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

Who's Coming to Town?

January 12-16 - Canada
Eight Government Officials, Journalists, and Professors

Focus: U.S.-Canada Trade and Foreign Policy

January 19-23 - Uganda
Ten NGO Officials, Government Leaders, Clerics, and Educators

Focus: Muslim Life in America

January 23-27 - Iraq
Twelve University Professors and Administrators

Focus: University Administration

January 26-30 - Kazakhstan
Four Government and NGO Officials

Focus: Human Rights Awareness

January 29-February 2 - Near East Region
Fifteen Educators

Focus: Civic Education and Curriculum Development

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.

Monday, January 21st - Ten visitors from Uganda would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on Muslim life in America. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM and may need interpreters.

Sunday, January 27th - Four visitors from Kazakhstan would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on human rights advocacy. They are available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM and may need interpreters.

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.

Gold Partners
Kuck Casablanca & Odom LLC
Siemens Energy & Automation

Silver Partners
Atlanta City Council’s Advisory Committee on International Relations
Georgia Power
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Community Partners
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
YKK Corporation of America

Ambassador's Circle
Charlie and Nancy Bedford
Chris and Charles Evans
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue and Jim Heerin
Jim and Elizabeth Munson
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Sharon and Bruce Taylor

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during the past three months:

Lifetime Members
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Lew and Anne Hansen
Betty Hass
Alfred and Evelyn Messer
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
George and Judy Varga

Ambassador ($1000+)
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Bruce and Sharon Taylor

Chargé d’Affaires (500+)
David Kenney
Shell Stuart

Consul ($250+)
Lindsay Davidson
Garry Guan
Ashley Mastin
in memory of Roy McGuinness

Attaché ($100+)
Colin Brady
David and Beverly Clyde
Sussi Craig
James Edward Dean
Jorge Fernandez
John Gornall, Jr.
Jenni Heerink
Heather and Jack Ingold
Robert and Pam Lattimore
William L. Moon
in memory of Burke Nicholson
John Parkerson
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall
Richard Roesel and Dana Greene
Gail Sermersheim
Mark Towery

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Christi Behrend
Jill Carlson-Miyatake
Stevie Edwards
Gabriele Elkins
Henry Elonge
Frank Falcetta
Rosalie Fitzpatrick
Richard S. George
Laura Gilmore
Beatriz Golden Hayes
Eugene Henry
Nancy Hollister
Barry and Judi Kanne
Eleanor Kimbrough
Thomas Kirk
Joel Kollin
Nolly Ladha
Loreal Legate
Eric Lucas
Charles Marvin
Evelyn Messer
Margaret Michaelides
Donnie McDavid
Mike Noma
George Lee Parson
Mark and Sue Partridge
Greg and Jeannen Pridgeon
Joyce Rennolds
Sandra Robertson
Hector Romero
David Ross
Elisa Sanchez
Phyllis Seidl
Toshi Shimizu
Suzanne Smith
Elizabeth Spiegel
Robin Spratlin
Vicki Van Der Hoek and Allen Freedman
Lesley Ward
Cathleen Wheatley
Miller Williams
Krystyna Wilson

Envoy ($25+)
Wendy Backer
Lorraine Deeble Canetti
Toni Daya-Luetgers
Sybil Hudson Wermert
Barbara Marnock
Charles McBride
Zeb Simpson
Claire Willis

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Happy New Year!

The staff at GCIV would like to wish you a peaceful and prosperous new year. Thank you for your support in past years. We look forward to your participation in GCIV programs in 2008!

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 next month. Surprise entertainment will add to the excitement!

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

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

Great Decisions 2008 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 2008 include: Iraq: endgame; the European Union at 50; Talking to our enemies; Russia; U.S. defense & security policy; Latin America: shift to the left?; U.S.-China trade policy; and Private philanthropy. 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.

Belarusian Journalist Shares Best Practices with Atlanta Media Professionals

GCIV hosted Ms. Maryia Sadouskaya of Belarus in Atlanta December 19-22, 2007. Ms. Sadouskaya is Manager of Radio Belarus, an independent radio station based in Poland. She came to Atlanta to meet with counterparts in the U.S. broadcast media field to discuss journalism ethics, new media technologies, and citizen journalism. Ms. Sadouskaya also took the time to speak with GCIV members about her work back home. Click here to read more about her program in Atlanta.

Consular CORPSner

Beginning on July 1st, 2008 France will be taking its lead in the presidency of the Council of the European Union which rotates every six months amongst the country members of the EU. During this presidency, many key issues for France and the EU will be raised since it is happening on the eve of the implementation of the Simplified Treaty (Treaty of Lisbon). For the Southeast region, the beginning of 2008 marks France's turn at the Presidency of the European Union, due to the absence of local diplomatic representation for Slovenia. Check the French Consulate's Press Office for more information.

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

January/February/March 2008
Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Groups

It's that time of year again - GCIV's Great Decisions foreign policy discussion groups will start in January 2008. 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, January 10th - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IWA January Meeting

The International Womens Associates will meet for a taste of sparkling wines and a discussion of "Women in the Winemaking Business" with Mr. Parks Redwine. Please contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to receive an invitation.

Tuesday, January 15th - 6:30 PM
International Dining Experience at Divan Persian Restaurant

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 Canadian delegation focusing on trade issues. The menu is $30 and includes a family-style Persian meal, non-alcoholic drinks, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP.

Tuesday, January 29th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Human Rights Advocacy in Kazakhstan

Join GCIV visitors from Kazakhstan for a lunchtime discussion about their human rights work. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV Office downtown. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). 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.

Tuesday, January 29th - 7:00 PM
GCIV Envoy Event: Fugaku Taiko Drum Performance

Join GCIV young professionals for a taiko drumming show. Fugaku Taiko's spectacular performance style, featuring a combination of artistic skill, dexterity, and physical endurance, is certain to heat things up this winter! While drumming in Japan can be traced back to ancient times, the ensemble style of taiko performance has primarily grown to popularity since the mid-twentieth century. Fugaku Taiko was founded in 1977 and presents more than 100 performances a year in Japan and around the world. This concert is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Agnes Scott College, Nippon Taiko Foundation, Japan-America Society of Georgia, and the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta. We will invite our delegation from Kazakhstan to join us. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Other Opportunities
January-April 20, 2007
Lecture at the High Museum: For Life's Sake: Art in the Yoruba World
Join Babatunde Lawal, Virginia Commonwealth University and visiting professor of art history at Williams College, as he offers insight into the nexus between art and life among the Yoruba of West Africa. Art is inseparable from life in Africa essentially because many African creation narratives identify the human body as a piece of sculpture or mask materializing the soul on earth. As a result, African cultures often use works of art not only to embody the sacred, but also to project aesthetic and cultural values. This lecture focuses on the metaphysics, poetics and politics of art among the Yoruba of West Africa. It offers rare insights into the link between art and life in their culture, most especially their use of dress, ritual implements, sculptures, and masks to harness spiritual powers and to dramatize their belief in life after death, among others. Free with Museum admission to the Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art exhibit and free to members.

Thursday, January 24th - 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
SCIS Breakfast Briefing: Hotspots Around the World

This breakfast briefing will featuring SCIS President Peter White, SCIS VP and Director of Programming Cedric Suzman, and Wayne Lord, Former VP Governmental Affairs, Pilgrim's Pride Corp. They will comment on the situations in China, the Middle East, Russia and South Africa. Email register@scis.org to RSVP.

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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