July 2009
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
International Consular Ball Celebrates Atlanta's Diplomatic Corp
Save the Date for the 2009 Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy!
GCIV Blog: Notes from the Executive Director
Brazilian Hip-Hop Artist Shares Social Activism with Atlanta Counterparts
GCIV Partnership with Olé Atlanta
Become a Citizen Diplomat Today!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

July 1-5 - China
One Public Health Official
Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention & Treatment
July 15-21 - Colombia
Six Public Health Officials
Focus:  Public Health
  July 25-29 - European Union
Four Public Health Officials
Focus:  TB Prevention

July 29 - August 1 - Russia
Six Government and Civil Society Leaders
Focus:  Disability Issues
July 29 - August 1 - Iraq
Seven NGO Representatives
Focus: Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness
August 2-5 - Greece
One Musician
Focus:   Hip-Hop
August 2-8 - Afghanistan
Fourteen Journalists
Focus: Media
August 15-19 - France
One Journalist
Focus:  Civil Society

August 23-26 - Paraguay
Three Government Officials
Focus:  Preventing Financial Crimes
September 10-15 - Multi-Regional
Five Labor Leaders
Focus:  Organized Labor
September 29 - October 3 - Pan-Africa
Ten Government and NGO Leaders
Focus:  Women and the Law

GCIV Homestay Opportunity
GCIV will host a delegation of five judges from the Republic of Georgia November 14-21, 2009.  Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 if you are interested in hosting one or two judges in your home for a week.
Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor
Georgia Power

Silver Sponsors

The Coca-Cola Company
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Siemens Energy & Automation

Bronze Sponsors
Atlanta City Council's Advisory Committee on International Relations
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Barclays Capital
Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Ernst & Young
Fulton County Commission
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Laurie Grant Nichols and Scott Nichols
Odom Immigration Law Group, LLC
Regency Suites Hotel
UBS Investment Bank

Ambassadors Circle
Nancy & Charles Bedford
Rosie & Lindsay Davidson
Erika Monckeberg
& Enrique Flores
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue & Jim Heerin
Elizabeth & Jim Munson
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall & Frederick H. Kruse
Shell Stuart
Sharon & Bruce Taylor
Annie York &

Raul F. Trujillo

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

Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall and Frederick H. Kruse

Charge d'Affaires
 Jay & Anita Hakes
Larry Tseng

Mark & June Towery
Citizen Diplomat
Ada Almering
Joan Penrose Cioffi
Joyce Rennolds

Matthew Carlton
Beth Graham

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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International Consular Ball Celebrates Atlanta's Diplomatic Corps

Atlanta's international community was swept away to Venice for an evening at the 28th annual International Consular Ball.  Three-hundred leaders from the business and civic communities attended the Venice Carnevale-themed event at the Georgia Aquarium, hosting forty members of the Consular Corps.  A performer on stilts and an aerial acrobat performer took us to the streets of Venice; beautiful masks brought the event to life.

GCIV would like to thank corporate partners that made this event happen:  Delta Air Lines, Metro Atlanta Chamber, ColesMBA.com, Coca-Cola Company, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Siemens, and many more.  Thank you to the many companies, consulates, and individuals who donated to our extremely successful silent auction.  Stay tuned for photos from the event next month!
Save the Date for the 2009 Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy!

On Saturday, November 14th, GCIV will host the 2009 Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy at North Atlanta High School. The summit will promote an understanding of diverse values and cultures, educate participants about global perspectives, and further mutual understanding.  GCIV aims to raise awareness about cross-cultural understanding and the responsibilities of citizen diplomats through this interactive summit.  It will feature concurrent workshops including regional briefings, introductory language classes, global business forums, cross-cultural communications seminars, and more.  Please put this exciting event on your calendar and stay tuned for more information!
GCIV Blog:  Notes from the Executive Director


My how time flies!  In early July, fourteen Fulton County high school students, as well as GCIV and Fulton County staff members, will experience the 2009 Fulton County Global Youth Leadership Program - a collaboration between GCIV and Fulton County's Office of Children and Youth.  The program aims to introduce a new generation of Fulton County leaders to the institutions, politics, and people of other countries and to expose metro Atlanta's future leaders to non-local approaches to meeting universal challenges.

With support from several generous sponsors, GCIV and Fulton County took a delegation of young leaders to South Africa last July, and then we welcomed a counterpart delegation to Atlanta in October.  This year we are organizing a similar youth leadership exchange with Germany.  This enriching educational experience would not be possible without the support of this year's supporters:  the Atlanta Foundation,  Ernst & Young, the Fulton County Development Authority, Georgia Pacific, Georgia Power, and the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta. Click here to read moreBe sure to read GCIV's blog in July for frequent updates from Germany!
Brazilian Hip-Hop Artist Shares Social Activism with Atlanta Counterparts
MV Bill
In June 2009 GCIV coordinated a professional exchange program through the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program for MV Bill, a Brazilian rapper-turned-social activist. Bill is from City of God, a town ravished by poverty and the drug trade. After his success in the music industry, he has devoted much of his time and efforts to giving back to the community through a network of community centers. While in the US, he traveled to Atlanta, Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles, and Houston.  The program was designed to give our guest the opportunity to meet with professional counterparts to discuss programs for youth and hip hop culture.  While in Atlanta, Bill met with representatives from the Ludacris Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Hip Hop Congress, Fulton County Juvenile Court, WREK Atlanta, and the Jean Childs Young Institute for Youth Leadership. We at GCIV hope to hear of his continued progress, and are grateful we had the opportunity to host him here in our community.
GCIV Partnership with Olé Atlanta
Ole AtlantaHave you ever  wanted to learn Spanish, or perhaps just dust off the knowledge you already have?  GCIV has partnered with Olé Atlanta to offer Spanish language classes to our members at a 20% discount.  Their highly-qualified language instructors are  scheduling classes that start mid-August, from beginner to advanced levels.  Classes will be held at GCIV's downtown office.  Sign up today, as this offer is available for a limited time only!  For more information visit www.oleatlanta.com or contact Olé at info@oleatlanta.com.
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

Wednesday, July 22nd, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  Business Women in the Middle East

Join GCIV and two young businesswomen from Yemen and Kuwait for a lunchtime discussion. The 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.

Saturday, November 14th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy
Join fellow Georgians at North Atlanta High School for a day of cross-cultural training to prepare for your role as citizen diplomat. More information is forthcoming.
Upcoming GCIV Envoy Events

Join GCIV Young Professionals for a series of events to welcome our MEPI fellows to Atlanta!

Saturday, July 25th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CNN Studios Tour with MEPI Fellows
Join GCIV members and our MEPI fellows from Kuwait and Yemen for a CNN Studio Tour.  This is a great way to meet our fellows and help them explore Atlanta.  We'll go on a tour at 10:00 AM and then eat at the food court. Each person pays for his or her own ticket.  Contact Ashley Mastin to RSVP.

Saturday, July 25th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Georgia Aquarium Tour with MEPI Fellows
Join GCIV members and our MEPI fellows from Kuwait and Yemen as we visit the Georgia Aquarium.  We will meet at the aquarium and each person will purchase his or her own ticket. Contact Ashley Mastin to RSVP.

Wednesday, July 29th, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
National Black Arts Festival Film:  Thirteen Months of Sunshine
Join GCIV members and our MEPI fellows from Kuwait and Yemen as we attend the National Black Arts Festival. We will see the Ethiopian Film, Thirteen Months of Sunshine, at the Woodruff Arts Center. Each person is responsible for his or her own $8 ticket. Contact Ashley Mastin to RSVP.
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.
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together."
-President Woodrow Wilson