In this issue...

Why Do You Support GCIV? | ICB | Envoy Event | Discover Diplomacy
Who’s Coming to Town? | Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
ACIR Luncheon | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities


Why Do You Support GCIV?

"When I returned to Atlanta after two years abroad with the Peace Corps, I wanted a new outlet for my interests. Being a member of GCIV has allowed me to continue to connect with and learn from people from other cultures. It’s also a great way to share what Atlanta has to offer with the rest of the world. I’m thrilled to be a part of this group."

- Saira Draper, GCIV Member


International Consular Ball

The 33rd International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, April 26 at the InterContinental Buckhead.

This is Atlanta’s premier international event, bringing together business, civic, and diplomatic leaders in an evening of networking and celebration on a global scale.

Proceeds from the Ball benefit GCIV’s international exchange and eduction programs.

Contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 21 for more information.

Join our growing list of sponsors!


2014 International Consular Ball Sponsors

PLATINUM
Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Coca-Cola Company

GOLD
Delta Air Lines

SILVER
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
InterContinental Hotels Group
Invesco
Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business
Kuck Immigration Partners
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Popeyes Louisana Kitchen
Regency Suites Hotel
Siemens Industry Inc.

BRONZE
Anonymous
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Green Branches Consulting Group
EY
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
J.P. Morgan Chase
Private Bank of Buckhead
UBS


Envoy Young Professionals

Join a distinguished visitor from South Africa and GCIV staff for a hands-on volunteer activity on Sunday, April 6 at the Egleston Hospital for Children. Get to know other young professionals involved in GCIV and find out what exciting opportunities we have planned for you this year.

When: Sunday, April 6 at 2:30pm

Where: Egleston Children's Hospital, 1405 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329

This event is free for anyone who would like to attend, however space is limited so please RSVP to Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org by April 3rd.


Join us: Discover Diplomacy!

We invite all GCIV members, volunteers, and supporters to join Executive Director Shell Stuart for a unique opportunity to Discover Diplomacy in our nation’s capital this May.

Don’t miss out on a behind-the-scenes opportunity to discover the diplomatic world in Washington DC! You’ll have an opportunity to enjoy food, music, and culture from around the world in our tour of Embassy Row. Be a part of a special tour of the diplomatic rooms at the US Department of State. Join members of the Foreign Service and US Department of State in a special reception at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as we celebrate this year’s Lorinne Emery Volunteer of the Year recipient. Interested in a career in international affairs or learning about current foreign policy? Then you’ll enjoy our sessions hosted at the prestigious and historic DACOR Bacon House, an organization for foreign affairs professionals.

Pick from one of four packages being offered to best suit your needs. Register before our April 4 deadline. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Manuel Valverde at mvalverde@GlobalTiesUS.org.


Who’s Coming to Town?

April 2 - 5
Various Countries

Focus: Media Literacy Promoting
Civil Society through New Media

April 4 - 8
South Africa

Focus: Solidarity Helping Hand

April 5 - 9
Canada

Focus: Trade and Finance

April 8 - 12
Sub-Saharan Africa

Focus: Democracy in Action

April 10 - 15
Russia

Focus: Trade Adjustment Exchange

April 12 - 16
Various Countries

Focus: Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

April 13 - 16
Brazil

Focus: Strategic Infrastructure Planning

April 19 - 23
Various Countries

Focus: Challenges in Higher Education

April 20 - 24
China

Focus: Food Safety

April 29 - May 2
Western Hemisphere

Focus: International Crime

April 30 - May 3
Pakistan

Focus: NGOs and Civic Activism


Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, April 6 - One NGO leader from South Africa would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. She is participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on Solidarity Helping Hand and is available at 6:00 PM for dinner.

Thursday, April 10 - Eleven government officials, NGO leaders, and researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on democracy in action and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

Sunday, April 13 - Five NGO leaders and researchers from Russia would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on trade adjustment exchange and are available at 5:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host and will be accompanied by an interpreter.

Monday, April 14 - Four government officials from Brazil would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on strategic infrastructure planning and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 visitors per host and will be accompanied by an interpreter.

Tuesday, April 15 - Thirteen legal experts and researchers from Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, People’s Republic of China, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Vietnam would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on the protection of intellectural property rights and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner.

