October 2007 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .

Who's Coming to Town?

September 29 - October 3 - Afghanistan
Nine University Professors and Administrators
Focus: University Administration

October 4-9 - Multi-Regional
Seven Public Health Officials
Focus: Women's Health

October 8-11 - Poland
Three Public Health Officials
Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

October 24-26 - Russia
Ten Government and NGO Officials
Focus: International Adoption

November 6-8 - Moldova
Five Public Health Officials
Focus: Infectious Diseases

November 7-10 - Canada
Two Local Government Officials

Focus: Multicultural Communities and Economic Development

November 7-10 - United Kingdom
One Parliamentary Candidate

Focus: Civil Rights and Politics

December 2-6 - South East Asia
Five Public Health Officials
Focus: HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention

December 2-6 - Multi-Regional
Fifteen Public Health Officials
Focus: HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention

December 9-12 - South and Central Asia
Eight Government and NGO Officials
Focus: Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Thursday, October 25th - Ten visitors from Russia would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on the adoption process. This group would like the opportunity to have dinner with families that have adopted Russian children. They are available at 6:30 PM, and some will be accompanied by interpreters.

Wednesday, November 7th - Five visitors from Moldova would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host. Their program in the U.S. will focus on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. They are available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM and will be accompanied by interpreters.

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 these dates, please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors
Bear Stearns
The Coca-Cola Company
Crawford & Company
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Mueller Water Products
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Newell Rubermaid

Bronze Sponsors
AHD International
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Global Atlanta
Hennessy Automobile Companies
Regency Suites Hotel
Smith, Gambrell, & Russell
UBS Investment Bank

Community Partners
Advisory Committee on International Relations
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
Georgia Department of Economic Development
International Leadership Council
Jones and Kolb
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Parking Company of America
YKK Corporation of America

Mike Dangerfield
Dr. and Mrs. James Dew
Dr. Austin O. Esogbue
Chris and Charles Evans
Sue and Jim Heerin
Eleanor Hooks
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Bryan Ramos
Wayne Reece
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 the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2007:

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
George and Judy Varga

Consul ($250+)
Astrid Pregel

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Hyun Zu (Yonni) Kim

Envoy ($25+)
Krista Nelson

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Register for the Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy Now!

Mark your calendar for the second annual Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, which will take place on November 16th at Georgia State University!

Citizen diplomacy is the idea that each citizen has the ability, indeed the privilege and the responsibility, to affect foreign policy through diplomacy at the personal level. Through personal encounters and individual experiences, borders and barriers become obsolete and we begin to realize that others aren't as different from us as we might have thought. By fostering international understanding and cross-cultural awareness, we are more likely to seek peaceful solutions to conflicts at the personal and international level, all while building meaningful and prosperous relationships.

The Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy will offer all Georgians the opportunity to attend regional briefings and cross-cultural trainings, hear from members of the Consular Corps, and learn about the opportunities for citizen diplomacy throughout the city and state.

The summit is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend. We'll only be able to accept the first 400 registrations. You can take a look at the day's schedule and register on our web site. Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 with any questions.

Labor Delegates Exchange Ideas with Atlanta Counterparts

GCIV hosted a delegation of labor officials from Bangladesh, Kenya, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe September 11th-16th. While in Atlanta they had the opportunity to meet with their professional counterparts to talk about challenges and successes while advocating for worker's rights. As guests of the U.S. Department of State, the group aimed to learn about grassroots efforts and the government's role in regulating labor. Read more about their program in Atlanta.

New Congolese Legislators Visit Georgia on Professional Exchange Program

The U.S. Department of State asked GCIV to prepare a professional exchange program for nine newly-elected legislators from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The delegation visited Atlanta September 19-22. The purpose of this program was to expose the participants to the role of elected officials in a democracy and to learn about American aid efforts in Africa. To fulfill this objective, GCIV arranged meetings with a number of professional counterparts in Atlanta and Athens. Read more about their program on the GCIV web site.

Trustees in the News

Laurie Grant Nichols, Vice-Chair of GCIV's Board of Trustees, was named Chief Executive Officer of Hands On Georgia, the premiere statewide organization promoting volunteer service and civic engagement. Read more about Laurie's appointment as Hands On Georgia CEO.

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.

GCIV Upcoming Events

Tuesdays, September 25-November 20, 7:30-9:00 PM
Evening at Emory Great Decisions Group

There's still time to join this upcoming discussion group and increase your understanding of world affairs. This eight-week series is based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association. The topics of discussion for 2007 include: the Middle East, Climate Change, Mexico, Migration, South Africa, War Crimes, Central Asia, and Children. Register for the course at the Emory web site, or contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 with questions. The group has met once to distribute briefing books, and will begin the eight weeks of discussion October 2nd.

Wednesday, October 10th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Combating AIDS in Poland

Join three GCIV visitors from Poland for a lunchtime discussion on public health issues in Poland. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the AID Atlanta Office in Midtown. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Friday, November 9th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Muslim Participation in Politics in the U.K.

Join GCIV visitor Mr. Mohammed Khaliel, UK Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate, for a lunchtime discussion. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the GCIV Office downtown. Participants can bring lunch or purchase a boxed lunch ($10). Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Friday, November 16th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy

Join fellow Georgians at Georgia State University for a day of cross-cultural training to prepare for your role as citizen diplomat. Go to the GCIV web site for more information about the Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy. Registration is now available!

Other Opportunities
October 16, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon

Dr. Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA, will address the October ACIR Luncheon. Dr. Gayle will address "The Changing Face of International Development." The luncheon is at the Capital City Club, 7 Harris Street, NW. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Contact Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

November 3, 6:30 PM
Viva Villa Gala to benefit Villa International Atlanta

The third annual Viva Villa Gala will take place at the Carter Center. This festive evening, featuring international entertainment and an international buffet created by Proof of the Pudding, will feature a silent auction of collectibles from around the world, original art work, restaurants, vacation offerings and much more. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at villa-atl.org or by calling 404-633-6783.

About GCIV
The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to build cross-cultural understanding and mutually beneficial personal and professional relationships between Georgians and leading citizens from around the world.

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

Georgia Council for International Visitors
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303