May 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
29th Annual International Consular Ball
GCIV Needs Your Recipes!
Delegation Spotlight
Atlanta International Soccer Fest
GCIV in the News
GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Mark Pierson
Become a Citizen Diplomat!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

April 28 - May 4
Multi-Regional Project

Three Judges
Focus: U.S. Judicial System

April 29 - May 4 - Romania
One Public Health Official
Focus: Disaster Management

May 9-12 - Australia
One Union Representative
Focus: U.S. Labor Unions

May 16-19 - Brazil
Six Government and Business Leaders
Focus: Racial and Ethnic Discrimination

May 19-22 - Pakistan
Seven Public Health Leaders
Focus: Food Safety

May 21-29 Russia
Six Business Leaders and Social Activists
Focus: Accountable Governance

May 26-29
Multi-Regional Project

Four Public Health Officials
Focus: Public Health Issues

June 9-11 - Germany
Ten Government Officials
Focus: Clean Technology and Environmental Impact

GCIV Home Hospitality Opportunities

Tuesday, May 25th - Six business leaders and social activists from Russia would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in an Open World Program facilitated by the Library of Congress, focusing on accountable governance. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide them into three groups of two visitors per host.

Thursday, May 27th - Four public health officials from Bosnia, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Romania  would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on public health issues. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide them into two groups of two visitors per host if needed.

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 one of these dates, please contact Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13.

International Consular Ball Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Coca-Cola Company

Georgia Power

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

InterContinental Hotels Group


Bronze Sponsors
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Barclays Capital

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

Community Voices - Morehouse
School of Medicine

Emory University Hospital Midtown

Fulton County

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Regency Suites Hotel


Special Thanks
Affairs to Remember

Consulate General of Argentina

Consulate General of Australia

Consulate General of the Bahamas

Consulate General of Canada

Consulate General of France

Consulate General of Germany

Consulate of Greece

Consulate General of Japan

Consulate General of Switzerland

Consulate General of the United Kingdom

Delta Air Lines

Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

Foxgloves & Ivy Floral Design

Rialto Center for the Arts

Global Partners

Atlanta Forum Network

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc
Reece & Associates

Regency Suites Hotel

Sunrise Bank of Atlanta

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

Charge d'Affairs ($500+)
Tim Hooper

Consul ($250+)
Bruce Cotterman

Attache ($100+)
Maria Cabrera
Sherry Mueller
Mrs. Linda Pearson

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Abu Abdul-Quader
Aadu J. Allpere
Anne Beeson
Christa Burry
Jeanne Castell-Kozik
Susan Dalton
Betty Davis
Orysia Fisher
Josephine Maloney
Barbara Marnock
Emmanuel and Queen Meheux
Marlene Mehnert
Mia Owens
Leslie Petter
Helga Siegel
Elizabeth Spiegel
Birgit Trabold-Dorazewski
Annie-York Trujillo
Carol Wien
Krystyna Wilson

Envoy ($25+)
Dan and D.J. Clancy
Grace Ekanem
Hilliard Hardman

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
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Shell Stuart
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
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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Thanks to all who supported the
29th International Consular Ball!

Atlanta's Consular Corps

Last night's 29th Annual International Consular Ball continues to be Atlanta's premier international event! Nearly three hundred of Atlanta's business and civic leaders hosted 39 members of the Consular Corps at the Atlanta History Center. Guests enjoyed museum exhibitions, an elegant dinner, exciting raffle prizes, live entertainment, and dancing in the beautiful Grand Overlook Ballroom.

GCIV especially thanks our co-chairs Lindsay and Rosie Davidson and the 2010 sponsors of the International Consular Ball: Metro Atlanta Chamber, Kuck Immigration Partners, Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Power, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, InterContinental Hotels Group, Invesco, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Barclays Capital, City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations, Community Voices - Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Fulton County, Habif, Arogeti & Wynne LLP, Regency Suites Hotel, and UBS.

Photos of the 29th International Consular Ball coming soon to GCIV's website...

GCIV Needs Your Recipes!

Become a GCIV member today to participate in Home Hospitality!Calling all home hospitality hosts, please send us your favorite home hospitality stories and recipes! Our national organization, NCIV, is compiling recipe submissions from across the country for its 50th Anniversary Cookbook, and you could be featured!

Haven't done home hospitality before? Don't miss the opportunity to travel the world without even leaving Georgia! Interact with guests of the U.S. Department of State on a personal level and learn about their home countries. They get to experience a meal in an American home, and participate in lively after-dinner discussions. Many hosts make friends with open doors across the world!

Home hospitality hosts must be members of GCIV. For more information about home hospitality or submitting a recipe, contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17.

Delegation Spotlight

Ms. Kaya's Trip to Columbus

In April GCIV had the pleasure of hosting Ms. Fatma Kaya, a diversity consultant and founder of her own NGO from the Netherlands who was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. During her visit, Ms. Kaya studied NGO management practices, including how to promote diversity, build leadership, and grow businesses. She also examined the policies for the career advancement of female employees, programs aimed at empowering youth, laws that protect against discrimination in the workplace, and fundraising best practices.

