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

  • Apply for the PALCUS Internship Program 
  • 2017 Scholarship Applications Deadline is Monday, July 31st 
  • Support PALCUS Through AmazonSmile
  • PALCUS Director Diniz Borges Honored
  • PALCUS Chair Angela Simoes Receives Award for Children's Book
  • Miss Tarrytown Megan Marie Hernandez crowned Miss Luso-Americano 
  • 2017 IPMA Awards a Smashing Success
  • NYPALC Portugal Day 2017 Gala
  • FLAD Legislators' Dialogue 
  • Goodbye Reception for Ambassador Mendonça e Moura
  • Farewell Celebration for Dr. Nuno Mathias 
PALCUS Now Accepting Internship Applications!

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 Today!

The scholarship cycle will remain open until Monday, July 31, 2017. 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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Support PALCUS While You Shop on AmazonSmile!

If you shop on, now you can support PALCUS with every purchase through AmazonSmile! Just visit, select "Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States" from the list of charities, and then shop like you normally would!  Even the smallest purchases help. Thank you for your continued support!

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Diniz Borges Honored

PALCUS Board Member and Portuguese-American community leader Diniz Borges, of Tulare, CA, was recently honored by the Regional Government of the Azores. 

The declaration was proclaimed on May 24, 2017. Borges was honored with the Insígnia Autonómica de Reconhecimento. The ceremony will be taking place on Monday, June 5, 2017. 

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This past Sunday, May 21st, the Society of Portuguese-American Students (SOPAS) held their 7th Annual MVPA Awards Gala. Among the award winners was PALCUS Chair Angela Simoes, who received the Book Award for  Linda Menina / Pretty Girl

In addition, local Portuguese-American community members were honored for their contributions and students were recognized for their excellence in Portuguese classes.  The Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco, Dr. Nuno Mathias was also inducted in the SOPAS Hall of Fame. 

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 !  

Miss Luso-Americano 2017 Pageant 

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, the Miss Luso-Americano Pageant was held at the Portuguese-American Community Center of Yonkers, NY. The event was organized by the American Foundation for the Charities of Portugal. The contestants reigned from Yonkers, Farmingville, Tarrytown & Jamaica, New York. 

Megan Marie Hernandez, Miss Tarrytown, was crowned Miss Luso-Americano. She will represent the Portuguese communities of New York for the year. Hernandez will also have the opportunity to represent Miss Portugal - USA at the 2017 Miss Queen Portugal pageant in Lisbon in September. 

Pictured above is Megan Marie Hernandez, Miss Luso-Americano with former PALCUS Chair, Fernando G. Rosa. Current Vice-Chair Katherine Soares also attended. 
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2017 IPMA a Smashing Success 

The 2017 International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA) were held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, MA. Luso-Brazilian artist and Latin GRAMMY award-winner Daniela Mercury received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Olavo Bilac of Portuguese rock band Santos e Pecadores was also in attendance. The weekend's top winners included Sarah Pacheco and Melo Musik. To see a complete list of winners, click here.  The evening concluded with an after-party at The Cultural Center following the award show.
The weekend's events commenced with the Gala on Friday, April 21st at The Cultural Center in Fall River, MA. Taylor Amarante, of San Jose, CA and Sofia Ribeiro, of New York, NY entertained the crowd during the evening. 
To learn more about the show, please visit their website
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NYPALC Portugal Day 2017 Gala 

On Saturday, May 6, the New York Portuguese-American Leadership Council held their Portugal Day Gala 2017. Attendees included President Isabelle Marques as well as President Emeritus Gabriel Marques. The evening's Guest of Honor was FLAD Connect to Success Program Executive Director Kim Sawyer. The evening's keynote address was delivered by His Excellency Robert Sherman, U.S. Ambassador to Portugal (et.). Eight students from local community Portuguese schools received scholarships valued at $1,000 each. 

To learn more about NYPALC, visit their website.

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FLAD Legislators' Dialogue 

On April 21 and April 22, FLAD (Luso-American Development Foundation) held its third annual legislative dialogue, whose purpose is  to bring about, "a greater understanding and cooperation between both of our countries."

Portuguese-American members of Congress were in attendance, including Jim Costa and Devin Nunes of California; as well members of the state legislatures of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and California. Other prominent members of the Portuguese and American communities included the current President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, members of the United States Embassy in Portugal, and other dignitaries. 

The event's discussions focused on several topics, including: 
  • Bilateral relations between Portugal and the U.S.;
  • The current state of political affairs in the U.S. and Portugal;
  • Cooperation between Portuguese and American businesses; 
  • Cultural exchanges and relationship-building through programs such as those of sister cities and other initiatives; and 
  • The role of Portuguese-American communities in the above initiatives. 
As FLAD President Vasco Rato stated, "[These are] open dialogues between Portuguese political leaders from the government and the opposition and American Congressmen, state Senators and Representatives of Portuguese heritage."

The Luso-American Development Foundation recently shared this video of the dialogues. 
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Goodbye Reception for United Nations Ambassador Mendonça e Moura

Ambassador Álvaro Mendonça e Moura, a permanent representative of Portugal in the United Nations, recently concluded his tenure in New York, capping off two decades of diplomatic service abroad in representation of Portugal. 

The Portugal-U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a farewell reception in collaboration with AICEP at the Official Residence of Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, who serves as a representative of the European Union to the United Nations. Prominent members of the community attended the reception, including the Ambassador of Portugal to the U.S., Domingos Fezas Vital,  Consul General of Portugal in Newark, NJ Pedro Oliveira, PAPS President Sílvia Curado, former PALCUS Chair Fernando G. Rosa and current PALCUS Vice-Chair Katherine Soares. 

Visit this  link to view additional photos of the evening's reception, which took place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.
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Farewell Celebration for Dr. Nuno Mathias 

On Sunday, June 11th, a farewell mass and luncheon will be held to honor Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco, Dr. Nuno Mathias for his tremendous service to the community. Organizations throughout the state and community leaders will take part in the tribute. 

The luncheon will take place at the I.E.S. Portuguese Hall in Santa Clara, California, preceded by a mass at the Five Wounds Portuguese National Church. The event is open to the public, tickets may be purchased online

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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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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
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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