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GCIV - Georgia Council for International Visitors
International Consular Ball
International Consular Ball
This past Saturday, the Georgia Council for International Visitors celebrated our 34th annual International Consular Ball. The event, which honors the Georgia Consular Corps, provided an Enchanting Evening of Tropical Rhapsody, including fine dining, dancing, entertainment, and networking on a global scale.

Preceding the Ball last Wednesday eve, a beautiful VIP Reception was graciously hosted by Governor and Mrs. Deal at the Governor’s Mansion. Please click here for photos of the VIP Reception.

Special thanks to our Ball Chair, Mrs. Alrene Barr, and to Honorary Chairs, Mayor Kasim Reed & Mrs. Sarah Reed, Ambassador Andrew Young & Mrs. Carolyn Young, and Mr. Craig & Mrs. Nancy Lesser, for creating an exceptional venue and an extraordinary program.

And thanks to our fantastic and generous supporters, and our wonderful Silent Auction Committee, chaired by Ms. Alicia McCart, our silent auction raised over $20,000 for GCIV’s programs in the upcoming year.

To each of you who helped to make these evenings such a success, please accept our deepest gratitude. The funds raised through the International Consular Ball are absolutely essential to carry out our mission. With your help, we can continue to create valuable international experiences and opportunities for the people of Georgia and emerging leaders around the world. Thank you again, from all of us at GCIV!

Please click here to view photos from the International Consular Ball in our gallery.
2015 International Consular Ball Sponsors

Georgia Department of Economic Development
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
The Coca-Cola Company

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Power
Kuck Immigration Partners
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Regency Suites Hotel
Seyfarth Shaw
Siemens Industry Inc.

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
J.P Morgan Chase
Metro Atlanta Chamber
The Pendleton Group
VMP Nutrition
GCIVisits Hungary
GCIVisits Hungary
GCIV members are invited to join us in Hungary on May 23-28. Please click here for more information and details, or contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org.

GCIV Ambassadors Circle members receive a 10% discount.

To become a GCIV member, please click here.
GCIV Members are Invited to Discover Diplomacy
GCIVisits Hungary
Are you ready get an insider’s view of the foreign affairs world in DC? Participate in the Discover Diplomacy Weekend and connect with other internationally-minded thinkers, leaders, and do-ers!

You will take A Look at Women’s Leadership in Foreign Affairs, with a distinguished panel moderated by Mary Kane, President and CEO of Sister Cities International, who has previously served as an Executive Director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Secretary of State in Maryland.

Register now and take part in:
The Around the World Embassy Tour
• Reception with foreign service officers and the diplomatic corps
• Special Tour of the Organization of American States (OAS) Main Building
And much more

For a taste of what’s in store, check out pictures and a recap from 2014.

Join in this May 1 - 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Register today
Who’s Coming to Town?
March 29 - April 2
Italy, Morocco, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Uzbekistan

Focus: International Trade

April 1 - 4

Focus: Counterterrorism

April 4 - 8

Focus: HIV, Sports, Culture

April 8 - 14

Focus: Labor Relations

April 21 - 25
Armenia, Germany, Norway, and Romania

Focus: Data Protection and Privacy

April 22 - 25

Focus: Newsroom Directors
Easter Hospitality Opportunities
Sunday, April 5 - Six (6) delegates from Russia would like to experience Easter hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on HIV: Sports, Cultural and Educational Activities as a Means of Effective HIV Prevention and are available at any time that day. The delegation may be split into groups of 3 visitors per host, plus an interpreter.

Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. To become a GCIV member, please click here. 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.
Global Lunch Forum
Global Lunch Forum
Please join us for a special presentation by Mr. Sebastien Julien Dupuch, Ph.D., a participant from France in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on Labor Relations. Mr. Dupuch is an economist who covers Europe and International Labor Relations for France Ouvriere (FO), one of the largest trade unions in France that maintains independence from political parties. Mr. Dupuch will speak about his work, share his impressions and observations about labor relations in the United States, and compare/contrast the two countries with respect to labor relations in the areas of unemployment, retirement, adapting to the labor market, and welfare.

There is no charge for GCIV members at the Consul level and above. Fee for all other GCIV members is $10; and $15 for non-members (includes lunch).

When: Tuesday, April 13th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Where: 100 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303, Logan Room (Lobby Level)

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP by 5:00 PM on Monday, April 12 to Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org.
RSVP here
Save the Date to Dine with Visitors from Armenia, Germany, Norway and Romania!
International Dining Experience
April’s International Dining Experience is Thursday, April 23rd at 6:30 PM (location TBA!)

