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Capital Guide Online September 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue...September, 2018

  • A Message from the President
  • Foreign Language Program Announcement
  • CMG Hard Hat Tour of LawEnforcement Museum on Sept. 6
  • CMG Baseball Americana Exhibit at LOC on Sept. 13
  • Book Group on Sept. 17
  • Guiding Tune Up on Sept. 20
  • Georgian Embassy Event on Sept. 20
  • Peace Trail Walk on National Mall on Sept. 21
  • Guild Business Meeting on Sept. 24
  • 9/11 Flight 93 Memorial Site Visit, Shanksville, PA on Sept. 25
  • Engaging Your Students at Supreme Court Steps on Sept. 27
  • Georgian Feast at Supra on Oct. 17
  • Arlington Cemetery Update and Job Fair on Oct. 23
  • Trip to National Museum of the Civil War in Harrisburg, PA on Oct. 30
  • News of Members
  • Contact Information

A Message from the President

We had a tremendous turnout of 120 people for the business meeting at the Museum of the Bible. Guild member Carol Wilken suggested that location and helped us secure the site. As always, Maria Limarzi, our 2nd VP, did an outstanding job planning and organizing the event. Many thanks to Carol, Maria, and all who attended.
Be on the lookout for our membership renewal notice, which we plan to email on September 1 to all Guides and Affiliates. The regular renewal season runs from September 1 – November 30; a late fee will apply for renewals in December.
The Board of Directors is preparing for a strategic planning meeting in October. We will be discussing and establishing the Guild’s long-term goals. But we need your help in determining what those goals should be. With that in mind, we will be asking specific groups of members to complete online surveys – i.e., a survey for all guides (currently available online), a survey for only Guild Guides, etc. Responses will always be submitted anonymously and we will share the results with you once we analyze your cumulative responses. If you are asked to complete one of these surveys, please take the time to do it. Each survey will be found on our website and will only take a few minutes to complete. Together, we all can shape the future of the Guild and ensure the board is meeting your needs as a professional tour guide.

It’s time to look ahead to the Annual Meeting in January 2019 and we need your help. Mary Beth Lane is our Awards Committee Chair and she would like your nominations for (1) the best motorcoach operator, (2) the person or organization that provided valuable service in the tourism industry in Washington, DC, and (3) the certified guide whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the Guild. Contact Mary Beth Lanewith your nominations.

I hope you have checked the Calendar of Events on our website – our Education, Training, and CMG co-chairs have been hard at work arranging exciting events for us in the coming months. Don’t’ delay in registering or you may miss out!

Jackie Frend, President

Foreign Language Program Announcement

If you are providing tours in a language other than English and would like to be included in the Guild’s HG4DC job openings when a request is made for a foreign language speaker, you will first need to be tested by a language center approved by the Guild. Or, you can provide documentation of native status in your country of origin. For further information, contact the Guild’s foreign language program chair Else Patterson.If you have been asked to provide a foreign language Guild guide for an upcoming tour, please contact Guild Administrator Tammy Belden.


CMG Events on Sept. 6 and Sept 13

Event: CMG Hard Hat Tour of Law Enforcement Museum
Date:Thursday, September 6
Time:2 - 4 pm
Place: 444 E Street NW
Certified Master Guides and CMG candidates can join us for a behind-the-scenes sneak preview of the new National Law Enforcement Museum. Register online. For further information contact: Shannon Mikush.

Event: CMG Tour of the Baseball Americana Exhibit
Date:Thursday, September 13
Time:10 am
Place:Library of Congress Jefferson Building

A special tour of the Baseball Americana exhibit of the Library of Congress will be led by two of the Guild’s and the LOC’s All-Stars, Steve Kline and Bill Adams. Showcasing pieces of history that cannot be found anywhere else, Baseball Americana celebrates baseball as community and explores the game’s gritty roots, its changing traditions and the game today. Register online or contact Shannon Mikush.


Book Group on Sept. 17

Event: September Book Group Meeting
Date: Monday, September 17
Time: 11 am
Place:Tenley-Friendship DC Public Library
4450 Wisconsin Avenue

Washington Goes To War, by David Brinkley (1988), is the topic, and it is about how Washington, DC responded to World War II. The final book we will be reading and discussing in 2018 is 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, get to know your peers, have fun, improve skills, and earn participation points. As usual, we ask that if you intend to read the book and attend the meeting please register on the Guild website.Please direct any question you may have to co-chairs David Shaw, John Days, or Corky Rainey.


