March 2011
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors
In This Issue
-Who's coming to town?-
-Six New Sponsors Support the 2011 International Consular Ball-
-Delegation Spotlight-
-NCIV Celebrates 50 Years of Citizen Diplomacy-
-Home-Stay Hosts Needed-
-GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Darren Short-
-GCIV Blog: GCIV in the Era of Civil Rights-
-Consular Corps-ner-
-Be more globally-minded this year!-
-Other Hosting Opportunities-
-Upcoming GCIV Events-
-Community Events-
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Who's coming to town?

  February 26 - March 2
Saudi Arabia
Ten Ministry of Education Officials
Focus: Religious and Public Education

March 2-5
Eight University Representatives
Focus: University Partnerships for Promotion of Innovation

March 3-8
Nine Engineers, Researchers, and Public Officials
Focus: Water Management

March 5-9
Two University Rectors and One Vice Rector
Focus: Higher Education

March 13-16
One Executive Director for Human Rights Law
Focus: International Women of Courage

March 21-25
Four Law Enforcement

Focus: Human Trafficking and Law Enforcement

March 23-26
South/Central Asia
Seven University Representatives
Focus: University Administration

March 30 - April 2
Two Magistrates
Focus: Criminal Justice

March 30 - April 2
Two Senior Law Enforcement Officers
Focus: Law Enforcement

April 6-27
Ten Doctors, Nurses, Government Representatives, and NGO Leaders
Focus: Medical and Social Support for TB Patients


Home Hospitality and Home-Stay Opportunities

Sunday, March 6th - Two university rectors and one vice rector from Moldova would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on higher education. They are available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter.

Monday, March 7th - Nine engineers, researchers, and public officials from Pakistan 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 water management. 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.

April 6-27 - Ten delegates from Turkmenistan need volunteer home-stay hosts. They are participating in a Community Connections program facilitated by USAID. The group is focusing on public health. They will be here for 3 weeks. We will place one or two visitors 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 evening of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting visitors in your home for dinner on any of these dates, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Home-Stay hosts may be asked to assist with some transportation and meals. A gift card will be provided per visitor as a contribution toward expenses. If you are interested in being a volunteer home-stay host, please contact Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13.  

Global Partners


Atlanta Forum Network

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

Ernst & Young

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

Regency Suites Hotel


GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during February 2011:


Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Mrs. Richard Hallock 


Ginny Johansmeier

  Citizen Diplomat ($50+)  
Hayat Ames
Heidi Bassano
Patricia Donald
Richard George
Joseph Ngi
Marilyn Odom
Madelu Perezdelara
Janet Prioleau
Dan Reuter
Jean Robertson
Lauren Rock
Weslyn Samson
Sheila Tschinkel

Tracy Tumlin
Flor Velarde
Janet Zetterstrom


Envoy ($25+)
Dineo Brinson
Asenith Dixon
Cher Gregoire
Scott Grant
Nancy Hollister
Rae Leffman

Bjorg Olafsdottir

Ambassadors Circle
Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
David and Beverly Clyde
Enrique Flores
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Jim and Carol Dew
Raoul "Ray" Donato
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Ken and Linda Stewart
Shell Stuart
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

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

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

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


John D'Andrea

Georgia Power


Clark Dean

Studley, Inc. 


Ray Donato

Honorary Consul General of the Philippines


Silvana Eakin

International Women Associates


Jorge Fernandez

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce


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 


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.

Lynne Zappone
InterContinental Hotels Group

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The Georgia Department of Economic Development, Invesco, Kuck Immigration Partners, Emory Healthcare, Grant Thornton, and Hennessy Automobile Companies Join GCIV in Honoring the Consular Corps!

30th International Consular Ball

GCIV is pleased to welcome six new sponsors for the May 7, 2011 International Consular Ball at the elegant Piedmont Driving Club. Please read on about our sponsors' global reach and impact:

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state's sales and marketing arm and lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, developing new domestic and international markets, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a location for film, video, music, and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.

