March 2008 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .
 

Who's Coming to Town?

February 26-March 1 - Slovenia
One Minority Advocate

Minority Integration and Policing

March 6-12 - China
One Government Official

Business Ethics

March 19-21 - Saudi Arabia
Four Government Officials

Good Governance

March 22-26 - Algeria
Five Educators

English as a Second Language

March 23-25 - Armenia
Six Government Officials

Nuclear Energy and Security

April 9-12 - Europe
Six Law Enforcement Officials

Bioterrorism

April 9-13 - Russia
Twelve University Professors

American Studies and English for the Corporate World

April 29-May 3 - Pan-Africa
Twelve Government and NGO Officials

Grassroots Democracy

May 2-6- MRP
Four Medical Professionals and NGO Leaders

Women's Health

May 18-21 - Guatemala
Eight Public Health Officials

Public Health/Nutrition

Please take a look at the delegations needing home hospitality in the coming month and consider hosting a visiting professional in your home for dinner.

Sunday, March 9th - One visitor from China would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. His program in the U.S. will focus on ethics in business and government. He is available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM and may need an interpreter.

Thursday, March 13th - A delegation of fourteen journalists participating in the CNN Journalism Fellowship would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. The delegation represents Australia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM and will not need interpreters. We would like for each host to take two or three guests.

Sunday, March 23rd - Five visitors from Algeria would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus teaching English as a second language. They are available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM. We'd like for each host to take two or three visitors.

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 these dates, please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

GCIV will hold its quarterly Host Orientation Thursday, March 27th, 6:30-7:30 PM. Participation in an orientation is mandatory for all hosts. Please join us for one at your earliest convenience. The orientation will take place at the Regency Suites Hotel, 975 West Peachtree Street in midtown. Light fare will be provided. RSVP to Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.



Presenting Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors








Silver Sponsors
Atlanta City Councilís Advisory Committee on International Relations
The Coca-Cola Company
Equifax
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Invesco
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Mueller Water Products
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bronze Sponsors
Alston & Bird, LLP
AmericasMart
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bear Stearns
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC
McKenna Long & Aldridge
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
nsoro, LLC
Reece & Associates
Regency Suites Hotel
Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
UBS Investment Bank
YKK Corporation of America

Ambassadors Circle
Charlie and Nancy Bedford
Mike Dangerfield
James and Carol Dew
Augustine Esogbue
Chris and Charles Evans
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue and Jim Heerin
Russell Malayery
Jim and Elizabeth Munson
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Bryan Ramos
Sharon and Bruce Taylor


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Plan Your Next Vacation at the International Consular Ball!

GCIV is excited to announce that the International Consular Ball on March 8th has just sold out! Guests will enjoy an exquisite dinner, dancing, and the opportunity to meet distinguished members of Georgia's Consular Corps. An Atlanta tradition for 27 years, the International Consular Ball honors the Georgia Consular Corps for its efforts in furthering international relations in Atlanta and the southeastern United States. This is Atlanta's premier international celebration and networking event, and is sure to be a night to remember.

This year's Consular Ball will feature both live and silent auctions. Exclusive auction items are revealed daily on GCIV's website. International travel packages include stays in a Swiss chalet, Toronto, the Greek Isles, Mexico, Quebec, and any InterContinental Hotel worldwide! Many of these luxurious stays are paired with air travel from Presenting Sponsor Delta Air Lines. Go to the GCIV web site to see all of the items available at the auction.


GCIV Announces Ralitsa Vassileva as 2008 International Consular Ball Host

GCIV is excited to announce that CNN International Anchor Ralitsa Vassileva will serve as the host of the 2008 International Consular Ball. Ms. Vassileva anchors Your World Today and World News. Since working at CNN, she has interviewed a wide range of world leaders and celebrities. Before joining CNN she was an anchor and reporter for Bulgarian Television, where she helped develop a post-communist approach to news delivery. We are happy to have Ms. Vassileva back as the emcee of the International Consular Ball.


Ugandans Learn about Civil Rights History and Interfaith Efforts in Atlanta

In January GCIV had the opportunity to host a distinguished delegation of government officials, NGO leaders, and teachers from Uganda who came to Atlanta to look at Muslim life in the U.S. Many members of the delegation heard stories about Muslims being afraid to practice their religion openly in the United States, and were afraid of what they might encounter. After spending three weeks in this country, they concluded that very vibrant and healthy Muslim communities thrived in the Unites States, and that many were party of an energetic interfaith movement. Click here to hear about the rest of their program in Atlanta.


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 or 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!


GCIV Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 8th - 6:30 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 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Individual tickets are available only to GCIV members. Contact Ashley Mastin for more information.

Thursday, March 13th - 10:00 AM
IWA March Meeting

The International Womens Associates will hear from Leslie Christopher from Belk and Kathy Spetz of Hot Couture. Please contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to receive an invitation.

Saturday, March 15th - 1:00 PM
International Dining Experience at Cafe 101

Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. The menu is $25 and includes a family-style Szechuan meal, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP.

Thursday, March 27th - 6:30 PM
GCIV Host Orientation

Learn the "ins and outs" of hosting while getting to know GCIV staff and fellow hosts. GCIV will organize host orientations once a quarter to help experienced and new hosts alike stay informed and become better citizen diplomats. Participation in an orientation is mandatory for all hosts. Please join us for one at your earliest convenience. The orientation will take place at the Regency Suites Hotel, 975 West Peachtree Street in midtown. RSVP to Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.


Other Opportunities
2008-2009 School Year
Youth For Understanding Host Families Needed

Youth For Understanding is currently seeking host families for the 2008-09 school year. It has dedicated itself for over fifty years to helping students and families around the world to better understand and perceive a much more interconnected world. YFU offers the opportunity to discover new traditions and experience unique cultures by hosting an exchange student. They also offer opportunities to travel abroad as an exchange student to thirty-five different countries. Please call Myke Harris-Long at 800.872.0200 x 276 or visit the web site for more information.

Tuesday, March 4 - 6:00 PM
SCIS Presents Quo Vadis Russia: A Business Perspective

The Southern Center for International Studies invites you to and address and discussion with E. Neville Isdell, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company and Chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council. Register online to reserve your space. Registration begins at 5:15 PM and the event will be at the Atlanta History Center's McElreath Hall, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW. The cost is $45 for non-members and $35 for members.

Wednesday, March 26 - 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Ambassador Charles S. Shapiro of the U.S. State Department's Task Force Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs will address the February ACIR Luncheon. The topic of discussion is "Latin America: Viva la Revolucion." The luncheon is at the Capital City Club, 7 Harris Street, NW. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.



About GCIV
The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to build cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships between Georgians and leading citizens from around the world.

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


Georgia Council for International Visitors
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-832-5560