May 2011  

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  


Georgia Council for International Visitors

In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-Five New Sponsors Support the 2011 International Consular Ball-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-GCIV Blog: 50 Years of Significance in Citizen Diplomacy-

-Guess who's coming to dinner?-

-Make a tax-deductible contribution now!-

-Young Transatlantic Conservative Alliance-

-Teachers for Global Classrooms-

-Upcoming GCIV Events-

-Community Events-








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About GCIV

 The 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.






Who's coming to town?

  May 3-7
Eight Government and Agricultural Leaders
Focus: Agricultural Planning and Development

May 4-7
Six University
 Representatives and  Ministry of Education Officials

Focus: Higher Education

May 7-11
Hong Kong
One Department of Justice Senior Assistant Solicitor General for Human Rights
Focus: Human Rights

May 9-12

Three Communications Professionals
Focus: U.S. Media Coverage

May 10-14
Eleven Delegates
Focus: Government Transparency and Accountability

May 14-19
Three Ministry of Justice Representatives, Two Judges, and One Prosecutor
Focus: Juvenile Justice

May 18-21
Five Government Officials
Focus: International Adoption

May 19-24
Northeastern and Northern Africa Regional Project
Seventeen Delegates
Focus: Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness

May 19-24
Seven Journalists
Focus: Journalism

May 23-27
Five Airport Officals
Focus: International Aviation

Home Hospitality Opportunities

 Thursday, May 5th- Six university representatives and Ministry of Education officials from Afghanistan 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 higher education. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 or 3 per host.

Wednesday, May 11th- Three communications professionals from Korea 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 U.S. media coverage of selected issues. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into a smaller group if needed.

Sunday, May 15th- Three Ministry of Justice representatives, two judges, and one prosecutor from Iraq 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 juvenile justice. They are available at 6:00 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.

   Monday, May 16th- Twelve CNN Journalism Fellows from Australia, Austria, Colombia, Denmark, Kosovo, Kuwait, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, and Taiwan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in CNN headquarters' Journalism Fellowship program. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 or 3 per host.

Sunday, May 22nd- Seven journalists from Iraq 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 journalism. They are available at 6:00 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.

Please note: Home hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of home hospitality. If you are interested in hosting any of these distinguished delegates in your home for dinner on any of these dates or would like to propose an alternate date, 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.






Global Partners    

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 April 2011:


Scott and Laurie Nichols

Charge d'Affaires

Sherry Mueller


Bruce Cotterman
Jorge and Silvia Fernandez


Gudrun Chapman
Sussi Craig
Suzanne Dunn

Richard Roesel and Dana Greene

  Citizen Diplomat ($50+)    
Pilar Amir
Elizabeth Bessonette
Christa Burry
Jill Carlson-Miyatake
Jeanne Castell-Kozik
Silvana Cavellier
Patricia Clay
Elizabeth Coleman
Susan Dalton
Millie Davila
Rosie Davidson
Betty Davis
Chris Franz
Nick Gold
Gail Goodwin
Maria Olga Hoffman
Nancy Hollister
Helen Hoverman
Suzanne Howe
Jean Rich Keenan
Beth Kroger
Nolly Ladha
Rae Leffman
Josephine Maloney
Josie Marto
Marianne McConnel
Faye McKay-Clegg
Sandy McQueen
Pamela Morris
Lea Nixon
Bjorg Olafsdottir
Dr. Babs Onabanjo
Anita Sahni
Carol Sharkey
Toshi Shimizu
Helga Siegel
Elizabeth Spiegel
Birgit Trabold-Dorazewski
Carol Wien
Durshi Zoberi


Willy Elizarov
Nancy Gastel


Ambassadors Circle
Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols 

Sunny Park

Darren and Ann Short

Tycho Stahl and Yonni Kim

Ken and Linda Stewart
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
Alfred and Evelyn Messer
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Varga






Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

  "You have an opportunity to be the face of America right now."

- Clark Dean



30th International Consular Ball

GCIV is pleased to welcome five 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:

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With its unsurpassed global network, Delta carriers offer service to more than 350 destinations in nearly 70 countries on six continents.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport proudly bears the distinction of being the world's busiest airport and has long served as a valuable hub connecting various cities and countries around the globe. Hartsfield-Jackson is also a prime destination for travelers - business and pleasure - visiting Atlanta and other locales in the southeastern United States.

Studley is the leading commercial real estate services firm specializing in tenant representation. Through 19 offices nationwide and an international presence through its London office and AOS Studley, a partnership with Paris-based AOS, Studley provides strategic real estate solutions to top-tier corporations, not-for-profit organizations and law firms.

JPMorgan Chase is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands.

Credit Suisse is a world-leading financial services company, advising clients in all aspects of finance, around the world, around the clock.

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

Christine Kelly

French delegate Christine Kelly with Atlanta Community Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator Suzanne Roush and State Department Interpreter Judith Oringer.


In April GCIV hosted Christine Kelly, a former journalist/newscaster and member of the French Audiovisual High Authority, a regulatory organization of the media similar to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. She reports to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is also an IVLP alumni.  


Kelly was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on several topics including diversity, health initiatives, and minorities in politics. In addition to her work in communications, she manages a foundation that is devoted to working through policies and programs for single-parent families. 


While in Atlanta, Kelly met with representatives from the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Carter Center, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, RTI International, and Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan. She also visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and was hosted by longtime GCIV volunteers Ada and Hans Almering for Easter Sunday home hospitality.

Christing Kelly and Bruce McMillan

Christine Kelly with Rainbow PUSH Coalition Assistant Director Bruce McMillan.




