In this issue...

Members Tell Us | Win Tickets to International Consular Ball | Who’s Coming to Town?
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | GCIVists Spain | International Dining Experience
Global Lunch Forum | Community Connections | Trustees In The News
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Why Do You Support GCIV?

"As chair of the Atlanta City Council’s international relations committee, I have a front-row seat to GCIV’s programs and services. They are best-in-class. No one gives international delegations an experience of the real, authentic Atlanta like GCIV."

- The Honorable Kwanza Hall, Atlanta
   City Council and GCIV Ambassador


Win two tickets to next year’s
International Consular Ball!

Please help us close our membership gap! GCIV needs $11,000 in membership contributions before the end of our fiscal year on September 30.

Become a new member, renew an expired membership, upgrade your membership to the next level, or give the gift of membership during August and September and you will be entered into a drawing for two complimentary tickets to next year’s International Consular Ball — a $500 value!

Not sure about your current membership status? Please contact Farah Amir at

Who’s Coming to Town?

August 14 - 18, China
Focus: Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection

August 18 - 21, Japan
Focus: Legislative Leadership in Economic Development and Job Creation

August 21 - 24, France
Focus: Crisis Management

August 21 - 24, Armenia
Focus: Promoting a Culture of Tolerance

August 24 - 28, Israel, Jordan,
and the West Bank

Focus: Women Entrepreneurs and
Economic Leaders

August 26 - 28, Multi-Regional Delegation
Focus: Promoting Social Change
through the Arts

August 28 - 31, France
Focus: Diversity in the U.S.

Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Monday, August 26 - Ten visitors from Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank 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 women entrepreneurs and economic leadership. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 or 3 visitors per host.

Thursday, August 29 - One radio host from France 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 diversity in the U.S. She is available at 6:30 PM for dinner.

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 or 404-832-5560 x15. Once you have signed up to host, we’ll provide a CultureGram for the appropriate countries.

GCIVisits Spain!

GCIV Ambassadors, board members, and Global Partners are invited to join us in Spain on
September 25 - 28. Click here for more information and details.

If you are interested in joining GCIV for this amazing opportunity, or if you’d like to become a GCIV Ambassador or Global Partner, please contact Shell Stuart at

Dine with Environmental Protection
Specialists from China!

Join us for dinner with a Chinese delegation of Environmental Protection Specialists. Price is $25 per person for GCIV members and $35 for non-members.

When: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 7:00 PM

Where: Double Zero, 5825 Roswell Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30328, 404-991-3666

Click the button below to pay online and reserve your spot by Monday, August 12, 2013. Reservations are required!

Not a member? Unsure about your membership status? Please contact Farah Amir at or 404-832-5560 x17 to RSVP and to join or renew an expired membership.

Don’t miss the next Global Lunch Forum!

Join us as for a special presentation on "European Union: Emergency and Crisis Management" by Dr. Cécile Wendling, IVLP participant. Dr. Wendling is Director of Research at Futuribles, a think tank based in Paris, specializing in foresight studies. Dr. Wendling is also an Associate Researcher at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (Center of Organizational Sociology), and is a social science expert for the French agency in charge of environmental and health safety (ANSES). Her areas of expertise include the European Union, NATO, crisis management, risk management, cyber security and the global commons. She lectures at various leading institutions, such as Sciences Po Paris on crisis management; the War College on how to anticipate terrorist attacks; the Institute for Higher Studies in National Defense (IHEDN) on French national security policy; and at Sup de Co La Rochelle on strategic issues.

Price is $10 per person for GCIV members and $15 for non-members.

When: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 12:00 - 1:30 PM.

Where: Location to be determined.

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP by 5:00 PM on Monday, August 19 to Farah at

Seeking Hosts for Community Connections Participants from Uzbekistan

GCIV is seeking volunteer home-stay hosts for ten healthcare professionals from Uzbekistan who will be in Atlanta on November 1-22 for a program entitled Capacity Building of the National Tuberculosis Program for Uzbekistan. For details on this unique hosting opportunity please click here. For more information on the Community Connections program please click here.

If you are interested in being a volunteer host or have questions, please contact Irene Bailey at

Trustees In The News

Honorary Consul of Hungary for the southeast United States, John E. Parkerson, Jr., has been appointed Honorary Foreign Economic Counselor by the Government of Hungary. Minister of State for Economic Strategy, Zoltán Cséfalvay, during his recent visit to Washington presented the honor at a special breakfast program hosted by Ambassador György Szapáry at the Embassy of Hungary. Parkerson was joined in this distinction by Mr. Robert C. Knuepfer, Jr., a Chicago attorney with the law firm Baker & McKenzie who first opened that firm’s offices in Budapest in 1993. Breakfast guests included Washington representatives of six US companies already doing business in Hungary; as well as Katalin Csorba, First Counselor, Head of Hungarian Economic Representatives in the US.