*PLEASE NOTE*
Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of dinner hospitality. If you are interested in hosting or cohosting, please contact Emily O’Harris at emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x15. Once you have signed up to host, we’ll provide a CultureGram for the corresponding countries.


Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Speaker: Oksana Klymovych, Associate Professor of Law at Kyiv Mohyla University, and Visiting Scholar at Emory University

Topic: "Ukraine: Past, Present and Future"

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members $30; for non-members $40

Place: Capital City Club, 7 John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street, NW www.capitalcityclub.org

RSVP: To make a reservation, please contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi at fcesabianchi@hotmail.com (Please include ACIR Luncheon in the subject)
*Vegetarian entrée upon request


Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Dine Out for Go Eat Give at Lure, April 5, 5:00pm
Join us for an evening of classic American seafood with influences of the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, and Asia modern. The Fifth Group Restaurants establishment, Lure is all about fresh food and bold flavors set in a nautical ambiance. Stop by for happy hour and enjoy a fine collection of draft beers, imported wines, shochu and shrubs. Stay on for raw oysters, smoked trout, fried catfish or seared scallops. Vegetarian and gluten free options also available. To make a reservation, call 404-817-3650 or book online.

Atlanta International Soccer Fest (AISF 2014), June 7

The Consulate General of Brazil in Atlanta, the Atlanta Silverbacks, SOS Children’s Villages, and the international community are coming together for a one-day charity tournament to raise funds and awareness for SOS Children’s Villages, to celebrate Atlanta’s multi-national soccer community and the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil. On Saturday, June 7, up to 40 adult and youth teams will participate in a one-day charity tournament at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park. All proceeds of the tournament will be donated to SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest organization dedicated to vulnerable children. The tournament is open to the entire Atlanta community including businesses, bi-lateral chambers of commerce, consulates, cultural organizations, soccer clubs, and any other teams that wish to play. Team registration is now open! Please click here for more information. For questions regarding AISF 2014 or SOS Children’s Villages, please contact Lora Sodini, at 202-470-5176 or lsodini@sos-usa.org.

Summer Language Academy for High School Students
The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the fourth summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in June and July 2014. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a three-week residential program for students who are interested in an immersive intensive language experience, fitness, and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. For more information click here!

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2014-15 school year. Whether you are in your 20s or 70s, have children or not, live alone or with a roommate, you are the perfect family for an AFS high school student! AFS has more than 60 trained Atlanta volunteers supporting host families and students before, during, and after the experience. To start the application process or find out more information, visit www.afsusa.org or contact Ruth Blackstock at 404-406-2917 or afsgeorgia@gmail.com.


More From Last Month!


Russian visitors enjoyed home hospitality with GCIV members DJ and Dan Clancy.


A Women’s Global Health delegation participated in a workshop hosted by Global Health Action.


A group of women entrepreneurs from the Near East and North Africa participated
in a workshop on social media strategies for small businesses
at The Edge Connection at Kennesaw State University.


A delegation of Russian researchers visited the corporate headquarters
of The Coca-Cola Company.


An international group of women NGO leaders visited The Carter Center.


GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members
who have made financial contributions during
March 2014:

Ambassador ($1000+)
Dawn Ely
John & Lauren Seidl
Raul & Annie-York Trujillo

Chargé d’Affaires ($500+)
Roger & Alke Naik

Consul ($250+)
Ada Almering
Bruce Cotterman

Attaché ($100+)
Saira Draper

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Laurent Ditmann

Ambassadors Circle

Tommy & Tiffany Abram
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Colin S. Brady, OBE &
Mrs. Susan Wesley-Brady
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Jim & Carol Dew
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Dawn Ely
Kwanza Hall
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock

Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Ruth Hanners
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Barry & Tanya Morris
Michael Owen
John & Lauren Seidl
Darren & Ann Short
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Raul F. & Annie-York Trujillo
Jin & Yoko Yoshida
Lynne Zappone

Lifetime Members

Hans & Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim & Carol Dew
Carol Emmons
Lew & Anne Hansen

Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George & Judy Varga

Global Partners

The Coca-Cola Company

D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Ogletree Deakins

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Regency Suites Hotel

University of North Georgia


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The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to
create valuable international experiences and opportunities for the
people of Georgia and emerging leaders around the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be globally engaged.

 

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100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303
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