The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 28 Years!
June 2019
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
In this issue......
  • PALCUS launches second edition of the PALCUS INDEX NATIONAL SURVEY
  • Union County Holds First Portuguese Flag Raising Ceremony in County History 
  • PALCUS at Taste of Business Portugal
  • PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE
  • PALCUS Director Paul do Forno(OH) named one of the Top 100 Ecommerce Influencers in the World
  • PALCUS Director Manuel Geraldo Sr.(MD) is the new President-Elect of the PGCBA
  • Applications for PALCUS Scholarships now open!
  • PALCUS Member Spotlight: Onésimo Teotónio Almeida
  • PALCUS Member Spotlight: Morais Vineyards
  • PALCUS Member Spotlight: Belinha S. De Abreu
  • PALCUS Member Spotlight: Andrew Figueiredo
PALCUS Upcoming Events
  • Save the Date! Annual Leadership Awards Gala in Sacramento, CA
Gateway Featured Business
  • Metro Paving Corporation
Community News:
  • How Two California Chefs Created TAP Air Portugal's Authentic In-Flight Menu
  • Festival da Cultura Portuguesa 2019
PALCUS launches second edition of the PALCUS INDEX NATIONAL SURVEY

You are invited to participate in our survey, PALCUS INDEX - NATIONAL  SURVEY.
This survey is conducted by the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS), so that we can gain a better understanding of our Portuguese American communities. In this survey, people who reside in the United States and are Portuguese or of Portuguese descent are asked to complete a 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. 
It is very important for us to learn your opinions. Your survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate.

Make thanks to   Dulce Maria Scott, Ph.D., 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).

Union County Holds First Portuguese Flag Raising Ceremony in County History
PALCUS was proud to co-sponsor the first ever Portuguese Flag Raising Ceremony at the County of Union in New Jersey, on May 30th. 
PALCUS was represented by Vice-Chair, Katherine Soares and Secretary Anabela DaCruz-Melo. Consul General Dr. Pedro Monteiro of the Consulado Geral de Portugal in Newark was also present. 
We are grateful to Freeholder Sergio Granados and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders for the opportunity to be a part of this historic occasion honoring the accomplishments of the nearly 18,000 Portuguese Americans residing in Union County. 

'Freeholder' Sérgio Granados, Katherine Soares (PALCUS Vice-Chair), Anabela da Cruz-Melo (PALCUS Secretary) and Consul General Pedro Monteiro.

PALCUS Attends "Taste of Business", Baltimore, MD
Laurinda Clemente, Palcus Director (VA), Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital of Portugal in Washington, DC and Antonio Moreira Ph.D., Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, UMBC

On Tuesday April 23rd, PALCUS represented by Laurinda Clemente, Director (VA) was pleased to  attend the Taste of Business - Portugal in Baltimore, MD 

The Taste of Business event featuring Portugal provided attendees with insight into best business practices, emerging industry sectors, and opportunities in Portugal as well as actionable insights and sampling Portuguese cuisine. 

PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE

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

With over 123 registered Affiliated Organizations and 42 Captains committed nationwide, the word is out that Portuguese can and will be counted in the 2020 Census. The message is being shared throughout the Portuguese communities at numerous events such as Viva Portugal!, Festas do Divino Espírito Santo, Dia de Portugal parades, festivals 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  @MakePortugueseCount

PALCUS Director Paul do Forno (OH) named one of the Top 100 Ecommerce Influencers in the World

PROGOS Tech compiled a list of the Top 100 Ecommerce Influencers in the world and our Director Paul do Forno was included. Paul is Managing Director of Commerce & Content at DeloitteDIGI. He has more than twenty years of experience in strategy, Consulting and technology.

Congratulations, Paul!

See the complete list here
PALCUS Director Manuel Geraldo, Sr. (MD) is the President-Elect of the 
Prince George's County Bar Association

The Prince George's County Circuit Court Sitting Judges Jared McCarthy, ShaRon Kelsey, Cathy Serrette and Wytonja Curry congratulate and welcome incoming president Manuel Geraldo.

Congratulations, Manny!
PALCUS National Scholarship Applications  NOW OPEN!

PALCUS is pleased to announce that the 2019 application cycle for the PALCUS National Scholarships is now open.

The program was established by the Rosa Family in 2012 and is maintained by donations by Marc F. Rosa with matching funds from Merrill Lynch and other donors.  This year the Alexandre António DaCosta Simões Memorial Scholarship  will be added and will be designated for a student who is studying Portuguese language and/or culture.
For more details, please contact PALCUS.

To be eligible, students must be a current college undergraduate (at least freshman) or graduate student in an approved program of study. 
For more about eligibility and procedures, please visit: 
PALCUS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT : Onésimo Teotónio Almeida vence Prémio Mariano Gago 2019

Prémio é motivado pela obra "O Século dos Prodígios", que lembra o carácter pioneiro da ciência portuguesa da época dos Descobrimentos.

