The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
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LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
July 2018 
Table of Contents

  • PALCUS represented during Month of Portugal
  • PALCUS Scholarship Deadline: July 31, 2018
  • Save The Date: 22nd PALCUS Leadership Awards Gala
  • Cronica de Diniz Borges in The Portuguese Times
  • PALCUS Gateway Featured Business: In ternational Trade Bridge
  • PALCUS Member in the News
  • Nersant Business 2018
  • NYPALC looking for a Portuguese grandmother for documentary
  • How to Explore Census data


PALCUS Represented During Month of Portugal
PALCUS is well-represented at the 2018 Portugal-U.S. Chamber of Commerce Gala at the Harvard Club of New York City, June 18, 2018. (L to R) PALCUS Director and Past Chair Fernando G. Rosa, Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital, Prime Minister António Costa, PALCUS Vice-Chair Katherine Soares.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, visited the Virginia Portuguese Community Center, Manassas, VA 
on June 26, 2018 accompanied by Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Dominogo Fezas Vital. Gracielle Camilo represented PALCUS at the event.
Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa and PALCUS Chair Angela Costa Simões during Day of Portugal event in California
Fernando G. Rosa, Fmr. PALCUS Chair meets President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Washington, D.C. 

PALCUS  National Scholarship Program Now Accepting  Applications  

PALCUS is pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 scholarship application cycle. Five scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to Portuguese-American undergraduate and graduate college students. The merit-based scholarships are selected on the basis of academic achievement, recommendations, essay and community involvement. 

We are now accepting applications for PALCUS Scholarships

Criteria for application:

  • Be a PALCUS member.  (Young Portuguese American $25 annual) Join here
  • Attest to personal Portuguese ancestry of an aggregate of least 25%, i.e. total Portuguese ancestry of the applicant
  • Be a full-time student attending a baccalaureate or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States and have completed at least one full semester.
  • Have attained a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of a minimum of 3.0  Official transcript required at time of application.
  • Be  a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal U.S. resident (proof of I551 card with no restrictions required)
  • Submit application, transcript and all supporting materials no later than July 31, 2018 

The $1,000 scholarship awards will be presented at the Annual Leadership Awards Gala planned for October 6, 2018 in the Washington, D.C. 


Since 2012, PALCUS has awarded sc holarships to 22 Portuguese-American graduate and undergraduate college students. The process is competitive with winners representing institutions of higher education across the country in fields ranging from law to clinical services to education to finance and marketing to music.   Read more
The PALCUS National Scholarship Fund is made possible through the generosity of the  Rosa Family and the Graciette M. Simão Rosa Scholarship Fund with matching funds from  Merrill-Lynch, as well as donations from the community such as the  Luso-American Fraternal Association of New Jersey which sponsors a scholarship for a Portuguese-American student from New Jersey.

Please consider creating or sponsoring a PALCUS scholarship in honor of or in memory of someone in order to enable us to provide additional support in the future. Your donation may be eligible for matching funds from your employer.  Please consult your Human Resource Office for more information about matching funds.
If you would like to make a donation to the PALCUS Scholarship Fund, please click here.


Questions may be directed to Gracielle Camilo at or 202-466-4664.

Save The Date!

22nd Annual Leadership Awards Gala
October 6, 2018

Washington Marriott at Metro Center
Washington, D.C.

 The 2018 PALCUS Leadership Awardees will be announced soon!

Join us for an autumn Columbus Day weekend in beautiful Washington, D.C.

Sponsorships Available: Contact Graci at

Cronica de Diniz Borges in 
The Portuguese  Times

Há mais de quatro décadas o Presidente Lyndon Johnson disse: este país tem florescido porque tem sido constantemente alimentado por várias fontes - porque foi nutrido por variadíssimas culturas, tradições e povos.  Nós, portugueses e luso-americanos, também contribuímos para esse florescimento, também nutrimos o mundo americano com a nossa cultura e as nossas tradições e chegou o momento, quer a nível estadual, quer a nível nacional, para levarmos a comunidade, aos centros do poder, quer do mais colossal estado da união, quer na capital americana.  O nosso legado como povo de origem portuguesa na América merece que o nosso movimento associativo, e os nossos líderes comunitários, deem esse passo.  As oportunidades, quer a nível estadual, quer a nível nacional estão criadas com estes dois eventos.  É bom que não as desperdiçaremos!  É chique dizer-se na nossa comunidade que estamos aqui sobre os ombros daqueles que fabricaram o nosso movimento associativo, as nossas escolas, os nossos cursos de língua portuguesa no mundo americano, a nossa comunicação social.  Ouço-o repetidamente e é bom ouvi-lo!  Chegou o momento de passarmos das palavras às ações.  As estruturas estão criadas! A 13 e 14 de junho em Sacramento e a 23 do mesmo mês em Washington DC, a comunidade tem o seu momento.  Se os nossos líderes e ativistas comunitários quiserem, será mesmo o despontar da comunidade que todos aspiramos e para a qual andamos a trabalhar há muitos anos.  

