September 2009
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors NEWSWIRE
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Register for the Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy!
Featured Delegation
GCIV Partnership with Olé
Consular Ball Photos Available
Calling All Students
MEPI Fellow Makes an Impact
Home Hospitality Alert!
Become a Citizen Diplomat!
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

August 29 - September 2 - Multi-Regional
Twenty-three Public Health Officials
Focus: Preparing for Pandemics

August 29 - September 2 - Mongolia
One NGO Official
Focus: Historic Preservation
September 2-5 - Belgium
One Entrepreneur
Focus: Small Business Development

September 10-15 - Multi-Regional
Six Labor Leaders
Focus:  Organized Labor
September 10-15 - Mongolia
One Public Health Official
Focus: Public Health
September 10-12 - India
One Government Official
Focus: Aviation

September 12-16 - Multi-Regional
Nine Govt & NGO Leaders
Focus: Grassroots Democracy
September 12-16 - Poland
Two Political Reporters
Focus: Journalism
September 13-16 - Senegal
Eight Judges and Government Officials
Focus:  American Judicial System

September 16-20 - Lebanon
Seven Govt & NGO Leaders
Focus: Civil Society

September 20-24 - Thailand
One News Editor
Focus: Human Rights & Media

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

September 30 - October 4 - Iraq
Eight University Deans
Focus: Women's Universities
October 1-7 - Pan-Africa
Seventeen Journalists
Focus:  Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program
October 3-7 - Canada
Ten Government and NGO Officials
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

GCIV Home Hospitality and Homestay Opportunities

Sunday, September 13th - One public health official from Mongolia would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. She is available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM, and may be accompanied by an interpreter. 

Sunday, September 13th - Nine NGO leaders from China, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Turkey would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. The delegation is available for home hospitality at 6:00 PM. 

Monday, September 14th - Six NGO leaders from Barbados, Guatemala, Kuwait, Malta, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. The delegation is available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM.

Monday, September 14th - Eight judges and government officials from Senegal would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts. The delegation is available for home hospitality at 6:30 PM.

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 August 2009:

Consul ($250+)
James & Elizabeth Munson
John Parkerson
Robin Spratlin
Miller Williams

Attache ($100+)
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Colin Brady
Theodore Revilock &
 Ranjani Balasubramaniam
Richard Roesel &
Dana Greene
Jai Rogers

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Dorothy Toth Beasley
Ann Beeson
Cordelia Blake
Lyn Coltman
Themis Poulos Cramer
Betty Davis
Robin Davis
Elizabeth Etoll
Deborah Gonzalez
Gene Hatfield
Jenny Hewett
Mary Kitchens
Joel Kollin
Bobbie Kraus
Nolly Ladha
Arnold Martin
Marianne McConnel
Sandy McQueen
Bill & Mary Moon
Leslie Petter
Fay Selvage
Carol Sharkey
Salim Shremohammed
Helga Siegel
Jerry Striplin
Sheila Tschinkel
Birgit Trabold-Dorazewski
Patricia Walsh
Krystyna Wilson
Haze Wood

Envoy ($25+)
Nancy Gastel
Gene and Berlena Henry
Joseph Manguno
Evelyn C. Messer
Daniel Meyers
John Wilson

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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Atlanta Summit on Citizen Diplomacy Registration Is Open Now!

ASCDClick 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!

GCIV Blog:  The Value of GCIV Membership

Every month, you receive a message in our e-newsletter asking you to become a member of GCIV.  What does membership in GCIV mean, and why is it important?

GLFGCIV administers the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in Georgia, which works to increase mutual understanding between Americans and emerging leaders of other countries.  Visitors meet with their professional counterparts and local hosts to gain an understanding of U.S. policies and practices, while sharing their unique perspectives and experiences with us.  Worldwide, fifty-seven program alumni are current heads of government or chiefs of state, including Gordon Brown of the UK, Felipe Calderon of Mexico, and France's Nicolas Sarkozy. Click here to read more.

