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GCIV - Georgia Council for International Visitors
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.

The ICB’s Signature Silent Auction features one-of-a-kind items donated by the Atlanta Consular Corps, GCIV members, and local businesses.

Click here to see our growing list of silent auction items.

Contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org or 404­-832­-5560 x 21 for more information.
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2015 International Consular Ball Sponsors

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Delta Air Lines

Regency Suites Hotel
Siemens Industry Inc.

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
J.P Morgan Chase
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Yelena Epova Named Chair of the Board of GCIV
Yelena Epova Named Chair of the Board of GCIV
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP (HA&W), the largest Georgia-headquartered tax, accounting and business advisory firm, is pleased to announce that Yelena Epova, partner-in-charge of the firm’s International Services group, has been named chair of the board of the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV). Epova heads a fast-growing international tax and accounting practice at HA&W. In her role, she leads more than 60 professionals who speak over 25 different languages and works with clients doing business in and out of 40 different countries.

"Yelena is passionate about the success of international businesses coming to the U.S.," said Richard Kopelman, CEO and managing partner at HA&W. "Through her appointment as chair of the board of GCIV, Yelena will have the opportunity to bring invaluable business advice and expertise to leaders of international companies from around the globe."

"Yelena’s appointment as chair of the board for GCIV complements her demonstrated commitment to global business, citizen diplomacy and international leadership," said Shell Stuart, executive director of GCIV. "Having previously served as vice chair of GCIV’s Board and Chair of GCIV’s 32nd International Consular Ball in 2013, Yelena is well positioned to lead the 2015 officers and board of trustees."

Click here to read more about Yelena Epova.
Members Tell Us
Members Tell Us
"The Georgia Council for International Visitors provides an important link between Georgia and the global community. I have been especially impressed by their "Today I Met..." program, which brings international visitors into classrooms to share about their countries while meeting our country’s best ambassadors – our young people. This provides a win-win situation for promoting international understanding and peace."

Bob McCormick, GCIV Attaché Member
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GCIVisits Cuba
GCIVisits Cuba
GCIV Members: We are visiting Cuba April 18-25 with Go Eat Give! and we want you to join us!

Experience a program as the "international visitor", enjoy an insider’s view of Cuba, and gain insight into the transformation of U.S.-Cuban relations.

Please click here for more information and details, or contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org.

GCIV Ambassadors Circle members receive a 10% discount.

To become a GCIV member, please click here.
GCIVisits Hungary
GCIV members are invited to join us in Hungary on May 23-28. Please click here for more information and details, or contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org.

GCIV Ambassadors Circle members receive a 10% discount.

To become a GCIV member, please click here.
Who’s Coming to Town?
February 6
International Fulbright Scholars

Focus: Dinner Hospitality

February 15 - 18

Focus: Engaging a Diverse Community

February 17 - 21

Focus: Intellectual Property Rights

February 21 - 27
Various Countries

Focus: Global Health

February 25 - 28

Focus: Integrating Minority Communities and Refugees

February 25 - March 3

Focus: Defending Women’s Rights
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Monday, February 16 - One (1) individual from France would like to experience dinner hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. She is participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on Engaging a Diverse Community and is available at 6:30 PM for dinner.

Sunday, February 22 - Sixteen (16) multi-regional delegates from China, Egypt, the Gambia, Guinea, Iraq, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, the Palestinian Territories, Panama, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen 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 Global Health and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 3 visitors per host.

Sunday, March 1 - Six (6) delegates from Egypt 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 Defending Women’s Rights and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 3 visitors per host.

Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. To become a GCIV member, please click here. 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 emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x15. Once you have signed up to host, we’ll provide a CultureGram for the corresponding countries.
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015

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

Speaker: Deputy Consul General Thomas Wülfing, Federal Republic of Germany

Topic: "North Korea: View out of Personal Experience"

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

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members $30; for non-members $40; annual membership $50

RSVP: To make a reservation, please click here, or email alevin50@yahoo.com.
Dine with Visitors from Egypt!
Dine with Visitors from Egypt!
February’s International Dining Experience is Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 PM at Bangkok Thyme Restaurant in Atlanta.

We are hosting 6 visitors from Egypt. Their program focuses on Intellectual Property Rights. The price is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. This includes an appetizer, entrée, a non-alcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity.

Space is limited and you must RSVP to attend.

Click the button below to pay online and reserve your spot by Monday, February 16. Reservations are required! Contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org if you have any questions.

RSVP here
Remember a reservation is a commitment to attend. If your plans change, please inform us at least 24 hours in advance so you are not charged for uneaten meals. We look forward to seeing you there!
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!
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 January 2015:
Ambassador ($1,000+)
Marvin Banks
Ted & Gudrun Chapman
Elizabeth Etoll

Chargé d’Affaires ($500+)
Robert & Suzanne Boas
Bruce Cotterman

Consul ($250+)
Morris & Polyxeni Potter
Miller & Carolyn Williams

Attaché ($100+)
Darryl & Tracy Allardice
Charles & Betsy Marvin
Bob McCormick
Jim Pearson
Kornelia Probst-Mackowiak
Anuja Singha

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Ambassador Robin Sanders
Sandra Robertson
Susan Sweeney

Envoy ($25+)
Tiffani Bell
Ellen Dickson
Jason Shepherd
Manuela Sheperd

Ambassadors Circle
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Colin S. Brady, OBE &
Mrs. Susan Wesley-Brady
Ted & Gudrun Chapman
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Jim & Carol Dew
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Dawn Ely
Elizabeth Etoll
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Ruth Hanners
Stacy Howlin
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Robb Miltner
Barry & Tanya Morris
Sharon Lee Mueller
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
Federal Service Language Academy
The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the fifth summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in June and July 2015. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a three-week residential program for students who are interested in an immersive intensive language experience (in either First-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, Portuguese or Second-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, and Portuguese), fitness, and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. Please visit the FSLA website at www.ung.edu/fsla for further details about their programs.

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!
IVLP Montenegro
IVLP participants from Montenegro, focusing upon the Rule of Law and Combating International Crime, visit the World of Coca-Cola, Daddy D’z BBQ and the MLK Center!
Great Decisions
The 2015 Great Decisions Lecture Series was launched in January at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, captivating GCIV and community members with talks by renowned lecturers on topics such as: India Changes Course; U.S. Policy Toward Africa; and Privacy in the Digital Age.
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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