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Capital Guide Online January 2019

Friday, December 28, 2018  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue...January, 2019

  • A Message from the President
  • Used Book Sale
  • Annual Meeting and Education Seminar on January 8
  • Guild Social on January 8
  • Washington National Cathedral Training on January 10
  • CMG program on Old Executive Office Building on January 11
  • New Guild Member Reception on January 12
  • Museum of American History Event on January 25
  • Ford’s Theatre Update on February 4
  • Spring Motorcoach Workshop on February 11
  • Guild Business Meeting on February 12
  • Mount Vernon Cellar Tour on February 19
  • Congratulations to New Members and New Guild Certified Guides
  • 2019 Contact List

A Message from the President

Happy New Year! I’m looking back on 2018 and wondering where it went. As an organization we were very busy with education and training events, CMG programs, business meetings, and on top of that, we had all those tours with thousands of students, teachers, parents, and other adults. How many stand out in your memory? As you know, there’s a whole new batch on the way in 2019!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to express our sincere thanks for all the support we received from our members in 2018. We heard from so many of you over the year, thanking us for our efforts to offer events and programs to enhance your knowledge and skills as a DC tour guide.  Your appreciation makes our work so much more rewarding and encourages us to work even harder. The Board is proud of all we accomplished this past year and we are excited about our plans for 2019.

The Guild’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Bart Smith is our new Treasurer.  Bart is a Guild Certified Master Guide candidate and holds a Master's degree in social science statistics with additional work in finance. He spent 20 years in the Army, serving primarily in healthcare financial management positions. After his last assignment at the Pentagon, he remained in the Washington area as a healthcare finance policy analyst.  Bart has also served as a board member of a federal credit union, the financial manager of a consulting firm, treasurer for a number of civic organizations and was also president of the Washington Area Healthcare Financial Management Association.  Bart will serve as Treasurer on the Guild’s Board of Directors through the end of this current Board’s term (January 2020).

Bill Adams served as Acting Treasurer in 2018; he served two consecutive terms on the Board as Treasurer (2014 - 15 and 2016 - 17) and was precluded from serving a third term due to a provision in the Guild’s bylaws stating officers can only serve two consecutive terms in the same position. We are indebted to Bill for his willingness to continue in the role until a qualified replacement could be found. Bill remains on the Board as Chair of the Administration and Professional Conduct Committee.

Hats off to Else Patterson who served as the Guild's Foreign Language Guide Liaison for the past several years. Else did a great job in that role and she even found her replacement -- Zee Mostofi who will now serve in that role. Zee just finished serving 2 years as our Registrar Chair and has graciously volunteered to serve as the Foreign Language Guide Liaison. Bart Smith quickly volunteered to take over Zee's position as Registrar Chair. But, then Bart realized we needed a Treasurer and volunteered for that position. Then Debra Wiley, a new Guild Certified Guide, volunteered to take on the role of Registrar Chair. And, Tony Spadafora volunteered to summarize Business Meetings. How lucky are we to have such dedicated members stepping up immediately when asked? Thank you Else, Zee, Bart, Debra, and Tony!!

 I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at our Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony and Education Seminar on January 8. The day promises to be fun and informative but very long - starting with breakfast at 9:00 am and ending around 6:00 pm at a social gathering. Preregistration is required for the meeting and seminar. See details inside this issue.

It has been an honor serving as your President in 2018 and I look forward to continuing in this role through 2019. 
                                                          Jackie Frend, President

Used Book Sale

Bring your used books to the annual Guild Book Sale! Please allow plenty of time to clear security at the Reagan Building if you are carrying parcels of same day donations. Anyone wishing to give large collections should email Jamie Johnson to make arrangements prior to the January business meeting. Jamie, Maribeth Oakes, and Pat Abler are also accepting drop-offs of Guild related books to their homes in University Park, Burke, and Takoma Park respectively. Please coordinate with them individually to make those drops.

The Book Sale will take place during Registration /Networking and before the beginning of the Education Seminar during the annual meeting on January 8, 2019.


Guild Events on January 8

Event: Annual Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, January 8
Time: 9:00 am - noon
Place: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Polaris Room, Concourse Level
Note: Maximum capacity is 145 - EVENT IS FULL - register on the wait list

Please join us for the Guild's Big Day: the Annual Business Meeting, Awards Ceremony, and Education Seminar! Breakfast will be provided starting at 9 am during registration and networking and the used book sale will be open for browsing.Registrants will be provided with lunch vouchers and will have a second opportunity to shop at the used book sale before the beginning of the Education Seminar.

Please Note: If you plan on attending the morning Annual Meeting (free admission) you must register for it online. For information about wait list if the registration limit has been reached 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 145

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 afternoon Education Seminar you must register and pay for the event. For further information contact Chris Bauer.

Event: Guild Social Gathering
Date: Tuesday, January 8
Time: 4:15 - 6:00 pm
Place: The Occidental Grill and Seafood
1475 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Please join us following the Annual Education Seminar at a Social Hour to celebrate the new year at The Occidental Grill & Seafood. Registration not necessary. For further information contact Jackie Frend or Chris Bauer.


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 on Eisenhower Building on January 11

Event: CMG Program on 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.


