In This Issue

-Who’s coming to town?-
-International Consular Ball-
-Great Decisions-
-ACIR Luncheon-
-Essay/Video Contest-
-Fulbright Dinner Hospitality-
-Delegation Spotlight-
-GCIV Calendar-
-Youth Exchange Scholarships-
-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-
-The CASIE Speakeasy-
-Other Events and Hosting Opportunities-

About GCIV

The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to create valuable international experiences and opportunities for the people of Georgia and emerging leaders around the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be globally engaged.

Who’s coming to town?

January 29 - February 2
Saudi Arabia
Focus: Interfaith Dialogue

February 1
International Delegation
Focus: Fulbright Dinner Hospitality

February 7 - 12
Focus: University Endowments

February 14 - 17
Focus: Minority and Indigenous Communities

February 19 - 23
International Delegation
Focus: International Crime

February 27 - March 2
International Delegation
Focus: Fulbright Scholars - Global Health Issues

GCIV Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Friday, February 8 - Four visitors from Georgia would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes higher-education and university officials. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on university endowments. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 visitors per host.

Friday, February 15 - Two NGO leaders from Australia 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 minority and indigenous communities. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner.

Wednesday, February 20 - Seventeen law enforcement officials from around the world 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 international crime. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner and do not need interpreters. The delegation will be split into groups of 3-4 visitors per host.

Please note: 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.

Global Partners

Atlantic Capital Bank

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners


Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts

University of Georgia

International Consular
Ball Sponsors


Coles College of Business,
Kennesaw State University

Georgia Power

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Kuck Immigration Partners

Metro Atlanta Chamber


Regency Suites Hotel

CHASE Commercial Bank

Ernst & Young


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


Mrs. Richard R. Hallock


Gretchen Corbin


Avis Dickey
Jim & Sue Heerin
Charles Marvin

Citizen Diplomat

Barbara Aishton
Irene Bailey
Barbara Blackford
Carroll & Suzanne Bray
Mubarak & Jenny Chouhdry
Col. John Mark Davis
Bill & Martha Dobes
Beth Graham
Bill & Joan Harrison
Renee Libby
Lisa Love
Bob & Cindy McCormick
David Ross
John & Mary Sellers
Don & Nettie Silva
Phillip Smith
Philip Tague
Geoffrey & Patricia Weber
George & Judy Weider
Anna Williams


Bernard Dzata
Diaa Ghaly
Kimberly Ozment

Ambassadors Circle
Steven R. Baldwin and Family
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Mike Dangerfield
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Ray Donato
Dawn Ely
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Phil & Raye Handler
Tim & Christy Hooper
Joseph & Adrienne Johnson
Doug & Mary Justice
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Ryan & Jessica Lewis
Roger & Alka Naik
Arnaldo & Michelle Ruiz
Darren & Ann Short
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Ash & Jeet Thakker
Raul F. & Annie-York Trujillo
Miller & Carolyn Williams
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

GCIV Trustees

Lynne Zappone

Yelena Epova,
Vice Chair
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Bruce Hamilton,
InterContinental Hotels Group

Phil Handler,
Third Story Investments

W. Lindsay Davidson,
Immediate Past Chair

E. Miller Williams, Jr.,
Ex Officio
Ernst & Young

Alrene Barr
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Charles Bedford
Atlanta Council on International Relations

Gretchen Corbin
Georgia Department of Economic Development

Clark Dean
Studley, Inc.

Andrea Denny
International Women Associates Chair

Noah Downer
City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor

Danielle Fernandes

Jorge Fernandez
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Julie Bryant Fisher
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Yonni Kim
Arnall Golden Gregory

Charles Kuck
Kuck Immigration Partners

Barry Morris
Kennesaw State University

Annabelle Malins
Consul General of the
United Kingdom

John Parkerson
Honorary Consul of Hungary

Arnaldo Ruiz
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Darren Short
RBC Capital Markets

Bruce Taylor
Police Central, Inc.

Annie-York Trujillo
International Women Associates

GCIV Staff

Shell Stuart
Executive Director
404-832-5560 x21

Irene Bailey
Deputy Director
404-832-5560 x13

Emily O’Harris
Program Director
404-832-5560 x15

2013 International Consular Ball

The 32nd International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, April 27 at the World of Coca-Cola.

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.

Guarantee your seat by becoming a sponsor or joining GCIV’s Ambassadors Circle. A limited number of individual tickets (at $250 each) will be available beginning April 1.

Contact Shell Stuart at or 404-832-5560 x 21 for more information.

Click here to see the current list of Ball Sponsors!

