October 2009
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Ambassador Reda Mansour to Deliver Keynote at ASCD
Trustees in the News
GCIV Blog: International Student Homestays
Calling All Students
Become a Citizen Diplomat!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

September 29 - October 3 - Pan-Africa
Ten Govt & NGO Leaders
Focus:  Women and the Law

October 1-7 - Pan-Africa
Sixteen Journalists
Focus:  Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program
October 3-7 - Canada
Ten Curators and Administrators
Focus:  Museum Administration
October 8-13 - South and Central Asia
Seven Local Government Officials
Focus:  Religion in America
October 13-17 - Nigeria
Six Teachers and Government Officials
Focus:  Elementary and Secondary Education

October 28-31 - Saudi Arabia
Seven Educators
Focus: Religious and Public Education

November 5-10 - Multi-Regional
Five Government Officials
Focus: International Crime

November 14-21 - Ukraine
Five Judges
Focus: Rule of Law

December 1-5 - Multi-Regional
Twenty Public Health Officials
Focus: HIV Prevention and Education

December 2-5 - Uzbekistan
Five Government Officials
Forensic Laboratories

GCIV Home Hospitality and Homestay Opportunities

Saturday, October 3rd - Sixteen journalists from all over Africa would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalism, part of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. We still need to place three visitors from Burundi, Central African Republic, and Comoros. The delegation is available for lunch-time home hospitality at 12:00 PM, and will be accompanied by an interpreter.

Sunday, October 11th - Eight religious and educational leaders from South and Central Asia would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program with the theme of religion in America. The delegation is available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM, and may require 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 O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

GCIV Homestay Opportunity
GCIV will host a delegation of five judges from the Ukraine 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

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor
Georgia Power

Silver Sponsors

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

Bronze Sponsors
Atlanta City Council's Advisory Committee on International Relations
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Barclays Capital
Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
Ernst & Young
Fulton County Commission
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Laurie Grant Nichols and Scott Nichols
Odom Immigration Law Group, LLC
Regency Suites Hotel
UBS Investment Bank

Ambassadors Circle
Nancy & Charles Bedford
Rosie & Lindsay Davidson
Erika Monckeberg
& Enrique Flores
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue & Jim Heerin
Elizabeth & Jim Munson
Lucie Rivera-O'Ferrall & Frederick H. Kruse
Shell Stuart
Sharon & Bruce Taylor
Annie York &

Raul F. Trujillo

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during September 2009:

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Judy Cantwell
Annie Craeninckx
Silvia Fernandez
Orysia Fisher
Leslie Gordon
Tanveer Usmani
Carolyn Wills
Terri Whitesel

Envoy ($25+)
Anna Alford
Elizabeth Igoche
Emily O'Harris
Julius Suber

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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Ambassador Reda Mansour to Deliver Keynote Talk at the Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy

mansourGCIV is excited to announce that Ambassador Reda Mansour, Dean of the Consular Corps and Consul General of Israel, will deliver the keynote talk at the Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy.  In addition to serving as a diplomat, Ambassador Mansour is a poet and an activist in the promotion of dialogue between Arabs and Jews in Israel. We invite you to hear his talk on the importance of citizen diplomacy along with hundreds of other local citizens. Click here for Ambassador Mansour's bio. You can also click here to read an article recently written by Ambassador Mansour describing what makes Atlanta an international city.

Click here to register for the Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy!  On Saturday, November 14th, GCIV will host this exciting event at North Atlanta High School. The summit will promote an understanding of diverse values and cultures, educate participants about global perspectives, and further mutual understanding.  GCIV aims to raise awareness about cross-cultural understanding and the responsibilities of citizen diplomats through this interactive summit.  It will feature concurrent workshops, including regional briefings, introductory language classes, global business forums, cross-cultural communications seminars, and more.  You can now register for the summit online.  Register by October 14th to qualify for early-bird prices!  Both GCIV member and non-member prices increase by $10 after this deadline - sign up today!

Trustees in the News:  Jorge Fernandez wins Governor's International Award

A key figure in shaping the region's global commerce strategy, the Metro Atlanta Chamber's Jorge Fernandez is often the first face foreign executives see when they consider doing business or landing a headquarters in Georgia.  Since being named vice president of global commerce for the chamber in 2006, Fernandez has been the energetic and determined force behind connecting Atlanta-area companies to a continuous stream of international business growth opportunities.

