March 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
29th Annual International Consular Ball
Barclays Capital, Community Voices, and UBS Join GCIV...
Start a Great Decisions Discussion Group
Delegation Spotlight
Atlanta Showcases Southern Hospitality to Vladivostok Government Delegation
GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Ginny Johansmeier
Become a Citizen Diplomat!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

March 2-5 - Belarus
Three Public Health Officials
Focus: Global Health Issues

March 3-7 - Belgium
One NGO Representative
Focus: Interfaith and Minority Issues

March 6-10 - South Africa
Six Business Executives
Focus: TV Management

March 7-10 - Japan
One Journalist
Focus: Immigration

March 17-21 - Indonesia
One Journalist
Focus: TV Management

March 23-27 - Africa
Eighteen Judges & Lawyers
Focus: Justice Administration

March 24-27 - Morocco
One Musician
Focus: Hip Hop as Social Change

April 4-7 - Iraq
Five Teachers and Professors
Focus: English as a Second Language

April 13-16 - Regional Project
Twelve Public Health Officials
Focus: Food Safety

April 15-17 - Italy
One Human Rights Representative
Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

GCIV Home Hospitality Opportunities

Thursday, March 4th
- One NGO representative from Belgium would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. He is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on interfaith and minority issues. He is available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Thursday, March 18th - One business executive from Indonesia would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. He is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on TV management. He is available at 6:30 PM, and 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 these dates, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

International Consular Ball Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Georgia Power
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
InterContinental Hotels Group
The Coca-Cola Company

Bronze Sponsors
Barclays Capital
Community Voices - Morehouse School of Medicine
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

The Regency Suites Hotel

Special Thanks
Affairs to Remember
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Rialto Center for the Arts
Global Partners

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc
Sunrise Bank of Atlanta
Reece & Associates
Regency Suites Hotel
Atlanta Forum Network

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during February 2010:

Ambassador ($1,000)
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Jim and Carol Dew
Jim and Sue Heerin
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Raoul "Ray" Donato

Consul ($250)
Patricia Williams
Robert L. Shannon, Jr.
Sandra D. Robertson

Attache ($100)
Charles and Betsy Marvin

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Alan J. Wind
Maria Rossi
Martha Clifton
Richard S. George

Envoy ($25+)
Allen Freedman
Barbara Marnock
Cheralynn M. Gregoire
Crystal Snoddy

Ambassadors Circle
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Jim and Carol Dew
Jim and Sue Heerin
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Shell Stuart

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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Save the Date:  International Consular Ball on April 30, 2010!


GCIV is pleased to present the 29th Annual International Consular Ball. The event will take place on Friday, April 30, 2010 at the Atlanta History Center. The International Consular Ball provides an opportunity for Georgia's business and civic communities to join GCIV in honoring the members of the Consular Corps for their role in building valuable relationships between our region and the world. Atlanta's premier international event, the International Consular Ball brings together the business, civic, education, and diplomatic communities for a dynamic evening of networking and celebration. 

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities or purchase your individual tickets online.

Barclays Capital, Community Voices - Morehouse School of Medicine, and UBS Join GCIV in Honoring the Consular Corps!

GCIV is pleased to welcome three more sponsors for the April 30, 2010 International Consular Ball:  Barclays Capital, Community Voices - Morehouse School of Medicine, and UBS will all sponsor at the Bronze level.

Barclays Capital is the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC. With a distinctive business model, Barclays Capital provides large corporate, government, and institutional clients with a full spectrum of solutions to their strategic advisory, financing and risk management needs.

Community Voices: Health Care for the Underserved is a group of community-based demonstration projects dedicated to finding real-life ways to provide greater access to quality healthcare to the underserved and uninsured people in America.

Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland, UBS is a global firm providing financial services to private, corporate, and institutional clients. Its strategy is to focus on international wealth management and the Swiss banking business alongside its global expertise in investment banking and asset management. In Switzerland, UBS is the market leader in retail and commercial banking.

These three sponsors join GCIV, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Kuck Immigration Partners, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Power, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, InterContinental Hotels Group, Invesco, Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, The Regency Suites Hotel, and Affairs to Remember Caterers in strengthening Georgia's role in our international community. This year's International Consular Ball promises to be one of the largest and best ever; please reserve your table now to ensure your guests and colleagues have the best possible seating!

Start a Great Decisions Discussion Group

GDAre you passionate about foreign affairs? Do you love to debate?

Start a Great Decisions discussion group in your community today!
Based on the Foreign Policy Association's nonpartisan briefing books, this year's discussion topics include: Special Envoys, Kenya and Responsibility to Protect, Global Crime, U.S.-China Security Relations, Global Financial Crisis, Russian and its Neighbors, The Persian Gulf, and Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution.

