Shifting Sands   
The quarterly newsletter of 
Porto 104 and Porto Charities, Inc.
April - June 2016
PCI President's Message
Leo Alonso

Overall we are a very happy bunch of acquaintances with the same focus and mission.  Whenever we have our functions, there is a glow in the room. Our young adults are so happy to see each other and to spend the evening at their tables with friends.  Continue reading.  
Porto Derby -- May 14th

The annual Porto Derby is just around the corner! We will gather at Our Lady of Good Counsel to see which pony wins the races. Our MCs are planning an evening of wild pony races and fun trivia and they encourage attendees to come dressed in their best derby attires, hats and all. The evening will begin with Mass at 5 pm followed by the derby activities, all at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Dinner will be by Wildflour Caterers. 

If you haven't done so yes, please RSVP as soon as possible but no later than May 6 via the Evite that you received and pay via PayPal or credit card using the link provided in the Evite. 
Fr. Dill's Spiritual  Message

With the trees turning from barren sticks to new green and blossoms, with the ground going from patches of tired and soggy grass to flower beds seemingly overnight, there is newness in the air and sometimes a hint of nature's perfume replacing the mustiness of winter.   Continue reading .
Emily's Smile and the Face of God
Bill Dalgetty

What did families hear when not so long ago when our children were born? How did their lives turn out? Here are a few thoughts from Bill Dalgetty to celebrate her daughter Emily's 30th birthday. Read the blog at:
All State Grant

A Helping Hands in the Community $1,000 grant has been approved for Porto Charities Inc. The Allstate Foundation is proud to honor the community service of Agent Marisa Alonso.

At Allstate, Agent Marisa Alonso is our community leader because when The Good Hands People give back, our hometowns are better, safer places to live. Community involvement is an extension of what our agents do every day.  This grant is intended to benefit Porto Charities Inc. as operating support or program funding where the Allstate agency owner volunteers.

Thank you for partnering with Agent Marisa Alonso.  
Holy Spirit 5K Race

You are invited to participate in this 5K race hosted by Holy Spirit School to benefit their Special Education program. Come out to Burke Lake Park the morning of May 21, 2016, to participate in a scenic 5K through the park's lovely grounds.  All 5K participants will receive a FREE t-shirt! All kids in the Fun Run will have the option to purchase a t-shirt during registration. Additionally, Hudson Orthodontics will be providing free ice cream for all runners at the finish line!

2015-16 Porto/PCI Calendar
Porto and PCI Board Meetings are all held at  OLGC DeSales Lower Hall  in Church Lobby
 All members are welcome at Board meetings.
All social functions are highlighted in red.

  Saturday, May 14 - Porto Derby (DeSales Hall)
Thursday May 12 - Porto/PCI Boards Meeting,    7 - 9 PM
Thursday, July 14 - Porto/PCI Boards Meeting,    7 - 9 PM
Thursday, September 8 - Porto/PCI Boards Meeting, 7 - 9 PM
Saturday, September 17 - Oktoberfest (DeSales Hall)
Friday, October 7 - PCI Golf Outing
Sunday, October 2 - Bishop's Disabilities Awareness Mass, St. Thomas More Cathedral
Thursday, November 10 - Porto/PCI Boards Meeting, 7 - 9 PM
Saturday, December 17 - Holiday Party (DeSales Hall)

Porto/PCI set up an 
AmazonSmile account 
with Amazon. If you shop 
on Amazon use the following  link 
ch/30-0544129 to access 
the  site and Amazon will donate  0.5%  of the price of  your  eligible AmazonSmile  purchases 
to PCI  whenever  you shop on AmazonSmile.
Grand Divan 2015-16

Porto Caravan no. 104
Rev. Edwin Dill, S.T.
Bill Mundy
Grand Commander
John Reidt
Vice Grand Commander/ Grand Chamberlain
Chris Wnuk
Grand Scribe
Leo Alonso
Past Grand Commander
Bill Hingston
Master of the Oasis
Patrick Cross
Scribe of the Exchequer
Tom Britton
Master of the Wardrobe
Tom Ryan
Captain of the Bodyguard
William Hingston III
Sentinel of the Tower
Tommy Miossi
Sentinel of the Desert
Bill Dalgetty
Grand Advocate

Porto Charities, Inc.
Leo Alonso
Patrick Cross
Vice President
Charlie Sullivan
Mike Eisenberg
Bill Mundy
Grand Commander and Director
Sara Adkins-Blanch
Shifting Sands Editor

Contact information
Porto Caravan no. 104/ Porto Charities
P.O. Box 7266
Arlington, VA 22207
Tel. 703-626-2051

Please consider volunteering or getting involved in activities of the organization. Your help is wanted and greatly appreciated!

Interested in becoming a Porto or PCI member?
If you would like to become part of this wonderful organization, please download one of the forms below based on your religious background and follow the instruct-ions noted in the form to submit it.
-- If you religious background is Catholic, please use this form.
-- If your religious background is other than Catholic, use this form.