September 2010
GCIV's Monthly Newsletter
Georgia Council for International Visitors
In This Issue
Who's coming to town?
Follow @GCIV on Twitter!
Global Partnership Opportunities
Exclusive Ambassadors Circle Event
Delegation Spotlight
Citizen Diplomacy for Emerging Leaders
Young Leaders Conference in Prague
Host a GLF in your Office!
Host an International Exchange Student!
Help Spread the Word About Citizen Diplomacy
Other Hosting Opportunities
Upcoming GCIV Events

Who's coming to town?

August 27 -
September 1
Multi-Regional Project
Nineteen Visitors
Focus: Sustainable Development

August 29 - September 1
United Kingdom
One Arts Center

Associate Director
Focus: Art

September 1-4
Five Library Representatives

Focus: U.S. Libraries

September 1-4
Dominican Republic and Haiti
Ten University Representatives

Focus: Higher Education

September 8-10
One United Nations Communications Officer
Focus: Urban Development

September 11-14

Fourteen University Representatives, Ministry of Education Officials, and One Coordinator of the UN High Commission for Refugees
Focus: Higher Education

September 15-20
The Netherlands

One Ministry of Finance Trader
Focus: Economic Development

September 18-23

Five Medical Directors and Doctors
Focus: Health Practices

September 22-25
United Kingdom

One Law Enforcement Official
Focus: Counter-Terrorism

September 22-25

Six University Deans
Focus: Women's Universities

September 30 -
October 6

Multi-Regional Project
Seven Judges
Focus: Judicial Systems

October 3-6

Ten Urban and Regional Planners
Focus: Urban Planning

October 3-6

Four NGO Representatives
Focus: NGO Management

October 5-9

Ten Visitors
Focus: Religious Freedom and Interfaith Dialogue

Home Hospitality Opportunities

Thursday, September 2nd - Three librarians from Mexico 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. libraries. They are available at 6:00 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by interpreters.

Thursday, September 9th - One United Nations representative from Italy would like to experience home hospitality with a GCIV host in Atlanta. She is participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, focusing on urban development issues. She is available at 6:30 PM, and may or may not be accompanied by an interpreter.

September 12th
- Fifteen education officials 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 higher education. 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.

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
(August 2010)

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 August 2010:

Ambassador ($1000)
Kevin Glass

Yelena Epova

Citizen Diplomat ($50+)
Kathryn Alvelda
Bjorn Andersen
Marie Bloom
Colin Brady
Annie Craeninckx
Mary Craig
Grace Fleming
Peggy Helm
Joel Kollin
Birgit Kraemer
Emmanuel and Queen Meheux
Valerie Peoples
Rose Mary Quillin
Lya Sorano

Envoy ($25+)
Louise Gobron and David Sleet
Elaine Hudson

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
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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Ambassadors Circle Behind the Scenes at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Atlanta Botanical Gardens Canopy WalkAre you a member of GCIV's Ambassadors Circle? If so, you'll want to mark your calendar for Monday, September 20th and look for your invitation coming soon in the mail. Ambassadors Circle members are invited to participate in a private champagne tour of the stunning new Canopy Walk, Edible Garden, and Cascades Garden led by Steve Robinson, the architect who designed these beautiful new features. You can learn more about the Canopy Walk at, and see Steve's amazing portfolio at

Not an Ambassadors Circle member but don't want to miss this unique opportunity? Consider upgrading your membership today and we'll credit your current giving level towards your Ambassador-level contribution. You'll also be eligible for two complimentary tickets to next spring's International Consular Ball. Contact Nicole Rateau for details.

Delegation Spotlight

Delegation from Kazakhstan Studying Tuberculosis

In August, GCIV had the pleasure of hosting a Community Connections delegation of ten visitors from Kazakhstan. The delegation of doctors, nurses, government representatives, NGO leaders, and prison system officials enjoyed the generous hospitality of volunteer home stay hosts. Special thanks to hosts Ted and Gudrun Chapman, David and Beverly Clyde, Elsa Duel, Carol Emmons, Jenni Heerink, Ron and Bethany Lane, Margaret Pumper, Vicki Van Der Hoek, and Steve and Sara Yurman. During their visit, the Kazakh delegation examined successful U.S. models for management and social support for TB patients. They are pictured above volunteering at Project Open Hand.

