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Capital Guide Online October 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019  
Posted by: Jackie Frend


In this issue... October, 2019

  • Report from the Nominating Committee
  • Book Group on Oct. 2
  • Story Circle on Oct. 5
  • Guild Business Meeting at International Spy Museum on Oct. 10
  • CMG Architectural Innovation in DC Public Schools on Oct. 15
  • Job Fair Guide Prep on Oct. 19
  • ARTECHOUSE New Exhibit Tour on Oct. 21
  • Arlington National Cemetery Update on Oct. 22
  • Job Fair and Showcase on Oct. 22
  • Washington National Cathedral Training Day #1 on Oct. 23
  • Guild Fall Trip on Oct. 26 - 28
  • Guild Business Meeting at Holocaust Museum on Nov. 12
  • Washington National Cathedral Training #2 on Nov. 19
  • CMG Tour of Army Museum on Nov. 20
  • Guild Membership Renewal
  • Accessing and Registering for Events Online
  • Renewing Your Tour Guide License
  • Announcement about Liability Insurance
  • Welcome New Members

Report from the Nominating Committee

The Guild was fortunate to have two very accomplished and qualified people to run for the office of presidency to hold office for the period 2020 - 2021. The election both for the contested seat and the non-contested seats were held pursuant to Article 40 of our Policies & Procedures “On the Election of Officers.” Overseeing the nomination process and election were the following members of the nominating committee: Bill Adams, Carol Yannarella, Debra Wiley, Jamie Johnson, Shirley Timashev (former president and advisor), Steve Kline (nominating committee chair).

The first five of the following were elected by affirmation of Guild Certified Guides (GCG), Guild Certified Master Guide candidates (GCMGC), and Guild Certified Master Guides (GCMG) present at the meeting. The Affiliate Representative was elected by affirmation of Affiliates present.

1st Vice President - Corky Rainey
2nd Vice President - Maria Limarzi
Treasurer - Bart Smith
Secretary to the Board - Mary Thorne
Guild Guide Representative - John Days
Affiliate Representative - Anna Geer

An announcement about the contested election was sent to all 155 Guild members eligible to vote, accompanied by a statement from each candidate. (Those statements are available to anyone upon request to Guild Administrator Tammy Belden.) Voting for president was done electronically, with eligible voters signed in to the Guild website. The computer consultant used by the Guild prepared a spreadsheet when voting closed on October 1, listing votes for president by membership categories with the voter names removed. The counters who tallied the vote count were Steve Kline, Amy Mierley, and David Shaw.

The confirmed tally showed that Jim Carr received 39 votes cast out of 113.By membership class the votes were as follows:GCG - 12 votes; GCMGC - 12 votes; GCMG - 15 votes.Jackie Frend received 74 votes out of the 113 eligible who cast votes.By membership class the votes were as follows:GCG - 23 votes; GCMGC - 27 votes; GCMG - 24 votes.

Jackie Frend is therefore declared the winner and president of the Guild for 2020 - 2021.

Congratulations to the entire team of officers!
Steve Kline
Nominating Committee Chair

Book Group on October 2 & Story Circle on October 5

Event: Book Group Discussion of "Leadership in Turbulent Times"
Date: Wednesday, October 2
Time: 11 am
Place: West End Branch DC Public Library
2301 L St NW, near Foggy Bottom Metro

The Guild book group is now reading "Leadership In Turbulent Times" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The next meeting will be on December 5 to discuss "The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels," by John Meacham. The book was selected as one of the best books of the year in 2018 by NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, Southern Living, and was a New York Times Best Seller. says the following about the book: “Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in "The Soul of America" Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents... Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history.Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear—a struggle that continues even now.”

All Guild members are welcome to read the book, register on the website, attend the meeting, and join in the discussion, which will no doubt be lively, great fun, and enlightening. The meeting is free of charge and one Continuing Education Unit will be earned for attending.

Event: Story Circle (free event)
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 10 am - noon
Place: U.S. Capitol and grounds
Meet at the House steps, East side of the Capitol

This is our second Story Circle experience. Modeled afte the Guild book group, these events are free to join whenever you can. You should develop a one- to three-minute story to present about the site we are visiting (i.e., the United States Capitol and its grounds).

