News & Press: Capital Guide Online

Capital Guide Online November 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue... November, 2018

  • A Message from the President
  • Guild Liability Insurance and Membership Renewal Notice
  • Washington National Cathedral Training Day #2 on November 8
  • Guild Business Meeting on November 13
  • Fall Motorcoach Workshop Training Event on November 14
  • Historic Congressional Cemetery Tour on November 15
  • CMG Planet Word Briefing on November 20
  • Mount Vernon Update on November 27
  • Book Group on November 28
  • Guild Fall Trip to Pittsburgh, PA on November 29 - Dec. 1
  • Tax Laws and Tour Guides on December 5
  • CMG 111 Places in DC You Must Not Miss on December 12
  • Loudon County Day Trip on December 14
  • Wreaths Across American on December 15
  • Annual Meeting and Education Seminar on January 8
  • Welcome New Members
  • Contact Information

A Message from the President

The Job Fair and Arlington National Cemetery Update turned out to be a huge one-day event, but the Board was ready for the challenge. We owe a great deal of thanks to Corky Rainey, 1st Vice President, who coordinated the Job Fair, and Jim Carr, Co-Chair, CMG Program Committee and ANC Liaison, who handled the ANC Update. And I cannot thank enough our many volunteers who make all our events possible.

I would also like to thank all our members who registered to attend. Your registration allowed us to plan ahead so we had the right number of volunteers ready to take care of your needs and ensure a smooth flow throughout the day. We still have a few outliers who refuse to register for events, unfortunately. I cannot stress enough the importance of registering online for events.

We were delighted at the number of Affiliates who participated in the Job Fair, 32 in total. For all those who left resumes for Affiliates who were unable to attend but wanted a table at the event, rest assured – your resumes have been sent to those Affiliates.

I mentioned on several occasions that the Board was conducting a strategic planning meeting in October. Well, life got in the way and we had to postpone that meeting until January when things settle down.

Speaking of January, have you registered for our Annual Meeting and the Education Seminar scheduled for January 8? If not, you need to know that space is limited! Our host, the International Trade Center Management, is providing complimentary breakfast and complimentary lunch as part of our contract for those who register for the Annual Meeting. Because we are under contract, we cannot exceed the space capacity of 135. There will be no walk-ups allowed. You must register online separately to attend each event -– no exceptions.

Corky Rainey, 1st Vice President, will be serving as Acting President from November 6 through December 6 as I take a much-needed vacation. Safe travels to everyone during the Thanksgiving holidays.
Jackie Frend, President

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 is available via the Calendar of Events on the Guild website. 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.

Guide Membership Renewal
If you have not already renewed your membership in the Guild, you will save money if you do so before November 30.Rates go up December 1.Renewing online is easy.Just sign in to the Guild website and go to My Profile.If you have questions contact Tammy Belden.

Washington National Cathedral Training on November 8

Event: Washington National Cathedral Training Days
Date: Thursday, November 8 and 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 2019. 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.


Business Meeting on November 13

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.


Motorcoach Workshop Training on November 14

Event: Fall Motorcoach Workshop Training
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 9:30 am - 4 pm
Place: Meet at Union Station Food Court
Fee: $25 for materials
The ultimate classroom on wheels – the motorcoach. Even when stuck in traffic it can be a tool, but to truly master the tiger, practice with your fellow guides! The event is open to all guide levels, but is especially important for guides wishing to move up from Guild Guide to Guild Certified Guide. Practice maneuvering Washington’s landmarks and lesser known spots without the clients present. After taking it once, some guides sign up annually because it is a good refresher course and has new routes to try.
For more information, contact your training committee co–chairs Sandra Mooreand Christen Eliason. Register and pay online.

Special Events

Event: Historic Congressional Cemetery Tour
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 3 pm - 5 pm
Place: Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE
There are three Guild members interred at Congressional Cemetery:Ilona Gyorffy, John Pontius, and Armen Tashdinian.Our annual Armen Tashdinian Memorial Education Event, funded by a bequest from Armen Tashdinian, will be a tour this year of Congressional Cemetery. Fellow Guild members will provide small group tours of the historic cemetery, followed by refreshments in the adjacent chapel.There will be no charge for this event, but online registration is required for planning purposes.For further information contact Jamie Johnson.

CMG Event: Planet Word Briefing
Date: Tuesday, November 20
Time: 10 am
Place: West End Public Library, Large Conference Room
2301 L Street NW
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.

