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July 2012   

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  


Georgia Council for International Visitors


In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-The Power of Citizen Diplomacy-

-Envoy Cookout-

-July International Dining Experience-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-GCIV Blog-

-AISF Soccer Fest-

-Diamond Jubilee Choir Concert-

-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-

-Other Hosting Opportunities-





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About GCIV

 The Georgia Council for International Visitors builds relationships between the people of Georgia and rising leaders around the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be globally engaged.




Who's coming to town?

July 4-7 


One Attorney
Focus: Civil Aviation Law

July 4-7
Four Government Officials
Focus: Heritage Preservation in the U.S.


July 4-10
Seven Physicians
Focus: Public Health


July 8-11
 Cambodia, Egypt, Haiti, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and West Bank

One Government Official, One University Professors, and Four NGO Leaders
Focus: Cultural Heritage Preservation


July 11-15
One Attorney, One University Professor, One NGO Director, and One Retail Manager
Focus: Labor Rights


July 19-24

International Delegation

Seven Broadcast Journalists

Focus: TV/Broadcast Journalism


July 24-28

Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda

Fifteen Agricultural Engineers and Farmers

Focus: Farm to Table


July 25-28

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, People's Republic of China, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

Twenty Health Clinic Directors, Government Officials and NGO Leaders

Focus: Public Health





Dinner Hospitality



Thursday, July 12, Friday, July 13 or Saturday, July 14 - Four delegates from China would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes one university lecturer, one NGO director, one lawyer, and one retail manager. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on labor rights. They are available after 5 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter.


Please note: Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of dinner hospitality. If you are interested in hosting or cohosting, please contact Emily O'Harris at or 

404-832-5560 x15.

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






Global Partners

Chattahoochee Technical College

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 2012:




Bin Liu




Abu Abdul-Quader

Dorothy Beasley


Citizen Diplomat ($50+) 
Kathryn Alvelda

Marika Barbalho

Ruth Bruhns

Dan & DJ Clancy

Kingsley Dike

Susan Frumin

Peggy Helm

Mary Kitchens

Barbara Marnock

Faye McKay-Clegg

Elizabeth Munson

Janet Prioleau

Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall

Vishu Raparti

Thomas Watkins


Envoy ($25+)

Kenny Cottrell

John Hardman

Nicole Rateau

Shalonda Sumpter

Ambassadors Circle

Nicolas Aquino

Steven R. Baldwin and Family 

Charles & Nancy Bedford

Mike Dangerfield
Lindsay & Rosemary Davidson

Bob & Christine Davis

Clark Dean

Ray Donato

Ed Dreistadt & 

Shell Stuart

Dawn Ely
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock

Phil & Raye Handler

Tim & Christy Hooper

Joseph & Adrienne Johnson

Doug & Mary Justice
Charles Kuck

Ryan & Jessica Lewis

Sherry Mueller

Arnaldo & Michelle Ruiz  

Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim

Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Ash & Jeet Thakker
Raul F. & Annie-York Trujillo
Miller & Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

Lifetime Members
Hans & Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim & Carol Dew
Carol Emmons
Lew & Anne Hansen
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George & Judy Varga





GCIV Trustees


W. Lindsay Davidson,




E. Miller Williams,

Vice Chair 

Ernst & Young


Lynne Zappone,




Yelena Epova,


Habif, Arogeti & Wynne


Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania


Clark Dean

Studley, Inc. 


Ray Donato

Honorary Consul General of the Philippines


Noah Downer

City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor 


Silvana Eakin

International Women Associates Chair 


Jorge Fernandez

Metro Atlanta Chamber 


Julie Bryant Fisher

Metro Atlanta Chamber 


Bruce Hamilton



Phil Handler 



Ginny Johansmeier

VLJ Consulting


Yonni Kim

Arnall Golden Gregory


Charles Kuck

Kuck Immigration Partners


Renee Libby

Great Decisions Lecture Series Coordinator 


Jessica Lewis

Alston & Bird 


Mark Pierson

Pierson Global Group


Jai Rogers

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Arnaldo Ruiz

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport


Darren Short
RBC Capital Markets


Annie York Trujillo

International Women Associates


Tal Wright

 Georgia Power






GCIV Staff 


Shell Stuart

Executive Director

404-832-5560 x 21 


Irene Bailey

Deputy Director

404-832-5560 x 13


Emily O'Harris

Program Director

404-832-5560 x 15 


RJ Paulisick

Community Programs and Technology Coordinator

404-832-5560 x 17 

The Power of Citizen Diplomacy 


Congressman John Lewis with International Visitor Mr. Ramsses Torres, Advisor to the Ecuadorian National Assembly. Mr. Ramsses poignantly presents Congressman Lewis his father's hat.

Below is an excerpt from an article published by IVLP Program Officer Frank Justice of Meridian International Center.


As the group of indigenous and minority rights leaders from Central and South America made their way into Meridian International Center for the opening of their international exchange visit, an unexpected assortment of colors filled the space. The array of their Native dress, each distinct and unique, mixed in with the suits and contemporary business attire sported by fellow international participants brightened the room. There was the stunning indigo blue dress, likely handmade. Green and yellow tribal wear featured next to an outfit that was completely black from head to toe. A selection of accessories and headwear that would have made any clothing store owner proud. Yet, one particular hat stood out...


