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GCIV Presents: Bowling League of Nations
GCIV Presents: Bowling League of Nations
What’s the premier international event coming to Atlanta that’s sure to be right up everyone’s alley?

It’s the Bowling League of Nations
Building International Relations One Frame at a Time!

September 12, 2015 | 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Midtown Bowl, 1936 Piedmont Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

(404) 874-5703

Attention Citizen Diplomats, Consuls General and everyone with an interest in international relations: GCIV is hosting the first annual Bowling League of Nations tournament on September 12 at Midtown Bowl, and we’d love to have you join us for an afternoon of fun, friendly competition, and plenty of photo ops and memories to share for months to come!

To reserve your country, please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17. Choose the nation you wish to represent or ask us to assign you to a team. There will only be one team per country, so sign up early before someone else reserves the country you want!
Register Now!
Community Journalism Exchange
Community Journalism Exchange
The U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, along with Brazil-based NGO Instituto Midia Etnica, and GCIV are pleased to announce the launch of the Community Journalism Exchange between the cities of Salvador, Brazil and Atlanta, Georgia. Four community journalists, two from Atlanta and two from Salvador, will be selected for a 1-week exchange, with all expenses covered by the U.S. Consulate. The Brazilian community journalists will visit Atlanta in September 2015, and their American counterparts will visit Salvador in October 2015.

The Community Journalism Exchange was created to promote the sharing of experiences between innovative community journalists and aims to strengthen ties between Brazilians and Americans. Journalists will be selected for their ability to innovate, likelihood of bringing ideas back to their communities and other journalists for a multiplier effect, and will have had proven success promoting racial equality / social inclusion issues.

The complete applications must be received by 5:00 PM July 10th, 2015.

Please click here for specific details regarding the program and for the Application Form.

For more information, please contact Emily O’Harris at emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 15.
Apply Today!
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 Atlanta Hotel.

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.

Please contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org or 404­-832­-5560 x 21 to become a sponsor and/or for more information.
GCIVisits Argentina and Uruguay
GCIVisits Argentina and Uruguay
GCIV members are invited to join us in Argentina and Uruguay on September 20-26, 2015.

Highlights include meetings at the U.S. Embassies in Buenos Aires and Montevideo and dinner hospitality with friends abroad.

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
"Traveling with the GCIV group was a fabulous experience. The accommodations were first class all the way. You [GCIVisits Hungary] planned an incredible itinerary covering a wide range of activities, giving everyone something of special interest. The entire program flowed smoothly without anyone feeling overwhelmed. The tour guides shared insights about the history and government that are not normally covered on tours. Thanks to you and John [John Parkerson, Honorary Consul General of Hungary] the government day was especially interesting; an ordinary tourist would not have had that kind of experience. You kept us all on point throughout the adventure. I am usually a solitary traveler, but I would love to travel again with a GCIV group."

Laura Gilmore, GCIV Citizen Diplomat Member
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Who’s Coming to Town?
July 5 - 11

Focus: Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation

July 19 - 22

Focus: Gender Based Violence

July 28 - August 1
Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Togo

Focus: Broadcast Journalism
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Monday, July 20 - Eight (8) delegates from India would like to experience dinner hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on Gender Based Violence and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 3-4 visitors per host, plus an interpreter.

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.
Save the Date to Meet and Greet University Students from Mexico
Save the Date to Meet and Greet University Students from Mexico
We are hosting 22 students and 2 professors from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico who are participating in the Global Ties U.S. Meet America Program focusing on Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and we invite you to join us for a lively Meet and Greet!

When: Wednesday, July 8th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Stay Tuned for the Location!

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP by 5:00 PM on Monday, July 6 to Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org.
RSVP Here!
Art from Around the Globe Exhibit at Studio Z
Art from Around the Globe Exhibit at Studio Z
Join local artists Cathy Ehler, Kathy Rennell Forbes, Pat Hahn, Marsha Hamby Savage, and Jane Springfield for appetizers, drinks, and paintings inspired from their recent world travels.

When: Saturday, July 11th 12-9 PM and Sunday, July 12th 12-5PM

Where: Studio Z, 500 Means Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
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
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 June 2015:
Ambassador ($1000+)
Alrene Barr

Consul ($250+)
Desmond Browne
Mahin (May) Park

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Kay Alveda
Pilar Amir
Leni Baker
Marika Barbalho
Tracey Basford
Paige Becquet
Elizabeth Bessonette
Christa Burry
Julia Collier Griffith
Susan Dalton
Milagros Davila
Andrea Denny
Ellen Donnelly
Carol Evans
Angela Flannery
Wendy Gamble
Anne Godsey
Peggy Helm
Susanne Howe
Rahila Hussain
Bobbi Kornblit
Birgit Kraemer
Beth Kroger
Nancy Long
Karen Manzini
Mary Jane McCraney
Faye McKay-Clegg
Sandra McQueen
Elizabeth Munson
Harshika Patel
Lucie Rivera-O’Ferrall
Anita Sahni
Denise Steele
Jeet Thakker
Goga Vukotic
Byron West
Sonja Williams
Durshi Zoberi

Envoy ($25+)
Tiara Dungy
Dlorah Jenkins
Maggie Miller
Shalonda Sumpter

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 Lattimore
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
Go Eat Give: "Destination Italy"
Wednesday, July 29 @ 7:00 PM, Varuni Napoli, 1540 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. Taste street food and gourmet pizzas from Naples. Learn about Art Tour to Italy this Fall, and how to fund an international trip every year. Live entertainment and prizes. Tickets at www.GoEatGiveDestinationItaly.eventbrite.com.

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!
June IDEs at Queen of Sheba
June IDEs at Queen of Sheba
June IDEs at Queen of Sheba
June’s International Dining Experience at Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant with the IVLP delegation from Georgia (the country!) was filled with spicy conversation and food! Thank you to all GCIV members and guests who turned out to dine with our visitors!
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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