February 2011
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors
In This Issue
-MACOC, IHG, Regency Suites Hotel, Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, and UBS Support the 2011 International Consular Ball-
-GCIV Blog: GCIV Remembers Two Key Leaders-
-Delegation Spotlight-
-Home-Stay Hosts Needed-
-Annual Envoy Member Meeting-
-Be more globally-minded this year!-
-Language Learning Opportunity-
-Upcoming GCIV Events-
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January 27 - February 1
Eastern and Pacific Asia
Nine Teachers and Education Officials
Focus: Primary and Secondary Education

February 1-5
Multi-Regional Project
Twenty-One Delegates
Focus: Civic Activism

February 2-5
One University Professor
Focus: Educational Public Policies and Teacher Training

February 4-12
Five Public Officials
Focus: Accountable Governance

February 10-16
South Asia
Eight City Planners
Focus: Urban Planning

February 15-19
Multi-Regional Project
Nine Medical and Government Officials
Focus: Public Safety and Pandemic Diseases

February 16-19
One Lawyer, One Judge, and Two Government Officials
Focus: Intellectual Property Rights

February 18-19
Five Criminal Prosecutors and National Security Officials
Focus: Law Enforcement

February 19-23
Four Editors and One Journalist
Focus: Investigative Journalism

February 19-23
One Politician
Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy

February 23-26
One Regional Committee of Tourism Member
Focus: Minority Integration

February 26 - March 2
Saudi Arabia
Ten Ministry of Education Representatives
Focus: Religious and Public Education


Home Hospitality and Home-Stay Opportunities

Thursday, February 3rd - One University Professor from Brazil would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. He is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on educational public policies and teacher training. He is available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter.

April 6-27 - Ten delegates from Turkmenistan need volunteer home-stay hosts. They are participating in a Community Connections program facilitated by USAID. The group is focusing on public health. They will be here for 3 weeks. We will place one or two 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 any of these dates, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Home-stay hosts may be asked to assist with some transportation and meals. A gift card 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 404-832-5560 x 13.

International Consular Ball Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

 InterContinental Hotels Group

Regency Suites Hotel


Bronze Sponsors

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne



Global Partners


Atlanta Forum Network

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

Ernst & Young

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

Regency Suites Hotel


GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during January 2011:


Sue and Jim Heerin

Charge d'Affaires
gift from Ada Almering in memory of Edith Elsas

Charles and Betsy Marvin
Jim Pearson


Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Cara Polk


Envoy ($25+)
gift from Faye McKay-Clegg in memory of Edith Elsas
Amanda Scott


Ambassadors Circle
Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
David and Beverly Clyde
Enrique Flores
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Jim and Carol Dew
Raoul "Ray" Donato
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Ken and Linda Stewart
Shell Stuart
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
Lew and Anne Hansen
Betty Haas
Alfred and Evelyn Messer
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Varga

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


Lynn Bazzel
Program Coordinator

GCIV Trustees

W. Lindsay Davidson,




E. Miller Williams,

Vice Chair 

Ernst & Young LLP


J. David Clyde,


Spinnaker Medical Consultants International


Yelena Epova,


Habif, Arogeti & Wynne


Charles Bedford

Atlanta Council on International Relations


Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania


John D'Andrea

Georgia Power


Clark Dean

Studley, Inc. 


Ray Donato

Honorary Consul General of the Philippines


Silvana Eakin

International Women Associates


Jorge Fernandez

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce


Phil Handler 



Jenneke Heerink



Ginny Johansmeier

VLJ Consulting


Yonni Kim

Arnall Golden Gregory


Charles Kuck

Kuck Immigration Parnters


Jessica Lewis

Alston & Bird


Jim Munson

Munson International


Laurie Grant Nichols

StandUp For Kids 


John E. Parkerson, Jr.

Honorary Consul of Hungary


Mark Pierson

Pierson Global Group


Jai Rogers

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Darren Short 

Barclays Capital 


Ken Stewart

Georgia Institute of Technology


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.

Lynne Zappone
InterContinental Hotels Group

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The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, InterContinental Hotels Group, the Regency Suites Hotel, Habif, Arogeti, & Wynne, and UBS Join GCIV in Honoring the Consular Corps

GCIV is pleased to welcome our first sponsors for the May 7, 2011 International Consular Ball: The Metro Atlanta Chamber will sponsor the ball at the Platinum level, InterContinental Hotels Group and the Regency Suites Hotel will sponsor at the Silver level, and Habif, Arogeti & Wynne and UBS will sponsor at the Bronze 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.

InterContinental Hotels Group is an international hotel company whose goal is to create great hotels guests love.  IHG hotels welcome over 180 million guests each year to over 640,000 rooms in nearly 4,400 hotels across nearly 100 countries. They operate seven hotel brands - InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.

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.

