The Mayor's Committee for International Friendship (MCIF) and the Lincoln Council for International Visitors (LCIV) elected officers at the joint annual meeting October 28 at the Country Inn and Suites in Lincoln. Outgoing President Robert Wagner conducted the meeting, and Dolores Mather, First Contact for MCIF, reported that the organization hosted 45 visitors from 32 different countries this year.
Professor Ian Newman, UN-L College of Education and Human Services, presented a program titled, "Being a Foreigner in My Home Town and a Stranger Nowhere."
Officers elected for 2011 are Shahid Kamal, President; Michael Short, Vice-President; Debbie Engstrom, Secretary; Dolores Mather, First Contact; Robert Wagner, Advisor; Ron Svoboda, Treasurer; Roger Ehlers, Newsletter Editor; and Carmelee Tuma, Public Relations Coordinator.
Robert Stoddard was re-elected to the LCIV Board, and Elaine Hammer was appointed as a LCIV Board Member to complete Kamal's unexpired term.
LCIV provides support for the MCIF, 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.