July 2011  

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  


Georgia Council for International Visitors

In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-GCIV Blog: Volunteerism is the Foundation-

-Network with International Leaders-

-GCIV is on Facebook-

-Trustees in the News-

-Upcoming GCIV Events-

-Community Events-








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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.






Who's coming to town?

  June 29 - July 3
Seven Directors and Researchers
Focus: Public Health

June 30 - July 6
Four Journalists
Focus: Journalism

July 5-9
Six Arts Representatives
Focus: Arts Management

July 12-16
Multi-Regional Project
Eighteen Delegates
Focus: Cultural Preservation

July 13-16
One Electronic and Mechanics Systems Projects Coordinator
Focus: Infrastructure for the Olympics

July 20-23
Twelve Activists and One Reporter
Focus: Equal Rights for Citizens

July 23-27
Six Journalists
Focus: Journalistic Trade and Ethics

July 24-28
Four Government Officials
Focus: Traffic Management

July 26-30
One Professor
Focus: Civil Rights/Interfaith

July 27-30
One Anchorman
Focus: Media/Diversity

July 28-31
Multi-Regional Project
Twenty-Five Delegates
Focus: Public Health

Home Hospitality Opportunities

 Sunday, July 24th- Six journalists from Kazakhstan 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 journalistic trade and ethics. They are available at 6:00 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 or 3 per host.

 Wednesday, July 27th- One professor from Pakistan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. He is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on civil rights/interfaith dialogue. He is available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Please note: Home hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting any of these distinguished delegates in your home for dinner on any of these dates or would like to propose an alternate date, please contact Emily O'Harris at
 404-832-5560 x 15.

Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the appropriate countries.






Global Partners    

Delta Air Lines

Deutsche Bank

Ernst & Young

Regency Suites Hotel






GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during June 2011: 

Charge d'Affaires

Yonni Kim

  Citizen Diplomat ($50+) 
David Aferiat
Leni Baker
Marika Barbalho
Marie Bloom
Eva Becerra
Amy Edwards
Linda Farrell
Cindy Haygood
Maria Hobart
Antonella Lovinger
Denise Steele
Terri Whitesel
Camille Yahm


Henry Aparicio
Jose Aparicio
Keisha Cameron
Noah Downer
Olivia Futrell
Carlyn Nankervis
Christina Zaytsev


Ambassadors Circle
Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols 

Sunny Park

Darren and Ann Short

Tycho Stahl and Yonni Kim

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
Alfred and Evelyn Messer
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Varga






GCIV Trustees


W. Lindsay Davidson,




E. Miller Williams,

Vice Chair 

Ernst & Young LLP


J. David Clyde,


Spinnaker Medical Consultants International


Yelena Epova,


Habif, Arogeti & Wynne


Charles Bedford

Atlanta Council on International Relations


Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania


Clark Dean

Studley, Inc. 


Ray Donato

Honorary Consul General of the Philippines


Silvana Eakin

International Women Associates Chair 


Jorge Fernandez

Metro Atlanta Chamber 


Phil Handler 



Jenneke Heerink



Ginny Johansmeier

VLJ Consulting


Yonni Kim

Arnall Golden Gregory


Charles Kuck

Kuck Immigration Parnters


Jessica Lewis

Alston & Bird


Jim Munson

Munson International


Laurie Grant Nichols

StandUp For Kids 


John E. Parkerson, Jr.

Honorary Consul of Hungary


Mark Pierson

Pierson Global Group


Jai Rogers

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Darren Short 

Barclays Capital 
RBC Capital Markets


Ken Stewart

Georgia Institute of Technology


Laura Tordella

The Coca-Cola Company 


Annie York Trujillo

International Women Associates

Kristian Wolf
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

Tal Wright
Georgia Power

Lynne Zappone



Delegation Spotlight: Iraqi Journalists in the News

Iraqi Journalists with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Iraqi journalists with Atlanta Daily World Publisher
M. Alexis Scott and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Photo courtesy Atlanta Daily World.


