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August 2012   

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter


Georgia Council for International Visitors


In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-Fulbright Cultural Enrichment Program-

-August International Dining Experience-

-GCIV at Atlanta Soccerfest 2012-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-GCIV Blog-

-GCIV Bids Farewell to Dean of Consular Corps-

-Contribute To Global Understanding-

-Discover Diplomacy-

-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-

-The CASIE Speakeasy-

-Other Hosting Opportunities-





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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?


August 4-8


Four NGO Directors and Coordinators, One Bilingual Agent, One Youth Coalition Chair, and One Radio Host
Focus: LGBT Rights

August 8-11
Three Business Executives, One Director, One Chief of Staff, and One University Professor
Focus: Innovation to Market



August 15-18
One Alternate Congressman and One Economic Manager
Focus: U.S. Political Parties



August 28 - September 2

Focus: The Transition Period: Justice and Reconciliation






Dinner Hospitality




Sunday, August 5 or Monday, August 6 - Seven delegates from Mexico would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes four NGO directors and coordinators, one bilingual agent, one youth coalition chair, and one radio host. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on LGBT rights. They are available after 5 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 3-4 visitors per host.



Friday, August 10 - Five delegates from Brazil would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes three business executives, one chief of staff, and one university professor. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on innovation to market. They are available after 5 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.



Tuesday, September 4 - Ten delegates from Israel and the Palestinian Territories would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes seven youth sport coaches and instructors, two NGO founders, and one soccer club manager. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on coaching youth sports. They are available after 5 PM for dinner, and all speak English so there will be no escort or interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host. The Israeli visitors will eat non-kosher options as long as shellfish, pork, meat, and milk are not mixed together. The Palestinian visitors keep halal so they politely ask that pork and alcohol not be included




Please note: Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of dinner hospitality. If you are interested in hosting or cohosting, please contact Emily O'Harris at or 

404-832-5560 x15.

Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the appropriate countries.







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 July 2012:





Jorge & Elizabeth Casimiro

Marlit Hayslett



Citizen Diplomat ($50+) 
Robyn Elliott

Helen Hoverman 

Donna Laird



Envoy ($25+)

Tosha Ford

Cher Gregoire

Amanda Nichols


Ambassadors Circle

Steven R. Baldwin and Family 

Charles & Nancy Bedford

Mike Dangerfield
Lindsay & Rosemary Davidson

Bob & Christine Davis

Clark Dean

Ray Donato

Ed Dreistadt & 

Shell Stuart

Dawn Ely
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock

Phil & Raye Handler

Tim & Christy Hooper

Joseph & Adrienne Johnson

Doug & Mary Justice
Charles Kuck

Ryan & Jessica Lewis

Sherry Mueller

Arnaldo & Michelle Ruiz  

Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim

Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Ash & Jeet Thakker
Raul F. & 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



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 



Irene Bailey

Deputy Director

404-832-5560 x 13



Emily O'Harris

Program Director

404-832-5560 x 15 



RJ Paulisick

Community Programs and Technology Coordinator

404-832-5560 x 17 







Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy 



"There are people-to-people initiatives, and I have to say that the one request I hear consistently as I travel throughout Southeast Asia is that people in this region want more opportunities to interact with Americans and to visit America, particularly young people. And of course, young people are the majority of the people in the ASEAN nations. So I strongly support this outreach."


Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton

 from her remarks at the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting



GCIV Selected for Cultural Enrichment Program




GCIV has been chosen by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to host Georgia-based Fulbright scholars for a series a cultural events in and around Atlanta from September 2012 through May 2013. The program theme is centered on welcoming international Fulbrighters to 'the New South' while they are studying at various universities throughout the state of Georgia.


The program will include group community service and volunteer opportunities, home hospitality with GCIV members and Fulbright program alumni, restaurant visits, guided tours and cultural activities, attendance at various sporting events, and participation in holiday celebrations.


To learn more about the Fulbright program in Georgia, please click here.






Dine with Uruguayan Visitors at Pura Vida!




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 around 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!


When: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 6:00 PM

Where: Pura Vida, 656 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306


This month we are hosting a delegation from Uruguay. Price is $30 for GCIV members and $40 for non-members. For more information and to RSVP, email RJ Paulisick at




Play for TEAM GCIV at Atlanta Soccerfest 2012!




Calling all GCIV Envoy members! We're recruiting players to participate on TEAM GCIV at this year's Atlanta Soccerfest and we need your help to take the Atlanta Cup! This 7-on-7 co-ed tournament will take place Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2012.


Contact RJ Paulisick at for more information.




Delegation Spotlight 


Ms. Eeva Heikkila experiencing home hospitality at the official residence of German Consul General Dr. Lutz Görgens.

This past month, GCIV hosted Ms. Eeva Heikkila, human rights advisor to the Council of Europe in the European Union. She participated in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on rule of law. This opportunity allowed her to explore opportunities for cooperation between U.S. and European Union entities on issues of rule of law and international human rights and learn how human rights policy is implemented in the U.S.


While in Atlanta, she met with representatives from the European Union Center of Excellence at Georgia Tech, the U.S. Human Rights Network, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, CARE International, and the Human Rights Program at the Carter Center. Ms. Heikkila also visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site for a private tour of the chapel and the King Collection and experienced home hospitality with German Consul General Dr. Lutz Görgens (pictured above).



GCIV Blog: Perspectives of an U.S. Department of State English Language Officer



Below is an excerpt from a narrative written by Mr. Toney Seabolt, U.S. Department of State English Language Officer and escort for our Nigerian visitors. 


After a short ground hold in Washington, D.C. and a pleasant ninety-minute flight, Atlanta welcomed the Nigerians with balmy weather.  The useful Atlanta program began with 4th of July home hospitality and included a host lunch and five meetings with eight experts engaged in historical preservation.


The group enjoyed 4th of July home hospitality with Nigerian-born Dr. Alphonso Ogbuchi and his family and friends.  Recent transplants from Kansas City, the Ogbuchis had hosted IVLP participants in Kansas and decided to continue their participation in Atlanta...


Click here the rest of Toney's blog entry!





GCIV Bids Farewell to Dean of Consular Corps



Consul General Görgens and GCIV Executive Director Shell Stuart take in a Braves game.



GCIV bids a fond farewell to German Consul General and Dean of the Consular Corps, Dr. Lutz Görgens. He has held his post in Atlanta as Consul General since July 2007 and has been Dean of the Corps since July 2010. An experienced diplomat and popular amongst his consular colleagues, Dr. Görgens has not only successfully promoted German business and culture in the Southeast, but has represented the Consular Corps with grace and distinction.


Best of luck in all of your future endeavors, Lutz!




Contribute Towards Global Understanding


collageContribute 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


collageThe 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 diplomacy is 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. Japanese, Amharic, Swahili, Dutch, Romanian, Hebrew, American Sign Language, Tagalog, and Latin 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 is 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