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Don't Miss the Guild's Annual Event!

Monday, December 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jackie Frend

 The Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC 

 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony; Education Seminar; Social Gathering     

  2018 Celebration of the New Year, New Tour Season and New Board

                                  Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony -- 9:30 Noon (Free)

Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

9:30 10:00    Registration, Book Sale, and Networking

10:00 Noon Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony


Highlights of 2017 and Plans for 2018: The Board Officers and Committees will discuss the Guild's accomplishments in 2017 and explain plans for the Guild in 2018

Celebrate Your Colleagues' Achievements:  The Advisory Committee on Awards announces the following winners:

(1) Karen Miller, the Jill Blakeman Award (awarded to the Guild Guide whose work best exemplifies the spirit of the Guild, and who has made an original and significant contribution to the Guild);          (2) Joshua Feldman and Ford's Theatre, the Tourism Industry Contribution Award (awarded to a person or organization who has provided valuable and distinguished service to the Guild, guiding profession, or tourism in the DC area); (3) Edna Whitmyre of Susquehanna Trailways, the Motor Coach Operator Award (awarded to a motor coach operator who has best contributed to the team spirit of guiding); and (4) Martha Harmon, the Ginny Moser Award (awarded to a new Guild Guide who accumulated the highest number of participation points (continuing education units) during the first 12 months of Guild membership).

Book Sale continues prior to the beginning of the Education Seminar.


Education Seminar 1:30 4:00 ($25 Registration Fee)

Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW




John A. Lawrence, author of "Class of '74: Congress after Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship."  John A. Lawrence is a visiting professor at the University of California's Washington Center. He worked in the House of Representatives for 38 years, the last eight as chief of staff to Speaker and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. An excerpt about Mr. Lawrence's book from Amazon reads:  "In November 1974, following the historic Watergate scandal, Americans went to the polls determined to cleanse American politics. Instead of producing the Republican majority foreshadowed by Richard Nixons 1972 landslide, dozens of GOP legislators were swept out of the House, replaced by 76 reforming Democratic freshmen. In The Class of 74, John A. Lawrence examines how these newly elected representatives bucked the status quo in Washington, helping to effectuate unprecedented reforms.”


Dan Arant will enlighten us on the bas reliefs at the World War II Memorial.  Since 1993, Dan has served as an invaluable resource to the National Park Service, having volunteered over 6,000 hours on the National Mall.  He is deeply committed to the millions of tourists who visit the treasures on the Mall, especially the National World War II Memorial.  He makes every effort possible to ensure he knows when the Honor Flight Network will be hosting veterans in DC and seeks to be present to bring the monuments and memorials to life for our nation's veterans. Through his vast knowledge of the history of World War II, Dan inspires a profound connection between the veteran visitors and the World War II Memorial. Dan, a Vietnam Veteran, is the recipient of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Libby Hatch Award, two U.S. National Mall and Memorial Parks Volunteer of the Year Awards, and the Department of the Interior Take Pride In America National Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award.


Social Gathering at Dirty Habit DC -- 4:15 5:30 (Cash Bar)

555 8th Street, NW

Join fellow Guild members as we toast to the New Year, New Tour Season, and New Board at Dirty Habit DC, located in the original 1841 General Post Office Building, 555 8th St., NW (attached to the Hotel Monaco), less than 2 blocks from our meeting at the Naval Heritage Center, and one block from Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station. Happy Hour Menu will be available (cash bar).



If you plan to attend any of these events, you need to register for each separately on the Guilds website; if you are unable to register online, please contact Tammy Belden at or Jackie Frend at