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GCIV - Georgia Council for International Visitors
Save the Date: December 9, 2015!
Save the Date: December 9, 2015!
Please join us for the Georgia Council for International Visitors’ Annual Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, December 9
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30363
This event is free, but you must be a current GCIV member to attend. Space is limited, and RSVPs are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Not a member? Unsure about your membership status? Please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP and to join or renew an expired membership.
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Save the Date: April 2, 2016!
Save the Date: 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.

Please contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org or 404­-832­-5560 x 21 to become a sponsor and/or for more information.
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Members Tell Us!
Members Tell Us!
"We have been involved with GCIV for more than 21 years. Having each been interested in other cultures and places since childhood, and having lived abroad for eleven years, we feel that GCIV is an excellent way to further good relationships between countries and cultures through direct interaction among people. Although support of the organization is important through volunteering our time in helping to raise funds and garner new support, probably the most important thing we can do is to foster relationships with the foreign visitors who have traveled to Atlanta as part of their time in the US."

Bruce and Sharon Taylor, GCIV Ambassador Members and GCIV Trustees
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Who’s Coming to Town?
October 15 - 20

Focus: Community Based Initiatives for Underserved Populations

October 26 – November 1
Atlanta Journalists to Brazil

Focus: Community Journalism Exchange

November 4 – 7
African Union, ARS Paris, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic , Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, Zimbabwe

Focus: Managing Conflict in a Democracy

November 12 – 15
Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Vietnam

Focus: Global Health Security

November 29 – December 6

Focus: Community Journalism Exchange
Global Lunch Forum
Global Lunch Forum
Join us for a highly entertaining and informative lunchtime presentation by renowned activist, artist, and Honorary US Cultural Ambassador, Yewande Austin. This summer, Yewnade executed the first phase of her long-awaited initiative in Lagos, Nigeria, lifting the veil on human trafficking by telling compelling stories of youth exploited by poverty, along with showcasing the heroes on the front lines of this global epidemic, including women and children survivors of the Boko Haram kidnappings. By using traditional music education and sustainable skills workshops to address and help overcome the trauma, Yewande is positively transforming lives. All of this work is being captured in a documentary called "Amazing Grace: Freedom's Song," directed by award-winning filmmakers, The Horne Brothers, and due for release in 2016.

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: Monday, October 12, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Where: Regency Suites Hotel, Magnolia Room, 975 West Peachtree Street 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 Thursday, October 8 to Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org.
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Dine with Visitors from Botswana!
Dine with Visitors from Botswana!
October's International Dining Experience is Monday, October 19th at 6:30 PM at Der Biergarten, 300 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.

We are hosting 2 visitors from Botswana. Their program focuses on Community Based Initiatives for Underserved Populations, and we invite you to join us to dine with them!

The price is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. This includes a delicious traditional Octoberfest German dinner, a non-alcoholic beverage, desert, tax, and gratuity.

Click the button below to pay online and reserve your spot by Friday, October 16. Reservations are required!

Please contact farah@gciv.org if you have any questions.
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GCIVisits Argentina and Uruguay Highlights
GCIVisits Argentina and Uruguay Highlights
In September, GCIV members and friends traveled to Buenos Aires and Montevideo on a goodwill mission in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the IVLP.

The trip was organized by GCIV Executive Director Shell Stuart and co-lead by Jennifer Clinton, President of GlobalTiesUS.

Visit highlights included briefings and receptions at the Official Residences in both countries, a meeting and tour of the Buenos Aires stock exchange, a soccer match between River Plate and Lanús (with fans singing throughout the entire game), a tour of political graffiti and street art, a tour of the Argentine Congress followed by a briefing by congressmen and meetings with IVLP alumni throughout. Ricardo Vanella, IVLP alumnus and GlobalTiesUS board member treated our delegation to a very special, authentic Argentine barbecue in his home.

