In this issue...

ICB Save the Date | Gold Star GLF | Fulbright Dinner Hospitality
ACIR Luncheon | Who’s Coming to Town? | Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Save the Date: April 26, 2014!

The 33rd International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, April 26 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 or 404-832-5560 x 21 to purchase your ticket and for more information.

Join our growing list of sponsors!

2014 International Consular Ball Sponsors

The Coca-Cola Company
Georgia Department of Economic Development

Delta Air Lines

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
InterContinental Hotels Group
Kennesaw State University, Coles College of Business
Kuck Immigration Partners
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Regency Suites Hotel
Siemens Industry Inc.

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

GCIV Welcomes "Gold Star," Mr. Kaspars Zalitis

Friday, February 7, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Event Room, Phillip Rush Center
1530 DeKalb Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316

GCIV is excited to welcome IVLP Gold Star Mr. Kaspars Zalitis - an alumni of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Since returning from his 2010 IVLP on "Minority Integration across Borders," Mr. Zalitis has increased his presence to promote LGBT rights and civic engagement in Latvia and throughout the European Union and former Soviet Union. He has made a name for himself as one of Latvia's most prominent LGBT activists and a relentless defender of human rights. His passion is working with human rights defenders around the world to help solve their problems and ensure their organizational security.

Mr. Zalitis will discuss his work on behalf of Latvia’s LGBT community, and the challenges he and his colleagues are currently facing.

There is no charge for GCIV members at the Consul level and above.

Fee for all other GCIV members is $10; and $15 for non-members (includes lunch).

Space is limited, and you must RSVP to attend. Please RSVP by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 5 to Farah Amir at or 404-832-5560 x17.

For parking and directions to the Phillip Rush Center, please click here.

Calling all Citizen Diplomats!

On the evening of Friday, February 28, 2014 GCIV is hosting another large group of visiting Fulbright scholars for dinner hospitality and we need your help!

130 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 or 404-832-5560 x 15.

Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Time: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Speaker: Dr. Alasdair Young, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Co-Director for the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Topic: "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)"

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

Who’s Coming to Town?

February 1 - 5

Focus: Higher Education

February 2 - 5
South East Asia

Focus: Human Rights and the Community

February 4 - 8
Various Countries

Focus: Volunteerism

February 5 - 8

Focus: Journalism Education

February 6 - 9

Focus: Gold Star/LGBT and Minority Issues

February 11 - 15
Sub-Saharan Africa

Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy

February 12 - 15

Focus: Economic Impact of Mega Events

February 19 - 22

Focus: Forensics

February 26 - March 1
South Central Asia

Focus: Forensics

February 28
International Fulbright Scholars

Focus: Dinner Hospitality

Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Saturday, February 8 - One IVLP Gold Star visitor from Latvia would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. He is participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on LGBT rights and civic activism and is available at 6:30 PM for dinner.

Friday, February 28 - 130 Fulbright scholars would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. If you interested in hosting a small group, please contact Emily O’Harris at or 404-832-5560 x15.

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 corresponding countries.

Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Destination Dominican Carnival, February 22
Go Eat Give brings an authentic Caribbean style Carnival experience to Atlanta this February! Celebrate the festival with a mega buffet dinner, learn about Dominican culture and dance the night away to merengue and bachata rhythms. Keynote speaker will tell you all about particulars of the festivities and the main characters including Diablo Cojuelo (The Limping Devil), Roba la Gallina (Steal the Chicken) and Se me muere Rebeca (Rebeca is dying). Live music by DJ Rafi. Menu includes Tostones (green plantains), Maduros (sweet plantains), Moro (rice & beans), Mofongo (smashed green plantains), Ensalada Mixta (mixed green salad), Pollo Guisado (chicken stew), Rabo Guisado (ox tail stew), Camarofongo (shrimp in garlic sauce), Berenjenas Rellenas (stuffed eggplant), Molondrones con coco (okra in coconut sauce) and for dessert, Arroz con Leche (Dominican style rice pudding). Dress code: Carnival Style colorful costumes or Masks. Ticket includes buffet dinner, speaker and entertainment. Cash bar. Free parking. Portion of proceeds benefit Go Eat Give, 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization that raises awareness of different cultures through travel, food and community service. For more information click here!

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

More From Last Month!

Delegation from Macedonia visiting Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Mr. Pedro Choc from Belize, member of the Congress of Maya Teachers, volunteers with Hands On Atlanta during this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Four visiting delegations from over thirty countries volunteered during this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service alongside local volunteers, Hands On Atlanta, and Volunteer Emory.

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members
who have made financial contributions during
January 2014:

Ambassador ($1000+)
Marvin Banks
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton

Consul ($250+)
Jonathan Sangster

Attaché ($100+)
Douglas Allen
C.E. Blankenburg
LaDonna Carter
Charles & Betsy Marvin
Marianne McConnel
James Pearson
George & Judy Wieder

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Lorraine Carribean
John Gareeb
Bob McCormick

Envoy ($25+)
Dorothy Beasley
Hilliard Hardman
John Hardman

Ambassadors Circle

Tommy & Tiffany Abram
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Colin S. Brady, OBE &
Mrs. Susan Wesley-Brady
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Jim & Carol Dew
Rod & Joyce Ellis Kwanza Hall
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton

Charles & Jenni Kuck
Barry Morris
Roger & Alke Naik
Michael Owen
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

The Coca-Cola Company

Delta Air Lines

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Ogletree Deakins

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Regency Suites Hotel

University of North Georgia

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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.


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