March 2009
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Save the Date for the International Consular Ball
Chinese Delegation Shares Best Practices with Atlanta Counterparts
Become a Citizen Diplomat Today!
Citizen Diplomacy Call to Action
GCIV Upcoming Events

Who's coming to town?

February 28 - March 4 - Indonesia
Two Government Officials
Focus: Good Governance
March 3-7 - Near East Asia/North Africa
Eleven Civil Society and Government Leaders
Focus: Human Rights
March 11-13 - Russia
Six Government and NGO Officials
Focus: Urban Planning
March 24-28 - Western Hemisphere
Eight Public Health Officials
Focus: Public Health
March 24-28 - Afghan & Pakistan
Ten Tribal Leaders
Focus: Community Problem Solving
April 12-16 - Iraq
Nine Journalists
Focus: Broadcast Journalism
April 15-19 - Thailand
Four Community Leaders
Focus: Religious and Ethnic Diversity
April 26-30 - Near East & North Africa
Ten Journalists and Producers
Focus: Creative Broadcasting
April 26-29 - Belarus
Six Religious and NGO Leaders
Focus: Religion and Community Activism

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Wednesday, March 25th - Ten tribal leaders from Afghanistan and Pakistan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. The group is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM; some guests will be accompanied by an interpreter.

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.

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor
Georgia Power

Bronze Sponsors
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Regency Suites Hotel

Ambassadors Circle
Enrique Flores and
Erika Monckeberg
Elizabeth and Jim Munson
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall and Frederick H. Kruse
Sharon and Bruce Taylor
Annie York and

Raul F. Trujillo

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during January and February 2009:

Ambassador ($1,000)
Sharon and Bruce Taylor

Attache ($100)
David and Beverly Clyde
Sandra D. Robertson
Gail Sermersheim
Yonni Kim Stahl
Camille Yahm
Kristian Wolf

Citizen Diplomat ($50)
Douglas Allen
James Dean and Vivyan Coleman Dean
Rahim Dhanani
Richard George
Eugene Henry
Nicholas LeVan
Monika L. Leib
Eric Lucas
Bernice Maw
Charles A. Marvin
  Melissa Palacios
Hector Romero
David Ross
Envoy ($25)
Sybil Ingram-Campbell

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Save the Date for the International Consular Ball!
consular ball
Chinese Delegation Shares Insight with Georgia Counterparts
In February 2009 GCIV coordinated a professional exchange program through the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program for four distinguished Chinese guests.  They represented various cross-sections of the journalism field in China:  a magazine, journalism schools, and government agencies.  While in the U.S., the delegation traveled to Atlanta, Washington, DC, New York City, Kansas City, and San Francisco.  The program was designed so that our visitors could meet with their professional counterparts to discuss citizen access to information, and to gain a more accurate understanding of the United States.  While in Atlanta, our guests met with representatives from the Carter Center, Common Cause Georgia, the Center for International Media Education at Georgia State University, the Georgia Technology Authority, and CNN. They also participated in a GCIV Global Lunch Forum and enjoyed dinners in the homes of GCIV members.
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!
Citizen Diplomacy Call to Action

citizen diplomacy
During a special event held on February 5, 2009 at the National Press Club in Washington DC, the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy and a national coalition released a Letter to President Barack Obama asking for his endorsement of and involvement in a campaign to mobilize and engage more Americans in building strong person-to-person relationships with citizens from other countries. A "Call To Action" was announced to encourage Americans of all ages and backgrounds to join with the President and become citizen diplomats of the highest order for their communities, our country and the world. Click here to read the Letter to the President and to sign it in support of this initiative.
GCIV Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 12th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
IWA March Meeting
The International Womens Associates will hear a presentation from Ms. Orysia Fisher and other members of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America. Topics include Ukrainian music and pysanky, the famous Ukrainian Easter Eggs.  Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to receive an invitation.

Sunday, March 15th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
GCIV International Dining Experience at Bombay Grill
Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. We will take advantage of Bombay Grill's weekend buffet, featuring a wide array of authentic Indian cuisine. The price is $16 per person, and this includes the meal, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Ongoing through March 2009
Great Decisions Lecture Series and Discussion Groups
GCIV's Great Decisions foreign policy discussion groups started in January 2009. Increase your understanding of world affairs through this eight-week series based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association. Click here for a list of discussion groups and the annual topics - we will update it as more groups are confirmed. You can also find the lineup for two lecture series based on the Great Decisions topics in Dunwoody and in Carrollton. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to find out more information, join an existing group, or to start your own discussion group.

Other Opportunities

Thursday, March 5th, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
A Powerful Noise Live
CARE USA presents a special screening of the acclaimed documentary film A Powerful Noise on International Women's Day. The film will be followed by a live townhall discussion from 450 theaters across the country. Purchase tickets online.

March 17th and March 19th
Immigration Basics Webinar by Fisher & Phillips
Join Fisher & Phillips LLP as we guide you through the maze, bring you up to date on the current state of immigration laws, and reveal areas where your company may have exposure.   Learn what every employer needs to know about immigration.  Register online or contact Sarah Hawk with questions.

Friday, March 20th, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
SCIS/SIBF Luncheon Series: The Global Impact of the Financial Crisis
The Society of International Business Fellows and the Southern Center for International Studies are hosting a panel discussion on the Global Impact of the Financial Crisis.  The cost is $45 for SIBF/SCIS members, and $55 to non-members.  Register online or call the Southern Center with questions at 404-261-5763.

Sunday, March 22nd, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Piano of the Americas Concert

Winner of a 2008 Emmy award and Grammy-nominated International Pianist Composer Enrique Chia will be joined by his orchestra and dancers on Sunday, March 22 in a concert to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Atlanta. Tickets can be purchased online; prices vary.

Tuesday, March 24th, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Atlanta Committee on Teaching About the United Nations Conference, "Teaching Human Rights: Global to Local"
This conference, held at Atlanta's renowned Carter Center, is specially designed for interested educators, administrators and citizens at all levels to learn about the United Nations and special topics related to international affairs and human rights. Click here for registration info or contact Julia Farrigan at 770-775-6449 with any questions.
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.