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

Who's Coming to Town?

January 29-February 2 - Near East Asia and North Africa
Fourteen Educators, NGO Representatives and Government Officials

Focus: Civic Education and Curriculum Development

February 3-6 - United Kingdom
One Minority Advocate

Focus: Minority Participation in Elections

February 3-6 - Georgia
Five Labor Representatives and Lawyers

Focus: Labor Issues

February 21-23 - Czech Republic
Six Government and NGO Officials

Focus: Ethics Education

February 21-24 - Japan
One Government Official

Focus: U.S. Postal System and Competitive Markets

February 26-March 1 - Slovenia
One Police Trainer and Minority Advocate

Focus: Policing - Regency

April 9-13 - Russia
Twelve University Professors and Journalists

Focus: American Studies and English for the Corporate World

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. We also have one delegation in need of a volunteer driver.

Saturday, February 23rd - One visitor from Japan would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. His program in the U.S. will focus on the U.S postal system and competitive markets. He is available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM and may need an interpreter.

Wednesday, February 27th - One visitor from Slovenia would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Her program in the U.S. will focus on minority issues and diversity training. She is available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM and may need an interpreter.

Wednesday, February 27th - Friday, February 29th - One visitor from Slovenia and her interpreter need a volunteer driver to take them to professional appointments during the day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. You would pick them up from the hotel in midtown, take them to two or three appointments, and return them to the hotel at the end of the day. GCIV will provide the itinerary and driving directions. Please let us know if you are interested and we will share more details. We welcome anyone who can drive one or more of the three days.

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

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
Atlanta City Council’s Advisory Committee on International Relations
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Georgia Power
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Mueller Water Products

Bronze Sponsors
Alston & Bird, LLP
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bear Stearns
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC
McKenna Long & Aldridge
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Reece & Associates
Regency Suites Hotel
Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
YKK Corporation of America

Ambassador's 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
Jim and Elizabeth Munson
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Sharon and Bruce Taylor

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March 8th Is a Night to Remember at the 27th Annual International Consular Ball

The International Consular Ball on March 8th is sure to be a night to remember, with dinner, dancing, and an opportunity to meet and honor distinguished members of Georgia's Consular Corps. GCIV will offer a new live auction at the event, with the exclusive items to be revealed in the coming weeks. Surprise entertainment will add to the excitement!

Invitations to GCIV individual members and corporate sponsors will arrive in the mail this month. Invitations are only available to GCIV individual members and corporate sponsors.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 for more information.

Iraqi University Administrators Explore Higher Education in Atlanta on Professional Exchange

GCIV recently hosted a delegation of twelve deans and university presidents from Iraq who came to Atlanta to explore all aspects of higher education. Obviously the university system in Iraq has faced a myriad of challenges in recent years. The group came to the U.S. to share best practices and innovations in the ways universities and colleges are managed. In addition to Atlanta, they also spent time in Washington, DC and Austin, Texas. Click here to read more about their program in Atlanta.

Consular CORPSner

Honorary Consul of Slovenia Paul Steinfeld is pleased to announce that His Excellency Samuel Zbogar, Slovenian Ambassador to the United States, will visit Atlanta along with economic attaché Irena Lukac February 19-20. Ambassador Zbogar will give a public address as part of the CISTP Lecture Series at Georgia Tech on the initiatives and agenda for the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union. The event will is at 1:30-3:00 PM on February 19, in room 319 of the Georgia Tech Student Center. To attend this address please contact Angela Levin at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.

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

February/March 2008
Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Groups

It's that time of year again - GCIV's Great Decisions foreign policy discussion groups have started in the metro Atlanta area. Increase your understanding of world affairs through this eight-week series based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association. Click here for a list of discussion groups and the annual topics - we will update it as more groups 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.

Thursday, February 14th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IWA February Meeting

The International Womens Associates will hear from Mr. John Weatherford, Senior VP and General Manager of Public Broadcasting Atlanta. Please contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to receive an invitation.

Wednesday, February 27th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Advocating for the Roma in Slovenia

Join a GCIV international exchange participant from Slovenia for a lunchtime discussion about her work as an advocate for the Roma community in Eastern Europe. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV Office downtown. Participants can bring lunch or order a boxed lunch ($10) in advance. 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.

Friday, February 29th - 6:30 PM
GCIV Envoy Event: Martinis & IMAX

Join other GCIV young professionals for Martinis & IMAX at Fernbank Museum. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the IMAX theater. We will invite our Slovenian visitor to join us. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Other Opportunities
2008-2009 School Year
Youth For Understanding Host Families Needed

Youth For Understanding is currently seeking host families for the 2008-09 school year. It has dedicated itself for over fifty years to helping students and families around the world to better understand and perceive a much more interconnected world. YFU offers the opportunity to discover new traditions and experience unique cultures by hosting an exchange student. They also offer opportunities to travel abroad as an exchange student to thirty-five different countries. Please call Myke Harris-Long at 800.872.0200 x 276 or visit the web site for more information.

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

Dr. Penelope Prime, Director of the China Research Center and Professor at Mercer University, will address the February ACIR Luncheon. She will discuss U.S.-China Economic Relations. 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.

Through February 20th
Gulag Exhibit at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

This special traveling exhibition traces the history of the Soviet Union`s forced labor camp system and its impact on Russia and the world today. The exhibition shows the links between the efforts of Russia`s Gulag Museum and historic sites around the world that address the difficult times in history. Visit the web site for more information.

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.

Georgia Council for International Visitors
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Atlanta, GA 30303