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Capital Guide Online March 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020  
Posted by: Jackie Frend

In this issue...                                                           March, 2020

  • Message from the Acting President
  • Guild Member Meeting on March 5
  • Tour of Historic Blenheim on March 12
  • Save the Date
  • Accessing and Registering for Events Online
  • Mentor Program Announcement

Message from the Acting President


Hi all. I’m writing the president’s column this month for Jackie who has been on an extended vacation in Australia and New Zealand. Lucky her! January and February have been some of our busiest months for education and training events, getting us ready for the upcoming busiest tour season of the year. Our annual member meeting and awards ceremonies on January 14th kicked everything off, and we had exceptional attendance at both the morning meeting and the afternoon education meeting. I heard a lot of positive comments all day, with good turnout later in the afternoon for a social hour where many of relaxed in an informal setting.

I have just returned from the biennial National Federation of Tour Guides conference in Charleston, SC, held February 5 - 7. I represented Jackie there as a delegate from the DC Guild. The main purpose of the NFTGA is to promote the use of professional tour guides at cities across the country. We had tours of Charleston and surrounding attractions and professional presentations covering many aspects of guiding we all could use. This included how to respond to controversial topics during a tour, safety on tours, and others. There are 21 guide associations that are currently members and over 90 Guild members attended this conference. The DC chapter had the highest number of attendees, a total of 22 closely followed by New York City with 21. I highly recommend attendance at the next conference in 2022, site to be determined.

I was not present at the February member meeting at the National Portrait Gallery (on vacation in Florida), but the reports were positive and as usual important information was shared for member use during the tour season. I understand that the Ambassador from Serbia, site of the next biennial World Federation of Tour Guide Association in January 2021, spoke about his country and the upcoming conference there. Registration opens at the end of February and again based on my own experience in attending the 2019 conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, I would encourage all guides to consider going. It will be an experience like no other.

Jackie will be here in March and we will all be glad to have her back. Look closely at the Guild calendar for upcoming education/training events. We have one more member meeting in March and I/we look forward to seeing you there!
Corky Rainey
Guild Vice President

Guild Member Meeting on March 5

Event:Guild Member Meeting
Date:Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time:9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. meeting
Place:Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial
Memorial Avenue and Schley Drive,Arlington, Virginia

This is our last meeting before we break for the busy tourist season. Our hosts will make a presentation on the "Who, What, and Where of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial" followed by presentations by the vice president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and representatives of the Capital Visitors Center and the DC Department of Transportation. Guild members are invited to stay after the meeting for a brief tour of the WIMSA Memorial. Attendees should arrive with enough time to navigate Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) security and make the walk to WIMSA before the start of the meeting. Everyone attending the meeting must show a government photo ID at ANC security. The possibility of expedited entry for Guild members with valid ANC badges is being explored, so please bring your ANC badge if you have one. Register online. For more information contact Maria Limarzi.

Tour of Historic Blenheim on March 12

Event:Tour of Historic Blenheim
Date:Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time:10:30 a.m.
Place: Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim
3610 Old Lee Highway,Fairfax, Virginia

Historic Blenheim is a Greek Revival-style brick farmhouse build by Albert Willcox around 1859,just prior to the Civil War. The unpainted farmhouse walls were a blank canvas for the writings and pictographs of Union soldiers who camped or were hospitalized here during the Civil War. The city of Fairfax bought the house in 1999 and created a museum and interpretive center. The center features a full-scale replica of the attic, home to many of the images.

There is ample parking. The closest Metro is Vienna on the Orange Line. A Fairfax City Cue bus (Gold Bus Route 1) stops across the street from Blenheim. Use WMATA Trip planner to determine schedules. Register online. For more information contact Pat Abler.

Save the Date!

Event:Guild business meeting
Date:Tuesday, July 21
Time:2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Place:US Institute of Peace,

Event: Guild business meeting
Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon

Place:the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Dates for the August, September, and October meetings are to be determined.

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 can 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 Guild Administrator Tammy Belden.

Mentors Needed for New Members

The Guild’s Mentor Program is in need of mentors to be paired with new members. Many of you have had mentors as a “go-to” for questions and now is an opportunity to pay it forward. Also, there are members who are on the current Mentors roster that may wish to be deleted. This is an opportunity to ask to be removed. If you’d like to be added or deleted so that the roster can be updated, please contact co-coordinators Bill Harris or Brien McNamara .

Note from the Publisher

Capital Guide Online editor Claudia Henderson Smith will take a break during the spring season.The Guild does not schedule programs during the busiest tourism months of the year.The next issue of the Capital Guide Online will be the July issue.

Shirley Timashev

Contact Information

Jackie Frend (President)

Corky Rainey (1st V.P.)
Maria Limarzi (2nd V. P.)
W. Bart Smith (Treasurer)
Mary Thorne (Secretary)
Anna Geer (Affiliate Rep)
John Days (Guild Guide Rep)


Russ Norfleet (Admin & Ethics)
Shannon Mikush (Certified Master Guide)
Jim Carr (Certified Master Guide)
Kelvin Carter (Communications)

Ellen Malasky (Gov’t & Tourism)
Maribeth Oakes (Gov't & Tourism)
Chris Bauer (Education)
Pat Abler (Education)
Debra Wiley (Membership)
Barbara Longnecker (Membership)
Christen Eliason (Training)
Sandra Moore (Training)



Claudia Henderson Smith (Capital Guide editor)
Shirley Timashev (Capital Guide publisher)
Bill Harris (Mentor/ Mentee program)
Brien McNamara (Mentor/ Mentee program)

Heidi Watson (Guild Assessment administrator)

Bette Runck (Guild Assessment administrator)
Zee Mostofi (Foreign Language testing)
Mary Beth Lane (Cathedral Training coordinator)

Ruth Roberts (Community Outreach)
Tony Spadafora (writer)
JP Nguyen (Facebook moderator)
Kaitlin Calogera (Twitter moderator)
Jeff Ghannam (Twitter moderator)


Tammy Belden (Guild Administrator and Assistant Treasurer)


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