December 2011  

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  


Georgia Council for International Visitors

In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-2012 International Consular Ball-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-Trustees in the News-

-2012 Great Decisions-

-Envoys and the Foreign Service-

-GCIV Blog-

-Give the World-

-Discover Diplomacy-

-Picture Citizen Diplomacy-

-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-

-Art and Essay Contest-

-INEPO Science Competition-

-Language Opportunities-

-GCIV Events-

-Community Events-








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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?

November 30 -
December 3
Four Ministry of Transportation Officials
Focus: Transportation

December 1-6
One Director of International Affiliate of Advocates International
Focus: Rule of Law

December 2-10
Five Healthcare Professionals and Civic Leaders
Focus: Social Issues and Healthcare in the U.S.

December 11-14
Seven University Representatives
Focus: Administration of Multi-Campus Universities

December 13-17
Saudi Arabia
Thirteen Government Officials
Focus: Human Trafficking

December 20-24
Four NGO Leaders
Focus: Youth Leadership in America 




Home Hospitality and Home-Stay Opportunities



All visitors have been placed this month.  



Please note: Home hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Emily O'Harris at
 404-832-5560 x 15. Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the appropriate countries.  



Home-stay hosts may be asked to assist with some transportation and meals. A small stipend will be provided per visitor as a contribution toward expenses. If you are interested in being a volunteer home-stay host, please contact Irene Bailey at or 404-832-5560 x 13.    








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 November 2011:

Bruce Hamilton
Tal Wright

Cathy Harper 

Citizen Diplomat ($50+) 
Kay Alvelda
Rev Dr. David Ault
Lorraine Carribean
Wendy Kuehn
Farouk Ladha
Odette Petit-Morphy 



Will ElLaissi
Taylor Harper
Katherine Perry 

Ambassadors Circle

Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Clark Dean
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Charles Kuck
Scott and Laurie Nichols 

Sunny Park

Darren and Ann Short

Tycho Stahl and Yonni Kim

Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

Lifetime Members
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Carol Emmons
Lew and Anne Hansen
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Varga






GCIV Trustees


W. Lindsay Davidson,




E. Miller Williams,

Vice Chair 

Ernst & Young LLP


Lynne Zappone,




Yelena Epova,


Habif, Arogeti & Wynne


Charles Bedford

Atlanta Council on International Relations


Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania


Clark Dean

Studley, Inc. 


Ray Donato

Honorary Consul General of the Philippines


Silvana Eakin

International Women Associates Chair 


Jorge Fernandez

Metro Atlanta Chamber 


Phil Handler 



Ginny Johansmeier

VLJ Consulting


Yonni Kim

Arnall Golden Gregory


Charles Kuck

Kuck Immigration Partners


Jessica Lewis

Alston & Bird


Jim Munson

Munson International


Laurie Grant Nichols

DMP Executive Search  


John E. Parkerson, Jr.

Honorary Consul of Hungary


Mark Pierson

Pierson Global Group


Jai Rogers

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Darren Short
RBC Capital Markets


Laura Tordella

The Coca-Cola Company 


Annie York Trujillo

International Women Associates


Kristian Wolf
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

Tal Wright
Georgia Power







GCIV Staff 


Shell Stuart

Executive Director

404-832-5560 x 21 


Emily O'Harris

Program Director

404-832-5560 x 15 


Nicole Rateau

Community Programs Coordinator

404-832-5560 x 17  


Irene Bailey

Global Partnerships Manager

404-832-5560 x 13  


RJ Paulisick

Program and Technology Coordinator 







Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

 "No impersonal representation of a culture can fully communicate its reality to others who have never known its living substance. Through personal relations our curiosity can be fulfilled by a sense of knowledge, cynicism can give way to trust, and the warmth of human friendship be kindled."

- President John F. Kennedy






Save the Date for the 2012 International Consular Ball

Be sure to mark your calendar for GCIV's 31st annual International Consular Ball. The event will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the elegant Cherokee Town and Country Club. 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 or  404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.



Delegation Spotlight: Visiting Fulbright Scholars

Visiting Fulbright Scholars with House Representative Edward Lindsey on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol.


GCIV was selected as one of only three national hosts for a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Regional Enrichment Seminar in November on democracy, human rights, women's issues and trafficking in persons. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsored the program in cooperation with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The group consisted of 74 visiting Fulbright scholars who are conducting research and lecturing at colleges and universities across the country and represent more than 45 countries.  


While in Atlanta, the scholars attended plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops in partnership with such prestigious institutions as Emory University, numerous NGOs and subject experts. The keynote speech and closing address were delivered by Doug Shipman of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The scholars toured the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum and the Georgia State Capitol where they were welcomed by Georgia House Representative Edward Lindsey. In addition, they volunteered at local elementary schools tutoring students in math and science and participated in cultural excursions, GCIV's International Dining Experience and home hospitality with GCIV volunteer hosts.

