The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 28 Years!
August 2019
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
In this issue......
  • Have you completed the PALCUS INDEX NATIONAL SURVEY yet?
  • Beautiful Azulejo Ornament Fundraiser for Internships 
  • PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE
  • PALITICUS New Episode: MA Representative Christopher Hendricks
  • PALCUS Member Spotlight: This New Jersey Rhodes Scholar is going to Harvard AND Yale
  • Donating to PALCUS is now easier than ever!
PALCUS Upcoming Events
  • Buy your tickets! Annual Leadership Awards Gala in Sacramento, CA
  • PALCUS Webinar - Investing in Portugal
Embassy Row
  •  Ambassador George Glass Hosts Reception for Portuguese Fulbright Grantees
Gateway Featured Business
  • Ana's Portuguese Cooking.
Community News:
  • Presentation about the Azores and the Connections the archipelago has with the Central Valley
  • Portuguese Heritage around the World
  • RI Day of Portugal Fundraiser Dinner for Mozambique Relief
Have you completed the  

We need to hear from you!

This survey will help us gain a better understanding of our Portuguese-American communities in order to serve you better. In this survey, people who reside in the United States and are Portuguese or of Portuguese descent are asked to complete a short questionnaire that asks about their demographic and socioeconomic characteris tics as well as their community concerns.
  • It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire. 
  • Your participation in this study is completely voluntary
  • Your survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate for statistics only..

Dulce Maria Scott, Ph.D.
Many thanks to  
Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, 
Anderson University 
and PALCUS Research Consultant 
for her work  in the design, analysis and reporting of the 
PALCUS Index National Survey (2017, 2019).

To see the results of the first PALCUS Index Survey, visit
Beautiful Azulejo Ornament Fundraiser 
for Internships

We have created a one of a kind ornament to help raise funds for our 
Summer Internship in Portugal Program. 

This ornament is beautiful! It will add the perfect Portuguese touch to any Christmas tree and will become a cherished keepsake for years to come.
  • High quality glass
  • Hand painted
  • Round ball ornament
  • Comes in black satin gift box
There is no other ornament like this anywhere!  We hope to make this an annual fundraiser in order to continue providing the unique opportunity of a summer internship in Portugal for our students.

Price: $25 + S&H
We will ship internationally

Please keep in mind, as these ornaments are hand-painted requiring that work takes place well in advance, they will start shipping in October.

All proceeds go to support the  PALCUS Summer Internship Program that provides a fantastic opportunity for a Portuguese-American college student to work in Portugal over the summer. We have partnered with the Study in Portugal Network to provide a full experience that includes housing, some meals and group activities.

Thank you for your support of this valuable program!

Learn more about the PALCUS Internship Program and read essays from past interns here:

PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE

Meet the faces of the next phase of the Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census Campaign!

(L-R) Mikel Santos, Emily Portal and John Santos
Courtesy of Benvinda Santos taken at Memorial Day Farmingville, NY Parade with the participation of the Portuguese-American Center of Suffolk County (Clube de Farmringville), an affiliate of NYPALC.

PALCUS is proud to introduce the three Portuguese-American young adults who depict pride in and enthusiasm for promoting their culture. They will provide the inspiration for the next phase of the Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census Campaign.

Watch for them on all new pamphlets, flyers and posters this fall as we call the community to:

Pledge to Write "Portuguese" in the 2020 Census!

The PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census is gaining momentum!

With over 161 registered Affiliated Organizations and 52 Captains committed nationwide, the word is out that Portuguese can and will be counted in the 2020 Census. To see them all, visit: 

Thanks to our tireless Captains, the  message is being shared throughout the Portuguese communities this summer at numerous events such as Viva Portugal!, Festas do Divino Espírito Santo, Dia de Portugal parades, festivals, picnics and flag raisings from coast to coast.

Watch for our Special Make Portuguese Count™ Newsletter dedicated to all the news about our participation as a community in the 2020 Census.

