October 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
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Global Partnership Opportunities
NCIV's 50th Anniversary Senate Resolution
International Education Week
Young Leaders 2010 Conference
Delegation Spotlight
2011 Great Decisions Topics
Citizen Diplomacy for Emerging Leaders
GCIV in the News
Trustees in the News
Support Veterans for Smart Power
Help Spread the Word About Citizen Diplomacy
Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest
JET Program
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

September 30 -

October 6
Multi-Regional Project
Eight Judges
Focus: Judicial Systems

October 2-6
Five NGO Directors, Professor, and Editor
Focus: NGO Management

October 3-6
Ten Urban and Regional Planners
Focus: Urban Planning

October 5-9
Ten Visitors
Focus: Religious Freedom and Interfaith Dialogue

October 17-22
Multi-Regional Project
Seventeen University Officials
Focus: Higher Education

October 20-23
Eight Public Health Directors and Doctors

Focus: Non-Communicable Diseases

October 28 -
November 3
Regional African Project
Eight Journalists
Focus: Journalism

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Sunday, October 3rd - Three NGO Directors, one professor and one editor from Yemen 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 NGO Management. They are available at 6:00 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by interpreters. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups of 2 or 3 per host.

Monday, October 4th - Eight judges from Bulgaria, Cameroon, Egypt, Mexico, Montenegro, Nigeria, and Spain 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 U.S. judicial systems. They are available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups per host.

Tuesday, October 5th - Ten urban and regional planners from Syria 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 urban planning. They are available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by interpreters. We will divide the delegation into smaller groups or 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 September 2010:

Ambassador ($1000+)
Ken and Linda Stewart

Charge d'Affaires ($500+)
Kristian Wolf

Yonni Kim
John Saunders
Mark Towery

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Irene Bailey
Leni Baker
Ranjani Balasubramaniam
Eugene and Berlena Henry
Joyce Rennolds
Ted Revilock
Richard Welch

Envoy ($25+)
Mel Meadows
Dan Meyers

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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Did you know THE EXCHANGE reaches thousands of industry decision makers in the state of Georgia and across the globe? As a GCIV Global Partner, your business, institution, or organization's logo and website link could be featured prominently across the top of this newsletter. Please contact Shell Stuart or Irene Bailey to find out more about Global Partnership opportunities.

NCIV's 50th Anniversary Senate Resolution

GCIV's national organization, the National Council for International Visitors, is proud to announce that Senate Resolution 603 has passed, which commemorates the 50th Anniversary of  NCIV and designates February 16, 2011, as "Citizen Diplomacy Day." Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, co-sponsored the resolution. The resolution honors NCIV's half century of leadership in citizen diplomacy and commends the achievements of the thousands of citizen diplomats in the nationwide NCIV network who have worked for generations to share the best of the United States with foreign leaders, specialists, and scholars participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other exchanges.

International Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) is November 15-19, 2010. IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. For more information visit www.iew.state.gov.

GCIV is on the forefront of international educational programs with Today I Met..., a unique educational initiative connecting global professionals to students in Georgia's public and private schools. Click here to read more about it.

International Education Week

Leadership in the New World Economy

GCIV Envoy members have a special opportunity to attend the Young Leaders 2010 Conference, presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the GSU Robinson College of Business. Attendees will gain an understanding of competitiveness and sustainability. A number of renowned academic scholars, corporate executives, and community leaders are still being confirmed as speakers. Mr. Afzaal Malik, the vice president of International Government Relations at The Coca-Cola Company will provide the keynote address. Early bird registration is available until October 31, 2010 at $45 for GCIV members. For more information and to register contact Nicole Rateau.

Delegation Spotlight

Dutch delegate Mr. Tamim Chebti

In September, GCIV had the pleasure of hosting Mr. Tamim Chebti, pictured above, a trader from The Netherlands' Ministry of Finance. He was participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, examining trends in U.S. capital markets and treasury bonds, learning about U.S. anti-trust laws, discussing sovereign debt issues, and listening to American perspectives on the global financial crisis. He also hoped to learn about the diversity of Muslim communities in the U.S., the organizations that represent their interests, and initiatives that promote empowerment of Muslim youth.

