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Capital Guide Online December 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019  
Posted by: Jackie Frend


In this issue...                                                    December, 2019

  • Report from the President
    Events and Tours
  • Book Group Meeting on December 5
  • Tour of Loudoun County on December 6
  • Meridian Hill Park Walking Tour on December 7
  • CMG: Women -- A Photography Exhibition on December 10
  • Wreaths Across America on December 14
  • The Business of Guiding: Taxes for the Tour Guides on December 17
  • Kennedy Center History and Theater Tour on December 19
  • Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on January 14
  • Education Seminar: Perspectives on the National Mall on January 14
  • Guild Social Hour on January 14
  • Washington National Cathedral Training #3 on January 15
  • CMG Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence on January 15
  • Registration Open for NFTGA Conference
  • Guild Membership Renewal
  • Renewing Your Tour Guide License
  • Welcome New Members

Report from the President

Our recent activities are a reminder that 2019 is quickly coming to a close.The current board is finalizing its work, our renewal season is almost over, our 2019 award recipients have been announced, and plans are underway for our annual meeting, education seminar, and social gathering scheduled for January 14. We also held our last business meeting of 2019. Maria Limarzi, 2nd Vice President, did an outstanding job this year ensuring the venues and speakers were top quality.

Congratulations to our 2019 award recipients – Maricar Donato, Lori Scott and the International Spy Museum, Garrett Taylor of RMA Transportation, and Laurence Genon. Each of them has contributed significantly to the success of the Guild and the tourism industry. Many thanks to the Nominating Committee for these excellent recommendations. Additional award details can be found in this issue.

The Strategic Plan is in its final phase with board members reviewing Guild member comments and incorporating member recommendations into the final plan. Release of the final Strategic Plan is scheduled for early January 2020.

We have new volunteers who deserve our thanks and sincere appreciation. Claudia Henderson Smith volunteered to serve as editor of the Capital Guide Online while Shirley Timashev continues as publisher. Bette Runck volunteered to serve with Heidi Watson as Guild Assessment Administrator. We appreciate their dedication and commitment to the Guild!

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season,
Jackie Frend,Guild President

Book Group on December 5

Event: Book Group Discussion of “The Soul of America”
Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 11 a.m.
Place:The historic home of Guild member Carol Wilken
1317 4th Street, SW

John Meacham’s “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels” was selected as one of the best books of the year by NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, Southern Living, and more. Meacham covers several presidents and other citizen activists as well as turning points in American history. A bonus will be a tour of the oldest row house in Washington. Register to attend for a lively discussion. For further information contact John Day.

Tour of Loudoun County on December 6

Event: Tour of Loudon County
Date:Friday, December 6
Pick-up places and time:
8:45 a.m. – Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
9:10 a.m. – East Falls Church Metro Station
Drop-off places and time:
5:20 p.m. – East Falls Church Metro Station
5:45 p.m. – Navy Memorial

The tour includes a visit to Morven Park, the “Central Park” of the Leesburg area: Davis Mansion, a house expanded from a field house to a Greek Revival mansion, decorated for Christmas; Marshall House, the former home of General George C. Marshall; a group tasting at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard, a family farm with roots to the early 1800s. Lunch is on your own in downtown Leesburg. Register online. Contact Christen Eliasonfor more information.

Meridian Hill Park Walking Tour on December 7

Event: Meridian Hill Park Walking Tour
Date: Saturday, December 7
Time:10 a.m.
Place: 16th Street, NW, at W Street, NW
Meet at the Joan of Arc statue
in the middle of the upper park area

Stroll through this unique 12-acre neoclassical park, reminiscent of an Italian villa garden, with author and Guild Guide Fiona Clem. Prior to becoming a national park, the area was part of an estate called Meridian Hill, the home of Columbian College, a Civil War encampment, and the site of nature poet Joaquin Miller’s cabin. After the tour, lunch will be at a nearby sandwich shop to warm up and socialize. Register online. For further information contact Chris Bauer.

CMG: WOMEN -- Photography Exhibition on December 10

Event:WOMEN: A Photograph Exhibition
Date:Tuesday, December 10
Time:10 a.m.
Place: National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, NW

This is a special tour of two new exhibits at the National Geographic Society headquarters – “Becoming JANE: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” an interactive immersive exhibit, and “The Women,” a new photography exhibit as only the National Geographic can do. Register online. Contact Jim Carrfor more information.

Kennedy Center History and Tour on December 19

Event:Kennedy Center History and Theater Tour of the Main Building
Date:Thursday, December 19
Time:11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW,Level A Tour Desk

NOTE: This is neither a backstage tour nor a tour of the Reach. Come to learn interesting tidbits to share with tour groups.Register online. For more information contact Maria Limarzi.

Wreaths Across America on December 14

Event: Wreaths Across America 2019
Date: Saturday, December 14
Time:8 – 11 a.m.
Place: Arlington National Cemetery

Guild Guides will be volunteering for the fifth year at the annual “Wreaths Across America” event at Arlington National Cemetery. During this event, we will be assisting many volunteers to place over 200,000 donated Christmas wreaths on veterans’ gravesites. Guides also help by answering questions and providing directions at the gates and inside the cemetery. This is a great way to say “thank you for your service” to our veterans. Register online. Contact Clara Sachsfor more information.

Taxes and the Business of Guiding on December 17

Event: The Business of Guiding: Taxes for Tour Guides
Date: Tuesday, December 17
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Place:Tenley-Friendship Branch, DC Public Library
4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,2nd Floor Meeting Room

This FREE event is back by popular demand. As a professional tour guide, you need to know how to maximize your after-tax bottom line, whether you are an independent contractor or a tour company employee. Join Bill Caldwell, CPA, of Caldwell & Companies for an engaging presentation on tax matters. Lisa S. Curtin, Chief Operating Officer of the company, will be a facilitator. Many of last year’s participants benefited from applying the tips they received at the seminar. Register online. For more information contact Chris Bauer.

