In This Issue

-Who’s coming to town?-
-Holiday Party-
-December Global Lunch Forum-
-Essay/Video Contest-
-Georgia Gives Day-
-Fulbright Dinner Hospitality-
-Delegation Spotlight-
-GCIV Blog-
-Vote for the Fugees-
-GCIV Calendar-
-Youth Exchange Scholarships-
-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-
-The CASIE Speakeasy-
-Other Events and Hosting Opportunities-

About GCIV

The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors is to create valuable international experiences and opportunities for the people of Georgia and emerging leaders around the world.

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

Who’s coming to town?

December 4 - 8
European Union
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Iceland, Assisstant to the Vice President of the Tuscan Regional Assembly in Italy, Member of Parliament in Latvia, Specialist in the Office of Foreign Affairs at the Presidential Chancellery in Poland, and an Adviser to the Chairman of the Defense Committee in Sweden

Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges

December 4 - 8
Multi-Regional Delegation
Four NGO Leaders, Three Medical Doctors, Two Government Officials, One Surgeon, One News Editor, One Nurse, and One Managing Consultant

Focus: HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention in the U.S.

December 9 - 12
Six Imams

Focus: Islam in the U.S.

December 11 - 15
Two Managing Directors and One Managing Consultant

Focus: Entrepreneurship in the U.S.

December 12 - 15
Eight Medical Doctors and Government Officials

Focus: Public Health Administration Capacity Building

December 18 - 22
Three Coalition Members and Two Financial Officers

Focus: Youth Participation in the Political Process

GCIV Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Thursday, December 6 - Five visitors representing the European Union would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Iceland, the Assisstant to the Vice President of the Tuscan Regional Assembly in Italy, a Member of Parliament in Latvia, a Specialist in the Office of Foreign Affairs at the Presidential Chancellery in Poland, and an Adviser to the Chairman of the Defense Committee in Sweden. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner and will NOT be accompanied by an interpreter, they all speak English. The delegation will be split into groups of 2-3 visitors per host.

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.

Global Partners

Delta Air Lines

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Ogletree Deakins


Regency Suites Hotel

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during November 2012:


Kwanza Hall
Roger & Alka Naik

Citizen Diplomat

Beryl B. Farris
Doug Shipman


Eva Becerra
Kenny Cottrell
Christie Crane
Claire Stienecker
Kristin VanMouwerik

Ambassadors Circle
Steven R. Baldwin and Family
Charles & Nancy Bedford
Mike 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 & Jenni Kuck
Ryan & Jessica Lewis
Sherry Mueller
Roger & Alka Naik
Arnaldo & Michelle Ruiz
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

Jorge Casimiro
The Coca-Cola Company

Clark Dean
Studley, Inc.

Andrea Denny
International Women Associates Chair

Ray Donato
Honorary Consul General of the Philippines

Noah Downer
City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor

Jorge Fernandez
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Julie Bryant Fisher
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Bruce Hamilton
InterContinental Hotels Group

Phil Handler

Ginny Johansmeier
VLJ Consulting

Yonni Kim
Arnall Golden Gregory

Charles Kuck
Kuck Immigration Partners

Jessica Lewis
Alston & Bird

Renee Libby
Great Decisions Lecture Series Coordinator

Annabelle Malins
Consul General of the
United Kingdom

Mark Pierson
Pierson Global Group

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 x21

Irene Bailey
Deputy Director
404-832-5560 x13

Emily O’Harris
Program Director
404-832-5560 x15

RJ Paulisick
Community Programs and Technology Coordinator
404-832-5560 x17

Quotes to Inspire
Citizen Diplomacy

"...[D]irect citizen diplomacy with foreign countries, and the growing effectiveness of domestic advocacy on foreign policy issues, have already changed the framework of international relations and will continue to do so."

Daniel Kadishson
In an article on the future of citizen diplomacy for the Diplomatic Courier

"We are all connected. Educational - and other - exchanges bring benefits in all directions. Not just for the students but the communities and economies around them. That’s why I encourage you not only to participate in educational programs abroad, but to find out more about what’s happening around the world."

Tara Sonenshine
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State
In remarks given at Drake University

GCIV Annual Meeting & Holiday Celebration

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307

This event is free, but you must be a current GCIV member to attend. There will be a cash bar a holiday buffet supper provided. We can accommodate just a few more. Your last chance to RSVP is Monday, December 3. Not a member? There’s still time to join! To join and/or RSVP contact RJ Paulisick at or 404-832-5560 x 17 or visit

Global Lunch Forum

We will explore "Islam in the US" with a delegation from Chad and in partnership with Kennesaw State University. Students, faculty, the Atlanta interfaith community, and GCIV members are all invited to join us for this "lunch & learn" event. This program is presented in partnership with Kennewsaw State University. A light lunch will be provided.