Great ideas transcend borders. With more than 600 dedicated investment professionals worldwide and an operational network spanning over 20 countries, Invesco has the global capability to deliver our best ideas to investors around the world.

Experience, Expertise and Exceptional Client Service. These are the words which describe the immigration lawyers and staff at Kuck Immigration Partners-The Immigration Law Firm. Our clients are what drive us to provide the highest quality immigration services in United States, from our offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Emory Healthcare is the largest and most comprehensive health system in Georgia. It is the clinical arm of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, an academic health science center focused on missions of teaching, research, and health care. Emory Healthcare has been at the forefront of medicine, putting cutting-edge interventional research and technology into lifesaving action.

Grant Thornton is one of the world's leading organizations of independently owned and managed accounting and consulting firms. These firms provide assurance, tax and specialist business advice to privately held businesses and public interest entities. More than 2,600 partners provide clients with distinctive, high quality service in over 100 countries.

For more than forty years, Hennessy Automobile Companies has been metro Atlanta's leader in luxury vehicle sales, service and leasing. Robert D. Hennessy began this tradition of automotive excellence in 1964 with the opening of Hennessy Cadillac in Buckhead. Now with 12 locations Mark, Steve and Peter Hennessy remain dedicated to the Hennessy Family's commitment to excellence.

Proceeds from the Consular Ball, which is undoubtedly Atlanta's premier international event, 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 our state annually and introduce them to the best Georgia has to offer.

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.   

Delegation Spotlight

Russian Open World Delegation with Governor
Delegation with Governor Nathan Deal.

In February, GCIV hosted an Open World delegation of five public officials from Russia examining accountable governance. Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level. 


The delegation took an extended weekend excursion to Savannah, where they were hosted by local families Pamela and Sergey Terekhov, Jerome and Maria Lancaster, Vince and Violetta Rashkova, Dr. Andrew Nedd, and Gary and Inna Pakhlevanyan. Savannah volunteer hosts showcased the Hostess City by arranging various cultural and professional excursions including a visit to Tybee Island, a walking tour of historic Savannah, a Super Bowl party, and a meeting with Savannah mayor Otis S. Johnson.

Delegation with Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson.
Delegation learns more about the city of Savannah from Mayor Otis Johnson.
While in Atlanta, the delegates were hosted by Ash and Jeet Thakker, Raj and Alka Naik, and Vicki Van Der Hoek. The delegation had the opportunity to meet with Governor Nathan Deal and his staff and Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall as well as attend the opening session of the Georgia General Assembly. The Russian leaders met with representatives from community organizations including Common Cause Georgia, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, and the Southern Legislative Conference. They took a walking tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site with long-time GCIV volunteer and civil rights activist Joe Beasley, experienced a VIP Inside CNN Studio Tour, and met with student leaders at North Atlanta High School. The group also participated in a roundtable discussion with faculty, staff, and community members at the University of Georgia in Athens, and attended an Atlanta Thrashers game on their final evening in the U.S.
Delegation with Savannah hosts.
Delegation with Savannah host families at the home of Pamela and Sergey Terekhov.

GCIV Joins in National Celebration of NCIV's 50 Years of Excellence in Citizen Diplomacy

NCIV National Conference
GCIV staff pictured with Assistant Secretary of State Ann Stock.

As a proud member of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), GCIV traveled to Washington, D.C. in February to participate in events celebrating half a century of leadership in citizen diplomacy - the concept that individual citizens have the right, even the responsibility, to help shape U.S. foreign relations "one handshake at a time."


GCIV joined NCIV member organizations from across the country and citizen diplomats from around the globe for events and programs designed to share best practices and strengthen leadership skills in citizen diplomacy. The NCIV national meeting also was an opportunity to promote Georgia as a destination for emerging leaders from around the world traveling to the United States as guests of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  


Here in Atlanta, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves issued a proclamation in celebration of the IVLP's 70th Anniversary.


Fulton County Proclamation
GCIV staff member Irene Bailey and trustee Mark Pierson pictured with Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, Commissioner Liz Hausmann (District 3), Commissioner Joan Garner (District 6),
Commissioner Rob Pitts (District 2),
and the proclamation honoring 70 years of citizen diplomacy.

