December 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Follow @GCIV on Twitter!
Save the Date for the 2011 International Consular Ball
Delegation Spotlight
GCIV Blog: Arthur Frommer's Life Lessons
2011 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series
Give them the world!
How do you picture citizen diplomacy?
Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest
Upcoming GCIV Events
Join Our Mailing List

Who's coming to town?

December 5-9 - Pakistan
Nine Law Professors and University Representatives
Focus: Legal Education

December 7-11
Eight Airline, Airport, and Ministry of Transportation Officials
Focus: Aviation

December 9-15
One Government Official
Focus: Civil Aviation

December 11-15
Nine NGO Representatives and One Editor-in-Chief
Focus: Civic engagement

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Tuesday, December 7th - Nine law professors and university representatives from Pakistan would like to experience home hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on legal education. They are available at 6:30 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 or 3 per host.

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 any of these dates, please contact Emily O'Harris at 404-832-5560 x 15.

Global Partners

Atlanta Forum Network

City of Atlanta's Advisory Committee on International Relations

Ernst & Young

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
Reece & Associates

Regency Suites Hotel

Sunrise Bank of Atlanta

GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during November 2010:

Margaret Pumper

Lorraine Carribean
Sussi Craig
Cathy Harper
Valarie Lischer
John O'Shea
Mark Pierson
Miroslava Torres Young

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Dennis Brown
Adel Elmankabady

Robert Franz
Neneh Macdouall

Envoy ($25+)
Colin Dube
Svetlana Kulikova
Maria Mandic
KM Perry
Jenny Wang

Ambassadors Circle
Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
Theodore R. Britton, Jr.
David and Beverly Clyde
Enrique Flores
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Jim and Carol Dew
Raoul "Ray" Donato
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Jim and Sue Heerin
Scott and Laurie Nichols
Ken and Linda Stewart
Shell Stuart
Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

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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About GCIV

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

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be more globally engaged.
Save the Date for the 2011 International Consular Ball

30th International Consular Ball

Be sure to mark your calendar for GCIV's 30th annual International Consular Ball. The event will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the elegant Piedmont Driving Club. The International Consular Ball provides an opportunity for Georgia's business and civic communities to join GCIV in honoring the members of the Consular Corps for their role in building valuable relationships between our region and the world. Atlanta's premier international event, the International Consular Ball brings together the business, civic, education, and diplomatic communities for a dynamic evening of networking and celebration.

Please contact Shell Stuart at 404-832-5560 x 21
to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Delegation Spotlight

Ecuadorian Delegation

In November, GCIV had the pleasure of hosting an aquarium design and implementation team from Ecuador. The group was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program focusing on fresh water aquariums. The Municipality of Quito, Ecuador is planning to build a fresh water aquarium to showcase the great diversity of species in Ecuador's rivers and lakes and to educate its citizens about the value of their environment. While in the U.S., the delegates, who will all be involved with the planning and construction of the exhibit, gained hands on experience at fresh water aquariums. They discussed the design, building challenges, costs, materials, promotion, and management of aquariums with their U.S. counterparts.

While in Atlanta, the Ecuadorian delegates met with representatives from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the Georgia Aquarium. In addition, the group, pictured above, took an overnight trip to Chattanooga to visit the Tennessee Aquarium. They also visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and experienced hibachi grill with GCIV members at a GCIV International Dining Experience at Nakato Japanese Restaurant

GCIV Blog: Arthur Frommer's Life Lessons Through Travel

Dick George, GCIV representative in Macon, recently pointed out in a discussion about citizen diplomacy that Arthur Frommer's "Life Lessons: What I've learned from 40 years of traveling the globe" are as timely today as they were when first published nearly 25 years ago. George says, "These lessons are so applicable to our roles in hosting
international visitors as well as being empathetic citizen ambassadors when we travel."

Click here to read Arthur Frommer's life lessons and leave your own comments about citizen diplomacy on GCIV's blog.

