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May 2012   

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  


Georgia Council for International Visitors

In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-2012 International Consular Ball-

-Ambassadors Circle-

-Staffing Changes at GCIV-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-GCIV Blog-

-Race for the Cure-

-Become a Citizen Diplomat-

-Discover Diplomacy-

-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-

-CASIE Speakeasy-

-A Soccer Celebration With A Purpose-

-L'Arche International Meeting-

-Other Hosting Opportunities-

-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?

May 5-9
Six NGO and Government Representatives
Focus: Minority Integration

May 6-9
Four Business Directors and Entrepreneurs
Focus: Business Women in the U.S.


May 9-15
 Algeria, Israel, Libya, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
Six Nurses and Midwives
Focus: Advances in Contemporary Nursing


May 16-22
One Social Worker
Focus: Children in the Justice System


May 23-26
One City Council Member and One Government Representative
Focus: Urban Growth and Sustainability


May 28 - June 1
Three Government Officials and One NGO Chairperson
Focus: Anti-Trafficking





Dinner Hospitality



Sunday, May 6 - Six delegates from Bulgaria would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes various NGO leaders and government officials. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on minority integration. They are available after 5 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 3 visitors per host.


Monday, May 7 - Four delegates from Georgia would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes several women entrepreneurs and business leaders. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on business women in the U.S. They are available after 5 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 visitors per host. 


Sunday, May 13 - Six nurses and midwives from Algeria, Israel, Libya, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen 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 advances in contemporary nursing. They are available after 5 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2-3 visitors per host. 


Sunday, May 20 - One social worker from Thailand would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. He is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on children in the justice system. She is available after 5 PM for dinner.


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 or 

404-832-5560 x15.

Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the appropriate countries.







Consular Ball Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor 

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors

Arnall Golden Gregory

Barclays Capital

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 April 2012:


Herbert M. Dangerfield

Adrienne Johnson

Yonni Kim

Jessica Lewis

Arnaldo Ruiz

Ash & Jeet Thakker





Aadu & Kristi Allpere





Gudrun Chapman 



Citizen Diplomat ($50+) 
Ana Bartalome

Silvana Cavellier

Milagros Davila

Elizabeth Etoll

Kyoko Fujima

Bobbie Krause

Beth Kroger

June Tompkins 




Willy Elizarov

Ambassadors Circle

Nicolas Aquino

Steven R. Baldwin and Family 

Charles & Nancy Bedford

Herbert M. Dangerfield
Lindsay & Rosemary Davidson

Bob & Christine Davis

Clark Dean

Ray Donato

Ed Dreistadt & 

Shell Stuart

Dawn Ely
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock

Phil & Raye Handler

Tim & Christy Hooper

Joseph & Adrienne Johnson

Doug & Mary Justice
Charles Kuck

Ryan & Jessica Lewis

Sherry Mueller

Arnaldo & Michelle Ruiz  

Scott & Laurie Nichols 

Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim

Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Ash & Jeet Thakker
Raul F. & Annie-York Trujillo
Miller & Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

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


Irene Bailey

Deputy Director

404-832-5560 x 13


Emily O'Harris

Program Director

404-832-5560 x 15 


RJ Paulisick

Community Programs and Technology Coordinator

404-832-5560 x 17  



Thanks to all who supported the 31st International Consular Ball!



The annual International Consular Ball honoring Georgia's Consular Corps shines as Atlanta's premier international event. The 31st anniversary of this special event was held at the elegant Cherokee Town Club on April 21, 2012 and co-chaired by Sharon and Bruce Taylor and Carolyn and Miller Williams. Over 40 Consular Corps members and 250 business and civic leaders were in attendance including representatives from platinum sponsor The Coca-Cola Company and gold sponsors Georgia Power, Southern Company, and Metro Atlanta Chamber.


'50 Years of Citizen Diplomacy' was the theme and it resonated throughout the evening beginning with remarks from German Consul General Lutz Görgens, Dean of the Consular Corps, congratulating GCIV on 50 years of service to the international community and continued with the presentation of a five-layered 50th Anniversary cake.


Proceeds from the Consular Ball support GCIV's efforts to promote international understanding through citizen diplomacy. With our sponsors' support, GCIV is able welcome over 500 emerging world leaders to Georgia annually and introduce them to the best our state has to offer.


