September 2008 GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue . . .

Who's Coming to Town?

September 3-7 - Pakistan
One Human Rights Activist

Focus: Administration of Justice

September 10-14 - Argentina
Two Public Health Officials

Focus: HIV/AIDS Prevention

September 10-14 - Malaysia
One Civil Society Leader

Focus: NGO Management and Media

September 16-20 - Uzbekistan and Tajikistan
Six Civil Society Leaders

Focus: Human Rights

September 17-21 - Indonesia
Four Public Health Officials

Focus: Avian Flu

September 24- 28 - Poland
Four Government Officials

Focus: Local and Regional Government Cooperation

September 27- October 1 - Brazil
Six Government and Political Leaders

Focus: Minority Participation in the Political Process

September 28-October 1 - Armenia
Five University Professors

Focus: American Studies

September 30- October 4 - Nigeria
Six Public Health Officials


October 1-4 - Poland
One Library Administrator

Focus: Digital Heritage Preservation

October 4-8 - Belgium
Eight Journalists

Focus: U.S. Reporting Tour - Elections and the Economy

October 22-26 - Saudi Arabia
Five Journalists

Focus: Media in the U.S.

October 25-29 - Estonia
Five Public Health Officials

Focus: HIV Case Management

Please take a look at the delegations needing home hospitality in the coming months and consider hosting a visiting professional in your home for dinner.

Thursday, September 11th - Two public health officials from Argentina would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are both medical doctors who perform HIV/AIDS research and are participating in the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will be accompanied by an interpreter.

Wednesday, September 17th - Six civil society leaders from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. They are studying advocacy efforts while participating in the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. They are available at 6:30 PM, and some will need to be accompanied by an interpreter.

Please contact
Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to host either of these delegations.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

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The Coca-Cola Company
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Jones Day
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Mueller Water Products
Regency Suites Hotel

Bronze Sponsors
Alston & Bird, LLP
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bear Stearns
Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
Community Voices, Morehouse School of Medicine
D & A Transportation Services, Inc.
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC
McKenna Long & Aldridge
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
nsoro, LLC
Reece & Associates
Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP
UBS Investment Bank
YKK Corporation of America

Ambassadors Circle
Charlie and Nancy Bedford
Mike Dangerfield
James and Carol Dew
Augustine Esogbue
Chris and Charles Evans
Mrs. Richard B. Hallock
Sue and Jim Heerin
Russell and Anna Malayery
Jim and Elizabeth Munson
Laurie and Scott Nichols
Bryan Ramos
Wayne Reece
Sharon and Bruce Taylor

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NCIV Southern Regional Meeting Brings Together 150 Citizen Diplomats

GCIV was honored to host the National Council for International Visitors' 2008 Southern Regional Meeting August 6-8, 2008. The meeting served as professional development and networking opportunity for the national network responsible for implementing the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. Participants included representatives from fellow CIV representatives from the southern region and around the country, Washington, DC Program Agencies, and the US Department of State, as well as GCIV's local citizen diplomats. Click here to read more about the NCIV Southern Regional Meeting.

Thai Women's Advocate Connects with Fellow NGO Leaders in Atlanta

On August 13-17, 2008, GCIV hosted a distinguished guest from Thailand, Ms. Solossa Meesompluem. Ms. Meesompluem has worked with a variety of NGOs in Thailand, and is currently pursuing her Masters' Degree in Women Studies at Thammasart University. She traveled to Atlanta under the auspices of the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, and hoped to meet with NGO leaders working in women's rights, refugee resettlement, and grassroots movements. Click here to read more about her program in Atlanta.

French Delegation Returns to Atlanta in Preparation for Upcoming Conferences

On average GCIV coordinates programs for 100 delegations every year. We try to stay in touch with our exchange participants, and every so often we have the opportunity to reconnect with them when business brings them to Atlanta. We were fortunate to arrange a second program for a delegation that participated in the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program in July 2006. A group of six young men of African descent living in Paris started an organization called Braves Garcons d'Afrique (BGA) or "Courageous Young Men of Africa." BGA works to address the difficult issues facing local youth, many from immigrant families. Their work has focused on artistic, cultural, and sports programs to build solidarity among resident youth of African descent, and help young men end a cycle of falling prey to violence as a reaction to societal marginalization. Three founding members of BGA returned to Atlanta August 22-26, 2008, to reconnect and make new linkages in preparation of upcoming BGA projects. Click here to read more about their program in Atlanta.

Help GCIV Connect Our International Delegations to the 2008 Elections!

Are you getting excited about the 2008 Elections? So is GCIV! The State Department has asked us to take advantage of this election year, and give every single one of our international visitors an opportunity to see the American political process. Are you planning to attend a political rally, make calls at a campaign phone bank, go door to door for a candidate, help register voters, or participate in any other political activity? Please consider taking an international visitor with you to see democracy in action! Contact Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15 to give us your ideas.

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!

GCIV Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 11th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
IWA September Meeting

The International Womens Associates will hear a presentation from GCIV staff about the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. An IVLP participant from Malaysia will talk about her experience working for various NGOs in her home country. Please contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to receive an invitation.

Friday, September 12th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Fighting AIDS in Argentina

Join GCIV international exchange participants from Argentina for a lunchtime discussion about their work in HIV and AIDS prevention. This Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel, 975 West Peachtree Street in midtown. You can bring your own lunch at no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Registration is 12:00-12:10, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Space is limited, so you must make a reservation to attend. Contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 to RSVP.

Monday, September 15th, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
GCIV Host Orientation

Learn the "ins and outs" of hosting while getting to know GCIV staff and fellow hosts. GCIV will organize host orientations once a quarter to help experienced and new hosts alike stay informed and become better citizen diplomats. Participation in an orientation is mandatory for all hosts. Please join us for one at your earliest convenience. The orientation will take place at the Regency Suites Hotel, 975 West Peachtree Street in midtown. RSVP to Emily Bushey at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Tuesdays, September 23rd - November 18th, 7:30-9:00 PM
Great Decisions - Evening at Emory

Increase your understanding of world affairs by joining the last Great Decisions discussion group offered by GCIV in 2008. This eight-week series is based on a briefing book published annually by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association. The 2008 topics include: Iraq: Endgame, the European Union at 50, Talking to Our Enemies, Russia, US Defense & Security Policy, Latin America: Shift to the Left?, US-China Trade policy, and Private Philanthropy. Register for the course at the Evening at Emory web page, or contact Ashley Mastin at 404-832-5560 x 13 with questions.

Other Opportunities
Monday, September 8th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Istanbul Center's Distinguished Speaker Series

The Istanbul Center will continue its Distinguished Speaker Series by hosting Kennesaw State University President Dr. Daniel S. Papp. Dr. Papp will discuss Russian-Georgian affairs at Istanbul Center's Midtown HQ, 1349 West Peachtree Street, Suite 1010, Atlanta, GA 30309. Call 678-990-1717 to RSVP.

Tuesday, September 9th, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Exporting 101 Seminar

The International Promotions Council of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce presents a seminar entitled "Exporting 101: Is Now the Time to Export?" The event will be at the National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA. Registration is $35 per person, and a wine reception sponsored by the Honorary Consulate of Hungary will follow the seminar. Download the registration form or go online to learn more.

Friday, November 7th, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Viva Villa Gala, Benefiting Villa International Atlanta

Villa International Atlanta will host its fourth annual gala event at the Carter Center. The festive evening will feature international entertainment, a silent auction, and more. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online or by calling 404-633-6783. Proceeds from the event will support Villa International's mission to provide an affordable, convenient "home away from home" for members of the international health community who have come for short term study or research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University.

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

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