April 2011   GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  
Georgia Council for International Visitors
In This Issue
-Who's coming to town?-
-Six New Sponsors Support the 2011 International Consular Ball-
-Delegation Spotlight-
-Trustees in the News-
-Return of Community Connections-
-GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Charles Kuck-
-GCIV Blog: Atlanta, a City Built in the Forest-
-Make a tax-deductible contribution now!-
-Upcoming GCIV Events-
-Community Events-
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About GCIV

 The Georgia Council for International Visitors builds relationships between the people of our state and leaders around the world.

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

Who's coming to town?

  March 30 - April 2
Two Magistrates
Focus: Criminal Justice

March 30 - April 2
Two Senior Law Enforcement Officers
Focus: Law Enforcement

April 6-27
Seven Doctors, Nurses, Government Representatives, and NGO Leaders
Focus: Medical and Social Support for TB Patients

April 13-16
Ten Delegates
Focus: Minority Empowerment

April 23-27
One Journalist
Focus: Diversity

May 3-7
Five University Representative and Three Ministry of Education Officials
Focus: Higher Education

May 3-7
Nine Government and Agriculture Leaders
Focus: Agriculture

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, April 24th- One journalist from France would like to experience Easter Sunday home hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. She is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on diversity. She is available anytime on Sunday, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Sunday, April 24th- Seven health care professionals from Turkmenistan would like to experience Easter Sunday home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in a Community Connections Program facilitated by USAID. The group is focusing on U.S. models for management and social support for TB patients. They are available anytime on Sunday, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide them into smaller groups of 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 day of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting the French journalist in your home on April 24th, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15. If you are interested in hosting any of the health care delegates from Turkmenistan in your home on April 24th, please contact Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13.

Global Partners

Ernst & Young

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

Regency Suites Hotel

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during March 2011:


Nicolas Aquino
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson 
Phil and Raye Handler
Darren and Ann Short
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Lynne Zappone

Charge d'Affaires

Jim and Carol Dew 


Jessica Lewis
Ray Donato


Dorothy Toth Beasley
Nicole Rateau
Sandra D. Robertson

  Citizen Diplomat ($50+)    
John Gamwell
Laura Gilmore
Beatriz Golden-Hayes
Karen Manzini
Emmanuel and Queen Meheux
David M. Ross
William and June Shassere
Jeet Thakker
John Wilson


Envoy ($25+)
Jessica Wolff

Ambassadors Circle
Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Ken and Linda Stewart
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
Alfred and Evelyn Messer
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Varga

GCIV Staff 


Shell Stuart

Executive Director

404-832-5560 x 21



Emily O'Harris

Program Director

404-832-5560 x 15



Nicole Rateau

Community Programs Coordinator

404-832-5560 x 17



Irene Bailey

Global Partnerships Manager

404-832-5560 x 13


Lynn Bazzel
Program Coordinator 


Eric Walker

Technology Coordinator



Anna Jones

Consular Ball Coordinator



GCIV Trustees

W. Lindsay Davidson,




E. Miller Williams,

Vice Chair 

Ernst & Young LLP


J. David Clyde,


Spinnaker Medical Consultants International


Yelena Epova,


Habif, Arogeti & Wynne


Charles Bedford

Atlanta Council on International Relations


Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania


Clark Dean

Studley, Inc. 


Ray Donato

Honorary Consul General of the Philippines


Silvana Eakin

International Women Associates


Jorge Fernandez

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce


Phil Handler  



Jenneke Heerink



Ginny Johansmeier

VLJ Consulting


Yonni Kim

Arnall Golden Gregory


Charles Kuck

Kuck Immigration Parnters


Jessica Lewis

Alston & Bird


Jim Munson

Munson International


Laurie Grant Nichols

StandUp For Kids 


John E. Parkerson, Jr.

Honorary Consul of Hungary


Mark Pierson

Pierson Global Group


Jai Rogers

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Darren Short  

Barclays Capital 


Ken Stewart

Georgia Institute of Technology


Laura Tordella

The Coca-Cola Company 


Annie York Trujillo

International Women Associates

Kristian Wolf
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

Lynne Zappone
InterContinental Hotels Group

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Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

  "This is what international diplomacy needs to be all about. It's human connection, it's personal relationships, it's the understanding that generates respect, and, ultimately, love."

- U.S. Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA)

Please note: the Consular Ball is nearly sold out.   Click here to purchase your tickets today! 
Six More Companies Join GCIV in Honoring the Consular Corps!

