April 2009
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Save the Date for the International Consular Ball
Near East/North African Delegation
Check out the New GCIV Blog
Become a Citizen Diplomat Today!
Call to Action
GCIV Upcoming Events

Who's coming to town?



April 11-15 - Armenia
One Government Official
Focus: Human Rights
          
April 12-16 - Iraq
Nine Journalists
Focus: Broadcast Journalism

April 15-18 - South Asia
Three Community Activists
Focus: Disability Rights

April 15-19 - Thailand
Four Community Leaders
Focus: Religious and Ethnic Diversity
 
April 26-30 - Near East Asia & North Africa
Ten Journalists and Producers
Focus: Creative Broadcasting
 
April 26-29 - Belarus
Six Religious and NGO Leaders
Focus: Religion and Community Activism

April 29 - May 2 - Finland
One Government Official
Focus: Civil Rights

April 30-May 6 - Saudi Arabia
Ten University Administrators
Focus: Religious and Public Education

May 10-13 - Kenya
Eight Government Officials
Focus: Procurement Oversight Authority
 
Home Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, April 12th - One government official from Armenia would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts.  He would like to attend Easter Service with a host, and could join a meal before or afterward. He will not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Thursday, April 16th
- Three disability rights advocates from Afghanistan, Bhutan, and India would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. The group is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM; some guests will be accompanied by an interpreter.  One guest must be paired with a family that has a wheelchair-accessible home.

Monday, April 27th - Ten broadcast journalists from Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and and Yemen would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. The group is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM; some guests will be accompanied by an interpreter.


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 this date, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.


GCIV Homestay Opportunity
GCIV will host a delegation of five judges from the Republic of Georgia November 14-21, 2009.  Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 if you are interested in hosting one or two judges in your home for a week.
 
Presenting Sponsor
Delta


Platinum Sponsor

macoc


Gold Sponsor
Georgia Power


Silver Sponsors

ColesMBA.com
The Coca-Cola Company

Bronze Sponsors
Barclays Capital
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Regency Suites Hotel


Ambassadors Circle
Erika Monckeberg and Enrique Flores
Sue and Jim Heerin
Elizabeth and Jim Munson
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall and Frederick H. Kruse
Sharon and Bruce Taylor
Annie York and

Raul F. Trujillo

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during March 2009:

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
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Varga

Ambassador ($1,000)
Sue and Jim Heerin
Sharon and Bruce Taylor

Charge d'Affaires ($500)
Ambassador Theodore R. Britton, Jr. and Mrs. Vernell Britton

Attache ($100)
Curtis Hertwig

Citizen Diplomat ($50)
Bruce Cotterman
Beatriz Golden Hayes and Ricardo Hayes
Herman Hudson
Lani Salter
Steve Savage
Karen and Robert Wildau

Envoy ($25)
Elizabeth Locker
Abduhl Mashhoon
Toni Luetgers

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Save the Date for the International Consular Ball!
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Please join us in honoring Georgia's Consular Corps at the International Consular Ball!  Your ticket to Atlanta's premier international event supports GCIV's community programs.

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 regarding corporate sponsorship opportunities.  Purchase individual tickets using the link below, or send your check to GCIV.


Near East/North African Delegation Ends Whirlwind American Tour in Atlanta
NEA Delegation
In March 2009 GCIV coordinated a professional exchange program through the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program for eleven distinguished guests from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.  The delegation consisted of lawyers, civil society leaders, government officials, and educators.  While in the U.S., the delegation traveled to Atlanta, Washington, DC, St. Louis, and San Diego.  The program was designed so that our visitors could meet with their professional counterparts to discuss civil rights, civic education, global human rights norms, and government protection of rights.  While in Atlanta, our guests met with representatives from the Carter Center, CARE USA, U.S. Human Rights Network, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, North Atlanta High School, Atlanta Police Department, and the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity. They also had the opportunity to enjoyed dinner in the homes of GCIV members.  We at GCIV hope to hear of their continued progress in their respective careers, and are grateful we had the opportunity to host them here in our community.
Check out the New GCIV Blog
Building Community: At Home and Abroad
Ms. Marchenko
GCIV has created a blog:  Notes from GCIV.  At this blog you will hear from GCIV staff and volunteers. This is a place for us to tell about our experiences as citizen diplomats, share stories, and connect with each other.  We hope you will take advantage of this forum to give us feedback and share your experiences.  The most recent post is by GCIV Executive Director Shell Stuart.