A GCIV delegation of Iraqi journalists was featured in June in the Atlanta Daily World. The photo of the group includes Atlanta Daily World Publisher M. Alexis Scott and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and was taken following the mayor's presentation to the Rotary Club of Atlanta. The Iraqi journalists met with Alexis Scott to discuss the role of minority-owned and oriented media. The Atlanta Daily World is the city's oldest continuously publishing black newspaper and one of the oldest black-owned businesses.


The journalists were participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on civil society and the role of the media. While in the U.S., they examined citizens' rights and responsibilities in American civil society and how media can be used to promote transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors as well as ethical standards of reporting and the role of journalism schools in the development of the field. 


In addition to meeting with the Atlanta Daily World, the journalists met with representatives from FOX 5, Georgia State University, Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, CNN International Studios and the University of Georgia. They also enjoyed home hospitality with GCIV volunteer hosts Sussi Craig, Harlequin Gilchrist and Margaret Pumper and visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and Stone Mountain Park while in Atlanta.




GCIV Blog: Volunteers have always been the Foundation of GCIV


This blog post continues our retrospective, compiled in 1998 by former GCIV executive director Anne Hansen.

Please be a part of our 50th anniversary celebration in 2012 by leaving comments about your GCIV memories, reasons for hosting visitors, and beliefs about the impact of our shared work.


International Leaders Volunteer through GCIV

Mongolian visitor, Mr. Bold Sanduijav, volunteering for Hands on Atlanta Day at Centennial Olympic Park.

International visitors are constantly amazed by the widespread use of volunteers in the United States and GCIV attempts to build a volunteer experience into a visitor's program whenever possible. The visitors have helped in soup kitchens, cleaned up yards for the elderly, delivered meals on wheels to AIDS patients and helped build Habitat for Humanity houses. The international visitors are also amazed and initially suspicious that our GCIV volunteers, known as "citizen diplomats," do all of this voluntarily just for the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss a wide range of topics with visitors.


Click here to read some of the wonderful anecdotes GCIV has received from volunteers over the years and the full blog post. What is your favorite experience with a GCIV delegation or IVLP participant? Please contact Nicole Rateau at nicole@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17 with your story/photo or share your memories/comments on GCIV's blog.



Network with International Leaders from Around the World

Give them the world!Give yourself the opportunity to network with international leaders from around the world by joining GCIV as a Citizen Diplomat! 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 and host 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 nicole@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17 for more information.



GCIV is on Facebook - please "like" us!

GCIV is on Facebook

GCIV is on Facebook.

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GCIV Trustees in the News

William Poole and John Parkerson

William Poole, on left, congratulates John Parkerson on his election to the WTCA presidency. Photo courtesy Global Atlanta.


GCIV Trustee and Hungarian Honorary Consul, John E. Parkerson was recently elected the President of the World Trade Center Atlanta. Click here for the complete Global Atlanta article written by Phil Bolton.    




GCIV Envoys Attend City's ACIR Meeting with Kwanza Hall and Consular Corps

ACIR meeting with Atlanta Consular Corps members and GCIV Envoys

Atlanta City Council's Advisory Committee on International Relations (ACIR) with members of the Consular Corps and GCIV Envoys.


GCIV Envoys attended the June Atlanta City Council's Advisory Committee on International Relations. They were guests of the Honorary Consul General of the Philippines and GCIV board member, Ray Donato. The meeting featured a panel discussion by six members of Atlanta's Consular Corps moderated by Councilman Kwanza Hall. Panelists spoke about the important role they play in keeping their home countries informed of political and cultural matters in the southeastern United States and current initiatives of their respective offices. They also discussed ways in which ACIR and the City of Atlanta could support the Consular Corps and the communities they represent. Envoy members were able to network and gain valuable knowledge about Atlanta's thriving international community.


Envoy members receive invitations to exclusive international events in addition to other Citizen Diplomat benefits of GCIV membership. Envoy membership is open to all Citizen Diplomats age 40 and under. For more information about Envoy visit www.gciv.org/programs/envoy or contact Nicole Rateau at nicole@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 17.




