January 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Hartsfield-Jackson, InterContinental, and Habif Join GCIV...
Great Decisions in 2010
Delegation Spotlight
Save the Date!
GCIV Welcomes Community Programs Coordinator
Become a Citizen Diplomat!

Who's coming to town?

January 14-16 - Italy
One United Nations Representative
Focus:  Humanitarian Assistance

January 17-21 - Mongolia
One Social Worker
Focus:  Adoption

January 24-27 - Latvia
Five Law Enforcement and Civil Society Representatives
Focus: Combating Trafficking in Persons

January 27-30 - France

One Government Official
Focus: Bio-Terrorism, Public Health, and the Environment

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

February 3-6 - Vietnam
Ten Elected Officials
and Civil Servants

Focus: Role of Congress in U.S. Foreign Policy Formulation

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

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

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

GCIV Home Hospitality Opportunities

Monday, January 18th, or Tuesday, January 19th
- One government official from Mongolia 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 adoption. He is available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Thursday, February 4th - Seven government official from Pakistan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on local governance. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by 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 O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
InterContinental Hotels Group

Bronze Sponsors
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during December 2009:

Consul ($250)
Jorge Fernandez

Attaché ($100+)
Henrie Treadwell

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Jacobus Boers
Lorraine Carribean
Pamela Cooper
Rosalie FitzPatrick
Sharyn Lazarnick

Envoy ($25+)
Rebecca Aggrey
Patty Bundt
Tracey Erwin-Cota
Lance DiLorio
Ellen Herold
Susanne Howe
Birgit Kraemer
Hassia Levin
Antonella Lovinger
Marlene Nikaukary
Rose Mary Quillin
Terri Pleska
Carol Wien

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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Best Wishes for a New Year Filled with Peace, Joy, and Prosperity

The GCIV Team

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Habif, Arogeti & Wynne Join GCIV in Honoring the Consular Corps!

GCIV is pleased to welcome three new sponsors for the April 30, 2009 International Consular Ball:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and InterContinental Hotels Group will sponsor at the Silver level, and Habif, Arogeti & Wynne will sponsor again at the Bronze level.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport proudly bears the distinction of being the world's busiest airport and has long served as a valuable hub connecting various cities and countries around the globe.   Hartsfield-Jackson is also a prime destination for travelers - business and pleasure - visiting Atlanta and other locales in the southeastern United States.

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.

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.

These three companies join GCIV, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Kuck Immigration Partners 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!  Contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 for sponsorship information.

Great Decisions
in 2010

GDThe new year is approaching, and we are gearing up for the 2010 Great Decisions series.  GCIV is proud to announce a fantastic lineup of speakers confirmed for the Dunwoody 2010 Great Decisions Lecture SeriesClick here to view a registration form.

GCIV is working with a number of community organizations and neighborhoods to create and sustain discussion groups. If you are interested in starting your own Great Decisions group, or joining an existing one, please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17. 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.

You can find more information about the program and the 2010 topics on the GCIV web site.  As we confirm with our community discussion groups, we will list their meeting schedules here. The list will be updated as more groups and dates are confirmed.

Delegation Spotlight


In December GCIV had the pleasure of hosting four women from Uzbekistan.  They were participants in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program with the theme of "Women as NGO Leaders."   The delegation consisted of leaders of non-governmental organizations and community activists involved in community issues.  The specific themes of their program in Georgia were NGO management strategies and fundraising as well as advocacy for women's rights.  While in Atlanta, the women met with representatives from the Georgia Justice Project, Women's Economic Development Agency, Agnes Scott College, 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women, and the Atlanta Women's Foundation.  They also had a half day training session on management strategies and fundraising of NGOs with Dr. Janelle Kerlin of Georgia State University's Nonprofit Studies Program.  The delegation also made a special trip to Columbus, GA, where GCIV volunteer Mrs. Richard Hallock arranged a visit to Girls Incorporated of Columbus and Phenix-Russell as well as lunch and a tour of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.  The women learned so much from their program in Georgia and were anxious to get home and put their new ideas to use.

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.

GCIV Welcomes Community Programs Coordinator

GCIV is excited to welcome Nicole Rateau as our newest team member.  Nicole joins the team from Centennial Olympic Park, where she served as the spokesperson and primary public relations and marketing professional.  Her tenure at the Park included a public lecture by the Dalai Lama, the opening of an all-accessible children's playground and the only F2 tornado to ever strike downtown Atlanta.  A Georgia Tech alumnus and Atlanta native, Nicole also has an extensive international background, having lived and studied in four countries.  She is excited about the GCIV mission and vision, believing that international understanding is important not only in education, but in development as people.  Nicole speaks some Dutch and German and enjoys traveling, dancing and music.  She can be reached at nicole@gciv.org and by phone at 404-832-5560 x 17.

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

Thursday, January 14th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
International Women Associates January Meeting
At the January IWA Meeting Dr. Kyriakos Michaelides, the Honorary Consul of Cyprus, will give a presentation on his home country.  Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 if you are interested in receiving an invitation.

Thursday, January 28th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  Biotechnology Development in France
Join a GCIV international exchange participant from France for a lunchtime discussion about biotechnology and its benefits and potential risks to health and the environment. The Global Lunch Forum will be at 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.

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 shortly.  Contact Shell Stuart for sponsorship information.

Community Events

Thursday, January 7th, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
The January ACIR Luncheon will feature a panel of Consular Corps members on the topic of "Climate Change."  Carter Library Director Jay Hakes will moderate a panel featuring the Consuls General from Germany, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.  The meeting is at the Capital City Club downtown, and costs $30 for members, $40 for non-members.  Please email Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

Monday, February 1, 2010 Deadline
U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission works cooperatively with the National Endowment for the Arts to sponsor the U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program.  The program provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary and traditional artists from the United States to spend a five-month residency in Japan to pursue their individual artistic goals.  Eligible applicants include architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists, storytellers, performance artists, and artistic directors of theater or dance companies. The next deadline for this program is February 1, 2010. Please visit their web site for more information.

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.
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"Th[e] rapid evolution - or, more accurately, revolution - in global communications has thrust what we call public diplomacy to the center of international relations. We have moved from a paradigm of diplomacy as government-to-government interactions, to one of government-to-people and people-to-people. [...]The goal of this kind of person-to-person engagement is to form lasting relationships. In a crowded media environment, our relationships offer a way to break through the clutter."

- Ms. Judith McHale
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Remarks to Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
December 11, 2009