March 2012   

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  


Georgia Council for International Visitors

In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-Ambassadors Circle-

-2012 International Consular Ball-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-140 Dine with GCIV-

-Trustees in the News-

-GCIV Blog-

-Become a Citizen Diplomat-

-Discover Diplomacy-

-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-

-CASIE Speakeasy-

-Meet Rick Steves-

-Language and Exchange Opportunities-

-GCIV Events-

-Community Events-








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About GCIV

 The Georgia Council for International Visitors builds relationships between the people of Georgia and rising leaders around the world.

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






Who's coming to town?

February 28 - March 3
Six Financial Representatives
Focus: U.S. Entrepreneurship

March 14-17
Four Police Human Rights Advisers and Plenipotentiaries
Focus: Combating Hate Crimes

March 14-20
Afghanistan, Burma, Egypt, Grenada, Morocco, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Uganda
 Ten NGO Coordinators, University Representatives and Government Officials

Focus: NGO Role in Promoting Global Women's Issues


March 17-21

Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Swaziland and Uganda 

Six Delegates

Focus: Women as Political Leaders 


March 24-28
 Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Seven NGO and Government Representatives
Focus: Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness




Dinner Hospitality Opportunities



Sunday, March 18 - Six delegates from Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Swaziland and Uganda would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes a dean of admissions, presidential adviser, parliamentarian and NGO representatives. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on women as political leaders. They are available anytime, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 or 3 visitors per host.     


Sunday, March 25 - Seven delegates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes NGO and government representatives. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on human rights advocacy and awareness. They are available anytime, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 or 3 visitors per host.    



Please note: Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of dinner hospitality. If you are interested in hosting or cohosting, 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. 









Consular Ball Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor 

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors

Arnall Golden Gregory

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

JP Morgan Chase






Global Partners

Chattahoochee Technical College

Delta Air Lines

Deutsche Bank

Ernst & Young

Regency Suites Hotel






GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during February 2012:


Charles and Nancy Bedford
Lindsay and Rosie Davidson
Bob and Christine Davis
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo




Ashley Mastin 



Citizen Diplomat ($50+) 
Dineo Brinson

Deke Cateau

Susan Constantine 

Martha Dobes

Faruq Hunter

Barbara Marnock 

Eileen McNally 

Bill and Mary Moon

Robert and Laura Rosen

Jeff and Mary Sellers 

Bill and June Shassere  

Dr. Sheila Stille  

Irene Trego 




Robert Evans

Kassa Elliott

Ashley Hawkins

Ambassadors Circle

Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson

Bob and Christine Davis

Clark Dean
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Charles Kuck

Sherry Mueller  

Scott and Laurie Nichols 

Sunny Park

Darren and Ann Short

Tycho Stahl and Yonni Kim

Shell Stuart and Ed Dreistadt  

Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

Lifetime Members
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Carol Emmons
Lew and Anne Hansen
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Varga









GCIV Trustees


W. Lindsay Davidson,




E. Miller Williams,

Vice Chair 

Ernst & Young


Lynne Zappone,




Yelena Epova,


Habif, Arogeti & Wynne


Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania


Clark Dean

Studley, Inc. 


Ray Donato

Honorary Consul General of the Philippines


Noah Downer

City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor 


Silvana Eakin

International Women Associates Chair 


Jorge Fernandez

Metro Atlanta Chamber 


Julie Bryant Fisher

Metro Atlanta Chamber 


Bruce Hamilton



Phil Handler 



Ginny Johansmeier

VLJ Consulting


Yonni Kim

Arnall Golden Gregory


Charles Kuck

Kuck Immigration Partners


Renee Libby

Great Decisions Lecture Series Coordinator 


Jessica Lewis

Alston & Bird 


Mark Pierson

Pierson Global Group


Margaret Pumper



Jai Rogers

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Arnaldo Ruiz

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport


Darren Short
RBC Capital Markets


Annie York Trujillo

International Women Associates


Tal Wright
Georgia Power







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  


RJ Paulisick

Program and Technology Coordinator 







Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

 "To be a person is to have a story to tell."

- Isak Dinesen 
Author, Out Of Africa






Consider Joining the Ambassadors Circle

Have you considered joining GCIV's Ambassadors Circle?  2012 is GCIV's Golden Anniversary, and this is the perfect year to demonstrate your support at our highest membership level. As a member of the Ambassadors Circle, you'll receive two complimentary tickets to the International Consular Ball (a $500 value alone) along with many exclusive benefits, including passes to meet travel guru Rick Steves at a March 21 VIP reception and lecture hosted in collaboration with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

In honor of GCIV's 50th Anniversary, this year Ambassadors Circle members will receive invitations to a Consular Ball VIP reception hosted by Governor and Mrs. Deal at the Governor's Mansion on April 21.  