The Fulbright Program is the United States government's flagship international educational exchange program. GCIV will be offering home hospitality to another worldwide delegation of visiting Fulbright scholars on Friday, February 10, 2012. If you are interested in being a home hospitality host or would like more information, please contact Emily O'Harris at



Trustees in the News

GCIV trustee Ambassador Theodore R. Britton, Jr. was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor, for his service as a Montford Point Marine. The Senate unanimously awarded the medal to the entire group. A gold medal will be sent to the Navy museum and all surviving members of the Montford Point Marines, including Ambassador Britton, will be given a replica. Montford Point was home to the first African American members of the U.S. Marine Corps. "It means something significant," Britton said. "The gold medal is to commemorate the work of the black Marines. It is to acknowledge some of the things we had to endure," he continued. Click here to read the full article by Summer Moore in The Augusta Chronicle.



2012 Great Decisions

Are you passionate about foreign affairs? Do you love to debate?

Start a Great Decisions discussion group in your community today! The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) has announced the 2012 Great Decisions topics included in their nonpartisan briefing books:

  • Middle East Realignment  
  • Promoting Democracy
  • Mexico
  • Cybersecurity
  • Exit from Afghanistan and Iraq
  • State of the Oceans
  • Indonesia 
  • Energy Geopolitics  

Or register for the 2012 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church. The eight week lecture series is every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM from January 19 - March 8, 2012. Expert speakers from local universities and the community will make presentations and answer questions on the topics. For more information, visit

GCIV works 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, joining an existing group or would like to pre-order your 2012 Great Decisions books, please contact Nicole Rateau at



Envoys Learn More About the Foreign Service


Open World Participants

GCIV Envoy Esther Lin with hometown diplomat and Foreign Service Officer Jeffrey Zinsmeister.


GCIV Envoys receive exclusive invitations for international functions, career-building and networking opportunities. In November, Envoys learned about the Foreign Service and initiatives of the U.S. Department of State from Foreign Service Officer Jeffrey Zinsmeister. Zinsmeister was participating in the State Department's Hometown Diplomats Program. Formerly an attorney, he had just completed a 2-year assignment serving as the Vice Consul to the Republic of Cape Verde.  

Not yet an Envoy member? Sign up today and get connected! Envoy membership is open to all Citizen Diplomats age 40 and under. For more information about Envoy visit or contact Nicole Rateau at




GCIV Blog: Making a Difference



One of GCIV's most active hosts shares why everyone should participate in home hospitality through GCIV.


"When was the last time your dinner conversation was more than the boring, 'What did you do today?' 


Would you like to travel to Egypt, Israel, China, Italy or anywhere else in the world just for dinner? Allow me to recommend the dinner home hosting program through the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV). 


The true reason I host is because I thoroughly enjoy it. However, I always tell people I host because I feel that I am doing something, even though it's small, for the common good and that I am helping to build a bridge of friendship throughout the world."  


GCIV volunteer home hospitality host Vicki Van Der Hoek has hosted visitors from over 45 countries including a former prime minister, sheik and teen singing idol. Some of her favorite memories include the sheik explaining his living conditions with multiple wives, guests who wanted permission to look at her pick-up truck because it was illegal for them to own one in their own country and hosting the most famous television newscaster in the Arab world. Click here to read the full blog post about Vicki Van Der Hoek's thoughts and memories on home hospitality and to share your own home hospitality experiences on GCIV's blog.



Give the World

Give them the world!Not sure what to give your friends, neighbors, co-workers and loved ones for the holidays? Why not give them the world! A gift of membership in GCIV provides unique opportunities to meet emerging world leaders and learn first-hand about global issues. Gifts of membership are tax-deductible. 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 Nicole Rateau at for more information.



Discover Diplomacy

What is DiplomacyThe 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 is diplomacy here:



How do you picture citizen diplomacy?

Please send us your favorite photos of visitors! GCIV will submit the best photos to our national organization, NCIV, for their annual photo contest. Submissions can feature visitors at home hospitality, school visits, cultural events or in any setting that captures the experiences of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). We are also collecting stories and anecdotes in preparation for next year's 50th anniversary! Please send photos and stories to Nicole Rateau at



Win a FREE GCIV Membership!  

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6th Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest


Instanbul Center Art 


Middle and high school students in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee are invited to submit an original artwork and/or essay in the Istanbul Center's annual contest on the theme "1 Billion Hungry in the World: What's Your Role?" The purpose of the contest is to have students be aware of and involved in solving social problems in our world today. Each year the program theme looks towards global peace and intercultural understanding. The prizes include all-expense paid trips to Turkey and gift cards for both students and teachers! Submissions will be accepted until January 27, 2012. For more information visit or     





International Environment Project Olympiad Returns to Georgia!