Mount Vernon Update on November 27

Event: Mount Vernon Annual Update
Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 9 am registration and breakfast refreshments
Place: Mount Vernon, Smith Auditorium
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy
Learn what’s new at Mount Vernon and enjoy some of its holiday spirit. The program will begin at 9:30 am and will include presentations about guest experience, visitor engagement, archaeology, historic preservation, and collections. Afterwards Guild members may visit the grounds. For further information contact Pat Abler.


Book Group on November 28

Event: Book Group Discussion
Date: November 28
Time: 11 am
Place: Tenley-Friendship branch of DC Public Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW

The Guild Book Group is reading a New York Timesbestseller for November. It isAmerica's First Daughter: A Novel by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. According to a review, the book tells “the story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph — a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.”

“It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that 15-year-old Patsy learns about her father's troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age… As scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.”

Join the meeting at no cost and earn one CEU. All members of the Guild are invited to read the book and attend, but please register your intent on the website. For further information contact John Days.

Guild Fall Trip to Pittsburg on November 29 - December 1

Event: Guild Fall Trip to Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Thursday, November 29 - Saturday, December 1
Time: Departure TBA
Place: Pittsburgh and Fallingwater
We will leave the Navy Memorial and head north stopping at an interstate rest stop where we all have a choice of a quick lunch. From there on we finish the trip to "Pittsburgh, Steel City to Smart City."Our touring will feature an overview of Pittsburgh with emphasis on its neighborhoods and industrial past. It will include a visit to the Senator John Heinz History Center, a ride to the top of Mount Washington on the Duquesne Incline, the Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning; a tour of the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and a choice between the Andy Warhol Museum or a tour of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball PNC Park.

One dinner is included and will be at Church Brew Works with a brewery tour. The other dinner is on your own at Market Square. We’ll also do the Burgh Bits & Bites Food Tour through the Strip District for lunch on Friday. On Saturday we'lll visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater and smaller, treasured Kentucky Knob. In between we’ll visit the tiny town of Ohiopyle for an included lunch. From there we’ll depart with new over-the-road skills and lots of information, plus the pleasure of being together as tourists!
Package includes:
* Roundtrip motorcoach transportation
* Hotel accommodations for 2 nights at the Hampton Inn University Center
* Guide service for the Pittsburgh overview city tour
* Admissions and tour fees
* 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
* Taxes and gratuities
Double Occupancy - $450
Single Occupancy - $575
For those rooming together, once you sign up as individuals please send a separate email about your roommate choice to Christen Eliason.Meal menus will be provided later with a more detailed itinerary.
Remember that seating on the coach is determined by date of registration.
Registration is first restricted to Guild members, but will later be opened up to family and friends pending availability.
No refunds after November 20 unless a replacement is found by the person who is canceling.
Register and pay for your trip on-line, but if you wish to pay by check contact for instructions.

December Events

Event: New Tax Laws and Tour Guides: How to Navigate Your Tax Return
Date: Wednesday, December 5
Time: 1 pm
Place: Tenley-Friendship DC Public Library 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Limit: 50
Join William (Bill) J. Caldwell, CPA, of Caldwell & Companies, Certified Public Accountants,for an engaging presentation on all matter tax. Bill takes the complex subject of tax laws and makes it fun!
As a tour guide you may have questions about how the new tax laws may affect you as an independent contractor or an employee of a company.During the presentation you’ll explore if it’s time to form an LLC or S Corp— and learn the difference between them. You’ll learn abouttax savings specific to the tourism industry and how to maximize your own personal bottom line.
The presentation is facilitated by Lisa S. Curtin, COO of Caldwell & Companies. Lisa has more than 20 years of experience as a tour operator and her knowledge of the industry combined with Bill Caldwell’s knowledge of the tax code, make them a winning combination. Caldwell & Companies, Certified Public Accountants, uniquely serves the tourism industry. Bill and Lisa have been featured at NFTGA, ITMI and the Student Youth Travel Association and are sought after speakers fortourism associations and organizations. Visit them on the web at For further information contactPat Abler, Education co-chair

CMG Event: “111 Places in DC You Must Not Miss”
Date: Wednesday, December 12
Time: 10 am
Place: West End Public Library, Large Conference Room
2301 L Street NW

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 Training Event
Date: Friday, December 14
Time: TBA
Place: TBA
Price: TBA along with itinerary details
Save the date! We will pack as much of Loudoun County as we can into a day – historic homes, wineries, art, horses, countryside, holiday lights and cider! This training event is open to all levels of guides. In particular, foreign language guides are sought because Loudoun has visitors from all over the globe.For further information check the Guild website or contact Christen Eliason or Sandra Moore.