O livro "O Século dos Prodígios", de Onésimo Teotónio Almeida foi distinguido com o Prémio Mariano Gago, promovido pela Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (SPA).
Em comunicado, a Quetzal, que edita a obra, sublinha que, "num momento em que se discute a importância e a natureza dos Descobrimentos, Onésimo Teotónio Almeida lembra o carácter pioneiro da ciência portuguesa desse período".
Ainda segundo a editora, na obra agora distinguida dá-se "especial atenção aos séculos XV e XVI, afastando-se tanto da perspetiva nacionalista (na qual incorrem com frequência os historiadores portugueses), como da indiferença que geralmente marca a historiografia anglo-saxónica - ao ignorar o papel que Portugal teve na história da ciência e do conhecimento".
O Prémio Mariano Gago visa distinguir o autor português com o melhor livro de divulgação científica publicado no ano anterior. Este é o terceiro prémio que o livro arrecada desde a sua publicação, depois de já ter sido galardoado com o Prémio Fundação Gulbenkian/História da Presença de Portugal no Mundo, atribuído pela Academia Portuguesa de História, e com o Prémio D. Diniz, da Casa de Mateus.
Onésimo Teotónio de Almeida é um açoriano de São Miguel, nascido em 1946. Reside desde 1972 nos Estados Unidos. Doutorou-se em Filosofia na Universidade de Brown, onde é catedrático no Departamento de Estudos Portugueses e Brasileiros, lecionando também no Wayland Collegium for Liberal Learning e no Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Program da mesma universidade.
PALCUS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Congratulations Morais Vinery for winning the Package Design of the Year for the 2017 Moscatel at the INDY International Wine Competition. They also won a Gold Medal for the 2017 Merlot, two Silver Medals for the 2017 Touriga and 2017 Moscatel and a Bronze Medal for the 2017 Select Red.

Wines from around the U.S. earn top honors at INDY International

Nearly 1,800 wines were entered in the 28th annual competition, which took place in late-May on the Purdue University campus. This year's competition featured 361 winemakers from 13 countries and 36 U.S. states.
Wines, ciders and meads were evaluated by 46 judges who are winemakers and chefs, marketing executives and wholesalers, writers and journalists, and enologists and winegrowers.
The INDY International Wine Competition has been organized by the Purdue Wine Grape Team since 1992. It is the largest independently organized wine competition in the country, drawing both commercial and amateur entries. In the 2019 competition, 75 wines were named Best in Class and 1,620 medals were awarded.

To learn more about Morais Vineyards award winning wines visit

PALCUS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT : Book Release: Teaching Media Literacy by Belinha S. De Abreu

Though media literacy and information literacy are intertwined, there are important differences; and there has never been a more urgent need for an incisive examination of the crucial role librarians and other educators can play in teaching the skills necessary to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages emanating from television, movies, radio, the internet, news outlets, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media. In the new second edition of "Teaching Media Literacy," published by ALA Neal-Schuman, international expert Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D. melds advice from a diverse array of practitioners and subject experts with her own research findings to examine how consuming media and technology impacts the learning of K-12 students. This text tackles such paramount issues as: fake news/alternative facts; critical thinking; digital literacy and digital citizenship; social inclusion and equity; global interconnectivity; and social justice and advocacy.
Founder of the International Media Literacy Research Symposium, de Abreu served as an expert to the Forum on Media and Information Literacy for UNESCO's Communication and Information Section. Her work has been featured in the Journal of Media Literacy, Cable in the Classroom, Civic Media Project, and various other publications, including the books "Mobile Learning through Digital Media Literacy," "The International Handbook of Media Literacy Education," and "Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age." She serves as the vice president of the National Telemedia Council and is on the Leadership Council of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. Follow her work @belmedia.

PALCUS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT : Andrew Figueiredo graduates from McGill University

Congratulations to our PALCUS Young Portuguese-American Member!

Andrew Figueiredo graduated from McGill University with First Class Honors in International Development Studies (major) as well as a minor in History. He was  also recognized as a member of the Dean's Honor List.
This fall, he will begin his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Congratulations, Andrew!!

Save the Date! 

PALCUS Annual Leadership Awards Gala
October 12, 2019,  Sacramento, California

Metro Paving Corporation of Hyattsville, Maryland 
Founded in 1994, Metro Paving Corporation has grown from a word of mouth sub-contracting company to a presently thriving business with a reputation for performing quality work in heavy highway and building projects across Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. Metro Paving's work can be seen in various projects all around the metro area from sidewalks to landmarks, all serving as testament of the company's high standard of construction. Metro Paving Corporation is dedicated to continuing to preserve its reputation and service to the area for many years to come.  
To learn more about Metro Paving Corporation , visit their  Website .
To look for more Portuguese businesses and organizations throughout the US (or add your own), please visit the Gateway  online.

How Two California Chefs Created TAP Air Portugal's Authentic In-Flight Menu

How to serve quality Portuguese food up in the air? You tap the chefs behind a Michelin-starred restaurant

When TAP Air Portugal launches its new route from San Francisco to Lisbon in June, it won't just be an opportunity for Californians to travel directly to Portugal, it'll highlight Portuguese culture in California itself. The newest contributors to TAP's "Taste the Stars" program, serving Portuguese dishes from top chefs on the airline's business class menu, are Bay Area residents David Costa and Jessica Carreira. The two are chef-owners of Adega in San Jose, the only Michelin-starred Portuguese restaurant on the West Coast.
Sunday, July 7th from 8am-10pm.
Buy your tickets online at or at the following Portuguese clubs: Perth Amboy, Long Branch, South River, PISC, Kearny, SCP Newark
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:
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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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