Home-Stay Hosts Needed

Community Connections is returning to Georgia! Community Connections is a USAID-funded program which offers 3 week home-stay based practical training opportunities in the U.S. for professionals from across the former Soviet Union and Serbia.

GCIV is seeking volunteer home-stay hosts for a Community Connections delegation of ten visitors from Turkmenistan that will be in Atlanta April 6-27. The delegation includes doctors and nurses, government representatives, and NGO leaders who wish to learn about successful U.S. models for medical and social support for TB patients.
Map of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan lies at the heart of central Asia. The country is bigger than California but smaller than Texas and ninety percent is occupied by the largely uninhabited Garagum and Gyzylgum deserts. The official language is Turkmen, a Turkish dialect, although Russian is still used in the capital city. More than three quarters of the country's population is composed of ethnic Turkmens of which 35 percent are under the age of 15 and only 4 percent are over age 65. For more information on Turkmenistan, click the map.

If you are interested in being a volunteer host for one, two, or three weeks or have questions, please contact Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13.

GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Darren Short

GCIV Trustee Darren ShortDarren Short is one of GCIV's newest board members. Darren is a CFA at Barclays Capital, a global investment bank. Darren is most excited about the opportunity to work with people from across the globe and to help showcase the dynamic and opportunity-rich state that Georgia is.

As GCIV closes in on its 50th anniversary in 2012, Darren is eager to increase membership and sponsorship by sharing the GCIV mission with colleagues, friends, and fellow Georgians across the state. In doing so, he hopes he will play a small part in helping GCIV continue to create innovative programs and increase the number of visitors GCIV hosts each year.

Darren enjoys attending the International Consular Ball and looks forward to attending for the first time as a member of the board. As the father of two daughters and a fan of global travel, Darren is excited about the opportunity to interact with international visitors and learn more about foreign cultures and share that knowledge with his girls.

GCIV Blog: GCIV in the Era of Civil Rights, a Continuation of GCIV's History. We invite your comments!

The focus of interest for many international visitors in the 60s was civil rights and they came to Atlanta to meet the leaders of the movement.

The African-American community was involved from the beginning as host volunteers and board members such as Grace Hamilton, Johnny Yancey and Freddye Henderson as well as faculty members Dr. Hilliard Bowen and Dr. Ed Jones and others from the Atlanta University complex. This cooperation between the African-American community and those from the white community is one of the first examples of integrated effort in the city which in the 60s was going through a racial adjustment period.

Betty Haas tells of working out an agreement with the Atlanta Biltmore Hotel to accommodate all the international visitors, including Africans, and this was instrumental in integrating that hotel in the early 60s.
Atlanta Biltmore Hotel in 1955.
Atlanta Biltmore Hotel in 1955, photo courtesy Atlanta Time Machine and GSU Pullen Library.
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Consular Corps-ner

Danish Ambassador Peter Taksoe-JensenThe Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Royal Danish Consulate in Macon, and the Trade Council of Denmark in Atlanta present a free lecture, "Denmark and the Road to a New Energy Paradigm for the 21st Century" by the Honorable Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to the U.S. The event is today, March 1, 2011 at Mercer University School of Medicine, 1550 College Street, Macon, Georgia 31207 at 7:30 p.m.

Be more globally-minded this year!

Give them the world!Be more globally-minded this year by joining 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. Make a tax-deductible contribution toward international understanding today!

Other Hosting Opportunities


AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers 

Enrich Atlanta by hosting an AFS Exchange Student. Open your heart and your home to a high school student. Whether you are in your 20s or 70s, have children or not, live alone or with a roommate, you are the perfect family for AFS. Students arrive mid-August 2011 and stay until December 2011 or June 2012. AFS has more than 60 trained Atlanta volunteers supporting host families and students before, during, and after the experience. To find out more information, contact Ruth Blackstock at 404-406-2917 or or visit

Upcoming GCIV Events
Friday, March 18th, 6:30 PM
International Dining Experience
Get to know other GCIV members and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. GCIV's International Dining Experiences (IDEs) take place at a different international restaurant around the 15th day of every other month. The meal is prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and upcoming activities, as well as introductions of international visitors present. Don't forget to bring a guest - this is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to GCIV!
We are hosting a world-wide delegation of CNN Journalism Fellows from Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, South Africa, and Tajikistan. Meet at Taverna Plaka, 2196 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324. The price is $30 per person and includes a three-course meal of Greek delicacies, nonalcoholic beverage, tax, gratuity, and live entertainment. Reservations are required. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP and for more information. 

