July 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Global Partnership Opportunities
Be a Community Connections Home-Stay Host
14-Year-Old GCIV Member Benefits from Home Hospitality
Delegation Spotlight
GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Silvana Eakin
Save the Date for Atlanta's Own Dancing with the Stars!
Attend Exclusive International Events!
See Your Recipe in Print!
Other Hosting Opportunities
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

July 1-6
Multi-Regional Project
Five Librarians and
Policy Makers
Focus: American Libraries

July 8-10 - Italy

One United Nations Representative
Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

July 10-14 - Poland
One Social Activist
Focus: Humanitarian Issues

July 20-25 - Iraq
Ten Media Representatives
Focus: Civil Society and the Role of Media

July 21-24 - Caribbean
Four Bank Officials
Focus: Financial Systems

July 22-27 - Multi-Regional Africa Project
Twenty Journalists
Focus: Broadcast Journalism

August 4-25 Kazakhstan
Ten Doctors, Nurses, Government Representatives, NGO Leaders, and Prison System Officials
Focus: Management and Social Support of TB Patients

August 8-11 Kazakhstan
Four Finance Officials
Focus: Money Laundering

GCIV Home-Stay and
Home Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, July 11th- One social activist from Poland would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. She is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on humanitarian issues. She is available at 6:00 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Thursday, July 22nd- Ten media representatives from Iraq 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 civil society and the role of the media. They are available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by interpreters. We will divide them into groups of two or three visitors per host.

August 4-25 - Ten doctors and nurses, government representatives, NGO leaders, and prison system officials from Kazakhstan need volunteer home-stay hosts. They are participating in a Community Connections Program facilitated by USAID. The group is focusing on U.S. models for management and social support for TB patients. They will be here for three weeks. We will place one or 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.

Global Partners

Atlanta Forum Network

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

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 June 2010:

Charge d'Affaires ($500+)
John Parkerson

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Lyn Coltman
Elizabeth Etoll
Laura Gilmore
Nolly Ladha
Nicole Rateau
Patricia Walsh
Yoko Yoshida

Envoy ($25+)
Emily Baughman
Jonathan O'Shields

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
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
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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Upcoming GCIV Events
What, Where, & When

2010 World Cup Quarter-Finals
Fado Irish Pub
237 Buckhead Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30305
Friday, July 2nd
10:00 - 11:30 AM

Envoy: 2010 World Cup
1170 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
Wednesday July 7th
2:30 - 4:00 PM

Envoy: Films that Matter
"Invictus" with Italian Delegate
Woodruff Park
Atlanta, GA 30303
Thursday, July 8th
7:00 - 11:00 PM

Global Lunch Forum: Humanitarian Issues
in Poland

Location TBA
Tuesday, July 13th
12:00 - 1:00 PM

International Dining Experience with Worldwide CNN Journalism Fellows Delegation
Cafe Bombay
1622 Woodcliff Drive
Atlanta, GA 30329
Wednesday, July 14th
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Envoy: The Downtowners
101 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Thursday, July 15th
5:00 - 7:00 PM

About GCIV

The 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.

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GCIV Still Needs Home-Stay Hosts for

Community Connections

Community Connections is a USAID funded program which offers 3 week home-stay based practical training opportunities in the U.S. for professionals from across the former Soviet Union and Serbia.

GCIV is seeking volunteer home-stay hosts for a Community Connections delegation of ten visitors from Kazakhstan that will be in Atlanta August 4-25. The program includes doctors and nurses, government representatives, NGO leaders, and prison system officials who wish to learn about successful U.S. models for management and social support for TB patients.

In addition to providing a private bedroom, hosts will need to help with some transportation and meals. Hosts are invited to participate in the professional day when appropriate as well as cultural activities with the delegation. While many visitors have been placed, we still need one host who can take one visitor for up to three weeks, as well as one host who can take two visitors for the final week.

