In This Issue

-Who’s coming to town?-
-International Consular Ball-
-Community Connections-
-May IDEs-
-Leadership Award-
-Photo Contest-
-Expand Your World-
-GCIV Calendar-
-Youth Exchange Scholarships-
-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-
-The CASIE Speakeasy-
-Other Events and Hosting Opportunities-

About GCIV

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.

Who’s coming to town?

May 9 - 15
South and Central Asia
Focus: Human Rights

May 18 - 22
Western Hemisphere
Focus: Administration of Justice

May 19 - 21
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus: State and Local Government

May 21 - 25
Palestinian Territories
Focus: Military and Civilian Justice System

May 22 - 25
Focus: Health and Human Rights

May 28 - June 1
Sub-Saharan Africa

May 28 - June 1
Focus: Combating Human Trafficking

GCIV Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, May 12 - Eight NGO leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka 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 human rights. They are available at 5:00 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 or 3 visitors per host.

Sunday, May 19 - Ten law professionals from Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, and Peru 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 administration of justice. They are available at 5:00 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 or 3 visitors per host.

Please note: 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 appropriate countries.

Global Partners

Atlantic Capital Bank

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners


Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts

University of Georgia

International Consular
Ball Sponsors



Atlanta International School

Coles College of Business,
Kennesaw State University

Georgia Power

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

InterContinental Hotels Group


Kuck Immigration Partners

Metro Atlanta Chamber


Regency Suites Hotel


Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bank of America
Merrill Lynch

Barclays Capital

CHASE Commercial Bank

Equifax Workforce Solutions

Ernst & Young

Green Branches Consulting Group, LLC

Hall, Booth, Smith

RBC Capital Markets

Seyfarth Shaw, LLC



GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during April 2013:


Tommy & Tiffany Abram

Chargé d’Affaires

John Parkerson


Alicia McCart
Miller & Carolyn Williams

Citizen Diplomat

Jim & Carol Dew
Valerie K. Harris
Eugene & Berlena Henry

Citizen Diplomat

Dariusz Baran
Lorraine Carribean
Pamela Coleman
Constance Van Blarcum
Richard Woroniecki


Justin Deal
Chris Williams
Sonja Crystal Williams

Consular Ball Donations
Aadu & Kristi Allpere
Milagros Davila
Jim & Carol Dew
Anne Hansen
Tommy Holder

Ambassadors Circle
Tommy & Tiffany Abram
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Kwanza Hall
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Barry Morris
Roger & Alke Naik
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

GCIV Trustees

Lynne Zappone

Yelena Epova,
Vice Chair
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Bruce Hamilton,
InterContinental Hotels Group

Phil Handler,
Third Story Investments

W. Lindsay Davidson,
Immediate Past Chair

E. Miller Williams, Jr.,
Ex Officio
Ernst & Young

Alrene Barr
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Charles Bedford
Atlanta Council on International Relations

Gretchen Corbin
Georgia Department of Economic Development

Clark Dean
Studley, Inc.

Andrea Denny
International Women Associates Chair

Noah Downer
City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor

Danielle Fernandes

Jorge Fernandez
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Julie Bryant Fisher
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Yonni Kim
Arnall Golden Gregory

Charles Kuck
Kuck Immigration Partners

Renee Libby
Great Decisions Lecture Series

Annabelle Malins
Consul General of the
United Kingdom

Barry Morris
Kennesaw State University

John Parkerson
Honorary Consul of Hungary

Jennifer Ragland
The Coca-Cola Company

Arnaldo Ruiz
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Jonathan Sangster
Georgia Power

Darren Short
RBC Capital Markets

Bruce Taylor
Police Central, Inc.

Tiffany Trent-Abram
First Data

Annie-York Trujillo
International Women Associates

GCIV Staff

Shell Stuart
Executive Director
404-832-5560 x21

Irene Bailey
Deputy Director
404-832-5560 x13

Emily O’Harris
Program Director
404-832-5560 x15

Farah Amir
Member Services
404-832-5560 x17

Thanks to all who supported the 32nd International Consular Ball!

The annual International Consular Ball honoring Georgia’s Consular Corps shines as Atlanta’s premier international event. The 32nd anniversary of this special event was held at the World of Coca-Cola on April 27, 2013 and chaired by Yelena Epova. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was the Honorary Chair. Nearly 40 Consular Corps members and 250 business and civic leaders were in attendance including representatives from platinum sponsors The Coca-Cola Company and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and gold sponsor Delta Airlines.

