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GCIV - Georgia Council for International Visitors
Save the Date: April 2, 2016!
Save the Date: April 2, 2016!
The 35th International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel 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. This year we're jazzing up the night with our theme of "The Roaring Twenties," which promises to usher in an affair to remember!
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We invite your company to sponsor the International Consular Ball. Please contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org or 404­-832­-5560 x 21 for more information.
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2016 International Consular Ball Sponsors

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Georgia Department of Economic Development
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
GCIV Welcomes New Board of Directors Members
GCIV is delighted to welcome five new members to our Board of Directors/Trustees. They bring a wealth of experience in the areas of global business, management, healthcare, technology, and nonprofit involvement. Joining us will be Desmond J.L. Browne, a Senior Level Manager with AT&T's Worldwide Customer Care, Elizabeth Etoll, who had a long-term career with the IBM Corporation, Bethany Lane, a masters-prepared Registered Nurse working in the management of clinical trials at INVEST Clinical Trials, Alice LeBlanc, a seasoned executive, currently serving as a Global Quality Assurance, Product Engineering and Supply Chain Management Officer at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and John Seidl, a leader in the Kurt Salmon Retail practice, specializing in providing high quality consulting services to Multi-Channel Retailers, Wholesalers, and Global Brand Companies.
GCIVisits Russia
GCIVisits Russia
GCIV members are invited to join us in Russia on April 23-27, 2016! 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.
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Members Tell Us!
Members Tell Us!
"As a long-time GCIV member, I continue to enjoy many benefits of the organization. Some examples are: Attending informative and entertaining programs at the International Women Associates (IWA) meetings and engaging with a variety of interesting women who have world views through birth, residence, travel, education, and general interest; Home hosting international visitors through in-home dinners and stays; and traveling on GCIV-sponsored trips [through GCIVisits]. I am able to give back to the organization now as I was recently installed as a member of the GCIV Board of Trustees."

Elizabeth Etoll, GCIV Ambassador Member and GCIV Board of Trustees Member
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"Bem Vindo ao Brasil!" by Atlanta Community Journalist, Crystal Brockton
"Bem Vindo ao Brasil!" by Atlanta Community Journalist, Crystal Brockton
This past fall, GCIV was honored to partner with The U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, along with Brazil-based NGO Instituto Midia Etnica for the Community Journalism Exchange between the cities of Salvador, Brazil and Atlanta, Georgia. Four community journalists, two from Atlanta and two from Salvador, were selected for a 1-week exchange. The Brazilian community journalists visited Atlanta in December 2015, and their American counterparts visited Salvador in October 2015.

Crystal Brockton, who works for Clark Atlanta TV and is in charge of all program scheduling and reporting on special events, including international programming to CAU-TV, streaming from eight countries, including Brazil, was selected as one of the Atlanta Journalism Fellows who visited Salvador this fall. Chrystal stated, "Visiting Salvador through the Georgia Council for International Visitors and the U.S. Consulate [General in Rio de Janeiro], was by far one of the most amazing, enlightening, and humbling experiences of my life. I am forever grateful to the people of Salvador for welcoming me into not just their city, but their home; showing me their way of life, and teaching me things about myself and my roots that I never knew." To read more about Chrystal's experience in Brazil, and the impact that the Community Journalism Exchange Program had on her, please click here.
Who’s Coming to Town?
January 28 – February 3
Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, El Salvador, India, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, People's Republic of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia

Focus: Education in the Digital Age

January 28 – February 3
Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka

Focus: Human Rights

January 30 - February 3
African Union, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Somalia

Focus: Women in the Political and Social Sectors

February 4 – 7
Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey

Focus: Global Health Security

February 5
Fulbright Scholars from Around the World

Focus: Dinner Hospitality with GCIV Members!

February 6 – 12
Afghanistan, Burma, Montenegro, Mozambique, People's Republic of China, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Vanuatu

Focus: Cultural Heritage Preservation

February 14 – 17

Focus: Constructive Advocacy in a Democracy

February 14 – 18

Focus: Countering Violent Extremism

February 16 – 20

Focus: Combating Human Trafficking and Developing Major Criminal Cases

February 27 – March 2
South Africa

Focus: Establishing a Center for International Studies

February 28 – March 2
People's Republic of China

Focus: Journalism in the U.S.

February 28 – March 2

Focus: University Administration and Management in the U.S.
Fulbright and IVLP Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Fulbright and IVLP Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
At GCIV, we’re extremely proud of our Home Hospitality program. As part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), emerging leaders come to Georgia to meet with their professional counterparts and local organizations. Home Hospitality is your exclusive chance to engage with our visitors in the privacy of your own home; giving our guests a chance to experience America at its finest, while enjoying a delicious home-cooked meal, lively discussions, insights, and exchanges about cultures, customs, and families. The following are our latest Home Hospitality opportunities:

Monday, February 15 - Four (4) visitors from Canada 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 "Countering Violent Extremism" and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 visitors per host.