Community Events

Fridays, March 4 - 18, 2011, 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Japanese Film Festival

The Consulate General of Japan and the High Museum of Art present the Japanese Film Festival. Three Fridays in March enjoy wonderful Japanese films, screened in Japanese with English subtitles,
at The Rich Theatre of the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309. Click here for information on films and pricing.

Tuesday, March 8th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Conversations at the Carter Center: "Justice for the Poor" 
The Carter Center is at the forefront of a growing international movement to find ways to deliver justice to the poor in places like Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so that all people, not just those who can afford it, can realize their full rights as citizens. Hear about new and innovative practices that are improving access to justice in impoverished and post-conflict countries. The Carter Center is located at 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30307. Click here to make your free reservation and for more information.

Tuesday, March 14th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

"Turkey and Europe: is Islam an Obstacle?" 

The Istanbul Center's next distinguished speaker series features "Turkey and Europe: is Islam an Obstacle?" by Mustafa Akyol. Mr. Akyol is a Turkish political commentator and author based in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a prominent columnist for Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey's foremost English-language daily newspaper. The free lecture is co-sponsored by the European Union Center for Excellence at Georgia Tech and will be in the Piedmont Room of the Georgia Tech Student Center. Click here to RSVP and for more information.

March 24 - April 9, 2011 

Savannah Music Festival 2011

The Savannah Music Festival is an internationally renowned event that connects audiences with distinctive musical traditions from the American South and abroad. The 2011 festival includes master musicians from Brazil, Germany, India, Cuba, Benin, Mali, and the United Kingdom. Original productions such as "African Interplay" with Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal and the Lionel Loueke Ensemble, "Jazz Meets Brazil" with Dianne Reeves and the Chico Pinheiro Quintet, and Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer pair virtuosic international musicians with some of America's most accomplished instrumentalists, producers, composers, and vocalists. Other exemplary world music performers such as Salif Keita of Mali and Los Munequitos de Matanzas of Cuba are also set to grace Savannah's stages during the 2011 festival. For more information, visit   

Friday - Sunday, April 1-3
Global Health and Humanitarian Summit

The 2011 Global Health and Humanitarian Summit is a free event that brings together local, national, and international humanitarians doing work throughout the world and those who wish to join the movement for the purpose of sharing stories, information, and networking. The summit includes dynamic and legendary speakers, panel discussions, exhibitions, and cultural performances. For more information, visit


April 15 -17, 2011
Atlanta Dogwood Festival

The 75th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival offers visitors a sort of global stay-cation with the expansion of its International Village. Featuring the International Stage filled with entertainment from around the world; La Fête, a Friday night international wine tasting event; and the edutainment booths where cultural history comes to life, the International Village celebrates the many communities that make up Atlanta. For more information visit


Platinum Sponsor  


Metro Atlanta Chamber



Silver Sponsors


Georgia Department of Economic Development   InterContinental Hotels Group Invesco
Kuck Immigration Parnters LLC
Regency Suites Hotel


Bronze Sponsors

Emory Healthcare  Grant Thornton  
Habif, Arogeti
Hennessy Auto  UBS

Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"I believe very strongly that in the 21st century, statecraft cannot just be government-to-government. It has to be government-to-people, and most importantly, people-to-people. So we are always looking for opportunities to engage civil society, women, youth, and everyone else. And that's why the work of the International [Visitor] Leadership Program and the National Council are so vital."

- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton  

2011 NCIV National Meeting U.S. Department of State Reception 

About GCIV

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.