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Capital Guide Online December 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue... December, 2018

  • Vice President’s Message
  • New Tax Laws and Tour Guides on December 5
  • CMG Book Talk on December 12
  • Congressional Cemetery Tour on December 13
  • Wreaths Across America on December 15
  • Annual Meeting and Education Seminar on January 8
  • Washington National Cathedral Training on January 10
  • CMG program on Old Executive Office Building on January 11
  • Welcome New Members
  • Grow Your Knowledge!
  • Contact List

1st Vice President's Message

I’m writing this month in place of Jackie Frend, our president, who is on a well deserved vacation this month, traveling with her husband to Africa and France. She will be back for the holidays in December and of course will be here for the upcoming Annual Meeting/Awards ceremony on January 8, 2019.

Speaking of that date, remember that besides our business meeting/ awards presentations in the morning, the Education Seminar will be in the afternoon. These are two separate events, and you must register for each on-line on the Guild website. This year, it is essential that you pre-register in particular for the business meeting, since our contract provides for both a breakfast and lunch to attendees. No ‘walk-ins’ will be allowed at this meeting.

Our education, training, and CMG committees have been exceptionally busy this fall in planning numerous activities for Guild members. There are 11 events scheduled before our Annual Meeting in January! More are planned in the winter months, so check the Guild calendar periodically for details on planned events.

Finally, at the November business meeting, we were brought up to speed on the ticketing procedures for the 2019 spring season at the Holocaust Museum. Wiley Jones, in responding to questions said he always wants to help out Guild guides in special situations while visiting the museum, but please, ‘no surprises.’ Theresa Belpulsi of Destination DC provided the annual update on DC tourism, showing that the trend lines continue to be good, both in the number of visitors and in money spent by tourists.

Take care this holiday season, be safe and stay warm!
Corky Rainey, 1st VP


Tax Law Program on December 5

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 Ave NW
Join William (Bill) J. Caldwell, CPA, of Caldwell & Companies, Certified Public Accountants,for an engaging presentation on all tax matters. 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, Chief Operating Officer 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 are sought-after speakers fornational tourism associations and organizations. Visit them on the web at
Pat Abler, Education co-chair


"111 Places in DC You Must Not Miss" on December 12

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,” which was recently featured in the Washington Post Sunday magazine. The West End Library has been integrated into a new apartment building in an innovative way. For further information check the Guild online calendar or contact Jim Carr.


Special Events on December 13 and 15

Event: Historic Congressional Cemetery Tour
Date: Thursday, December 13
Time: 12 pm
Place: Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street, SE

The tour of Congressional Cemetery, made possible by a bequest from Armen Tashdinian, was originally planned for November and has been rescheduled for this date. This free education event will be led by Guild members with particular expertise, Tim Krett and Tony Spadafora, and is open to all members. Guides can expect to gain a deeper appreciation for the first national cemetery and its place in the story of the federal city. A small reception will follow in the chapel for those wishing to offer their memories of Armen and the two other Guild members who are buried here, Ilona Gyorffy and John Pontius.

Congressional Cemetery is located between Stadium Armory and Potomac Avenue Metro stations on the Blue/ Orange/ Silver lines. The cemetery is about 0.4 miles walking distance from both. We will meet at the chapel by the gatehouse at Potomac Avenue and 18th Street, S.E.

The cemetery website has a plethora of resources, including brochures for themed self-guided tours. Click here.For further information contact Jamie Johnson.

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 Business Meeting and Education Seminar on January 8

Event: Annual Business Meeting
Date:Tuesday, January 8
Time:9 am - noon
Place: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., 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 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 at 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 Ave., NW
Polaris Room, Concourse Level
Note: Maximum capacity is 135

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.

Please Note: If you plan on attending the morning Annual Meeting (free admission) you must register for it separately at
For questions contact: Christina Bauer.


Washington National Cathedral Training on January 10

Event: Washington National Cathedral Training Day
Date: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,

CMG Program About Eisenhower Office Building on January 11

Event: CMG Program About Eisenhower Office Building
Date:Friday, January 11
Time:10 am
Place: National Building Museum, 3rd floor
Commission of Fine Arts Conference Room
Judiciary Square, NW
Join us for a fascinating discussion about the history of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, formerly known as the Old Executive Office Building, and before that, the Department of State, War, and Navy. Today it houses the main office of the Vice President, the National Security Council, and the White House Personnel Office. There will be a presentation by Tom Luebke, Secretaryof the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, and author of “Palace of State, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.” CMGs and CMG candidates may register online. For further information contact Jim Carr.

Welcome New Guide Members

Yolanda Anderson – Yolanda is a Registered Nurse and healthcare administrator. She recently completed Kelvin Carter's tour guide training program with Blue Husky Travel and Tours.

Kimberly Chaulk – Kim began her career as a tour director/guide this year with World Strides and EF Explore America. She was previously a history teacher.

