June 2011  

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  


Georgia Council for International Visitors

In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-2011 International Consular Ball Review-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-GCIV Blog: Salute to the Consular Corps-

-New GCIV Trustee Laura Tordella-

-Make a tax-deductible contribution now!-

-GCIV in the News-

-Envoys Meet President Ramos-

-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
Six Directors and Researchers
Focus: Public Health

June 30 - July 6
Five Journalists
Focus: Journalism

July 5-9
Six Arts Representatives
Focus: Arts Management

Home Hospitality Opportunities

 Thursday, June 30th- Six directors and researchers from China 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 public health. They are available at 6:30 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.

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 May 2011: 

Charge d'Affaires

Shell Stuart 


Maria Cabrera


Jenneke Heerink

  Citizen Diplomat ($50+) 
Paige Becquet
Ann Beeson
Dan and DJ Clancy
Elizabeth Coleman
Themis Cramer
Andrea Denny
Elizabeth Etoll
Anne Godsey
Sue Heerin
Maria Hobart
Mary Kitchens
Bobbi Kornblit
Birgit Kraemer
Donna Laird
Marlene Mehnert
Harshika Patel
Fay Selvage
Denise Steele
Renate Vasquez
Carolyn Wills
Emebet Workeneh
Yoko Yoshida


Pam Amparo
Nancy Gastel
Marina Tanjga


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







GCIV Staff 


Shell Stuart

Executive Director

404-832-5560 x 21



Emily O'Harris

Program Director

404-832-5560 x 15



Nicole Rateau

Community Programs Coordinator

404-832-5560 x 17



Irene Bailey

Global Partnerships Manager

404-832-5560 x 13


Lynn Bazzel
Program Coordinator  lynn@gciv.org






Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

  "Building bridges in construction engineering is regarded as the highest achievement, but building bridges among people is a masterpiece. Sometimes it takes a lifetime, but I think that small steps are all it takes."

- Dr. Elvis Ahmedi, Kosovo
IVLP Alumnus, 2008


Thanks to all who supported the 30th International Consular Ball!


Consular Corps 30th International Consular Ball


The annual International Consular Ball honoring Georgia's Consular Corps shines as Atlanta's premier international event. The 30th anniversary of this special event was held at the elegant Piedmont Driving Club on May 7, 2011. Approximately 40 Consular Corps members and 300 business and civic leaders were in attendance including representatives from platinum sponsors Delta Air Lines, Metro Atlanta Chamber and The Coca-Cola Company.

The Honorable Annabelle Malins, Consul General of the United Kingdom said about the event, "Although we meet each other fairly frequently the chance to get together with consular colleagues in this format as well as meet new internationally minded members of the Atlanta community is very special."

The 30th International Consular Ball was chaired by Midtown residents Jorge and Silvia Fernandez and the theme was Atlanta Welcomes the World. Guests enjoyed perfect spring weather during the cocktail reception on the terrace, a sophisticated dinner of osso buco, exciting silent auction and raffle prizes and live entertainment provided by the Joe Gransden Quartet.

Proceeds from the Consular Ball support GCIV's efforts to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy. With our sponsors' support, GCIV is able to welcome over 500 emerging world leaders to Georgia annually and introduce them to the best our state has to offer.

Click here to view images from the unforgettable evening.

Plan on joining us next spring for the 31st annual International Consular Ball! 



Delegation Spotlight

Sau Kong Lee and Reverend Joseph E. Lowery and staff.

Senior Assistant General for Human Rights in the Hong Kong Department of Justice, Sau Kong Lee, with Reverend Joseph E. Lowery and Representative Tyrone Brooks. Photo courtesy Bill St. John.

In May GCIV delegate Sau Kong Lee had a chance encounter with civil rights leader Reverend Joseph E. Lowry. Lee is the Senior Assistant General for Human Rights in the Legal Policy Division of the Hong Kong Department of Justice. She was attending the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda (GCPA) Voter Empowerment Meeting and had the opportunity to meet Dr. Lowery. Dr. Lowery gave the benediction at President Obama's inauguration and was a founding member along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.    


Lee was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on human rights. While in the U.S., Lee examined the U.S. judicial system at federal, state and local levels and how it relates to human rights and legal policy as well as U.S. foreign policy issues, particularly related to Asia, trade, human rights and aid. She also explored the administration of U.S. international law and the diversity of U.S. society and its influence on government policies and practices. 


In addition to meeting with the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, Lee met with representatives from the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Sisters United in Human Services, Inc. and the Anti-Defamation League and visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site while in Atlanta.




GCIV Blog: The Salute to the Consular Corps Tradition Continues


This blog post continues our retrospective. 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.  


In 1981 Elaine Hayes chaired the first of a series of fundraising dinner dances. These developed into an annual Salute honoring a different country each year with the Ambassador of that country invited from Washington and most of the Atlanta international community in attendance. GCIV worked with local consuls of the honored countries and there were often trades shows, cultural exhibits and educational programs as well as the formal event. These fundraising galas evolved into an annual Salute to the Consular Corps, the first of which was held in 1998.


