the House of Representatives for 38 years, the last eight as chief of staff to Speaker and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. An excerpt from about Mr. Lawrence's book reads: "In November 1974, following the historic Watergate scandal, Americans went to the polls determined to cleanse American politics. Instead of producing the Republican majority foreshadowed by Richard Nixon’s 1972 landslide, dozens of GOP legislators were swept out of the House, replaced by 76 reforming Democratic freshmen. 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. He is deeply committed to the millions of tourists who visit the treasures on the Mall, especially the National World War II Memorial. He makes every effort possible to ensure he knows when the Honor Flight Network will be hosting veterans in DC and seeks to be present to bring the monuments and memorials to life for our nation's veterans. Through his vast knowledge of the history of World War II, Dan inspires a profound connection between the veteran visitors and the World War II Memorial. Dan, a Vietnam Veteran, 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.

Social Gathering After Seminar

Event: Social Gathering at Dirty Habit DC 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 in the original 1841 General Post Office Building, just one block from the Gallery Place/ Chinatown Metro Station and right by Hotel Monaco. 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.

Congratulations to Honorees for 2017 Guild Awards

The following outstanding honorees will receive Guild awards at the annual meeting on January 9. The board selected the winners – and created a special award – after reviewing recommendations from the advisory committee, chaired by Brenda Turner. Others serving and deserving of thanks are Linda Dickinson, Eric McElroy, Jamie Johnson, Chris Bauer and affiliate Carolyn Crouch.

2017 Motor Coach Operator Award
Criteria: A coach operator (local or regional) who has best contributed to the team spirit of guiding and to the care and comfort of passengers, including the condition of the coach.
Honoree: Edna Whitmyre from Susquehanna Trailways. Past president Joe Steinbock nominated Edna Whitmyre, as a knowledgeable, calm, on-time team player who memorably saves the day in emergencies. One example cited in Whitmyre’s nomination: “We had an engine failure immediately upon exiting the Lincoln Tunnel in New York. She quickly arranged for another coach to meet us so our tour was not impaired. She quickly had the engine repaired so she could rejoin us a few hours later.” For her “consistently outstanding” performance and ability to anticipate a tour group’s needs, Edna Whitmyre of Susquehanna Trailways receives the 2017 Motor Coach Operator Award.

2017 Tourism Industry Contribution Award
Criteria: An individual or organization, not necessarily a Guild member, that has provided particularly valuable and distinguished service to the Guild, the guiding profession, or tourism in the Washington area.
Honoree: Josh Feldman and Ford’s Theatre. Fords Theater welcomes tour groups large and small, with courtesy and efficiency. Nominator Ellen Malasky says Group Sales Manager Joshua Feldman’s hard work “helps ensure that our groups have the best experience possible. This is no easy task, requiring the ability to coordinate with the needs of the fine theater productions, National Park Service and the many touring groups. We in the Guild are fortunate to have this national treasure so accessible to our visitors.” For enthusiastic contributions to the Guild, guiding and tourism, Ford’s Theatre and Joshua Feldman receive the 2017 Tourism Industry Contribution Award.

2017 Jill Blakeman Award
Criteria: A Guild Certified Guide Member, excluding current Guild president and immediate past president, whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the Guild, who has made an original and significant contribution to the operations of the Guild and who has advanced the guiding profession in some other significant way.
Honoree: Karen Miller. For years Karen Miller has worked tirelessly to improve the Guild website, which is the key intersection of Guild members and Guild information. Her nominator, Ellen Gold, says, “I wonder how she finds time to eat or brush her teeth.” In addition to her professional and family responsibilities Karen has contributed to the Guild board with gracious good humor, solving technical issues with the insight of a working tour guide. She has tutored board members and new Guild members alike. After years of guiding, Karen has branched out into running a tour operation. For her contributions to advancing the guiding profession, Karen Miller receives the 2017 Jill Blakeman Award.

2017 Ginny Moser Award
Criteria: An individual who accumulates the highest number of participation points to advance from Guild Guide to Certified Guild Guide during the first twelve months of Guild membership.
Honoree: Martha Harmon. When informed that she was getting this honor for participation points Martha said, ”The opportunity to attend a variety of tours and educational events is a great bonus to Guild membership.”
Other top point-earners were Lori Lowe and Kevin Golden. Congratulations to all!

Visionary Leadership Award

Honoree: Lonnie G. Bunch III of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In the past year, the most significant boost to the tourism industry in DC is undoubtedly the wildly popular and deeply meaningful National Museum of African American History and Culture. A driving force behind this newest Smithsonian museum is educator and historian Lonnie Bunch, its founding director. His nominator, Ellen Gold, proposed that Dr. Bunch receive this award for “his vision in making such a huge dream a reality, for bringing to our minds and hearts so much of American history that was lost or unknown to us.” The NMAAHC has sparked trips by first-time visitors to the nation’s capital, as well as enriched the experiences of return visitors. For his key role in triggering an immediate and sustained outpouring of tourist interest in this deep part of American history, Lonnie G. Bunch III receives the 2017 Visionary Leadership Award.

Photo by Sonny Odom

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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