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LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
February 2018 
Table of Contents
  • PALITICUS Interview: Rep. Antonio F. D. "Tony" Cabral
  • PALCUS Mixer Scheduled in San Francisco
  • PALCUS at Evento Mulher Migrante
  • Upcoming Webinar with Institute Camoes
  • PALCUS given Honorary Mentions
  • Featured Gateway Business: Gouveia Vineyards
  • Frank Baptista appointed to BBC Board of Trustees
  • Clarification: Janice Duarte First Portuguese-American Councilwoman in the State of New York
  • Pope Francis appoints Bishop Myron Cotta to succeed Bishop Stephen Blaire as Bishop of Stockton
  • Community Awards Medical Scholarships at Dr. Leitão's Memorial Luncheon in Cambridge
  • MOU signed accrediting Portuguese language NEWL exams
Our latest guest is Rep. Antonio F. D. "Tony" Cabral, representing the 13th Bristol District in the Massachusetts state legislature, who emigrated from the island of Pico in the Azores with his parents at the age of 14.  His district, which encompasses the city of New Bedford, claims 37% Portuguese ancestry. During the interview, Rep. Cabral talks about the importance of dialogues with  the Azorean government and how they are beneficial to both sides and also about how much more involved the Portuguese-American community has become in his district. His call for action is for Portuguese-Americans to become more involved at the local level and the need for young people to actively participate in their communities.

Portuguese Professionals Mixer and Fundraiser for Internships

Join us on Friday, February 16 at 6:30 PM - 9 PM PST at the Consulado Geral de Portugal em São Francisco
3298 Washington St, San Francisco, California 94115

Hosted by Cônsul Geral Maria João Lopes Cardoso, East and West Coast PALCUS directors will be in attendance. Proceeds to benefit the PALCUS Internship Program.

Sign up here or get your tickets here

(L-R) Consul Geral Manuela Bairos, Dra. Manuela Aguiar, Katherine Soares

On January 20th, the "Associação da Mulher Migrante" in conjunction with the General Consulate of Portugal in New York held an all-day event about the "Migrant Woman" with the theme of "Memories as Heritage". The keynote speaker and the marquis guest for the day was Dra. Maria Manuela Aguiar, President of the association. The event was held at the Mineola City Hall.
Throughout the day attendees were able to participate in several panels that covered topics ranging from: the Portuguese language and cuisine as part of a legacy, identity of Portuguese origins, civic participation, professional affirmation and political involvement.
These panels were presided over by community figures and local elected officials. Vice-Chair Katherine Soares represented PALCUS at the event which culminated in a dinner held at the Mineola Portuguese Center.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Webinar: Portuguese Language in the US with Institute Camões

Don't miss our next webinar on Thursday, March 1 at 3 PM - 4 PM

PALCUS Given Honorary Mentions

Two PALCUS items were given Honorary Mentions as part of the Portuguese Tribune's "Best of 2017".  To read more: 

PALCUS Gateway Featured Business - Gouveia Vineyards   

T his month's feat ured business is Gouveia Vineyards of Wallingford, Connecticut . Bring your family and friends to Gouveia Vineyards to enjoy their 360 degree panoramic view and famous sunsets. They offer wine tastings, wine by the glass and by the bottle and the famous sangria by the glass. You don't have to drink wine to enjoy the vineyard as they also serve water, soda, coffee, and tea! Take a great picnic lunch to sit inside or outside
To learn more about Gouveia Vineyards, visit their  website Facebook or twitter.
To look for more Portuguese businesses and organizations throughout the US (or add your own), please visit the Gateway  online.

What's New at PALCUS?

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! 


Frank Baptista Appointed To BCC Board Of Trustees

Congratulations to long-time PALCUS friend and partner, Frank Baptista, founder and host of Radio Voz do Emigrante/WHTB-AM 1400, who has been appointed as a member of the Bristol Community College Board of Trustees by MA  Gov. Charlie Baker.  Parabéns!

