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Capital Guide Online Special Edition December 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this special issue...December 15, 2018

  • A Message from the 1st Vice President
  • Used Book Sale

  • Annual Business Meeting and Education Seminar on January 8

  • Annual Achievement Awards

  • Guild Contact Information

A Message from the 1st Vice President

At our last business meeting I was happy to announce the winners of our annual Guild awards program, chaired this year by Mary Beth Lane. A description of each of the winners is listed below. Mary Beth reported that her committee had a good number of quality nomination packages to consider, which is a tribute to Guild members who took the time to write up and submit nominations.

Remember that besides our Business Meeting/ Awards Presentations in the morning of January 8, our Education Seminar will be in the afternoon. These are two separate events, and you must register for each on-line on the Guild website. Only a few spots are left for the morning event. Registration is still open for the Education Seminar. Regretfully, no ‘walk-ins’ will be allowed. Hope to see you there!

Corky Rainey, 1st Vice President



Used Book Sale

There are three drop-off points for those who would like to donate guiding related books to the Guild fundraiser on January 8.Jamie Johnson is accepting books at her home in University Park, MD. Pat Abler has volunteered to accept them in Burke, VA. Maribeth Oakes has also volunteered to accept books at her home in Takoma Park, MD.

Please coordinate with us individually to make those drops. We are also accepting same day donations.Anyone willing to help out at a table on January 8 will be appreciated. Email Jamie Johnson.


Annual Meeting 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!There will be a breakfast buffet at 9 am, and vouchers will be provided for lunch. The Used Book Sale will take place during Registration/ Networking and before the beginning of the Education Seminar. Meeting plans include highlights of 2018 and plans for 2019.
Please Note: Registration for Annual Meeting (free admission) is on a space-available basis.To check on availability click here. For further information contact Maria Limarzi.


Education Seminar on January 8

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 on women's suffrage. Speakers will discuss local sites, people, events, and details that guides can use in their commentaries.

Confirmed speakers:
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,” was published this month.

Rebecca Boggs Robertshas been many things — 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. It 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 afternoon Education Seminar, you must register and pay for the event online.Click here. For further informationontact Christina Bauer.


2018 Motor Coach Operator Award

Criteria: A coach operator (local or regional) who has best contributed to the team spirit of guiding and to the care and comfort of passengers, including the condition of the coach.

Honoree: Cornelius "Bo" Lane from Agape Travels and Tours. Guild guide Aaron Killian put forth the nomination of Bo Lane with a statement that said in part, “Look next to the descriptor ‘Old Pro’ in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Bo Lane. He has an expert knowledge of DC, is a pleasure to work with, has great team spirit and good humor … on one of my first tours I didn’t know my way around confidently, but having confided in my Guild mentor that I wasn’t quite sure of myself, he asked [the driver’s] name. When he found out that it was Bo Lane, his response was ‘Bo? He’s the best. Just ask his advice and you’ll be all set.’ He was right!”

For his “consistently outstanding” performance and ability to anticipate a tour group’s needs, Bo Lane receives the 2018 Motor Coach Operator Award.


2018 Tourism Industry Contribution Award

Criteria: An individual or organization, not necessarily a Guild member, that has provided particularly valuable and distinguished service to the Guild, the guiding profession, or tourism in the Washington area.

Honorees: Ann-Louise Colgan and United States Institute of Peace. The nomination from Maribeth Oakes states “with the USIP and the stewardship of Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education, our organizations produced the walking tour entitled “The Peace Trail on the Mall.” The creation of the Peace Trail project included years of research, months of editing, and seemingly endless hours of production and design of the Peace Trail brochure, a web page, and a mobile app. The Peace Trail not only enhances an individual’s tour experience, it also boosts the visibility and professional image of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC. All of these resources are available to Guild members.

For enthusiastic contributions to the Guild, guiding, and tourism, the United States Institute of Peace receives the 2018 Industry Contribution Award.


2018 Jill Blakeman Award

Criteria: A Guild Certified Guide Member, excluding current Guild president and immediate past president, whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the Guild, who has made an original and significant contribution to the operations of the Guild and who has advanced the guiding profession in some other significant way.

Honoree: James Carr. Submitted by past president, Tammy Belden, the nomination began….”Mr. Carr is eminently qualified for this high award based not only for his outstanding and lengthy service to the Guild but his extraordinary guiding skills. Since becoming a member of the Guild in 2001, he has achieved the status of Guild Certified Master Guide. He is a recipient of the Guild Service Award, and has served several years on the Guild Board of Directors as co-chair of the Certified Master Guide Program. Jim works constantly to find and share information valuable to guides and to research and offer programs to advance our knowledge and skills. He works tirelessly to mentor and assist new guides. He is always available to help with Guild efforts both externally and internally."

“As a guide, Jim is without parallel. His knowledge and expertise in dealing with groups has been chronicled many times by his clients. With his military background, he is a particular favorite of veterans’ groups, but all his groups of which I am familiar give him their very highest marks.”

For his contributions to advancing the guiding profession, James Carr receives the 2018 Jill Blakeman Award.


2018 Ginny Moser Award

Criteria: An individual who accumulates the highest number of Participation Points to advance from Guild Guide to Certified Guild Guide during the first twelve months of Guild membership.

Honoree: Michael Burns. Mike is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has focused his study interests on American history from the colonial period through the Progressive era. He is a member of Toastmasters International and trained to be a guide with Washingtours and Events.
First runner-up is Meghan Hanson. Second runner-up is Rosanna Minchew.

Congratulations to all!
Mary Beth Lane, Chair, Awards Committee

Contact Information

Jackie Frend (President)

Corky Rainey (1st V.P.)
Maria Limarzi (2nd V. P.)
W. Bart Smith (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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