NOTE:We are not delivering our standard, essential, straight-forward explanations of what’s out the bus window.We are developing short, high-impact “storytelling” skills to deliver a special emotional, cultural, and theatrical punch. Join us on our second adventure into storytelling when we practice at the Capitol! Open to all guide levels.

Business Meeting at Spy Museum on October 10

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Thursday, October 10
Time: 9:30 am
Place:International Spy Museum
700 L’Enfant Plaza SW

Come early for the networking and stay after the meeting for a chance to explore the new facilities of the International Spy Museum. Meeting speakers are the Spy Museum staff with a venue overview; ITMI presentation by Ted Bravos, Founder and CEO of ITMI; Guild board members with an update on the strategic plan; and Jim Jones, Senior Warden, St. Paul’s Rock Creek Parish with a presentation on the Rock Creek Cemetery. The museum can accommodate the first 60 registrants for complimentary tours of the museum. People who register for the meeting will be contacted, in the order they registered, to ask if they are able to stay for a tour.

If you have not yet been to the new location on L’Enfant Plaza, be sure to read “Getting to the Museum” on the registration page.

CMG:Architecture Innovation on October 15

CMG Event: Architectural Innovation in DC Public Schools
Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 10 am
Place: District Architecture Center
421 7th St. NW
The program will be led byDirector Mary Fitch of American Institute of Architects DC.Mary Fitch has done two previous CMG sessions, both of which were extremely interesting and popular with our CMGs.


Job Fair Guide Prep on October 19
Event: Job Fair Guide Prep
Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 1 - 3 pm
Place: Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library
3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW (near Cleveland Park Metro)
This event is a joint effort by the Training Committee and Karen Miller, an Affiliate Representative. Building on our 2018 workshop, we will discuss the upcoming Guild Job Fair and Showcase that will be held on Tuesday, October 22. We will critique résumés, practice interviews, and brainstorm on ways you can advance your business and fill up your guiding calendar. What is the best way to present yourself to Affiliates at the Job Fair as well as through the year? Come to find out! Both newer and seasoned guides are welcome!!

ARTECHOUSE New Exhibit Tour on October 21

Event: ARTECHOUSE Open House

Date:Monday, October 21
Time:5 pm - 7:30 pm
1238 Maryland Ave SW

ARTECHOUSE considers itself at the crossroads of art, science, and technology with an innovative platform for experiential, genre-bending, one-of-a-kind multimedia art exhibitions. Join your colleagues for an exclusive private tour followed by a social/ happy hour at the ARTECHOUSE bar.We will have the entire exhibit space to ourselves.

ANC Update and Job Fair on October 22

Event: Arlington National Cemetery Update
Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time:10 am
Place:Women in Military Service for America Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery
A visit to Arlington National Cemetery is a priority for many of our returning groups, and the ANC Update is our opportunity to learn about factors that impact the touring experience. Come with questions and get answers.


Event: Guild Job Fair and Showcase
Date: Tuesday, October 22
Time: 2 pm - 4 pm
Place:Women in Military Service for America Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery
This major annual event provides our guides with the opportunity to interview with Affiliate tour operators and discuss upcoming tours and job opportunities. Only organizations and individuals who are current members of the Guild may attend.

Bring your smile and plenty of copies of your résumé to distribute to Affiliates. Also bring your calendar for 2020 so you'll be ready to schedule your spring tour season with our Affiliates. There will be an opportunity to meet with some of our Friend members to learn how their products and services can enhance your tours.

Washington National Cathedral Training

Event:Washington National Cathedral Training
Dates:(1) Wednesday, October 23 (2) Tuesday, November 19(3) Wednesday, January 15
Time:9 am - 1 pm
Place: Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW
You must attend one of these Cathedral training sessions in order to provide tours of the Cathedral in 2020. All new and currently certified guides must pass the online quiz, and any new guide or one who hasn’t tested and passed for 2018 or 2019 is required to give an oral presentation test of the tour. Guild members must renew Guild membership for 2020 before signing up for this training.