'Passport to the Future' was the theme and it resonated throughout the evening beginning with remarks from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Swiss Consul General Claudio Leoncavallo, Dean of the Consular Corps.

Proceeds from the Consular Ball support GCIV’s efforts to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy. With our sponsors’ support, GCIV is able to welcome over 500 emerging world leaders to Georgia annually and introduce them to the best our state has to offer.

Click here to view images from this unforgettable evening.

Plan on joining us next spring for the 33rd Annual International Consular Ball!

Seeking Hosts for Community Connections Participants from Uzbekistan

GCIV is seeking volunteer home-stay hosts for ten healthcare professionals from Uzbekistan who will be in Atlanta in July 2013 (specific dates to be announced). For details on this unique hosting opportunity please click here. For more information on the Community Connections program please click here.

If you are interested in being a volunteer host or have questions, please contact Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13.

Dine with Human Rights Activists from Brazil!

Join us for dinner with a Brazilian delegation of health care professionals and human rights activists. Price is $25 per person for GCIV members and $35 for non-members.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7:00 PM
Where: Panahar

RSVP by Monday, May 20, 2013 to Farah Amir at

GCIV Member Presented FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

The Atlanta Division of the FBI honored Soumaya Khalifa, founder and executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta (ISB), as a recipient of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award. Ms. Khalifa, born in Egypt and raised in the United States, realized a need to educate and inform others unfamiliar with the Islamic faith. She founded the ISB, which offers interactive workshops and seminars to thousands of people in the Atlanta area to provide insight into how American Muslims live their daily lives. Annually, the ISB holds a Building Bridges awards dinner to recognize Atlanta-area individuals and organizations that have worked toward interfaith and multicultural understanding. To further this effort, Ms. Khalifa co-founded an interfaith women’s baking group with the purpose of bringing women of different faiths together to connect.

Soumaya is a frequent speaker at GCIV-hosted Citizen Diplomat series events and we offer her our sincerest congratulations!

Calling All Photographers!

Presented by The Exchange, the first annual Capture Culture Community Photo Contest is designed to provide amateur, enthusiast, and professional photographers throughout the metro-Atlanta area an opportunity to showcase images portraying the beautiful array of cultural diversity within our community.

The contest will be open for submissions between April 1-May 31 with winners notified and announced on June 2. Photographers of all skill-sets are invited to capture compelling local images of diverse, ethnic and cultural heritage and submit their photos that best relate to the idea of multiculturalism and embracing diversity.

For more details on the contest, please click here.

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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U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students

It’s that time of year again when the U.S Department of State is looking for some great high school students to study abroad on their Youth Programs scholarships.

The application deadlines vary, so click on the name of each program for more information and deadlines.

   • The National Security Language Initiative for
     Youth (NSLI-Y)
   • The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study
     (YES) Abroad Program
   • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
     Program (CBYX)
   • The American Youth Leadership Program

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The CASIE Speakeasy

On the first Wednesday of the month, the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) presents a model language lesson and a different language each month at Speakeasy. The rules of the Speakeasy are simple. Instructors prepare a one hour lesson completely in the target language with no use of English. Then participants, usually with little prior study of the language but many multilingual, converse. Japanese, Amharic, Swahili, Dutch, Romanian, Hebrew, American Sign Language, Tagalog, and Latin are currently scheduled for 2012. NOTE: CASIE is currently looking for other instructors, particularly in languages not commonly taught in American schools. This is a great opportunity to promote languages and culture.

For more information, visit or email John Wilson.

Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

Go Eat Give: Destination Kenya
Escape to big game savannahs, pristine beaches, searing deserts, equatorial forests, and timeless cultures right in the heart of Atlanta. Join Go Eat Give for a special event celebrating the culture and cuisine of Kenya! Enjoy authentic Kenyan food, an art exhibit, shop Designs By Sarah Odingo, hear about volunteer vacationing in Kenya, and watch live Kenyan drumming. Click here for more information and to RSVP!

Franco-German Movie Night
The Alliance Française d’Atlanta and the German Cultural Center Atlanta, with the support of the French-German fund and the Institut Français, present "Metropolis," Fritz Lang’s classic masterpiece accompanied by music ensemble Sonic Generator, conducted by Martin Matalon. Click here for more information!

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2013-14 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

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