While in Atlanta, Ms. Kaya met with representatives from Georgia Department of Economic Development, Karen Handel's office, Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Azizah Magazine, Georgia Center for Nonprofits, and Agnes Scott College's Center for Women's Global Leadership. She also spent a day in Columbus, meeting with mayoral candidate Teresa Tomlinson and Neighbor Work's CEO Cathy Williams. In addition, Ms. Kaya enjoyed touring the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and home hospitality with GCIV volunteer hosts Dana Greene and Richard Roesel. Ms. Kaya is pictured above with GCIV Columbus representative Mrs. Richard Hallock and Cathy Williams.

First Annual Atlanta International Soccer Fest to Benefit SOS Children's Villages

Atlanta International Soccer Fest

Bi-National Chambers of Commerce have collaborated to organize Atlanta International Soccer Fest, celebrating 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and benefiting SOS Children's Villages. SOS Children's Villages USA is the world's largest organization dedicated to orphaned and abandoned children.

The South African-American Chamber of Commerce (SAACOC) and the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc. (GACC South) have spearheaded the campaign, which includes game viewing parties at numerous venues across the city and a round robin soccer tournament between twenty teams, each representing a different country. Atlanta based consulates, bi-national chambers, trade associations, and community organizations have entered their soccer teams for the tournament on June 12 at the Atlanta Silverbacks RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium.

According to Derrick Jackson, executive director of the South African-American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta, "As South Africa prepares to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ this summer, and Atlanta vies for the games in 2018 or 2022, we are tapping into metro Atlanta's growing enthusiasm for the sport. It's a perfect way to support SOS Children's Villages, with its longstanding connection to soccer."

GCIV in the News

The April Northside edition of Neighbor Newspapers highlighted the 29th International Consular Ball. Columnist Sally White calls the event, "one of the city's most heralded international events." The article also recognizes Northside residents and ball co-chairs Lindsay and Rosie Davidson as well as that, since its inception in 1962, GCIV has become one of the strongest locally-based councils for international visitors in the country. The International Consular Ball is GCIV's primary fundraiser which allows us to continue to provide programming and hospitality to the 400 plus visitors who visit the State of Georgia each year. Click here to read the article.

The International Consular Ball was also featured in Global Atlanta. The article, written by GCIV executive director Shell Stuart and GCIV board member Mark Pierson highlights the growth and value of the city's diplomatic community. The article highlights many of the benefits of engaging with the Atlanta's growing Consular Corps, "Consular representatives can also be of tremendous assistance to companies seeking to expand operations into their countries. They can provide information, resources and contacts that will enable companies to have the right connections when they visit these countries to evaluate the potential for their business success there."  Click here to read the article.

GCIV Welcomes New Board Member Mark Pierson

Mark Pierson
Mark Pierson is one of GCIV's newest Board Members. After earning a master's degree at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky, he relocated to Atlanta with the goal of helping connect Georgia to the world. He is excited to be on GCIV's board, because GCIV shares his goal.

Mark has been involved in Atlanta's international business community for two decades and wants to help GCIV find new channels of interacting with this community. He would like more people and businesses to understand GCIV's mission and the amazing work its volunteer citizen diplomats perform in hosting global professionals in their homes or workplaces.

Mark helped form the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce three years ago. He is the former publisher and editor of the German American Chamber of Commerce's magazine and was recently asked to be the U.S. Business Liaison to the City of Berlin to assist U.S. companies in finding business opportunities there.

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

Saturday, May 15th
International Dining Experiences
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 on 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! Reservations are required. Restaurant and time TBA. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 for more information.

Community Events

Wednesday, May 5th, 4:00 PM
"Past, Present and Future of Derivatives with Sheila Tschinkel"
Presented by Global Atlanta, the European Union Center for Excellence, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Don't miss this free event at the Global Atlanta office with economic expert and former U.S. Treasury adviser Sheila Tschinkel. RSVP to Kandice Chapman at 404-377-7710.

Monday - Tuesday, May 10th-11th
USA India Business Summit
Bilateral trade between the U.S. and India is growing explosively, and is likely to triple in the next five years. To capitalize on the opportunities afforded by this bi-national relationship, the first-ever USA India Business Summit (UIBS) will be held at the Cobb Galleria and Conference Center. The theme is "Growing Business and Promoting Entreprenuership." Many dignitaries, distinguished speakers, special guests, and hundreds of corporate representatives have already been confirmed to attend. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 20th, 7:00 PM
"A Legacy of Leadership Dinner Celebration - A Tribute to Atlanta City Councilman Jim Maddox"
The City of Atlanta encourages you to support this special event honoring retired Atlanta City Councilman Jim Maddox at the Fabulous Fox Theater. Proceeds from the event to benefit City of Atlanta's Centers for Hope. For more information, call 404-330-6309 or to purchase tickets visit

Saturday, June 12th
Atlanta International Soccer Fest Tournament
Come cheer on your favorite country in this round robin tournament at the Atlanta Silverbacks new home, the RE/MAX Greater Atlanta Stadium. The tournament is part of the Atlanta International Soccer Fest from June 11 - July 11, designed to coincide with
FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Proceeds from Atlanta International Soccer Fest benefit SOS Children's Villages. 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

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
- President Abraham Lincoln
Second Inaugural Address
March 4, 1865