While in Atlanta, Mr. Chebti met with representatives from the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, United Parcel Service, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and The Coca-Cola Company. He also enjoyed a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, World of Coca-Cola, and networking with GCIV members and CNN Journalism Fellows at a GCIV International Dining Experience.

2011 Great Decisions Topics Announced

Great DecisionsAre you passionate about foreign affairs? Do you love to debate?

Start a Great Decisions discussion group in your community today! The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) just released the 2011 Great Decisions topics included in their 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
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.

NCIV Citizen Diplomacy for Emerging Leaders

As a part of its 50th Anniversary observance, GCIV's national organization NCIV is placing strong emphasis on developing multigenerational leadership. The newly launched NCIV Citizen Diplomacy Program for Emerging Leaders, made possible by a grant from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, will select six students (ages 16-24) to participate. These students will attend the 2011 NCIV National Meeting in Washington, D.C. February 16-19, 2011. The goal of the program is to develop participants' knowledge of world affairs, leadership and communication skills, and instill a better understanding of their responsibility as citizen diplomats.

Students and recent graduates from all backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to apply, as NCIV will strive to recruit a diverse and representative class of emerging leaders to participate. Click here for more information and a copy of the application.

GCIV in the News

GCIV and executive director Shell Stuart were featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle in an article written by Dave Williams and titled, "Citizen diplomat puts state's best foot forward." The article delves into the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the International Consular Ball and GCIV's overall efforts to promote citizen diplomacy. The article also features quotes from GCIV trustee and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce vice president of Global Commerce Jorge Fernandez. Click here to read the article.

Trustees in the News

GCIV trustee Ambassador Theodore R. Britton, Jr., a Montford Point Marine, attended a ceremony at Camp Lejeune in August recognizing a new senate resolution. The resolution named August 26th Montford Point Marines Day. It's the 68th anniversary of the day when the first African American Marines began to train at Montford Point. North Carolina State Senator Richard Burr sponsored the resolution and honored the Marines present for the ceremony, including Ambassador Britton. A national monument honoring the Marines is in planning stages. Click here to watch coverage of the ceremony on News 14 Carolina.

GCIV trustee, Jim Munson, was recently acknowledged by the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs). The EMMAs are intended to celebrate excellence and innovation in global mobility programs as well as to recognize the performance of service providers in supporting the ambitions of corporate programs. Mr. Munson's company, Munson International, was nominated for best "Relocation Management Company of the Year."

Support Veterans for Smart Power

Veterans for Smart PowerVeterans from across the country have been signing a petition over the past few weeks to urge Congress to elevate diplomacy and humanitarian development alongside a strong defense. In other words, a smart power national security strategy. If you are a veteran, sign the petition and support the initiative at www.vetsforsmartpower.org. Anyone can support Veterans for Smart Power by joining the group on Facebook.

Help Spread the Word About Citizen Diplomacy!

Members Only Reception

Have you told your friends about GCIV and encouraged them to become members? 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 hundreds of international visitors each year. Becoming a member is easy and offers perks like exclusive members only receptions and home hospitality opportunities. Visit our membership page or contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 for more information. Make a tax-deductible contribution toward international understanding today!

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 www.artandessaycontest.com.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET)The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program invites university graduates to participate in international exchange and foreign language education throughout Japan. Established in 1987, JET has become one of the largest exchange programs in the world. JET Program participants work as either Assistant Language Teachers (ALT), who are placed mainly in local boards of education or public junior and senior high schools to assist with English-language education, or as Coordinators for International Relations (CIR), who work in offices of local government authorities or related organizations engaged in internationalization activities. Apply by mid-November for positions starting in July 2011. For more information visit

Upcoming GCIV Events

Thursday, October 7th, 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Atlanta World Showcase & Governor's International Awards
GCIV is participating in the Atlanta World Showcase, where attendees can mingle with representatives of more than 50 nations and meet the leaders of our international world. Following the showcase is the Governor's International Awards and a presentation by the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Andrew Young, Former U.S. Ambassador and Chairman of GoodWorks International. Both events are at the Georgia International Convention Center. Register online at www.Chronicle-Events.com.