Benjamin Fabre – Benjamin is a French citizen, who prior to moving to DC, developed tours in Paris. He has worked and lived in Syria, Jordan, Qatar, Cameroon, France and the UK.

Ella Schiralli – Ella has worked as a government contractor in marketing/ business development. She was on the board of directors for Women In Military Service for America from 2002 to 2016. She trained to be a tour guide with Maricar Donato.

Christopher Williams – Christopher currently works for USA Guided Tours and has his own company, Perfect Private Tours. Prior to guiding he was a driver for On Board tours.
Barbara Longnecker and Jamie Johnson,Education Co-chairs

New Guild Certified Guides
In order to advance from the entry level, Guild guide, to the next professional level, Guild Certified Guide, guides must attend prescribed business, education and training events sponsored by the Guild. In addition, they must satisfy Continuing Education Unit requirements, obtain letters of recommendation from tour companies about their character and fitness as a professional tour guide and pass written and oral examinations of their knowledge of DC tour sites and history.

While advancement to Guild Certified Guide is encouraged by the Guild, only a few achieve this distinction as guides. It is therefore noteworthy when the Guild Board confirms the advancement of any Guild guide to Guild Certified Guide. In November, 2019 the Board confirmed the advancement of the following to Guild Certified Guides:

Laura Moore — licensed in 2010. Contact through Guide Service of Washington.
Carol Yannarella — licensed in 2016. Specialties include Christian tours and trips to Italy.


Welcome New Affiliate and Friends

Fiat Luxe Tours — Affiliate
Fiat Luxe Tours is dedicated to providing a one-of-a-kind experience for every guest. Their name, which comes from the Latin phrase, “Let there be light,” describes their desire to illuminate for everyone all this city has to offer.They offer bus tours, destination management, educational tours, event management, family, foreign language, historical, monument and memorial, senior, student and school-based tours, and walking tours.

At the crossroads of art, science and technology, ARTECHOUSE brings a 21st century art experience to the nation's capital. Opened in June 2017, it is a first-of-its-kind innovative art space dedicated to showcasing experiential and immersive large scale installations by artists who are forerunners of the new age in arts and technology.This multipurpose art space invites participants of all ages to immerse themselves into the world of digital art while exploring multi-sensory installations, as well as new cultural and artistic experiences using the latest technology.

Ben’s Next Door — Friend
On August 22, 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl opened for business. From the tumult of the late 60’s race riots to the tough times in the 70’s and 80’s and finally to the revitalization of the U Street Corridor beginning in the 90’s, Ben’s has seen it all. Today Ben’s has expanded to five locations, to include ‘Ben’s Next Door,’ a full service restaurant and bar right next door to the original Ben’s Chili Bowl. Groups are welcome with advance notification.

Smithsonian Enterprises — Friend
Smithsonian Enterprises (SE) is a nonprofit division of the Smithsonian Institution. SE was established to generate income that is transferred to the Smithsonian endowment as unrestricted funds to supplement federal funds for programmatic activities throughout the Institution.
SE is involved in a variety of activities including retail stores, a mail order catalogue, product development and licensing, magazine publishing, an educational travel program, theaters, restaurant and other concessions, business partnerships for book publishing and the Smithsonian TV Channel. All SE employees are nonfederal employees.

Grow Your Knowledge!

There are many opportunities for guides to grow their knowledge about DC sites, historic events, and the workings of the federal government. This background is useful when answering tourists’ questions, providing context, filling time on a slow motor coach ride, and making connections between people and places in your commentary. Check out websites of the following organizations, attend their events, and take your guiding to a new level! Please note: these programs are for your edification – we are not offering Guild education points for attendance at these events. However, participants in the Certified Master Guide program need 100 non Guild-related points to complete Step 1 and move on to Step 2.

Park Ranger Speaker Series at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
The U.S. Department of the Interior Library regularly presents programs on the background and history of sites of interest in the Washington, DC region, as well as subjects highlighting the history of the United States. The 45-minute talks, presented by National Park Service Rangers, are held in the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building on C St., NW. They are at 1 pm on weekdays, are free, and are open to the public. You can bring a bag lunch or carry in food from the excellent DOI cafeteria adjacent to the meeting room. For upcoming opportunities and to register for an activity click here. To get on the DOI Events e-mail list for information about upcoming programs, send an e-mail to the Library Director, George Franchois. He will then add your address to the mailing list. Please identify yourself as a Guild member.

National Archives
Public programs at the National Archives include book talks, workshops, family activities, seminars, and symposia, most of which are free. Check the current events calendaror subscribe to the mailing list.

National Park Service (NPS)
Check out the NPS website for a huge variety of tours, commemorations, and special events. Search for a particular date, or scroll down to view a chronological list.

Chris Bauer and Pat Abler,Education Co-chairs

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)