View the Make Portuguese Count™ promotional video

Visit our Facebook Page  @Make Portuguese Count

MA Rep. Christopher Hendricks
PALITICUS New Episode: 
MA Rep. Christopher Hendricks

Christopher Hendricks is a State Representative currently serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing Acushnet and New Bedford as the 11th Bristol District. He is an attorney who was born and raised in New Bedford, MA which has a very high Portuguese-American population. 
His great-grandparents emigrated from the island of Flores, Azores around the 1900s. He talks about how he has always been interested in law and politics and how the trend of where politics are heading encouraged him to run for office. He also talks about the importance of the 2020 Census and the Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign and his participation in FLAD's Luso-American Legislators' Dialogue.

Listen here
This New Jersey Rhodes Scholar is going to Harvard AND Yale

Jordan Thomas, a  Princeton University graduate and the first Rhodes Scholar from Newark public schools , has been accepted to Yale Law School and Harvard Business School for a dual degree program.

Jordan was the 2018 PALCUS Young Portuguese American Leadership "Promessa" Award recipient.

Congratulations, Jordan!! 

Donating to PALCUS is now EASIER than ever!

Have you heard of or used Zelle? Zelle lets you send money with just a few taps on your mobile phone. Even better, you probably already have it in your mobile banking app-no additional download necessary. 

To send a donation for any of our programs, buy tickets or pay for membership dues, use Zelle by sending your payment to

Gala Weekend Agenda
Friday, October 11, 2019
PALCUS Gala Welcome Reception
(Invitation and Members Attending Gala Only)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Annual PALCUS Members' Meeting (Members Only) 
10:30 a.m. 
Citizen's Hotel

Lusitanian Forum
Topic: Encouraging Civic Participation and
Public Service in the Portuguese Community
Hosted by CPAC
Lunch 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Forum 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Citizen's Hotel

Annual Leadership Awards Gala
Cocktail Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Awards: 7:00 p.m.
Elks Tower Casino and Event Center

Sunday, October 13, 2019
Portuguese Wine Tour & Lunch
Carvalho Winery
St. Jorge Winery
Bus leaves Citizen's Hotel at 9:30 a.m.
Returns to Hotel at 4:00 p.m.

PALCUS Webinar - Investing in Portugal
September 10, 2019
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Join us for a webinar with the investor behind most of the 
success stories from Portugal. 
Stephan Morais will share about the Portuguese tech scene in the context of his  latest fund - Indico Capital Partners, the leading independent institutional venture capital fund in Portugal.

Stephan Morais

Register today HERE
U.S. Ambassador to Portugal George Glass 
Hosts Reception  for Portuguese Fulbright Grantees

Ambassador and Mrs. Glass hosted the 2019  Fulbright  reception at their residence on Wednesday, July 24. Close to one hundred guests, including the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, gathered to celebrate the 35 Portuguese grantees preparing to study in the United States. They were selected for the program last year and will travel to the United States this year.

During the event, Ambassador Glass delivered remarks to congratulate the grantees and to emphasize the long-term value of this exchange. He affirmed, "Senator William Fulbright once said the Fulbright program would 'bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs,' and make no mistake - this opportunity can create a sea of goodwill on both sides of the Atlantic, anchoring this U.S.-Portuguese relationship."

The Fulbright program is the flagship educational exchange of the U.S. Department of State, managed in Portugal collaboratively by the Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy. Next year, the Fulbright Commission in Portugal will celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Follow the US Embassy in Portugal on Facebook! 
Embassy of Portugal in the U.S.

Are you connected with the Embassy of Portugal in the US?  Sign up for their newsletter on their website, or follow them on social media.


