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GCIV - Georgia Council for International Visitors
You are Invited to the International Consular Ball! April 2, 2016
You are Invited to the International Consular Ball! 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!

The ICB's Signature Silent Auction features one-of-a-kind items donated by the Atlanta Consular Corps, GCIV members, and businesses & community partners.

Click here to see our growing list of silent auction items.
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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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Join our growing list of sponsors!

2016 International Consular Ball Sponsors

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
The Coca-Cola Company

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Regency Suites Hotel

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
The Private Client Law Group
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.

To become a GCIV member, please click here.
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Members Tell Us!
Members Tell Us!
"Originally from the UK, my husband and I moved to the States over 18 years ago. Since then we have moved internationally with our children and returned to Atlanta two years ago. As a member of GCIV, I have been able to retain an international outlook and share experiences with like-minded people whilst still learning about cultures and traditions, and making many wonderful new friends through the IWA [International Women Associates]."

Wendy Gamble, GCIV Citizen Diplomat and IWA Member
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Who's Coming to Town?
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.

February 29 – March 4
Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, China, Djibouti, Gabon, Guatemala, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

Focus: Information and Media Seminar

March 15 – 19
Burma, Egypt, Ghana, Laos, Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru

Focus: Global Women's Health

March 19 – 23

Focus: Anti-Radicalization and Countering Violent Extremism Among Youth

March 23 – 27

Focus: Youth Engagement and Civil Society

March 24 – 30

Focus: At-Risk Youth Programs

April 1
Fulbright Scholars from Around the World

Focus: Dinner Hospitality with GCIV Members!
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:

Wednesday, March 2 - 25 Foreign Service Nationals from around the globe, including Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, China, Djibouti, Gabon, Guatemala, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Tanzania, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. Foreign Service Nationals are citizens of the countries in which the State Department maintains diplomatic posts and consulates. They are valued employees of our embassies abroad, providing continuity for the transient American staff and possessing local language and cultural expertise. They are participating in an Information and Media Seminar and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 3–5 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.
Dine with Visitors from Canada!
Dine with Visitors from Canada!
March's International Dining Experience is Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 PM at Nicola's Restaurant, 1602 LaVista Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30329.

We are hosting 5 visitors from Canada. Their program focuses on Anti-Radicalization and Countering Violent Extremism Among Youth, and we invite you to join us to dine with them!

The price is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. This includes Lebanese/Middle Eastern appetizers, salad, entreé, 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 Monday, March 21. Reservations are required! Please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org if you have any questions!
A Conversation with Civil and Human Rights Icon Mr. Joe Beasley
A Conversation with Civil and Human Rights Icon Mr. Joe Beasley
For more than 20 years, Mr. Joe Beasley has generously shared his time, talents and extraordinary stories with GCIV's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participants from around the world. Following a recent visit to Atlanta, the liaison for a South and Central Asian IVLP delegation focused on Human Rights sent a note to GCIV commenting that the group had "...an excellent visit with Mr. Beasley (79 years old and he was 'only arrested 4 times last year!')." Not surprisingly, when asked about this, Mr. Beasley merely smiled and said, "Sometimes, in the fight for human rights, going to jail might be necessary."

"People are often amazed when I tell them my global perspective was formed when I was growing up on a cotton plantation in Fayette County, Georgia." Born in 1936 to sharecroppers on a rural plantation in Inman, Georgia, Beasley realized at an early age that "…something was wrong with the system; there was no real dignity there and it was somebody else's property, so we didn't have control of our destiny." This began to change when Beasley's family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and from a segregated one-room school house in GA to the public school system, he excelled academically, set high expectations and committed himself to a life of service. Click here to read more.
Atlanta Council on International Relations March Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations March Luncheon
Friday, March 18: "Human Trafficking: Lifting the Veil on Modern-Day Slavery"

Presented by an expert panel, featuring:
Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons,U.S. Department of State; and Camila Wright, Human Trafficking Prosecutor, Georgia Office of the Attorney General.
Moderator: Laura Dean, Assistant Professor, Clayton State University.

