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Members Only Reception
Members Only Reception
Please join us for an exclusive reception welcoming IVLP participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. The delegation’s focus is Transparency and Accountability in Government.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection gallery.

When: Sunday, September 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30313
RSVP: Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x17

This is a free event, but you must be a current GCIV member and RSVP to attend. Space is limited. RSVPs are confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Not a member? Unsure about your membership status? Please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x17 to RSVP and to join or renew an expired membership. We will register you for the Members Only Reception at that time.
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Members Tell Us
Members Tell Us
"My own experiences abroad were transformative and were the most essential part of my education. Combining my passion for international business with a decade of experience as an employment litigator and counselor, I am increasingly focusing my legal practice on advising foreign-based companies on the intricacies of U.S. employment, trade secrets, and non-compete law. The mission of GCIV overlaps well with my own professional and personal interests, and I hope to make new friends and professional connections throughout the world through my support of GCIV."

— Daniel P. Hart, GCIV Member
Who’s Coming to Town?
September 10 – 14
Near East Affairs

Focus: Trafficking

September 13 – 17
Various Countries

Focus: Women Leaders — Promoting Peace and Security

September 13 – 17
Western Hemisphere Affairs

Focus: Transparency and Accountability in Government

September 13 – 18

Focus: Combating Gender-Based Violence and Trafficking in Persons

September 17 – 20

Focus: Community Sports Programs

September 24 – 27

Focus: STEM Education

September 27 – October 1

Focus: Government Strategic Communications

September 30 – October 4

Focus: Women in Politics
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Thursday, September 11 - Eight government officials and NGO leaders from Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Nepal, and Saudi Arabia 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 trafficking and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

Monday, September 15 - Six legal professionals and NGO leaders from Egypt, India, the Philippines, the Republic of South Sudan, and Suriname 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 women leaders: promoting peace and security and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 3 visitors per host.

Tuesday, September 16 - Seven teachers, judges, and social workers from Iraq 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 combating gender-based violence and trafficking in persons and are available at 6:30 PM for dinner and will be accompanied by an interpreter. 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.
Save the Date!
Save the Date!
GCIV’s Annual Meeting and Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 PM

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
171 17th St NW
Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30363
GCIVisits Iceland!
GCIVisits Iceland!
GCIV members are invited to join us in Iceland on October 21-26. Click here for more information and details or contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org.

To become a GCIV member, please click here.
The Time of My Life
by Vicki Van Der Hoek
At last count, through the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV), I’ve hosted twenty-four times. That includes hosting/co-hosting twenty-two dinners for emerging world leaders and participating in two Open World programs with dignitaries staying in my home. I’ve also participated in one official GCIV outbound cultural exchange to Cuba.

Click here to read more!
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Speaker: The Honorable Duncan Sandys

Mr. Sandys has extensive experience as a public speaker and has given lectures and speeches on the life and legacy of his great grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill. He has nearly 20 years of concurrent political, corporate and government experience including service as City Councillor and Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster. Following his retirement from the City Council, Mr. Sandys established Boussole Partners, a consultancy firm that advises universities on capital growth strategies. He is married with one son and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Topic: "The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting"

Please note that an exhibit on "The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting" will open on October 3rd at the Millennium Gate Museum, at Atlantic Station.

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members $30; for non-members $40
(Cost for one member and one guest is $70; cost for one non-member and one guest is $80.)

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

RSVP: To make a reservation, click here or contact Angela Levin at alevin50@yahoo.com (Please include ACIR Luncheon in the subject)
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities
Go Eat Give - Destination Guatemala, September 18
Celebrate Guatemala’s Independence Day with authentic food, music and guest speakers. Keynote address by Cónsul General de Guatemala en Atlanta, Rosa Maria Mérida de Mora. Born and raised in Guatemala, Ms Rosa Maria has served as a diplomat for over 25 years serving most recently in Buenos Aires and New York. She will share important facts about the Guatemalan population in southeast US, as well as cultural insights from her homeland. Click here to make your reservation!

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 2014-15 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 or afsgeorgia@gmail.com.
More From Last Month!
August GLF
Our August Global Lunch Forum was hosted by The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and featured a delegation of prominent activists from Mozambique. Dr. Maria Mabota, President of the Mozambican League of Human Rights spoke as well as her colleagues Mr. Paulo Nhancale and Mr. Sousa Chele.
GCIV drivers Ted and Ed say farewell to our delegation from Bolivia after their meetings on higher education.
Georgian delegation enjoys dinner with colleagues of Hall Booth Smith and GCIV Board Member and Honorary Consul General of Hungary, John Parkerson.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during August 2014:
Consul ($250+)
Ashley Mastin
John Parkerson

Attaché ($100+)
Eugene & Berlena Henry

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Ruth Blackstock
Alessandra Brisotto
Rosie Davidson
Birgit Dorazewski
Amy Kelly
Nolly Ladha
William & Mary Moon
Misael Portillo
Dr. Joyce Reynolds
Zita Vesgo
Parveen Yusufji
Ambassadors Circle
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Colin S. Brady, OBE &
Mrs. Susan Wesley-Brady
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Jim & Carol Dew
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Dawn Ely
Mrs. Richard R. Hallock
Bruce & Claudia Hamilton
Ruth Hanners
Charles & Jenni Kuck
Robb Miltner
Barry & Tanya Morris
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
Global Partners
The Coca-Cola Company

D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, City of Atlanta

Ogletree Deakins

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Regency Suites Hotel

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
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