April 2008 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .

Who's Coming to Town?

April 2-6 - Saudi Arabia
Five Television and Radio Journalists

Social Responsible Media

April 5-9 - Georgia
Five Government Officials

Transportation Policy

April 9-13 - Russia
Twelve University Professors

American Studies and English for the Corporate World

April 15-18 - Australia
One Community Advocate and Principal

Religious Diversity

April 27-May 1 - Multi-Regional
Ten NGO and Government Officials

Public Safety

April 29-May 3 - Pan-Africa
Twelve Government and NGO Officials

Grassroots Democracy

April 30-May 3 - Uzbekistan
Six Public Health Officials

Infectious Disease Prevention

April 30-May 3 - France
One Professor

Middle East Studies

May 9-15 - Multi-Regional
Four Medical Professionals and NGO Leaders

Women's Health

May 18-21 - Guatemala
Eight Public Health Officials

Public Health/Nutrition

May 21-26 - Pan-Africa
Twelve Civil Society Leaders

NGO Management

Please take a look at the delegations needing home hospitality in the coming months and consider hosting a visiting professional in your home for dinner.

Tuesday, April 8th - Five visitors from Georgia would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. Their program in the U.S. will focus on road safety and transportation management. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM, and do not speak English. We would like two families to take two or three visitors plus one interpreter.

Thursday, April 10th - Twelve visitors from Russia would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. Their program in the U.S. will focus on American Studies. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM, and all speak English. We still need to place four visitors with hosts.

Please note: Home hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the evening of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting visitors in your home for dinner on these dates, please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
Atlanta City Council’s Advisory Committee on International Relations
The Coca-Cola Company
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Mueller Water Products

Bronze Sponsors
Alston & Bird, LLP
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bear Stearns
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC
McKenna Long & Aldridge
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
nsoro, LLC
Reece & Associates
Regency Suites Hotel
Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
UBS Investment Bank
YKK Corporation of America

Ambassadors Circle
Charlie and Nancy Bedford
Mike Dangerfield
James and Carol Dew
Augustine Esogbue
Chris and Charles Evans
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue and Jim Heerin
Russell and Anna Malayery
Jim and Elizabeth Munson
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Bryan Ramos
Sharon and Bruce Taylor

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during the second quarter of our fiscal year 2008:

Lifetime Members
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Lew and Anne Hansen
Betty Haas
Alfred and Evelyn Messer
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
George and Judy Varga

Ambassador ($1000+)
Jim and Carol Dew
Chris and Charles Evans
Russell and Anna Malayery
Jim and Elizabeth Munson
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Bryan Ramos

Charge d'Affaires ($500+)
Marianne McConnel

Consul ($250+)
Jacobus and Megan Boers
Harold E. Davidson
Aaron Warnke
Robert White

Attaché ($100+)
Phil Bolton
Hans and Ada Almering
Dana Greene and Richard Roesel
Anne Hansen
Eleanor Hooks
Faye McKay-Clegg and Jim Clegg
Sarah Montgomery
Sharon Lee Mueller
Jim Vaseff

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Douglas Allen
Christine Armour
Michael Blake
Elaine Bowman
Joan Penrose Cioffi
Bruce Cotterman
Suzanne Dunn
Albert Hall
Dennis Harkins
Ullrich and Julia Kaemmerer
Anne Mims
Svitlana Sweat
Kris Terry
Robert Wildau
Sonja Williams
Hazel James Wood

Envoy (25+)
Emily Bushey
Amy Edwards
Brian Gowdy

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Consular Ball Attendees Enjoy World Music at 27th Annual Gala

World music was the theme of the evening on Saturday, March 8, when 400 leaders from Atlanta's international, cultural, civic, and business communities arrived at the beautiful new Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center to enjoy the annual black-tie affair that GCIV proudly sponsors each spring to honor the men and women serving as Consular representatives in Georgia.

Guests of honor were 38 members of the Georgia Consular Corps. Georgia Commissioner of Economic Development Ken Stewart presented a toast in honor of the Consular Corps. In response, the Honorable Carlos Layus, Consul General of the Argentine Republic and Dean of the Consular Corps, thanked the state of Georgia and GCIV for hosting Georgia's diplomatic community at the event.

Exciting live and silent auctions raised funds to support GCIV's work to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy. This year, GCIV partnered with the Consular Corps to offer many exciting travel packages and exclusive items for auction. Proceeds from the evening benefitted both GCIV and the Consular Corp's Habitat for Humanity project.

Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center, provided the evening's surprise entertainment. World percussion ensemble Ritmo Blu's lively performance brought many guests to their feet. In addition, each guest went home with a music CD from one of the countries represented at the ball.