Click here to view images from the unforgettable evening.


Plan on joining us next spring for the 32nd Annual International Consular Ball!




Join GCIV's 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. There's never been a better time to join the Ambassadors Circle! Join through this link,, or contact RJ Paulisick at



Staffing Changes at GCIV

This past month we bid farewell to former Community Program Coordinator, Nicole Rateau. She is moving on to a position with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the entire GCIV family wishes her the best!


Additionally, former Manager of Global Partnerships, Irene Bailey, has been named GCIV's Deputy Director and former GCIV intern, RJ Paulisick, has been named the new Community Programs Coordinator. Contact Irene at or 404-832-5560 x13 and RJ at or 404-832-5560 x17.



Delegation Spotlight

The 23-member delegation visits with The UPS Foundation.

This past month, GCIV hosted a multi-regional delegation of NGO leaders and government representatives from Albania, Burma, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. The group was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on volunteerism in the U.S. This was an opportunity for them to examine the impact of volunteerism in U.S. communities and how volunteers are inspired to help foster a culture of service, civic involvement, and responsibility.  

Frank Romeo, Vice President of The UPS Foundation, addresses the delegation.

While in Atlanta, the delegation met with representatives from the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta  and the  Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta as well as Hands on Atlanta  and The UPS Foundation. Additionally they met with volunteers at Cafe 458 and toured the restaurant. The delegation also visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, attended a performance of 'The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County' at the Alliance Theater, and watched the Braves take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field.



GCIV Blog: Portraits of a Foreign Exchange Student


Sadiq alongside journalists participating in CNN's international fellowship program.


Below is a preview of Sadiq's essay from a local newspaper. It is reflection on his experiences as an exchange student from Pakistan. To view the entire passage, please click here.


On the morning of August 10th 2011, I boarded my flight to the United States as an exchange student of the Kennedy-Lugar YES Program. Several apprehensions about Americans occupied my heart and brain as I embarked upon this epic journey. It wasn't just my heart that was anxious about what it would be like to live with an American host family and attend an American high school; the 60 other Pakistani exchange students on the flight experienced similar feelings...




Race for the Cure Alongside One of GCIV's Delegations! 




If you are planning to sign up for the Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 12, you might be interested in meeting one of our delegations! We have a nursing delegation representing Algeria, Israel, Libya, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen that will be participating in the Race for the Cure. If you are interested in joining their team, please contact Emily O'Harris.



Contribute Toward Global Understanding

Give them the world!Contribute toward global understanding and 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 RJ Paulisick 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 diplomacy is here:



Win a FREE GCIV Membership!  

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If you like GCIV, like us on Facebook! When GCIV accumulates 500 likes, one random lucky fan will receive a free one-year Citizen Diplomat membership or renewal of their current membership for a year! You can also view images, upcoming events, who's coming to town and post your own comments, thoughts, photos, etc. Click here to like us now:!

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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. Japanese, Amharic, Swahili, Dutch, Romanian, Hebrew, American Sign Language, Tagalog, and Latin 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.



Calling the Atlanta International Community to join AISF 2012!


The organizers of the Atlanta International Soccer Fest (AISF) are encouraging the city's international community to register soccer teams now to become part of the AISF International Division of the Publix Atlanta Cup.


The Publix Atlanta Cup is the largest soccer sporting event of its kind in the Southeast: play soccer with more than 650+ teams on Labor Day weekend 2012Click here for comprehensive tournament & registration info.


AISF 2012, in partnership with Georgia Soccer and the Publix Atlanta Cup, is offering a unique opportunity to Atlanta's international community and civic-minded soccer enthusiasts: enter your team today for a seat in the region's most exciting soccer event, while supporting the work of SOS Children's Villages.


Event participation includes:

  • Association with the largest international non-profit of its kind: SOS Children's Villages.
  • Join more than 13,000 athletes from 650+ teams, and over 30,000 tournament attendees as well as the Atlanta international community, for the largest 3-day tournament in the Southeast.
  • Be part of a highly successful event: the Publix Atlanta Cup has been hosted on Labor Day weekend for 34 consecutive years.


Entry forms are due on July 2, 2012. For more information visit or contact Irene Bailey.




