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SAVE THE DATE!

July 17, 2014 is the next
American Summer Experience!



IVC HONORS
- 2014  IVC & Philadelphia's Sister Cities Program and Tianjin, China share U.S.-China Sister Cities Award for Youth Programming 

- 2013  IVC named by Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia a "Dare to Understand Community Organization Partner"

- 2012 Temple University Global Philadelphia Award  

- 2011 Independence Charter School's Global Citizen Award

- 2009 Preservation Alliance's Community Action Award (for our work on the Chinatown Friendship Gate)

- 2005 Consular Corps Global Leadership Award

2004 Human Rights Award from the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission

Did you know that the network of 95 IVC's across the U.S. was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for its work with
the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program @StateIVLP.

 
 

 


You can check out other international activities in the region in our 'corner'



Protocol Tips from the Master:  IVC's Chief of Protocol, Robert Frye, has begun a new special feature for us with stories from his 25+ years in protocol - as Chief of Protocol in Iraq and at AT&T and Lucent.


Sister Cities Opportunities!  Sister Cities in France and Russia have invited Philadelphians to participate in special programs. Read about it here...


Read some fascinating reminiscences from our founders & friends. 



Happy Anniversary IVC!  We're 60, feeling great and ready to start the next decade with a new name!
Thank you for helping us
 identify a new name for IVC* that better reflects the important international relations work that we do.
For 60 years we've engaged local citizens in playing a vital role in foreign affairs, so we engaged you again to help us find that perfect name. We found one and will announce it at our 60th Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 24th.  Be there!  In the meantime, click here to see the list of names - our new one is in there (but we're not telling you which one it is!). 
*International Visitors Council of Philadelphia.

             Click here to see Nancy's letter about the name change.

IVC/Sister Cities Program was honored on March 27th by Sister Cities International at its
ceremony in Washington, D.C. for its first U.S.-China Sister City Awards program.  IVC's
Nancy Gilboy and the City's Duane Bumb, Senior Deputy Commerce Director, accepted
the award with our friends from Tianjin.  The award category was Youth Programming.

Tianjin and Philadelphia have been Sister Cities since 1980.  Mayor Nutter visited Tianjin
in December 2012, and Tianjin's Mayor Huang paid a reciprocal visit in June 2013.

Make friends. Make peace. 
It's really that simple.

You can EXPAND YOUR WORLD and be personally involved in international relations through our Citizen Diplomacy work. 
Our goal is to engage you, and as many others as we can, to help us build friendships around the world.  By meeting with 
our guests from abroad you can change perceptions created by a negative world media.  

Making friends leads to peace. And you can play an important role in it.

Make a donation today to IVC's annual Campaign for Peace & Understanding.  DONATE HERE.

IVC is part of the NCIV Citizen Diplomacy network of 95 Councils nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
At IVC we welcome strangers... and send home friends.  

IVC is a designated United Way recipient.  Our number is 00685.


The next First Thursday reception is May 1st!  It will be our 148th!

BE PART OF THE NATION-WIDE NETWORK nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.  Help us promote a more positive image of the U.S. and region through one-on-one interaction with important guests visiting through U.S. Department of State exchanges and Philadelphia's Sister Cities Program. Welcome guests from abroad into your office to share your experise, or into your home to share a more personal American experience. 

Citizen Diplomats welcome strangers and send home friends. Click here to register for First Thursday.

JOIN IVC TODAY and bring international relations into your life. 


Mayor Nutter took his positive message about Philadelphia abroad

Mayor Nutter made an historic trip to Philadelphia's Sister City, Tel Aviv.  After meeting with Mayor Huldai and touring Tel Aviv-Yafo, the Mayor broke bread with the delegation at Shabbat, organized by Robin Schatz of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.  Check out the Mayor's activities at the City's blog with photos at . The delegation includes IVC's Nancy Gilboy and Board Member Beth Cohen of Greenberg Traurig and past Chair of Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Beth had organized a venture capital round table that was held at Greenberg Traurig's Tel Aviv offices. Meetings for the businesses on the trip were organized by the Pennsylvania rep in Israel. On the final day of their trip, after dozens of meetings with businesses and venture capitalists and tours of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the Mayor's Israeli visit ended with a special meeting with President Peres at his official residence, before meeting Mayor Barkat of Jerusalem where the the two Mayors oversaw the signing of an agreement between Drexel University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Hebrew University. 

Meeting the Prime Minister

On the second-to-last night of the trip, Mayor Nutter attended the Jewish Federation's General Assembly in Jerusalem where he met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  He attended the event with Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger and the Federation's Robin Schatz.  

What is IVC? 
We are the region's international relations organization - our work is known as "citizen diplomacy." 
- Our work engages the public in playing a personal role in foreign affairs.
- Through our friendly "citizen diplomats" (like you), we create a warm and welcoming environment for our guests from abroad.


Do you care about how the United States is viewed around the world?  If so, then it's time you were involved with IVC!  Since 1954 we have been the official host for the U.S. Department of State's highest exchange, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  We are part of a unique citizen diplomacy network of 95 Councils throughout the U.S. that receives established and emerging leaders from 150+ countries visiting the U.S. as guests of our government.  Participants on the IVLP travel to up to five U.S. cities where they meet their professional counterparts and experience American life.  They have informal dinners with families in homes and attend local cultural events in each city.  Their carefully-designed programs allow visitors to see the country first-hand so they can form their own opinions of the U.S., its policies and people.  Past visitors include F.W. de Klerk, Hamid Karzai, Willie Brandt, Nicolas Sarkozy and 290+ others who later became heads of Government.  Unlike other government-sponsored exchanges, this program is by invitation only.  