Time: 11:30 AM — *Registration, 12:00 - 1:30 PM — Luncheon and Program

Place: City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1850, Atlanta, 30305 [18th floor of the Atlanta Financial Center, in the East Tower. Free parking available. Bring you ticket inside for validation.]

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+)
Ted Revilock & Ranjani Balasubramaniam
Elizabeth Rose Etoll
Ron & Bethany Lane
Michael Owen

Consul ($250+)
Jim & Sue Heerin
Kurt & Stacy Howlin
Honorary Consul Polyxeni Potter & Morris Potter

Attaché ($100+)
Charles Handschin
Charles & Betsy Marvin

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Katherine Ambellan
Jean-Patrick Guichard
Bill Harrison
Timothy Magner
Ambassador Robin Sanders
Michael & Susan Sweeney
Carole Walton
Isa Williams

Envoy ($25+)
Sydney Hulebak
Ambassadors Circle
Ted Revilock & Ranjani Balasubramaniam
Alrene Barr
Charlie & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Elizabeth Etoll
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Robert & Vevonna Kennedy
Ron & Bethany Lane
Alice LeBlanc
Sharon L. Mueller
Michael Owen
John & Lauren Seidl
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Flor Velarde
Jinkichi & Yoko Yoshida
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
The Consulate General of Ireland's 1916 Centenary Concert — a Celebration of Irish Culture: This family-friendly event will be held at the Ferst Center for the Arts on March 6 at 4:00 PM. Featured artists include The Willis Clan, and Grammy-nominated, Dublin-born singer/guitarist legend John Doyle. Also appearing will be Gateway Performance Productions with an excerpt of the new presentation "We Have Risen", a 1916 centenary performance with an African American dimension. Tickets are available from the Ferst Center Box Office, www.ferstcenter.org, 404-894-9601: adults $10.00 with parking included; children under 18 free, with phone booking required.

Go Eat Give presents "Destination Laos," a celebration of Laotian culture, food, costumes, dances, history and traditions. Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM. at Pattaya Cafe, 3455 Peachtree Industrial Blv, Duluth, GA 30096. Authentic Loatian buffet, speakers, prizes, live music and dance. Please RSVP at www.destinationlaos.eventbrite.com.

U.S. Department of State Presents The 2nd Annual American Women for International Understanding: Career Opportunities for International Relations (COIR) Symposium: Join Shawna Thomas, Meet the Press Senior Editor, as she moderates a panel featuring State Department Counselor Kristie Kennedy, Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and Former U.S. Representative Diane Watson for a conversation on "Passing the Baton" at the COIR Symposium, March 23, 2016, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, U.S. Department of State, Harry S. Truman Building, George C. Marshall Conference Center, 2201 C Street, NW, Washington, DC. You'll also have an opportunity to learn about international careers in the Federal Government and Private Sector; engage with women leaders; and network with potential employers. Click here for more information and to register for the Symposium.

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
18 IVLP leaders from 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, and Tunisia, focused on Education in the Digital Age, spent the morning at Marietta High School through GCIV's Today I Met... program, while our IVLP Human Rights Advocacy group from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka met with representatives from Pride School Atlanta and GCIV's Kristin Fairchild!
More From Last Month 2
Our IVLP delegation from Afghanistan, Burma, Montenegro, Mozambique, People's Republic of China, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, and Vanuatu, focused on Cultural Heritage Preservation, visited Sapelo Island on Feb 10 to learn about Gullah/Geechee culture and to shed some light [house] on the subject!
More From Last Month 3
GCIV board member, Alice LeBlanc and member Mary Louise Apelian enthusiastically share about their Armenian heritage, while Eric Nakervis and Joshua Rice regal our IVLP delegation from Armenia and GCIV members with stories about their visits to Armenia during our Feb 18 International Dining Experience at Thai Chili.
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