The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 28 Years!
January 2019
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS

In this issue......

  • Congratulations Ambassador Fezas Vital
  • Make Portuguese Count™ Affiliated Organizations
  • Member Spotlight: Maria Lawson screens Maria's Portuguese Table
  • Member Spotlight: José João Morais, Morais Vineyards

PALCUS Upcoming Events

  • Professionals' Mixer in New York City
  • Congressional Reception and Meetings on the Hill
  • Visit Sunny Portugal

Gateway Featured Business

  • Heart of Portugal Restaurant, Mineola, NY

Community News:

  • 2019 Scholarship Applications Open: Portuguese and Lusophone Studies at Rhode Island College
  • PAPS Launches Monthly Newsletter
  • "The Lives They Lived": New York Times Featured Article
Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital 
Receives the 2018 Economic Diplomat of the Year Award

PALCUS extends congratulations to His Excellency Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States.

Ambassador Vital has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Economic Diplomat of the Year Award.
The award, determined by jury selection process, is attributed annually by the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This year's presentation ceremony took place on January 3, in Lisbon.

The jury particularly highlighted "the successful work of the ambassador with the United States Department of Commerce to reverse "antidumping fees for Portuguese companies" and "his relevant role in the successful preparation of the Month of Portugal in the United States in June 2018," which was attended by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and the Prime Minister, António Costa.

Congratulations, Mr. Ambassador!

2020 U.S. CENSUS UPDATE: Make Portuguese Count™ Update

PALCUS is pleased to announce that the following organizations have registered as PALCUS Affiliated Organizations for the Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign.

More organizations are coming onboard. 
Won't you join us?
PALCUS is calling on over 500 Portuguese-American civic, social and faith-based groups and organizations to join with us in establishing a nationwide network that will help us work together in mobilizing our community to be counted in 2020.
PALCUS will provide information, materials and support through a regional captain while the organization agrees to work with us to create a unified message and instructions for completing the 2020 Census questionnaire.
Join us and register your organization today.  It's simple and takes 5 minutes!
 Download the Guidelines for participation.
Why do we ask for registration?
1) To secure your permission for working with us and to share your link;
2) To verify your correct contact information to send campaign materials;
3) To keep you updated on all current census information.

Questions?   Contact Gracielle Camilo at or call her 202-466-4664.

View the Make Portuguese Count™ promotional video HERE.

Member Spotlight - 
"Maria's Portuguese Table" Screens in New Bedford

Lisa de Medeiros Morris (R), PALCUS Director (MA) represented PALCUS at the screening of "Maria's Portuguese Table" seen here with her sister, Elena de Medeiros (L) and Maria Lawton

Maria Lawton, author of " Azorean Cooking, From My Family Table To Yours", screened the first two episodes of her travel and cooking show, "Maria's Portuguese Table" on December 27, 2018 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum to a full house of family, friends and well-wishers. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive!

Born on the island of São Miguel, Maria immigrated to the United States at the age of six. She brings to her cooking and her show the heart of her experiences growing up with satisfying Azorean dishes and family warmth from her mother's kitchen. Episodes were filmed in Rhode Island, California and the Azores.

The 8 episode series will air on Rhode Island PBS on four consecutive Fridays (two episodes per date). Once the full schedule has aired, the series will be available nationally on select PBS outlets.  Watch for announcements.

Air Dates for Rhode Island PBS - WSBE
Fridays, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (EST)

January 4, 2019: Episodes 1 & 2
January 11, 2019: Episodes 3 & 4
January 18, 2019: Episodes 5 & 6
January 25, 2019: Episodes 7 & 8

Congratulations to Maria Lawton, PALCUS Member and 2017 PALCUS Leadership Awardee in Entrepreneurship!

Member Spotlight - Morais Vineyards 

Congratulations to Morais Vineyards for being named one of Washingtonian Magazine's Best Wedding Venues.

The Morais family has been making wine for over a hundred years. In Portugal, the heritage of wine making has been passed down from generation to generation. Joining this age old family tradition with Virginia's rich history of winemaking, the Morais family has built a legacy which has become an area landmark.

José João Morais is a PALCUS Benefactor Charter Member and a recipient of the PALCUS Leadership Award in Philanthropy. 

Professionals' Mixer in New York City!
Portuguese Circle and PALCUS are co-hosting a professionals' mixer in the city!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

114 E 32nd St., NY, NY 10016

Join us and other Portuguese professionals for networking in a convivial atmosphere.

RSVP via Facebook


Congressional Reception and Meetings on the Hill
February 27, 2019 (Tentative)
Washington, D.C. 

September 13-22, 2019
10 Days - 14 Meals
Optional 4 Night Madeira Island Post Tour Extension

  • $100 Discount for PALCUS members in good standing at time of booking (Associate and Charter Members)
  • Double: $3,899
  • Single: $4,699
  • Triple: $3,869
Contact Collette at 800-581-8942.  Refer to booking #914486

Contact Gracielle Camilo for the full brochure!
Proceeds to benefit PALCUS
T his month's feat ured business is HEART OF PORTUGAL RESTAURANT of Mineola, New York
Heart of Portugal Restaurant has earned its reputation as one of Mineola's favorite restaurants since its inception in 2000, Chefs Avelino Pinto and Agripino Ferreira signature Cozinha Traditional Portuguesa - "Traditional Portuguese cuisine" - celebrates the varied and delicious flavors of his native Portuguese homeland, while integrating them with the immense offerings of top-quality ingredients from his current home in Long Island, New York.  

Whether you are having a private dinner, a cocktail party, a family reunion, a wedding, or a corporate catering celebration, Heart of Portugal is the perfect setting for you and your guests. 
To learn more about, visit their Website or Facebook
To look for more Portuguese businesses and organizations throughout the US (or add your own), please visit the Gateway online.
2019 Scholarships in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies at Rhode Island College
The John A. and Mary V. Lima Memorial Scholarship Fund in Portuguese Studies will award THREE SCHOLARSHIPS in spring 2019 in the amount of $2,000 each to three undergraduate students who have declared a Minor or a Concentration in Portuguese at Rhode Island College .
Application deadline: FEBRUARY 22, 2019

Eligibility and online application materials:

           PAPS Launches monthly newsletter

PAPS announced the launch of their monthly newsletter!

PAPS is introducing new initiatives, such as this newsletter and the PAPS Cast, to continue to connect and strengthen the Portuguese graduates in North America. We want to take PAPS to the next level by being closer to you!
Learn more about our events, team and vision here.
The Lives They Lived
The New York Times featured an article on Sousa Mendes visa recipient Dr. Sylvain Bromberger, former Board member of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, who died earlier this year.  Bromberger was a Professor of Philosophy at MIT with a witty and warm personality.  It was his crusade to make the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes better known because his parents had lived and died without any idea of the story of their survival.  "Most people who were saved by Sousa Mendes don't know that they were saved by Sousa Mendes," he stated at our of our events.  
For the New York Times article please click here.
To learn more about the Bromberger family's exodus, please click here. 
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!

Newsletter Archive

Read past issues of the LUSUS Newsletter at!lusus-newsletter/cbac 

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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.

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