GCIV Blog: 50 Years of Significance in Citizen Diplomacy


This blog post continues our retrospective. Please be a part of our 50th anniversary celebration in 2012 by leaving comments about your GCIV memories, reasons for hosting, and beliefs about the impact of our shared work.  


Some of the highlights through the years include a visit from Secretary of State Dean Rusk in 1964 who met with the executive committee of ACIV's board, a regional conference in 1965 sponsored by ACIV to encourage other southern cities to become COSERV contacts, an impressive 1,295 visitors hosted in the year of 1965, merger with the Atlanta International Student Bureau in 1973, providing host families for the delegates to the first Organization of American States to be held outside Washington, D.C. when Jimmy Carter was governor, name change to the Georgia Council for International Visitors in 1986, and becoming the statewide coordinating office for the Great Decisions program in 1994.


Dean Rusk

Click here to read the full excerpt and leave your own comments or memories on GCIV's blog.



Guess who's coming to dinner?

Home Hospitality


GCIV has a number of home hospitality opportunities this month. Home hospitality gives Georgians the chance to meet and get to know distinguished international delegates on a personal level. Visitors teach hosts about their home countries, have a meal in an American home, and participate in lively after-dinner discussions. This valuable experience has often led to lasting friendships.

GCIV member Bethany Lane says about home hospitality,
"We have been really amazed at how connected you can become in conversation with people who barely speak English. You don't have to have something significant to discuss, just ask about their families, jobs and lives and you could talk all night. People ought to realize that you do not need to have a showplace and a chef-quality meal at all. Keep it casual, simple, warm and people just want to be open and talk and talk. We now have email 'pals' and are really enjoying this whole concept. What a life-enriching and really fun thing to do!"

Consider co-hosting with a neighbor, friend, or other GCIV member to split the driving and cooking duties! Look Who's Coming to Town and if you are interested in hosting members of any of these distinguished delegations, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15 or




Make a tax-deductible contribution toward international understanding!

Give them the world!Make a tax-deductible contribution toward international understanding and join 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.



Young Transatlantic Conservative Alliance

The Young Transatlantic Conservative Alliance (YTCA) is an organization dedicated to strengthening the transatlantic partnership. To accomplish this mission, the YCTA is working to advance relations between young American and European conservatives by helping them to develop a better understanding of each other. YTCA gives members the chance to publish their articles in an Open Think Tank and network with people from the other side of the Atlantic. Visit to learn more about the organization.



Teachers for Global Classrooms


Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) provides a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a program designed to globalize U.S. classrooms. TGC is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). Activities include:

  • An online course designed specifically for U.S. teachers aiming to globalize their classrooms
  • Two Global Education Symposiums in Washington, D.C. (pre- and post-travel)
  • An international fellowship through a two-week country visit upon successful completion of the online course.  

Applications are due by June 15, 2011. Click here to learn more about TGC and to apply.





Upcoming GCIV Events

Saturday, May 7th, 6:30 PM
International Consular Ball  

The International Consular Ball is Atlanta's premier international event providing an opportunity for Georgia's business and civic communities to join GCIV in honoring the 60 plus members of the Consular Corps for their role in building valuable relationships between our region and the world. Proceeds from the event benefit GCIV's international exchange and educational programs. The 30th annual International Consular Ball themed "Atlanta Welcomes the World" will take place at the elegant Piedmont Driving Club with entertainment provided by the Joe Gransden Quartet. For more information, visit    





Community Events

Tuesday, May 3rd, 6:00 PM

"A Taste of Germany" Asparagus Gourmet Dinner 

Celebrate the German asparagus season by joining the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc. (GACC South) at "A Taste of Germany" Gourmet Asparagus Dinner. The wine tasting and dinner are at Paul's Restaurant, 10 Kings Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. The price is $110 for GACC South members and $140 for non-members. There is limited seating for this event. Click here for more information


Monday, May 9th, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Europe Day Celebrations

The European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) at Georgia Institute of Technology presents a full day of activities in celebration of Europe Week including a roundtable discussion with local European diplomats, exhibits from EU Member States, local cultural organizations and Atlanta's European Sister Cities, as well as a policy symposium and a reception. Most events will take place in the Student Center Ballroom on the Georgia Tech campus, 350 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. For more information, email


Monday, May 9th, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
NATO: Defining the Mission

World Affairs Council of Atlanta (WACA) presents a luncheon presentation by His Excellency Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The event is at the Commerce Club, 49th floor of 191 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. The price is $48 for WACA members and $60 for non-members. Click here for more information and to RSVP.  


May 13-14, 2011 

Brazilian Music Festival

Viver Magazine, in partnership with Radio Brazilis, is pleased to announce the first Brazilian music festival in Atlanta. With the aim of encouraging and valuing the many Brazilians artists spread across the U.S., composers, musicians, and interpreters will have the opportunity to have their talents recognized by the large Brazilian community present in Atlanta. In addition, the top three performers will receive cash prizes. The festival will be at the Gala Room, 2854 Delk Road, Marietta, Georgia 30067. For more information, email Viver Magazine.


Thursday, May 19th, 6:00 PM 

Google Done Right Business Seminar

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc. (GACC South) presents a Google AdWords Q&A Workshop. Learn how to implement AdWords effectively to boost your business. The seminar is at the offices of GACC South, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30318. The cost is $25 for GACC South members and $35 for non-members. Click here for more information.  

Platinum Sponsor  




Metro Atlanta Chamber

 The Coca-Cola Company



Silver Sponsors


Georgia Department of Economic Development  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
 InterContinental Hotels Group Invesco
Kuck Immigration Parnters LLC Regency Suites Hotel


Bronze Sponsors

Credit Suisse
Emory Healthcare  Grant Thornton 

Habif, Arogeti Hennessy Auto  JPMorgan Chase    Studley UBS