December 2008 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .

Who's Coming to Town?

November 29 - December 3 - China
Two Government and Civil Society Representatives
Focus: Religion in the U.S.

November 30-December 5 - Multi-Regional
Nineteen Public Health Officials

Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention

December 2-6 - South Asia
Eight Civil Society Leaders

Focus: Community Approaches to Social Issues

December 3-6 - Latin America
Six Teachers and Principals

Focus: Primary Education

December 9-13 - Russia & Azerbaijan
Seven Medical Officials

Focus: Maternal and Child Health

January 15-21 - Germany
Three Government and NGO Officials

Focus: Immigration and Civil Rights

January 17-21 - Morocco
One Civil Society Leader

Focus: Volunteerism and Civil Rights

Home Hospitality/Volunteer Opportunities

Thursday, December 11th - Seven public health officials from Russia and Azerbaijan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM, and will be accompanied by interpreters.

Please contact
Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15 to volunteer to host this delegations.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
The Coca-Cola Company
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Mueller Water Products
Regency Suites Hotel

Bronze Sponsors
Alston & Bird, LLP
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bear Stearns
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
D & A Transportation Services, Inc.
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC
McKenna Long & Aldridge
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
nsoro, LLC
Reece & Associates
Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
UBS Investment Bank
YKK Corporation of America

Ambassadors Circle
Charlie and Nancy Bedford
Mike Dangerfield
James and Carol Dew
Augustine Esogbue
Chris and Charles Evans
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue and Jim Heerin
Russell and Anna Malayery
Jim and Elizabeth Munson
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Bryan Ramos
Wayne Reece
Sharon and Bruce Taylor
Annie York and Raul F. Trujillo

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GCIV Hosts Directors of First Presidential Library in Latin America

In November 2008 GCIV coordinated a professional exchange program through the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program for two top officials from the new Enrique Bolaņos Presidential Library. The delegation traveled to Atlanta after spending time in Washington, DC, and Houston, TX. Their professional program was crafted to allow an exchange of ideas with their counterparts in digital archiving, library administration, information technology, and more. The Bolaņos Presidential Library will be the first of its kind in Latin America, and is reaching new levels of transparency in Nicaragua. While in Atlanta, our guests met with representatives of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Clayton State University, the Woodruff Library at Emory University, and the Georgia Division of Archives and History. They also participated in a GCIV Global Lunch Forum and enjoyed a welcome dinner with GCIV supporters.

An IVLP Visit Plants Seed for Exchange Between MedShare International and a Ukrainian Hospital

GCIV loves to keep track of ongoing connections between the metro Atlanta community and our international exchange delegations. When we hosted the NCIV Southern Regional Meeting back in August, our national network had the opportunity to meet and hear from several GCIV professional resources. MedShare International Executive Director Nell Diallo addressed the conference and told the story of how an International Visitor Leadership Program exchange started an ongoing relationship with a Ukrainian hospital. Click here to read the story in NCIV's Network News.

Great Decisions in 2009

The new year is approaching, and we are gearing up for the 2009 Great Decisions series. GCIV is working with a number of community organizations and neighborhoods to create and sustain discussion groups. If you are interested in starting your own Great Decisions group, or joining an existing one, please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13. We are also looking for community support for the program - please let us know if you can offer meeting space, if you're willing to help moderate discussions, or if you know of any possible financial support for the program.

You can find the list of discussion groups on the GCIV web site. The list will be updated as more groups and dates are confirmed. The topics for 2009 are:

  • US and Rising Powers
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Energy and the Global Economy
  • The Arctic Age
  • Egypt in the 21st Century
  • Universal Human Rights?
  • Global Food Supply
  • Cuba after Castro
We look forward to your participation in Great Decisions this coming year!

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!

GCIV Upcoming Events

Friday, December 5th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Fighting for At-Risk Youth in Brazil

Join GCIV and a Brazilian youth advocate for a lunchtime discussion about his work to mobilize young people around key issues such as education, employment, and social inclusion. This Global Lunch Forum will be at the Youth Art Connection Gallery downtown (63 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303). This is next door to the GCIV office. 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.

Thursday, December 11th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
IWA December Meeting

The International Womens Associates will meet for the final time in 2008 for a selection of holiday carols performed by Mr. Chris Chrommett. Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to receive an invitation.

Monday, December 15th, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
GCIV Host Orientation

Learn the "ins and outs" of hosting while getting to know GCIV staff and fellow hosts. 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.

Other Opportunities
Wednesday, December 3rd - 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Peter White, Founder and President Emeritus of the Southern Center for International Studies, will address the ACIR Luncheon. He will discuss the topic "A New View from Beijing." 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.

Friday, December 5th, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
SCIS Luncheon with the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs

His Excellency Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, will give a foreign policy address at this luncheon event. The location is the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Register at, call 404-261-5763, or email The cost is $45 for SCIS YPs and students, $50 for SCIS members, and $65 for non-members.

About GCIV
The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy.

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

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