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

Who's Coming to Town?

July 9-12 - Pakistan
Two Law Enforcement Officials

Community Policing

July 9-12 - Morocco
Four Judges and Lawyers

Administration of Justice

July 12-16 - Pan-Africa
Ten Government and NGO Officials

US Foreign Policy and International Security

July 30-August 2 - Palestinian Territories
Nine Student Leaders

Focus: American Studies

August 3-6 - Azerbaijan
Six Public Health Officials

Avian Flu Prevention and Treatment

August 13-16 - Thailand
One Civil Society Leader

Refugee Issues, Student Activism, and Women's Rights

Please take a look at the delegations needing home hospitality in the coming months and consider hosting a visiting professional in your home for dinner.

Thursday, July 17th - Twelve reporters participating in the CNN Journalism Fellowship would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. The reporters represent Armenia, Australia, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa, and Turkey. They are available at 6:30 PM, and all speak English. We'd like four hosts to each take three journalists. Please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to host part of this delegation.

Thursday, August 7th - GCIV is hosting our CIV, State Department, and National Program Agency colleagues from around the South and Washington, DC for the NCIV Southern Regional Meeting this August! As part of the conference, we are offering participants the opportunity to experience GCIV home hospitality. As of now over SIXTY have signed up! We need your help to show our colleagues the great experience we offer our international exchange delegations in Georgia. Please contact Katie Davidson at 404-832-5560 x 17 to participate in this hosting opportunity. We will try to pair GCIV hosts with volunteer drivers, but would appreciate any hosts who can also provide transportation.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
The Coca-Cola Company
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Mueller Water Products
Regency Suites Hotel

Bronze Sponsors
Alston & Bird, LLP
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bear Stearns
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
D & A Transportation Services, Inc.
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC
McKenna Long & Aldridge
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
nsoro, LLC
Reece & Associates
Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
UBS Investment Bank
YKK Corporation of America

Ambassadors Circle
Charlie and Nancy Bedford
Mike Dangerfield
James and Carol Dew
Augustine Esogbue
Chris and Charles Evans
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue and Jim Heerin
Russell and Anna Malayery
Jim and Elizabeth Munson
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Bryan Ramos
Wayne Reece
Sharon and Bruce Taylor

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during the third quarter of our fiscal year 2008:

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+)
Charles and Nancy Bedford
Annie-York and Raul F. Trujillo

Attaché ($100+)
Randy Avon
Maria Cabrera
Gudrun Chapman
Ted Revilock & Ranjani Balasubramaniam

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Pilar Amir
Christine Armour
Marika Barbalho
Charlesey Brown
Christine Burry
Jeanne Castell-Kozik
Silvana Cavellier
Patricia Clay
Lyn Coltman
Mary Comstock
Themis Poulos Cramer
Susan Dalton
Rosie Davidson
Betty Davis
Andrea Denny
Seilavong Doeung
Elsa Duel
Silvana Eakin
Elizabeth Etoll
Orysia Fisher
Lee Forbes
Chris Franz
Anne Godsey
Deborah Gonzalez
Gail Goodwin
Jenny Hewett
Maria Hobart
Barbara Hoffman
Mariko Ishii
Joesphine Maloney
Josie Marto
Faye McKay Clegg
Sandy McQueen
Nina Medici
Marlene Mehnert
Sally Monsour
Jill Miyatake
James C. Nobles, Jr.
Lea Nixon
Mia Owens
Leslie Petter
Francie Ross
Jonathan Ross
Brigitte Scarborough
Carol Sharkey
Toshi Shimizu
Helga Siegel
Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel
Birgit Trabold-Dorazewski

Envoy (25+)
Kimberly Ferlauto
Daniel Meyers
James Pearson

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NCIV Southern Regional Meeting, August 6-8, 2008

GCIV will host the National Council for International Visitors' 2008 Southern Regional Meeting next month. This event will bring together the national network responsible for implementing the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. Fellow CIV representatives from the southern region and around the country will join Washington, DC Program Agency and Department of State colleagues in Atlanta August 6-8, 2008. In hosting this meeting GCIV will showcase the best our city and state have to offer our international exchange participants.

GCIV members may register at no cost. Be sure to register as a "Council for International Visitors Representative" and to list GCIV as your organization.

We need your help in hosting this meeting! As part of the conference's agenda, GCIV has offered participants home hospitality. We need all of our hosts to sign up, and will also need a number of volunteers to help transport our guests to the hosts' homes.

