June 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Community Connections is Coming to Georgia!
Follow GCIV on Twitter!
GCIV Still Needs Your Recipes!
Delegation Spotlight
GCIV in the News
GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Lynne Zappone
Trustees in the News
How to Contribute toward International Understanding
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

June 9-11 - Germany
Ten Government Officials
Focus: Clean Technology and Environmental Impact

June 20-23 - China
One Social Activist
Focus: Human and Civil Rights

June 22-25 - Belarus
One Public Health Official
Focus: Global Health

June 27-30 - Poland
One Director
Focus: Transportation

July 1-7 - Libya
Six Archaeologists, Curators, and Government Representatives
Focus: Cultural Heritage Preservation

July 2-6
Multi-Regional Project
Eight Librarians and
Policy Makers
Focus: American Libraries

GCIV Home-Stay and
Home Hospitality Opportunities

Tuesday, July 6th - Six archaeologists, curators, and government representatives from Libya 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 the U.S. cultural heritage and preservation. 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 July 6th, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Home-stay hosts are asked to assist with some transportation and meals. A $50 gift card will be provided per week per visitor as a contribution toward expenses. If you are hosting more than one visitor, each should have his/her own bedroom. If you are interested in being a volunteer home-stay host, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.
International Consular Ball Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Coca-Cola Company

Georgia Power

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

InterContinental Hotels Group


Bronze Sponsors
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Barclays Capital

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

Community Voices - Morehouse
School of Medicine

Emory University Hospital Midtown

Fulton County

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Regency Suites Hotel


Special Thanks
Affairs to Remember

Consulate General of Argentina

Consulate General of Australia

Consulate General of the Bahamas

Consulate General of Canada

Consulate General of France

Consulate General of Germany

Consulate of Greece

Consulate General of Japan

Consulate General of Switzerland

Consulate General of the United Kingdom

Delta Air Lines

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Foxgloves & Ivy Floral Design

Rialto Center for the Arts

Global Partners

Atlanta Forum Network

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, 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 May 2010:

Ambassador ($1000+)
Scott and Laurie Nichols

Charge d'Affairs ($500+)
Jenni Heerink

Consul ($250)
Jai Rogers

Attache ($100+)
Silvana Eakin
Elizabeth Munson

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Pilar Amir
Christine Armour
Marika Barbalho
Patty Bundt
Jill Carlson-Miyatake
Silvana Cavellier
Gudrun Chapman
D.J. Clancy
Patricia Clay
Themis Poulos Cramer
Rosie Davidson
Andrea Denny
Jennifer DeShetler
Carol Dew
Chris Franz
Anne Godsey
Gail Goodwin
Jenny Hewett
Maria Hobart
Maria Olga Hoffman
Susanne Howe
Mary Kitchens
Beth Kroger
Sharyn Lazarnick
Josie Marto
Marianne McConnel
Dianna McCrary
Denise McGuinness
Sandra McQueen
Margaret Michaelides
Marlene Nikaukary
Lea Nixon
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall
Anita Sahni
Fay Selvage
Carol Sharkey
Toshi Shimizu
Joyce Thomas
Tanveer Usmani
Helene Weiss
Carolyn Lee Wills
Camille Yahm
Durshi Zoberi

Envoy ($25+)
Yasmin Taylor

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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Community Connections is Coming to Georgia!

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.

When possible, in order to maximize the bonding opportunity between delegate and host and limit disruption to the program, we ask that hosts participate for the entire three weeks. Volunteers who are able to participate for one or two weeks will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 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.

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

Follow GCIV on Twitter!

GCIV is "tweeting"! Sign up for the latest in social networking and stay up-to-date with the latest GCIV visitors, events, and news. If you already have a Twitter account, just "follow" GCIV.

Twitter is a social networking site where users post updates or "tweets" of less than 140 characters, providing instantly updated, current information. There is no fee to participate and registration is simple. This is a great way to keep up with GCIV and you can even get this information delivered directly to your mobile phone!


GCIV Still Needs Your Recipes!

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.

Delegation Spotlight

Brazilian Delegation

In May GCIV had the pleasure of hosting six Brazilian government and business leaders who were participating in the U.S. Department of State's Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination (JAPER) program. The group visited Atlanta specifically to delve into the intricacies of a socially inclusive Olympics. Brazil will host the 2016 Summer Olympics in the capital city of Rio de Janeiro.