Featured Delegation:  French Journalist Discusses Minority Representation in Media

French DelegateIn August GCIV served as host to Mr. Omourou Barry, Editor-in-Chief of People Television in France and a presenter and producer of television programs focusing on Pan-African issues.  His programs are broadcast to 50 national television channels across Africa, Europe and the USA with a weekly audience of 32 million views. In Atlanta Mr. Barry's professional program touched on a wide range of issues, including civil rights, youth outreach efforts, and broadcast television production. He met with representatives from Coca-Cola Company, People TV, CNN International, the City of Atlanta, and Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. He also had the opportunity to address a group of GCIV members at a Global Lunch Forum and to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. GCIV was honored to host Mr. Barry in our state, and we look forward to hearing of his continued progress.

GCIV Partnership with Olé Atlanta

Ole AtlantaGCIV has partnered with Olé Atlanta to offer Spanish language classes to our members at a 20% discount. The eight-week Spanish I course will be taught Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, September 3 to October 22. Course tuition is $140 for current GCIV members and $175 for non-members. Class is held at GCIV's office in downtown Atlanta; parking is available next to the building.

This Spanish language course is designed for people with zero or very limited experience in the language. After this course you will be able to communicate on a basic level about yourself and the world around you. Topics include greetings
and introductions, expression of likes and dislikes, description of people and objects, expression of feelings, describing events in the present, and
talking about where you are going and where you went.

To register, visit or contact Olé at

Consular Ball Photos Are Now Available

Relive the magic of Venice Carnevale by taking a look at the photos from the 2009 International Consular Ball. Three-hundred leaders from the business and civic communities attended the event at the Georgia Aquarium, hosting forty members of the Consular Corps.  A performer on stilts and an aerial acrobat took us to the streets of Venice; beautiful masks brought the event to life. You can view and order the photos online.

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.

MEPI Fellow Makes an Impact on Southern Company Colleagues
Southern Company Logo

This summer GCIV coordinated the U.S. State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative in Atlanta, giving Southern Company the opportunity to host a business fellow for three months.  Aminah Abotalaf from Kuwait served as a fellow in the finance and accounting section of the company.  In her time in Atlanta she was able to learn about American business culture and obtain a valuable experience at Southern Company.  However, this fellowship also helped to enrich Southern Company employees and diversify the culture of their workplace. Click here to read an article from the Southern Company newsletter about her fellowship.

Home Hospitality Alert!

GCIV is expecting a larger than usual number of delegations this month.  Please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15 if you are available to host international visitors in your home for a meal on Sunday, September 13th, or Monday, September 14th. Please remember that 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 have not yet attend one, GCIV is offering a Host Orientation on Wednesday, September 9th.  Come for some great information and free lunch!

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

Wednesday, September 9th, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
GCIV Host Orientation
Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?  Learn the "ins and outs" of hosting while getting to know GCIV staff and fellow hosts over lunch. 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 O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Monday, September 14th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum:  Covering Politics in Poland

Join GCIV and two journalists from Poland for a lunchtime discussion. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel 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.

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. More information is available at the GCIV web site.

Community Events

Thursday, September 17th, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Atlanta World Showcase & International Awards
The Atlanta Business Chronicle presents the Atlanta World Showcase & International Awards, where dozens of consulates and international business groups have already signed on for a rare opportunity to reach the elite of the local business community. The Governor's International Awards Presentation will honor individuals and companies making a significant contribution to Georgia's position as an international business hub.  Afterwards attendees will enjoy a buffet dinner of foods from around the world. Purchase tickets online or contact Elaine Palmer for more information. 

Wednesday, September 23rd, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Atlanta Council on International Relations Luncheon
The September ACIR Luncheon will cover "The Universal Challenge of Healthcare:  A Diversity of Options." Moderated by Dr. James Curran, Dean of Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, several members of the Consular Corps will describe their country's healthcare:  Dr. Lutz Gorgens, Consul General of Germany; Ambassador Reda Mansour, Consul General of Israel; Mr. Takuji Hanatani, Consul General of Japan; and Mr. Duncan Cole, Consul General and Trade Commissioner of Australia. 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.

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

"Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job.  It lies with each one of us individually." 

-Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Nobel Lecture in Oslo, Norway

December 11, 1989