For his tireless efforts and full-steam commitment to fostering and developing global business initiatives in metro Atlanta and negotiating a host of key deals, Jorge Fernandez has been named the Individual of the Year for the 2009 Governor's International Awards.  Click here to read more.

GCIV Blog:  GCIV International Student Hosting Programs

GCIV is pleased to announce its new and exciting international student hosting program. As another channel for citizen diplomacy, hosts have the opportunity to share their home with students and scholars from around the world while creating cross-cultural friendships and engaging in international understanding. Students are enrolled at local universities or intensive English institutes and stay anywhere from two months to a year or more.
Hosting an international student in your home can enrich you, your family, other household members and your community by providing each an opportunity to become better informed about and connected to the world beyond U.S. borders.

Hosts provide a private room and a comfortable, safe learning environment that the students can call home. Students choose a Breakfast Only or Breakfast and Dinner option. Hosts receive a stipend to cover the costs of providing a room and meals.
Host homes must be located near public transportation to universities or ESL centers. For more information and to receive an application, contact Joan Roberts at 404-832-5560 x 11.  Click here for more details and a list of participating schools.

Calling All Students for the Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest

Istanbul Center
Middle- and high-school students in the state of Georgia are invited to submit an original artwork and/or essay on the theme of "Who's My Neighbor?" The purpose of this contest is to have students in middle and high schools think about and be involved in solving social problems in our world today.  The Program is geared towards an interdisciplinary approach to solving world and community issues in that the theme of the program each year looks towards global peace and intercultural understanding.

The prizes include trips to Turkey and gift cards for both students and teachers!  Please visit the contest web site to find out more information about the theme, rules, and prizes.

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

Tuesday, October 6th, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
GCIV Members Only Reception
Please join us for a reception welcoming a delegation of ten museum curators and administrators from Canada. This is a free event, but you must be a GCIV member to attend.  Space is limited, and RSVPs are accepted on a first-come, first served basis. The reception will be at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.  Not a GCIV member yet?  There's still time to join before the reception! Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 for more information or to RSVP.

Thursday, October 8th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
International Women Associates October Meeting
The October IWA Meeting will highlight Eid, the festival at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.  Our Pakistani hosts will share the traditions of this celebration with our group.  Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to receive an invitation.

Thursday, October 15th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
GCIV International Dining Experience

Get to know other GCIV members and hosts and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. This month we will host the delegation of Nigerian educators. Details on the location and price are forthcoming. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Saturday, November 14th, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy
Join fellow Georgians at North Atlanta High School for a day of cross-cultural training to prepare for your role as citizen diplomat. Registration is $25 for GCIV members and $50 for non-members until October 14th, when prices increase! More information is available at the GCIV web site.

Community Events

Tuesday, October 13th, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Istanbul Center Distinguished Speaker Series
Istanbul Center presents its Distinguished Speaker Series with Barbara Brown Taylor's talk on "Spiritual but Not Religious?" at its midtown offices. A light Mediterranean lunch will be served. Admission is $25, payable by cash or check. RSVP to Cassandra Whitehead.

Saturday, October 17th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Conference on Israel/Palestine:  Is Peace with Justice Possible in Israel/Palestine?
Joining Hands for Justice and the  Presbytery of Greater Atlanta present a conference on Israel and Palestine. The event will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Click here for a schedule, or contact Sarah Humphrey at 404- 636-1429 x 113 for more information.

Saturday, October 17th, and Sunday, October 18th
Annual Atlanta Turkish Festival
The Annual Atlanta Turkish Festival will take place at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA. Admission is $5 for a one-day pass, and $8 for a two-day pass (children under 6 free). Enjoy Turkish food, music, dance, handcrafts and activities for adults and children. Visit www.turkishfest.org for more info.

Wednesday, October 28th, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
The October ACIR Luncheon will feature Mr. Salvador de Lara Rangel, Consul General of Mexico.  He will discuss "The Strategic Relationship between the U.S. and Mexico with a Look at Immigration." The meeting is at the Capital City Club downtown, and costs $30 for members, $40 for non-members.  Please email Francesca Cesa Bianchi to RSVP.

Thursday, October 29th, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
India and the US in the 21st Century: Reinventing Partnership
The US India Business and Research Center presents a lecture and book signing featuring Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer. The cost (includes reception and dinner) is $60 per person.  You can register online or contact Ani Agnihotri 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

"Peace between countries must rest on the solid
foundation of love between individuals." 

-Mohatma Gandhi