August 2009
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves joins with GCIV to Lead Youth Delegation to Germany
Save the Date for the 2009 Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy!
GCIV Blog
Spotlight: GCIV Members Only Reception on August 31st
GCIV Partnership with Olé Atlanta
Become a Citizen Diplomat Today!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?


July 29 - August 1 - Russia
Six Government & Civil Society Leaders
Focus:  Disability Issues
 
July 29 - August 1 - Iraq
Seven NGO Representatives
Focus: Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness
 
August 2-5 - Greece
One Community Organizer for Hip-Hop and Breakdancing
Focus:   Hip-Hop
 
August 2-8 - South Asia
Fourteen Journalists
Focus: Media
 
August 11-14 - Hong Kong
One Journalist
Focus: Broadcast Journalism
 
August 12-18 - Indonesia
Two Journalists
Focus: Broadcast Journalism

August 13-18 - Japan
Two Civil Servants
Focus: Prison Management

August 15-19 - France
One Journalist
Focus:  Civil Society
 
August 29 - September 2 -
Multi-Regional
Twenty-three Public Health Officials
Focus: Preparing for Potential Pandemics

September 2-5 - Belgium
One Entrepreneur
Focus: Small Business Development

September 10-15 - Multi-Regional

Five Labor Leaders
Focus:  Organized Labor
 
September 12-16 - Multi-Regional
Five Govt & NGO Leaders
Focus: Grassroots Democracy
 
September 16-20 - Lebanon
Seven Govt & NGO Leaders
Focus: Civil Society

September 29 - October 3 - Pan-Africa
Ten Govt & NGO Leaders
Focus:  Women and the Law

September 30 - October 4 - Iraq
Eight University Deans
Focus: Women's Universities


GCIV Home Hospitality Opportunities

Wednesday, August 12th - One journalist from Hong Kong would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. He is participating in the U.S. State Department's IVLP. He is available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM, and may be accompanied by an interpreter. 

Sunday, August 16th - Two journalists from Indonesia would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's IVLP. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM, and may be accompanied by an interpreter.
 

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
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Siemens Energy & Automation

Bronze Sponsors
Atlanta City Council's Advisory Committee on International Relations
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Barclays Capital
Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Equifax
Ernst & Young
Fulton County Commission
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Laurie Grant Nichols and Scott Nichols
Odom Immigration Law Group, LLC
Regency Suites Hotel
UBS Investment Bank


Ambassadors Circle
Nancy & Charles Bedford
Rosie & Lindsay Davidson
Erika Monckeberg
& Enrique Flores
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue & Jim Heerin
Elizabeth & Jim Munson
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall & Frederick H. Kruse
Shell Stuart
Sharon & Bruce Taylor
Annie York &

Raul F. Trujillo

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

Attache
Dieter and Chris Franz
 
Citizen Diplomat
Marika Barbalho
Patricia Clay
Laura Nieto
Jim Nobles

Envoy
Matthew Carlton
Louise Gobron

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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Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves joins with GCIV to Lead Youth Delegation to Germany

FC Delegation

GCIV partnered with Fulton County to bring a delegation of fourteen high school students to Germany for an exchange program July 5-16. The students, all part of the Fulton County Youth Commission, had an opportunity to explore the diversity, educational system, and local government of Germany in a twelve-day program. The Nürnberg Office of International Relations ensured that our delegation had a fantastic seven days in their lovely city.  Our group visited the Hauptschule St. Leonhard School, Geiza Youth Club, the Documentation Center, Hans Sachs Gymnasium School, Nürnberg Messe, and the Atlanta-Nürnberg Sister City Commission. We also saw many beautiful and historic areas of Nürnberg and stayed with generous local host families. Later in the trip we took a daytrip to Munich and spent three days in Berlin, seeing many famous historical sites. The group left Germany with a more nuanced outlook on the country, its challenges, and its many wonderful assets. The Fulton County Global Youth Program was an incredible experience for both GCIV and the Fulton County young leaders, and we look forward to working together again next year for an exciting exchange.