While in Atlanta, the delegation met with representatives from the American Lung Association, Grady Infectious Disease Clinic, Mercy Mobile Healthcare, Piedmont Hospital, RESULTS, Georgia Department of Human Services, Department of Community Health, Emory Vaccine Center and School of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Metro State Prison, Georgia Department of Corrections, Morehouse School of Medicine, United States Penitentiary, Dekalb County Board of Health, Atlanta Union Mission, Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, and Project Open Hand. They also enjoyed a weekend trip to Savannah and cultural visits to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, CNN Studio Tour, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Georgia Aquarium, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, and Stone Mountain Park.

NCIV Citizen Diplomacy for Emerging Leaders

As a part of its 50th Anniversary observance, GCIV's parent 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.

Apply Now for the Young Leaders Conference in Prague

Young Leaders Dialogue with America

Nearly two hundred young leaders from Central Europe, the Baltic States, and the U.S. will gather in Prague from November 6 - 12, 2010 to explore and discuss issues of critical concern to the region and the world. Attendees will hear from keynote speakers, attend professional development workshops, and participate in panel discussions. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to develop collaborative transatlantic projects, which can be submitted for funding consideration.

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, the Institute of International Education is currently accepting applications for U.S. participation in the conference. Forty-eight U.S. young leaders with no more than 7 years of professional experience will be selected to attend, along with 143 European peers. The deadline to submit an application and required letter of recommendation is September 12, 2010. The Young Leaders Conference is fully funded, meaning all domestic and international airfare, lodging, meals, medical insurance, cultural activities, and other program materials will be covered. For more information, eligibility requirements, and to download the application, please visit

Host a Global Lunch Forum at Your Office!

GCIV Global Lunch Forum

Would you like to attend a Global Lunch Forum but can't make it downtown? Let us bring a Global Lunch Forum to you!

Global Lunch Forums offer a casual, roundtable discussion format over lunch with one or more of our international visitors. Participants hear first-hand accounts of current events abroad from distinguished guests and have the opportunity to share opinions about local and international issues.

GCIV is looking for hosts across the metro-Atlanta area! Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 if you are interested in hosting a Global Lunch Forum or would like more information.

Host an International Exchange Student!

International StudentGCIV frequently receives requests from local colleges and universities with ESL programs to help locate host families for international students. Students are in Atlanta for language programs ranging from four weeks to a year or longer. If you have a spare room, are close to MARTA, and would like to host an international college student in your home, please contact Irene Bailey at 404-832-5560 x 13 and we will add you to our roster of potential hosts. We can then be in touch when opportunities arise in your area. Please note that at this time we can only assist in making introductions; hosts and students should come to their own agreement regarding rent, house rules, etc.

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!

Other Hosting Opportunities

AFS Student Exchange for High Schoolers
Enrich Atlanta by hosting an AFS Exchange Student. Open your heart and your home to a high school student. 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. To find out more information, please contact Ruth Blackstock at 404-406-2917 or or visit

Supervisors for International Government-Sponsored
Legislative Fellows

American Councils for International Education is seeking short-term government placements across the country for eleven participants in the Legislative Fellows Program (LFP). These are Eurasia's premier young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 who are fluent in English. American Councils will assist host organizations in developing meaningful and mutually beneficial fellowship experiences. In return, all hosts have the opportunity to submit a proposal for an outbound program. If selected, hosts receive full funding to send one American overseas for two to three weeks allowing for full reciprocal exchange. For more information, contact RaeJane Stokes at 202-833-7522 or

Upcoming GCIV Events

Wednesday, September 15th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
International Dining Experience: No Mas! Cantina
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 No Mas! Cantina, 180 Walker Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30313. We will be welcoming a world-wide delegation of CNN Journalism Fellows as well as a trader from The Netherlands' Ministry of Finance. The price is $20 per person and includes a fajita buffet, a nonalcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity. Please contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Thursday, September 23rd, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
GCIV Global Lunch Forum: Counter-Terrorism in the
United Kingdom

Join a GCIV international exchange participant from the United Kingdom for a lunchtime discussion about counter-terrorism. Our distinguished guest is on the London Olympic Security team. The Global Lunch Forum will be at the Regency Suites Hotel in Midtown. You can bring your own lunch at no cost, or order a boxed lunch in advance for $10. Registration is 12:00-12:10 PM, and the Global Lunch Forum begins promptly at 12:10 PM. Contact Nicole Rateau at 404-832-5560 x 17 to RSVP or for more information.