Register Now for GCIV's 2011 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series

Great Decisions 2011Reserve your place now for GCIV's 2011 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Expert speakers from local universities and the community will discuss the following topics based on the Foreign Policy Association's nonpartisan briefing books:
  • Rebuilding Haiti
  • U.S. National Security
  • Horn of Africa
  • Responding to the Financial Crisis
  • Germany Ascendant
  • Sanctions and Nonproliferation
  • The Caucasus
  • Global Governance
The eight week lecture-series is every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM from January 27 - March 17, 2011. The cost is $30 for individuals and includes a briefing book or $40 for a couple sharing a book. Click here to pay online with a credit card, download a registration form to mail with a check payable to GCIV, or view more information on the topics.

Think about starting your own Great Decisions discussion group! GCIV works with a number of community organizations and neighborhoods to create and sustain discussion groups. If you are interested in starting your own Great Decisions group, joining an existing group, or would like to pre-order your 2011 Great Decisions books, please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17.

Give them the world!

Give them the world!Not sure what to give your friends, neighbors, co-workers and loved ones for the holidays? Why not give them the world! A gift of membership in GCIV provides unique opportunities to meet emerging world leaders and learn first-hand about global issues.

Gifts of membership are tax-deductible, and for each gift you make between now and December 31st, you'll be entered in a drawing for a new iPod nano. Give them the world, and maybe get a little something for yourself too. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to arrange your gift today!

How do you picture citizen diplomacy?

Please send us your favorite photos of visitors! GCIV will submit the best photos to our national organization, NCIV, for their annual photo contest. Submissions can feature visitors at home hospitality, school visits, cultural events, or in any setting that captures the experiences of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Send photos to or call 404-832-5560 x 17 for more information.

Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest

Istanbul CenterMiddle and high school students in Alabama, Flordia, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee are invited to submit an original artwork and/or essay on the theme of "Empathy: Walking in Another's Shoes." The purpose of the contest is to have students think about and be involved in solving social problems in our world today. Each year the program theme looks towards global peace and intercultural understanding. The prizes include all-expense paid trips to Turkey and gift cards for both students and teachers! For more information visit

Upcoming GCIV Events

Thursday, January 27th, 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series
The first lecture in the Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series is about rebuilding Haiti. The lectures are held every Thursday through March 17, 2011 at The Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody, GA 30038. Click here to register or for more information.

Community Events

Sunday, December 5th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Islam: Blessing, Not Threat
Al-Farooq Masjid of Atlanta presents their third annual symposium featuring an in depth and frank discussion on the moral and social teachings of Islam and their effects on the character and behavior of Muslims. Al-Farooq Masjid is located at 442 14th Street, Atlanta, GA 30318. For more information, visit

Thursday, December 9th, 1:30 - 6:30 PM
2010 Taiwan Business Forum and Expo
Sponsored by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Commercial Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Atlanta invites you to learn more about Taiwan's economic strength. Guest speakers will share valuable insights into Taiwan's unique economic position in Asia as well as exhibits by global Taiwanese brands such as Acer, HTC, Maxxis, Giant, Wei-Chuan USA, Depo Auto Parts, Regitar, China Airline, Eva Airline, CyberLink, and more. This free event is at the Hudgens Center for the Arts at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, Duluth, GA 30097. RSVP by December 7th to

Friday, December 10th, 8:00 PM
RISE: Artists Respond to Human Rights
In honor of International Human Rights Day the National Center for Civil and Human Rights presents this free show at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. To reserve your seat, email

Wednesday, December 15th, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
"Nuclear Tipping Point"

The December Atlanta Council on International Relations (ACIR) luncheon features a presentation by Senator Sam Nunn who is the co-chairman and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. The Nuclear Threat Initiative is a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. 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.
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

Exchange of persons is without any doubt one of the most effective means for the promotion of mutual understanding. The primary requisite of any meeting is that the participants should leave it with the conviction that the exchange of views and the sharing of experience have benefited all concerned."

- Hendrik Reinink
Secretary General, The Netherlands Ministry of Education (1946-55) and IVLP Alumnus