In this issue...

Why Do You Support GCIV? | ICB | Rialto Concert
Envoy Event | Who’s Coming to Town?
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | IDEs | ACIR Luncheon
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Why Do You Support GCIV?

"I believe in your mission. I find it personally enriching to meet people from other cultures and countries and to learn about their lives, goals and passions."

- Theron Stuart, GCIV Member

International Consular Ball

The 33rd International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, April 26 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 or 404-832-5560 x 21 to purchase your ticket and for more information.

Join our growing list of sponsors!

2014 International Consular Ball Sponsors

Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Coca-Cola Company

Delta Air Lines

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
InterContinental Hotels Group
Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business
Kuck Immigration Partners
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Popeyes Louisana Kitchen
Regency Suites Hotel
Siemens Industry Inc.

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Green Branches Consulting Group
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
J.P. Morgan Chase
Private Bank of Buckhead

Germany’s "Fred Astaire" Max Raabe at Georgia State’s Rialto Center

Germany’s Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester appear at Georgia State’s Rialto Center Saturday March 8 at 8pm. Tickets range from $19 for student tickets to $48 + tax. (Student tickets only available through the box office at 404-0413-9849.) PARTY LIKE IT’S 1929!

With elegant poise, suave sophistication and silky-smooth baritone, Max Raabe and his tuxedo-attired 12-piece band perform swing and cabaret hits of the decadent 1920s-40’s with Raabe’s slick, modern yet nostalgic style, wit, mischief and razor sharp precision and humor. With more than a million albums sold and previous sold-out tours in the U.S. and all around the world, audiences have been stunned by Raabe’s meticulous orchestral arrangements of the standards as they used to be sung—in formal evening wear, giving proper credits to the composers and deadpan jokes. For ticketing information please click here!

March Envoy Event

Join us in celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, March 16th at Ri Rá Irish Pub in Midtown. Get to know other young professionals involved in GCIV and find out what exciting opportunities we have planned for you this year. Ri Rá Irish Pub will be playing traditional Irish music for the occasion — so come mingle with new and old friends as we tip our hat to Ireland!

When: Sunday, March 16 at 6:00pm

Where: Ri Rá Irish Pub, 1080 Peachtree St NE, Suite 1, Atlanta, GA 30309 (located at the Corner of Crescent and 12th)

This event is free for anyone who would like to attend however, each person is responsible for his/her own tab. Feel free to bring friends!

Please RSVP to Farah Amir at by March 14.

Who’s Coming to Town?

March 2 - 6
Various Countries

Focus: Role of NGOs in Promoting Global Women’s Issues

March 8 - 12

Focus: Creating a Corporate Culture of Innovation

March 11 - 15
Various Countries

Focus: Global Women’s Health Issues

March 18 - 22
Near East and North Africa

Focus: Advancing Women Entrepreneurs & Economic Leaders

March 26 - 29

Focus: Grassroots Democracy

Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Wednesday, March 5 - Three NGO leaders from Denmark, Israel, and Zimbabwe 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 the role of NGOs in promoting global women’s issues and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner.

Sunday, March 9 - Five researchers from Russia 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 creating a corporate culture of innovation and are available at 5:00 PM for dinner. They will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

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 corresponding countries.

Dine with visitors from the Near East!

March’s International Dining Experience is Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Machu Picchu Peruvian Restaurant.

We are hosting 5 visitors from the Near East and North Africa. Their program focuses on advancing women entrepreneurs and economic leaders. 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, March 17, 2014. Reservations are required! Contact Farah Amir at if you have any questions.

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!

Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Time: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Speaker: Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan; CEO of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Atlanta 2015, President & CEO of Yunus Creative Lab, Inc. and Laura Turner Seydel; Chairperson, Planning Committee, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Atlanta 2015, Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation

Topic: "World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Atlanta 2015: Gathering of International Superstars"

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

Place: Capital City Club, 7 John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street, NW

RSVP: To make a reservation, please contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi at (Please include ACIR Luncheon in the subject)
*Vegetarian entrée upon request

Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Destination Cuba, March 27
Go Eat Give has partnered with InterNations to bring to you an evening on social networking, cultural education, authentic cuisine and fine entertainment! Join us for Destination Cuba at Palomillas Restaurant where you will be able to taste some of the best Cuban food outside in Atlanta. Go Eat Give is the only organization that offers hands-on volunteer experiences in Cuba, open to US citizens. Award winning travel writer and Go Eat Give founder, Sucheta Rawal will talk about her perspectives of visiting the country, as well as the organizations's impact in the community. Learn more about traveling to Cuba with Go Eat Give. For more information click here!

Japan-Georgia 40th Anniversary, March 28
On March 28, 2014 Georgia will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its official relationship with Japan. To commemorate the event, the National Monuments Foundation is excited to announce the planting of 40 Somei-Yoshino cherry trees around the park at the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta. Japanese Consul General Sunaga has confirmed his attendance. The event begins at 3:00 PM at the Millennium Gate Museum, West Terrace on 395 17th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30363.

Summer Language Academy for High School Students
The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the fourth summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in June and July 2014. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a three-week residential program for students who are interested in an immersive intensive language experience, fitness, and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. For more information click here!

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. To start the application process or find out more information, visit or contact Ruth Blackstock at 404-406-2917 or

More From Last Month!

Dr. Namjil Erdenebavar, Director General, National Center for Transfusion Medicine in Mongolia visiting Campbell Middle School in Cobb County.

Foreign policy experts and journalists from Africa visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the NAMES Project Foundation.

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members
who have made financial contributions during
February 2014:

Ambassador ($1000+)
Jin & Yoko Yoshida

Consul ($250+)
Susan Heerin

Attaché ($100+)
Avis Dickey

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Sharmon Monagan
Theron Stuart
Patricia Webber

Envoy ($25+)
Kenneth Cottrell

Ambassadors Circle

Tommy & Tiffany Abram
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Colin S. Brady, OBE &
Mrs. Susan Wesley-Brady
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Jim & Carol Dew
Rod & Joyce Ellis Kwanza Hall
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton

Charles & Jenni Kuck
Barry Morris
Roger & Alke Naik
Michael Owen
Darren & Ann Short
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

Global Partners

The Coca-Cola Company

Delta Air Lines

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Ogletree Deakins

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Regency Suites Hotel

University of North Georgia

Expand Your World

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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.


Georgia Council for International Visitors
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303
T: 404 832 5560 F: 404 832 5568