30th International Consular Ball

GCIV is pleased to welcome six new sponsors for the May 7, 2011 International Consular Ball at the elegant Piedmont Driving Club. Please read on about our sponsors' global reach and impact:

A global leader in the beverage industry, the Coca-Cola Company offers hundreds of brands, including soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, waters, teas, and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Coca-Cola Company's beverages at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day.

A commitment to citizenship is the heart of Georgia Power's core values. Their vision is based on a very simple premise:  The quality of life in our communities directly affects the success of business.

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) markets metro Atlanta and serves as a liaison between visitors, meeting planners, tour operators, and more than 1,200 member organizations.

Barclays Capital is the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC. With a distinctive business model, Barclays Capital provides large corporate, government, and institutional clients with a full spectrum of solutions to their strategic advisory, financing, and risk management needs.

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began production of the 2011 Kia Sorento in the  last quarter of 2009. At full capacity, the plant will have the ability to produce 300,000 vehicles annually and employ approximately 2,500 team members.

RBC Capital Markets is A Premier Investment Bank, whose strengths in providing focused expertise, superior execution, and insightful thinking have consistently ranked them among the top 20 global investment banks. With over 3,000 employees, RBC provides capital markets products and services from 75 offices in 15 countries and works with clients through operations in Asia, Australia, the UK, Europe, and in every major North American city. They are part of a global financial institution, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). RBC has been providing financial services for over 140 years. They are a top 10 global bank by market capitalization and have one of the highest credit ratings of any financial institution.

Proceeds from the Consular Ball, which is undoubtedly Atlanta's premier international event, support GCIV's efforts to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy. With our sponsors' support, GCIV is able to welcome over 500 emerging world leaders to our state annually and introduce them to the best Georgia has to offer.

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.   

Delegation Spotlight

Eva Abu Halaweh, 2011 International Woman of Courage
2011 International Woman of Courage honoree Eva Abu Halaweh at dinner hospitality with GCIV trustees Ginny Johansmeier and Jessica Lewis, GCIV executive director Shell Stuart, and State Department Interpreter Ellen Wingo.

In March GCIV hosted 2011 International Woman of Courage honoree Eva Abu Halaweh. The prestigious Secretary of State's award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women's rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. It is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to women activists worldwide.


Eva Abu Halaweh has dedicated her career to advocating for the vulnerable people of Jordan. As executive director of the Mizan Law Group for Human Rights, she developed a legal team that provides free legal advice and counseling, often the only option for those seeking justice. She has taken on sensitive issues, including action against what many human rights activists term a "culture of torture and abuse" within Jordan's prison system and police stations resulting in deaths. Halaweh's work has influenced the government's actions to prevent torture and prosecute such violations. Her advocacy opposing the government's use of administrative detention to "protect" women at risk of so-called "honor crimes" has changed lives. She has secured the release of more than 24 women from prison, some detained for more than ten years, through mediation with families and the authorities. Undeterred and refusing to back down, she continues her work to prevent torture and police abuse and to help save the lives of women.


While in Atlanta, Halaweh met with representatives from the Georgia Justice Project, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, UNIFEM, CARE, and the Carter Center. She also visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
2011 International Women of Courage Awards
First lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recognize Eva Abu Halaweh of Jordan as a 2011 International Woman of Courage.

Trustees in the News

Congratulations to Consular Ball sponsor Habif, Arogeti & Wynne on winning the Foreign Investment Economic Development award at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Global Impact Awards. 

The Global Impact Awards acknowledge local businesses for their impact in attracting, retaining, and expanding international business in the metro Atlanta area.

2011 Global Impact Awards
GCIV trustee Yelena Epova accepts award on behalf of HA&W.

Community Connections Returns to Georgia!

Community Connections returns to Georgia this month. Community Connections is a USAID-funded program which offers 3 week home-stay based practical training opportunities in the U.S. for professionals from across the former Soviet Union and Serbia.

GCIV is hosting a Community Connections delegation of seven health care professionals from Turkmenistan. While in in Georgia April 6-27, the delegates will learn about successful U.S. models for medical and social support for TB patients.  
Map of Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan lies at the heart of central Asia. The country is bigger than California but smaller than Texas and ninety percent is occupied by the largely uninhabited Garagum and Gyzylgum deserts. The official language is Turkmen, a Turkish dialect, although Russian is still used in the capital city. More than three quarters of the country's population is composed of ethnic Turkmens of which 35 percent are under the age of 15 and only 4 percent are over age 65. For more information on Turkmenistan, click the map.