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP (HA&W) is the largest independent certified public accounting and business advisory firm in Georgia and one of the top 100 firms in the country. In addition to the traditional accounting, audit and tax consulting services, their experienced professionals provide clients with a number of specialized services in many industries.

Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland, UBS is a global firm providing financial services to private, corporate and institutional clients. Its strategy is to focus on international wealth management and the Swiss banking business alongside its global expertise in investment banking and asset management. In Switzerland, UBS is the market leader in retail and commercial banking.

Proceeds from the Consular Ball, which is undoubtedly Atlanta's premier international event, support GCIV's efforts to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy. With our sponsors' support, GCIV is able to welcome over 500 emerging world leaders to our state annually and introduce them to the best Georgia has to offer.

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

30th International Consular Ball

GCIV Blog: GCIV Remembers Two Key Leaders

We are in the midst of an exciting time for GCIV. With our 50th Anniversary just around the corner in 2012, we are celebrating our past 50 years of citizen diplomacy and paving the way for the next half century.

As we prepare to celebrate 50 years of citizen diplomacy in Georgia, we'll publish excerpts from GCIV's history prepared by former executive director Anne Hansen. We invite our members and friends to leave comments and share their memories with us through the pages of this blog.

We must also begin by honoring the memories of two visionary community leaders who were instrumental in GCIV's founding: Betty Haas and Edith Elsas. Both of these extraordinary women passed away in December of last year. Click here to read more about their contributions to GCIV and leave your own comments or memories on GCIV's blog.

Delegation Spotlight

Multi-Regional Delegation with Governor
Delegation with Governor Nathan Deal.

In January, GCIV hosted a multi-regional delegation of seventeen NGO representatives and government officials from Angola, Australia, Botswana, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, Iraq, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nepal, Tanzania, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The diverse group participated in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and focused on the leadership and civic participation of American youth. While in the U.S., the delegates explored model programs that promote civic awareness and youth leadership as well as the importance of pluralism, tolerance, and volunteerism in American civic life.

Delegation with Chairman John Eaves
Delegation with Fulton County Chairman John Eaves.

While in Atlanta, the delegates met with representatives from Voices for Georgia's Children and Youth Entrepreneurs of Atlanta as well as Georgia State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan. They also met with Fulton County Chairman John Eaves to learn about about the Fulton County Global Youth Leadership Program. The delegates participated in a Hands On Atlanta volunteer project at the Nicholas House Homeless Shelter, visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and CNN Studio Tour, and participated in a panel discussion with members of the Young Democrats of Georgia and the Young Republicans of Georgia.

Delegation with Representative Alisha Morgan
Delegation with Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan.

Home-Stay Hosts Needed

Community Connections is returning to Georgia! Community Connections is a USAID-funded program which offers 3 week home-stay based practical training opportunities in the U.S. for professionals from across the former Soviet Union and Serbia.

GCIV is seeking volunteer home-stay hosts for a Community Connections delegation of ten visitors from Turkmenistan that will be in Atlanta April 6-27. The delegation includes doctors and nurses, government representatives, and NGO leaders who wish to learn about successful U.S. models for medical and social support for TB patients.
Map of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan lies at the heart of central Asia. The country is bigger than California but smaller than Texas and ninety percent is occupied by the largely uninhabited Garagum and Gyzylgum deserts. The official language is Turkmen, a Turkish dialect, although Russian is still used in the capital city. More than three quarters of the country's population is composed of ethnic Turkmens of which 35 percent are under the age of 15 and only 4 percent are over age 65. For more information on Turkmenistan, click the map.

If you are interested in being a volunteer host for one, two, or three weeks or have questions, please contact Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13.

GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Phil Handler

GCIV Trustee Phil HandlerPhil Handler is one of GCIV's newest board members. Phil is the managing director for UBS, a global bank with offices throughout the world. UBS has been a continued supporter of GCIV's efforts in promoting mutual understanding through professional exchange. Phil is excited to represent UBS on GCIV's board.

Phil looks forward to helping spread the word about GCIV and hosting visitors at the UBS Atlanta offices. His favorite thing about GCIV is meeting members and visitors with backgrounds and experiences very different from his own. He is sure he will gain more knowledge and perspectives on many issues as he continues to get to know other GCIV volunteers and the international visitors GCIV welcomes to our state.

While Phil is well traveled, he knows that GCIV will "take him to new places" without ever leaving the state of Georgia!

Join Us for the Annual Envoy Member Meeting

We are pleased to announce the first annual Envoy member meeting.


GCIV offers unique opportunities for young professionals across Georgia to interact with emerging world leaders through Envoy membership. Envoy membership includes exclusive event invitations. Click here to join or renew your Envoy membership today.


Current and past Envoy members: We would love your feedback on membership. Click here to complete a brief survey.


Contact Nicole Rateau to RSVP or for more information on the annual Envoy member meeting.

GCIV Envoy Members with IVLP Participant

Be more globally-minded this year!