If you are interested in being a volunteer host or have questions, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

14-Year-Old Xaleon Shields Benefits as a GCIV Home Hospitality Co-Host

GCIV home hospitality co-hosts Xaleon Shields and Vicki Van Der Hoek

Xaleon Shields is one of GCIV's youngest members and enjoys being a home hospitality co-host with mentor Vicki Van Der Hoek. He has hosted journalists from the countries of Comoros, Burundi, and Central African Republic as well as judges from Greece and Turkey. Xaleon has learned significantly about the world and other cultures through hosting. He has also developed new skills, like how to devise menus that accommodate dietary restrictions and how to speak through an interpreter. In addition to his involvement with GCIV, Xaleon is a microcredit lender through KIVA, an honor student, and a volunteer at the Nicholas House, a transitional facility for homeless families. He is looking forward to hosting more international visitors. Xaleon is pictured above with co-host Vicki Van Der Hoek, Turkish visitor Judge Ali Bilen, and Greek visitor Judge Dimitrios Titsias.

Delegation Spotlight

In July, GCIV had the pleasure of hosting ten German Senior State Administrators from the Ministries of Environment, Economics, Agriculture, Science, and the Office of the Bavarian Minister President. The group was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program, focusing on clean technology and energy policies in the U.S.

While in Atlanta, the German delegation met with representatives from Georgia Power, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Research Alliance, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc., Georgia Institute of Technology, Truly Living Well Natural Urban Farm, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, and GE Energy Services. The delegation also enjoyed a reception at the home of Acting German Consul General Reinhold Krickl.

GCIV Welcomes New Board Member
Silvana Eakin

New Board Member Silvana Eakin
As the chair of GCIV's International Women Associates (IWA), Silvana also occupies a spot on GCIV's board. Silvana intends to keep GCIV's board well informed about IWA, a group of 100 American and foreign-born ladies that meets monthly for friendship and learning opportunities.

Silvana became acquainted with GCIV when she and her husband started hosting visitors from various countries almost two decades ago. She feels that home hospitality is a marvelous opportunity to share food and conversation with people from around the world.

Silvana was born in Croatia, but was raised in northern Italy. After her family relocated to the U.S., Silvana married and traveled the world with her husband, who served in the US Navy. During their military lives, they lived in five different states and spent 11 years overseas. Silvana is grateful to have visited a number of European and Asian countries and met many wonderful people. Having spent this time abroad, she truly appreciates the need for cultural friendships and exchanges.

Save the Date for Atlanta's Own
Dancing with the Stars!

British Consul General Annabelle Malins hopes you'll save the date for Atlanta's own Dancing with the HART Stars. On September 11, 2010, Atlanta stars will perform to benefit Humanitarian Aid Relief Fund (HART). British House of Lords member, Baroness Caroline Cox of Queensbury, will host the event at Daza Dance Atlanta. Baroness Caroline Cox is the winner of the prestigious 2005 Mother Teresa Award and the founder of HART. HART fights for people in forgotten lands who have suffered the effects of war and natural disaster and are often behind closed borders. All proceeds from Dancing with the HART Stars go directly toward HART-US operations. The ballroom is ready and you will not believe who is dancing! For more information, visit www.hart-us.org.

Want to attend exclusive international events?

Become a 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!

Let's See Your Recipe in Print!

Become a GCIV member today to participate in Home Hospitality!Calling all home hospitality hosts: Please send us your favorite home hospitality stories and recipes! Our national organization, NCIV, is compiling recipe submissions from across the country for its 50th Anniversary Cookbook, and you could be featured!

Haven't done home hospitality before? Don't miss the opportunity to travel the world without even leaving Georgia! Interact with distinguished guests of the U.S. Department of State on a personal level and learn about their home countries. They get to experience a meal in an American home and participate in lively after-dinner discussions. Many hosts make friends with open doors across the world!

Home hospitality hosts must be members of GCIV. For more information about home hospitality or submitting a recipe, contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17.

