The Colorado Springs Committee for International Visitors needs your help.
On Tuesday, April 29 an international delegation of leaders from 22 nations (attached list includes 20, two additional to be added) will arrive in Colorado Springs on a U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). This prestigious program brings today’s and tomorrow’s foreign leaders to the United States for firsthand exposure to their professional counterparts and U.S. society. Among the distinguished alumni of the program are over 350 former and current chiefs of state and heads of government, including Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Anwar Sadat, Giscard D'Estaing, Indira Gandhi, and Felipe Calderón.
The program for this delegation is entitled International Security Issues. The group will be accompanied by three State Department appointed escorts, two representatives from Meridian International Center in Washington, DC, and possibly one program officer from the State Department. Since this is a multiregional program, all of the delegates speak English.
· The delegation’s program on Wednesday, April 30 will include morning meetings at NORAD/USNORTHCOM at Peterson Air Force Base and a visit to the Air Force Academy in the afternoon.
· On Thursday, May 1, workshops will be conducted all day at the Penrose House. At the end of the day there will be a reception and plated dinner for the delegation hosted by El Pomar.
· There will be an evaluation/wrap-up session on Friday morning, May 2 that will cover the delegation’s complete two week stay in the U.S. In the afternoon the group will take the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak.
· The delegates leave Colorado Springs for DIA on Saturday morning, May 3, to return to their respective countries.
It would be a feather in our cap if we were to offer the delegates an opportunity to visit local homes for dinner on Wednesday evening, April 30. This will be a challenge, since this is one of the largest international groups that the Colorado Springs Committee for International Visitors has ever hosted. Given the fact that the delegates represent 22 different countries, it provides us with a unique opportunity to interact with members of this diverse group. As citizen diplomats we can enhance both the local and national image of the United States in the minds of our international visitors and hopefully foster international understanding and cooperation in the near and long term.
For those of you who may not have offered home hospitality in the past, these are some guidelines:
The group will be staying at the Antlers Hilton and guests will have to be picked up and returned. Pick up would be at about 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. and the delegates should be back at the hotel no later than 10-10:30. Unless you can do that personally, it is customary for one or two of your invited guests to help out. (I encourage you to invite a few of your friends to interact with the group.) These get-togethers are always informal, i.e. no ties for the gentlemen, etc. The purpose of inviting the visitors into your home is to make them feel welcome and relaxed. You have no idea how much they will appreciate it. When home hospitality is provided the Colorado Springs Committee for International Visitors will make available to the host/hostess $25 per international visitor and any accompanying member/s of the delegation to help defray your costs. Should the host/hostess wish to decline this offer, please let me know. Since it would be disrespectful to host only some and not all of the visitors, please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to participate and how many people you could host. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Also, if you know of a friend or neighbor who might like to offer home hospitality, please give them this information.
Dan Hannaway. Chairman, Colorado Springs Committee for International Visitors | (719) 596-7633 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Splash Ink with Watercolor: Looking East Painting West with Ming Franz
May 2 - 4, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $275 for AAA Members | $300 for DAM Members | $325 for all others.
Please note, there is also a $30 materials fee paid. No painting experience necessary.
Reservations required; $50 non-refundable fee. For reservations and further details please contact email@example.com or call 720-913-0040
“Doing Business in China” - A Cultural Workshop for American Businesses
May 7, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m; Confluence Room 105, (Confluence is on Corner of 7th St and Curtis on the Auraria Campus)
Registration is required, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, cost is $25.
China has become a global economic power and many American companies are choosing to do business there. If yours is one of them, attend this workshop and learn about the culture and business protocol.
Participants will learn: common words used in business (in Mandarin, the most widely spoken language in the world); the Chinese culture and business protocol; the environment; food; travel tips; and what to expect when in China.
The speaker: Jane Lim is the director of the Confucius Institute at Community College of Denver, and a native Chinese. Jane was raised in Taiwan and has lived in the U.S. for over 35 years. She spent 10 years doing business with China and was stationed in Shanghai from 1997 to 1999. Her presentation provides valuable information on how the two cultures can successfully mesh.
Community College of Denver Confucius Institute (CCDCI) is a Chinese language and culture learning center, established in collaboration with Chongqing Three Gorges University in China. CCDCI is part of an International network of Confucius Institutes under Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, China.
Annual Meeting and Auction with All AAA Members
Saturday, May 10, 2014
5370 Greenwood Village Plaza BLVD
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Art, Ritual and Identity in the Modern Bhutan with Ariana Maki
Wednesday, May 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free to AAA Members | $5 to teachers and students | $10 to all others
SAVE THE DATES:
* Colorado Dragon Boat Festival: July 19-20, 2014, Sloan's Lake Park
Apply now to participate: www.cdbf.org
* Boulder Asian Festival: August 9-10, 2014, Pearl Street Mall (Courthouse lawn)
Apply in the spring to participate in the 20th anniversary festival: www.bapaweb.org
The February 25th regular meeting of the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership, 4:30 – 6:00 PM, will feature a presentation by Yang Chee on the Lao-Hmong communities. The meetings take place at the Aurora Municipal Center, 2nd floor Aspen conference room. Refreshments will be served. Guests are always welcome. Feel free to call for more details.