Give them the world!Be more globally-minded this year by joining GCIV as a Citizen Diplomat! 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 and offers perks like exclusive members only receptions and home hospitality opportunities. Visit our membership page or contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 for more information. Make a tax-deductible contribution toward international understanding today!

Language Learning Opportunity

Federal Service Foreign Language Academy
The Federal Service Foreign Language Academy is a 3 week residential program for students who are interested in exploring international-related careers in the federal government. During the program, students will learn Arabic, Chinese, or Russian from certified teachers, participate in daily physical education, receive career counseling from federal agencies, and receive Georgia high school credit for successful completion of the academy. The summer 2011 program is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It will be held at North Georgia College & State University and the total cost for first year participants is $300 including tuition, room and board, books and materials, and field trip fees. For more information visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summeracademy.

Upcoming GCIV Events

Friday, February 4th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Educational Public Policy in Brazil

Join a GCIV international exchange participant from Brazil for a lunchtime discussion about educational public policies and teacher training. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel, 975 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. 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 and for more information.

Tuesday, February 15th, 6:30 PM
International Dining Experience
Get to know other GCIV members and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. GCIV's International Dining Experiences (IDEs) take place at a different international restaurant on the 15th day of every other month. The meal is prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and upcoming activities, as well as introductions of international visitors present. Don't forget to bring a guest - this is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to GCIV!
We are inviting a delegation of eight urban planners from Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Meet at Pizzeria Venti, 2770 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324. The price is $15 per person and includes pizza bar, salad, nonalcoholic beverage, tax, gratuity, and music. Reservations are required. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP and for more information.

Tuesday, February 22nd, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Citizen Diplomacy Lunch
Don't miss our next interactive cross-cultural communications workshop by Vicki Flier Hudson.
Vicki's presentation is titled "Effective Cross-Cultural Communication: Tools for Successful Virtual and Direct Connections Across the Globe." There is no cost to attend, but you must be a current GCIV member and RSVP in advance. RSVPs are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Location TBA. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP and for more information.

Wednesday, February 23rd, 6:00 PM
Annual Envoy Member Meeting

Get to know other GCIV Envoy members and learn what your Envoy membership is all about. Share your questions, experiences and insights about GCIV and interacting with international visitors. Light fare will be provided. Location TBA. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP and for more information.

Community Events

Saturday, February 5th, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Educating for Action: The United Nations as a Resource

The Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) presents the fourth annual Atlanta conference. Featured speakers include the president of the Hague Appeal for Peace, the CEO of CARE, the Director of Education at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and the
National Security/Immigrant Rights' Project Director of ACLU Georgia. The conference will be held at Georgia State University, College of Education, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303. Click here to register and for more information.

Thursday, February 10th, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Balancing Act: A Dialogue on Public Debt and Fiscal Policy
Panel discussion and luncheon presented by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland.
Panelists include the Director General of the Swiss Federal Finance Administration, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Atlanta Consul General of Great Britain, and the New York Consul General of Canada. The panel will be moderated by the executive director of the Small Business Finance Institute and held at The Commerce Club, 191 Peachtree Street, 49th Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. The event costs $25. To RSVP and for more information, visit www.sbfi.org/facing-public-debt.

Sunday, February 13th, 4:00 PM
Chinese Taipei Orchestra

Hear the ancient sounds of the pipa, performed by Wu Man, alongside the dramatic arrangements of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra. A free lecture and demonstration of traditional Chinese instruments precedes the concert at 3 p.m. for ticket holders. Performance is at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. For more information, visit www.arts.emory.edu.


Thursday, February 17th, 11:30 AM

Ireland and the U.S.: Roads to Recovery

The World Affairs Council of Atlanta's next Ambassadors luncheon features His Excellency Michael Collins, Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S., in conversation with Dennis P. Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The event will be at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 and costs $55. Click here to RSVP and for more information.

Sunday, February 20th, 3 p.m.
Prince Among Slave, Screening and Dialogue

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Islamic Speakers Bureau and the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University will screen Prince Among Slaves and host a conversation with Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz at the Rialto Center for the Arts. Prince Among Slaves is PBS documentary about the life of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, a West African prince enslaved in the American South for 40 years who wins freedom. The event is free and open to the public, but an rsvp is required to reserve seating. Click here to RSVP.

Friday - Sunday, April 1-3
Global Health and Humanitarian Summit

The 2011 Global Health and Humanitarian Summit is a free event that brings together local, national, and international humanitarians doing work throughout the world and those who wish to join the movement for the purpose of sharing stories, information, and networking. The summit includes dynamic and legendary speakers, panel discussions, exhibitions, and cultural performances. For more information, visit www.imvc.org.

Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

When we enlarge our view of the world, we deepen our understanding of our own lives."

- Yo-Yo Ma
Award-winning cellist and Founder and Artistic Director, The Silk Road Project, Inc.

About GCIV

Georgia Council for International Visitors builds relationships between the people of our state and leaders around the world.
Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be more globally engaged.