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GCIV - Georgia Council for International Visitors
IN THIS ISSUE...
GCIV Presents: Bowling League of Nations
GCIV Presents: Bowling League of Nations
There’s less than 2 weeks to spare before the Bowling League of Nations convenes!

September 12, 2015 | 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Midtown Bowl, 1936 Piedmont Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

(404) 874-5703


Don’t miss this FUNtastic opportunity to be a part of the General Assembly and our growing list of Member States and supporters, including:
GCIV Presents: Bowling League of Nations
Go ahead! Make that universal declaration and join our world summit for an afternoon of fun and friendly competition at GCIV’s first annual Bowling League of Nations tournament on September 12 at Midtown Bowl.

To reserve your country, please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17. Choose the nation you wish to represent or ask us to assign you to a team. There will only be one team per country, so sign up early before someone else reserves the country you want!

Enjoy making new friends from around the world. Diplomacy one frame at a time.
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Members Only Reception
Members Only Reception
Please join us for an exclusive reception welcoming Community Journalism Exchange participants from the city of Salvador, Brazil and their American counterparts from Atlanta (who will visit Salvador in October 2015). The Community Journalism Exchange is a unique program designed to strengthen ties between Brazilians and Americans through the sharing of experiences between innovative community journalists who have had proven success promoting racial equality and social inclusion issues.

When: Monday, September 21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Atlanta City Hall, first floor Atrium, City Hall Annex, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
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 x 17 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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GCIVisits Argentina and Uruguay
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GCIV members are invited to join us in Argentina and Uruguay on September 20-26, 2015!

Highlights include graffitimundo’s Art & Activism Tour in Buenos Aires. This guided tour reveals the extraordinary history of the city’s vibrant urban art culture, from its fiery political origins, to the modern context in which Buenos Aires has become one of the world’s most exciting cities for street art.

graffitimundo is a non-profit organization which promotes the urban art scene of Buenos Aires and supports local artists.

In addition, GCIVisits participants will experience: Meetings at the U.S. Embassies in Buenos Aires and Montevideo; Insider Briefings; Exclusive Access Visits; Dinner Hospitality with Friends Abroad; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay,a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and Visits with International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Alumni.

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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GCIV Welcomes New Team Member!
GCIV Welcomes New Team Member!
Kristin Fairchild is passionate about creating lasting, symbiotic partnerships between the diverse and innovative people of Atlanta (her home for 16 years and counting) and like-minded professionals abroad. Kristin holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Georgia in International Affairs and Romance Languages, completing in the process a study abroad program in Tours, France at L'Institut de Touraine. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise from Georgia State University. Kristin's professional interests in international affairs started with her two internships at the International Rescue Committee, where she worked with refugees as an English instructor for adults as well as a facilitator for the youth cultural orientation program. She is proficient in French and Spanish and is currently learning German. Kristin also enjoys running, cooking, and hiking with her dog.

Kristin can be reached at kristin@gciv.org.
Who’s Coming to Town?
September 2 - 6
Qatar

Focus: Strengthening Civil Society

September 16 - 22
Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

Focus: Emergency Management

September 16 - 20
Indonesia

Focus: Improving the Management System of Municipal Solid Waste

September 20 - 27
Brazil

Focus: Community Journalism Exchange

September 24 - 28
Argentina, Chile, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Thailand, Tunisia

Focus: Water Management
Dine with Visitors from Qatar!
IDEs - Bhojanic
September’s International Dining Experience is Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30 PM at Bhojanic Decatur, 1363 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033.

We are hosting 6 visitors from Qatar. Their program focuses on Strengthening Civil Society, 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 Indian dinner, a non-alcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity.

Click the button below to pay online and reserve your spot by Tuesday, September 1. Reservations are required!

Please contact farah@gciv.org if you have any questions.
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Global Lunch Forum
Global Lunch Forum
Join us for a lunchtime discussion with a delegation from Brazil participating in the Community Journalism Exchange. Our visitors will briefly speak about their work as innovative community journalists promoting racial equality, share their impressions and observations about social inclusion issues 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, September 24, 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 Tuesday, September 22 to Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org.
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Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Dinner Hospitality
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:

Thursday, September 17 - Thirteen (13) regional delegates from Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Sierra Leone 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 Emergency Management 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 if necessary.

Sunday, September 27 - Seven (7) multi-regional delegates from Argentina, Chile, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Thailand, 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 Water Management and are available at 5:00 PM for dinner. The delegation may be split into groups of 3-4 visitors per host, plus an interpreter if necessary.

*PLEASE NOTE*
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.
Atlanta Council on International Relations September Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
Thursday, September 24: "Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement — Implications for the Future"

Speaker: Dr. Usha C. Nair-Reichert, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs, School of Economics and the Center for International Business Education and Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology

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 alevin50@yahoo.com.
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 August 2015:
Attaché ($100+)
Jeanne Castell-Kozik
Silvana Eakin
Lori Landrum


Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Ana Bartolome
Jill Carlson-Miyatake
Carol Dew
Jessica Douglas
Laura Gilmore
Eugene & Berlena Henry
Maria Hobart
Mary Kitchens
Nolly Ladha
Antonella Lovinger
Michael Malihi
Josephine Maloney
Doreen Massell
Marlene Mehnert
Lea Nixon
Fay B. Selvage
June Knight Shassere
Helga Siegel
Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel
Birgit Trabold-Dorazewski
Zita Vegso
Krystyna Wilson


Envoy ($25+)
Daniel Aycock
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
Intown Community Church: "22nd Annual International Welcome Party"
Find out what opportunities are available for internationals including friendship groups, trips, tours, and more!
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 6:30 - 9:00 PM
2059 LaVista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

For more information, please contact Paula at paula@intown.org or call (404) 633-8077.

Go Eat Give and the Atlantic Institute Present: "The Language of Conflict"
A panel discussion on how to discuss global issues in a peaceful and constructive way.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM @ 7:00 PM
1349 W. Peachtree St. NW, Suite 101, Two Midtown Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30309

Lunch and Learn RSVP: www.languageofconflict.eventbrite.com $10 online; $20 at the door.

Go Eat Give: "Golf Tournament Fundraiser"
Monday, October 5, 2015 @ 9:00 AM, Laurel Springs Golf Club, 6400 Golf Club Drive, Suwanee, GA 30024.
For more information and registration, contact Sucheta Rawal at info@goeatgive.org, or visit Go Eat Give Fundraiser.

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 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
Physicians from Uzbekistan participating in the USAID Community Connections "Capacity Building of the National Tuberculosis Program in Uzbekistan" had a wonderful time meeting and sharing with professional counterparts in Atlanta and with GCIV members and guests at our Global Lunch Forum and International Dining Experience at No Mas! Cantina.
More From Last Month 2
Our delegation of journalists from Egypt enjoyed meeting with their professional counterparts at the Atlanta Daily World and CNN, and also had a wonderful time visiting the MLK Center.
More From Last Month 3
IVLP visitors from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau had a great time at Morehouse College and meeting with faculty from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies to discuss Emergency Management.
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