April 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
29th Annual International Consular Ball
Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations, and Fulton County Join GCIV...
Start a Great Decisions Discussion Group
Delegation Spotlight
GCIV in the News
GCIV Welcomes New Board Member David Clyde
Become a Citizen Diplomat!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

March 30 - April 3 - Morocco
One Musician
Focus: Hip Hop as Social Change

April 4-8 - Iraq
Five Teachers and Professors
Focus: English as a Second Language

April 7-10 - Brazil
Three Judges and Lawyers
Focus: Child Abduction

April 8-13 - Central Asia
Six Public Health Officials
Focus: Food Safety

April 14-17 - Iraq
Six University Deans
Focus: Women's Universities

April 16-22 - Netherlands
One NGO Representative
Focus: NGO Management Strategies

April 18-22 - Morocco
Four Social Activists
Focus: Violence Against Women

April 21-25
Multi-Regional Project

Two Visitors
Focus: Volunteerism

April 28 - May 4
Multi-Regional Project

Eight Judges
Focus: U.S. Judicial System

April 28 - May 1
United Kingdom

One Law Enforcement Official
Focus: Counter Terrorism

GCIV Home Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, April 11th - Six public health officials from Central Asia would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on food safety. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. We will break them into groups or three visitors per host.

Monday, April 19th - One NGO representative from the Netherlands would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. She is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on NGO management strategies. She is available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Thursday, April 29th - Eight judges from a Multi-Regional Project would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on the U.S. judicial system. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by interpreters. We will break them into groups or two or three visitors per host.

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 Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13.

International Consular Ball Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Coca-Cola Company

Georgia Power

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

InterContinental Hotels Group


Bronze Sponsors
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Barclays Capital

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

Community Voices - Morehouse
School of Medicine

Fulton County

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Regency Suites Hotel


Special Thanks
Affairs to Remember

Consulate General of the Bahamas

Consulate General of France

Consulate General of Switzerland

Delta Airlines

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Foxgloves & Ivy Floral Design

Rialto Center for the Arts

Global Partners

Atlanta Forum Network

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee for International Relations

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc
Reece & Associates

Regency Suites Hotel

Sunrise Bank of Atlanta

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during March 2010:

Ambassador ($1,000+)
Nicolas Aquino
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

Charge d'Affairs ($500+)
Enrique Flores

Consul ($250+)
Ambassador Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

Attache ($100+)
Judge Dorothy Toth Beasley
John Gamwell

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Hans and Ada Almering
Joe Beasley
Beatriz Golden-Hayes
Faye McKay-Clegg
Nikki Regis
Bill Thompson
Sonja Williams

Envoy ($25+)
Linda Andrisan
Simon Henley
Daphne Orr
Patricia Walsh

Ambassadors Circle
Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Jim and Carol Dew
Raoul "Ray" Donato
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Jim and Sue Heerin
Shell Stuart
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

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

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The International Consular Ball on April 30, 2010 is nearly sold out!

GCIV is pleased to present the 29th Annual International Consular Ball on Friday, April 30, 2010 at the Atlanta History Center. The International Consular Ball provides an opportunity for Georgia's business and civic communities to join GCIV in honoring the members of the Consular Corps for their role in building valuable relationships between our region and the world. Atlanta's premier international event, the International Consular Ball brings together the business, civic, education, and diplomatic communities for a dynamic evening of networking and celebration. Don't forget we have some very exciting raffle prizes! Click here to view photos of last year's International Consular Ball. 

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities or purchase your individual tickets online.

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, the City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations, and Fulton County Join GCIV in Honoring the Consular Corps!

GCIV is pleased to welcome three more sponsors for the International Consular Ball on April 30, 2010:  Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), the City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations (ACIR), and Fulton County.

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) markets metro Atlanta and serves as a liaison between visitors, meeting planners, tour operators, and more than 1,000 member organizations.

City of Atlanta's Committee on International Relations (ACIR) establishes meaningful dialogue between Atlanta's various international groups and the city's elected officials, and facilitates and coordinates the functions of the organizations serving the international community.

Fulton County is home to over one million residents who enjoy exceptional schools, world-class sports and entertainment, public transportation, and a government that is committed to providing first-class services.

ACVB, ACIR, and Fulton County join GCIV, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Kuck Immigration Partners, Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Power, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, InterContinental Hotels Group, Invesco, Barclays Capital, Community Voices, Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, The Regency Suites Hotel, UBS, and Affairs to Remember Caterers in strengthening Georgia's role in our international community. This year's International Consular Ball promises to be one of the best ever; please reserve your table now to ensure your guests and colleagues have the best possible seating!

Start a Great Decisions Discussion Group

GDAre you passionate about foreign affairs? Do you love to debate?

Start a Great Decisions discussion group in your community today!
Based on the Foreign Policy Association's nonpartisan briefing book, this year's discussion topics include: Special Envoys, Kenya and Responsibility to Protect, Global Crime, U.S.-China Security Relations, Global Financial Crisis, Russian and its Neighbors, The Persian Gulf, and Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution.

GCIV works with a number of community organizations and neighborhoods to create and sustain discussion groups. Find more information about the Great Decisions program and the 2010 topics on the GCIV web site. If you have questions or are interested in forming a Great Decisions discussion group, please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17.

