January 2009 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .

Who's Coming to Town?

January 15-21 - Germany
Three Government and NGO Officials

Focus: Immigration and Civil Rights

January 16-21 - Brazil
Two Journalists

Focus: Transition of Power

January 17-21 - Morocco
Two Civil Society Leaders

Focus: Volunteerism and Civil Rights

February 12-17 - China
Four Government Officials and Academics

Focus: US Foreign Policy

February 18-22 - China
Four Journalists
Focus: Citizen Access to Information

March 3-7 - Near East Asia/North Africa
Fourteen Civil Society and Government Leaders
Focus: Human Rights

Home Hospitality/Volunteer Opportunities

Tuesday, January 20th - A journalist and a civil society leader from Morocco would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. This is the evening of the inauguration, and they would like the opportunity to participate in political discussion regarding the transition. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM, and will 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 this date, please contact
Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Regency Suites Hotel

Ambassadors Circle
Enrique Flores and
Erika Monckeberg
Elizabeth and Jim Munson
Annie York and Raul F. Trujillo

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during the first quarter of our fiscal year 2009:

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

Ambassador ($1000+)
Enrique Flores

Charge d'Affairs ($500+)
David Kenney
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock

Consul ($250+)
Lindsay Davidson
Jorge and Silvia Fernandez
Ashley Mastin
Kim Ozment

Attaché ($100+)
Susan Craig
Raoul Donato
Yelena Epova
John Gornall
Yonni Kim
Mark Towery
Henrie Treadwell
Kristian Wolf

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Rosalie Fitzpatrick
Mariolga Hoffman
Nancy Hollister
Barry and Judi Kanne
Mary Kitchens
Marcia Partin
Odette Petit-Morphy
Richard Roesel & Dana Greene
Suzanne Smith

Envoy ($25+)
Keisha Cameron
Allen Freedman
Barbara Marnock
Zubin Mogul

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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 2009!

Brazilian Civil Society Leader Shares Insight with Atlantans

In December 2008 GCIV coordinated a professional exchange program through the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program for a Brazilian youth advocate. Mr. Luis Silva traveled to Atlanta in addition to Washington, DC, Tulsa, Montgomery, and San Diego. His professional program was crafted to allow an exchange of ideas with his counterparts in youth outreach and advocacy. Mr. Silva works for the Institute for Sustainable Development and Renewable Energies, and coordinates programs for disadvantaged youth to better their lives through job training, education, and community activism. While in Atlanta, our guest met with representatives of Voices for Georgia's Children, the Atlanta Children's Shelter, Youth Entrepreneurs of Atlanta, Hands On Network, and the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club. He also participated in a GCIV Global Lunch Forum at the Youth Art Connection Gallery (pictured above) and enjoyed a trip to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.

Great Decisions in 2009

At GCIV the new year always ushers in the new Great Decisions season. We are working with a number of community organizations and neighborhoods to create and sustain discussion groups. You can find the list of discussion groups on the GCIV web site. Additionally, you have the opportunity to attend the GCIV Foreign Policy Lecture Series in Dunwoody starting January 22nd. We hope that you will participate in the lecture series or a discussion group - it is a fantastic way to keep yourself informed of world affairs.

If you are interested in starting your own Great Decisions group, or joining an existing one, please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13. We are also looking for community support for the program - please let us know if you can offer meeting space, if you're willing to help moderate discussions, or if you know of any possible financial support for the program. The series this year offers an exciting array of topics, including:

  • US and Rising Powers
  • Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Energy and the Global Economy
  • The Arctic Age
  • Egypt in the 21st Century
  • Universal Human Rights?
  • Global Food Supply
  • Cuba after Castro
We look forward to your participation in Great Decisions this year!

GCIV Welcomes New Trustees

GCIV is pleased to announce the addition of six new members to our board of trustees. The new trustees represent a diverse array of experiences, but all are passionate in their commitment to furthering GCIV's mission. Our new members are pictured above, and include Enrique Flores of Georgia Heart Specialists, Maria Odom of the Odom Immigration Law Group, Jenni Heerink of Philips Design, Jai Rogers of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, Kristian Wolf of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, and Yelena Epova of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne.

In addition to welcoming new members, the board selected officers for 2009: Chair Laurie Nichols, Vice-Chair Lindsay Davidson, Secretary Sue Heerin, and Treasurer Miller Williams. They also thanked outgoing trustees Phil Bolton, Mike Dangerfield, Eleanor Hooks, and Mike Troy for their years of service to GCIV.

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!

GCIV Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 8th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
IWA January Meeting

The International Womens Associates will hear a presentation from Mr. Jim Dunham on the American West. Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to receive an invitation.

Tuesday, January 20th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Human Rights Advocacy in Morocco

Join both a civil society leader and journalist from Morocco for a lunchtime discussion about their work to promote human rights in Morocco. This Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel (975 West Peachtree Street) in midtown Atlanta. 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. Space is limited, so you must make a reservation to attend. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Starting in January 2009
Great Decisions Lecture Series and Discussion Groups

It's that time of year again - GCIV's Great Decisions foreign policy discussion groups will start in January 2009. 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. You can also find the lineup for two lecture series based on the Great Decisions topics in Dunwoody and in Carrollton. 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.

Other Opportunities
Thursday, January 22nd - 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

The ACIR Annual Consular Corps Luncheon will address the topic "Charting the Direction of the World's Economy: Ruin or Recovery?" Panelists include Canadian Consul General Brian Oak, British Consul General Martin Rickerd, Brazilian Consul General Adalnio Senna Ganem, and Japanese Consul General Takuji Hanatani. The luncheon is at the Capital City Club, 7 Harris Street, NW. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

January 29-31, 2009
"Alliance of Civilizations: Turkey at the Crossroads of Culture" Conference

This major academic conference will be at Kennesaw State University, and is held under the United Nations' "Alliance of Civilizations" secretariat in New York. It is organized by Istanbul Center and Kennesaw State University under the "Year of Turkey." For more information or to send an abstract, please email kwhitehead@istanbulcenter.org or call 678-990-1717.

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The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to become more globally engaged.

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