Our group welcomed the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, experience citizen diplomacy from the visitors point of view and explore two fascinating countries.
GCIVisits Argentina and Uruguay Highlights
Bowling League of Nations Highlights
Bowling League of Nations Highlights
We were bowled over by the enthusiasm and fun level at GCIV's first annual Bowling League of Nations, held on Saturday, September 12!

It was a huge success, with more than 100 GCIV members and new friends joining us for an afternoon of excitement, laughter, friendly competition, and of course, the opportunity to promote citizen diplomacy — one frame at a time!

Thank you to everyone who supported our inaugural event, and special thanks to our rockin' DJ, RJ Paulisick, our incomparable MC, Audrey Galex, and our fabulous chair, Lauren Seidl!
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Transatlantic Passage to Spain: A New Travel Opportunity
Transatlantic Passage to Spain: A New Travel Opportunity
GCIV members and friends are invited to join our former Executive Director, George Brown, on a new travel experience April 15-29, 2016: A transatlantic cruise from Ft. Lauderdale Florida to Barcelona, Spain with six port calls in Portugal and Spain. This is a great travel bargain, with cabin prices (per person/double occupancy) for the 14 night voyage starting at $1,425 for an inside cabin and $1,695 for a balcony on Celebrity Equinox.

Passage to Spain is more than an ordinary cruise. It is the first in a series of Great Ocean Voyages that combine an attractive cruise itinerary with a daily educational enrichment program just for your group of lifelong learners during the days at sea.

Once you arrive in Barcelona you can continue your European trip on your own, join an extension to Madrid, or return home. Regardless of the option you select, you’ll be able to take advantage of some great one-way return airfare rates from Europe to the USA.

As a bonus for GCIV members, the fee you pay will include a $150 tax deductible donation to GCIV.

If traveling to Europe is in your plans for the future, contact George for more information: 404-583-7730; george@gtbtravel.com to see if this might be right for you.
Atlanta Council on International Relations September Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
Thursday, October 8: "Russia's Gas Diplomacy: The Politics of Pipelines and Pipe Dreams"

Speaker: Dr. Adam Stulberg, Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and Co-Director, Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy, Georgia Tech

Time: 11:30 AM — *Registration, 12:00 - 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 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 September 2015:
Consul ($250+)
Shell Stuart

Attaché ($100+)
Arlene Horesh
Lori Landrum
John Parkerson
George & Judy Wieder
Camille Yahm

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Ruth Blackstock
Suzy & Doug Blough
Joan Cioffi
D.J. Clancy
Joy Gordman
Eugene Henry
Hasan Kamal
Susan Kanellos
Michael Malihi
Alka Naik
Debbie Rehn
Helga Siegel
Shruti Singh
Vicki Van Der Hoek
Carole Walton

Envoy ($25+)
Jameel Bijoux, Inc.
Jonathan Chang
Kristin Fairchild
Brian Hooper
Shawn Powers
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
U.S. - Morocco Trade and Investment Forum
A U.S.-Morocco Trade and Investment Forum will take place on Tuesday, October 13th from 9:00 am (breakfast and registration at 8:30 am) to 2:30 pm at The Coca-Cola Company headquarters on North Avenue. For more information and registration, visit www.embassyofmorocco.us/atlantaforum.html

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
GCIV members and guests enjoyed scintillating conversations with our visiting delegation from Qatar, and equally as delightful Indian food during our September International Dining Experience at at Bhojanic Decatur!
More From Last Month 2
Our IVLP delegation of water management professionals from Argentina, Chile, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Thailand, and Tunisia were intrigued during their visit to the Atlanta Regional Commission where they learned about "The Tri-State Water War," followed by a visit to CNN Center, where they discovered even more fascinating news!
More From Last Month 3
Our West African visitors from Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Sierra Leone had an exceptionally interesting and enriching meeting at the Georgia State University School of Public Health where they explored their theme of Communication During Health Emergencies.
Expand Your World

Expand Your World

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