We are also looking for a few more volunteers to help prepare registration materials, work the registration desk, and help with administrative duties during the event. We will prepare the registration packets the afternoon of Tuesday, August 5th, and need help at the registration desk and other duties 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on August 6th-8th.

Please contact Katie Davidson at 404-832-5560 x 17 to tell us your availability to host or drive on Thursday, August 7th, or to volunteer before or during the conference. Thank you for your help!

Middle Eastern Delegation Focuses on Women's Health

GCIV had the privilege of hosting a delegation of four women from Egypt, Oman, and Yemen this May. The delegation came to Atlanta to explore women's health issues through the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. They had the opportunity to meet with a wide range of professional counterparts while getting to know our city and its people. This fulfilling professional and cultural exchange contributed to GCIV's goal of promoting international understanding. Click here to read more about their program in Atlanta.

European Delegation Shares Expertise with Atlanta Aviation Officials

Nine European visitors came to Atlanta June 21st to 25th to meet with their counterparts working in international aviation and environmental policies. The group was invited to the United States under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, and represented Belgium, the European Commission, Finland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. This delegation of government officials, transportation experts, researchers, and journalists were able to talk with their professional counterparts about the inner-workings of policy-making as it relates to aviation and environmental issues. Click here to read more about their program in the United States.

Trustees in the News

GCIV Trustee John Parkerson was featured in the most recent issue of the Georgia Bar Journal. The article spans his career, including his childhood in Tifton, GA, his academic journey, a career in the U.S. Army, legal work at Delta Air Lines, and finally his appointment as Honorary Consul of Hungary for the Southeastern United States. Click here to download the June 2008 issue of the Georgia Law Review - the article is on pages 70-71.

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

Thursday, July 10th - 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Women in Pakistani Law Enforcement

Join two GCIV international exchange participants from Pakistan for a lunchtime discussion about their experiences as female police officers in Pakistan. This Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel in midtown. 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.

Sunday, July 20th - 7:00 - 8:30 PM
GCIV Envoy Event: Namibia, The Struggle for Liberation Film

Join GCIV young professionals for this powerful film about the valiant struggle waged by the people of Namibia for their independence. As part of the National Black Arts Festival, this film gives viewers an insight into the harsh reality of conflict and resulting transition to democracy. The film will play in the Rich Theatre of the Woodruff Arts Center, and the price is $8 per person. Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP or with any questions.

Wednesday, August 6th - Friday, August 8th
NCIV Southern Regional Meeting

GCIV will host the National Council for International Visitors' 2008 Southern Regional Meeting. This event will bring together the national network responsible for implementing the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. Fellow CIV representatives from the southern region and around the country will join Washington, DC Program Agency and Department of State colleagues in Atlanta. GCIV members may register for free, and members of the Atlanta community are also welcome to participate. The NCIV Southern Regional Meeting will take place at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, downtown at 210 Peachtree Street. Contact Katie Davidson at 404-832-5560 x 17 with any questions.

Other Opportunities
2008-2009 School Year
Youth For Understanding Host Families Needed

Youth For Understanding is currently seeking host families for the 2008-09 school year. It has dedicated itself for over fifty years to helping students and families around the world to better understand and perceive a much more interconnected world. YFU offers the opportunity to discover new traditions and experience unique cultures by hosting an exchange student. They also offer opportunities to travel abroad as an exchange student to thirty-five different countries. Please call Myke Harris-Long at 800.872.0200 x 276 or visit the web site for more information.

Thursday, July 10th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Istanbul Dialogue Night

The Istanbul Center will host representatives from Christian and Muslim communities to speak about the personalities in the Bible and Qu'ran. Always the second Thursday of the month, Istanbul Dialogue Nights are a way for people of different backgrounds to come together to learn and ask questions about other cultures and faiths. Admission is free and open to the public. Turkish refreshments will be served. The event is at the Istanbul Center's Norcross office, 6760 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Suite 100.

Thursday, July 24th, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
SunTrust Bank Global Conference

This day-long seminar put on by SunTrust Bank will help attendees expand their business around the world. The meeting will take place at the SunTrust Plaza Gardens, 303 Peachtree Center Avenue. Please e-mail michael.filchock@suntrust.com or call 404-588-7507 to register. Registration fee is $35 and includes lunch and materials.

About GCIV
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.

Georgia Council for International Visitors
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Atlanta, GA 30303