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Release: Oct. 8, 2001

Leach to address citizen diplomacy at annual CIVIC meeting Oct. 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa First District Congressman Jim Leach will discuss citizen diplomacy in building international bridges and implications of a global economy at the 16th anniversary luncheon for the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC). The event will be Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Elks Country Club, 600 Foster Road in Iowa City. The social gathering will begin at noon, the luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. and Leach will speak to the group at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Participants in the CIVIC Diplomats project will be honored for their contribution to the organization. CIVIC Diplomats are local households that made an extra contribution to the program by pledging an additional $100 per year on top of the regular dues. The CIVIC Diplomats Program was created to raise awareness of global issues.

"International understanding is needed now more than ever," says Jo Lavera Jones, CIVIC board member and annual meeting committee chair. "We are excited about the opportunity to say thank you to the CIVIC diplomats and other volunteers who take their roles seriously, working to make the world a better place one handshake at a time."

CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving and hosting international visitors as a means of promoting global understanding on a person-to-person basis. CIVIC is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, teaching and research.

The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person and guests are welcome. Reservations must be made by Oct. 15 by sending a reservation form with a check to CIVIC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, IA 52242.

For more information about the organization or the anniversary celebration or for special accommodations to attend this event, call Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.