Orlando, FL, November 20, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- On November 17, 2010 the International Council of Central Florida (ICCF) celebrated 45 years of “citizen diplomacy” in Central Florida. Gathering at the Citrus Club in downtown Orlando the room was filled with members of the Orlando Consular Corps, past executives, members and one International Visitor from Latvia. ICCF’s flagship program, the International Visitor Program, welcomed the Chief of Tourism Policing from Riga, Latvia.
ICCF Board Member, Cynthia Flores recognized the past executives and the Orlando Consular Corps from: Britain, Mexico, Haiti, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, St. Vincent & Grenadines, and the City of Orlando for their support and attendance.
ICCF Board President, Bob Turk awarded the Annual Citizen Diplomat and Citizen Diplomat Organization of the Year. This year honored Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office as the Citizen Diplomat Organization of the Year for their work on the many elections programs. ICCF awarded Mr. Dick Batchelor as the Citizen Diplomat of the Year for his work on AIDS, elections, and children’s issues programs.
The Citizen Diplomat Awards are given every 5 years to members of the Central Florida Community who portray the phrase “Peace, one handshake at a time.” Past recipients have included; local executives, professors, and volunteers in the community.
The night was opened with ICCF Executive Director Max Stewart giving remarks on the 2010 year. “Peace one handshake at a time means that we show the world we are just like them. We live in normal houses, drive normal cars, and have normal lives,” said Mr. Stewart. Adding to the opening remarks, Dick Harkey, District Director for Congressman John Mica read a letter from the congressman. “This program (ICCF) establishes long lasting relationships that benefits our economy and diplomatic relations with the countries of the world,” quoted Mr. Harkey.
The ICCF Board of Directors for 2010 were also recognized; Robert Turk, Larry Chastang, Cynthia Flores, Dawn Hatton, Dr. Houman Sadri, Dr. Jorge Franchi, George Schank, Sharon Sears, Don Yontz, Dr. Carolyn Mueller, Paul Wenglowsky, and Jamie O’Donnell.
To conclude the night ICCF Staff and Board of Directors announced the plans for 2011. The International Council of Central Florida will become, The World Affairs Council of Central Florida. This will add two new programs: an Academic WorldQuest program, and a corporate international training initiative to the organizations mission. The WorldQuest Program will be directed to middle schools throughout Central Florida and to train students on both international geography and current issues. The corporate training program will be available to assist companies that wish to work overseas or have employees that they will be training from other countries.
For more information on the new programs and resources at the International Council of Central Florida (ICCF), please contact the office directly at 407-321-1136 or visit us on the web at www.iccfvip.com.