Other Hosting Opportunities

International Student Exchange
International Student Exchange (ISE), a non-profit U.S. State Department-approved exchange program, is looking for local volunteer host families for incoming high school exchange students for the 2011-2012 academic year. The students come from 55 countries, speak English, and come with spending money and full insurance. If you are interested, please contact Cindy, ISE Representative, at 404-264-4639 or lucysaddedtouch@yahoo.com.

Upcoming GCIV Events

Friday, July 2nd, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Envoy: 2010 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals
Join GCIV members and staff to watch the Netherlands versus Brazil at Fado Irish Pub, 273 Buckhead Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30305. A portion of the proceeds from drinks and special menus items go to SOS Children's Villages. Contact Katie Davidson at 404-832-5560 to RSVP or for more information.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Envoy: 2010 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals
Join GCIV members and staff and young professionals from the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. to watch one of the World Cup semi-final games. The teams are yet to be determined by the quarter-final games. All fans are welcome. A portion of the proceeds from special menu items benefit SOS Children's Villages. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Thursday, July 8th, 7:00 - 11:00 PM

Envoy: Films that Matter with Italian Delegate
Join GCIV members and a United Nations representative from Italy for an outdoor screening of "Invictus" at the Films that Matter series. This is a FREE event at Woodruff Park. Remember to please leave high-back chairs, glass, pets, and grills at home, but feel free to bring your dinner and a blanket. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Tuesday, July 13th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Humanitarian Issues
in Poland

Join a GCIV international exchange participant from Poland for a lunchtime discussion about humanitarian issues. Our distinguished visitor is the Project Coordinator and Desk Officer of Mission in Afghanistan for the Polish Humanitarian Foundation. You can bring your own lunch at no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Registration is 12:00-12:10 PM, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Wednesday, July 14th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
International Dining Experience
Get to know other GCIV members and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. GCIV's International Dining Experiences (IDEs) take place at a different international restaurant around the 15th day of the month. The meal is prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and upcoming activities, as well as introductions of any international visitors present. Don't forget to bring a guest - this is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to GCIV! Reservations are required. Meet at Cafe Bombay Indian Bistro, 1622 Woodcliff Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. We will be welcoming a world-wide delegation of CNN Journalism Fellows. The price is $20 per person and includes a three-course meal, non-alcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Thursday, July 15th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Envoy: The Downtowners
Brought to you by Central Atlanta Progress, The Downtowners is a new social networking opportunity that puts you in the heart of a thriving community. Nowhere else in Atlanta will you find 300 places to eat, drink, and be seen all within a 4 square mile area. The Downtowners gather each month from May - October on the third Thursday at a new location. There is no cost to attend and your first is drink. You are responsible for additional beverages or food. July's event is at Thrive, 101 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Community Events

May 5th - July 25th
"Visa for Life: Diplomats who Rescued Jews"
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." This new exhibit on display at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site details the courageous actions of nine individual diplomats who rescued Jews during the Holocaust when many countries refused to issue visas out of fear of Nazi Germany. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/malu.

Thursday, July 8th, 7:30 PM
Ugandan Orphan Chorus
Academy Theatre is excited to present an evening that will melt your heart and warm your soul with a performance by ten Ugandan orphans. The Academy Theatre is located at 119 Center Street, Avondale Estates, GA 30002. Tickets are $9.50. For more information, visit www.academytheatre.org.

Saturday, July 10th, 7 - 11:00 PM
Bastille Day
This observance of the French National Day is an annual fundraiser for Alliance Francaise d'Atlanta, Atlanta's premier provider of French language and culture. Guests will enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of L'Art de Vivre, the French lifestyle, as well as live and silent auctions. Event is on the panoramic 18th floor of the Atlanta law offices of Nelson Mullins, located at 201 17th Street, in Atlantic Station. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.afatl.com.
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"You will be amazed at what you can do leveraging the power that comes from bringing people together around shared interests, transcending the superficial differences of race, creed, and culture to build something of value. This is the opportunity of your generation. You are the hope of all Americans, and of all of us who share this fragile planet."
- Judith A. McHale
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Remarks at Colby College Commencement
May 23, 2010