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GCIV  Newsletter - February 2017
Save the Date: International Consular Ball | Members Tell Us | Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | March IDE | April GLF | Who's Coming to Town? | Job Opening | ACIR Luncheon | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities | More From Last Month
You are Invited to the International Consular Ball! April 29, 2017
Save the Date: April 29, 2017!
The 36th International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton 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 taking a magical voyage as we explore an "Oasis in the Desert" and we invite you to join us! Your support allows us to provide citizen diplomacy programs that build relationships between leaders in our state and distinguished international visitors. With your sponsorship, you are supporting the continuation and expansion of GCIV's vital work and honoring the Georgia International Consular Corp representatives who promote these same ties in business, education, and culture. Together we play a unique and invaluable role in building a more peaceful, prosperous world.
We invite your company to sponsor the International Consular Ball. Please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 21 for more information.
Join our growing list of sponsors!

2017 International Consular Ball Sponsors

Nancy and Charlie Bedford
The Coca-Cola Company
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Delta Air Lines
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Georgia Department of Economic Development
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Regency Suites Hotel
Rheem Manufacturing
YKK Corporation of America
Members Tell Us
Members Tell Us
"GCIV provides a great opportunity to stay connected with the international community in Atlanta and welcome visitors from across the world to our city. Being involved with GCIV has exposed me to international perspectives on business practices through IVLP, and allowed me to meet people from a variety of cultures and international backgrounds. The programs at GCIV are interesting to me personally and have been relevant professionally. GCIV celebrates the diversity of our world and connects people in ways that reveal the commonalities we all share."

Erica Stevens
GCIV Citizen Diplomat
Fulbright Dinner Hospitality Opportunity
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:

Friday, March 10 - GCIV is hosting Fulbright Scholars from all over the world for dinner hospitality, and we need your help for our second hosting opportunity in 2017! 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 co-hosting, 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 Mauritius!
Dine with Visitors from Mauritius!
March's International Dining Experience is Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 PM at Arepa Mia, 307 East College Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30030.

We are hosting 4 visitors from Mauritius. Their program focuses on Combatting Child Trafficking, and we invite you to join us to dine with them!

The price is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. This includes the Venezuelan meal, a non-alcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity. Space is limited and you must RSVP to attend.

Click the button below to pay online and to reserve you spot by Monday, March 20. Reservations are required! Please contact Emily O'Harris at emily@gciv.org if you have any questions.
Global Lunch Forum
Global Lunch Forum
Please join GCIV and Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders for a lunchtime discussion as we examine the dramatic shift in the development paradigm for Sub Saharan Africa, driven in large part by the imaginative, innovative and insta-impact leadership in the region's small businesses.

Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders served as one of the U.S. Government's top diplomats on African issues over a long career in the United States Diplomatic Corps with senior positions ranging from Ambassador to the Republics of Nigeria and the Congo, two stints as Director for Africa at the White House, and the U.S. Permanent Representative to the West African Regional Organization ECOWAS. Dr. Sanders received her doctorate degree from Pittsburgh's Robert Morris University and is a thought leader on today's Africa political, economic, and security issues. Dr. Sanders will have available her new book entitled "The Rise of Africa's Small & Medium Size Enterprises" that includes an introduction by renowned civil rights leader Ambassador Andrew Young, and a foreword by Africa's leading businessman, Mr. Aliko Dangote.

Cost (includes lunch): $15 GCIV Members, $20 Non-Members (There is no charge for GCIV members at the Consul level and above)

When: Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Where: TBD

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Click the button below and RSVP by 5:00pm on Friday, March 31st. Please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org if you have any questions.
Who's Coming to Town?
March 10
Fulbright Scholars from Around the World
Focus: Dinner Hospitality with GCIV Members!
March 19-23
Focus: Combatting Child Trafficking
March 20-25
Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
Focus: Higher Education in the Digital Age
March 29 – April 1
Focus: English Language Teaching and Social Inclusion
March 29 – April 1
Focus: Strategies for Global Transparency and Accountability
We are Hiring
GCIV is currently seeking a Community Program Coordinator responsible for the Council's communications, membership, and implementation of GCIV's community and international visitor programs.

The ideal candidate will possess strong communications and public relations skills, demonstrated interest in community engagement, and a passion for international exchange. Please visit our website for the full job description.

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and references to employment@gciv.org. Due to the expected number of applications we request that you do not call or email to check on your application status. You will be contacted via email if you are selected for an interview. Thank you for your interest in employment with the Georgia Council for International Visitors.
Atlanta Council on International Relations February Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations November Luncheon
Friday, March 17: "International Symposium on U.S.-Russia Relations in a Global Context"

Speaker: General Philip Breedlove, Retired Commander, Supreme Allied Command, Europe

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

Place: Wardlaw Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, 177 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members and non-members; $25

Click here for Registration *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

Georgia State University

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 at Georgia State University

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

The Coca-Cola Company

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
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 2017
Ambassadors Circle ($250+)
Elizabeth Etoll
Jorge & Silvia Fernandez
Michael Owen

Consul ($250+)
Susan McBreairty

Attaché ($100+)
Lorraine Carribean
Chuck & Betsy Marvin
Anu Sethi
E. Miller Williams

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Judith Cantwell
Harry & Diane Gramann
Ambassador Robin Sanders

Ambassadors Circle
Tariq & Pilar Amir
Farah Amir
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charlie & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Saira & Addison Draper
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Elizabeth Etoll
Jorge & Silvia Fernandez
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Brian Hooper
Robert & Vevonna Kennedy
Ron & Bethany Lane
Alice LeBlanc
Sharon L. Mueller
Roger & Alka Naik
Michael Owen
Ted Revilock & Ranjani Balasubramaniam
John & Lauren Seidl
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
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
1st Annual World Trade Day: A Historic Day for Extraordinary Times. Don't miss this unique opportunity to participate in the World Trade Center Atlanta's 1st Annual World Trade Day on May 2, 2017 at the Georgia International Convention Center. The Keynote Presentation will be by the Honorable Matthew T. McGuire, United States Executive Director, The World Bank Group, and the topic of "Trade Talk: Real Conversations about the Future of Global Trade" will be explored in depth. Early Bird Registration ends on February 28, so don't delay...Register today!

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 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 2016-17 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!
Fulbright Scholars are Hosted for Dinner in Local Members' Homes. Thank you so much to the 30+ families that opened their homes for our visitors!
More From Last Month!
A diverse audience of over 350 students and life-long learners were captivated during GCIV's February's Great Decisions Lectures which included topics covering The European Union, Geopolitics of Energy, U.S. Trade Policy, and Nuclear Security Today. Thank you to our incredible speakers and volunteer team that help us develop informed opinions on the role the United States should play in world affairs.
More From Last Month!
Visitors from Bulgaria, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mongolia, China, and Peru participating in a program focusing on urban sustainability and resilient cities met with Southface, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Georgia Institute of Technology, City of Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the Atlanta Beltline Partnership in early February.
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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Georgia Council for International Visitors
Connecting Georgians to the World Since 1962
Georgia Council for International Visitors
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Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 832-5560
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