Friday, April 1 - GCIV is hosting Fulbright Scholars from all over the world for dinner hospitality, and we need your help for our second hosting opportunity in 2016! Due to the large size of the group, 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!

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.
Global Lunch Forum
Global Lunch Forum
Please join GCIV and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for a lunchtime discussion with a distinguished delegation of women from Côte d'Ivoire, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, and Somalia. Our visitors will briefly speak about their work in their home countries, share their impressions and observations about Women in the Political and Social Sectors at home and in the United States, and engage in a Q&A with GCIV members and guests.

There is no charge for GCIV members at the Consul level and above. Fee for all other GCIV members is $15; and $20 for non-members (includes lunch).

When: Tuesday, February 2, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Where: National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Click the button below and RSVP by 5:00 PM on Monday, February 1. Please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org if you have any questions.
Dine with Visitors from Armenia!
Dine with Visitors from Armenia!
February’s International Dining Experience is Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 PM at Thai Chili Restaurant, Briar Vista Shopping Center, 2169 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.

We are hosting 6 visitors from Armenia. Their program focuses on Combating Human Trafficking and Developing Major Criminal Cases, and we invite you to join us to dine with them!

The price is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. This includes an appetizer, a choice of Thai entrées, a non-alcoholic beverage, dessert, tax, and gratuity.

Space is limited and you must RSVP to attend.

Click the button below to pay online and to reserve your spot by Tuesday, February 16. Reservations are required! Please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org if you have any questions!
Transatlantic Passage to Spain: A New Travel Opportunity
Transatlantic Passage to Spain: A New Travel Opportunity
GCIV members and friends are invited to join our former Executive Director, George Brown, on a new travel experience April 15-29, 2016: A transatlantic cruise from Ft. Lauderdale Florida to Barcelona, Spain with six port calls in Portugal and Spain. This is a great travel bargain, with cabin prices (per person/double occupancy) for the 14 night voyage starting at $1,425 for an inside cabin and $1,695 for a balcony on Celebrity Equinox.

Passage to Spain is more than an ordinary cruise. It is the first in a series of Great Ocean Voyages that combine an attractive cruise itinerary with a daily educational enrichment program just for your group of lifelong learners during the days at sea.

Once you arrive in Barcelona you can continue your European trip on your own, join an extension to Madrid, or return home. Regardless of the option you select, you'll be able to take advantage of some great one-way return airfare rates from Europe to the USA.

As a bonus for GCIV members, the fee you pay will include a $150 tax deductible donation to GCIV.

If traveling to Europe is in your plans for the future, contact George for more information: 404-583-7730; george@gtbtravel.com to see if this might be right for you.
Atlanta Council on International Relations February Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations February Luncheon
Wednesday, February 10: "Veiled Threats: Women and the Islamic State"

Speaker: Charlie Winter, Senior Research Associate at Georgia State University’s Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative, where his research focuses on transnational jihadist movements and insurgency.

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 www.capitalcityclub.org

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

Click here to register! *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

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

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

The Coca-Cola Company

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
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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 2016:
Ambassador ($1000+)
Jinkichi & Yoko Yoshida

Attaché ($100+)
Bob & Cindy McCormick
James Haverty Smith

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
John Gamwell
Susan Gonzalez
Rose-Lys Jean
Jerry Warren

Envoy ($25+)
Harold Hershberg
Brandon Washington
Ambassadors Circle
Marvin Banks
Katy Barksdale
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Colin S. Brady, OBE &
Mrs. Susan Wesley-Brady
Ted & Gudrun Chapman
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Elizabeth Etoll
Jeff Gram
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Ruth Hanners
Stacy Howlin
Robert & Vevonna Kennedy
Robert Lattimore
Alice LeBlanc
Barry & Tanya Morris
Sharon Lee Mueller
Michael Owen
John & Lauren Seidl
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Raul F. & Annie-York Trujillo
Flor Velarde
Jinkichi & 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
Georgia Afro-Brazilian Consortium/The Year of the Portuguese Speaking World at Kennesaw State University: The Division of Global Affairs, College of the Arts, and Museums, Archives and Rare Books at Kennesaw State University will be hosting an International Conference on Thursday, February 11, 2016 entitled "Confluence & Divergence In the Portuguese Speaking World." The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and will examine the confluence of cultural, economic, environmental, literary, political, and social influences within the Portuguese Speaking world, culminating in a Chor/Fado Concert at 8:00 p.m. that evening. There is no cost to attend the conference (additional fees for optional concert/meals). Please visit dga.kennesaw.edu/yearof/ypsw/intlconference.php for more information.

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 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 2015-16 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 1
Mr. Christopher McNaboe, who shared his vast knowledge of "Middle East Alliances" at the January 7 Great Decisions Lecture Series at Dunwoody Methodist Church, answers a question from an audience member.
More From Last Month 2
GCIV member and volunteer, Bob McCormick, takes note as Dr. Han Park enlightens participants on "The Koreas," while Nettie engages the audience during the Q&A portion of the talk.
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