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April 2012   

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  


Georgia Council for International Visitors

In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-Ambassadors Circle-

-2012 International Consular Ball-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-Trustees in the News-

-GCIV Blog-

-Become a Citizen Diplomat-

-Discover Diplomacy-

-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-

-CASIE Speakeasy-

-GCIV Events-

-Community Events-








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About GCIV

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

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






Who's coming to town?

April 21-25
Three NGO Directors and One Deputy Mayor
Focus: Youth-at-Risk

April 24-28
 Albania, Burma,
Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom
and Zimbabwe
Twenty-Three NGO and Government Representatives
Focus: Volunteerism








Consular Ball Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor 

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors

Arnall Golden Gregory

Barclays Capital

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

JP Morgan Chase









Global Partners

Chattahoochee Technical College

Delta Air Lines

Deutsche Bank

Ernst & Young

Regency Suites Hotel






GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during March 2012:


Steven R. Baldwin and Family
Dawn Ely

Doug & Mary Justice

Ryan & Jessica Lewis





Bruce Cotterman

Ginny Johansmeier





Josh Rowan 



Citizen Diplomat ($50+) 
Elizabeth Coleman

Lawrence Courant

Harry & Cathy Findley

Robert Franz

Sherry Habif 

Bobbi Kornblit

Mazlum Kosma

Marilyn Odom 

Lee Pasackow

David Ross 

Don & Nettie Silva

Helene Weiss

Carol Wien




Keisha Cameron

Eda Kosma 

Jean Robertson

Ambassadors Circle

Nicolas Aquino

Steven R. Baldwin and Family 

Charles & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosemary Davidson

Bob & Christine Davis

Clark Dean

Dawn Ely
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock

Doug & Mary Justice
Charles Kuck

Ryan & Jessica Lewis

Sherry Mueller  

Scott & Laurie Nichols 

Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim

Shell Stuart & Ed Dreistadt

Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Raul & Annie-York Trujillo
Miller & Carolyn Williams
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









GCIV Trustees


W. Lindsay Davidson,




E. Miller Williams,

Vice Chair 

Ernst & Young


Lynne Zappone,




Yelena Epova,


Habif, Arogeti & Wynne


Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania


Clark Dean

Studley, Inc. 


Ray Donato

Honorary Consul General of the Philippines


Noah Downer

City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor 


Silvana Eakin

International Women Associates Chair 


Jorge Fernandez

Metro Atlanta Chamber 


Julie Bryant Fisher

Metro Atlanta Chamber 


Bruce Hamilton



Phil Handler 



Ginny Johansmeier

VLJ Consulting


Yonni Kim

Arnall Golden Gregory


Charles Kuck

Kuck Immigration Partners


Renee Libby

Great Decisions Lecture Series Coordinator 


Jessica Lewis

Alston & Bird 


Mark Pierson

Pierson Global Group


Margaret Pumper



Jai Rogers

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Arnaldo Ruiz

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport


Darren Short
RBC Capital Markets


Annie York Trujillo

International Women Associates


Tal Wright
Georgia Power







GCIV Staff 


Shell Stuart

Executive Director

404-832-5560 x 21 


Emily O'Harris

Program Director

404-832-5560 x 15 


Irene Bailey

Global Partnerships Manager

404-832-5560 x 13  


RJ Paulisick

Community Programs and Technology Coordinator

404-832-5560 x 17  








Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

 "I divide my life so far in two parts: the part before my program in the U.S. and the part after my program."

- Apostolos (Tolis) Aristeidou, IVLP Alumnus






Join GCIV's Ambassadors Circle

Have you considered joining GCIV's Ambassadors Circle? 2012 is GCIV's golden anniversary, and this is the perfect year to demonstrate your support at our highest membership level. As a member of the Ambassadors Circle, you'll receive two complimentary tickets to the International Consular Ball (a $500 value alone, but act fast!) along with many other exclusive benefits.

In honor of GCIV's 50th Anniversary, this year Ambassadors Circle members also receive invitations to a Consular Ball VIP reception hosted by Governor and Mrs. Deal at the Governor's Mansion on April 21.  

There's never been a better time to join the Ambassadors Circle! Join through this link,, or contact RJ Paulisick at



Consular Ball Tickets Almost Sold Out

Tickets are almost sold out for the 31st International Consular Ball. The annual event will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the elegant Cherokee Town Club. 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. Tickets are available to members only.