Guild Day on January 14

Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Event: Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Date: Tuesday, January 14
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Place:Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,Polaris Room, Concourse Level

This starts 2020 with the biggest event of the year. The meeting includes highlights of 2019, plans for 2020, and a celebration of our colleagues’ achievements. Winners for the various Guild awards will be honored. The Used Book Sale will take place during the registration/ networking and before the beginning of the afternoon Education Seminar, which is a separate event. Bring your used books for this sale. Remember to allow enough time to get through security at the building. Register online. For more information contact Maria Limarzi.

Education Seminar: Perspectives on the National Mall

Event: Perspectives on the National Mall
Date: Tuesday, January 14
Time: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Place:Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Polaris Room, Concourse Level

The Education Seminar will provide us with the latest authoritative information on what’s happening, what’s new, what’s changing, and what to expect on and around the National Mall in 2020. Our speakers will be senior staff from theNational Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall.They are representatives of the major entities working to constantly refresh and upgrade the national showplace, which we are privileged to call our daily workplace.

This is a separate event from the annual business meeting, which is free, so register for this andpay the $25 fee online. The Education Seminar is the biggest event of the year for education programs, and it is designed to get us thinking about the coming busy season.For further information contact Pat Abler.

Guild Social Hour – The Occidental Grill

Event: Guild Social Hour – The Occidental Grill
Date: Tuesday, January 14
Time: 4:15 – 6: p.m.
Place:The Occidental Grill
1475 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Join your colleagues following the Annual Business Meeting and Education Seminar for a social gathering as we welcome and celebrate a new year, a new tour season, and new members. Register online. For more information contact Jackie Frend.

Washington National Cathedral Training on January 15

Event:Washington National Cathedral Training
Date:Wednesday, January 15
Time:9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Place:Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

To be certified to give tours at the National Cathedral in 2020, you must attend a training session, and this is the last one. All new and currently certified guides must pass an online quiz, and anyone who didn't test and pass in 2018 or 2019 is required to give an oral presentation in addition to the online quiz. Guild members must renew Guild membership for 2020 before signing up for this training. Register online for this training session. For further information contact Mary Beth Lane.


CMG: A Portrait of Persistence on January 15

Event: Votes for Women:
A Portrait of Persistence

Date: Wednesday, January 15
Time: 12:30 pm
Place:Ella's Wood Fired Pizza
619 9th St NW
After lunch for those who come at 12:30, fellow CMG, Kathleen Bashian, will give an introductory overview of the Women’s Suffrage Saga starting at 1:30 pm. We will then proceed to the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit: “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence,” where Kathleen will discuss some of her research and findings. Register online. For further information contact
Shannon Mikush.


Registration Open for NFTGA Biennial Conference

Event: NFTGA Biennial Conference
Dates: February 5 - 7, 2020
Place: Charleston, South Carolina

Among the topics to be discussed at the National Federation of Tourist Guides Biennial Conference is "Inclusiveness: How To Make It Happen."Apanel will discuss and then take questions about how to embrace those that come from different circumstances. The interactive session will deal with how perspectives are influenced by one's religion, sexual orientations and gender identities, disability or race. Many tour guides try to avoid dealing with differences. Is that the right approach?

Participants at the conference will enjoy a traditional lowcountry oyster roast and BBQ under the oaks at Magnolia Gardens, America's oldest romantic gardens. Nestled along the Ashley River, the 1840 Carriage house surrounded by ancient Live Oaks with beautifully draped Spanish moss will be the setting for a Charleston favorite tradition.

Registration for this National Federation of Tourist Guide Association’s conference is now open. Guild members get the discounted rate of $325 for full registration, if registered before the early bird deadline of December 31, 2019. After January 1 the rate will be $375.For more information and to make reservations, visit The headquarters hotel is Francis Marion Hotel. Frequent conference updates will be available via the NFTGA Facebook Group, which is open to all members of NFGTA member associations. The president of NFTGA is our own Ellen Malasky.

Guild Membership Renewal
Just a reminder that renewal for 2020 can be done online at season ends on December 31 for both guides and Affiliates, and the fees are $117 for guides and $190 for Affiliates.Guides must renew their DC license in order to maintainGuild membership in 2020.Go to to login to your DCRA account.

Announcement about Liability Insurance

The Guild's annual group liability insurance policy runs 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. If you have trouble with the signup process, contact Bill Adams.

Welcome New Members

Gustavo Cuadros
Gustavo attended the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) in January 2019. He was born and raised in Bolivia and was a tour guide there for 17 years. He's been in DC working with student groups for three years and for a catering company.

David Herb
David is presently enrolled in Maricar Donato's training class. He has been an Uber/Lyft driver since 2013. Prior to that, David worked as a limousine driver and real estate agent. He also served in the U.S. Army.

Marie Layne
Marie attended ITMI in October 2018. She works with both student and adult groups. She worked for 20 years as a meeting/event planner. Marie also has extensive experience in a variety of sales, customer service, and educational jobs.

Christina Mainka
Christina works as a DC guide for a German travel agency and has been an interpreter for the National Park Service on the National Mall since 2018. She has a degree in technology enhanced learning and has worked in various positions in that field.

Lisa Wood
Lisa currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been conducting student tours since 2015 along the Eastern seaboard and works as an admission counselor at a senior care center. Prior to this, Lisa worked as a licensed clinical social worker.

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 (Guild Administrator and Assistant Treasurer)
Claudia Henderson Smith (Capital Guide Online editor)
Shirley Timashev (Capital Guide Online publisher)


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