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You're Invited! | Great Decisions 2017 Series | Save the Date: International Consular Ball | Members Tell Us | Two Easy Ways to Give to GCIV! | Atlanta YLAI Fellowship Program Highlights! | Who's Coming to Town? | Fulbright Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | ACIR Luncheon | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities | More From Last Month
Save the Date: December 8, 2016!
Save the Date: December 8, 2016!
Please join us for the Georgia Council for International Visitors' Annual Holiday Celebration

Thursday, December 8
7:00 – 8:30 pm

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

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

Not a member? Unsure about your membership status? Please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP and to join or renew an expired membership.
Prepare to Discuss the World
Prepare to Discuss the World
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Great Decisions is a program of the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association and in Georgia is sponsored by the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV).

2017 topics include The Gulf Cooperation/Saudi Arabia, China and its Military Policy, Afghanistan/Pakistan Update, Latin America's Falling Economies, The European Union, The Geopolitics of Energy, U.S. Trade Policy, Nuclear Security Today.

Click here for registration information for our 2017 Great Decisions Lecture Series beginning on January 5.

Interested in hosting your own Great Decisions lecture series group? Contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 21.
Save the Date: 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.

Please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 21 to become a sponsor and/or for more information.
Members Tell Us
Members Tell Us
"GCIV has been my ticket for international travel when I've not been able to leave Georgia! First as a member, and currently in my role as a Program Coordinator, thanks to GCIV I've met some of the most fascinating and inspiring people from around the world! We've engaged in lively conversations covering just about any and every topic, and through their stories and diverse perspectives, I've come to see their countries more comprehensively than a physical visit may have even provided. But more importantly, the connections and friendships that I've made have been invaluable, and now, more than ever, the impact of GCIV on building bridges between people and cultures is priceless."

Suzy Blough
GCIV Program Coordinator and Attaché Member
Two Easy Ways to Give to GCIV!
Two Easy Ways to Give to GCIV!
With the holiday season fast approaching, it's inevitable that you will probably need to shop! Wouldn't it be great if you could both save money, and also GIVE to help make the world a better place, at NO extra cost?

Goodshop is an online shopping mall that will donate a percent of your purchase price to GCIV when you shop at one of 3,000+ partner stores including top retailers like Amazon (1.5% donation), Expedia (up to 5% donation), and Staples (2.5% donation). You can also find 25,000+ active discounts and money-saving coupons so you can save money and give back at the same time! There is no cost and the experience of shopping through Goodshop is exactly the same as going to the retailer directly, except that you have the added bonus that through your shopping, you can earn donations for your favorite cause (the Georgia Council for International Visitors)!

Similarly, AmazonSmile will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to the charitable organization that you select (GCIV!). It costs you (and us) nothing, and when you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to GCIV. To get started, simply log on to smile.amazon.com and select the Georgia Council for International Visitors as your charitable organization. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and subsequently every eligible purchase that you make will result in a donation to GCIV.

Who would have thought that shopping could make such a world of difference?!
Atlanta YLAI Fellowship Program Highlights!
Atlanta YLAI Fellowship Program Highlights!
"I am writing to you to tell you how grateful I am with you for all the support you gave me during my stay in Atlanta. Now that in my country I am applying what I learned in there. Thanks to the workshops and activities you organized for me I have gotten the tools I need to improve my venture and also to help my community. Let me tell you that my work was shown in two fashion magazines in my country and I have been nominated to the PESS Prize which will allow me to get money in order to invest in my company. Thank you for changing my life. GCIV is not only an organization but it is a place where dreams come true, a place which transforms lives and allow us to walk the extra mile. I hope to see you soon and I will be more than happy to help you next year if YLAI continues. Thanks Again for everything and for making me believe in me."

