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Capital Guide Online October 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue...October, 2018

  • A Message from the President
  • LiabilityInsurance for Tour Guides
  • Guild Business Meeting on October 9
  • Federal Reserve Building Tour on October 15.FILLED
  • CMG Presentation on Presidential Libraries on October 17
  • Georgian Feast on October 17
  • Tour of National Law Enforcement Museum on October 22
  • Annual Arlington Cemetery Update onOctober 23
  • Guild Job Fair and Showcase on October 23
  • WashingtonNational Cathedral Training Day #1 on October 24
  • CMG Trip to PA State Capitol on October 30
  • Washington NationalCathedral Training Day #2 on November 8
  • Guild Business Meeting onNovember 13
  • Motorcoach Workshop on November 14
  • Historic Congressional Cemetery Tour on November 15
  • CMG Planet Word Event on November 20
  • Mount Vernon Update on November 27
  • Guild Fall Trip on November 29 - December 1
  • CMG 111 Places in DC You Must Not Miss on December 12
  • Loudoun County Day Trip on December 14
  • Wreaths Across America on December 15
  • Welcome New Members
  • Contact Information

A Message from the President

Many thanks to all who attended the business meeting at the Capitol Visitor Center. We have our good friend Tom Fontana to thank for arranging updates by CVC staff. And we have Jim Carr to thank for engaging James Reston, Jr. to present his latest book,A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial.
Our Job Fair on October 23 is shaping up nicely. We expect about 25 Affiliates to attend along with about a dozen Friends. Check our website calendar for the list of Affiliates and Friends who are attending. The ANC Update is in the morning and you will need to register for the two events separately. Those who register for the Job Fair will receive via email a spreadsheet listing the Affiliates who will be in attendance, the type of tour guide they are looking for (i.e., step-on-guide; tour director; foreign language guide, etc), the type of tours they are looking to hire for (i.e., student, adult, foreign visitors, etc.), the cities they are hiring for, and the Guild certification (GG, GCG, CMG).
A great big thanks to our 170 members who completed our two online surveys! The results are being analyzed and will be shared following the strategic planning meeting of the board in October.
Jackie Frend,President

For the courtesy of our speakers and Guild members, please silence your cell phones during business meetings and all other Guild events.Thank you.

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 $78.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.


Guild Business Meeting on October 9

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, October 9
Time: 2:30 pm - 5 pm
Place: African American Civil War Museum
1925 Vermont Ave, NW

The African American Civil War Museum is located in the heart of the U Street Corridor, and conveniently close to the U Street Metro on the green and yellow lines. There will be a panel discussion on the riots of 1968 with Guild members John Days and Rohulamin Quander and Dr. Frank Smith, director of the museum.

After the meeting join fellow Guild members at a happy hour at Ben’s Next Door. For further information about the meeting contact Maria Limarzi.


Federal Reserve Tour on October 15

Event: Federal Reserve Building Tour
Date: Monday, October 15
Time: 10:15 am
Place: Federal Reserve Visitor Center
20th Street between C St and Constitution Ave, NW



CMG Event on Presidential Leadership on Oct 17

CMG Event: Presidential Leadership Traits and Presidential Libraries
Date: October 17
Time: 10 am
Place: Washington Workshops
2101 L St., NW, Room TBA

Discussion leader and presenter Laura Dambier will speak about how presidential libraries, homes and museums can help prepare current and future leaders to deal with tomorrow’s challenges. Damblier served as a 2016 Fellow at Harvard University”s Advanced Leadership Initiative. There will be some discussion of Doris Kearns Goodwin's new book, "Leadership: In Turbulent Times." For further information contact Jim Carr.


Georgian Feast at Supra on October 17

Event: Georgian Feast
Date: 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). This event is open to Guild members and guests on a space available basis. It will be a get together for many of those considering attending the 2019 WFTGA Convention in Georgia, however it is open to all Guild members who enjoy experiencing different cuisines.
Price is $55. 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.


Tour of National Law Enforcement Museum on Oct. 22

Event: Tour of National Law Enforcement Museum
Date: Monday, October 22
Time: 10 am
Place: 444 E St NW
Visit DC’s newest museum just days after it opens next month. The museum tells the story of American law enforcement through high-tech interactive exhibits, historical and contemporary artifact collections and educational programming. We’ll get a brief overview from museum staff and see the introductory movie. Then you will be able to explore this vast new museum on your own. Visit the Guild website for more information/ registration.Contact Pat Abler.


ANC Update, Job Fair and Showcase on October 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: Guild Job Fair and Showcase
Date: Tuesday, October 23
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Place: Women in Military Service to America Memorial

The Job Fair and Showcase is always cited by our members as one of the Guild’s most important events. This is a members-only event. Guides have the opportunity to interview with Affiliates and meet Friends. Hundreds of Guild members participate in this event annually. We hope you will take advantage of this member benefit by registering today.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


Washington National Cathedral Training Days

Event: Washington National Cathedral Training Days
Dates: Wednesday, October 24
Thursday, November 8
Thursday, January 10
Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Place: Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW

The Washington National Cathedral certification program for 2019 is open only to Guild members who have renewed for next year. There are three training dates, the last one being on January 10. Participants receive certification for doing tours of the cathedral after attending the annual update and passing the required testing. Certification is valuable because it gives flexibility in itinerary planning. For further information contact Mary Beth Lane.