There's never been a better time to join the Ambassadors Circle! Join through this link,, or contact Nicole Rateau at



Consular Ball Tickets Available to GCIV Members

Tickets are on sale for GCIV members to attend the 31st annual International Consular Ball. The sell-out event will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the elegant Cherokee Town and Country Club. 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.

Not a member or unsure about your membership status? Please contact Nicole Rateau at to join or renew an expired membership. Proceeds from the Consular Ball support GCIV's efforts to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy. Don't miss out, click here to purchase tickets today!

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



Delegation Spotlight

Four Libyan NGO leaders at a GCIV International Dining Experience. Photo courtesy Bruce Taylor.


In February, GCIV hosted a delegation of NGO leaders from Libya. The group was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on civil society and NGO management. The delegation included the general coordinator for The Voice of Libyan Women, the founder of the Libyan National Support Group, a member of the Free Generation Movement and the general coordinator of the NGO Libyan Formation for Protecting the Goals of the February 17 Revolution.   


While in Atlanta, the delegation met with representatives from the Kinnard Mediation Center, US Human Rights Network, the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center, University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. They also toured the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Inside CNN Studio Tour and participated in a GCIV International Dining Experience at Mezza Lebanese Bistro.  



GCIV Volunteers Provide Dinner Hospitality to 140 Visiting Fulbright Graduate Students

GCIV Envoys with visiting Fulbright scholars at dinner hospitality.

Special thanks to all of the volunteers who hosted some of the 140 visiting Fulbright graduate students from around the world for dinner in February. GCIV's distinguished international visitors continuously rate dinner hospitality as the highlight of their professional exchange and the experience that gives them the most insight into the U.S. If you are interested in serving as a future dinner hospitality host or would like more information, please contact Emily O'Harris at Click here to view the full photo gallery.



Trustees in the News

GCIV trustee Yonni Kim was appointed vice president of the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta (KAAGA) on January 1, 2012 for a 2-year term. KAAGA is the largest community-based organization in Georgia as well as the southeastern United States serving approximately 100,000 Korean Americans in the Metro Atlanta area.



GCIV Blog: Perspectives of a 2012 NCIV Emerging Leader


2012 NCIV Emerging Leader Shakeem Grohmann at the U.S. Department of State.


We're so excited that NCIV selected former GCIV intern, Shakeem Grohmann, to participate in the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) Citizen Diplomacy Program for Emerging Leaders. Shakeem is 1 of 13 students, ages 17 to 24, invited to participate in NCIV's National Meeting in February 2012 in Washington, D.C. Shakeem shares his thoughts on the national meeting:

"Prior to my participation in NCIV's Citizen Diplomacy Program for Emerging Leaders I had been interested in international relations and interacting with people from other cultures. I was honored to have been selected as an emerging leader, and to represent Georgia in Washington, D.C. However, since my four days of training, workshops and seminars I now consider myself a real 'citizen diplomat,' and have returned to my community with the willingness, knowledge and desire to work on behalf of cross-cultural communication. I thank GCIV for my nomination as an Emerging Leader, and NCIV for selecting me for this prestigious opportunity and for contributing to my education in such a powerful manner."

Click here to read the full blog post by Shakeem. Feel free to leave questions or comments or share your own reflections about interacting with GCIV's professional exchange participants on the blog. 




Become a Citizen Diplomat this Year!

Give them the world!Become more globally-minded this year! Become a Citizen Diplomat member of GCIV. 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 distinguished international visitors each year. Becoming a member or giving a gift membership is easy and offers perks like exclusive members-only receptions and hosting opportunities. Visit our membership page or contact Nicole Rateau at for more information.



Discover Diplomacy

What is DiplomacyThe U.S. Department of State has launched a new interactive website to introduce the world of diplomacy and the work of the Department to high school and college students. Through the use of video clips, audio tracks, images and interactive components, the site covers the basic questions about diplomacy: who engages in it and where, as well as an exploration of the range of international issues addressed through the diplomatic process. Check out what is diplomacy here:



Win a FREE GCIV Membership!  

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The CASIE Speakeasy

On the first Wednesday of the month, the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) presents a model language lesson and a different language each month at Speakeasy. The rules of the Speakeasy are simple. Instructors prepare a one hour lesson completely in the target language with no use of English. Then participants, usually with little prior study of the language but many multilingual, converse. Turkish, Danish, Kurdish and Greek are currently scheduled for 2012. NOTE: CASIE is currently looking for other instructors, particularly in languages not commonly taught in American schools. This is a great opportunity to promote languages and culture. For more information, visit or email John Wilson.




