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GCIV  Newsletter - February 2017
International Consular Ball | Members Tell Us | April GLF | Who's Coming to Town? | Job Opening | ACIR Luncheon | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities | More From Last Month
You are Invited to the International Consular Ball! April 29, 2017
Save the Date: April 29, 2017!
The 36th International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

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.

This year we're taking a magical voyage as we explore an "Oasis in the Desert" and we invite you to join us! Your support allows us to provide citizen diplomacy programs that build relationships between leaders in our state and distinguished international visitors. With your sponsorship, you are supporting the continuation and expansion of GCIV's vital work and honoring the Georgia International Consular Corp representatives who promote these same ties in business, education, and culture. Together we play a unique and invaluable role in building a more peaceful, prosperous world.

The ICB's Signature Silent Auction features one-of-a-kind items donated by the Atlanta Consular Corps, GCIV members, and businesses & community partners. Don't miss your chance to take home unique art, beverages, and décor from around the world!
We invite your company to sponsor the International Consular Ball. Please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 21 for more information.
Join our growing list of sponsors!

2017 International Consular Ball Sponsors

Nancy and Charlie Bedford
The Coca-Cola Company
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Delta Air Lines
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Atlanta United FC
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Atlanta International School
Global Atlanta
The Private Client Law Group
Regency Suites Hotel
Rheem Manufacturing
YKK Corporation of America
Members Tell Us
Members Tell Us
"At GCIV, we open our arms to welcome the world to Atlanta. Not only does GCIV open its arms to the world, it opened its arms to me. I recently relocated to Atlanta and was graciously welcomed by the members and staff of GCIV. Attending the International Dining Experiences, it is not the food that satiates me - I am filled by the comradery of visiting in an intimate setting with delegates from around the world, and learning more about them and their passions for further development in their countries. Having joined GCIV, I look forward to personally knowing the strides other countries are making. There is so much good being done in the world and it is my pleasure to participate through GCIV!"

Lori Carpenter Landrum
GCIV Attaché Member
Global Lunch Forum
Global Lunch Forum
Please join GCIV and Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders for a lunchtime discussion as we examine the dramatic shift in the development paradigm for Sub Saharan Africa, driven in large part by the imaginative, innovative and insta-impact leadership in the region's small businesses.

Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders served as one of the U.S. Government's top diplomats on African issues over a long career in the United States Diplomatic Corps with senior positions ranging from Ambassador to the Republics of Nigeria and the Congo, two stints as Director for Africa at the White House, and the U.S. Permanent Representative to the West African Regional Organization ECOWAS. Dr. Sanders received her doctorate degree from Pittsburgh's Robert Morris University and is a thought leader on today's Africa political, economic, and security issues. Dr. Sanders will have available her new book entitled "The Rise of Africa's Small & Medium Size Enterprises" that includes an introduction by renowned civil rights leader Ambassador Andrew Young, and a foreword by Africa's leading businessman, Mr. Aliko Dangote.

When: Tuesday, April 4, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Where: Invest Atlanta, 133 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2900, Atlanta, Georgia 30306

Register at africaslargesteconomy.eventbrite.com.
Who's Coming to Town?
March 29 – April 1
Focus: English Language Teaching and Social Inclusion
March 29 – April 1
Focus: Strategies for Global Transparency and Accountability
April 1-5
Republic of Kosovo and Macedonia
Focus: Countering Violent Extremism
April 1-5
Focus: International Woman of Courage Honoree
April 5-8
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Lesotho, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Trinidad and Tobago, Zimbabwe
Focus: Global Health Security
April 23-26
Focus: Energy Cybersecurity
April 26 - May 2
Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Qatar
Focus: Promoting Community Resilience
We are Hiring
GCIV is currently seeking a Community Program Coordinator responsible for the Council's communications, membership, and implementation of GCIV's community and international visitor programs.

The ideal candidate will possess strong communications and public relations skills, demonstrated interest in community engagement, and a passion for international exchange. Please visit our website for the full job description.

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and references to employment@gciv.org. Due to the expected number of applications we request that you do not call or email to check on your application status. You will be contacted via email if you are selected for an interview. Thank you for your interest in employment with the Georgia Council for International Visitors.
Atlanta Council on International Relations February Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations November Luncheon
Thursday, April 6: "Opportunities, Threats, and Challenges of Global Trade"

Speaker: J. Thomas Chapin, Ph. D. UL Corporate Fellow and VP of Research Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Time: 11:30 AM — Registration: 12:00-1:30 PM — Luncheon and Program

Place: Wardlaw Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, 177 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members and non-members; $25

Click here for Registration *Please Note: Prior registration required.

Questions? Please email alevin@atlantacir.org.
Global Partners
D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Georgia State University

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 at Georgia State University

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

The Coca-Cola Company

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
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 2017
Ambassadors Circle ($250+)
Marvin & Mindy Banks

Consul ($250+)
Desmond Browne
Charles & Lola Battle

Attaché ($100+)
Colin Brady OBE & Susan Wesley-Brady
Dr. Charles & Titinesy Sow

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Wolfgang & Gundie Jahn-Held

Envoy ($25+)
Pavielle Ludlow
Carole Walton

Ambassadors Circle
Tariq & Pilar Amir
Farah Amir
Marvin & Mindy Banks
Alrene Barr
Charlie & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Saira & Addison Draper
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Elizabeth Etoll
Jorge & Silvia Fernandez
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
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
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
1st Annual World Trade Day: A Historic Day for Extraordinary Times. Don't miss this unique opportunity to participate in the World Trade Center Atlanta's 1st Annual World Trade Day on May 2, 2017 at the Georgia International Convention Center. The Keynote Presentation will be by the Honorable Matthew T. McGuire, United States Executive Director, The World Bank Group, and the topic of "Trade Talk: Real Conversations about the Future of Global Trade" will be explored in depth. Early Bird Registration ends on February 28, so don't delay...Register today!

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 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!
Fulbright Scholars were hosted for dinner in GCIV members' homes while visiting Atlanta for a weekend seminar on civil and human rights. Thank you so much to the 30+ families that opened their homes for our visitors!
More From Last Month!
GCIV Members joined our visitors from Mauritius at Arepa Mia for an evening of Venezuelan cuisine and conversation. The visitors from this delegation were participating in a program focused on combatting child trafficking and met with professional partners including Covenant House Georgia, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Out of Darkness, Wellspring Living, youthSpark, and Raksha. They also participated in a community service project with the Salvation Army.
More From Last Month!
At the end of March, GCIV had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from India focusing on strategies for global transparency and accountability. They met with professional partners including Emory University, the Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Charles Steele from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (pictured), and the Attorney General of Georgia. The also had the chance to tour CNN and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site to learn more about our great state!
Expand Your World
Expand Your World
Want to get an insider's perspective on places that you may never have even thought about visiting? The U.S. Department of State brings tens of thousands of international leaders, professionals, students and scholars to this country every year from more than 160 countries. It only takes a couple of hours to get involved. Find out how you can get involved today!
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Georgia Council for International Visitors
Connecting Georgians to the World Since 1962
Georgia Council for International Visitors
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 832-5560
Fax: (404) 832-5568