INEPO competition


International Environmental Project Olympiad (INEPO) invites students from all over the world to submit science projects related to environmental issues. INEPO adheres to the United Nations goals of emphasizing youth and international cooperation in the natural sciences. 


Now, environmentally-minded students can compete through the Istanbul Center under this year's theme of "Creating a Sustainable Environment." The best submissions will be eligible for the summer 2012 worldwide competition in Istanbul. Last year, 3 students from Georgia earned silver medals at the international-level competition in Turkey! For more information, visit




Language Learning Opportunity


Summer 2012 Federal Service Language Academy   

North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU) will host the second summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in June and July 2012. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a 3-week residential program for students who are interested in an immersion intensive language experience, fitness and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. Students will be immersed in intensive language instruction in first-year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean or second-year French from highly qualified teachers as well as participate in a daily fitness program, receive career counseling from federal agencies (CIA, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security and U.S. Armed Forces) and receive high school credit for successful completion of the academy. Application process is open January 16 - April 1, 2012. For more information and to apply, visit  




Upcoming GCIV Events


Thursday, January 19, 7:30-9:00 PM

Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series

The first lecture in the Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series is about Middle East Realignment. The lectures are held every Thursday through March 8, 2012 at The Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody, Georgia 30038. For more information and to register, visit  





Community Events


September 25 - December 11, 2011

Chagall: The Early Etchings of the 1920s

This exhibition of 65 rarely-viewed etchings and aquatints by the Russian-born painter and printmaker Marc Chagall is on view at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. These early etchings of the 1920s, including the "Dead Souls" prints, were originally in the private collection of Lionello Venturi (1885-1961), who is credited as the first to write about the history of art criticism. The exhibit also includes five Chagall colored lithographs from the private collection of Drs. Isaac and Yolanta Melamed. For more information, visit  


September 25, 2011 - January 8, 2012
"Torn from Home: My Life as a Refugee"

Today, more than 30 million people around the world have been displaced due to war and violence. Of that number, nearly 10 million refugees are children. Through this inspiring, hands-on exhibit, children ages 8-12 can explore what it means to be a refugee through the eyes of children who are forced to leave their homes and seek safety in a new land. This special exhibit is at the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in The Selig Center at 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. For more information, visit     


October 2, 2011 - January 1, 2012

Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters and The AIDS Memorial Quilt   

The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) hosts two AIDS-related exhibitions. Graphic Intervention presents a comprehensive overview of the diverse visual strategies employed by government agencies, community activists, grassroots organizations and motivated citizens across the world to educate the local population about AIDS. The exhibit includes posters from Papua New Guinea, Denmark, Venezuela, Morocco and more. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was founded in 1987 and is a poignant memorial, powerful prevention tool and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. MODA has selected panels from the more than 40,000 panels. MODA is located at 1315 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. For more information, visit       


December 5-7, 2011

U.S.-Saudi Business Opportunities Forum  

Presented by the Saudi Committee for International Trade, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council and Saudi-U.S. Trade Group. The 3-day forum explores opportunities for greater economic collaboration between the two nations and will be held at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 100 CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. The full agenda and list of invited speakers, discussion topics, industry breakout sessions and registration details can be viewed at       


Tuesday, December 6, 1:30-3:00 PM

Hong Kong - China's Global Financial Center

Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in conjunction with the Hong Kong Information Center of Atlanta presents a free presentation by Anita Chan, director of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in New York. The lecture is at Georgia Tech's College of Management Building, Room 200, 800 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. No registration required. For more information, visit 


Saturday, December 10, 6:00 PM

Swedish Lucia Gala

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) of Georgia presents the 26th anniversary Lucia Gala. The fundraiser features a 3-hour open bar and traditional Swedish smorgasbord in addition to a Lucia procession with solo performance by opera singer Maria Kransmo. Tickers are $95 for SACC members and $125 for non-members. For more information, visit   


Wednesday, December 14, 7:00-8:30 PM

CNN Dialogues: Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender: Has More Openess Led to More Acceptance?

The LGBT community has a long history of participation, activism and contribution to the fabric of American culture. Its pioneers have paved the way for many policies enacted in corporate America, on Capitol Hill and within state and local government - all with the aim to include and respect. Now more than ever before LGBT themes are prominently integrated into pop culture and mainstream media. This dialogue by an esteemed group of panelists moderated by CNN's Soledad O'Brien will ask if the increasing openness in the LGBT community has led to increasing acceptance or not. The event is at the Grady High School Theater, 929 Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30309 and admission is $25. For more information, visit


Friday, December 16, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM  

Latin America on the Rise     

"Argentina, Brazil and Beyond" is a workshop and roundtable discussion of business opportunities and best practices including tax and legal challenges for market entry and operations in the region. The event is at Georgia Power Community & Economic Development Center, 75 5th Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Click here to register.