Guiding Tune Up on Sept. 20

Event:Guiding Tune Up
Date: Thursday, September 20
Time: 2 – 4 pm
Place:Conference Room at 1110 Vermont Avenue, NW.

This training event is a freebie and open to all Guild levels. It is a joint activity put on by your Training Committee and our Affiliate Representative, Karen Miller. We will review the 2018 Spring season, as we look forward to the Fall season. Tips to tune up your resume and presentation at the Guild’s October 23 Job Fair and Showcase will be demonstrated. Handouts will be available. Newer and seasoned guides welcome because we learn best from each other. Sign up online.

Bring an ID with you to be scanned and given access to the elevator down to the concourse level. Here the training team will meet you and take you in the conference room.Metro: McPherson Square or Farragut North.Parking: The building is just north of the intersection of L St and Vermont Ave., NW and south of Thomas Circle. Street metered parking available and there is Colonial parking in the building.For more information contact Training Committee co-chairsChristen EliasonorSandra Moore, orAffiliate RepresentativeKaren Miller.


Georgian Embassy Event on Sept. 20

Event:Welcome at Georgian Embassy
Date:Wednesday, September 20
Time: 5:30 pm
Place:Georgian Embassy, 2209 Massachusetts Ave. NW

This event serves as an introduction to an upcoming World Federation of Tourist Guides Assn Convention in Georgia in January, 2019.Ambassador David Bakradze and embassy staff will host guides and introduce them to Georgia.
Georgian wine and light refreshments will be served.RSVP by email: cc to Maricar Donatoby September 10.A voluntary collection of $2 pp may be collected for a thank you gift to embassy personnel.


Peace Trail on Sept. 21 and Guild Business Meeting on Sept. 24

Event: Peace Trail Walk on National Mall with Maribeth Oakes
Date: Friday, September 21
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Place: Corner of Constitution Ave and 23 St, NW
Join us to commemorate the International Day of Peace 2018 with Guild Master Guide Maribeth Oakes as she leads us on the Peace Trail on the National Mall. While many of our memorials commemorate war and veterans, we'll view them through the lens of peace, hope, and reconciliation. Guides will experience how to interpret America's commitment to a peaceful world to our tour guests. Register online.
The Peace Trail is a joint initiative of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the National Park Service, and The Guild Government Affairs Committee; Maribeth is one of the authors of the Peace Trail content. The International Day of Peace is recognized annually on September 21 by the United Nations. This year’s theme commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For more information about the International Day of Peace go to

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date:Monday, September 24
Time:9:30 am
Place: Capitol Visitor Center

James Reston Jr will talk about his book, A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial.Presenters from the Capitol VisitorCenter will talk about upcoming changes. Guild business will follow.


9/11 Flight 93 Memorial Site Visit, Shanksville, PA on Sept. 25

Event: 9/11 Flight 93 Memorial Site Visit and Tour, Shanksville, PA
Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 7:45 am - approximately 6 pm
Place: Depart from Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NWto go to Flight 93 National Memorial,Shanksville, PA

Join us for a day trip to the unforgettable Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA. Cost includes motor coach transportation and box lunch. On the drive perhaps we’ll see some early fall color in the Pennsylvania countryside. We'll arrive at Shanksville at approximately 11 am and will take time to explore the excellent Visitors Center exhibits. Follow this link to learn more about what is on display.
A short walk on Western Overlook trail takes us from the center to the memorial below. We will take a look at the newly dedicated Tower of Voices, a 93-foot tower supporting 40 wind chimes, each with a unique tone to symbolize the voices of those lost on Flight 93.
Registration is $50. Guild members have first priority, but guests may be allowed to sign up in early September if space remains. Watch for an announcement on Guild Guides/DC Guides. For more information, contact Pat Abler.

Engaging Your Students at Supreme Court Steps, Sept. 27

Event: Engaging Your Students at Supreme Court Steps
Date:Thursday, September 27
Time:11 am
Place:Tenley-Friendship Library 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW

The Supreme Court will be a nightly news feature this fall. Prepare for your student tours with Guild member Steve Kline.Steve will offer tips on how to engage our 8th grade tourists on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. He will discuss landmark Supreme Court cases relevant to students and their daily lives. Steve is an attorney and former professor of law and police science. He is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Steve is a Guild Certified Master Guide and is the owner of Barrister Tours, LLC.
Getting there: The Tenleytown – American University stop on the Metro Red Line is directly across the street from the library. Register for this event online. For further information contact
Christina Bauer.