Save the Date for the 2009 Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy!

ASCDOn Saturday, November 14th, GCIV will host the 2009 Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy at North Atlanta High School. The summit will promote an understanding of diverse values and cultures, educate participants about global perspectives, and further mutual understanding.  GCIV aims to raise awareness about cross-cultural understanding and the responsibilities of citizen diplomats through this interactive summit.  It will feature concurrent workshops including regional briefings, introductory language classes, global business forums, cross-cultural communications seminars, and more.  Please put this exciting event on your calendar and stay tuned for more information!

GCIV Blog:  Another View of the Nazi Party Rally Grounds

afghanGroup travel isn't necessarily conducive to spontaneous opportunities, yet this is one of my favorite aspects of travel. So, when Ashley's host family invited me to tag along with them during our one free day in Nürnberg, I couldn't resist. The Dinstuehlers took us to nearby Weissenburg, where we were able to soak in the atmosphere of a charming Franconian village as well as see the remains of an ancient Roman bathhouse dating back to the turn of the first century. We visited both the Roman museum and the museum dedicated to the town of Weissenburg, with stops for cappuccinos and "spaghetti" ice cream in between. We later toured Ellingen Castle and sampled the offerings at the beer garden across the street. Ina Dinstuehler and her mom Birgit were perfect hosts, sweetly and patiently showing us all the sites I'm sure they've seen a hundred times before. They were generous in more ways than one, refusing to let us pay for anything, insisting that this was "the German way." As the leader of an organization that prides itself on the hospitality it offers international guests, I was once again humbled to be on the receiving end.  Click here to read more.

Spotlight:  GCIV Members Only Reception on August 31st

One of the many benefits of GCIV membership is the opportunity to connect with delegations of emerging world leaders traveling to our state. This month, join GCIV members in welcoming a delegation of twenty-three public health officials from all over the world (Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Ghana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Malta, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, the Peoples Republic of China, the Slovak Republic, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe) at a Members Only Reception. The reception will be at Sunrise Bank of Atlanta at 5:30 PM on Monday, August 31st. This is also a great way to meet the GCIV staff, board, and volunteers, to find out how you can become more involved. You must be a current GCIV member to attend.  Not a member?  There's still time to join before the reception! Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP.

GCIV Partnership with Olé Atlanta

Ole AtlantaHave you ever  wanted to learn Spanish, or perhaps just dust off the knowledge you already have?  GCIV has partnered with Olé Atlanta to offer Spanish language classes to our members at a 20% discount.  Their highly-qualified language instructors are  scheduling classes that start mid-August, from beginner to advanced levels.  Classes will be held at GCIV's downtown office.  Sign up today, as this offer is available for a limited time only!  For more information visit www.oleatlanta.com or contact Olé at info@oleatlanta.com.

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

Saturday, August 15th, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
International Dining Experience at Panahar Restaurant:  Farewell to MEPI Fellows
Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. This will be your last chance to say farewell to GCIV's MEPI fellows, Aminah from Kuwait and Maisa and Yemen. The charge is $15 for a Bangladeshi buffet, non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP.

Tuesday, August 18th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  Diversity in French Media

Join GCIV and Mr. Oumarou Barry, Editor-in-Chief of People Television in France, for a lunchtime discussion. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel in midtown. 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.

Monday, August 31st, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
GCIV Members Only Reception
Join fellow GCIV members for a reception at Sunrise Bank of Atlanta. Featured is a delegation of twenty-three public health officials from all over the world. This is a chance to meet the GCIV staff, board, and volunteers, to find out how you can become more involved. You must be a current GCIV member to attend.  Not a member?  There's still time to join before the reception! Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP.

Tuesday, September 15th, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
GCIV Host Orientation
Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?  Learn the "ins and outs" of hosting while getting to know GCIV staff and fellow hosts over lunch. 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.

Saturday, November 14th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy
Join fellow Georgians at North Atlanta High School for a day of cross-cultural training to prepare for your role as citizen diplomat. More information is forthcoming.

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

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-Thomas Jefferson