In This Issue

-Who’s coming to town?-
-GCIV Live on Air-
-GCIV Hosts Fulbrighters-
-September International Dining Experience-
-Delegation Spotlight-
-GCIV Blog-
-Contribute to Global Understanding-
-Discover Diplomacy-
-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-
-The CASIE Speakeasy-
-Other Hosting Opportunities-

About GCIV

The Georgia Council for International Visitors builds relationships between the people of Georgia and rising leaders around the world.

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

Who's coming to town?

September 2 - 6
Israel/Palestinian Territories
Seven Youth Sport Coaches and Instructors, One Project Manager and One NGO Founder

Focus: Coaching Youth Sports

September 9 - 12
One Television Producer

Focus: Investigative Journalism

September 13 - 18
Five Bureau Chiefs and Directors, One NGO Executive, and One Documentary Film Maker

Focus: Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection in the U.S.

September 16 - 19
Three Research Directors

Focus: International Business School Models

September 16 - 20
Seven NGO Directors, Managers, and Coordinators

Focus: NGO Management in the U.S.

September 26 - 29
Four Directors of Research and Innovation Divisions and Two Institute Researchers

Focus: Incentives for Research for Development

September 26 - October 2
Four News Editors and One News Producer

Focus: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Role of the Media

September 30 - October 3
Five Community Leaders and Activists

Focus: Empowering Local Communities

GCIV Dinner Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, September 16 - Seven visitors from China would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes five bureau chiefs and directors, one NGO executive, and one documentary film maker. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on sustainable development and environmental protection in the U.S. They are available after 5 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 3-4 visitors per host.

Tuesday, September 18 - Another group of seven visitors from China would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. The delegation includes various NGO directors, managers, and coordinators. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on NGO management in the U.S. They are available after 5 PM for dinner, and will be accompanied by an interpreter. The delegation will be split into groups of 3-4 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

Chattahoochee Technical College

Kennesaw State University

Regency Suites Hotel

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

Citizen Diplomat

Maria Cabrera
Carole Seffrin
Patricia de Souza
Janis Sundquist


Nefertari Kirkman-Bey
Sharmon Monagan

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 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

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

Renee Libby
Great Decisions Lecture Series Coordinator

Jessica Lewis
Alston & Bird

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

Qutoes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"It’s almost impossible to get to know Americans and not to love them."

Goli Ameri
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
Speaking about the effectiveness of exchange programs to The Hill Newspaper

GCIV Featured On Local Radio Program!

GCIV’s Executive Director, Shell Stuart and Board Chair Lindsay Davidson were featured guests on The River Current, a community affairs radio program hosted by WSRV 97.1 FM The River. Shell and Lindsay shared their most memorable GCIV moments as well as (thinking of another descriptor...).

The original broadcast aired Sunday, August 19, but you can click here to to listen to the full segment!

GCIV Hosts Visiting Fulbright Scholars

A month after GCIV was chosen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to host Georgia-based Fulbright scholars for a series a cultural events in and around Atlanta through May 2013, we have also been selected to coordinate an enrichment seminar for up to 75 visiting Fulbright scholars around the country. The theme of the program is Public Health: Global Health Issues and will take place January 16-19, 2013. GCIV’s proposal was remarked to "offer an informative overview of public health issues worldwide and health care initiatives in the United States."

We are very excited to plan another Fulbright seminar after the success of last year's program which focused on democracy and human rights. To learn more about the Fulbright program in Georgia, please click here. For more information about the upcoming seminar, please contact Irene Bailey at

Dine with CNN International Journalism Fellows

Our June International Dining Experience will feature an international delegation of CNN Journalism Fellows. Price is $25 per person for GCIV members and $35 for non-members.

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 6:30 PM
Where: Cafe Bombay, 2615 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, 404-320-0229

RSVP by Tuesday, September 25, 2012 to RJ Paulisick at

Delegation Spotlight

From left: Mr. David Shock, Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Georgia; Mr. Luis Alberto Lussich; Mr. Nicolas Ortiz de Lucia; and Mr. Brett Bittner, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Georgia.

This past month GCIV hosted two visitors from Uruguay, Mr. Nicolas Ortiz de Lucia, an alternate congressman representing the Colorado Party and Mr. Luis Alberto Lussich, an economics manager representing the Blanco (National) Party. They participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focusing on political parties in the U.S. This opportunity allowed them to examine American government at its various levels as well as expose them to the functioning of U.S. political parties and economic system.

Uruguyan delegation discusses the American governmental system and the political party spectrum with representatives from the Libertarian Party of Georgia.

While in Atlanta, they met with Georgia House Representative Edward Lindsey, the offices of Senator Saxby Chambliss and Congressman David Scott, Emory University’s Center for Ethics, and members from both the Democrat and Libertarian parties of Georgia. They also visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and watched the Braves take on the San Diego Padres at Turner Field.

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, featured in two parts this month and next, bringing us from 1998 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 Part II of our history!

Contribute Towards Global Understanding

Contribute toward global understanding and become a Citizen Diplomat member of GCIV. 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 a new 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 out what diplomacy is 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