This  network of 95 Councils and 100,000+ citizen diplomats was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

The International Visitor Leadership Program - @StateIVLP and #IVLP -  It's why we exist.  Check out who's coming to town on the IVLP!  Look at our hosting opportunities (hosting is an exclusive benefit for IVC members) to share an American experience with our guests. If you're already a member and would like to be a citizen diplomat by hosting, contact Lissa Morinsky at 215.683.0995 or email her here. Who are the former visitors who became heads of Government? Click below or at right to see the 321 current and former heads of Government.  Interested in perception changes from this great program? Click here to read some interesting comments by State Department interpreters about several past visitors and visitor groups.  
 

Are you an IVC Member?

IVC is international relations as it should be: one person, one handshake at a time. 
Making friends leads to peace - it really is that simple. IVC gives you a tangible way to make friends & provide an accurate image of the U.S. abroad.  You can be a participant, not an observer, by joining IVC today!  You can also support our work by making a donation today.
 

IVC visitor from 2005 shares 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.  Yemini journalist is first Arab woman winner and visited Philadelphia in July 2005 on the State Department's prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program.  See who she met while here.


What is Citizen Diplomacy?
In a vibrant democracy, it is the right - if not the obligation - of each citizen to help shape U.S. foreign relations - "one handshake at a time."  
Read an article on U.S. public diplomacy.

First Thursday Receptions!
Now in their 15th year, these informal and very, very, very friendly monthly receptions are THE place to be on the first Thursday of the month. They are all held at the beautiful Courtyard Marriott, across from City Hall.  There's no First Thursday in January or July.

EXPAND YOUR WORLD!
Citizen engagement in foreign affairs
through IVC. Michelle Kwan's involved
How about you?

The National Meeting of all the IVC's in the country met in February with the State Department and other key players in the International Visitor Leadership Program.  The meeting held many highlights, including Michelle Kwan, the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, who previewed her "Expand Your World" video on how Americans can get involved with international exchanges. (See Nancy's tweet and photo). Michelle was also at the annual Luncheon with the Ambassadors, with more than 50 Ambassadors at the annual luncheon. Nancy played host for the Hon. Seng Soukhathivong, Ambassador from Laos.


Make friends. Make peace. 
It's really that simple.

You can EXPAND YOUR WORLD and be personally involved in international relations through our Citizen Diplomacy work. 
Our goal is to engage you, and as many others as we can, to help us build friendships around the world.  By meeting with 
our guests from abroad you can change perceptions created by a negative world media.  

Making friends leads to peace. And you can play an important role in it.

Make a donation today to IVC's annual Campaign for Peace & Understanding.  

IVC is part of the NCIV Citizen Diplomacy network of 95 Councils nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
At IVC we welcome strangers... and send home friends.  

IVC is a designated United Way recipient.  Our number is 00685.

Make friends.  Make contacts.  Make peace.®

IVCSM - International Visitors Council
1515 Arch Street, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102  U.S.A.
Phone: 1-215-683-0999
Fax: 1-215-683-0998


Below is the "counter" of people who have come
to this home page since June 7, 2005

Name Change for 60th Anniversary!
Check here for suggestions we've received
(Last updated 1/17/14)

Follow us on Twitter @IVCPhila for updates on delegations & who they met here.  Check out #IVLP and @StateIVLP for more on the State Department's top exchange program.

Click above for the 2012 Annual Report released April 2013

Citizen diplomacy engages citizens in international relations. Meeting counterparts and experiencing everyday American life provides an authentic & more accurate view of the "real" U.S.


Restaurants participating
in our 
2014 
Summer Experience! 
-Bistro St.Tropez
-Capital Grille
-City tap House
-Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
-Fork
-The Good King Tavern
-Indeblue
-Ladder 15
-Ocean Prime
-Positano Coast
-The Prime Rib
-Seasons 52
-Serafina
-Square 1682
-Stella Rossa
-Tir Na Nog
-Valley Green Inn
-Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
 
Restaurants that participated in 2013
-Amuse at Le Meridien
-Aqua
-Asia on the Parkway
-Bistro St.Tropez
-Bliss
-Brauhaus Schmitz
-Bridget Foy's
-Capital Grille
-Chabaa Thai Bistro
-Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
-City Tavern
-D'Angelo's Ristorante
-Davio's Steakhouse
-Fork
-Fratelli's Italian Bistro
-Jack's Firehouse
-Jane G's
-La Fontana Della Citta
-Luke's Lobster
-Marmont Steakhouse
-Mexican Post (2 certificates)
-Moshulu
-Ocean Prime
-Opa
-Oyster House
-Panorama Ristorante 
-Percy Street Barbecue
-Pod
-Porcini
-Positano Coast
-The Prime Rib
-Raw
-Ristorante La Buca
-Route 6
-Russet
-Seasons 52
-Serafina
-Spring Mill Cafe
-Square 1682
-Starr Restaurants
-The Swann Lounge
-Tir Na Nog
-Valley Green Inn
-XIX (at the Bellevue)