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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.

Contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org or 404­-832­-5560 x 21 for more information.
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Members Tell Us
Members Tell Us
"I look forward to a year of many visitors who will have a sparkling time in Georgia, both professionally and personally, and to being involved in it all myself."

— Dorothy T. Beasley, GCIV Attaché Member
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2015 Great Decisions Lecture Series
Great Decisions
Increase your awareness and understanding of global issues through this eight-week lectures series.

Great Decisions is based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association and encourages participants to develop an informed opinion on the role the United States should play in world affairs.

The lectures are Thursdays, January 15 - March 5, 2015 from 7:30 - 9:00 PM at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church.

The series is free to GCIV Attaché-level ($100) members and above.

For complete topic descriptions and how to register, click here.
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2014 Annual Report
Annual Report
In fiscal year 2014, GCIV welcomed 698 overseas visitors through the International Visitor Leadership Program and various fee-for-service programs. These visitors came to Georgia on 87 different programs, ranging from individuals to groups of 25 or more. Participants represented 139 different countries.

For a comprehensive overview of our work please view our 2014 Annual Report here!

We’d like to thank our professional program hosts for their ongoing support and for dedicating time, effort and resources to meeting with our international visitors week after week, month after month. We truly could not do our work without you!

A big ’thank you’ as well to our dozens of volunteer home hosts, who provide dinner and hospitality to our visiting delegations.
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.
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Who’s Coming to Town?
January 22 - 28

Focus: Rule of Law and Combating International Crime

January 27 - 31

Focus: Risk and Crisis Management
Calling all Citizen Diplomats!
Fulbright Dinner Hospitality
On the evening of Friday, February 6, 2015, GCIV is hosting 140 Fulbright Scholars from all over the world for dinner hospitality, and we need your help!

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. To see why, click here to view photos from previous Fulbright dinners with GCIV members!

To host these entertaining and distinguished students/scholars, please contact Emily O’Harris at emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 15.
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 November 2014:
Ambassador ($1,000+)
Colin Brady OBE & Susan Wesley-Brady
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Sharon Lee Mueller
John & Lauren Seidl
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Lynne Zappone

Chargé d’Affaires ($500+)
Ted Revilock & Ranjani Balasubramaniam

Consul ($250+)
Dieter & Christine Franz

Attaché ($100+)
Enrique Flores
Bernice Maw
Ingrid Patrick
Andrea Ruef
Mark Wingate

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Sharon L. Baldwin
Mazlum Kosma
Mark Pierson
Valrie Walker Sanders
Jerry Warren
Steven White
Sylvia Wilson

Envoy ($25+)
Eda Kosma
Robert Solomon

Ambassadors Circle
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Colin S. Brady, OBE &
Mrs. Susan Wesley-Brady
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Jim & Carol Dew
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Dawn Ely
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
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 Pakistan
IVLP participants from Pakistan, focusing upon Women in Agriculture: Developing the Next Generation of Leaders, visit farms in Tifton, Macon, and Fort Valley with GCIV to learn GPS tractor technology, irrigation, and dairy farming, before departing from Atlanta.
Holiday Party
On December 10, more than 100 GCIV members enjoyed a delicious holiday buffet, open bar, spectacular Atlanta skyline views in an art-filled setting and our Annual Highlights Presentation, while mingling with other GCIV professional counterparts and Consular Corp members at the beautiful law offices of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP.
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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