Following the breakfast, Parkerson accompanied Minister Cséfalvay and Embassy representatives to the Minister’s address on "Changes and Challenges: Innovation in Europe and Hungary" at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). Parkerson is the first Honorary Consul of Hungary in the US to receive this distinction; and with Knuepfer, he is one of only two Hungarian Foreign Economic Counselors in the US. The appointment emphasizes the regional Hungarian consulate's focus on promotion of investment, trade and business relations between the southeast US and Hungary.

The Honorary Consulate of Hungary in Atlanta will host embassy consular officials for the second "consular days" from August 26-29, which facilitates Hungarians with citizenship, passport, visa, and other needs; and Parkerson travels to Budapest in mid-September for the 5th Conference of Honorary Consuls of Hungary. Parkerson is an international attorney at Hall Booth Smith, P.C.; President of the World Trade Center Atlanta; Adjunct Professor at Emory University Law School; member of Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Global Commerce Council; and a member of several non-profit Boards. For more information about the appointment, click here or visit

Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Atlanta Global Freedom Expo, August 17
The King Center and the National Park Services are inviting all to join them for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have A Dream" speech. Click here for more information on events in Atlanta on August 17, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM; and click here for more information on national festivities on August 28.

Go Eat Give: Destination Malaysia, August 22
Escape to South East Asia for an evening of cultural learning, delicious curries, and entertainment. Join Go Eat Give for authentic Malaysia food at restaurant Malaya. Guest speaker for the event will be Mr. Fabian De Rozario, Principal of GlobalConnect and Senior Consultant at Korn/Ferry International. Ticket includes dinner, tax, tips, speaker and entertainment. Free parking and cash bar will be available on site. Portion of proceeds benefit the nonprofit, Go Eat Give, that supports community development efforts internationally. Click here for more information and to RSVP!

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2013-14 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 or contact Ruth Blackstock at 404-406-2917 or

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members
who have made financial contributions during July 2013:

Attaché ($100+)
Abu Abdul-Quader
Dorothy Beasley
Sandra Cuttler

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Joan Cioffi
Allen Freedman
Maz Kosma
Lee Pasackow
Sheila Tschinkel
Thomas Watkins

Envoy ($25+)
Farah Amir
Lidia Awad
Sonia Barbalho
Eda Kosma

International Women Associates

Ada Almering
Kay Alvelda
Pilar Amir
Marika Barbalho
Ana Bartolome
Paige Becquet
Elizabeth Bessonette
Christa Burry
Jill Carlson-Miyatake
Jeanna Castell-Kozik
Silvana Cavellier
Gudrun Chapman
Lynn Coltman
Susan Craig
Susan Dalton
Rosie Davidson
Milagros Davila
Betty Davis
Andrea Denny
Carol Dew
Silvana Eakin
Elizabeth Etoll
Linda Farrell
Orysia Fisher
Christine Franz
Lesley Frappier
Susan Frumin
Laura Gilmore
Anne Godsey
Gail Goodwin
Anne Hansen
Cindy Haygood
Sue Heerin
Judith Hellriegel
Nancy Hollister
Helen Hoverman
Susanne Howe
Rahila Hussain
Gudrun Jahn-Held
Mary Kitchens

Bobbi Kornblit
Birgit Kraemer
Beth Kroger
Rae Leffman
Antonella Lovinger
Josephine Maloney
Karen Manzini
Barbara Marnock
Josephine Marto
Marianne McConnel
Faye McKay-Clegg
Sandy McQueen
Marlene Mehnert
Elizabeth Munson
Lea Nixon
Bjorg Olafsdottir
Harshika Patel
Themis Poulos Cramer
Rosemary Quillin
Carol Riggs
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall
Anita Sahni
Fay Selvage
Carol Sharkey
Toshi Shimizu
Helga Siegel
Elizabeth M. Spiegel
Lyniece Talmadge
Sharon Taylor
Jeet Thakker
Birgit Trabold-Dorazewski
Sheila Tschinkel
Claudia Turner
Renate Vasquez
Carol Wien
Carolyn Wills
Krystyna Wilson
Annie York-Trujillo
Yoko Yoshida
Durshi Zoberi

Ambassadors Circle

Tommy & Tiffany Abram
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Kwanza Hall
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Charles & Jenni Kuck

Barry Morris
Roger & Alke Naik
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

Atlantic Capital Bank

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of
Economic Development

Kennesaw State

Kuck Immigration Partners


Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts

University of Georgia

More From Last Month!

American Corners program participants from 22 countries at GCIV’s Members Only Reception
at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

South African Members of Parliament meet with Dr. Johnnella Butler, Provost and
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Spelman College.

Members of the Nigerian National Assembly visiting Georgia for a program on Legislative Libraries.

German delegation of journalists and politicians at the CNN Studios; with Claire Collobert Angelle,
International Affairs Director, and Noah Downer, Protocol Officer, City of Atlanta; with Georgia State Representative Valencia Stovall and with Chris McNaboe of The Carter Center.

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