Not a member or unsure about your membership status? Please contact RJ Paulisick at to join or renew an expired membership. Proceeds from the Consular Ball support GCIV's efforts to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy. Don't miss out, click here to purchase tickets today!

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



Delegation Spotlight

Multi-Regional African delegation at the Georgia State Capitol.


This past month, GCIV hosted a multi-regional African delegation including a dean of admissions, presidential advisor, parliamentarian and NGO representatives from Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Swaziland and Uganda. The group was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on women as political leaders. This was an opportunity for them to explore the role of women as agents of social and political change in the U.S., how opinion leaders increasingly integrate the concerns of women into political discourse, the role of non-governmental and grassroots organizations in supporting women leaders and policies and programs meant to prevent domestic abuse and violence against women.  



While in Atlanta, the delegation also enjoyed home hospitality with long-time hosts, Dan and DJ Clancy.


While in Atlanta, the delegation met with representatives from the Georgia League of Women Voters and the Georgia Coalition of Black Women as well as Georgia State Representative Sheila Jones and Atlanta Girl's School Headmistress Dr. Allen. In addition, the group visited Albany, where they toured the Albany Civil Rights Institute, met with staff of the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc., Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative and Albany State University as well as the mayor of Albany, Dorothy Hubbard. The delegation also participated in a volunteer activity through Project Open Hand, a roundtable discussion with Spelman College faculty and students, the Envoy annual member meeting at the Commerce Club and dinner hospitality with volunteer host families Dan and DJ Clancy and Ron and Bethany Lane. 



Trustees in the News

GCIV trustee Charles Kuck was recently featured in Georgia Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Click here to read the full profile on Charles Kuck.



GCIV Blog: Dunwoody Great Decisions Honors Rosalie FitzPatrick


Rosalie FitzPatrick, founder of the Dunwoody Great Decisions Lecture Series, presented with gifts of appreciation by long-time participants Nancy Hollister and Geoff Webber.


At the last session of the 2012 Dunwoody Great Decisions Lecture Series, founder Rosalie FitzPatrick was honored for her outstanding contributions to the group's founding, development and operation since 1992. Under Rosalie's guidance, the group has grown from an average of 30 attendees to as many as 350 registered participants and evolved from a discussion group to an annual lecture series. 

Click here to read the full blog post by Geoff Webber on Rosalie FitzPatrick's recognition and contributions to the Dunwoody Great Decisions Lecture Series. Feel free to share your own experiences and memories regarding Great Decisions on the blog. 




Contribute Toward Global Understanding

Give them the world!Contribute toward global understanding and become a Citizen Diplomat member of GCIV. 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 distinguished international visitors each year. Becoming a member or giving a gift membership is easy and offers perks like exclusive members-only receptions and hosting opportunities. Visit our membership page or contact RJ Paulisick at for more information.



Discover Diplomacy

What is DiplomacyThe U.S. Department of State has launched a new interactive website to introduce the world of diplomacy and the work of the Department to high school and college students. Through the use of video clips, audio tracks, images and interactive components, the site covers the basic questions about diplomacy: who engages in it and where, as well as an exploration of the range of international issues addressed through the diplomatic process. Check out what is diplomacy here:



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The CASIE Speakeasy

On the first Wednesday of the month, the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) presents a model language lesson and a different language each month at Speakeasy. The rules of the Speakeasy are simple. Instructors prepare a one hour lesson completely in the target language with no use of English. Then participants, usually with little prior study of the language but many multilingual, converse. Turkish, Danish, Kurdish and Greek are currently scheduled for 2012. NOTE: CASIE is currently looking for other instructors, particularly in languages not commonly taught in American schools. This is a great opportunity to promote languages and culture. For more information, visit or email John Wilson.