If you are interested in participating in cultural or professional activities with these distinguished delegates or have questions, please contact Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13.

GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Charles Kuck

GCIV Trustee Charles KuckCharles Kuck is the managing partner of Kuck Immigration Partners LLC - The Immigration Law Firm and one of GCIV's newest board members.

Kuck is excited to play a more direct role in the mission of GCIV to build relationships between the people of our state and leaders around the world. He is eager to help GCIV expand both in its fundraising efforts and in the overall reach of GCIV programming. He looks forward to seeing more involvement from rising generations in GCIV's Envoy initiatives. 

Kuck was recently selected as one of the 100 most influential Georgians by Georgia Trend. He is the current President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers and the past national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is fluent in Spanish and travels to Peru frequently for humanitarian work. 

GCIV Blog: "Atlanta, a City Built in a Forest"

This blog post continues our retrospective. Please be a part of our 50th anniversary celebration in 2012 by leaving comments about your GCIV memories, your reasons for hosting, and your beliefs about the impact of our shared work.  


The services provided to the international visitors from the beginning to the present day have remained the same: to supply a written program upon arrival with appointments fulfilling the objectives of the visitor, to arrange hotels and transportation as needed, to set up home visits with our host volunteers and to give as broad and balanced a look at Atlanta and Georgia and our culture as possible in the limited time a visitor or group was here.


It was one of our visitors who coined the phrase "Atlanta, a city built in a forest" while being interviewed by Hugh Parks, a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who repeated the description in his newspaper column.

Click here to read the full excerpt and leave your own comments or memories on GCIV's blog.

Make a tax-deductible contribution toward international understanding!

Give them the world!Make a tax-deductible contribution toward international understanding and join GCIV as a Citizen Diplomat! 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 and host hundreds of international visitors each year. Becoming a member is easy and offers perks like exclusive members-only receptions and home hospitality opportunities. Visit our membership page or contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 for more information.

Upcoming GCIV Events
Wednesday, April 12th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Members Only Reception 

One of the many benefits of GCIV membership is the opportunity to connect with delegations of emerging world leaders traveling to our state. Take advantage of this unique experience and join us in demonstrating Atlanta's famous southern hospitality for our health care delegates from Turkmenistan. This is a free event, but you must be a current GCIV member to attend. Space is limited, and RSVPs are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Location TBA. Not a member? Unsure about your membership status? Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to join or renew an expired membership and we will register you for the Members Only Reception at that time.   


Friday, April 15th, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

2011 La Fête International Wine Tasting

Join GCIV Envoy members and distinguished delegates from Turkmenistan at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival's opening party, La Fête International Wine Tasting. The event is at Piedmont Park's newly renovated Greystone facility and is $35 per person. Reservations are required. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable. GCIV Ambassador Circle members can buy one ticket and get one free. Tickets can be purchased online through GCIV's website or contact Nicole Rateau if you would like to pay in advance with cash or check payable to GCIV. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP and for more information. 

Community Events

March 24 - April 9, 2011 

Savannah Music Festival 2011

The Savannah Music Festival is an internationally renowned event that connects audiences with distinctive musical traditions from the American South and abroad. The 2011 festival includes master musicians from Brazil, Germany, India, Cuba, Benin, Mali, and the United Kingdom. Original productions such as "African Interplay" with Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal and the Lionel Loueke Ensemble, "Jazz Meets Brazil" with Dianne Reeves and the Chico Pinheiro Quintet, and Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer pair virtuosic international musicians with some of America's most accomplished instrumentalists, producers, composers, and vocalists. Other exemplary world music performers such as Salif Keita of Mali and Los Munequitos de Matanzas of Cuba are also set to grace Savannah's stages during the 2011 festival. For more information, visit www.savannahmusicfestival.org.   

April 1-3, 2011
Global Health and Humanitarian Summit

The 2011 Global Health and Humanitarian Summit is a free event that brings together local, national, and international humanitarians doing work throughout the world and those who wish to join the movement for the purpose of sharing stories, information, and networking. The summit includes dynamic and legendary speakers, panel discussions, exhibitions, and cultural performances. For more information, visit www.imvc.org.