Oscar Tadeo
YLAI Fellow, El Salvador
Who's Coming to Town?
December 5 - 9
Saudi Arabia
Focus: Impact and Change: Paths to Social Innovation in Saudi Arabia
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Hailed as a one of the foremost trailblazers and influential Arab women in her field, Lujain Al Ubaid is the co-founder and CEO of Tasamy for Social Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit organization that helps develop innovative and sustainable solutions to societal problems by encouraging and empowering youth and social entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia and beyond. Born and raised in Riyadh, Al Ubaid studied business administration and finance at Al Yamamah University, after which she attended the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as Columbia Business School's Executive Education Program for Nonprofit Organizations. She was a founding member of the strategic planning team at Al Ghad forum, an esteemed national youth development organization. Al Ubaid is a global fellow with Acumen, headquartered in New York, whose mission invests in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world addresses poverty. Her commitment to fight poverty also led her to serve as a co-founder and co-chair for Acumen's Riyadh chapter and as a current associate at Saudi Development and Innovation Group (SADIG), focusing on identifying and developing industrial projects in Saudi Arabia. Most recently, her work as chief strategy officer with Ignis Careers in Hyderabad, India, has contributed to the development of the English and Life Skills Lab, an innovative program addressing education gaps in the region. As a CEDPA Global Women in Management alumna, Al Ubaid frequently represents the social entrepreneurship field in international conferences, forums, and summits.

Ms. Al Ubaid will be presenting several talks during her visit in Atlanta, and we are delighted that she will be our keynote speaker at GCIV's Holiday Party on December 8. Drawing on experiences in Saudi Arabia, India and elsewhere, Lujain Al Ubaid will share her personal journey and in the process highlight ways in which youth in Saudi Arabia can be helped along the path to creative entrepreneurship and volunteerism through online incubation and incentivizing, and finding sustainable solutions to social problems by encouraging and empowering youth, leaders, private and governmental institutions to achieve social entrepreneurship in the Gulf region.
Fulbright Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Interested in hosting International Fulbright Scholars for dinner?
GCIV has TWO opportunities in 2017!
The first hosting opportunity will be
Friday, February 10, 2017.
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
GCIV is hosting 140 Fulbright Scholars from all over the world for dinner hospitality, and we need your help!

Due to the large size of the groups, we are asking each host to accommodate at least 4 visitors, if possible. If you are unable to host, but would still like to participate, we are also in need of volunteer drivers to escort the Fulbrighters to and from their hotel that evening.

The scholars always reference dinner hospitality with local hosts as their top enrichment highlight while in Atlanta.

To host these entertaining and distinguished students/scholars, please contact Emily O'Harris at emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 15.
Atlanta Council on International Relations December Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations November Luncheon
Wednesday, December 7: "Life After ​the TrumpQuake​"

Speaker: Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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

Place: Capital City Club, 7 John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 www.capitalcityclub.org

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members $30. For non-members $40; Annual ACIR Membership is $50

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 November 2016
Ambassador ($1,000+)
Lindsay & Rosemary Davidson
Bethany & Ron Lane

Consul ($250+)
Vivianne Peralta

Attaché ($100+)
Dean Fusto & Minh Nguyet Nguyen

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Frances Dunston
Donald Pattillo
Jason & Manuela Shepherd
Sheila Tschinkel

Ambassadors Circle
Tariq & Pilar Amir
Farah Amir
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charlie & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Saira & Addison Draper
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
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
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!
The Atlanta YLAI Fellows received VIP Treatment at some of Atlanta's leading businesses, organizations and institutions, including a meeting at the Coca Cola Company with several top executives and Alfredo Rivera, President, Latin American Group; COO Dan Gordon, Vanessa Ibarra and Taylor Woodruff from the Mayor's Office of International Affairs; Rohit Malhotra, Founder and ED of the Center for Civic Innovation, and Ernesto Escobar, Program Manager at GA Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute.
More From Last Month!
GCIV members, Trustees, YLAI Fellowship Hosts, Consul Generals, and Thea Richard from Meridian International Center enjoyed a spectacular Welcome Reception for the Atlanta YLAI Fellows at the Rialto Center for the Arts at GA State University.
More From Last Month!
The YLAI group quickly found their way around town — cooling off at Centennial Olympic Park, hiking up (and almost rolling down!) Stone Mt., Volunteering at Books for Africa, and "attending school" with the fish at the GA Aquarium!
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