January 2007 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
Happy New Year!
In This Issue . . .

Who's Coming to Town?

January 13-17 - Italy
Mr. Federico Cornelli, Head of the Financial Analysis Department, CONSOB Italy

Focus: Financial Analysis/Banking Regulations

January 13-18 - Germany
Two Lawyers and Child Advocates

Focus: Family Law and Children's Issues

January 27-31 - Pan-Africa
Nine Government and NGO Officials

Focus: Administration of Justice

January 27-31 - Venezuela
Ms Yasmely del Carmen Parra Fernandez, Ministry of the Interior and Justice

Focus: Human/Civil Rights

January 31-February 4 - Multi-Regional
Twenty-three Public Health Officials

Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

February 3-7 - Canada
Mr. Paul-Arthur Huot, Director of Economic Development for the Quebec City Region

Focus: Community and Economic Development

February 4-7 - China
Dr. Zhang Fengwu, Deputy President of the Heilongjiang Institute of Science and Technology

Focus: Engineering Curricula and Environmental Issues

February 10-14 - France
Mr. Francois Aissa Touazi, Foreign Minister's Advisor on Maghreb and the Arabian Gulf

Focus: Foreign Policy and Integration

February 11-14 - Sao Tome and Principe
Mr. Guilherme Posser da Costa, Former Prime Minister

Focus: NGO Management and State Government

April 14-18 - Multi-Regional
Six Journalists

Focus: US Foreign Policy, Counter-Terrorism, and Media

March 20-25 - Multi-Regional
Four Government and NGO Officials

Focus: Conflict Resolution

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, January 28th: One visitor from Venezuela would like to experience home hospitality. Her program in the U.S. is focusing on human and civil rights. She would be accompanied by an interpreter and is available in the evening.

Thursday, February 1st: Twenty-three visitors from a multi-regional delegation would like to experience home hospitality. The focus of their trip to the U.S. is HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. The visitors represent Cambodia, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Romania, South Africa, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkey. They all speak English and can be divided into groups of two or three. The group would be ready at 6:30 PM.

Monday, February 5th: One visitor from China would like to experience home hospitality. His program in the U.S. is focusing on engineering curricula. He would be accompanied by an interpreter and available at 6:30 PM.

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.

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during the first quarter of our fiscal year 2007:

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
George and Judy Varga

Chargé d’Affaires ($500+)
David Kenney
Elizabeth and Jim Munson

Consul ($250+)
Lindsay Davidson
Caroline Haverkampf
Ashley Mastin
Henrie Treadwell

Attaché ($100+)
Nancy and Charles Bedford
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
Eleanor Hooks
Philip Bolton
Belinda Stinson-Head
Miller Williams

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Suzy Antebi
Norma Bonasera
Dona Cooper
Birgit Trabold-Dorazewski
John Gornall, Jr.
Caroline Haverkampf
Christine Heuring
Herman Hudson
Carol Jelfo
Nolly Ladha
Carole Loftin
Diana Stawnyczy
Doug Thornton
Lynn Wong
Durshi Zoberi

Envoy ($25+)
Natasha Adams
Emily Bushey
Debbie Cost
Meena Nabavi

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Please mark your calendars for this year’s International Consular Ball, which will take place on April 14th in the Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium. The International Consular Ball honors the Atlanta Consular Corps for its efforts in furthering international relations in Atlanta and the southeastern United States. Now in its 26th year, this is Atlanta’s premier international celebration and networking event—you won’t want to miss it!

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 for 2007 sponsorship information. The opportunity to be the presenting sponsor is still available!

Visitor from the UK Offers New Insight

GCIV hosted Mr. Asad Ahmad in Atlanta December 17-20, 2006. Mr. Ahmad is an anchor for BBC London, reporting on issues around the capital and for the national news during elections and key dates in the year. He came to Atlanta to meet with counterparts in the U.S. broadcast television news field, learn more about the American civil rights movement, and interact with leaders of programs which promote racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance. Click here to read more about his program in Atlanta.

Great Decisions 2007 Starts This Month!

GCIV's Great Decisions discussion groups begin in January around the state. Increase your understanding of world affairs through this eight-week series based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association. GCIV presents this series in order to help participants develop an informed opinion on the role the United States plays in world affairs. The topics of discussion for 2007 include: the Middle East, Climate Change, Mexico, Migration, South Africa, War Crimes, Central Asia, and Children. Click here for a list of discussion groups - we will update it as more groups are formed. 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.

GCIV Collaborates to Offer Travel Programs

GCIV and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia are collaborating to offer you their Travel the World program. WAC Philadelphia has been coordinating this program since 1977. Programs traditionally offer all the highlights of touring plus access to political leaders and other local experts who give behind the scenes views and briefings that make the trips special and unique. Because of its reputation as one of the nation's leading forums, WACP has established connections around the globe that allow them to offer access that one can't get when traveling alone or on other tours. Trips planned for 2007 include Arabian Nights, the Dalmation Coast, Treasures of Southern Africa, and more! Click here to learn more about the program. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 with any questions.

Trustee in the News

GCIV Trustee Dr. Augustine Esobgue was named a recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit for 2006. Dr. Esogbue is a distinguished scholar in System Engineering who has made valuable contributions in the development and application of dynamic programming and fuzzy logic in systems such as water resources, biomedical engineering and healthcare. The Nigerian National Merit Award was established in 1979 and is the highest honour for intellectual achievement in the Nigerian State. The award has only been bestowed upon fifty deserving Nigerians thus far. The investiture ceremonies were performed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in December 2006 at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Cultural Competency for Citizen Diplomats

Dawn appears exactly the same way every place in the world, but eating patterns and customs around the world may vary as much as the weather. Americans seem to breeze through light lunches, preferring instead to linger at the dinner table over a large meal in the evening. For most overseas residents, the main meal of the day is served at midday, not in the evening. Keep in mind that “midday” does not necessarily mean “noon.” In Mexico, for example, the midday meal begins at, say, 1:30PM or later and can last until 3:30 or so. The considerate host will ask when the guest normally has his or her midday meal. To read more, click here.

Reproduced from the book DO’s and TABOO’s of Hosting International Visitors by Roger E. Axtell.

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.

GCIV Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 11, 10:00 AM
IWA January Meeting

The International Women's Associates will have a presentation from Ms. Sally Gable, who has written a book about her family's experiences owning a Palladian villa in the Veneto region of Italy. Please contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 in order to receive an invitation.

Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 PM
International Dining Experience at Taverna Plaka

Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. We are also inviting the delegations from Italy and Germany to join us. The family-style chef's menu is $25, and includes appetizers, main course, a non-alcoholic drink, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP. Please be sure to mention any dietary restrictions.

Other Opportunities
January 10, 2007 - 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Mayor Franklin Newsmaker Lunch

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin will discuss the challenges for Atlanta in 2007 and beyond in this Atlanta Press Club luncheon. The event is at the Commerce Club (34 Broad Street, Atlanta, GA, 30303) and tickets are $28 for APC members or $35 for non-members. For more information please visit the Atlanta Press Club's web site.

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.

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