The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 25 Years!
LUSUS Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
July 2017
Table of Contents

  • PALCUS Index Survey Now Available 
  • FAME Awards 
  • 2017 National Scholarship 
  • PALCUS-CPAC Networking Mixer 
  • FYI Webinar: Foreign Bank Account Reporting
  • Manuel Eduardo Vieira Honored 
  • Keys to Success 

The PALCUS Index Survey was released on July 25th. The first-of-its-kind bi-annual survey seeks to collect data on matters important to the Portuguese-American community and how connected people feel to Portugal. The survey will be available online until DATE. The data will be analyzed and shared with the public, taking note of trends. 

Thank you to our supporters, including:

Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College
Portuguese Fraternal Society of America (PFSA)
Anderson University

If you would like to help support the PALCUS Index, please contact us at 

Please visit to take the survey and share with fellow Portuguese-Americans. 

Learn more about the survey in the PALCUS Index newsletter or on our website

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FAME Awards 

PALCUS Board Member Manny Geraldo was recently honored at the FAME 13th Anniversary & Awards Celebration. 

FAME (Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education) seeks to create a positive im p acts on the live s of youth using music and other experiences.  Geraldo was awarded with the Community & Nonprofit Champ ion Award on Thursday, July 27th at a ce ceremony at the Newton White Mansion. To learn more about the organization, visit their  website .

Congratulations, Manny!
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2017 PALCUS N ational Scholarship

The deadline for our 2017 National Scholarship application was Monday, July 31st. The merit-based scholarships, awarded to Portuguese-American undergraduate and graduate students are awarded based on: academic achievement, recommendations, essay and community involvement. 

The students will be recognized at our Leadership Awards Gala on September 23rd in Yonkers, NY. Visit our  website   to learn more. Additional information regarding the Leadership Awards Gala is listed below. 
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FYI Webinar Series - Foreign Bank Account Reporting

Our latest FYI Webinar video is now available online. The most recent Webinar was regarding Foreign Bank Account Reporting. The Webinar was hosted by G. Michelle Ferreira, a San Francisco-based tax specialist. Visit the link below to watch the Webinar. If you have an idea for a Webinar topic, send us an e-mail.

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Ways to Give 

There are more ways than ever to donate to PALCUS!
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Save the date! 
We invite you to join us on Saturday, September 23rd for our 21st Annual Leadership Awards Gala. This year's Gala will be taking place at the Portuguese-American Community Center of Yonkers, New York. We are honored to announce that our Honorary Chair will be João Vale de Almeida, the Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations. Tickets may be purchased for $175 per person or $1600 per table. We request that you provide your RSVP by Friday, September 8th. Additional details to be announced on our website
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We are excited to collaborate with CPAC (California Portuguese-American Coalition) for a networking mixer on Thursday, August 31st in Sacramento. The funds raised during the mixer will be contributed toward our scholarship fund. For more information or if you'd like to attend, please visit this link. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Help strengthen PALCUS as we continue working for the community!

Please consider including PALCUS in your giving plans in 2017. Also consider using your United Way donation to benefit your favorite national organization. Each tax- deductible donation will be much appreciated and will be acknowledged.

Muito obrigado!   Click here to donate today !  
Manuel Eduardo Vieira
Photo via Nelson Ponta-Garca.
Manuel Eduardo Vieira was honored with a statue in his home of Silveira, Lajes do Pico, Azores. The ceremony took place on June 30th. 

Vieira immigrated to California by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vieira is the owner of AV Thomas Produce. AV Thomas Produce was founded by Antonio Vieira Tomas, in 1920 in Livingston, California. Tomas began growing sweet potatoes in 1960, when he discovered how favorable the conditions were. His nephew, Manuel Eduardo Vieira, took over the business after learning the trade, and continues to be an influent Portuguese-American businessman. AV Thomas Produce continues to be an industry leader, being one of the largest sweet potato-growers in the country. 

Read about the ceremony in The Portuguese Tribune.  
Keys to Success 

Portuguese-American Life Coach Maria Salom ão-Schmidt was recently featured in an issue of Success Magazine, discussing the keys to a successful morning. 

She also released her  book, Finally Full of Yourself: Unlocking Your Spiritual DNA , which may be purchased on Amazon

To learn more about Maria, visit her website

Paid advertisement. Does not imply an endorsement or recommendation by PALCUS.

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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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 501(c)3 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 incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.

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