Friday, October 15th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

International Dining Experience: Nicola's Restaurant
Get to know other GCIV members and share your questions, experiences and insights about hosting international visitors in your home. GCIV's International Dining Experiences (IDEs) take place at a different international restaurant around the 15th day of the month. The meal is prefaced by announcements of GCIV's current and upcoming activities, as well as introductions of any international visitors present. Don't forget to bring a guest - this is a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to GCIV! Reservations are required. Meet at Nicola's Restaurant, 1602 LaVista Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. The price is $25 per person and includes a three-course Lebanese meal, a nonalcoholic beverage, tax, gratuity, and live entertainment! Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Saturday, November 13th, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Young Leaders 2010 Conference
Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and the GSU Robinson College of Business, the conference prepares young professionals for "Leadership in the New World Economy: Competitiveness and Sustainability." The event will be held at The Commerce Club, 191 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Contact Nicole Rateau for more information.

Community Events

July 24th - October 3rd
Freedom's Sisters
The traveling Smithsonian exhibition of female civil rights leaders is currently at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. Freedom's Sisters is interactive and engaging as it brings to life twenty African American women, from key 19th-century historical figures to contemporary leaders, who fought for equality for all Americans. The exhibit is free with paid admission to the Museum. For more information, visit www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov.

September 30th - October 3rd
Atlanta Greek Festival
Brought to you by the Annunciation Cathedral and the Atlanta Greek Community, the Atlanta Greek Festival brings all the aromas, sounds, tastes, and traditions of Greece to your doorstep! Your $5 admission ticket becomes your passport as you enjoy all the beauty of Santorini and the fun of Mykonos. The festival is at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. For more information visit www.atlantagreekfestival.org.

Sunday, October 10th, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
30th Anniversary Community Celebration
The National Park Service invites you to join in a free community celebration
recognizing 30 years of preserving, protecting, and interpreting the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration will take place on Auburn Avenue between Boulevard and Howell Street (the Birth Home block). Enjoy the grand reopening of the Eastern National Bookstore and Gift Shop. Experience other featured activities including a book signing by Dr. Christine King-Farris and Dr. Angela Watkins, the sister and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Relive history through storytelling, music, and costumed characters from the 1930s. For more information visit www.nps.gov/malu.

Wednesday, October 13th, 5:00 PM
President Jimmy Carter Book Signing
President Jimmy Carter will be signing copies of his new book "White House Diary" at the Carter Presidential Library, 441 Freedom Parkway. This is his only sceduled signing in the Atlanta area. For more information visit www.cartercenter.org.

Monday, October 18th, 7:00 -9:00 PM
Fourth Annual CHINA Town Hall
Sponsored by the National Committee on US-China Relations, this is a briefing to discuss US-China relations and how open China is to foreign investment. The national speaker (via webcast) is the Honorable Jon Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to China. Local panelists include Dr. Ira Kasoff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia in the U.S. Department of Commerce and Dr. Fei-Ling Wang, Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. The event is at Georgia State University's Buckhead Center, Tower Place 200, Suite 500, 3348 Peachtree Road NE. Click here for more information and to register.

Monday, November 1st, 8:00 - 10:00 AM

2010 U.S. - China Business Conference
Presented by the National Association of Chinese-Americans,
the 2010 U.S. - China Business Conference will bring together industry leaders, senior executives, and professionals from the U.S. and China. Attendees will explore best practices and strategies in pursuing Chinese marketplaces and gain invaluable, insider perspectives on Chinese markets. The conference is at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30326. RSVP to Lani Wong. For more information visit www.naca-atlanta.org.
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"The International Visitor Program has succeeded in bringing people together to help them better appreciate the fact that we all share similar hopes, fears, and concerns...By talking together, sharing food, sharing professional concerns, and sharing lives, we begin to understand these common human aspirations.  We build bridges across cultures."
- Jerrold Keilson
Vice President Planning and Development, Creative Associates International