When: Monday, December 10, 2012, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: Kennesaw State University, New Social Sciences Building, Room SO 5074

RSVP by Friday, December 7, 2012 to RJ Paulisick at

Announcing the 2013 GCIV Essay/Video Contest

Turmoil around the world and rising cross-cultural conflict make it more important than ever to foster friendships between countries and their people. "Today I Met...," GCIV’s unique, award-winning education opportunity, fosters such international friendships by connecting global professionals to students in Georgia’s public and private schools. In the spring of 2013, GCIV invites metro Atlanta high school students to tell us why it is important to be globally engaged and to foster international dialogue. Students are encouraged to enter an essay and/or video on these topics into our "Today I Met...," essay & video contest. Click here for more details!

Georgia Gives Day

On December 6, remember GCIV during your end-of-the-year holiday giving and help us to continue to support Citizen Diplomacy in Georgia! We hope that you’ll consider making a tax-deductible donation to GCIV, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Georgia’s host to hundreds of emerging leaders from around the world each year! Please donate here. Thank you for your support!

Host Fulbright Scholars for Dinner

GCIV members host Fulbright Scholars for dinner
in February 2012.

Host Fulbright Scholars from all over the world next February and March! In February we will be hosting 140 Fulbrighters and the following month, 75 Fulbrighters will be in Atlanta participating in a seminar on Global Health Issues. We’ll need 40-45 dinner hosts in February and 20-25 dinner hosts in March to accommodate both groups, so please save the dates.

Friday, February 1 and Friday, March 1, 2013.

For questions about hosting, please contact Emily O’Harris at

Delegation Spotlight

The delegation meets with representatives from
the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and
the Partnership Against Domestic Violence.

This past month GCIV hosted one child psychologist from Bahrain, one NGO coordinator from Egypt, one investigation trainer and one provincial council member from Iraq, two investigation officers from Jordan, one government official and one NGO project manager from Saudi Arabia, and two police department directors and one prosecutor from the West Bank. They participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on preventing and confronting domestic abuse and violence. This opportunity allowed the visitors to examine various social service agencies involved in the prevention, treatment, and assistance to victims of domestic abuse and violence, and learn how public/private partnerships and cooperative efforts improve community welfare.

While in Atlanta, they met with representatives from the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Men Stopping Violence, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, and the National Center for Injury and Violence Prevention and Control at the CDC. The visitors also participated in a workshop on community leadership and action planning for grassroots awareness campaigns as well as a volunteer service activity at My Sister’s House, a women’s and children’s shelter. GCIV members Judge Dorothy Beasley, Dieter & Chris Franz, Ron & Bethany Lane, and Marianne McConnel opened up their homes and invited our visitors over for a special Thanksgiving Dinner hospitality opportunity.

Vote For The Fugees!

The Fugees Family has been competing with 24 other organizations during a ONE WEEK voting challenge to win one million dollars. One million dollars is enough to begin building their permanent home on their own purchased land in Clarkston. Voting ends December 4 and is sponsored by the Chase American Giving Awards. The winners will be announced December 8 on NBC.

Click here to vote for the Fugees!

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U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students

It’s that time of year again when the U.S Department of State is looking for some great high school students to study abroad on their Youth Programs scholarships.

The application deadlines vary, so click on the name of each program for more information and deadlines.

   • The National Security Language Initiative for
     Youth (NSLI-Y)
   • The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study
     (YES) Abroad Program
   • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
     Program (CBYX)
   • The American Youth Leadership Program

Win a FREE GCIV Membership!

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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.

Other Events and Hosting Opportunities

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is 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

German Christmas Market
One of the signature events of Atlanta International School is today, Saturday, December 1st from 12:00 - 6:00 PM at the school’s campus in Buckhead, 2890 North Fulton Drive, Atlanta, GA 30305. With delicious food & beverage offerings, traditional beeswax candle dipping and Christmas craft activities for kids, photo opportunity with Christkindl and St. Nikolaus, a large choice of gift items from more than 40 vendors, wonderful live entertainment and a lay-out with plenty of family seating areas the German Christmas Market at Atlanta International School is going to provide you with an authentic German Christmas Market experience.

ACCESS to Celebrations
Support the Atlanta Jewish Committee on December 16 at the Atlanta History Center celebrating the holidays of the world! On display from November 14 through December 30, 2012, Passport to Celebrations will offer visitors a unique opportunity to explore more than 20 international holidays. Click here for more inforamtion on the event and the exhibit.

Georgia Council for International Visitors
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1560
Atlanta, GA 30303
P: 404-832-5560
F: 404-832-5568