Delegation Spotlight


In March GCIV had the pleasure of hosting five E-TV executives from South Africa who were participants in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. E-TV is South Africa's only independent, free-to-air television station whose income is based solely on advertising revenue. E-TV's 24-hour news service is the first independent Pan-African channel broadcasting from South Africa into the Continent on satellite TV. During their visit, they sought to gain a thorough understanding of a variety of broadcast and revenue generation models in the U.S. television industry.  

While in Atlanta, the South African Delegation met with representatives from Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Fitzgerald+CO, CBS Radio, People TV, CNN International, toured the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, and networked with GCIV Members at a Members Only Reception hosted by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the South African-American Chamber of Commerce. The delegation is pictured above in front of the CNN sign.

GCIV in the News

GeorgiaTrend, the magazine of Georgia business and politics since 1985, recently featured GCIV in its roundup column. Richard L. Eldredge interviewed Executive Director Shell Stuart, highlighting Atlanta's draws for international visitors, the upcoming International Consular Ball, and the true southern hospitality that GCIV and volunteer hosts provide visitors through home hospitality. Click here to read the article.

A GCIV delegation of Indonesian journalists visited the Atlanta International School(AIS). In addition to meeting with their professional counterparts at CNN, Public Broadcasting Atlanta and other media companies, the Indonesian journalists met with student newspaper staff at AIS, where the students asked questions about freedom of speech issues and journalism as a profession. "It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear the viewpoints of working journalists from a country of such geopolitical significance in that part of the world," said Kevin Glass, headmaster of AIS.

Indonesian Delegation at AIS

GCIV Welcomes New Board Member David Clyde

David Clyde is one of GCIV's newest Board Members. He is excited to contribute to GCIV's efforts in international relations and intends to support the operational structure during his board service. David was formerly an international medical director for global oil companies. Traveling to more than 60 countries, he planned medical support for company workers in remote locations. As an independent medical consultant, he helps companies develop plans and prepare for medical crisis situations at international locations.

For the past nine years, David and his wife Beverly have hosted visitors from over 50 countries for home hospitality through GCIV. They love the opportunity to meet new people and to learn more about their countries and cultures, but even more they enjoy being able to share about the United States. True citizen diplomats, they hope to improve relations with other countries through their individual relationships.

The Clydes are the proud parents of one son and one daughter and grandparents to six wonderful grandchildren.

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!

Upcoming GCIV Events

Friday, April 30th
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 Atlanta History Center. Individual tickets are available for purchase online.Contact Shell Stuart for sponsorship information. Proceeds from the Consular Ball benefit GCIV's international exchange and education programs.

Saturday, May 15th
International Dining Experiences
Get to know other GCIV members and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. GCIV's International Dining Experiences (IDEs) take place at a different, international restaurant on the 15th day of every other month. The meal is prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and upcoming activities, as well as introductions of international visitors present. Don't forget to bring a guest - this is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to GCIV! Reservations are required. Restaurant and time TBA. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 for more information.

Community Events

Tuesday, April 6th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
The Forum for Expatriate Management
Hewitt and Associates hosts the next meeting on expatriate talent and performance management. The meeting is at the City Club of Buckhead. Register at www.totallyexpat.com or email info@birchtreeglobal.comfor more information.

Tuesday, April 7th, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
The April ACIR Luncheon features a presentation by Ambassador Reda Mansour on "Atlanta: an International City." The meeting is at the Capital City Club - Downtown, and costs $30 for members, $40 for non-members. Please email Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

Thursday, April 15th, 6:30 PM
"Brazil Rising: What happens after Lula?"
World Affairs Council of Atlanta affiliated with Georgia State University presents "Brazil Rising: What happens after Lula?" A presentation by two nationally recognized experts on Latin America and an introduction by Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Director of the Carter Center's Americas Program and GSU Professor. Hosted by UPS at 55 Glenlake Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30328. Click here to register.Email csuzman@gsu.edu for more information.

Thursday, April 18th, 7:00 PM
"Woman to Woman" by Jamaican Deja Vu Productions
One night only, don't miss "Woman to Woman" by the Jamaican Deja Vu Productions. The show is at the Academy Theatre, 119 Center Street, Avondale Estates, Georgia 30002. Visit www.academytheatre.orgfor more information.

Thursday, April 22nd, 12:30 PM
"North Korean and Iranian Nuclear Ambitions: Giving Diplomacy A Chance"
The Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy presents lunch and a lecture by Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the CATO Institute. The event is at the Wardlaw Center in the Gordy Room on Georgia Tech campus, at 177 North Avenue. Seating is limited, reserve your place. Visit
www.inta.gatech.edu for more information.

Thursday, May 20th, 5:45 - 9:00 PM
"A Legacy of Leadership - A Tribute to Councilman Jim Maddox"
The City of Atlanta encourages you to save the date for this special event honoring retired Atlanta City Councilman Jim Maddox at the Fabulous Fox Theater. For more information, call 404-330-6309.

About GCIV

The Georgia Council for International Visitors builds understanding and cooperation between the people of our state and the world.

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

"You break down walls and share a common experience with our visitors, and this, in fact, is where progress begins, and this is where what I call the magic of the IVLP program kicks in."
- Alma Candelaria
Director, Office of International Visitors