You can read more about the event or see pictures from the evening.

GCIV to Host 2008 NCIV Southern Regional Meeting August 6-8

GCIV is proud to announce that Atlanta has been selected as the host city for the National Council for International Visitors' 2008 Southern Regional Meeting. This event will bring together the national network responsible for implementing the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. Fellow CIV representatives from the southern region and around the country will join Washington, DC Program Agency and Department of State colleagues in Atlanta August 6-8, 2008. In hosting this event GCIV hopes to showcase the best our city and state have to offer our international exchange participants. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Ashley Mastin for more information.

South African Journalist Discusses Politics and Civil Rights with Atlanta Counterparts

GCIV recently had the privilege to host Ms. Lumka Oliphant of South Africa. Ms. Oliphant is an up-and-coming reporter with the Sunday weekly City Press newspaper. She covers political topics and also writes regular pieces on individuals and groups who are civil society leaders in their communities. She traveled to the U.S. under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program to learn about media coverage of the U.S. presidential elections and civil rights issues. Click here to read more about her program in Atlanta.

British Exchange Participant Sees Democracy in Action during Atlanta Trip

GCIV recently hosted Ms. Samantha Watson, Public Relations Officer with Operation Black Vote in the United Kingdom. She came to Atlanta February 2-6, and had the opportunity to meet with professional counterparts working in voter outreach, minority participation, and the protection of elections' validity. Ms. Watson was lucky enough to visit Georgia during "Super Tuesday," and was able to visit a polling place as an official observer. After visiting Atlanta, she had the opportunity to see New Orleans, San Antonio, and Dallas before returning home to England. Click here to learn more about her program in the United States.

Become a Citizen Diplomat Today!

GCIV's membership is critical to the success of our organization, as it serves as an important indicator of community support for the U.S. Department of State and other agencies that rely on us to arrange programs or hundreds of international visitors each year. Becoming a member is easy - just visit our membership page to download an application. You can now pay for your membership online using paypal!

GCIV Upcoming Events

Tuesdays, April 1st-May 27th, 7:30-9:00 PM
Evening at Emory Spring Great Decisions

There's still time to join this upcoming discussion group and increase your understanding of world affairs. This eight-week series is based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association. The topics of discussion for 2008 include: Iraq: endgame, the European Union at 50, talking to our enemies, Russia, U.S. defense & security policy, Latin America: shift to the left?, U.S.-China trade policy, and private philanthropy. Register for the course at the Evening at Emory web site, or contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 with questions. The group will distribute briefing books during the first meeting on April 1st, and will begin the eight weeks of discussion next week.

Thursday, April 10th - 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
IWA April Meeting

The International Womens Associates will hear from Gillian Horsley with the Atlanta International School on the topic of human trafficking. Please contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to receive an invitation.

Wednesday, April 16th - 12:00-1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Religious Diversity in Australia

Join a GCIV international exchange participant from Australia for a lunchtime discussion about her experiences as the first woman to serve as both president of the Islamic Council of Western Australia and principal of the local Islamic school. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV Office downtown. Participants can bring lunch or order a boxed lunch ($10) in advance. Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Thursday, April 17th - 6:30-8:00 PM
GCIV International Dining Experience

Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. We will host our Australian visitor at this dinner. The restaurant and menu will be announced next week in a separate email. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP.

Other Opportunities
2008-2009 School Year
Youth For Understanding Host Families Needed

Youth For Understanding is currently seeking host families for the 2008-09 school year. It has dedicated itself for over fifty years to helping students and families around the world to better understand and perceive a much more interconnected world. YFU offers the opportunity to discover new traditions and experience unique cultures by hosting an exchange student. They also offer opportunities to travel abroad as an exchange student to thirty-five different countries. Please call Myke Harris-Long at 800.872.0200 x 276 or visit the web site for more information.

Friday, April 18th - 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Committee on Teaching About The United Nations' Atlanta Conference

This conference for interested educators and administrators at diverse levels and disciplines, as well as all concerned citizens, will provide resources for enriching curricula, activities and community involvement. This is CTAUN's first-ever Atlanta conference, and will be held at the Carter Center's Cyprus Room. The topics addressed include climate change, intercultural understanding, US/UN relations, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Registration is $35 and those interested should visit the CTAUN web site.

Thursday, April 24th - 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

John Chandler of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan will address the April ACIR Luncheon. The topic of discussion is "Guantanamo: Legal, Practical and Moral Issues." The luncheon is at the Capital City Club, 7 Harris Street, NW. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

About GCIV
The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to build cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships between Georgians and leading citizens from around the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to become more globally engaged.

Georgia Council for International Visitors
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303