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Great Decisions 2017 Series | Save the Date: International Consular Ball | Members Tell Us | Who's Coming to Town? | Fulbright Dinner Hospitality Opportunities | ACIR Luncheon | Other Events and Hosting Opportunities | More From Last Month
Great Decisions Lecture Series Begins January 5!
Prepare to Discuss the World
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs, highlighting eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. GCIV serves as the statewide coordinator for the Great Decisions Program by helping facilitate discussion groups and lecture series that give participants the opportunity to expand their understanding of world affairs. Great Decisions is a program of the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association.

2017 topics include: The Gulf Cooperation/Saudi Arabia; China and its Military Policy; Afghanistan/Pakistan Update; Latin America's Falling Economies; The European Union; The Geopolitics of Energy; U.S. Trade Policy; and Nuclear Security Today.

Click here for registration information for our 2017 Great Decisions Lecture Series beginning on January 5 and meeting every Thursday at 7:30 PM through February 23, 2017 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church.

Interested in hosting your own Great Decisions lecture series group? Contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 21.
Save the Date: April 29, 2017!
Save the Date: April 29, 2017!
The 36th International Consular Ball will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.

This is Atlanta's premier international event, bringing together business, civic, and diplomatic leaders in an evening of networking and celebration on a global scale.

This year we're taking a magical voyage as we explore an "Oasis in the Desert" and we invite you to join us! Your support allows us to provide citizen diplomacy programs that build relationships between leaders in our state and distinguished international visitors. With your sponsorship, you are supporting the continuation and expansion of GCIV's vital work and honoring the Georgia International Consular Corp representatives who promote these same ties in business, education, and culture. Together we play a unique and invaluable role in building a more peaceful, prosperous world.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Please contact Farah Amir at farah@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 21 to become a sponsor and/or for more information.
Members Tell Us
Members Tell Us
"No matter where we land on the spectrum, we can probably all agree that the current political climate and countless recent events have put the need for cross-cultural exchange and understanding front and center. Now more than ever does the world require skilled facilitators and platforms for meaningful human-to-human interaction. GCIV’s very mission is to build relationships and bridges between Georgia and the world, and as a member I have benefited enormously. Thought leaders from across the globe visit weekly, and my membership has given me access to some of the most fascinating interactions and enlightening experiences. These days, I gift GCIV memberships to family and friends, because I simply cannot think of a better way to contribute to the personal and intellectual growth of my loved ones."

Irene Bailey
GCIV Attaché Member
Who's Coming to Town?
January 18 - 22
Focus: American Libraries
February 1 - 6
Multi-Regional Program
Focus: Resilient Cities
February 8 - 11
Focus: Means of Effective HIV Prevention
Fulbright Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
Interested in hosting International Fulbright Scholars for dinner?
GCIV has TWO opportunities in 2017!
The first hosting opportunity will be
Friday, February 10, 2017.
Dinner Hospitality Opportunities
GCIV is hosting 140 Fulbright Scholars from all over the world for dinner hospitality, and we need your help!

Due to the large size of the groups, we are asking each host to accommodate at least 4 visitors, if possible. If you are unable to host, but would still like to participate, we are also in need of volunteer drivers to escort the Fulbrighters to and from their hotel that evening.

The scholars always reference dinner hospitality with local hosts as their top enrichment highlight while in Atlanta.

To host these entertaining and distinguished students/scholars, please contact Emily O'Harris at emily@gciv.org or 404-832-5560 x 15.
Atlanta Council on International Relations December Luncheon
Atlanta Council on International Relations November Luncheon
Wednesday, January 11: "Factors that Guide Argentina-U.S. Relations"

Speaker: His Excellency Martin Lousteau, Ambassador of Argentina to the U.S.

Time: 11:30 AM — Registration: 12:00-1:30 PM — Luncheon and Program

Place: Capital City Club, 7 John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 www.capitalcityclub.org

Cost: Lunch & Program for ACIR members $30. For non-members $40; Annual ACIR Membership is $50

Click here for Registration *Please Note: Prior registration required.

Questions? Please email alevin@atlantacir.org.
Global Partners
D&A Transportation Services

Delta Air Lines

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Georgia State University

Global Atlanta

Kennesaw State University

Kuck Immigration Partners

Mayor's Office of International Affairs, City of Atlanta

National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Private Bank of Buckhead

Regency Suites Hotel

Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

The Coca-Cola Company

University of Georgia

University of North Georgia
Donate Your Appreciated Stock to GCIV
We are pleased to announce that GCIV can now accept your donations of publicly-traded stock. This alternative to making cash donations provides significant benefits to both GCIV and the donors, as it usually enables the donors to give more money to the charity than they would if they sold the stocks on their own, paid taxes on the gains, and then donated the remaining cash to the organization.

