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You’re Invited! GCIV Annual Meeting and Holiday Celebration
Save the Date!
Please join us for the Georgia Council for International Visitors’ Annual Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, December 10
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30363

Delicious holiday buffet, open bar, spectacular Atlanta skyline views in an art-filled setting, free parking, and GCIV’s much-anticipated Annual Highlights Presentation

Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17
by Friday, December 5, 2014

This is a free event, but you must be a current GCIV member to attend. Space is limited and RSVPs are confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Not a member? Unsure about your membership status? Please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP and to join or renew an expired membership. We will register you for the Holiday Party at that time.
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Save the Date!
The 34th International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, March 28 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.

Contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org or 404­-832­-5560 x 21 for more information.
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Members Tell Us
Members Tell Us
"The Georgia Council of International Visitors has unquestionably changed my life for the better! It is the perfect blend of cross cultural exposure, access to educational lectures from a broad span of professionals, and increased global competency with every GCIV experience. I am thankful for the longstanding, critical presence of GCIV for myself and for Georgia and the world. Thank you, GCIV!"

— Dineo Brinson, GCIV Envoy Member
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Who’s Coming to Town?
December 2 - 6

Focus: Women in Agriculture - Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

December 17 - 19

Focus: Administration of Justice and the Rule of Law
2015 Great Decisions Lecture Series
Great Decisions
Increase your awareness and understanding of global issues through this eight-week lectures series.

Great Decisions is based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association and encourages participants to develop an informed opinion on the role the United States should play in world affairs.

The lectures are Thursdays, January 15 - March 5, 2015 from 7:30 - 9:00 PM at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church.

For complete topic descriptions and how to register, click here.
Register today!
Calling all Citizen Diplomats!
Fulbright Dinner Hospitality
On the evening of Friday, February 6, 2015 GCIV is hosting another large group of visiting Fulbright scholars for dinner hospitality and we need your help!

140 graduate students from all over the world will be in Atlanta, and due to the size of the group, we are asking hosts to try to accommodate at least 4 visitors. If you are unable to host, we still need volunteer drivers to escort the Fulbrighters to and from their hotel.

The scholars always reference dinner hospitality with local hosts as their top highlight while in Atlanta as part of their enrichment seminar. To see why, click here to view photos from previous Fulbright dinners with GCIV members!

To host these entertaining and distinguished scholars, please contact Emily O’Harris at emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 15.
Global Partners
The Coca-Cola Company

D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, City of Atlanta

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Ogletree Deakins

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Regency Suites Hotel

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
Become a Global Partner today!
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during November 2014:
Ambassador ($1,000+)
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Stacy Howlin

Attaché ($100+)
Barbara Robinson

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Philip Brachman
Joseph & Lisa Freschi
May Park
Donald Patillo
Doug Shipman
Sherry Von Klitzing

Envoy ($25+)
Dineo Brinson
April Ramsden
Catherine Smith

Ambassadors Circle
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
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Ruth Hanners
Stacy Howlin
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Robb Miltner
Barry & Tanya Morris
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
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities
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 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. AFS is currently looking for a family in the Cambridge HS district (Fulton County) to host a female Malaysian high school student from January - June 2015. 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!
GCIV Halloween
IVLP participants, four judges from Croatia experience Halloween "American Style" with the help of GCIV members and staff at the GCIV office in Atlanta on October 31.
IDEs at Nicola's
GCIV members had an opportunity to dance, eat, and laugh with IVLP delegates from Hungary during the International Dining Experience (IDEs), co-hosted with John Parkerson, Georgia’s Honorary Consul for Hungary, at Nicola’s Restaurant in Atlanta on November 20.
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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