New Member Reception on January 12

Event: New Member Reception
Date: Saturday, January 12
Time: 11 am - 1 pm
Place: 1300 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA
The Board of Directors invites all Guild members who joined in 2018 to our annual new member reception. It provides an opportunity for new members and the board to get to know one another and is an opportunity for new members to learn more about the Guild. Register online. For further information contact: Jackie Frend.


Happenings at American History on January 25

Event: What’s New at American History
Date: Friday January 25
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Place: National Museum of American History
Meet in Flag Hall, 2 Center
Limit: 36
Participants will take a brief self-guided tour of the reopened 3rd floor in the west wing and will see the newly reinstalled ruby slippers. Museum staff will provide a briefing about upcoming changes to exhibitions and programs at the National Museum of American History. Guides interested in seeing our interactive Votes for Women theater program may wish to arrive at 1:00 PM. The program takes place next to the George Washington statue on 2 West, and is subject to actor availability.
For further information contact: Pat Abler.


Ford's Theatre Update on February 4

Event: Ford’s Theatre Update
Date: Monday, February 4
Time: 5 pm
Place: Ford’s Theatre
Join us for the latesttips and tricks to navigate and interpret the historic site with your group, how to work within thedaily schedule, andlearn about our “Voices of Petersen House” virtual reality experience.Ford’s Theatre Rangers, group sales, education, and visitor services staff will answer questions and share stories that are sure to engage your group on their next visit.
After the presentation, guides will enjoy after-hours access to the basement museum, the historic theatre,and the Aftermath Exhibits in the Center for Education and Leadership.The gift shop will be open so that you canbrowsethe books and gifts at leisure andhave the full experience that your groups will enjoy on their visits.
To cap off the evening we'll gatherin the lobby for light refreshments and conversation.
This event is free to Guild members, but only those who have registered in advance will be admitted.
For further information contact Christina Bauer.


Spring Motorcoach Workshop on February 11

Event: Spring Motorcoach Workshop
Date: Monday, February 11
Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Place: Union Station Food Court near Johnny Rockets

Join us for the Spring Motorcoach Workshop on Monday, February 11, 2019! This event is open to all guide levels and is the Guild’s semi-annual workshop to raise your logistical skills while practicing commentary, all in the comfort of a motorcoach — the ultimate 8th grade classroom of Washington, DC. The Guild Training Committee has worked out a new order of logistics for you to conquer – some of the usual Washington landmarks, and a fresh look at Anacostia. A box lunch will be provided to maximize time together. The registration fee is $25 and that includes materials and lunch.

Note: This workshop is a requirement to move from Guild Guides to Guild Certified Guides, and it is also useful as a refresher for experienced guides.

Training Committee co-chairs
Christen M.EliasonandSandra K. Moore

Guild Business Meeting on February 12

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 9:30 am - noon
Place: Library of Congress, Room 119

In anticipation of the 2019 DC Cherry Blossom Festival the speaker will be Ann McClellan, author of two cherry blossom books: "The Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Celebration," and "Cherry Blossoms:The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival." For further information check out the online calendar or contact Maria Limarzi.

Mt Vernon Cellar Tour on February 19

Event: Mount Vernon Cellar Tour
Date: Tuesday, February 19
Time: 9:45 am
Place: Mount Vernon, VA
Limit: 15
Tour the cellar of George Washington's Mount Vernon to see some of the newest archeological finds and find out about future preservation/ restoration work being planned. You will also see some locations used in filming National Treasure. This is a follow-up to material presented at the annual Mount Vernon update.
Meet in the visitors’ center by the statues of the Washington family. We will walk up to the mansion for 10 am tour.
Space is limited and registration deadline is February 11. A second tour, at 12:45 pm, will be added when the 9:45 tour fills.
For further information contact: Pat Abler.

Congratulations to New Members and New Guild Certified Guides

Benjamin Fabre- has been a guide in Paris where he applied his knowledge of archeology and anthropology.Previously, Benjaminhelped to oversee the excavation of historically significant sites in Turkey, Jordan, and Syria. He speaks English, French, and Spanish.

Ingeborg Hydle—has been a licensed guide in Washington for thelast three years. She isa registered yoga instructor and has worked in marketing and finance.


Read S. Martin– is a23-year resident of Capitol Hill. He currentlyofferswalking, kayak, cycling and pedicab tours. formerly a Senate aide, federal appointee and wire service reporter.He is an ITMI graduate and originally from New Jersey.

Richard "Rick" Salamida– resides in Richmond, VA andhas been a guide and tour director for 10 years. He has been a food tour guide in Juneau, Alaska andis currentlyworking withEF Explore America.He has references from the Visitor's Services Coord. in Juneau, a fellow volunteer at the Richmond Folk Festival, and his supervisor at SMG where he is a floor manager and theater usher.

New Affiliate

Global Travel Alliance is an educational organization focused on building bridges for groups and changing their lives. They serve their customers with friendly, reliable customer service with a focus on a safe learning environment, creativity, inspiration and fun. They lead life-changing, customized trips throughout the USA and over 40 countries.

New Guild Certified Guides
Congratulations are in order to the following individuals who have accumulated the required continuing education units and passed exams to become Guild Certified Guides:

  • Laura Moore
  • Debra Wiley
  • Carol Yannarella

New Sustaining Members
Else Patterson, Jean Everitt and Pete McCall have changed their membership category to sustaining.They are welcome to remain active in the Guild although they are retiring from the guiding profession.
Jamie Johnson, Membership Co-chair

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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