The donor can deduct the current fair market value of the stock as their charitable donation, without paying the capital gains taxes that would apply if they sold the stock themselves. GCIV benefits by receiving the current market value of the stock.

For further information about making a donation to GCIV in the form of stock, please contact the Treasurer, Bruce Taylor at brucektaylor@gmail.com.
GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during December 2016
Ambassador ($1,000+)
Charlie & Nancy Bedford
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Alice LeBlanc
John & Lauren Seidl
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Jinkichi & Yoko Yoshida

Consul ($250+)
Dieter & Christine Franz

Attaché ($100+)
Ginny Johansmeier
Ron & Bethany Lane
Bernice Maw
Robert & Cindy McCormick
William & Mary Moon
James Pearson
Major General Larry Taylor

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Rachel Floyd-Nelson
Elizabeth Magness
Marco Manzini
Armando Ruiz

Envoy ($25+)
Yazeed Alrubayyi
Maha Amircani
Nyasha Guramatunhu Cooper
Justin Hackney

Ambassadors Circle
Tariq & Pilar Amir
Farah Amir
Marvin Banks
Alrene Barr
Charlie & Nancy Bedford
Lindsay & Rosie Davidson
Saira & Addison Draper
Rod & Joyce Ellis
Elizabeth Etoll
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Brian Hooper
Robert & Vevonna Kennedy
Ron & Bethany Lane
Alice LeBlanc
Sharon L. Mueller
Roger & Alka Naik
Michael Owen
Ted Revilock & Ranjani Balasubramaniam
John & Lauren Seidl
Tycho Stahl & Yonni Kim
Bruce & Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Flor Velarde
Jinkichi & Yoko Yoshida

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
Other Events and Hosting Opportunities
Fulbright Association, GA Chapter Do you have incredible memories from your Fulbright experience? Would you like to make that a lifelong experience and make sure others have a similar opportunity? We welcome you to the Fulbright Association, GA. chapter. We're an active, diverse group of academics and professionals, veteran and recently returned Fulbrighters from all over Georgia. We're passionate about international exchange and committed to ensuring that the Fulbright program is funded and healthy for future generations. We organize events for our 90 visiting scholars and students as well as engage in two national initiatives — Global Health and International Education. Please contact us at fulbrightga@gmail.com for more details.

CCI-GreenHeart CCI-GreenHeart is currently seeking volunteer host families to experience culture from other parts of the world. We have students from China, Mongolia, Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic, Taiwan, Japan, Egypt, West Bank and Israel for the school year, first or second semesters. The students come with their own accident insurance and spending money. Please Contact Glenn & Jackie Morgan for more information at 770-298-8313 or 770-246-9396 or email hostkids@bellsouth.net. For more information, please visit www.cci-exchange.com/hostinquiry.aspx.

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Georgia is currently seeking host families for the 2016-17 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 an AFS high school student! 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 www.afsusa.org or contact Ruth Blackstock at afsgeorgia@gmail.com.
More From Last Month!
More From Last Month!
GCIV's distinguished visitor, Lujain Al Ubaid, embodied the theme of her talk, Impact and Change: Paths to Social Innovation in Saudi Arabia, which she presented at the Coca Cola Company's Millennial Voices Meet the Leader Session on December 5 to a captivated audience. Moderator Katherine Cherry engaged Ms. Al Ubaid in an intriguing Q&A with the audience, where it was easy to see why Lujain is "hailed as one of the foremost trailblazers and influential Arab women in her field."
More From Last Month!
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP once again served as incomparable hosts for GCIV's Annual Holiday Party Celebration on December 8. Guests were treated to a delicious holiday buffet, open bar, spectacular Atlanta skyline views, had an opportunity to mingle with other GCIV professional counterparts and Consular Corp members, and enjoyed a very special presentation by our distinguished visitor from Saudia Arabia, Lujain Al Ubaid.
Expand Your World
Expand Your World
Want to get an insider's perspective on places that you may never have even thought about visiting? The U.S. Department of State brings tens of thousands of international leaders, professionals, students and scholars to this country every year from more than 160 countries. It only takes a couple of hours to get involved. Find out how you can get involved today!
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Phone: (404) 832-5560
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