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

At our recent Founder's Day awards presentation ceremony, I felt we were all inspired by the accomplishments of the programs Porto and PCI have supported over the last 55 years.  There was not a dry eye in the house as the program administrators gave us their annual reports and we witnessed firsthand the lives they have touched. Continue reading.  
Founder's Day Awards

A great big congratulations to all the organizations that received Founder's Day Awards. We look forward to hearing about all the amazing things you do with individual with special needs.

And a great big thank you to all those who participated in the evening. We hope you enjoyed the company and fellowship. Here's the full collection of photos from the evening. 
Fr. Dill's Spiritual  Message

This issue of Shifting Sands will be published soon after our 2016 Founder's Day celebration, the time when Porto Charities and Porto Caravan distribute the funds we have collected over the past year to the organizations that we consider work to support in many different ways the life and development of people with intellectual disabilities. And quite properly we celebrated with prayer, party, and thanksgiving.  Continue reading .
Fishing, anyone?

Have you heard about the Special Angler Foundation? Joe Smith, parent of Travis Smith (PVI, Class of 2015) is one of the founders of the Special Angler Foundation and he has informed us that there is an upcoming Queen of the Bay fishing tournament in Cape Charles, VA, from July 27-30, on a pier. Joe is extending an invitation to any of our young adults with intellectual disabilities who would like to participate. Click here for more details.
(Dis)abilities in the news

--Hotel centered around workers with special needs set to open. Read.

--Of Catholic Schools, Down syndrome and hospitality.  Read.

--More Catholics schools welcoming special needs students. Read.
Porto Derby -- SAVE THE DATE!

The Porto Derby is back! Mark your calendars for May 14th and plan to attend this fun evening. Our MCs are planning wild pony races & fun trivia and they encourage attendees to come dressed in their best derby attires, hats & 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. An E-vite will go out in March for you to RSVP to the event..look for it!  
FYI-Events, meetings, workshops

--Trust presentations

--Workshop: Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Special Needs
Thursday, February 25th  I  7:00-9:00pm
The J - 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031

This workshop will showcase employers who have employees with special needs, supportive employment organizations and other resources for individuals with special needs seeking employment. There will also be an employment-focused resource fair.   This workshop is not a job fair , but rather an opportunity to hear about working employment models to get possibilities and ideas flowing. This workshop is open to all at no cost. 

To attend, please RSVP to: or (703) 865-6502

--Workshop: Transition to Employment 
Thursday, March 3rd  I  6:30-8:30pm 
Alexandria Community Services Board - 
4480 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22303  
This is a FREE workshop for families with transitioning youth ages 14-22. Transition to employment will help families plan for employment for their child with a disability after high school. Participants will learn from a presentation by the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) about services and eligibility. A panel of three employment services organizations will explain the services they offer and the process for job development and training. Pizza and drinks will be provided.  

--Adapted Sports, Recreation and Travel Fair for Individuals with Disabilities
Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 1 to 4pm
James Lee Community Center, 2855-A Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA

For ALL individuals of ALL ages with ANY disability living in Northern Virginia.  This fair will provide information on adapted sports, recreation and travel opportunities,  including adapted summer camps. See flyer.
Sponsored by Parents Of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA),the Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) and other support organizations for individuals with disabilities, in coordination with the Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation Services Department.
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.

Thursday, March 10 , P orto/PCI Boards Meeting, 7 - 9 PM  
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 2014-15

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?
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-- If you religious background is Catholic, please use this form.
-- If your religious background is other than Catholic, use this form.