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GCIV - Georgia Council for International Visitors
GCIV Wins Metro Atlanta Chamber’s 2015 Global Partner Award
GCIV Wins Metro Atlanta Chamber’s 2015 Global Partner Award
GCIV was among five companies selected as Atlanta’s most notable leaders in international business at the 2015 Global Impact Awards.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s (MAC) annual Global Impact Awards event honors international business excellence, innovation and leadership. GCIV was named the winner in the Global Partners category, which included finalists from Georgia Tech CIBER and Hi-Rez Studios. At a luncheon held at the Georgia Aquarium on April 22, award finalists and winners were honored.

"Global commerce is an integral part of economic development for our region," said Hala Moddelmog, MAC president and CEO. "The global mindset of the companies honored today enhances Atlanta’s diversity, fuels economic growth and makes our region more competitive globally."

Now in its sixth year, the Global Impact Awards showcase excellence and innovation in international business, honoring MAC members who have gone above and beyond, exhibiting excellence in the area of global commerce.

Please click here to read more about the event winners in each category.
GCIVisits Cuba Highlights
GCIVisits Cuba Highlights
Click above to view photos from the most recent GCIVisits trip to Cuba!

Interested in joining a future GCIV visit to Cuba? Please contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org.
GCIVisits Hungary
GCIVisits Hungary
GCIV members are invited to join us in Hungary on May 23-28. 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
"Through GCIV it is a privilege to be regarded as a ’citizen diplomat.’ As a result of our membership in GCIV, we have one-on-one access to international thought leaders. The best and the brightest minds from around the world visit the United States as guests of the U.S. Government. Imagine dining with a Fulbright Scholar in the comfort of your home. Learning about their hopes and dreams for their country, community and family.

We travel extensively internationally. We visited Cairo, Egypt. GCIV hosted a guest from Cairo who came to our home as a part of the Dinner Hospitality Experience. We heard first hand about his vision for his country. Saw pictures of his home and family. Simply an evening we will not soon forget."

Susan and Michael Sweeney, GCIV Citizen Diplomat Members
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Who’s Coming to Town?
May 6 - 9

Focus: Newsroom Directors

May 6 - 9

Focus: Human Rights

May 12 - 16
Cameroon, Egypt, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia

Focus: Health and Nutrition

May 20 - 23

Focus: Health Challenges in Kuwait

May 20 - 23

Focus: Building Effective Government: Civil Society Partnerships

May 24 - 30

Focus: Trafficking in Persons

May 26 - 30
South Africa

Focus: South African Labor
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Thursday, May 7 - Three (3) delegates from Indonesia 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 Human Rights and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner.

Thursday, May 14 - Seven (7) multi-regional delegates from Cameroon, Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia 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 Health and Nutrition 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.

Monday, May 25 - Four (4) delegates from Senegal 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 Trafficking in Persons and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2 visitors per host, plus an interpreter.

Wednesday, May 27 - Five (5) delegates from South Africa 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 Labor and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

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.
Global Lunch Forum
Global Lunch Forum
Join us for a lunchtime discussion with a delegation from Indonesia focusing on Human Rights. Our visitors will briefly speak about their work in Indonesia, share their impressions and observations about human rights at home and in the United States, and engage in a Q&A with GCIV members and guests.

There is no charge for GCIV members at the Consul level and above. Fee for all other GCIV members is $10; and $15 for non-members (includes lunch).

When: Thursday, May 7, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Where: Regency Suite Hotel, Magnolia Room, 975 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 6 to Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org.
RSVP Here!
Dine with Visitors from Brazil!
International Dining Experience
May’s International Dining Experience is Thursday, May 21st at 6:30 PM at Taverna Plaka Restaurant in Atlanta.

We are hosting 4 visitors from Brazil. Their program focuses on Building Effective Government: Civil Society Partnerships, and we invite you to join us to dine with them!

The price is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. This includes a variety of Greek appetizers, salad, entrées, a non-alcoholic beverage, assorted Greek pastries, 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 Tuesday, May 19. Reservations are required! Please contact Suzy Blough at suzy@gciv.org if you have any questions!
RSVP Here!
Atlanta Council on International Relations May Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
Wednesday, May 27: Ukraine — A Russian Perspective
Speaker: Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador to the U.S. of the Russian Federation

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

Place: Capital City Club, 7 John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street, NW www.capitalcityclub.org

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members $30; for non-members $40; annual membership $50

RSVP: To make a reservation, please email alevin50@yahoo.com. *Please Note: Prior registration required.
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 April 2015:
Ambassador ($1,000+)
Robert Lattimore
Barry & Tanya Morris
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim

Consul ($250+)
Bruce Cotterman

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Joanne Mitchell
Debbie Swann

Envoy ($25+)
Sarah Volling
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
China National Orchestra Concert at the World of Coca-Cola
The China National Orchestra will be performing a free concert to launch the Qin-Tai — Chinese Music Program at the World of Coca-Cola on Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. The concert is being brought to Atlanta by The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China. Space is limited and registration is required to attend. Please RSVP to Sharon Cobey at scobey@coca-cola.com by Tuesday, May 5. Dress is business casual and Coca-Cola refreshments will be served.

Fulbright Association, GA Chapter
Are you a Fulbrighter? 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. The 2015 National Fulbright Conference will be in Atlanta November 15-19, in conjunction with the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Please contact us at fulbrightga@gmail.com for more details.

Islam & Sufism: Being in Peace
Lunch & Learn Event Presented by the Atlantic Institute and Go Eat Give: "Islam & Sufism: Being in Peace" Tuesday, May 5 @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Atlantic Institute Midtown, 1349 West Peachtree St NW #1010, Atlanta, GA 30309. The Atlantic Institute and Go Eat Give are excited to announce a series of speakers and panel discussion to raise awareness of intercultural beliefs around the world. The third event of the series will host Kemal Korucu as he explains the commonalities and difference between Islam and Sufi religions. Ticket includes speaker session and authentic Turkish lunch. Tickets are $10 online or $20 at the door. For more information, please call Jennifer Gibbs at: 404-254-4844.

Go Eat Give: "Destination India"
Thursday, May 28 @ 7:00 PM, Bhojanic, 3400 Around Lenox Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326. Taste authentic Punjabi dishes prepared by celebrity chef, Archna Becker. Guest Speaker: Jagdish N. Sheth, author and Professor of Marketing, Emory University. Live music and lots of prizes. Tickets at GoEatGiveIndia.eventbrite.com.

Federal Service Language Academy
The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the fifth summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in June and July 2015. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a three-week residential program for students who are interested in an immersive intensive language experience (in either First-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, Portuguese or Second-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, and Portuguese), fitness, and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. Please visit the FSLA website at www.ung.edu/fsla for further details about their programs.

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!
IWA April Meeting
GCIV’s International Women Associates (IWA) members were delighted by a spectacular musical performance at the Japanese Official Residence by Mrs. Yukari Sunaga on April 9, 2015.
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