December 2009
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Metro Atlanta Chamber and Kuck Immigration Partners Join GCIV...
GCIV Hosts Kazakh Human Rights Defenders
Save the Date...International Consular Ball on April 30, 2010!
Great Decisions Discussion Groups in 2010
Trustee in the News
GCIV Bids Farewell to Deputy Director
Become a Citizen Diplomat!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

December 1-5 - Multi-Regional
Seventeen Public Health Officials
Focus: HIV Prevention and Education

December 3-5 - Uzbekistan
Five Government Officials
Forensic Laboratories

December 8-12 - Uzbekistan
Four Civil Society Leaders
Focus:  Women as NGO Leaders

December 13-16 - Algeria
Five Government Officials
Focus:  Technological Innovation

January 18-21 - France
One Government Official
Focus: Bio-Terrorism, Public Health, and the Environment

February 3-6 - Vietnam
Ten Elected Officials
and Civil Servants

Focus: Role of Congress in U.S. Foreign Policy Formulation

February 9-12 - Near East Asia and North Africa
Twelve Government and NGO Representatives
Focus: Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness

GCIV Home Hospitality and Homestay Opportunities

Thursday, December 10th - Four NGO leaders from Uzbekistan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on women leadership in NGOs. The delegation is available at 6:30 PM, and may be accompanied by interpreters. We will break them into groups or two visitors per host.

Monday, December 14th
- Five government officials from Algeria would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on technological innovation. The delegation is available at 6:30 PM, and may be accompanied by an interpreter. We will break them into groups or two or three visitors per host.

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 O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor
Georgia Power


Silver Sponsors
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
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 November 2009:

Chargé d'Affaires ($500+)
Enrique Flores

Consul ($250+)
Vicki Gordon
Ashley Mastin

Attaché ($100+)
Sussi Craig
Carol Niemi

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Nancy Hollister
Beth Kroger
Joan Zenteno

Envoy ($25+)
Svetlana Kulikova

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 Va

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The Metro Atlanta Chamber and Kuck Immigration Partners Join GCIV in Honoring the Consular Corps

GCIV is pleased to welcome our first two sponsors for the April 30, 2010 International Consular Ball:  The Metro Atlanta Chamber will sponsor again at the Platinum level, and Kuck Immigration Partners will sponsor at the Gold level.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber mobilizes and connects the business community to drive economic development and public policies that promote sustainable growth.  Their board draws from Atlanta's top business leaders.  They have a professional staff of 90 and serve 4,000 member companies who employ nearly 1 million workers.

Kuck Immigration Partners LLC focuses exclusively on immigration law.  Their practice is dedicated to helping employees, employers and families with all of their immigration related needs.  They have over 150 years of combined experience helping people immigrate to the United States and can help you succeed with your immigration process. 

GCIV Hosts Kazakh Human Rights Defenders

In November GCIV had the distinct pleasure of hosting three government officials from Kazakhstan.  All are tasked with protecting their citizens' human rights, and participated in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program in order to discuss enforcement of international human rights standards and anti-trafficking operations with their American counterparts.  While in Atlanta, the delegation met with staff at the Southern Center for Human Rights, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, State Representative Alisha Thomas-Morgan, the Governor's Office for Children and Families, North Atlanta High School, and Georgia Legal Services Program Farmworker's Division.  They also spoke at a GCIV Global Lunch Forum, sharing information about their investigations and Kazakhstan in general.  The group also made a special trip to Macon, GA, where GCIV volunteer Dick George arranged for them to visit the Tubman African-American Museum, Wesleyan College, and Macon State College.  During their time in Georgia, they also enjoyed home hospitality in the homes of Dick & Rusty George and Fred & Gerry Scheer.

Save the Date:  International Consular Ball on April 30, 2010!

GCIV is pleased to present the 29th Annual International Consular Ball. The event will take place on Friday, April 30, 2010 at the Atlanta History Center.  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. 

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.
Great Decisions Discussion Groups in 2010

GDThe new year is approaching, and we are gearing up for the 2010 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 more information about the program and the 2010 topics on the GCIV web site.  As we confirm with our community discussion groups, we will list their meeting schedules here. The list will be updated as more groups and dates are confirmed.

Trustee in the News:   Ambassador Ted Britton Awarded Honorary Degree from  Albanian University

brittonGCIV Trustee Ted Britton was awarded an honorary degree from Kristal University on November 25th in Tirana, Albania. He received a Doctor of Laws in recognition of his life-long interest and contributions in government, diplomatic affairs and international activities that have enhanced global understanding and friendship.  He received the award during the graduation ceremony for Kristal's class of 2009. Ambassador Britton serves as Honorary Consul General of Albania in the state of Georgia, and has been a GCIV Trustee for several years now.  Congratulations on this new achievement!

GCIV Bids Farewell to Deputy Director

This month, GCIV bids a fond farewell to our Deputy Director Ashley Mastin.  Save one year during the middle of her tenure, Ashley has been with GCIV for the past seven years.  During this time, she has shown exceptional dedication and leadership.  In addition to improving Council communications and growing our community programs, Ashley spearheaded the first Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy and organized the NCIV Southern Regional Meeting, which GCIV hosted with great success last year in Atlanta.  Over the years, Ashley has coordinated hundreds of professional programs for delegations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and everywhere in between.  She has provided invaluable direction and support to GCIV's international visitor programs as well as community programs, including Global Lunch Forums, Great Decisions, and the International Women Associates.

Although Ashley is leaving us to pursue new adventures and personal interests, including volunteering in Africa, we know that she will never be far from GCIV and the hearts of those she has touched through thoughtful and dedicated service.

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

Thursday, December 10th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
International Women Associates December Meeting
The December IWA Meeting will be an international potluck featuring holiday music from our very own members.  Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 if you are interested in receiving an invitation.

Friday, April 30th, 2010
International Consular Ball
The International Consular Ball honors the Georgia Consular Corps for its efforts in furthering international relations in Atlanta and the southeastern United States. The event will be held at the Atlanta History Center. Individual tickets will be available for purchase online shortly.  Contact Shell Stuart for sponsorship information.

Community Events

Wednesday, December 2nd, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
The December ACIR Luncheon will feature Sandra Mackey, Middle East scholar and author.  She will discuss the topic "Iran's Link to Afghanistan" The meeting is at the Capital City Club downtown, and costs $30 for members, $40 for non-members.  Please email Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

Sunday, December 6th, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fernbank Museum Annual Family Holiday Celebration
Join Fernbank Museum for a golden opportunity for you and your family to learn more about celebrations from around the world. Guests will be treated to a variety of multi-cultural holiday-themed activities including performances, a costumed character, storytelling, hands-on activities, crafts and more. Activities are included with Museum admission and are free for members. Museum admission is $15 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and $12 for children. For tickets, call 404-929-6400.

About GCIV

The Georgia Council for International Visitors builds understanding and cooperation between the people of our state and the world.

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

"If we are to live together in peace, we must
come to know each other better."

Lyndon Baines Johnson
36th President of the United States