Monday, September 20th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Ambassadors Circle Behind the Scenes at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
GCIV's Ambassadors Circle Members have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a private champagne tour of the stunning new Canopy Walk, Edible Garden, and Cascades Garden led by Steve Robinson, the architect who designed these beautiful new features. If you are not an Ambassadors Circle member but don't want to miss this unique opportunity? Consider upgrading your membership today and we'll credit your current giving level towards your Ambassador-level contribution. You'll also be eligible for two complimentary tickets to next spring's International Consular Ball. 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

Wednesday, September 1st, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
EB-5 Foreign Investment Seminar
Are you considering using foreign investment as a source of funding or want to learn how to raise foreign investment capital at attractive rates? This is a discussion about the EB-5 visa which offers a green card to foreign nationals who invest money in the U.S. To obtain the visa, individuals must invest at least $1 million, creating at least 10 jobs, or invest $500,000 in certain qualified investments or regional centers with high unemployment rates. The discussion, presented by the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, will be at Two Ravinia Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30346. The cost is free for members and $20 for non-members. For more information, contact Danielle Fernandes at

Saturday, September 11th
Dancing with the HART Stars
Atlanta stars will perform to benefit Humanitarian Aid Relief Fund (HART). British House of Lords Member, Baroness Caroline Cox of Queensbury, will host the event at Daza Dance Atlanta. Baroness Caroline Cox is the winner of the prestigious 2005 Mother Teresa Award and the founder of HART. HART fights for people in forgotten lands who have suffered the effects of war and natural disaster and are often behind closed borders. All proceeds from the event go directly toward HART-US operations. The ballroom is ready and you will not believe who is dancing! For more information, visit

Monday, September 13th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
"Paths to Prosperity: The UK Perspective"
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, in cooperation with the Consulate General of the United Kingdom in Atlanta and the British American Business Group-Atlanta, present "Paths to Prosperity: The U.K. Perspective." A discussion with His Excellency Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Her Majesty's Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United States, in conversation with Dennis P. Lockhart, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The luncheon will be at The Commerce Club, 34 Broad Street. The cost is $45. Click here to register or contact Michelle Spink at for more information.

Wednesday, September 15th, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
"The Mosque Debate" with Peter White

The September Atlanta Council on International Relations (ACIR) luncheon features a presentation on "The Mosque Debate" by Peter White, Founding President of Southern Center for International Studies. The presentation will cover what are the issues and consequences of the debate. 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.

Wednesday, September 15th, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

"Atlanta's Role in International Development in 2010" Presentation by Mayor Kasim Reed
The 59th mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, will speak on "Atlanta's Role in International Development in 2010: How the City of Atlanta and its International Organizations Can Work Together." The luncheon is in the Dining Room of the World Trade Center Atlanta, 303 Peachtree Street in the SunTrust Building. A $25 ticket includes lunch and validated parking. RSVP by September 10 to

September 18th-19th
JapanFest 2010
JapanFest, now in its 24th year, is the largest Japanese festival in the Southeast. Organized by the Japan-America Society of Georgia, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, JapanFest is designed to promote understanding between Japanese and American residents of the Southeast. The festival includes cultural activities, workshops, exhibits, shopping, children's festivities, and authentic food! JapanFest will be held at the Convention Center in the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. For more information visit
Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

"The results of the International Visitor Leadership Program often exceed our highest expectations. Often catalytic, our programs get the ball rolling. Whether by content, context, or contacts, the IVLP makes good things happen!"
- Alma Candelaria
Director, Office of International Visitors

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