Georgian Feast at Supra on Oct. 17
Event: Georgian Feast
Date: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Place:Supra Restaurant
1205 11th St NW
Come enjoy a sampling of classic Georgian dishes. This private dining event is limited to 22 people, and will provide an introduction to the ingredients used in Georgian cooking and an assortment of traditional dishes found at a Georgian supra (feast).
Price is $55 all inclusive. Drinks are not included, but guests are welcome to order Georgian wine, cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages separately. RSVP at this linkand also notify Maricar Donato at to Laura and Jonathan Nelms, owners of Supra, for their support and encouragement to many of us who want to taste this fascinating cuisine.

Arlington Cemetery Update and Guild Job Fair on Oct. 23

Event: Arlington National Cemetery Update
Date: Tuesday, October 23
Time: 9:30 am - noon
Place:Women in Military Service to America Memorial
There will be several speakers who will talk about plans for 2019, especially as they relate to tour guides. For further information about this event contact Jim Carr.

Event: Arlington Cemetery Update and Guild Job Fair
Date: Tuesday, October 23
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Place: Women in Military Service to America Memorial
The Job Fair event will follow the annual Arlington National Cemetery update in the morning.Guild members may want to have lunch in Rosslyn or Pentagon City Mall.
Corky Rainey, 1st VP
Karen Miller, Affiliate Representative

Event: CMG Trip to National Museum of the Civil War in Harrisburg, PA
Date:Tuesday, October 30
Time:7:00 am - 8 pm
Place: Pick up at Vienna and Shady Grove Metros

The CMG program is sponsoring a trip to the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, PA. Joseph Huston, architect of the building, said he designed a Palace of Art in which to conduct the affairs of government. The PA State Capitol building is surely one of the most beautiful among state capitol structures. Teddy Roosevelt dedicated the structure in 1906 and called it the “handsomest building I ever saw!”

We will have a brief walking tour around the Capitol neighborhood led by local Harrisburg guide, Sheldon Munn. The day also includes a VIP tour of the National Museum of the Civil War with educator Dane DiFebo. What makes this museum so interesting is that comparisons are made between Union and Confederate perspectives on various aspects of the conflict.A delicious lunch will be served at Sammy’s authentic Italian restaurant, a notable place in Harrisburg.

During our trip to and from Harrisburg we will learn facts about various state capitols from reports given by CMGs along the way. This allows participants to compare the workings of government in different states.Register online.For further information contact Jim Carr.

News of Members

Congratulations are in order for Bart Smith who recently advanced to Guild Certified Guide. He has enrolled in the Certified Master Guide program.

New member Fiona Clem is a long-time resident of Adams Morgan, with a passion for DC history, urban planning, and nature. Fiona recently wrote a book about Meridian Hill Park, published in May 2017, and gives talks and tours about the park. Fiona, also, runs the blog DCMemorialist, and works with Atlas Obscura Society of DC as an event planner.

USA Guided Tours Washington, DC is a new Affiliate. In operation since 2014, the company has a branch in New York and is expanding to Miami, FL. As described on their website,, the company offers “fully guided Washington, DC bus tours, conducted by the best local tour guides and with luxury, climate-controlled tour buses.”

Contact Information

Jackie Frend (President)

Corky Rainey(1st V. P.)

Maria Limarzi(2nd Vice President)

Bill Adams (Treasurer)

Mary Thorne(Secretary)

Kren Miller(Affiliate Rep )

John Days(Guild Guide Rep)

Bill Adams(Administration & Ethics)

Christen Eliason(Training)

Sandra Moore (Training)

Russ Norfleet (Communications)

Jamie Johnson(Membership)

Barbara Longnecker(Membership)

Shannon Mikush (Certified Master Guide)

Jim Carr (Certified Master Guide)

Ellen Malasky (Gov’t & Tourism)

Maribeth Oakes (Gov’t & Tourism)

Chris Bauer (Education)

Pat Abler(Education)

Tammy Belden(Past President)

Tammy Belden (Guild Administrator)

Shirley Timashev (Capital Guide Online)

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