January 2011
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors
 THE EXCHANGE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Follow @GCIV on Twitter!
Save the Date for the 2011 International Consular Ball
Delegation Spotlight
Home-Stay Hosts Needed
2011 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series Speakers
GCIV Welcomes New Board Members
Become a Citizen Diplomat this year!
Annual Istanbul Center Art Contest Deadline
GCIV Blog: Atlanta Voted Top 2011 Destination
Upcoming GCIV Events
Join Our Mailing List

Who's coming to town?



January 13-19
Central Asia
Five Water Research Government Officials
Focus: Water Management

January 13-19
Multi-Regional Project
Eighteen Visitors
Focus: American Youth

January 22-24
Bahamas
Eight Students
Focus: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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-seven Delegates
Focus: Civic Activism



GCIV
Home Hospitality Opportunities



Tuesday, January 18th - Five water research officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on water management. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 or 3 per host.


February 15-19 - Five legislators and one faciliator from Russia need volunteer home-stay hosts. They are participating in an Open World program facilitated by the Library of Congress. The group is focusing on U.S. government. We will place 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.


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.
 
Reece & Associates


Regency Suites Hotel

Sunrise Bank of Atlanta


GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during December 2010:


Ambassador
($1000+)

Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Miller & Carolyn Williams


Attache
($100+)
Ashley Mastin


Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Odette Petit-Morphy


Envoy ($25+)
Millie Davila
Kassa Elliott
Rosalie FitzPatrick
Cheryln Granrose
Zamila Karimi
Pamela Morris
Obina Morton
Shalonda Sumpter


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



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About GCIV

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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.
Save the Date for the 2011 International Consular Ball

30th International Consular Ball

Be sure to mark your calendar for GCIV's 30th annual International Consular Ball. The event will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the elegant Piedmont Driving Club. 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.


Delegation Spotlight

Polish Delegation

In December, GCIV had the pleasure of hosting nine NGO directors and one editor-in-chief from Poland. The group was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on civic engagement. While in the U.S., the delegates explored methodological approaches, systemic solutions, and community partnerships of non-governmental institutions and local governments aimed towards community integration. They also examined innovative management strategies for NGOs and social aid programs.

While in Atlanta, the Polish delegates met with representatives from The Atlanta Project, Habitat for Humanity, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Cool Girls, Inc., and disABILITY LINK. They also participated in a "Today I Met ..." school visit at Tucker High School, home hospitality with GCIV volunteer host Anna Alford, and a reception at the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc. (GACC) with GCIV board members. The delegation is pictured above with the German Consul General Lutz Gorgens and the GACC CEO and President Kristian Wolf.

Home-Stay Hosts Needed

GCIV is seeking volunteer home-stay hosts for five Russian legislators and one facilitator that will be in Atlanta from February 15 - 19 participating in an Open World program. GCIV needs three families to host two visitors each.

Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level.

Home-stay hosts may need to assist with some transportation and meals. Hosts are invited to participate in the professional day when appropriate as well as cultural activities with the delegation.

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

Speakers Announced for GCIV's 2011 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series

Great Decisions 2011The speakers have been announced for GCIV's 2011 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church and include experts from Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and Georgia State University. Click here for a complete list of dates, speakers, and topics. The topics are based on the Foreign Policy Association's nonpartisan briefing books.

The eight week lecture-series is every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM from January 27 - March 17, 2011. The cost is $30 for individuals and includes a briefing book or $40 for a couple sharing a book. Click here to pay online with a credit card, download a registration form to mail with a check payable to GCIV, or view more information on the topics.

Think about starting your own Great Decisions discussion group! GCIV works 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, joining an existing group, or would like to pre-order your 2011 Great Decisions books, please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17.

GCIV Welcomes New Board Members

GCIV is excited to welcome six new board members:

      - Clark Dean, Studley, Inc.
      - Phil Handler, UBS
      - Charles Kuck, Kuck Immigration Partners
      - Jessica Lewis, Alston & Bird
      - Darren Short, Barclays Capital
      - Laura Tordella, The Coca-Cola Company

With a variety of backgrounds and experiences, each new trustee is excited to contribute toward citizen diplomacy and international understanding through GCIV.

Become a Citizen Diplomat this Year!

Give them the world!Become a Citizen Diplomat member of GCIV 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 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!

Istanbul Center Art Contest Deadline Approaching

Istanbul CenterMiddle and high school students in Alabama, Flordia, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee are invited to submit an original artwork on the theme of "Empathy: Walking in Another's Shoes." The purpose of the contest is to have students think about and be involved in solving social problems in our world today. Each year the program theme looks towards global peace and intercultural understanding. The prizes include all-expense paid trips to Turkey and gift cards for both students and teachers! The deadline for essay submissions has passed. For more information visit www.artandessaycontest.com.

GCIV Blog: Atlanta Voted Top 2011 Destination

Atlanta Top 2011 DestinationAtlanta was voted one of the top destinations for 2011 by the renowned travel experts at Frommer's.

This list is compiled annually by Frommer's editors, authors, and experts from around the world.

A few of the reasons Atlanta was selected include the number and variety of things to do in the city, the fine-dining options, and the weather. Click here to read more about why Atlanta was voted as a top 2011 destination and leave your own comments about Atlanta on GCIV's blog.

Upcoming GCIV Events

Thursday, January 27th, 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series
The first lecture in the Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series is about rebuilding Haiti. The lectures are held every Thursday through March 17, 2011 at The Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody, GA 30038. Click here to register or for more information.


Community Events

Wednesday, January 12th, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Partnerships and Public Health in Haiti: A Panel Discussion
Global Health Action and the Faith and Global Health Caucus of the Global Health Council present "Meaningful Partnerships for Public Health in Haiti - at the Intersection of Church, State, and Community." The panel will discuss a year of relief for Haiti, rebuilding, international response, and essential but mostly short-term interventions. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Stephen B. Blount, Associate Director for Global Health Development at CDC and held at Global Health Action Headquarters, 1902 Clairmont Road, Decatur, Shumway Training Room, 2nd Floor. The event is free, bring your own lunch. For more information visit www.globalhealthaction.org.

Friday, January 14th
Deadline to Submit to Istanbul Center Art Contest
Middle and high school students in Alabama, Flordia, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee are invited to submit an original artwork on the theme of "Empathy: Walking in Another's Shoes." The purpose of the contest is to have students think about and be involved in solving social problems in our world today. Each year the program theme looks towards global peace and intercultural understanding. The prizes include all-expense paid trips to Turkey and gift cards for both students and teachers! Deadline for the essay submissions has passed. For more information visit www.artandessaycontest.com.

Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

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Because when it comes to ideas, when it comes to values, when it comes to civil society and how people engage with each other, there are no large and small countries. There are no great powers and minor powers. There is no first world, second world, third world. There is only the human experience, and we are all equal in that way. We all have equally valid ideas and understanding...and the International Visitor Leadership Program works well in that regard because it makes no such distinctions. Where ever they come from, whatever the topic, whatever their background, whatever their country, that international visitor has an experience and an understanding, and insights, and we need to hear those and share those. This is the secret genius of the International Visitor Leadership Program."

- Rick Ruth
Director, Office of Policy and Evaluations, U.S. Department of State