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
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.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and
members who have made financial contributions during May 2011:
Dan and DJ Clancy
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Darren and Ann Short
Tycho Stahl and Yonni Kim
Ken and Linda Stewart
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Lew and Anne Hansen
Alfred and Evelyn Messer
George and Judy Varga
W. Lindsay Davidson,
E. Miller Williams,
Ernst & Young LLP
J. David Clyde,
Spinnaker Medical Consultants International
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne
Atlanta Council on International Relations
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania
Honorary Consul General of the Philippines
International Women Associates Chair
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Arnall Golden Gregory
Kuck Immigration Parnters
Alston & Bird
Laurie Grant Nichols
StandUp For Kids
John E. Parkerson, Jr.
Honorary Consul of Hungary
Pierson Global Group
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
RBC Capital Markets
Georgia Institute of Technology
The Coca-Cola Company
Annie York Trujillo
International Women Associates
German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy
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
- Dr. Elvis Ahmedi, Kosovo
IVLP Alumnus, 2008
Thanks to all
who supported the 30th International Consular Ball!
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
on joining us next spring for the 31st annual International Consular
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
GCIV Envoys with President Ramos and Honorary Consul
General Ray Donato.
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.
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.
5th, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Salon de Thé
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?"
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.
Conference on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding
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.
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.