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GCIV - Georgia Council for International Visitors
Thank You to our International Consular Ball Sponsors! April 2, 2016
Thank You to our International Consular Ball Sponsors! April 2, 2016
2016 International Consular Ball Sponsors

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
The Coca-Cola Company

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Regency Suites Hotel

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Atlanta International School
Gentleman Jack
Global Atlanta
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
The Private Client Law Group
Seyfarth Shaw
Thanks Again
Visit Cuba with Go Eat Give in September 2016!
Visit Cuba with Go Eat Give in September 2016!
Join Go Eat Give, and GCIV's Executive Director, Shell Stuart on a journey to Cuba, September 17-24.

Relive history and explore the treasures of "real Cuba," with it's old classic 1950's Cadillacs and elegant Spanish colonial homes. Dine in unique private home restaurants where generations of women have served family recipes to small groups of customers. The 7-day schedule includes stays in Havana and Trinidad, a visit to Hemingway's house, salsa dancing lesson, cigar factory tour, volunteer work, meals at public and private restaurants and time to shop and explore. For more information please contact: Go Eat Give info@goeatgive.com, phone: (678) 744-8306, or Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org.
Members Tell Us!
Members Tell Us!
"Connecting with GCIV has been a fantastic jolt of purpose as well as a source of joy to be able have an avenue to give back to visitors just as we have been given as visitors in other nations. A delightful premise and wonderfully carried out by the GCIV team! ...I can't believe that it took so long to find and join you guys and now I can't possibly imagine a satisfying internationally-prone existence in Atlanta without the GCIV."

Joshua Rice, GCIV Envoy Member
Join GCIV!
Who's Coming to Town?
April 1
Fulbright Scholars from Around the World

Focus: Dinner Hospitality with GCIV Members!

April 6 – 9

Focus: Urban Water Management Issues

April 6 – 9

Focus: Preparing and Supporting Responders to Sexual Violence

April 13 – 16
Croatia, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland

Focus: Refugee Resettlement and Integration
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Fulbright and IVLP Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
We're extremely proud of the GCIV Home Hospitality program. A key part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is giving emerging world leaders a look into an ordinary American home. While coming to Georgia to meet peers builds professional contacts, Home Hospitality builds friendship.

Your chance to engage with our visitors in the privacy of your own home is our best chance to have guests leave as friends. Home Hospitality means guests going home with memories of a delicious home-cooked meal, lively discussions, insights, and exchanges about cultures, customs, and families. Home Hospitality is where we all discover that we have much more in common than we have differences.

Here are our latest Home Hospitality opportunities:

Thursday, April 14 - Seven (7) visitors from Croatia, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland 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 "Refugee Resettlement and Integration" and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

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 GCIV, the Atlanta Council on International Relations, and the Sam Nunn School at Georgia Tech for a lunchtime discussion and captivating slideshow by renowned British photojournalist Dr. Lee Karen Stow, highlighting her latest international project, Poppies: Women and War.

Inspired by Moina Belle Michael of Athens, GA, who, close to a century ago, was instrumental in immortalizing the red poppy flower in silk as a blood red symbol to forever honor the victims of war, Poppies: Women and War combines a portrait series of women whose lives have been affected by war with a botanical series of the poppy flower in its natural environment. For the poppy flower, despite its delicate appearance, is able to generate new life when everything else has been destroyed. Stow's portraits of the resilient poppy in red, orange, yellow, burgundy and white, included to represent women worldwide caught up in war, are shown alongside an evolving series of portraits of women involved in or affected by war, from the First World War to the present.

Cost: (includes lunch): $15; Georgia Tech Students: $5. (There is no charge for GCIV members at the Consul level and above)

When: Tuesday, August 12, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Where: Georgia Institute of Technology, William C. Wardlaw Jr. Center, Gordy Dining Room, 177 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Click the button below and RSVP by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 6. Please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org if you have any questions.
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 2016:
Ambassador ($1000+)
Marvin Banks
Brian Hooper
Roger & Alka Naik
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim

Chargé d'Affaires ($500+)
Director General Steven Tai
Patty Webb

Consul ($250+)
Charles H. Battle, Jr.
Colin Brady OBE & Susan Wesley-Brady
Stacy Howlin
Kornelia Probst-Mackowiak

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Gul Celkan
Milagros Davila
Pravina Shaw
Paul Siegel
Cindy Smith
Janis Sundquist
Carole Walton

Envoy ($25+)
Barbara Marnock
Debbie Swann
Ambassadors Circle
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charlie & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Elizabeth Etoll
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Brian Hooper
Robert & Vevonna Kennedy
Ron & Bethany Lane
Alice LeBlanc
Sharon L. Mueller
Roger & Alka Naik
Michael Owen
Ted Revilock & Ranjani Balasubramaniam
John & Lauren Seidl
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Flor Velarde
Jinkichi & Yoko Yoshida
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
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities
Vote Irene Bailey for the 2016 Hermann Gmeiner Award. We are so proud of former GCIV Deputy Director, Irene Bailey, who has been nominated for the 2016 Hermann Gmeiner Award. Born in Senegal but raised in an SOS family in Germany, Irene is a true example of what can be achieved despite a rocky start in life. Her life’s story is also a testament to how providing unconditional love to a vulnerable child can motivate that child to pay it forward. Please take about 15 seconds to follow this link: http://www.sos-usa.org/blog/march-2016/vote-for-irene and Vote for Irene (from multiple devices if possible!), and then share with your network. Every vote counts and prize money goes towards SOS Children's Villages outreach work in Atlanta.

The Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta Hosts a Screening of Notre Dame's Documentary "1916 - The Irish Rebellion" April 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Plaza Cinema in Atlanta. The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Professor Roy Foster, Carrol Professor of Irish History at Oxford University and author of Vivid Faces: The Revolutions Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923, will introduce the screening. Tickets are available at no cost to the public and can be obtained at www.dfa.ie/irish-consulate/atlanta/.

Global Ties U.S. Discover Diplomacy Weekend, May 6-8 in Washington, DC. Celebrate your role in fostering international relationships and get an insider's view of the diplomatic world. Explore the nation's capital, home of the Department of State and the embassies of over 170 countries. Attend the Global Ties U.S. Discover Diplomacy Weekend, May 6-8, 2016. Get $25 off the Weekend Package Price if you register by April 8! Use the discount code: Early25

Fulbright Association, GA Chapter
Do you have incredible memories from your Fulbright experience? Would you like to make that a lifelong experience and make sure others have a similar opportunity? We welcome you to the Fulbright Association, GA. chapter. We're an active, diverse group of academics and professionals, veteran and recently returned Fulbrighters from all over Georgia. We're passionate about international exchange and committed to ensuring that the Fulbright program is funded and healthy for future generations. We organize events for our 90 visiting scholars and students as well as engage in two national initiatives — Global Health and International Education. Please contact us at fulbrightga@gmail.com for more details.

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 2016-17 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!
More From Last Month 1
24 Foreign Service Nationals from around the world were hosted by GCIV in early March for an Information and Media Seminar, where they had a chance to tour the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, CNN studios, and experience Atlanta's southern hospitality!
More From Last Month 2
Our IVLP delegation from Afghanistan who were visiting Atlanta focused on the theme of Youth Engagement and Civil Society enjoyed a productive and colorful meeting at GivingPoint!
More From Last Month 3
GCIV members and guests had a delightful, delicious, and dance-able International Dining Experience at Nicola's with our IVLP delegation from Canada, who were in the U.S. to share best practices related to Anti-Radicalization and Countering Violent Extremism Among Youth.
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