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

  • A Chat with Peter Cunha
  • The 2017 Scholarship Deadline is fast-approaching!
  • Support PALCUS Through AmazonSmile
  • PALCUS-CPAC Networking Mixer 
  • Day of Portugal 2017 Celebrations 
  • Farewell Celebration for Dr. Nuno Mathias 
  • A Toast to America at Kean University
  • CPAC Summit
A Chat with Peter Cunha 

We recently spoke with Peter Cunha, an alumni of our internship program, who currently works as a lawyer in Miami, Florida. Peter interned with the  Funda ção Luso-Americano para o Desenvolvimento or the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) in Lisbon. He developed an interest in international affairs and business, which has been an asset to his career. Peter shared the importance of understanding the cultural nuances that come along with doing business with those across international borders. He underlined the importance of Portuguese-American students studying or interning abroad. 

PALCUS has assisted in placing over 140 students in key internship positions in both the public and private sectors. We are currently accepting applications for 2017. PALCUS will work to match you with a situation that suits your interests and career goals. Download the application for online and send to to apply. 

Current available internship positions include:

  1. Councilman Augusto Amador, City of Newark, NJ (Government Relations)
  2. Luso American Financial, Dublin, CA (Insurance, Financial, Regulation)
  3. Red Roof Industries, Fremont, CA (Virtual Internship - PR)
  4. Cynthia Marques Russo, Law Office (Immigration, Family, Real Estate Law)
  5. Robinson & Geraldo Law Office, Washington, D.C. (Multi-Practice Law)
    Law Office of  Anabela Dacruz-Melo, North New Jersey (Fa mily Law, Real Estate and Municipal Law)
Learn more about our internship program by visiting our website .
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Student s - Apply for a  2017 PALCUS N ational Scholarship!

There is still time to apply for the 2017 National Scholarship! Applications will be accepted until Monday, July 31st.  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. Visit our website for eligibility requirements and to download the application.
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Ways to Give 

There are more ways than ever to donate to PALCUS!

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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 !  
CPAC Summit

The California Portuguese-American Coalition took place on June 6th and 7th at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Portuguese and American community leaders joined together to discuss issues pertinent to the Portuguese-American community of California. Guests included Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco, Nuno Mathias, PALCUS Chair Angela  Simões, representatives from FLAD and other state leaders. The Summit encourages Portuguese-Americans to take a more active role in civic engagement. 

Photo via The Portuguese Tribune

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Day of Portugal Celebrations 

The Day of Portugal was proudly celebrated all across the United States. Please visit our
newsletter to learn more about the many celebrations that took place across the country. 

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A Toast to America! 

Did you know that our Founding Fathers celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence with Madeira wine? Bottles of Madeira wine dating back to the 19th Century were discovered at the Liberty Hall Museum, which is part of Kean University in New Jersey. To  celebrate the strong ties between the United States and Portugal, A Toast to America is celebrated across the Portuguese-American communities of the United States. The Consul-General of Portugal in Newark celebrated their Toast this past Friday, June 23rd. The celebration included performances by the trio of Paulo Esteireiro, Mário André and Nuno Nicolau, of the  braguinha  and other Madeiran instruments.
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Farewell Celebration for Dr. Nuno Mathias 
On Sunday, June 11th, a farewell mass and luncheon was held to honor Consul Gen eral of Portugal in San Francisco, Dr. Nuno Mathias for his four years of  service to the Portuguese-American community of California. Organizations throughout the sta te and community  leaders paid tribute to his service and dedication.  For more information, please visit this link .

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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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 2015 or 2016 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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