Click here to read the rest of the article!






Envoy Cookout, July 20 

Envoy members! We're getting together for a rooftop cookout, hosted at the residence of Envoy members Mel Meadows and Greg Heinrich on Friday, July 20 at 6:00 PM. We have invited an international delegation who are in town and their program focuses on TV/Broadcast Journalism. Enjoy grilled fare, refreshments, and a scenic sunset view of downtown Atlanta.


Contact RJ Paulisick at for more information and to RSVP.




Dine with Chinese visitors at Figo!

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!


When: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 6:00 PM

Where: Osteria del Figo, 1210 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318


This month we are hosting a delegation from China. Price is $25 for GCIV members and $35 for non-members. For more information and to RSVP, email RJ Paulisick at



Delegation Spotlight

Brazilian delegation with Ms. Laura McCrodden of
America SCORES.

This past month, GCIV hosted a three-member Brazilian delegation. They participated in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on blogging for social change. This opportunity allowed them to observe the legal and ethical issues concerning new media communication; explore the use of new media in creating change and protecting racial, ethnic, and gender rights; and examine the role of technology as a tool in building community awareness.


While in Atlanta, they met with representatives from the  National Center for Civil and Human Rights, America SCORES (pictured above), Creative Loafing, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and the Atlanta Young Writers Institute. The delegation also visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and experienced home hospitality with GCIV member Joe Beasley as well as lunch with a representative from the Brazilian Consulate of Atlanta. 



GCIV Blog: Roma Women from Hungary



Below is an excerpt from an article written by the Honorable Dorothy Beasley, Senior Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia.


What a grand time we had with the very dedicated and lively Roma women when they visited Atlanta for a few days at the beginning of June! It was my great pleasure, and a fine learning experience, to participate with them in a roundtable discussion at the World Trade Center Atlanta on Tuesday the 5th. I was particularly interested, for I had taken a course in Roma Rights at Central European University in Budapest in 2006, but we had not met Roma...


Click here the rest of Judge Dorothy Beasley's blog entry!




July 2 Registration Deadline for International

Soccer Fest


The Atlanta International Soccer Fest 2012 (AISF 2012) will be held over the Labor Day weekend as part of the Publix Atlanta Cup. AISF 2012 will be the international component of the Publix Atlanta Cup, now in its 34th year, held at venues around metro Atlanta and vicinity. AISF teams will play three Round Robin games, two on Saturday, September 1 and one on Sunday, September 2. Semi-finals are also played on Sunday, September 2. The final championship game will take place on Championship Monday, September 3.


The deadline to register teams is July 2, 2012. For team registration, visit Details regarding the event location, game schedules, entry fees, and other pertinent information will be posted there. For more information on AISF 2012 and to become a sponsor, visit





Choir Concert in Honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee




Friends of Cathedral Music and,

In celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee,

The British Consulate-General Atlanta present


The Choir of Trinity College

Cambridge, England

Stephen Layton, conductor


Moore-Wilkerson Concert


The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta

Sunday, July 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m.


General admission:  $15 in advance / $20 day of concert

Seniors & Students: $10 in advance / $15 day of concert


Tickets may be purchased prior to the day of the concert from the  Cathedral Book Store 404-237-7582 or online at





Contribute Towards Global Understanding


collageContribute toward global understanding and become a Citizen Diplomat member of GCIV. 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 distinguished international visitors each year. Becoming a member or giving a gift membership is easy and offers perks like exclusive members-only receptions and hosting opportunities. Visit our membership page or contact RJ Paulisick at for more information.




Discover Diplomacy


collageThe U.S. Department of State has launched a new interactive website to introduce the world of diplomacy and the work of the Department to high school and college students. Through the use of video clips, audio tracks, images and interactive components, the site covers the basic questions about diplomacy: who engages in it and where, as well as an exploration of the range of international issues addressed through the diplomatic process. Check out what diplomacy is here:




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The CASIE Speakeasy 

On the first Wednesday of the month, the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) presents a model language lesson and a different language each month at Speakeasy. The rules of the Speakeasy are simple. Instructors prepare a one hour lesson completely in the target language with no use of English. Then participants, usually with little prior study of the language but many multilingual, converse. Japanese, Amharic, Swahili, Dutch, Romanian, Hebrew, American Sign Language, Tagalog, and Latin are currently scheduled for 2012. NOTE: CASIE is currently looking for other instructors, particularly in languages not commonly taught in American schools. This is a great opportunity to promote languages and culture.


For more information, visit or email John Wilson.




Other Hosting Opportunities


AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers 

AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia are currently seeking host families for the 2012-13 school year. Whether you are in your 20s or 70s, have children or not, live alone or with a roommate, you are the perfect family for AFS! AFS has more than 60 trained Atlanta volunteers supporting host families and students before, during, and after the experience. To start the application process or find out more information, visit or contact Ruth Blackstock at 404-406-2917 or