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 gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery.Register online.For further information check the Guild calendar or contact Clara Sachs.

Annual Meeting and Education Seminar on January 8

Event: Annual Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 8
Time:9:30 am - noon
Place: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Polaris Room, Concourse Level
Note: Maximum capacity is 135
Please join us for the Guild's big day: the Annual Business Meeting, Awards Ceremony, and Education Seminar.The used book sale of selections from fellow guides will take place during registration/ networking and before the beginning of the Education Seminar.

Please Note: If you plan on attending the afternoon Education Seminar you must register separately and pay for the event.There is no charge for the morning program but prior registration online is required and only available until capacity is reached.To register for the Annual Meeting go to the Guild website or click here. For further information contact Maria Limarzi.

Event: Annual Education Seminar
Date: Tuesday, January 8
Time: 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Place:Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Polaris Room, Concourse Level
Note: Maximum capacity is 135 and the fee is $25

The theme of the afternoon will be the momentous year of 1919 and the events leading up to it, focused on the Great War and Women's Suffrage. Speakers will discuss local sites, people, events, and details that guides can use in their commentaries.Confirmed speakers are as follows:
Garrett Peck is an author, historian and tour guide in the nation's capital. He leads tours through The Smithsonian Associates, and his Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV and the History Channel program "Ten Things You Didn't Know About" with punk rock legend Henry Rollins. He is featured in an upcoming two-hour documentary about Prohibition by the Smithsonian Channel. His seventh book, The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath, will be published in fall 2018.

Rebecca Boggs Roberts has been many things including, but not limited to, journalist, producer, tour guide, forensic anthropologist, event planner, political consultant, jazz singer, and radio talk show host. Currently, she is a program coordinator for Smithsonian Associates, where she has made it a personal mission to highlight the history of our capital city. Her current book, Suffragists in Washington, DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote tells the story of the Great Suffrage Parade, the first civil rights march to use the nation's capital as a backdrop, and documents the other tactics, utilized by Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party, that finally resulted in women earning the vote with ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

Please Note: If you plan on attending the morning Annual Meeting (free admission) you must register for it separately.Register for the Education Seminar by going to the Guild website or simply click here.For further information contact: Christina Bauer.

Welcome New Members

New Guides

Harriet Allen – Harriet recently retired from the Environmental Protection Agency. She trained with Blue Husky Travel and Tours on becoming a tour guide.

Jeffrey Allen – Jeff worked for 20 years as an HR manager and civil office manager in the Circuit Court Clerk's office in Prince George’s County; before that he served in the military.

Tiffanie Anderson – Tiffanie has 20 years of teaching experience. She recently trained on becoming a tour guide with Blue Husky Travel and Tours.

Danielle Brandts – Danielle graduated from ITMI in 2017 and currently lives in Minnesota. She worked for several years for the Council on International Educational Exchange and currently does student tours here in Washington, DC.

Stephanie Davidson – Stephanie worked for 30 years in technology sales in Washington, DC and is now starting a 2nd career.

William "Bill" Holland – Bill was a threat assessment manager for Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority until 2013 and is currently a managing partner for Windmill Books, a publishing house in DC.

Molly Loesel – Molly is currently an admissions recruiter at Divine Mercy University in Arlington, VA. As a student she led a group of students from Kansas in 2010 for a March on Washington.

Peggy Lottman – Peggy is a volunteer at the Smithsonian Call Center, at the Air & Space Museum, and at the Museum of American History. Tour guiding is an expansion of her interest in helping people learn about Washington, DC.
Scott Porter – Scott worked as vice president of field marketing and government relations at Northrop Grumman. He recently took an adult education course in Fairfax County on becoming a tour guide.
Barbara Longneckerand Jamie Johnson,Membership co-chairs

New Corporate Members

Abe’s Transportation (866)518-0333. New Affiliate
Abe’s provides bus, sedan, and limousine services to a wide array of clients, including those in the government sector, the private sector, hotels, and universities. Now one of the largest group transportation companies in the area, some of their specialities are monument tours in the District and winery tours in Virginia.

GRK Fresh Greek (202) 506-4595. New Friend.
GRK is a ‘fast casual’ Greek restaurant, located directly across from Ford’s Theater, offering a fast meal alternative for groups visiting Washington, DC.

Corky Rainey, 1st Vice President