GCIV works with a number of community organizations and neighborhoods to create and sustain discussion groups. Find more information about the Great Decisions program and the 2010 topics on the GCIV web site. If you have questions or are interested in forming a Great Decisions discussion group, please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17.

Delegation Spotlight


In February GCIV had the pleasure of hosting five government officials from Pakistan who were participants in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. They were examining the structure and dynamics of state and local government and how the institutions provide effectively for the needs of their citizens, as well as the key roles voluntary organizations play in supplementing and extending the reach of the government.  

While in Atlanta, the Pakistani Delegation met with representatives from The Commission for a New Georgia, Georgia Department of Human Services, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Transportation, City of Atlanta, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and toured the Georgia State Capitol and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. The delegation is pictured above with Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed, Deputy Chief Operating Officer Luz Borrero, and Director of Performance Management Duriya Farooqui.

Atlanta Showcases Southern Hospitality to Vladivostok Government Delegation

A delegation of government officials stopped over in Atlanta on their way to Ecuador on Saturday, February 20. US Consul General to Vladivostok, Tom Armbruster, requested GCIV arrange a short program to showcase Atlanta and our famous southern hospitatlity. Friends at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport provided exemplary protocol services and welcome gifts, and Consular Ball Sponsor Habif, Arogeti & Wynne hosted a welcome luncheon including employees, business partners, and City of Atlanta representatives. GCIV member Victor Todoriuc volunteered as interpreter. Although in Atlanta for less than a full day, the delegation left us with thoughts of returning as soon as possible.

German American Chamber of Commerce Opening

Pictured above from left to right are volunteer interpreter Victor Todoriuc, Vladivostok City Administration Deputy Mayor Elena Gavro, GCIV Trustee Yelena Epova, Atlanta City Council Member Kwanza Hall, and Vladivostok City Administration Deputy Mayor Elena Shchegoleva.

GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Ginny Johansmeier

New GCIV Board Member Ginny Johansmeier
Ginny Johansmeier is one of GCIV's newest Board Members. She is excited to join the board, as she is passionate about foreign affairs and global education, reasons she feels are also excellent benefits of being a GCIV member. Ginny hopes to leverage her business experience to assist GCIV with its Global Partners and sponsorships initiatives.

Ginny is also on the Great Decisions Dunwoody Lecture Series Planning Committee. Committee members help facilitate the eight-week program, including taking turns as moderator, securing speakers, managing registration and assisting with promotions.

Ginny is well traveled and has many international friends. She has two children, who are both bilingual. She herself hopes to improve her broken French.

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!

Upcoming GCIV Events

Thursday, March 4th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  Interfaith and Minority Issues in Belgium
Join a GCIV international exchange participant from Belgium for a lunchtime discussion about interfaith and minority issues. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel in Midtown. You can bring your own lunch at no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP.

Thursday, March 11th, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
International Women Associates March Meeting
IWA will meet at the Nakato Japanese Restaurant for a traditional lunch and a presentation on Japanese culture. Cost is $20. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 if you are interested in receiving an invitation.

Friday, April 30th
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 Atlanta History Center. Individual tickets are available for purchase online. Contact Shell Stuart for sponsorship information. Proceeds from the Consular Ball benefit GCIV's international exchange and education programs.

Community Events

Tuesday, March 2nd, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
The Forum for Expatriate Management
Join executives from Mercer and your global business colleagues to find out everything you need to know about expatriate compensation. In addition, Narsi Narasimhan, Chairman of the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) will discuss the latest issues in management for Indian professionals. The meeting is at the City Club of Buckhead. Register at or email for more information.

Thursday, March 4th, 7:00 PM
Free Screening of "Throw Down Your Heart: Bela Fleck Brings the Banjo Back to Africa"
See the award-winning film which documented Bela Fleck's journey through Africa as he explored the African roots of the banjo. The free screening at the Rialto Center for the Arts is a precursor to Fleck's concert there on Saturday, March 6th. Visit for more information.

Monday, March 29th, 12:00 - 1:45 PM
The Sam Nunn Policy Forum
Presented by Bank of America and Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College, the 2010 Sam Nunn Policy Forum will focus on a "Path Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons: The Euro-Atlantic Challenge." The event will be at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, at 84 Fifth Street. Visit for more information.

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

"I'm sure that peace will come from better knowledge of each of us humans all over the world."
- Guy Michel Sukho
2008 IVLP Alumnus
Assistant Auditor, Bureau du Verificateur General
Bamako, Mali