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Capital Guide Online July 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue... July, 2018

  • A Message from the President
  • Guild BusinessMeeting on July 10
  • Book Group on July 18
  • Guild Gives Back on July 21
  • Memorial Service for Carol Bessette on July 21
  • CMG Program at World Bank on August 9
  • Guild Business Meeting on August 14
  • Contact Information

A Message from the President

Welcome Back to the Capital Guide Online! The 2018 busy spring season is behind us and the Guild board is focusing on many events planned for the remainder of the year. I encourage you to access our website and check out the events under “Calendar” and click “more.” Some events are ready for registration while details for other events are still being finalized so you cannot register yet.

As always, our members did an amazing job keeping our guides on the streets up-to-the-minute on closures, parades, and relevant site changes. Thank you for using GuildGuides to provide timely need-to-know information. Many tours were more successful as a result.

While we had a successful busy tour season, we ended on a sad note with news of Carol Bessette’s passing. We will miss our good friend and long-time Guild member. Information about her July 21 memorial service is given below and will be updated on DCGuides by Lou Ann Filadelfo.

Jackie Frend, President


Guild Business Meeting on July 10

Event: Guild business meeting
Date: Tuesday, July 10
Time: 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Place: American University Spring Valley Building
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW

Hear about upcoming Guild events and learn about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a non-profit corporation affiliated with American University. This presentation is scheduled for July so that guides interested in taking courses during the off-season will have the information they need to register prior to fall registration deadlines. Register for the Guild meeting online.

By car: Be a good neighbor and park in the AU Spring Valley Building garage for $2/hr or park at the meters on Massachusetts Avenue rather than parking in neighborhood zone spaces. If parking at meters, make sure you are on the side of the road that doesn't have afternoon rush hour parking restrictions.
By Metro/Shuttle: The "Red Route" AU shuttle operates between the Tenleytown metro station and the Spring Valley Building. Check the shuttle schedulefor summer operation, and be sure to allow enough time for the ride from the station.
By Metrobus: The N4 bus from Dupont Circle and the N6 bus from Friendship Heights both stop at the Spring Valley Building.
For further information contact Maria Limarzi


Book Group on July 18

Event: Book Group
Date: Wednesday, July 18
Time: 11 am
Place Tenleytown-Friendship Public Library

Book group participants will discuss The Politics of Mourning, Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery,by Micki McElya (2016).The book ..."is an elegantly written and fascinating study …[it] delves deeply into the complex story of Arlington's evolution from antebellum plantation to hollowed ground and explores how this complicated past continues to shape its current status as Our Nation's Most Sacred Shrine." (Suzanne E. Smith, George Mason University.)

As a result of voting by book group participants at the end of last year we will be reading and discussing two additional titles in 2018: Washington Goes To War, by David Brinkley (1988) in September; and America's First Daughter: A Novel, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (2016) in late November or early December.

The book group is open to all Guild members and is a great way to learn, as well as get to know your peers, have fun, improve skills, and earn participation points. As usual, we ask that you on the Guild website if you intend to read the book and attend the meeting.
Please direct any questions you may have to Co-Chairs John Days,or Corky Rainey.


Guild Gives Back on July 21

Event: Guild Gives Back
Date: Saturday, July 21
Time: 6:15 am
Place: Vietnam Veterans War Memorial

The Guild Gives Back project is to wash the Wall and make the black granite wall and the statues, and the walkways shine. It is conducted in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), which provides all cleaning materials. You bring the elbow grease and will get lasting memories.

We need about 20 - 30 volunteers, so please join us. We’ll meet at the western walkway entrance at 6:15 am and finish about 8:00 am. Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. The NPS has a request of no flip-flops. As guides we all know that the wet walkways can be slippery, so the no flip-flop request is strongly emphasized.

Guild points are available for volunteers. Please sign-up in advance so we can give NPS an idea of how large our workforce will be. For further information contact Maribeth Oakes.


Memorial Service for Carol Bessette on July 21

Event: Memorial Service for Carol Bessette
Date: Saturday, July 21
Time: TBD
Location: Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church
10125 LakehavenCourt, Burke, VA

Carol was a Certified Master Guide and drew on her own professional background as a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer to conduct popular “Spies of Washington” tours for more than a decade. She also specialized in Civil War history, First Ladies, and African American history. Carol contributed richly to the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, not only as treasurer and WIMSA liaison but through her encouragement of our continued learning via Quicken for our accounts, facts and statistics about Vietnam, and intellectual curiosity.

Contributions may be made in Carol's memory to:
Women in Military Service to America (WIMSA) using the "donate now" button, with notification going to John Bessette at
or to:
Washington National Cathedral
Information about the time of the memorial service will be posted on DCguides.


CMG Program at World Bank on August 9

Event: CMG World Bank Seminar
Date: Thursday, August 9
Time: 10 am
Place: World Bank Visitor's Center
1776 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Certified Master Guides and CMG candidates have a unique opportunity to get an overview of the World Bank and learn about its mission, structure, and leadership, and to find out about its challenges in international development. Presentations will be followed by Q & A and discussion. Following the session we will have lunch at the highly regarded World Bank cafeteria.
For further information about this Certified Master Guide program contact Jim Carr.Click here to register if eligible.


Business Meeting on August 14

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, August 14
Time: 9:30 am - noon
Place: Museum of the Bible
400 4th St, SW

The first half hour will be for registration and networking. During the business meeting, museum staff will provide an overview of the museum and group visit procedures. James Reston Jr will talk about his book, A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial.A representative from the White House Historic Society will speak about a new app that describes the rooms visitors see during a visit to the White House.After the meeting there will be an opportunity to tour the museum and have lunch at the Manna Restaurant or the Milk + Honey Cafe.
Museum of the Bible is located two blocks south of the National Mall nearest the National Museum of the American Indian. The closest Metro station is Federal Center SW on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines. Turn left at the top of the escalator and an immediate left onto D St. SW. Follow D St one block to 4th St. SW, turn left and the museum entrance will be on your left.
For further information contact Maria Limarzi.


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 (Past Pres. and Guild Administrator)
Shirley Timashev (Capital Guide Online)


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