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Capital Guide Online March 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue...March, 2019

  • A Message from the President
  • Tour Guide Etiquette Reminder
  • National Geographic Exhibit on March 6
  • CMG Event - Atlas Obscura on March 7
  • Becoming an Honor Flight Guide on March 9
  • Guild Business Meeting on March 12
  • Welcome New Members
  • Note from the Editor
  • 2019 Contact List

A Message from the President

We had a great turnout for the February 12 business meeting, and we have a number of Guild members to thank for the event. Maria Limarzi, our 2nd VP, did a great job as usual in securing the beautiful room at the Library of Congress. The last time the Guild met there was in 2012. Kudos to our registrars, Debra Wiley, Jenny Szawlewicz, Laurence Genon, Barbara Western, and Scott Porter, who did a smooth job getting everyone properly registered. For those who could not attend the meeting, Tony Spadafora and I took lots of notes, and we will publish a summary of the meeting in the “Latest News” on our website.

Just a reminder that we slow down our activities in March and come to a complete halt for April-May-June so our members can focus all their efforts on tour guiding. We have a couple events scheduled in March including our March 12 business meeting at the Newseum, which will be the final meeting until July. This will also be your last issue of the Capital Guide Online until July.

One matter that cannot be stopped during the busy tour season is the search for the next slate of board officers. The current board’s term ends in January 2020. I will announce the chair of the nominating committee sometime in March. The chair’s mandate is to organize a committee and present at our September business meeting a slate of candidates to serve as board officers for 2020 - 2021. If asked, I hope you will consider contributing your time on this very important committee. I also hope several of you will consider contributing your time to be a board officer. As you know, the future of the Guild depends on its volunteers.

Finally, don’t lose sight of our number one priority over the next few months – our students. As you know, many are visiting DC for the first time, have never traveled outside of their hometown, and have never been away from their parents. We have an obligation as tour guides to provide not only an excellent educational experience but also a safe and secure environment at all times. It’s a lot to do as a tour guide, and while education is an important part of our tours, remember that safety and security are just as important.

I look forward to seeing you on the streets real soon!
                                                                                    Jackie Frend, President


Tour Guide Etiquette Reminder

Seasoned tour guides have all had the experience of bringing a group to a memorial and finding the entrance or the space immediately in front of the memorial clogged by another group. Yet in our own enthusiasm for what is in front of us, we may have been guilty a few times of doing the same.


Before the start of the 2019 spring season, it is useful to review tour guide etiquette guidelines that apply to specific spots at memorials in DC. These guidelines can be found on the Guild website in Resources for

Christen Eliason and Sandra Moore, Training Committee co-chairs


National Geographic Exhibit on March 6

Event: National Geographic Exhibit on Queens of Egypt
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 10 am
Place: National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street NW

Tour the new "Queens of Egypt" exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. This multi-sensory exhibit will take you back in time 3,500 years to ancient Egypt. For further information contact Pat Abler.


CMG Event about Atlas Obscura on March 7

CMG Event - Atlas Obscura
Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Place: Arlington County Library
1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington
(free public parking in library garage)
Metro stop is Ballston

Certified Master Guides and CMG candidates may join us for a briefing and discussion on the history of Atlas Obscura, which was founded in 2009 as an online magazine and digital media company. It has since branched out, and Matt Blitz will discuss Atlas Obscura’s programs and conducted tours in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The website lists “193 cool, hidden, and unusual things to do in Washington, D.C.” Obscura is interested in hiring guides to conduct specialty tours. For further information on this event contact Jim Carr.


Honor Flight Guide Session on March 9

Event:Information Sessionabout Honor Flight Guiding
Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 10 am
Place: Ronald Reagan National Airport
Terminal A Conference Center
The Honor Flight Network has flown over 159,000 veterans to the Washington, DC, since 2005, with the intent of bringing World War II veterans to see the memorial that was dedicated in 2004. Honor Flight organizers have begun a transition of their programs to focus on veterans of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and subsequent wars as the veterans of these wars get older. Volunteers throughout the nation have aided this program, and individuals here who want to participate in the Guild Gives Back are encouraged to come to the information session on March 9. Register online. For further information contact Christina Bauer.


Guild Business Meeting on March 12

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, March 12
Time: 8:30 am - complimentary refreshments
9:30 am - registration and networking
10:00 am - business meeting and speakers
Place: The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Continental breakfast refreshments will be offered by the Newseum in The Food Section on the concourse level. The meeting will be held in the Documentary Theatre on the concourse level. Featured speakers include Paul Ollig of National Park Service, who will give an update on projects at DC venues, and Ann-Louise Colgan who will provide an update on The Peace Trail and future plans for the U.S. Institute of Peace. Register online. For further information contact Maria Limarzi.


Welcome New Members

Amar J. Mott – Amar recently completed his tour guide training through Blue Husky Travel. He has had several customer service oriented positions in the hospitality and retail industry. He volunteers at the Nexxt Gen Power House, which supports and assists local youths.

Stephen Alexander – Stephen completed the ITMI certification in October 2018. He has worked in event planning for six years and his most recent position was with Exponent Philanthropy, a DC non-profit. While there he planned and led conference sessions and launched a coaching program.

Robert Hockenhull -Robert is a former pilot for United Airlines. He currently lives in Florida but for 10years has been doing primarily student tours in DC and other cities on the Eastern Seaboard.

Stephen Cirello – Stephen graduated from ITMI in 2014. He resides in Las Vegas but works for numerous tour operators and does a variety of tours throughout the United States. He is also a docent for the Mayor's Office in Las Vegas and gives tours of City Hall.


Note:Jim Chow has requested and has been given status as a Sustaining Member, meaning that he is no longer actively guiding, but wants to remain connected through the Guild.Sustaining members receive all Guild publications and are welcome at all Guild events.
Barbara LongneckerandJamie Johnson, Membership co-chairs


Welcome New Friends

Four new Guild Friends were approved at the February board of directors meeting.

The Magic Duel. DC’s only five-star magic show (Yelp & Trip Advisor) is a two person magic/comedy act, performed at the Mayflower Hotel on Friday and Saturday evenings (

Basic Burger. This is an Arlington restaurant ( specializing in burgers, fries, shakes, etc., locally sourced for highest quality. Great for group visits.

The Occidental Grill. The Occidental Grill & Seafood ( is a DC dining institution just steps from the White House,with a history dating back more than 110 years. This iconic gathering place combines legendary staying power with a constantly evolving, cutting-edge menu that takes a fresh and current approach to classic American cuisine. They hosted us following our annual membership meeting in January, 2019.

Osher Life Long Learning Instituteat American University. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University ( is an association of, by, and for the people in the Washington, DC, area who wish to continue to study and learn. OLLI at AU is dedicated to the proposition that learning is a lifelong process and that curiosity never retires.

Corky Rainey, 1st Vice President


Note from the Editor

The Capital Guide Online will have an extended spring break. The next issue will be at the end of June, announcing Guild programs for July and August. In the meantime there are many other ways to stay connected to the Guild, and to get information from fellow Guild members. The email listserv GuildGuides and the Twitter handle @DCTourGuild are the places to go to get fast-breaking news of use to professional tour guides in DC. The email listserv DCGuides and the page GPTG Facebook are places for sharing stories, useful tidbits, and even photos. We also expect to have the first edition of an online magazine or e-zine for the Guild very soon.
Best of all there is sharing of information face-to-face. When you see a person on the street wearing a Guild badge, say hi. Ask a question or answer a question. The depth of knowledge in the Guild is our greatest resource.

Shirley Timashev, editor

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)

Kelvin Carter (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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