December 2007 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .

Who's Coming to Town?

December 1-5 - South and Central Asia
Seven Government and NGO Officials
Focus: Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness

December 1-5 - Eastern Europe
Seven Public Health and Medical Officials

Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention

December 1-6 - South East Asia
Seven Public Health Officials
Focus: HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention

December 2-7 - Multi-Regional
Twenty-four Public Health Officials
Focus: HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention

December 4-8 - Serbia
Four Government Officials

Focus: Migration, Refugees, and Diversity

December 5-8 - Brazil
Seven State Secretaries of Education

Focus: Primary and Secondary Education

December 8-12 - Indonesia
One NGO Official

Focus: Multiculturalism

December 9-12 - China
Three Lawyers and Law Professors

Focus: State Courts

December 19-22 - Poland
One Radio Broadcaster

Focus: Broadcast Journalism

January 12-16 - Canada
Eight Government Officials, Journalists, and Professors

Focus: U.S.-Canada Trade and Foreign Policy

Please take a look at the delegations needing home hospitality in the coming month and consider hosting a visiting professional in your home for dinner.

Monday, December 10th - One visitor from Indonesia would like to experience home hospitality wtih a GCIV host. His program in the U.S. will focus on multiculturalism. He is available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM and may need an interpreter.

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
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Presenting Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
Bear Stearns
The Coca-Cola Company
Crawford & Company
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Mueller Water Products
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Newell Rubermaid

Bronze Sponsors
AHD International
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Global Atlanta
Hennessy Automobile Companies
Regency Suites Hotel
Smith, Gambrell, & Russell
UBS Investment Bank

Community Partners
Advisory Committee on International Relations
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
International Leadership Council
Jones and Kolb
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Parking Company of America
YKK Corporation of America

Mike Dangerfield
Dr. and Mrs. James Dew
Dr. Austin O. Esogbue
Chris and Charles Evans
Sue and Jim Heerin
Eleanor Hooks
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Bryan Ramos
Wayne Reece
Shell Stuart
Sharon and Bruce Taylor
Annie-York and Raul F. Trujillo

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Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy Brings Together 300 for International Enrichment

The Georgia Council for International Visitors organized the second Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy on November 16th, bringing together 300 community members for a day of cross-cultural training, regional briefings, introductory language courses, and conversations with members of Atlanta's distinguished Consular Corps. The event, held at Georgia State University, was the culmination of International Education Week for the city of Atlanta. Click here to read more about the day's events.

Siemens Employees Gain Global Enrichment at Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy

The participants at the Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy were a diverse group - academics, businessmen and women, nonprofit leaders, government officials, volunteers, students, and more. While some companies sent their employees for professional development, Siemens recognized the value of the summit and sent a delegation of twenty-six to the day-long event! Read more.


Please mark your calendars for next year's International Consular Ball, which will take place on March 8th at the new Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. The International Consular Ball honors the Georgia Consular Corps for its efforts in furthering international relations in Atlanta and the southeastern United States. Now in its 27th year, this is Atlanta's premier international celebration and networking event-you won't want to miss it!

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 for 2008 corporate partner information. Only GCIV corporate and individual members will receive invitations to the 2008 Consular Ball. Be sure to renew your membership if you haven't already!

Swiss and French Consuls General Thank GCIV's Top Volunteer Hosts

In early November, Consul General of Switzerland Ulrich Hunn and Consul General of France Philippe Ardanaz together hosted GCIV's top hospitality volunteers during what has become known as GCIV's annual "Host the Hosts" dinner. Guests were invited to a traditional raclette dinner at the official residence of the Swiss Consul General. GCIV volunteer hosts open their homes to hundreds of visitors from around the world. Some hosts do so once or twice a year, others, like our top hosts of 2007, do so much more frequently. This annual dinner recognizes the valuable contribution volunteer hosts make to fostering international understanding.

GCIV is grateful to the Swiss and French Consulates for their generous hospitality. We would also like to thank our top hosts of 2007: Vicki Van Der Hoek and Allen Freedman, Margaret Pumper, David and Beverly Clyde, Jenni Heerink, Doug Allen and Athena Gemella, and Joel Kollin.

British Politician and Community Advocate Shares Best Practices with Atlantan Counterparts

GCIV hosted Mr. Mohammed Khaliel in Atlanta November 7-11. Mr. Khaliel is a candidate for Parliament for the Labour party and also serves as an advocate for Muslims in the United Kingdom. His advocacy work also extends to education, housing and mental health issues. He came to Atlanta to meet with counterparts in politics, diversity education, and civil rights. Click here to read more about his program in Atlanta.

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 or 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!

GCIV Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 11th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Multiculturalism in Indonesia

Join GCIV visitor Mr. Raja Juli Antoni, Executive Director of the Maarif Institute for Culture and Humanity, for a lunchtime discussion. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV Office downtown. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Thursday, December 13th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IWA December Meeting

The International Womens Associates will meet for a piano concert with Australian pianist Barry Tognolini. Please contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to receive an invitation.

Thursday, December 20th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Journalism in Eastern Europe

Join GCIV visitor Ms. Maryia Sadouskaya Manager of Radio Belarus, for a lunchtime discussion. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV Office downtown. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

January/February/March 2007
Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Groups

It's that time of year again - GCIV's Great Decisions foreign policy discussion groups will start in January, February, and March 2007. Increase your understanding of world affairs through this eight-week series based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association. GCIV presents this series in order to help participants develop an informed opinion on the role the United States plays in world affairs. The topics of discussion for 2008 include: Iraq, European Union at 50, Talking to our enemies, Russia, U.S. defense & security policy, Latin America: shift to the left?, U.S.-China trade policy, and Private philanthropy. Click here for a list of discussion groups - we will update it as more dates are confirmed. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to find out more information, join an existing group, or to start your own discussion group.

Other Opportunities
November 25th - December 9th
Tibetan Monks 2007: Spiritual Wisdom Unfolding

Unity North Atlanta Church presents Tibetan Monks 2007: Spiritual Wisdom Unfolding. You can attend a series of events for the whole family that highlight the wisdom, harmony & peace of Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery. Visit the web site for more information or download a calendar of events.

Thursday, December 6, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Cultures of the Caribbean Event

The International Association of Caribbean Organizations cordially invites you to the 2007 Cultures of the Caribbean event. The theme this year is "Women Empowering Women." The event will be held at the World Trade Center-Atlanta 303 Peachtree Street. This year the part proceeds go to the Women's Resource and Outreach Centre (WROC) in Kingston, Jamaica. Call 404-813-6670 for more information.

Thursday, December 13, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Ambassador John H. Kelly, Ambassador-in-Residence at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, will address the December ACIR Luncheon. Ambassador Kelley will discuss the topic "Iraq and Iran: What's Next?" The luncheon is at the Capital City Club, 7 Harris Street, NW. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

About GCIV
The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to build cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships between Georgians and leading citizens from around the world.

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

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Atlanta, GA 30303