Ana's Portuguese Cooking of Peabody, Massachusetts

Ana Patuleia Ortins
Meet Ana Patuleia Ortins 

Ana was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts. In the 1930s, her father Rufino and his family emigrated to the United States from Galveias, a small town in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Rufino shared his culinary talent and passion for Portuguese food with Ana from an early age, showing her how to gut sardines and cut kale for the Caldo Verde soup. His tutelage, coupled with a zest for the traditional dishes inherited from her mother Filomena, who died when Ana was young, inspired her to learn as much as she could about her culinary roots and to document the recipes of Portuguese immigrants in her first book  Portuguese Homestyle Cooking.

In  Authentic Portuguese Cooking, Ana brings forth a deeper look into the food of her heritage. Included are recipes shared by family and friends as well as many obtained during trips to Portugal and from the Azores, the ancestral home of her husband, Philip. 

Ana has an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from the Essex Agricultural and Technical School. She has contributed articles to Fine Cooking Magazine, Portugal Magazine, Seabourne Club Herald, and most recently, the online magazine  The Cook's Cook. She teaches culinary classes and is a member of the Northeast Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International and the IACP. She resides with her husband in Peabody, Massachusetts.  (Source:  Website )

Ana's cookbooks are available for sale ( Click HERE) and she is working on her third.
To learn more about Ana's Portuguese Cooking,  visit her  Website or Facebook .
To look for more Portuguese businesses and organizations throughout the US (or add your own), please visit the Gateway  online.

Presentation about the Azores 
and its Connections with the Central Valley of California

Portuguese Heritage Around the World

Rhode Island Day of Portugal Sponsors Fundraiser Dinner 
for Mozambique Relief

Sponsored by RI Day of Portugal, Mozambique Fundraiser Dinner tickets are now on sale. There is still so much to build. Let's make and stand together in solidarity to make a difference. It's important. According the the UN, less than what was asked and is needed has been donated.

Join us at the dinner September 22 and enjoy a menu with Mozambique flair, such as Shrimp Mozambique, Chicken à Cafreal, Coconut Rice, Soup, and Salad. This is a family or friends gathering with good food and entertainment.

For more information
We would love to hear what you have been up to. Events, Promotions, Graduations, Awards, Lectures or News the community should know about.   Send us an email to be featured in our newsletter:
Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
We are stronger together!

I f you agree with the work undertaken by PALCUS to build the social, cultural and political capital of our community, then please join us and become a member today!

Strong membership participation means a stronger voice in the national Portuguese-American agenda. In order to advance Portuguese language education, increase presence in the congressional caucuses, and provide economic opportunities, the collective voice of thousands is needed!  

In addition, PALCUS is a member-driven non-profit organization that depends on membership dues and fundraising events to fund its operations.  Members of the all-volunteer board of directors donate their time and personal funds for travel, lodging and tickets to attend networking events and planning sessions so our administrative costs are relatively low but nonetheless critical to doing business on a daily basis.

There are membership categories to suit every budget and level of interest.  Please click on our membership webpage and join our voice today!

PALCUS announces that we are now using memberplanet, a user-friendly platform that will help us to serve you better.  It is an interactive service that will allow you to update your PALCUS member profile, track donations and dues and join PALCUS circles with members of similar interests all with the click of a mouse.  
When you become a PALCUS member, you will be prompted to join us on memberplanet. As always your information is confidential and will never be shared without your permission. Questions? Contact Graci for more information! 

Did you enjoy this newsletter? Do you know about all the programs PALCUS offers our community? Please visit our website and become a member today! 
We can't do what we do without your support!

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Jobs for Portuguese Speakers
Jobs for Portuguese Speakers

If you want to put your Portuguese language skills to use in your next job, there are many opportunities out there! Visit the  Jobs for Portuguese Speakers Facebook page to see some job openings.

Contact Information

Phone: 202-466-4664

9255 Center St., Suite 404
Manassas, VA 20110
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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991 as a non-partisan, non-profit, organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. 
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advances the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the IRS tax code and  incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.

PALCUS has earned the 2018 Gold GuideStarUSA Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency. Visit our profile HERE
Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States, Inc.
9255 Center Street, Ste. 404, Manassas, VA 20110
Email:   PH: 202-466-4664   Web:
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