2013 Great Decisions Discussion Groups

GCIV serves as the statewide coordinator for the Great Decisions Program by helping facilitate discussion groups that give participants the opportunity to expand their understanding of world affairs. Topics change annually and are based on the Foreign Policy Association’s nonpartisan briefing book. Contact Amanda Guidero at for more information on how you can start your own discussion group!

Click here to view the current list of discussion groups in Georgia.

Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Time: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Speaker: Christoph Sander, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Southeastern United States

Topic: "Germany Today: Responsibility and Challenges in the Heart of Europe"

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members $30; for non-members $40

Place: Capital City Club, 7 John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street, NW

RSVP: To make a reservation, please contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi at
(Please include ACIR Luncheon in the subject)
*Vegetarian entrée upon request

Announcing the 2013 GCIV Essay/Video Contest

Turmoil around the world and rising cross-cultural conflict make it more important than ever to foster friendships between countries and people. "Today I Met...," GCIV’s unique, award-winning education opportunity, fosters international friendships by connecting global professionals to students in Georgia’s public and private schools. In the spring of 2013, GCIV invites metro Atlanta high school students to tell us why it is important to be globally engaged and to foster international dialogue. Students are encouraged to enter an essay and/or video on these topics into our "Today I Met...," essay & video contest. Click here for more details!

Host Fulbright Scholars for Dinner

GCIV members host Fulbright Scholars for dinner
in February 2012.

Thank you to our dinner hospitality hosts for welcoming our February Fulbrighters into their homes this evening!

There’s another opportunity to host fascinating Fulbright Scholars on Friday, March 1, 2013.

Please contact Emily O’Harris at for questions or to volunteer.

Delegation Spotlight

The delegation visits Tucker High School in DeKalb County, Georgia, escorted by retired high school teacher Bob McCormick (far left).

This past month GCIV hosted six visitors from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. They participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on Getting The Message Out: Leveraging Media, Government and Civil Society to Advocate for Minority Rights. This opportunity allowed the visitors to examine strategies for political activism by marginalized groups to build consensus within the community and pursue common goals; promote best practices for implementing and enforcing equal access to educational, employment and housing opportunities for all; and investigate the role of civil society and nongovernmental organizations in promoting multiculturalism, immigration advocacy and coalition-building.

The delegation learns about educational opportunities for
students at Tucker High School.

While in Atlanta, they met with Joe Beasley of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, faculty and students at Tucker High School in DeKalb County, and representatives from Mundo Hispanico. The visitors also attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march and rally in downtown Atlanta.

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U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students

It’s that time of year again when the U.S Department of State is looking for some great high school students to study abroad on their Youth Programs scholarships.

The application deadlines vary, so click on the name of each program for more information and deadlines.

   • The National Security Language Initiative for
     Youth (NSLI-Y)
   • The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study
     (YES) Abroad Program
   • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
     Program (CBYX)
   • The American Youth Leadership Program

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The CASIE Speakeasy

On the first Wednesday of the month, the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) presents a model language lesson and a different language each month at Speakeasy. The rules of the Speakeasy are simple. Instructors prepare a one hour lesson completely in the target language with no use of English. Then participants, usually with little prior study of the language but many multilingual, converse. Japanese, Amharic, Swahili, Dutch, Romanian, Hebrew, American Sign Language, Tagalog, and Latin are currently scheduled for 2012. NOTE: CASIE is currently looking for other instructors, particularly in languages not commonly taught in American schools. This is a great opportunity to promote languages and culture.

For more information, visit or email John Wilson.

Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2012-13 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 AFS! 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

Egypt: Pushing Forward
Atlanta based travel photographer, Sharif Hassan, has traveled the world shooting for various local and national publications since 2003. Best known for his action sports photography, editorial and commercial work, Hassan will be displaying a collection of work from various trips to Egypt spanning 10 years at dooGallery on February 2, 2013. Traveling from border to border documenting adventure travel and leisure this show will also have a large display of images from Egypt’s Revolution or "Arab Spring." Starting at 7:30pm, the event will have light snacks, beverages and later in the evening, live music. The exhibition is free to enter, donations accepted.
Click here for details!

Go Eat Give - Destination: China
Allow Go Eat Give to take you to another exciting destination without leaving the Perimeter. Explore the cuisine & culture of China! Celebrate Chinese New Year with a multi-course traditional Chinese dinner, inisghtful food and traditions, and entertainment by local Asian artists.
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 7:00-10:00 PM
Location: Canton House Restaurant, 4825 Buford Highway NE, Chamblee, GA 30341
Click here to RSVP!

Georgia Council for International Visitors
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303
P: 404-832-5560
F: 404-832-5568