L'Arche International Meeting


Are you curious to meet people from all over the world? Get a glimpse into their culture, traditions and habits? Do you thrive on diversity? Do you feel like showing the hidden secrets of Atlanta and your neighborhood to a foreigner? Are you adept at the art of Southern hospitality?

We would like to invite you to consider being a part of the upcoming L'Arche International Family Weekend. L'Arche, an international movement founded in France, welcomes persons with intellectual disabilities into homes and workshops all over the world.
This summer, June 3 - 10, Atlanta will welcome L'Arche communities from around the world to its General Assembly meeting at Agnes Scott College. We expect 500 participants from about 40 countries. On the weekend prior to the Assembly, from June 1st to June 3rd, the Atlanta community will open its homes to L'Arche delegates.

We are actively seeking families who would be willing to host two to three guests. The invitation is simple and the weekend is yours to make! On Friday, June 1st, you will meet your guests at Decatur Presbyterian. We do suggest that you visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center on Saturday.  If worship is a part of your family life, please take your guests along.  On Sunday, you will take your guests to Agnes Scott College for the Opening Ceremony of the Assembly, to which you are of course invited.
Interested?  Please visit to register online and find more information.  Contact us at 404 956 2123 should you have questions.  Or visit one of our info-sessions (details online).  In the name of our international friends - thanks!





Other Hosting Opportunities


AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers 

AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia are currently seeking host families for the 2012-13 school year. 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! AFS has more than 60 trained Atlanta volunteers supporting host families and students before, during, and after the experience. To start the application process or find out more information, visit or contact Ruth Blackstock at 404-406-2917 or   





Community Events 

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.


Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 - 9:00 AM

'Doing Business in China and Southeast Asia: A Real World Perspective'

Coles College Breakfast Series is a breakfast speaker series sponsored by The Coles College of Business office of Alumni Relations. This Series is held the second Tuesday of every month from February to November. It is open to Alumni, students, faculty/ staff and the Atlanta business community. This series is held at The Georgian Club in Atlanta. Breakfast Series programs feature influential speakers, who bring local and global perspectives on business and innovation. 

This event's speaker will be Scott Ellyson, CEO, East West Manufacturing. Click here for more information.


Wednesday, May 9, 11:00 AM

Europe: An American Diplomat's Assessment

Paula Dobrianski, PhD, senior fellow, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard University Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Director, U.S. Department of State. Held in collaboration with the European members of the Atlanta Consular Corps and the European Center of Excellence at Georgia Tech. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


Thursday and Friday, May 10-11, 11:00 AM

Second USA-Nigeria Business Forum

Provides a platform for the presentation to American corporate and public policy makers on the wide array of investment opportunities in Nigeria and discuss ways in which these opportunities can be realized. Click here for more information and to register.


Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Opportunity India: Digital Media and Entertainment

A quarterly series to highlight key sectors and industries in India that are poised to see the most amount of growth and thus need for expertise. This education series will provide opportunities for Atlanta companies to understand market opportunities in India, meet contacts, and resources to help achieve growth.  Click here for more information.


Thursday, May 17, 6:00 PM

'A Taste of Germany': Germany Asparagus Dinner

Celebrate the German asparagus season by joining the GACC South at Canoe. The asparagus for this exclusive dinner is cultivated in the heart of Germany and prepared by some of the best chefs in Atlanta.  Click here for more information and to register.


Monday, May 21, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Atlanta Summit: Sustaining American Leadership in Global Health and Water

A one-day program offered by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta in conjunction with CARE USA and Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). This event - keynoted by Senator Johnny Isakson and featuring CDC Director Thomas Frieden, CARE President and CEO Helene Gayle, CSIS Global Health Policy Center Director J. Stephen Morrison, and other prominent figures in government and global health - will highlight the vibrant partnerships between government, businesses, NGOs, universities, and others that make Atlanta a center of excellence in global health.  Click here for more information and to register.


Tuesday, May 22, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

2012 USPAACC-SE Annual Meeting

The USPAACC-SE Annual Meeting is designed to bring together Asian American Business Enterprises (AABE) to build on our strengths, foster learning and share knowledge.  This is your opportunity to take a moment away from day-to-day tasks and gain strategic insights for your business.  Click here for more information and to register.