The tradition of the Salute to the Consular Corps continues today with last month's 30th annual International Consular Ball.  

Click here to read the full excerpt and leave your own comments or memories on GCIV's blog.



GCIV Welcomes New Trustee Laura Tordella

GCIV Trustee Laura Tordella
Laura Tordella is one of GCIV's newest board members. As Marketing Manager at The Coca-Cola Company, she is excited to bring her marketing expertise to help build the GCIV brand and create more awareness of the amazing opportunities GCIV has to offer Georgia communities.

Laura's favorite thing about GCIV is the people, from volunteers to staff, and their passion. She would like to see GCIV grow in membership, awareness and community involvement.

Laura and her husband Bill have three girls, Emma (11), Olivia (8) and Dorothy Frances (6). She loves international travel and looks forward to becoming more globally engaged!




Make a tax-deductible contribution toward international understanding!

Give them the world!Make a tax-deductible contribution toward international understanding and join 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 404-832-5560 x 17 for more information.



GCIV in the News 

International Consular Ball featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle

GCIV's International Consular Ball made headlines. The event was featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's "The Insider: Events Around Town" with a half page photo spread. Click here to view the full page.

Global Atlanta also featured the event in an article titled "Georgia Diplomats Celebrated at Annual Ball" and featuring
included a photo of German Consul General and dean of the Consular Corps, Lutz Görgens. Click here to view the article.

In addition, Neighbor Newspapers will include photos from the International Consular Ball in their June 1, 2011 publications.



GCIV Envoys Meet Former Philippines President and People Power Revolutionary Fidel V. Ramos

Envoy Steering Committee with President Fidel Ramos

GCIV Envoys with President Ramos and Honorary Consul General Ray Donato.

GCIV Envoys had the unique opportunity in May to attend a reception honoring the 12th President of the Philippines and People Power Revolutionary, Fidel V. Ramos. Prior to his election as president, Ramos served in the presidential cabinet first as chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and later on as the Secretary of National Defense. He contributed to the People Power Revolution in 1986, a nonviolent demostration that led to the country's restoration of democracy. During his presidential tenure, Ramos returned economic stability to the country. He is a West Point alumnus and the only Filipino to ever receive an honorary British Knighthood from the United Kingdom bestowed to him by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995 for his service in politics and government.


GCIV Envoys were guests of the Honorary Consul General of the Phillipines and GCIV board member, Ray Donato. 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.   







Community Events


Sunday, June 5th, 3:00 - 6:00 PM 

Salon de Thé

Alliance Française d'Atlanta, Atlanta's premier provider of French language and culture fostering intellectual and artistic exchanges between the French-speaking world and local communities, presents a premier auction, Salon de Thé, High Tea and Hat event. in the Savannah Room of the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, 75 Fourteenth Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. Fashionable hats are encouraged. Reserved tables and tickets available. For more information visit www.afatl.com


Tuesday, June 14th, 3:30 - 6:00 PM
"Global Entrepreneurship: Could it Improve the Economic Recovery?

World Chamber of Commerce (WCC) presents a discussion on Global Entrepreneurship with keynote speaker, Ambassador Charles Shapiro, the former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela who currently chairs the U.S. Department of State Free Trade Agreement Task Force. The event is at the Terry College of Business, Executive Education Center, One Live Oak Center, 3475 Lenox Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. The price is $15 for WCC members and $25 for non-members. Click here for more information.  


June 17-19, 2011 

Second Emory Conference on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding 

Emory University is holding its second conference on religion, conflict and peacebuilding called "Local Peacebuilding and Religion: Context, Practices and Models" June 17-19. The conference is part of a major component of Emory University's Initiative in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding (IRCP), and follows the first summit held in 2007. For a complete schedule, registration pricing, directions and list of speakers visit www.emory.edu.


June 21-22, 2011 

USA India Business Summit 

The theme of the second annual USA India Business Summit (UIBS) is "Growing Business and Promoting Entrepreneurship" and the goal is to promote business and investment between USA and India in key areas of technology, clean tech, infrastructure, logistics, real estate and investment, etc. Many dignitaries, distinguished speakers, special guests, and hundreds of corporate representatives will attend. This year's summit will be at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Conference Center, 250 14th Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. For more information visit www.usaindiabusinesssummit.com.

Warm thanks to our Consular Ball Sponsors! 


Platinum Sponsor  




Metro Atlanta Chamber

 The Coca-Cola Company



Silver Sponsors


Georgia Department of Economic Development  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
 InterContinental Hotels Group Invesco
Kuck Immigration Parnters LLC Regency Suites Hotel


Bronze Sponsors

Credit Suisse
Emory Healthcare  Grant Thornton 

Habif, Arogeti Hennessy Auto  JPMorgan Chase    Studley UBS