The Lincoln Council for International Visitors (LCIV) and the Mayor's Committee for International Friendship (MCIF) welcomed visitors from six countries at their joint annual meeting and dinner October 26 at the Nebraska Club. The visitors, hosted by the MCIF, were in Lincoln to discuss foreign policy issues of concern to Europe and the U.S. Each international visitor spoke during the program. One of the visitors, Mikael Oscarsson from Stockholm, had been an exchange student at Lincoln's Pius High School in 1986 and is now a member of the Swedish Parliament.
The meeting included the election of the following officers for 2010: Robert Wagner, President; Dolores Mather, Vice-President; and Debbie Engstrom, Secretary. Ron Svoboda also was elected as Treasurer of the LCIV.
The MCIF is a volunteer organization which hosts visitors from around the world. The committee sets up visits with professional counterparts and plans cultural exchanges and learning experiences to promote international understanding among the visitors and citizens in the Lincoln area. Participants are established or potential foreign leaders in government, politics, media, education, science, labor relations and other key fields. They are selected by American Embassies overseas to visit the United States to experience this country firsthand.
Front row, left to right: Lonnie Hilliard, U.S. Department of State Escort Officer; Victoria Eastwood, News Broadcaster, Channel 4 News, London; Mikael Oscarsson, Member of Parliament - Stockholm, Sweden; Barbara Da Silva, International Affairs Journalist, Diario Economico Daily, Lisbon, Spain
Back row, left to right: Dr. Gellert Horvath, European Union Law, Foreign Affairs Cabinet, FODESZ Parliamentary Faction, Budapest, Hungary; Katarina Simurkova, Journalist/Editor, Foreigh Desk Officer, Hospodarske Noviny, Newspaper, Bratislava, Slovak Republic; Tarmo Maiberg, Foreign Policy News Editor, Estonian Broadcasting Company Television Program, Tallin Estonia; Dolores Mather, LCIV and MCIF.