Saturday, April 2nd, 8:00 PM 

Zakir Hussain, Béla Fleck, and Edgar Meyer

Meeting of the Maestros

Both in the field of percussion and the music world at large,
international phenomenon Zakir Hussain is considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, offering audiences a unique opportunity to experience the many aspects of India's rich and ancient musical heritage. Composer and master of the double bass Edgar Meyer, famed for his work with the likes of Yo Yo Ma and Chris Thile, infuses his classical sound with a strong bluegrass influence, while banjo-player Béla Fleck-whose sound is steeped in jazz, funk, and bluegrass-embraces everything from Bach to West African griot incantations. More than a trio, this grouping represents a meeting of musical minds. Tickets start at $42. Concert is at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. For more information, call 404-413-9TIX or visit www.rialtocenter.org


Friday, April 8th 

Symposium on Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO)

Kennesaw State University's Asian Studies program presents a new global interdisciplinary conference, a symposium on Asia-USA Partnership Opportunities (SAUPO). SAUPO offers a platform of five-way dialogue among diplomats, policymakers, corporate managers, non-profit practitioners, and scholars. The conference will highlight partnership opportunities between the U.S. and various Asian countries, particularly China, India, Japan, and Korea. The overall goal is to attract Asian investment into the U.S., with an emphasis on Georgia. For more information, visit www.kennesaw.edu/saupo


Saturday, April 9th, 8:00 PM

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas  

Rumberos from Cuba

For more than 50 years, the musicians and dancers of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas have been recognized as some of the most vital and dynamic proponents of rumba and the African roots of Cuban culture. Over the years, the troupe has added ritual and religious music and stories to its repertoire-including some of the oldest African forms existing in Cuba today as well as the newest. It is said that "without rumba, there is no Cuba, and without Cuba, there is no rumba." And without Los Muñequitos, the musical world would be missing a part of its soul. Tickets start at $28. Concert is at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. For more information, call 404-413-9TIX or visit www.rialtocenter.org.


April 15 -17, 2011
Atlanta Dogwood Festival

The 75th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival offers visitors a sort of global stay-cation with the expansion of its International Village. Featuring the International Stage filled with entertainment from around the world; La Fête, a Friday night international wine tasting event; and the edutainment booths where cultural history comes to life, the International Village celebrates the many communities that make up Atlanta. For more information, visit www.dogwood.org.


Monday, April 18th, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Making Monetary Policy in a Globalized World

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta presents this free presentation by Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, with Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The event is in the Speakers Auditorium of the Student Center at Georgia State University, 44 Courtland Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Click here to RSVP and for more information. 


Thursday, April 21st, 7:30 - 9:30 AM

Connected Capitalism 

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta presents a breakfast conversation about Connected Capitalism, the imperative for collaboration between business, government, and civil society. Featured guests include The Honorable Lawrence Summers, former White House National Economic Council director, Neville Isdell, former Coca-Cola Company chairman and CEO, and Dr. Helene Gayle, CARE USA president and CEO. The event is in the Grand Ballroom at the Ritz Carlton - Downtown, 181 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. $45 for WAC members, $55 for non WAC members. Preregistration required by April 19. Click here to RSVP and for more information.


Saturday, April 30th, 8:00 PM   

Big 3 Palladium Orchestra:  The Music of Machito, Tito Rodríguez, & Tito Puente Latin Jazz featuring Mario "Machito Jr." Grillo & Tito Rodríguez Jr.

In 1950s New York, the Palladium Ballroom was the place for Latin
music. There, the legendary Mambo Kings-Machito, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodríguez-kept the crowds moving to the sounds of mambo, cha cha, and rumba. While the Ballroom is no longer, the music that made it famous is going strong, thanks to the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra, which features the sons of both Machito and Rodríguez.  The Orchestra is recognized as one of the finest Latin jazz ensembles in the world, and its music pays remarkable and lively tribute to the legacy of those three original bandleaders. Tickets start at $38. Concert is at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. For more information, call 404-413-9TIX or visit www.rialtocenter.org.


May 13-14, 2011 

Brazilian Music Festival

Viver Magazine, in partnership with Radio Brazilis, is pleased to announce the first Brazilian music festival in Atlanta. With the aim of encouraging and valuing the many Brazilians artists spread across the U.S., composers, musicians, and interpreters will have the opportunity to have their talents recognized by the large Brazilian community present in Atlanta. In addition, the top three performers will receive cash prizes. The festival will be at the Gala Room, 2854 Delk Road, Marietta, Georgia 30067. For more information, email Viver Magazine.

Platinum Sponsor  


Metro Atlanta Chamber





Silver Sponsors


Georgia Department of Economic Development   InterContinental Hotels Group Invesco
Kuck Immigration Parnters LLC Regency Suites Hotel


Bronze Sponsors

Emory Healthcare  Grant Thornton 

Habif, ArogetiHennessy Auto