In This Issue

-Who’s coming to town?-
-Membership Drive-
-GCIV Calendar-
-October Global Lunch Forum-
-October Envoy Event-
-Delegation Spotlight-
-GCIV Blog-
-ISB Atlanta Awards Dinner-
-Youth Exchange Scholarships-
-Contribute to Global Understanding-
-Discover Diplomacy-
-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-
-The CASIE Speakeasy-
-Other 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?

October 7 - 10
One University Researcher

Focus: Minority Empowerment

October 23 - 27
Five Women’s Rights Activists and Leaders

Focus: Women’s Participation in the Political Process

October 28 - 31

Five NGO Directors and Chairmen, Three Election Officials, One News Reporter, and One TV News Editor
Focus: Iraq Election Stakeholders

October 31 - November 4

Focus: Finance Issues

GCIV Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Monday, October 8 - One visitor from Belgium would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. Our visitor is a university researcher. She is participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on minority empowerment. She is available at 6:30 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter.

Monday, October 29 - Ten visitors from Iraq would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes five NGO directors and chairmen, three election officials, one news reporter, and one TV news editor. They are participating in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on Iraq election stakeholders. They are available at 6:30 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 3 visitors per host.

Thursday, November 22, THANKSGIVING - We will have several upcoming dinner hospitality opportunities for Thanksgiving and if you would like to invite visitors into your home to share the holiday spirit please contact Emily O’Harris at or 404-832-5560 x15.

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

Chattahoochee Technical College

Delta Air Lines

Kennesaw State University

Regency Suites Hotel

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


Charles & Jenni Kuck

Chargé d'Affaires

Darren & Ann Short


Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
Jorge & Elizabeth Casimiro
Benjamin DeCosta
Yelena Epova


Soumaya Khalifa
Carol Pulliam
Stuart & Camille Yahm

Citizen Diplomat

Myra Crawford
Noah Downer
Kathy Ellis
Laura Gilmore
Louise Gobron
Beatriz Golden-Hayes
Laura James
Ron & Bethany Lane
Jennifer Lund
John Noel
Hattie Portis-Jones
Kornelia Probst-Mackowiak
Grant Wainscott

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
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

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

Jai Rogers
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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

September Membership Drive

A heartfelt THANK YOU to those members, new and renewing, who donated during September’s Membership Drive!

Ambassador ($1000+)
Charles & Jenni Kuck

Chargé d'Affaires ($500+)
Darren & Ann Short

Consul ($250+)
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
Jorge & Elizabeth Casimiro
Benjamin DeCosta
Yelena Epova

Attaché ($100+)
Soumaya Khalifa
Carol Pulliam
Stuart & Camille Yahm

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Myra Crawford
Noah Downer
Kathy Ellis
Laura Gilmore
Louise Gobron
Beatriz Golden-Hayes
Laura James
Ron & Bethany Lane
Jennifer Lund
John Noel
Hattie Portis-Jones
Kornelia Probst-Mackowiak
Grant Wainscott

Missed the membership memo? No worries — our membership is rolling; you can join any time and you'll be a member in good standing for a full year. Donate to GCIV today! Visit to join GCIV or renew your membership. If you have any questions on your membership status, please contact RJ Paulisick at

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Meet Cambodian Visitor at Next Global Lunch Forum

Join an NGO director from Cambodia for a lunchtime discussion to celebrate World Food Day. This program is presented in partnership with Heifer International. A light lunch will be provided.

Speaking of food, click here to read a great article in The Washington Post discussing the idea of 'dinner diplomacy'.

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 12:00 PM
Where: TBA

RSVP by 11:00 AM on Monday, October 15, 2012 to RJ Paulisick at

More information on Heifer International’s work in Cambodia can be found at

Pumpkin Carving at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Hey Envoys! Please join us for a Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! We have invited our Georgia-based Visiting Fulbright Scholars as part of their Cultural Enrichment Program for 2012-13. Meet Fulbrighters from Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, Greece, India, Lebanon, Poland, South Korea, and Uzbekistan!

Local celebrity chefs square off and put their pumpkin-carving prowess to the test during Fest-of-Ale. The chefs have 25 minutes to carve an award-winning masterpiece out of a giant pumpkin, and audience applause declares the winner.

Please note you must purchase tickets for entry. Feel free to arrive early if you would like to explore the Gardens on your own, prior to the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Venue opening hours are 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Thursday, October 25.

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7:00-8:00 PM
Where: Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Dress Code: Casual or Halloween Costume

RSVP by Thursday, October 18, 2012 to RJ Paulisick at

Delegation Spotlight

From left: Mr. Mbaye Amar; Dr. Tim Hynes, President, Clayton State University; Dr. Awa Yade; Mr. Abdarahmane Kane; and Mr. John Parkerson of Clayton State University.

This past month GCIV hosted three visitors from Senegal: Mr. Mbaye Amar, Dr. Awa Yade, and Mr. Abdarahmane Kane. They participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on international business school models in the U.S. This opportunity allowed them to learn more about administrative management and academic content at U.S. institutions, both public and private. Additionally they met with university faculty, administrators, and students to share best practices in curriculum content and international partnering.

While in Atlanta, they met with Clayton State University, Georgia Tech, Spelman College, Morehouse College, Georgia State University, and Westwood College. They also participated in dinner hospitality and were guests at GCIV’s Members Only Reception welcoming a state-wide group of Visiting Fulbright Scholars.

GCIV Blog: GCIV History Part II, 1998 - 2012

Blog entries during the past year have chronicled GCIV’s history from our start in 1962 through 1998. We are grateful to former executive director Anne Hansen for compiling that history as well as this addendum, bringing us to the present. Thank you for being a part of GCIV’s 50 years of citizen diplomacy! Please leave comments or email us with your GCIV memories and we’ll feature them in a future blog.

Click here to read the final installment of Part II!

ISB Atlanta Annual Building Bridges Awards Dinner

The South African Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will keynote the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta’s Building Bridges Awards Dinner on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM. Doug Shipman, President of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is the Honorary Chair of the dinner. For more information about to the dinner and to purchase tickets, please visit Tickets are $150 and there are sponsorship levels available.

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

Contribute Towards Global Understanding

Contribute toward global understanding and support citizen diplomacy in Georgia. 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 and host hundreds of distinguished international visitors each year. Becoming a member or giving a gift membership is easy and offers perks like exclusive members-only receptions and hosting opportunities. Visit our membership page or contact RJ Paulisick at for more information.

Discover Diplomacy

The U.S. Department of State has launched an interactive website to introduce the world of diplomacy and the work of the Department to high school and college students. Through the use of video clips, audio tracks, images and interactive components, the site covers the basic questions about diplomacy: who engages in it and where, as well as an exploration of the range of international issues addressed through the diplomatic process. Check it out here:

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 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

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