Other Hosting Opportunities


AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers 

AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia are currently seeking host families for the 2012-13 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 AFS! 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 or contact Ruth Blackstock at 404-406-2917 or   





Upcoming GCIV Events  


Friday, April 13, 6:30 PM

Envoy Museum Tour 

Envoys have the unique opportunity to attend a private, guided tour of the Mandala exhibit at Emory's Michael C. Carlos Museum. The museum is located at 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. The cost is $6 per person. To RSVP or for more information, contact RJ Paulisick at  


Saturday, April 21, 6:30 PM  

International Consular Ball  

The International Consular Ball is Atlanta's premier international event providing an opportunity for Georgia's business and civic communities to join GCIV in honoring the 70 plus members of the Consular Corps for their role in building valuable relationships between our region and the world. Proceeds from the event benefit GCIV's international exchange and educational programs. The 31st annual International Consular Ball will take place at the elegant Cherokee Town Club located at 155 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit    





Community Events


January 21 - April 15, 2012

Mandala: The Sacred Circle of Tibetan Buddhism 

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University showcases the sacred art of Tibet in the special exhibition, community outreach and educational programs celebrating the rich religious and artistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the spiritual significance of the mandala. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle." The mandala, one of Himalayan Buddhism's most ubiquitous symbols, is created as an artistic aid for meditation. Depicting a realm that is both complex and sacred, the mandala is a visualization tool meant to advance practitioners toward a state of enlightenment. The Museum is located at 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30322 and is closed on Mondays. For more information, visit


Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 - 8:30 PM 

The Unfinished Work of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. - Where Do We Go From Here?  

The Morehouse College Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection presents a program of remembrance and re-commitment at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on Morehouse College campus. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


April 4-7, 2012

6th Annual Italian Film Festival

The free festival features six new Italian films and also a work by classic Italian director Vittorio De Sica, celebrating his career with a 35mm screening of The Bicycle Thief. All films are free and no tickets required. The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is located at 80 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. For more information and showtimes, visit      


Thursday, April 12, 9:00 AM

Bridging the Border: Reinforcing Ties Between the U.S. & Mexico

This briefing is presented by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta (WACA) and hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 100 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. For more information, visit


Thursday, April 12, 8:00 PM

Australian Chamber Orchestra 

Internationally renowned for inspired programming and the rapturous response of audiences and critics, the Australian Chamber Orchestra moves hearts and stimulates minds with a virtuosity and energy unmatched by other ensembles. Their Emory program includes Mahler, Shostakovich, Beethoven plus featured baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, the operatic world's rising star from New Zealand. The performance will take place at Emory's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  


April 13-15, 2012

Global Language Convention

Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) presents the Global Language Convention at Atlanta International School. The conference theme is "Language and Culture: How they form and inform identity". Conference attendees include language teachers in K-16 schools and beyond in public, private, charter and international schools across the world. This international convention only happens once every two years. To register and for more information, visit        


Monday, April 16, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

The Sam Nunn Bank of America Policy Forum 

Georgia Tech's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs annual forum's 2012 theme is "Energy and Security: Global Challenges, Local Opportunities." Designed to connect the academic and policymaking communities to craft effective and creative responses to critical challenges confronting the United States in the twenty-first century, the event is free and open to the public. The forum will take place at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center, 250 14th Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. For more information and to register, visit

Monday, April 16, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Creating Good Jobs: Who, Where, How
A policy forum honoring Andrew Young's lifelong contribution to change and featuring Ambassador Andrew Young, Jim Clifton and panel of experts moderated by Maria Saporta followed by book-signing. The forum will take place at The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
CNN Dialogues
The popular series presents "Today's Other America: Living in Poverty." The panelists will explore what Atlanta can teach and what it can learn in the national dialogue on poverty as well as what's working, what's not and what needs to be done to achieve economic and social equity in America. Poppy Harlow will moderate the discussion among the panelists and audience. Don't miss a lively, relevant discussion and support the Center for Civil and Human Rights in the process. This event is free, but advance registration is required. The discussion is at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, located at 80 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. To register or for more information, visit


Thursday, April 19, 5:00 PM

The International Trade Seminar Series   

The World Chamber of Commerce invites you to learn from and network with experts on international trade opportunities and strategies. The event will take place at 200 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. For more information and to buy tickets, visit      


Friday, April 20, 7:00 - 10:00 PM 

La Fête International Wine Tasting

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival's opening party is at Piedmont Park's Greystone facility and celebrates the multiculturalism and camaraderie of the festival's international participants. Advance tickets are $29, tickets at the door are $35 per person. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Education Under Fire Film Screening and Panel Discussion
This event is sponsored by Amnesty International Southern Region, National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Bahai Communities of Metropolitan Atlanta and will take place at The Carter Center, Cyprus Room, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30307. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 3, 5:30 - 9:00 PM  

Global Connect II

Get ready for another amazing night of international networking and
connect with 35+ bi-national chambers of commerce and 40+ local businesses with an emphasis on international outreach while sampling food from around the world. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.