Meet Rick Steves at Georgia Public Broadcasting



In an opinion piece in USA Today, National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) Advisory Council Member, NCIV Citizen Diplomat Award winner, travel writer and public television host Rick Steves makes the case that study abroad programs are a crucial investment in preparing future generations of "leaders and innovators who can be effective in an ever more globalized world." Click here to read the article "Study Abroad is Necessity, Not a Luxury."

Meet Rick Steves this month at the studios of Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). GPB has extended their discounted member pricing to GCIV members. Steves will present practical, money-saving ins and outs of independent travel. His seminar is packed with tips on getting the most out of every mile, minute and dollar on your next trip! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit




Language and Exchange Opportunities    


Summer 2012 Federal Service Language Academy   

North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU) will host the second summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in June and July 2012. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a 3-week residential program for students who are interested in an immersion intensive language experience, fitness and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. Students will be immersed in intensive language instruction in first-year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean or second-year French from highly qualified teachers as well as participate in a daily fitness program, receive career counseling from federal agencies (CIA, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security and U.S. Armed Forces) and receive high school credit for successful completion of the academy. Application process is open January 16 - April 1, 2012. For more information and to apply, visit  





Upcoming GCIV Events


March 20-21, 2012

GPB Presents an Evening with Travel Expert Rick Steves

Georgia Public Broadcasting has extended their member pricing to GCIV members for this rare opportunity to meet Rick Steves and get travel tips first-hand from the renowned expert. GPB Studios are located at 260 14th Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit   


Thursday, March 22, 6:00-8:00 PM

Envoy Annual Meeting  

Get to know other GCIV Envoy members and learn what your Envoy membership is all about while networking with an African delegation focusing on women as political leaders. Share your questions, experiences and insights about GCIV and interacting with international visitors. Light fare will be provided, cash bar. Meet at the Commerce Club, One Ninety One Peachtree Tower 49th Floor, 191 Peachtree Street, Altanta, Georgia 30303. Contact Nicole Rateau at to RSVP and for more information.     


Wednesday, March 28, 6:30-8:30 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 worldwide delegation of CNN Journalism Fellows. Meet at Violette, 2948 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, email Nicole Rateau at    





Community Events


January 21 - April 15, 2012

Mandala: The Sacred Circle of Tibetan Buddhism 

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University showcases the sacred art of Tibet in the special exhibition, community outreach and educational programs celebrating the rich religious and artistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the spiritual significance of the mandala. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle." The mandala, one of Himalayan Buddhism's most ubiquitous symbols, is created as an artistic aid for meditation. Depicting a realm that is both complex and sacred, the mandala is a visualization tool meant to advance practitioners toward a state of enlightenment. The Museum is located at 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30322 and is closed on Mondays. For more information, visit


Thursday, March 8, 5:30 p.m.

Empowering Women

Presented by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta (WACA) and celebrating International Women's Day, this special evening briefing is held in collaboration with CARE USA. The event is at CARE USA headquarters, 151 Ellis Street NE, 5th Floor Boardroom, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. For more information, visit  


Wednesday, March 14, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

"Tough Choices in a Time of Volatility: Does Economic Policy Really Work?"

A luncheon presented by Atlanta Council on International Relations (ACIR) featuring Dr. Sheila Tschinkel, visiting Emory University scholar and expert consultant to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The event is at the Capital City Club, 7 Harris Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. The lunch and program is $30 for ACIR members and $40 for non-members. To make a reservation, please email Francesca Cesa Bianchi at before March 9 with ACIR in the subject line.   


Saturday, March 24, 8:00 PM

Born in India, Raised in Spain: Flamenco's Journey  

Daughter of Ravi Shankar, half-sister to Norah Jones, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is deeply rooted in Indian classical music even as she forges new connections between Indian music and genres as diverse as electronic, jazz and Western classical music. Shankar has worked with artists such as Sting, Lenny Kravitz and acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell. Now, she brings her ear-opening fusion of Indian and flamenco traditions to the Rialto as the latest stop in her gypsy-like musical journey. The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is located at 80 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. For more information and to buy tickets, visit    


April 13-15, 2012

Global Language Convention

Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) presents the Global Language Convention at Atlanta International School. The conference theme is "Language and Culture: How they form and inform identity". Conference attendees include language teachers in K-16 schools and beyond in public, private, charter and international schools across the world. This international convention only happens once every two years. To register and for more information, visit  


Thursday, May 3, 5:30 - 9:00 PM  

Global Connect II

Get ready for another amazing night of international networking and
connect with 35+ bi-national chambers of commerce and 40+ local businesses with an emphasis on international outreach while sampling food from around the world. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.