Upcoming GCIV Events

Wednesday, July 6th, 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 every other month. The meal is prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and upcoming activities, as well as introductions of international visitors present. Don't forget to bring a guest - this is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to GCIV! We are welcoming a world-wide delegation of CNN Journalism Fellows from Bosnia-Herzegovina, India, Ireland, Japan, Kyrgyz Republic, Peru, Philippines, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey and Vietnam. Meet at Cafe Bombay, 1622 Woodcliff Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. The price is $25 per person and includes a three-course meal of Indian delicacies, nonalcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Please contact Nicole Rateau via phone 404-832-5560 x 17 or email nicole@gciv.org to RSVP and for more information. 




Community Events


Thursday, July 7th, 7:30 - 9:00 PM 

International Issues Forum (IIF) 

Discussion is themed around, "Dr. Robert M. Gates: Eight Presidents, Four Wars, One Remarkable Career at CIA and DoD." Free and open to the public. The event is at Villa International (2nd floor of the library), 1749 Clifton Road (0.4 miles from Briarcliff), Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Parking is available across the street. For more information email mjjohnst@gmail.com


Saturday, July 16th, 7:00 PM
Bastille Day 2011 

This widely-anticipated observance of the French National Day is an annual fundraiser for nonprofit Alliance Francaise d'Atlanta, the premier provider of French language and culture. The event is at Nelson Mullins, Atlantic Station, The Terrace on the 18th Floor, 201 17th Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30363. For more information visit www.afatl.com.

Sunday, July 17th, 2:00 - 3:30 PM 

"French Puppetry Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Extending the Domain of the Puppet"

Explore the development of French puppetry over the past forty years with Lucile Bodson, director of France's preeminent institutions for puppetry training and research, the Institut International de la Marionnette and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette. With rarely viewed photos and video clips, the presentation will explore the artistic currents of contemporary French puppet theater, the process of production and presentation, and recent initiatives of the profession. A question and answer session will follow. The event is at the Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street NW (at 18th Street), Atlanta, Georgia 30309. SPECIAL TICKET OFFER: use code "FRANCE" for $5.00 tickets. Call 404.873.3391 or visit www.puppet.org.

July 18-22
Japanese Summer Camp 

Kids will learn about many aspects of Japanese culture including language, clothing, school life and food. They will get to try writing Japanese characters with a calligraphy brush and ink, experience a traditional tea ceremony, listen to a shamisen (Japanese banjo) performance, fold paper cranes, arrange flowers Japanese style, wear a kimono, learn how to make sushi and much more! The camp is at the Japanese Consulate General, 3500 Lenox Road Suite 1600, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. For more information visit www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp


Thursday, July 21st, 7:30 - 9:00 PM 

International Issues Forum (IIF) 

Discussion is themed around, "Vying for dominance in an unstable region: Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran." Free and open to the public. The event is at Villa International (2nd floor of the library), 1749 Clifton Road (0.4 miles from Briarcliff), Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Parking is available across the street. For more information email mjjohnst@gmail.com.

July 23-24, 2011 

18th Annual Celebration of Asian Cultural Experience

The Thai Association World Center presents the "18th Annual Celebration of Asian Cultural Experience" representing 15 different Asian countries. The highlight of the two-day festival is the Performance Celebration, featuring the music and dance of the 15 countries, at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23rd. There will also be fashion shows, exhibits of rare cultural artifacts, and a variety of demonstrations including calligraphy, woodwork, pottery, fruits and vegetables carving and origami. The event is at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097. Admission to the event is $12/day for adults and $8/day for students. Children under 7 are free. Parking is free to all visitors. Click here for more information


July 2011 

150th Anniversary of the Civil War 

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War the Atlanta Cyclorama is hosting a series of free summer events chronicling the effects of the Civil War on Atlanta. The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum is located at 800 Cherokee Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30315. For more information visit www.atlantacyclorama.org.  


Sunday, August 7th, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM 

Festival of India 2011 

India American Cultural Association (IACA) presents the "Festival of India 2011" celebrating India's independence and 40 years of IACA. Featuring cultural programs, artist markets, and hot and spicy foods. The event is at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097. For more information visit www.iacaatl.org.


Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

  "Citizen diplomacy is about relationships, it's about personal experiences and personal interaction.  It's through private people-to-people contact and exchanges that these relationships are built, mutual understanding and respect reached, and opportunities identified, developed, and sustained."

- Senator Russ Feingold