February 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
29th Annual International Consular Ball
The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Power, and the Regency Suites Hotel Join GCIV...
Return of Willem Post
Great Decisions Makes the News
Delegation Spotlight
Trustees in the News
Become a Citizen Diplomat!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

February 2-6 - Pakistan
Five Government Officials
Focus: State and Local Governance

February 6-10 - Senegal
One Government Official
Focus: Human Rights

February 9-12 - Georgia
Five Government Officials
Focus: Municipal Elections

February 9-13 - Near East Asia and North Africa
Eight Government and NGO Representatives
Focus: Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness

February 14-17 - Russia
Five Labor Leaders
Focus: Labor Rights Protection

February 24-27 - Indonesia
Five Journalists
Focus: Investigative Journalism

March 2-5 - Belarus
Five Public Health Officials
Focus: Global Health Issues

March 23-27 - Africa
Eighteen Judges and Lawyers
Focus: Justice Administration

GCIV Home Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, February 7th, or Monday, February 8th
- One government official from Senegal would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. He is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on human rights. He is available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by 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 O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

International Consular Ball Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Georgia Power
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
InterContinental Hotels Group
The Coca-Cola Company

Bronze Sponsors
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
The Regency Suites Hotel

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during January 2010:

Ambassador ($1,000)
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Shell Stuart

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Suzanne Smith
Douglas Allen

Envoy ($25+)
Diana Le Deunff
Helene Weiss
Leah Neese

Ambassadors Circle
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Shell Stuart

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 Varga

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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.

The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Power, and the Regency Suites Hotel Join GCIV in Honoring the Consular Corps!

GCIV is pleased to welcome three more sponsors for the April 30, 2010 International Consular Ball:  Coca-Cola and Georgia Power will sponsor at the Silver level, and the Regency Suites Hotel will join us again at the Bronze level.

A global leader in the beverage industry, the Coca-Cola Company offers hundreds of brands, including soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, waters, teas and coffees. They were recently recognized in the Atlanta Business Chronicle for their efforts to reduce poverty and build sustainable communities in Africa.

A commitment to citizenship is the heart of Georgia Power's core values. Their vision is based on a very simple premise:  The quality of life in our communities directly affects the success of business.

The Regency Suites Hotel is an intimate, 96-suite boutique hotel in Atlanta offering ultra pampering and concierge-style guest services. Guest suites are equipped for business travelers, but the hotel's Midtown location makes it ideal for leisure travelers visiting Atlanta as well.

These three companies join GCIV, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Kuck Immigration Partners, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Habif, Arogeti & Wynne in strengthening Georgia's role in our international community. This year's Consular Ball promises to be one of the largest and best ever; please reserve your table now to ensure your guests and colleagues have the best possible seating!

IVLP Alumni Willem Post Returns with
Exciting News

Willem Post, renowned Dutch journalist, came to Atlanta as an International Visitor Leadership Program participant in 1995. Considered an expert on U.S. politics, history and society, he particularly enjoyed his visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.

So moved by his IVLP experience, Post founded The Hague Hospitality Center for International Media and Visitors, modeled after the Councils for International Visitors in the U.S.

Post returned to Atlanta last month with a Dutch delegation including the Mayor of The Hague, Frits Huffnagel, and some exciting news. The delegation visited over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend to announce that The Hague was creating a European King Center and Post will serve as the director of the Center. The group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the King Center and participated in the moving memorial service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church over the long weekend.

Pictured above from left to right are GCIV staff member Irene Bailey, IVLP alumni Willem Post, GCIV Trustee Jenni Heerink, and GCIV staff members Nicole Rateau and Shell Stuart.

Great Decisions
Makes the News

GDThe Henry Daily Herald highlighted the Henry County Great Decisions Discussion Group in an article titled "Local Group Discusses Foreign Policy".

GCIV works with a number of community organizations and neighborhoods to create and sustain discussion groups. Find more information about the Great Decisions program and the 2010 topics on the GCIV web site. If you have questions or are interested in joining a Great Decisions discussion group, please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17.

Delegation Spotlight


In January GCIV had the pleasure of hosting the head of the International Cooperation Section of the Mongolian Immigration Agency.  Mr. Bold Sanduijav was a participant in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and because he oversees all foreign adoptions of children from Mongolia, he was interested in establishing contacts and gaining a better understanding of U.S. adoption policies and procedures relating to international adoption.  

While in Atlanta, Sanduijav met with representatives from the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, Roots Adoption Agency, Families First, International Community School, Georgia Department of Human Resources and International Rescue Committee. He also enjoyed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day festivities including participating in multiple volunteer service projects, home hospitality with GCIV volunteer hosts Robert and Vevonna Kennedy and horseback riding at Chastain Horse Park. With such an enjoyable and beneficial visit, he was eager to return home and apply his new knowledge and ideas to work.

Trustees in the News

GCIV congratulates the German American Chamber of Commerce South on the opening of its beautiful new office in West Midtown. The office has business incubator space and meeting facilities available for GACC's members' use. Stay tuned for a joint GCIV - GACC Members Only Reception in the near future.

German American Chamber of Commerce Opening

Pictured above from left to right are GCIV Trustees Robin Spratlin and Kristian Wolf, German Consul General Dr. Lutz Gorgens, and Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Ken Stewart.

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

Monday, February 8th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  Human Rights in Senegal
Join a GCIV international exchange participant from Senegal for a lunchtime discussion about human rights. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the United Way Building downtown. 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. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP.

Thursday, February 11th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
International Women Associates February Meeting
Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 if you are interested in receiving an invitation.

Friday, April 30th
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. Contact Shell Stuart for sponsorship information. Proceeds from the Consular Ball benefit GCIV's international exchange and education programs.

Community Events

Tuesday, February 2nd, 5:30 - 7:40 PM
The Forum for Expatriate Management Meeting
Find out everything you need to know about expatriate pension planning and options. The featured country is Germany, with a few remarks by special guest Kristian Wolf, CEO and President of the German American Chamber. The meeting is at the City Club of Buckhead.  Register at www.totallyexpat.com or email info@birchtreeglobal.com for more information.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 8:45 - 11:30 AM
Financial Innovation in the Transatlantic Economy: Balancing Risk with Global Business
An executive seminar by Georgia Tech's European Union Center of Excellence and Center for International Business Education. Email Diane Alleva Caceres for more information.

Thursday, February 25th, 12:00 - 1:45 PM
Distinguished Speaker Series with Morton Abramowitz
Istanbul Center and Georgia Tech's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs host the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey at the Wardlaw Center on Georgia Tech campus. Over a light lunch and discussion, Morton Abramowitz will give a talk titled, "Where does Turkey belong? Western perceptions of Turkish foreign policy and the American Response." The event is free and open to the public, however seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Email Cassandra Whitehead or call 678-990-1717 to RSVP before February 23rd.

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.
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