We are hosting a European delegation of IVLP visitors from Armenia, Germany, Norway and Romania. Their program focuses on Data Protection and Privacy, and we invite you to join us to dine with them!

We will be sending an announcement next week regarding the location and registration information. We hope to see you there!
Atlanta Council on International Relations April Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
Thursday, April 23: China in Africa: Implications for the United States
Speaker: Fei-ling Wang, Ph.D. Professor, Sam Nunn School, Georgia Tech

Time: 11:30 AM — Registration, 12-1:30 PM — Luncheon and Program

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

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members $30; for non-members $40; annual membership $50

RSVP: To make a reservation, please email alevin50@yahoo.com.
Global Partners
D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Global Atlanta

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, City of Atlanta

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Private Bank of Buckhead

Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

The Coca-Cola Company

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
Become a Global Partner today!
Donate Your Appreciated Stock to GCIV
We are pleased to announce that GCIV can now accept your donations of publicly-traded stock. This alternative to making cash donations provides significant benefits to both GCIV and the donors, as it usually enables the donors to give more money to the charity than they would if they sold the stocks on their own, paid taxes on the gains, and then donated the remaining cash to the organization.

The donor can deduct the current fair market value of the stock as their charitable donation, without paying the capital gains taxes that would apply if they sold the stock themselves. GCIV benefits by receiving the current market value of the stock.

For further information about making a donation to GCIV in the form of stock, please contact the Treasurer, Bruce Taylor at brucektaylor@gmail.com.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during March 2015:
Ambassador ($1,000+)
Katy Barksdale

Chargé d’Affaires ($500+)
Charles H. Battle, Jr., Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco

Consul ($250+)
Aadu Allpere, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia
Christine Solomon

Attaché ($100+)
Anne Hansen
Carole Walton

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Steve Allen
Dorothy Brown
Kingsley Dike
Allan Nottingham
Fred Rich
BB Webb

Envoy ($25+)
Stephanie Woods Miller
Kimberlyn Carter

Ambassadors Circle
Marvin Banks
Katy Barksdale
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Colin S. Brady, OBE &
Mrs. Susan Wesley-Brady
Ted & Gudrun Chapman
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Jim & Carol Dew
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Dawn Ely
Elizabeth Etoll
Jeff Gram
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Ruth Hanners
Stacy Howlin
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Robb Miltner
Barry & Tanya Morris
Sharon Lee Mueller
Michael Owen
John & Lauren Seidl
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
Destination Tips: Japan
19 Things Not to Do in Japan
As featured in Destination Tips, November 12, 2014, by Catherine Forth

Before you travel to Japan, it pays to brush up on some cultural differences to avoid offending local sensibilities. Manners and social rules are not universal, and it’s easy to commit a gaffe if you’re not aware of their customs and conventions. The Japanese are relatively reserved and polite, so you probably won’t even realize you’re affronting anyone — but they’ll notice. Part of the enrichment of travel is learning about other cultures and being sensitive to their ways. The Japanese are about as hospitable and welcoming as it gets, so take the time to read up on some basic behavioral dos and don’ts to ensure a faux-pas free trip. Here are 19 things NOT to do in Japan.
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities
Federal Service Language Academy
The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the fifth summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in June and July 2015. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a three-week residential program for students who are interested in an immersive intensive language experience (in either First-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, Portuguese or Second-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, and Portuguese), fitness, and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. Please visit the FSLA website at www.ung.edu/fsla for further details about their programs.

CCI-GreenHeart is currently seeking volunteer host families to experience culture from other parts of the world. We have students from China, Mongolia, Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Japan, Egypt, West Bank and Israel for the school year, first or second semesters. The students come with their own accident insurance and spending money. Please Contact Glenn & Jackie Morgan for more information at 770-298-8313 or 770-246-9396 or email hostkids@bellsouth.net. For more information, please visit www.cci-exchange.com/hostinquiry.aspx.

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2015-16 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 afsgeorgia@gmail.com.
More From Last Month!
Governor's Reception
Members of the Consular Corps and GCIV Board and Ambassadors Circle Members were treated to a warm VIP Reception at the Governor’s Mansion by Governor and Mrs. Deal on March 25, 2015.
International Consular Ball
"An Enchanting Evening of Tropical Rhapsody" and an extraordinary amount of fun was had by all at the International Consular Ball on Saturday, March 28!
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