In This Issue

-Who’s coming to town?-
-International Consular Ball-
-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 17 - 24
Focus: LGBT Rights

January 19 - 24
Multi-Regional Delegation
Focus: NGOs and Civic Activism

January 19 - 23
Focus: Getting the Message Out

January 29 - February 2
Saudi Arabia
Focus: Interfaith Dialogue

GCIV Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, January 20 - Twenty-three international visitors would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes various NGO leaders from around the world. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on civic activism. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner and will NOT be accompanied by an interpreter, they all speak English. The delegation will be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

Sunday, January 20 - Six visitors from the Czech Republic and Slovakia 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 "getting the message out". They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 3 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

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Ogletree Deakins


Regency Suites Hotel

International Consular
Ball Sponsors


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 December 2012:


Charles & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Darren & Ann Short
Bruce & Sharon Taylor


James Pearson
John Stewart


Art Hansen
Bernice Maw

Citizen Diplomat

Dineo Brinson
Peggy Chandler
Monique Lung
Alphonso & Irene Ogbuehi
John & Cynthia Paulisick
Mary Sellers
Bill & June Shassere
John Wilson
Emebet Workeneh

Ambassadors Circle
Steven R. Baldwin and Family
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Mike Dangerfield
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Bob & Christine Davis
Clark Dean
Ray Donato
Ed Dreistadt & Shell Stuart
Dawn Ely
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil & Raye Handler
Tim & Christy Hooper
Joseph & Adrienne Johnson
Doug & Mary Justice
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Ryan & Jessica Lewis
Sherry Mueller
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

Jorge Casimiro
The Coca-Cola Company

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.

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

Click here to see the current list of Ball Sponsors!

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 their people. "Today I Met...," GCIV’s unique, award-winning education opportunity, fosters such 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.

Host Fulbright Scholars from all over the world next February and March! In February we will be hosting 140 Fulbrighters and the following month, 75 Fulbrighters will be in Atlanta participating in a seminar on Global Health Issues. We’ll need 40-45 dinner hosts in February and 20-25 dinner hosts in March to accommodate both groups, so please save the dates.

Friday, February 1 and Friday, March 1, 2013.

For questions about hosting, please contact Emily O’Harris at

Delegation Spotlight

The Chadian delegation on campus at Kennesaw State University, hosts for GCIV’s December Global Lunch Forum.

This past month GCIV hosted five imams from Chad. They participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on Islam in the U.S. This opportunity allowed the visitors to meet with leaders in faith-based volunteer associations and religious centers, to examine and experience what is being done in the United States to advance interfaith understanding and respect, to promote multi-faith dialogue, and to participate in Mosque/Church/Temple community outreach programs.

While in Atlanta, they met with representatives from the Al-Farooq Masjid, Institute of African Studies, Emory University, Islamic Speakers Bureau, the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, the Mohammed Schools of Atlanta, and Azizah Magazine. The visitors also participated in a Global Lunch Forum in partnership with Kennesaw State University to discuss U.S.-Chadian perspectives of Islam.

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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

Go Eat Give - Destination: Italy
Immerse yourself in the food and culture of your favorite destination, Italy! Get a recap from Florens 2012, learn about the Italian community in Atlanta, and enjoy the cuisine of southern Italy at Go Eat Give’s next dining event in the Destination series!
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Time: 7:00-10:00 PM
Location: Double Zero Napoletana, 5825 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30328
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