Read the full article here 
PALCUS Gateway Featured Business - 
International Trade Bridge    

T his month's feat ured business is ITB Inc of Dayton, Ohio .
ITB, Inc., a minority-owned small disadvantaged graduated 8(a) , was founded in 1991 by Mr. Carlos M. Caldas.
Headquartered in Dayton Ohio, ITB provides Innovative Engineering, Management, Science and Technology solutions for government and industry.
ITB provides highly accurate, responsive, quality products and services in an efficient and effective manner.
ITB has a highly skilled staff of professional personnel with experience in both government and commercial sectors.
To learn more about ITB Inc., 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.


PALCUS Member in the news

Paul do Forno | "Os jovens terão de aprender a repartir a sua força de trabalho"

Our member Paul do Forno Was interviewed for Mundo Portugues.

Read the interview here


"Reserve your place for one of the largest business meetings held in Portugal"
  • Dates: 15 to 17 october
  • Place: Tomar (Portugal)
  • Objective: Allows to the participating foreign companies the opportunity to have previously scheduled meetings with Portuguese companies. The B2B meetings will occur in room and in the company premises, aiming to identify international collaboration opportunities and begin to establish commercial relations
  • Open pre-registration

The registrations received will be analyzed later, being subject to prior validation due to the limited number of participations.

More information about the VII Edition of the Event and about previous editions at:

 NYPALC Looking for a Portuguese Grandmother with a story to tell  
Do you know of a Portuguese grandmother, a  matriarch of the family, to be featured in a documentary?

A documentary project is looking to profile Portugal by finding a grandmother from Portugal who emigrated here to the United States.

Through the eyes of a matriarch and her family, this documentary not only provides viewers with an in-depth look into a grandmother's 
country of origin, but the experiences of America's immigrant population in general- why they left their country, how they made it here, and what they brought to America which has helped shape its greatness. These details are provided through a variety of topics, including personal stories and timelines, native recipes, interviews, and personal recommendations by not only the grandmothers and families themselves. 

This documentary is thorough, yet easily digestible, beautiful and professionally presented and most importantly, leaves viewers feeling appreciative of how immigrants helped shape America as well as how and why we are better because of them.

Please help NYPALC find a grandmother in our community who could be the representation of Portugal in this documentary. She doesn't need to speak English as translation will be made. The production crew will go to the home of the chosen grandmother and her family (or a location of her choosing).

Great opportunity to have your family history become part of a documentary. Email along with a bio if you know of any Portuguese grandmother who would be a wonderful fit for this documentary. 

How to Explore Census Data

The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. We can help you find accurate data on almost any topic on

Use this guide to get started with Census data:
American FactFinder provides statistics from the Economic Census, the American Community Survey, and the 2010 Census, and more.
QuickFacts provides frequently requested Census Bureau information at the national, state, county, and city level.
Infographics and Data Visualizations bring Census data to life with interactive tools.
Census Business Builder offers small business owners Census Bureau data and other statistics to guide their research for starting or expanding a business.
Economic Indicators are updated monthly and quarterly by the Census Bureau.
Interactive Maps and Map Data are available. Find geographic data, TIGER/Line shapefiles, KMLs, TIGERweb, cartographic boundry files, and more.
U.S. and World Population Clock simulates real-time growth of the U.S. and world populations.
Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
We are stronger together!

I f you agree with the work undertaken at the Inaugural Portuguese-American National Conference to build the social 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! 

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.

Muito obrigado!   Click here to donate today !  
More Ways to Give 

There are more ways than ever to donate to PALCUS!

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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 2017 or 2018 dues     page break

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.

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