CMG Trip to PA State Capitol on October 30

CMG Event: Trip to PA State Capitol and Harrisburg
Date: Tuesday, October 30
Time: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Place: Pick up at Vienna and Shady Grove Metro stops

The architecture of the U.S. Capitol inspired the design of many state capitols, yet others are unique. Tour guides in DC may want to compare and contrast the U.S. Capitol with the state capitol familiar to their groups. The 2018 CMG Research Project is designed to fill that purpose, providing fun and fellowship along the way.
The CMG program is sponsoring a trip to the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA, and a VIP tour has been arranged. There will also be a brief walking tour around the Capitol neighborhood led by local Harrisburg guide, Sheldon Munn. The day also includes a 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 and CMG candidates.
You may sign up online or send a check for $60 to Shannon Mikush, 10708 Freds Oak Court Burke, Virginia 22015. Please specify your first three choices of topics for your presentation on a state capitol.

Coming Events in November and December

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 9:30 am registration
Place: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW

The annual update meeting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is one of our best attended events each year. Wily Jones, Deputy Director for Museum Services, organizes staff presentations for us about what’s new and important. Also in attendance will be Theresa Belpulsi, Vice President, for Tourism, Sports and Visitor Services at Destination DC. Theresa will present newly released findings about DC tourism in 2017. For further information contact Maria Limarzi.

Event: Fall Motorcoach Training Workshop
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 9:30 am - 4 pm
Place: Meet at Union Station Food Court
Fee: $25 for materials

Open to all guide levels, this is the Guild’s semi-annual workshop to fine-tune your logistical skills while giving commentary in the ultimate classroom on wheels – the motorcoach. Practice maneuvering around Washington’s landmarks and lesser known spots with fellow guides rather than clients. This workshop is a requirement to moving from Guild Guide to Guild Certified Guide. After taking it once, some guides sign up annually because it is a good refresher course and has new routes to try.
For routes you want covered or for more information, contact your training committee co–chairs Sandra Moore, and Christen Eliason. Register and pay online.


Event: Historic Congressional Cemetery Tour
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 3 pm - 5 pm
Place: Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE

Please join us for our annual Armen Tashdinian Memorial Education Event. Fellow Guild members will provide small group tours of the historic cemetery followed by refreshments in the adjacent chapel.

CMG Event: Planet Word Briefing
Date: Tuesday, November 20
Time: 10 am
Place: TBA
There will be a briefing and informal discussion about a new museum in the historic Franklin School building dedicated “to inspire a love of words and language.” For further information check the Guild website or contact Jim Carr.

Event: Mount Vernon Update
Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 9 am registration and refreshments
Place: Mount Vernon

Save the date! Details to follow.

Event: Guild Fall Trip to Pittsburgh, PA
Date: November 29 - December 1
Time: TBA
Place: Pittsburgh and Fallingwater
Price: TBA along with itinerary details
Save the date!
Pittsburgh was recently ranked the second-best livable U.S. city (behind Honolulu)! Tour participants will explore the city’s historical, ethnic and industrial past and its modern reincarnation. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater will be visited along the way. For further information check the Guild website or contact Christen Eliason.

CMG Event: “111 Places in DC You Must Not Miss”
Date: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 10 am
Place: TBA

The topic will be a new book, “111 Places in Washington, DC, You Must Not Miss.” For further information check the Guild online calendar or contact Jim Carr.

Event: Loudoun County Day Trip
Date: Friday, December 14
Time: TBA
Place: TBA
Price: TBA along with itinerary details
Save the date!Guild members who get on-board for this motorcoach day trip will only touch on the richness of history, countryside and tastes of nearby Loudoun County. Yet, what better way to learn about Loudoun and spend some time with fellow guides; and yes, we will be in Wine Country.This training event is open to all levels of guides. In particular, foreign language guides are sought; Loudoun has visitors from all over the globe!
For further information check the Guild website or contact Christen Eliason.

Event:Wreaths Across America
Date:Saturday, December 15
Time: 7 am
Place: Arlington National Cemetery

Join fellow guides in this service project to help direct the thousands of volunteers who participate in this annual event of placing green wreaths at gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.Register online.For further information contact Clara Sachs.


Welcome New Members!

Scott Oer attended ITMI in the fall of 2017 and was working in the spring of this year doing student tours for Gerber Tours and WorldStrides. Before that he taught English in South Korea, Taiwan and Myanmar for 11 years and has traveled to many countries around the world as an independent budget traveler. He lives down in Norfolk VA, but was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He looks forward to growing with the Guild!

Lia Summers is currently a Course Leader with WorldStrides. She also owns Lia Summers Pedicabs.She does some private tours with Maxim Tours, DC Nation and DC Cycling Concierge.She is a Virginia native and a 20 year resident of Washington, DC. She has an insatiable curiosity about history and how our world works. She is also a fan of trivia and architecture.

Barbara Western attended ITMI in 2008 and has been working as a tour director/tour guide for the past 10 years. She works for World Strides, EF Explore America, Grand Classroom and Brightspark. She also does adult tours with Globus and Cosmos. She is looking forward to lots of local guiding, and volunteer work in the DC area, as she has recently moved back to the DC area after an extended absence. She is very interested in the arts, including theater, film, music, and visual arts. She enjoys various activities including biking, yoga, and hiking. She looks forward to many years of wonderful experiences with colleagues in the Guild.Barbara Longnecker, Membership co-chair

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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