June 2009
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Today is your last chance to join us at the International Consular Ball!
Save the Date for the 2009 Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy!
GCIV Blog: Welcome, MEPI Fellows!
GCIV Trustee James Munson Awarded Highest Honor by The World Trade Center
Chinese Delegation Explores Impact of the Financial Crisis
Become a Citizen Diplomat Today!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

May 23 - August 13 - Kuwait & Yemen
Two Businesswomen
Focus: Business Fellowships

May 28 - June 2 - Georgia

Six University Administrators
Focus: Higher Education Fundraising
  May 30 - June 4 - Multi-Regional
Eight Government Officials & Business Representatives
Focus: Accountability in Government

May 30 - June 3- Kyrgyz Republic
Three Government Officials
Focus: International Adoption

June 9 - 12 - Brazil
One Musician/Social Activist
Focus: Hip Hop & Youth Programs
June 13 - 17 - South Asia
Eleven Local Leaders
Focus: Conflict Resolution

June 17 - Multi-Regional
Fourteen Journalists
Focus: CNN Journalism Fellowship

  July 1 - 5 - China
One Public Health Official
Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention & Treatment

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Wednesday, June 17th - Twelve journalists from Germany, Israel, Kuwait, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, Taiwan, and Thailand would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. The group is participating in the CNN Journalism Fellowship Program. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM; no interpreters are necessary.  We'd like for each host to take 2-3 guests.

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 this date, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

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 May 2009:

Rosie & Lindsay Davidson
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Shell Stuart

Charge d'Affaires
 Carol & Jim Dew
Jim Pearson

Linda Pearson
Citizen Diplomat
Pilar Amir
Christa Burry
Jill Carlson-Miyatake
Dorthy Clancy
Silvana Eakin
Laura Gilmore
Peggy Helm
Maria Hobart
Josephine Maloney
Faye McKay-Clegg
Annie York Trujillo
Yoko Yoshida

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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Today is your last chance to join us at the International Consular Ball!
MaskPlease join us in honoring Georgia's Consular Corps at the International Consular Ball!  Your ticket to Atlanta's premier international event supports GCIV's community programs. You can view both the invitation and response card online.  We only have a few seats left - contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to see if you can obtain one of the last remaining spots.  Today - June 1st - is the deadline to purchase tickets.

Purchase individual tickets using the link below, or send your check to GCIV.  Be sure to call GCIV if you mail in a check, so we can put you on our guest list.  In the mean time, be sure to visit the page detailing the event's Silent Auction, so you can come prepared to bid on some amazing items!

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:  Welcome, MEPI Fellows!

MEPIGCIV is excited to welcome to Atlanta Aminah Abotalaf and Maisa Hakimi, participants in the U.S. State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Aminah, from Kuwait, and Maisa, from Yemen, are part of the MEPI Legal and Business Fellowship Program, which brought twenty young Arab women professionals to the United States for executive training and business fellowships at top U.S. companies.  They just finished the first week of their fellowships: Aminah at Southern Company, and Maisa at Coca-Cola Company. The fellows are also exploring Atlanta, having already visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Piedmont Park, Atlantic Station, and more. Click here to read more.
GCIV Trustee James Munson Awarded Highest Honor by The World Trade Center
Jim MunsonJames Munson, President and CEO of Munson International, has been presented The World Trade Center "Citizen of the World" Achievement Award by the Atlanta Chapter of the World Trade Center for his contributions to the global community.  Munson has been a board member of the WTCA for many years and is best known for his outstanding contributions to business development. He has been instrumental in incubating and establishing businesses as well as moving people and companies around the world. He is also well recognized for his ability to connect people together for the purpose of advancing the business needs of others.  Click here to read more.
Chinese Delegation Explores Impact of the Financial Crisis
In May 2009 GCIV coordinated a professional exchange program through the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program for three distinguished guests from China.  This delegation consisted of three staff members from the Regional Competitiveness Research Center at the Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences.  While in the U.S., the delegation traveled to Atlanta, Washington, DC, and New York City.  The program was designed to give our guests the opportunity to meet with their professional counterparts to discuss the concerns of small businesses, economic development approaches of local communities and state governments, and financial regulations.  While in Atlanta, our guests met with representatives from the GSU Small Business Development Center, Federal Reserve Bank, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Securities and Exchange Commission, Coca-Cola Comapny, and Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. We at GCIV hope to hear of their continued progress in their respective careers, and are grateful we had the opportunity to host them here in our community.
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

Saturday, June 6th, 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
International Consular Ball
The International Consular Ball honors the Georgia Consular Corps for its efforts in furthering international relations in Atlanta and the southeastern United States. The event will be held at the Georgia Aquarium. Individual tickets are available for purchase online. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information.

Thursday, June 11th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  Hip Hop and Youth Empowerment in Brazil

Join GCIV and a Brazilian rapper/community activist 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.

Monday, June 15th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
GCIV International Dining Experience at Mosaic Cafe
Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. We will share a meal at Mosaic Cafe in West Midtown, and our MEPI fellows from Kuwait and Yemen will join us.  The price is $20 per person, and this includes the meal, a non-alcoholic drink, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.
Upcoming GCIV Envoy Events

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

Thursday, June 4th, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Turner First Thursdays Art Walk
Join GCIV members and our MEPI fellows from Kuwait and Yemen at this free event.  The First Thursdays Art Walk is a time when several downtown art galleries are open to the public.  We'll meet at GCIV's downtown, office, visit several galleries, and end at the SunDial Restaurant, where the the Mose Davis Trio plays jazz music every Thursday.  Contact Ashley Mastin to RSVP.

Tuesday, June 9th, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Atlanta Braves Game
Join GCIV members and our MEPI fellows from Kuwait and Yemen at a baseball game featuring the Atlanta Braves vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.  We will meet at the stadium and purchase tickets there, between $10-20. Contact Ashley Mastin to RSVP.

Thursday, June 11th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Atlanta Botanical Gardens' Cocktails in the Garden
Cocktails in the Garden on Thursday evenings provide an ideal opportunity to view the massive bronze sculptures of Moore in America when they are dramatically lit in the cool of the evening.  Join GCIV members and our MEPI fellows from Kuwait and Yemen at this unique event.  There will be light tastings from a local restaurant, and admission is $15 (free for members of the Garden).  Contact Ashley Mastin to RSVP.
Opportunity to Host Chinese Exchange Students
July 16-26, Atlanta area families will host high school students and adult chaperones from China. The students, ages 13-15, have studied English for several years and are here to experience a language and cultural immersion while creating lasting friendships. Nacel Open Door will organize English lessons and visits to Atlanta area attractions M-F, 9-5. Host families take care of students or chaperones during evenings and weekends.  If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting and enriching experience, contact Atlanta Program Leader Joan Roberts at 404-520-0511, or click here for a more complete description of the program.  You can also visit Nacel's web site
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

"The final battle against intolerance is yet to be fought . . . it won't
come from the chamber of any legislature, but from the hearts of men."
-President Dwight D. Eisenhower