Clarification: Janice Duarte First Portuguese-American Councilwoman in the State of New York
In our January Newsletter we reported that  Janic e Duarte became  the first  Portuguese-American elected as councilwoman  in New York's Westchester County.  She is not only the first Portuguese-American woman elected to the city council in Westchester but the first in the State of New York. Congratulations!
Pope Francis appoints Bishop Myron Cotta to succeed Bishop Stephen Blaire as Bishop of Diocese of Stockton, CA
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton in California has announced that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Myron Cotta to succeed Bishop Stephen Blaire who submitted his resignation to the Holy Father when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 on December 22, 2016.
Bishop Cotta was born of Portuguese heritage in the Merced County community of Dos Palos on March 21, 1953. As a native son of the Central Valley he knows the area very well and in turn is well known for his pastoral leadership. He served as Vicar General in the Diocese of Fresno as a priest and most recently served as Auxiliary Bishop in the Diocese of Sacramento.
Bishop Cotta will be installed as the sixth bishop of the diocese on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Until that date, Bishop Blaire will serve as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese.
The Diocese of Stockton encompasses more than 10,000 square miles covering the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mono, and Alpine, with a diverse Roman Catholic population of over 300,000 of many races and cultures. 
Community Awards Medical Scholarships at the Dr. Leitão Memorial Luncheon in Cambridge, MA

More than 60 community members, leaders, friends and family of the late Dr. Edward Leitão gathered on the 29 th  of January, at the Faialense Club, in Cambridge, Massachusetts to honor the beloved physician's legacy and to award two scholarships to Portuguese-American medical students, Tracey DaFonte of Norwood and Bryan Rego of Fall River.

The Dr. Edward Leitão Fund, managed by the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) was created in 2015 in the name of the much-loved physician, who passed away earlier that year. It aims to fill the urgent need for more Portuguese-speaking medical professionals in the community. To donate to the Scholarship Fund, please visit
Paulo Pinto (MAPS Director), Tracey DaFonte, Helena Santos Martins and Stefanos Kales
Paulo Pinto (MAPS Director), Bryan Rego, 
Helena Santos Martins and Stefanos Kales
CAMÕES, I.P. and AMERICAN Councils for INTERNATIONAL Education (AC) sign a Memorandum that promotes the accreditation of the Portuguese language at the level of secondary education and access to higher ed ucation in the US

A Memorandum of Understanding between Camões, I.P. and the American Councils for International Education (AC) was signed in January, 2018, with the purpose of dedicating and promoting the accreditation of the Portuguese language in the "National Examinations in World Languages " (NEWL).  The agreement will contribute to valuing knowledge in the Portuguese language and guarantees the validation of credits in secondary education and also in access to higher education in the United States. 
The two entities have agreed to cooperate and collaborate in various areas, notably in joint education, research and training objectives that benefit the missions of both organizations with regard to the study and teaching of Portuguese language and culture. 
AC and Camões, I.P. will work together to strengthen public awareness of the educational programs and activities of both organizations, including the National Examination of Foreign Languages (NEWL ®), in Portuguese and in other languages offered by NEWL, if and where applicable, for example, in the recognition of the results of NEWL exams by affiliated colleges or universities

Help strengthen PALCUS as we continue working for the community!

Please consider including PALCUS in your giving plans in 2018. 

Does your employer have a matching funds program? Check with your Human Resources office to double your contribution.
PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.

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Getting Your Portuguese Citizenship Service with 25% Discount

Portugal ReConnect is offering PALCUS members* a 25% discount on their service to obtain your Portuguese citizenship. If you didn't have a chance to watch PALCUS' webinar, "Getting Your Portuguese Citizenship: Benefits and Advantages" live, you can still watch it by following  this link. In the webinar, Portugal ReConnect's attorneys guide you through the criteria to help you find out whether you're eligible for the citizenship program.

*PALCUS Member in good standing, who has paid his/her 2016 or 2017 dues

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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

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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.

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