Guild Fall Trip October 26 - 28

Event: GUILD FALL TRIP: Trains of West Virginia
3 Museums, 2 Historic Trains, and 1 LunaticAsylum
Dates: Saturday, October 26 – Monday, October 28

The Guild Fall Trip has become a tradition of camaraderie centered on our shared interests in interesting places, history, scenic beauty, and sites tourists often visit, as well as sites off-the-beaten path.If you are interested in the Guild Fall Trip, do read the details on the events page of the Guild calendar.

November Events

Event: Guild Business Meeting
Date: Tuesday, November 12
Time: 9:30 am - noon
Place: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM)
Helena Rubinstein Auditorium
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
Networking and check-in will be at 9:30 with the meeting from 10 am to noon. Since the Museum does not open to the public until 10 am, early arriving Guild members can make use of the café that opens at 8:30 am on the Raoul Wallenberg (a.k.a. 15th Street) side of the building. That side of the building will open at 9:30 am to all Guild members. Meeting speakers scheduled so far are USHMM staff to present the 2020 procedures for visiting the museum and Destination DC staff to present their latest statistics on DC tourism. Elizabeth Rule has been invited to discuss the new “Guide to Indigenous DC” app.

Event: CMG Tour of Army Museum
Date:Wednesday, November 20
Time: 1 pm
Place:9800 Belvoir Road
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
This is for CMGs and CMG candidates only. The National Museum of the U.S. Army officially opens on June 4, 2020. On our preview tour we will learn about the Experiental Learning Center, the Medal of Honor Experience, and the Army Trail Visitor Experience.

Personal Business Matters

Guild Membership Renewal
Just a reminder that renewal for 2020 for all Guild members began October 1. You should have received an email explaining how to renew. If you did not receive the email, please contact Guild Administrator Tammy Belden. You must renew your DC license in order to maintain your Guild membership in 2020.

Accessing and Registering for Events Online
Please remember to register for all events online at After signing in to the website click on “For Members” at the top of the screen. There is a dropdown listing several items. You can click on the Guild Calendar and select the event you want, or you go to the Event List to see upcoming events in a nice format with a clearly visible “register” icon. Members having trouble accessing the website should use the link “Click here to reset your password.” If you’re still having trouble, contact the Guild Administrator.

Renewing Your Tour Guide License
Renewal notices will go out in late October to the email address of record in the DCRA database. To ensure that you receive your renewal notice you may want to check that address. Go to to login to your DCRA account, then click “My Account” on the top of the screen and verify that the “Primary Email” address on the left side of the screen is correct. To change your email address, click the icon next to “Email addresses” to update and save your information.

Announcement about Liability Insurance
The Guild's annual group liability insurance policy is about to renew for the period of November 1, 2019, to November 1, 2020.Registration for participation in the group policy maintained by Twin City Fire Insurance Company/Hartford can now be accessed via the Guild website and the premium is $82.

See the website for complete information regarding the liability insurance, what it covers, who it covers, and things to consider about obtaining it. To sign up for the policy, access and sign-in the Guild's website under the dropdown“For Members”option.There is also a link to an attachment that provides a general summary of the group policy coverage.

Welcome New Members

Mary Buonanno
Mary spent three decades as a litigation attorney, and recently completed Maricar Donato’s tour guide training class. She is also eager to use her Spanish speaking skills upon completion of the Foreign Language Proficiency Test.

Carrie Chernov
Carrie is an ITMI graduate based in Utah. She has done student tours in DC for three years and also does Yellowstone day tours. She also works for a destination management company.

Ken Dean
Ken has 22 years of legislative experience, having worked as a clerk and editor in a variety positions in the US Senate. He currently works in customer service at a local yoga studio and recently completed Maricar Donato's training class.

Charity "Cassie" Struthers
Cassie has been a tour guide for two years. Prior to that she had various administrative assistant positions in North Carolina, where she lived until 2016.

Lauri Williamson
Laurie is a certified meeting planner who has had extensive experience with the American College of Cardiology over the last 12 years, and her career in meeting planning covers almost 30 years. She is a program volunteer with the Museum of African American History and Culture, and she recently completed Maricar Donato's training class.

Barbara Longnecker - Membership co-chair