May 2009
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
You are invited to the International Consular Ball
GCIV Blog
Disability Advocates Visit Atlanta
Become a Citizen Diplomat Today!
Opportunity to Host Chinese Exchange Students
GCIV Upcoming Events

Who's coming to town?



April 29 - May 2 - Finland
One Government Official
Focus: Civil Rights

April 30-May 6 - Saudi Arabia
Ten University Administrators
Focus: Religious and Public Education

May 6-9 - China
Three Government Officials
Focus: Financial Crisis
 
May 9-13 - Kenya
Eight Government Officials
Focus: Procurement Process

May 16-20 - France
Two Civil Society Leaders
Focus: Managing Ethnic and Religious Diversity
 
May 20-23 - Iraq
Nine Government Officials
Focus: Water Management

May 30-June 4 - Multi-Regional
Eight Government and Business Officials
Focus: Accountability in Government

May 31-June 3 - Georgia
Six University Administrators
Focus: Higher Education Fundraising

June 13-17 - Afghanistan and Pakistan
Twelve Local Leaders
Focus: Conflict Resolution
 

 
Home Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, May 31st - Eight government officials from Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Greece, Mozambique, Serbia, Syria, and Zimbabwe would like to expereince 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 6:00 PM; no interpreters are necessary.

Sunday, June 14th - Twelve local 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 6:00 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.


GCIV Homestay Opportunity
GCIV will host a delegation of five judges from the Republic of Georgia November 14-21, 2009.  Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 if you are interested in hosting one or two judges in your home for a week.
 
Presenting Sponsor
Delta


Platinum Sponsor

macoc


Gold Sponsor
Georgia Power


Silver Sponsors

ColesMBA.com
The Coca-Cola Company
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Siemens Energy & Automation

Bronze Sponsors
Barclays Capital
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Equifax
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Laurie Grant Nichols and Scott Nichols
Odom Immigration Law Group, LLC
Regency Suites Hotel


Ambassadors Circle
Erika Monckeberg and Enrique Flores
Sue and Jim Heerin
Elizabeth and Jim Munson
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall and Frederick H. Kruse
Shell Stuart
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 April 2009:

Ambassadors Circle
Shell Stuart
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall and Frederick H. Kruse
 
Attache
Maria Cabrera
Jeanne Castell-Kozik
Curtis Hertwig
Linda Pearson
 
Citizen Diplomat
Christine Armour
Silvana Cavellier
Gudrun Chapman
Bruce Cotterman
Susan Dalton
Andrea Denny
Chris Franz
Anne Godsey
Gail Goodwin
Josie Marto
Queen Meheux
Marlene Mehnert
Lea Nixon
Mia Owens
Joan Roberts
Lani Salter
Toshi Shimizu
Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel
Durshi Zoberi
 
Envoy
Michael Owens


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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Please join us in honoring Georgia's Consular Corps at the International Consular Ball!  Your ticket to Atlanta's premier international event supports GCIV's community programs. You can view both the invitation and RSVP card online.

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21 regarding corporate sponsorship opportunities.  Purchase individual tickets using the link below, or send your check to GCIV.


GCIV Blog:  Do You Have Your Mask?
afghanSpring is in the air, which also means it's time for the International Consular Ball.  An Atlanta tradition for 28 years, the International Consular Ball honors the Georgia Consular Corps for its efforts in furthering international relations in Atlanta and the southeastern United States.  In this regard, the Georgia Council for International Visitors and the Georgia Consular Corps share a similar mission. The Consular Ball is Atlanta's premier international celebration and networking event, and is sure to be a night to remember.  Click here to read the rest of the blog.
Disability Advocates Share Insight with Atlanta Counterparts
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In April 2009 GCIV coordinated a professional exchange program through the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program for three distinguished guests from Afghanistan, Bhutan, and India.  This delegation was made of a diverse group of disability advocates.  While in the U.S., the delegation traveled to Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh.  The program was designed to give our guests the opportunity to meet with their professional counterparts to discuss advocacy efforts, services for the disabled, and disability rights.  While in Atlanta, our guests met with representatives from the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, Bobby Dodd Institute, disABILITY Link, the Georgia Public Library System, and the Georgia Institute of Technology's ADAPTS program. They also had the opportunity to enjoy dinner in the homes of GCIV members.  We at GCIV hope to hear of their continued progress in their respective careers, and are grateful we had the opportunity to host them here in our community.
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!
Opportunity to Host Chinese Exchange Students
NacelJuly 16-26, Atlanta area families will host high school students and adult chaperones from China. The students, ages 13-15, have studied English for several years and are here to experience a language and cultural immersion while creating lasting friendships. Nacel Open Door will organize English lessons and visits to Atlanta area attractions M-F, 9-5. Host families take care of students or chaperones during evenings and weekends.  If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting and enriching experience, contact Atlanta Program Leader Joan Roberts at 404-520-0511, or click here for a more complete description of the program.  You can also visit Nacel's web site
GCIV Congratulates Long-Time Volunteer
Annie-York Trujillo received an award for outstanding community leadership from the Latin American Association at their annual Compañeros Awards Luncheon, held April 23rd.  The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate a commitment to Atlanta's Latino community through selfless good works that benefit society in significant and meaningful ways.  In addition to the LAA, Annie actively supports GCIV, the Center for the Puppetry Arts, the Atlanta Ballet, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Alliance Theater, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Circle of Children, and many others.  ¡Felicidades, Annie!
GCIV Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 5th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  A Participant's Reflections on the UN Conference on Anti-Semitism and Racism

Join GCIV, the American Jewish Committee of Atlanta, and a local representative to the UN Conference on Anti-Semitism and Racism for a lunchtime discussion. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the AJC Offices in Buckhead, 3525 Piedmont Road, Building 6, Suite 510, Atlanta, GA, 30305. 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. Space is limited, so you must make a reservation to attend. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Thursday, May 14th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

IWA May Meeting
The International Womens Associates will hear a presentation on Venice Carnevale and the history of the associated masks, in preparation for the International Consular Ball.  This is the last IWA meeting of the 2008-09 season.  Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to receive an invitation.

Saturday, May 16th, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
GCIV International Dining Experience at Ali Baba's Turkish & Mediterranean Delights
Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. We will share a meal at Ali Baba's Turkish Cuisine.  The price is $25 per person, and this includes the meal, a drink, tax, and gratuity. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Saturday, June 6th, 6:30 PM - 11:30 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 Georgia Aquarium. Individual tickets are available for purchase online. Contact Ashley Mastin for more information.
Other Opportunities

Tuesday, May 5th, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
GACC Young Executives Committee Social Mixer
Join members of the German American Chamber of Commerce's Young Executives Committee for a Cinco de Mayo mixer at JOEL Restaurant.  Enjoy hors d'oeuvre and $6 drink specials.  Contact GACC to RSVP.

Monday, May 11th, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
The European Union and its Relevance for Atlanta as a Global City
The European Union Center for Excellence at Georgia Tech and the Georgia Department of Economic Development present a public forum on the topic of "The European Union and its Relevance for Atlanta as a Global City."  The event will be at the Le Craw Auditorium, at Georgia Tech's College of Management.  Find more information about speakers at the EU Center's web site.

Tuesday, May 12th,- 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Istanbul Center Distinguished Speaker Series:  Prospects of Israeli-Turkish Relations
This panel discussion will be at Istanbul Center's Midtown office as follow up to the Syrian Ambassador's appearance last December for Istanbul Center. RSVP to Cassandra Whitehead at 678-990-1717.

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.
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"If only people will get together, then so eventually will nations."
-President Dwight D. Eisenhower