While in Atlanta, the Brazilian delegation met with Neil Barclay, CEO of the National Black Arts Festival, Ambassador Adalnio Senna Ganem, the Brazilian Consul General, and many individuals that were influential in Atlanta's 1996 Centennial Olympic Games including Morris Dillard, Bill Miller, Charlie Battle, Clara Axam, and Paul Feyereisen. In addition, they enjoyed touring the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the Atlanta History Center's Centennial Olympic Games Museum. The delegation is pictured above with Paul Feyereisen, who oversaw the Olympic Athlete Welcome & Accreditation Center as Project Manager during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.

GCIV in the News

GCIV and volunteer programmer Dick George are featured in the Macon Telegraph. The article written by Ed Grisamore and titled, "Wherever you go, there you are," highlights citizen diplomacy, a philosophy of both GCIV and Dick George, in which international relations are essentially built through individual relationships. This past week, Macon, Savannah, Athens and Atlanta residents experienced citizen diplomacy first-hand as they interacted one-on-one with six business leaders and social activists from Russia participating in an Open World Program sponsored by the Library of Congress. The delegation enjoyed a pot-luck supper, home-stays, a day at the beach and a wide variety of professional meetings with Georgia universities, businesses, NGOs, and federal and state representatives. Click here to read the article.

GCIV Welcomes New Board Member
Lynne Zappone

New Board Member Lynne Zappone
Lynne Zappone is one of GCIV's newest board members. She feels that her personal and professional goals are strongly aligned with those of GCIV. With a background as an educator, she is excited to be on GCIV's board because it enables her to assist in building future leaders for the global community.

Lynne can provide insight into how to make GCIV's exchange programs more meaningful and will assist with program development. She would like to see GCIV continue to offer opportunities and educational programs for members to interact with visitors and participate in activities together, because interaction and engagement are key components to understanding and compassion. Lynne herself loves interacting with visitors. She also finds the passion of her fellow GCIV board members inspiring.

Lynne's travel companion is her daughter Juliana. Together, they've traveled extensively in Asia and Europe, and in 2009, completed a missionary trip to Africa.

Trustees in the News

GCIV Trustee Laurie Scott Nichols was interviewed for a Korean television segment on introverted leadership. Laurie talks about the bias she felt as someone who is reserved and thoughtful before she voices her opinion. However, the segment also points out that many current, influential leaders are introverts. Click here to view the video.

Want to contribute toward international understanding?

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!

Upcoming GCIV Events

Tuesday, June 15th, 6:00 - 8:00 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 on 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 Desta Ethiopian Kitchen, 3086 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. 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.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Human and Civil Rights in China

Join a GCIV international exchange participant from China for a lunchtime discussion about human and civil rights. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the HOK office, at 191 Peachtree Street, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. HOK is the architecture firm designing the new Center for Civil and Human Rights. 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.

Thursday, June 24th, 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Envoy: Screen on the Green with Belarusian Delegation
Join GCIV members and a medical chair from Belarus for the final film and Viewer's Choice of the outdoor Screen on the Green series. This is a FREE event at Piedmont Park. Remember 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.

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, June 3rd, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
The June ACIR Luncheon features a presentation by Chief Operating Officer of CARE, Steve Hollingworth, titled "Haiti: Before and After the Earthquake." The meeting is at the Capital City Club downtown, and costs $30 for members, $40 for non-members. This is the last meeting before summer break. Please email Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

Saturday, June 5th
National Learn to Row Day
The Atlanta Rowing Club is opening its doors and offering short clinics for free so everyone can experience rowing. Meet at the Atlanta Rowing Club boat house for a brief instruction of the basics on a rowing machines. Then head out to the river to learn how to row on the water under the guidance of experienced coaches. For more information, visit www.atlantarow.org.

Saturday, June 12th
Atlanta International Soccer Fest Tournament
Come cheer on your favorite country in this round robin tournament at the Atlanta Silverbacks' new home, the RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium. The tournament is part of the Atlanta International Soccer Fest from June 11 - July 11, designed to coincide with
FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Proceeds from Atlanta International Soccer Fest benefit SOS Children's Villages. Visit www.atlsoccerfest.com for more information.

Employment Opportunities

Friendship Force International
Headquartered in Atlanta, Friendship Force International has several current employment opportunities. For more information, visit www.thefriendshipforce.org.

About GCIV

The Georgia Council for International Visitors builds understanding and cooperation between the people of our state and the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to become more globally engaged.
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"All actors are necessary in the building of peace, and all must develop their particular roles."
- Josep Mayoral Antigas
Mayor of Granollers, Spain and Vice President of Mayors for Peace