"On March 8, the world celebrated International Women's Day. Coinciding with the date, the Department of State announced the recipients of the third annual Secretary of State's Award for International Women of Courage. This is the only award within the Department of State that pays tribute to outstanding women leaders worldwide. It recognizes the courage and leadership shown as they struggle for social justice and human rights."  Click here to read more.
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 for 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!
Call to Action - Save International Affairs Funding!
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Please join GCIV in supporting the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign's efforts to restore the FY 2010 International Affairs Budget. The International Visitor Leadership Program and many other important exchanges fall under this budget category, and we need our congressional representatives to hear the voices of citizen diplomats around the country! You can click here to send an email to your representatives. 
GCIV Welcomes New Program Coordinator
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Kathryn Smith began her time at GCIV in January 2009. Since then she has assisted on a wide range of professional programs, for delegations from Indonesia to Russia to Pakistan. Kathryn is a graduate student at Georgia Tech's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, and will graduate in May. You may hear from her regarding an upcoming program or see her at a GCIV event. You can reach Kathryn at 404-832-5560 x 17 or kathryn@gciv.org.
GCIV Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 9th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IWA April Meeting
The International Womens Associates will hear a presentation from Ms. Nell Diallo, Executive Director of MedShare International.  Ms. Diallo will detail MedShare's work to connect medical surplus in the United States to healthcare needs abroad.  Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to receive an invitation.

Tuesday, April 14th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  Protecting Human Rights in Armenia
Join GCIV and an Armenian government official for a lunchtime discussion about human rights protections in Armenia. You can bring your own lunch at no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Space is limited, so you must make a reservation to attend. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Wednesday, April 15th, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
GCIV Host Orientation
Learn the "ins and outs" of hosting while getting to know GCIV staff and fellow hosts. GCIV will organize host orientations once a quarter to help experienced and new hosts alike stay informed and become better citizen diplomats. Participation in an orientation is mandatory for all hosts. Please join us for one at your earliest convenience. The orientation will take place at the Regency Suites Hotel, 975 West Peachtree Street in midtown. RSVP to Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Tuesday, May 5th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  A Participant's Reflections on the UN Conference on Anti-Semitism and Racism
Join GCIV, the American Jewish Committee of Atlanta, and a local representative to the UN Conference on Anti-Semitism and Racism for a lunchtime discussion. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the AJC Offices in Buckhead, 3525 Piedmont Road, Building 6, Suite 510, Atlanta, GA, 30305. You can bring your own lunch at no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Space is limited, so you must make a reservation to attend. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Saturday, June 6th, 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
International Consular Ball
The International Consular Ball honors the Georgia Consular Corps for its efforts in furthering international relations in Atlanta and the southeastern United States. The event will be held at the Georgia Aquarium. Individual tickets are available for purchase online. Contact Ashley Mastin for more information.
Other Opportunities

Thursday, April 2nd, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Obama Administration and the Americas Book Signing and Lecture
This public lecture and book signing will feature three authors of The Obama Administration and the Americas:  Jennifer McCoy, Director of the Americas Program at the Carter Center; Laurence Whitehead, Official Fellow of Politics at Oxford University; and Abraham Lowenthal, Professor at the University of Southern California.  The book argues that the new administration should focus early and strategically on Latin America.  The event is open to the public and will be at the Carter Presidential Library.
About GCIV

The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy.

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

"Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations."
 
-Senator William Fulbright