The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 26 Years!
LUSUS Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
September 2017 
Table of Contents

  • Are you going to the PALCUS Gala?
  • PALCUS Index Survey Now Available in Portuguese
  • Meeting U.S. Ambassador George Glass
  • PALITICUS Podcast is Live!
  • Annual DES Breakfast
  • 2017 National Scholarship Winners
  • What's New at PALCUS?
  • A Children's History of Portugal
  • NYPALC Entrepreneurship Program
  • LUSO The Movie
  • Calcada no Mundo Exhibit
  • Meet the Founder & CEO of Ginja9
  • Bucaneira - Um Arriscado Resgate
PALCUS 21st Annual Leadership Awards Gala!
Do you have your tickets for this year's Gala? What are you waiting for?! We have a spectacular line-up of awardees, an internationally renowned keynote speaker and other special guests. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Awards: 7:00 p.m.
followed by Music and Dancing

Portuguese-American Community Center
Yonkers, New York 

A dditional details are on our website
Honorary Gala Chair
H.E. João Vale de Almeida
Head of the Delegation of the European Union to 
the United Nations
Keynote Speaker
H.E. Kay Rala "Xanana" Gusmão
Minister of Planning and Strategic Investment,
First President and former Prime Minister of Timor-Leste
Master of Ceremonies
Diniz Borges
Honorary Consul of Portugal (CA),
World Languages  Dept. Chair,  Tulare Union High School
Leadership in the Arts
Ana Ventura Miranda
Founder & Director, The Arte Institute
Leadership in Scholarship
Francisco Cota Fagundes, PhD.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Leadership in Entrepreneurship
Maria Lawton
Author, "Azorean Cooking: From my family table to yours"
Leadership in Education
Alan Tenreiro
2016 National Principal 
of the Year
Leadership in 
Community Service
Rosa Leal
Founder & President, Daughters of Portugal
"Promessa" Award
Adam Costa
2017 United Kingdom Fulbright Scholar

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. The survey is available in both English & Portuguese.

You can also download and print the survey to fill out manually, scan and email back to PALCUS, or mail it back to us at PALCUS, 9255 Center Street, Suite 404, Manassas, VA 20110

Please take the survey and share with fellow Portuguese-Americans!

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
  • Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, UMass-Dartmouth
If you would like to help support the PALCUS Index, please contact us at

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

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Meeting with New Ambassador of the United States to Portugal, George E. Glass

On August 22, US Ambassador-Designate to Portugal, George Glass met with PALCUS Vice Chair Katherine Soares and Past Chair Fernando Rosa in Washington DC. PALCUS' role in US-Portugal relations as well as within the Portuguese-American communities were on the day's agenda.  He traveled to Portugal shortly thereafter to present his credentials to the Portuguese government and was officially confirmed as Ambassador. 

PALCUS congratulates Ambassador Glass and wishes him well in his duties!

Click here to view the Ambassador's message from Portugal

Click here to view the presentation of credentials to President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa
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PALITICUS Podcast is Live!

PALCUS launched the PAL ITICUS podcast to drive conversation about politics and public service from the Portuguese-American perspective.  Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud or iTunes.  Please share with family, friends and colleagues, and send feedback on who we should interview, what questions to ask or what topics to discuss.

Listen to the first three episodes here:

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(L-R) Marie Fraley (RI), Fernando Rosa (CT), Katherine Soares (NY), Secretary Carneiro, Deputy Head of Mission Frederico Nascimento, Odete Amarelo (MA)
Annual Breakfast for the Visiting Delegation to
Grandes Festas do Divino Espírito Santo, 
Fall River, MA

PALCUS hosted the 9 th Annual Breakfast in honor of the visiting delegation to the Grandes Festas do Divino Espírito Santo da Nova Inglaterra in Fall River, Ma. on Sunday, August 27 th. The guest of honor was José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State of the Portuguese Communities Abroad. Secretary Carneiro addressed over 70 attendees emphasizing the global importance of the Portuguese language and the values shared between Portugal and the United States. The Secretary was accompanied by Rui Jorge da Silva Leite de Bettencourt, Azorean Regional Assistant Secretary of the Presidency for External Relations.

Announcing: 2017 PALCUS National Scholarship Recipients

Five Portuguese-American students have been selected from a highly competitive field of applicants to receive the 2017 scholarship awards. Winners are selected using a blind merit-based process: academic (40%), essay (20%), recommendations (20%), community service (20%).

The 2017 winners are:

Graduate Division
Catarina Marques, Vanderbilt University - Sponsored by the Luso-American Fraternal Association of New Jersey
Robin Curry, Seattle University

Undergraduate Division
Gabriel Thelonius Marques Borg, University of Texas at Austin
Celina Caetano, University of Connecticut
Gina Raquel Silva, Colorado State University

Parabéns!     Read more here....

What's New at PALCUS?

Welcome Graci!  Gracielle Camilo, Executive Assistant

Graci joined PALCUS in late July, 2017 and has hit the ground running.  A graduate of Santa Catarina State University, Brazil (UDESC), she is fluent in English and Portuguese. Her skills have already been invaluable updating our website and databases, curating social media and translating the PALCUS Index National Survey into Portuguese.

Graci is standing by to assist you Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at or 202-466-4664. 

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!

A Children's History of Portugal
This colorful book, the first history of Portugal for very young readers published in English, narrates the exciting history of one of the oldest nations in Europe from the time of the ancient Lusitanians to the contemporary moment. It arrived at the Center on Wednesday, fresh from the printing press at Reynolds DeWalt. Written for elementary and middle school students, this history has been placed on the Plano Nacional de Leitura, a national education initiative sponsored by Portugal's Ministry of Education. 
Now in its fourth edition, A Children's History of Portugal was written by prize-winning author Sérgio Luís de Carvalho, director of the Museu do Pão [Bread Museum] in the Serra da Estrela and author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction. It was translated into English by Inês Lima, a PhD candidate in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory at UMass Dartmouth. 
This book represents a substantial financial investment by the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture; we are now looking forward to disseminating it in the United States and beyond with all interested organizations and individuals.

For more information or to purchase a book, please contact Lisa Tavares at 508-999-8255 or email:  
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NYPALC Entrepreneurship Program  

The  NYPALC Entrepreneurship  is the  New York Portuguese 's catalyst to invaluable resources in the form of networking, mentorship, entrepreneur forums and contacts for financial support to bring a great business idea to life.
NYPALC Entrepreneurship  Forum is being organized for the fall. Make sure you "LIKE"  NYPALC Entrepreneurship  to stay tuned for upcoming announcements.
NYPALC always keeping in mind the professional growth and success of our New York Portuguese entrepre neurs.    @NYPALCentrepreneurship
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LUSO The Movie

The LUSO movie is currently in development and it will be a patriotic and inspiring cliffhanger film that is based on the true story of George Washington's secret weapon named Peter Francisco.  "Without him, we would have lost two crucial battle, perhaps the war, and with it our freedom."  George Washington stated.  "He truly was a One-Man Army."

Travis brought Peter Francisco to life for the first time in 2008, and he has now performed over 100 times to tens of thousands of people around the world including numerous US and Portuguese dignitaries.  In 2009, he released a novel called  Hercules of the Revolution, and in 2011 he produced  The Peter Francisco Story which has been seen by millions on several television networks across the US.

After working with the US & Portuguese governments in 2015 to dedicate a new statue for Peter Francisco in the Azores, Travis re-released his novel with a new title called  LUSO.

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Interview with Alexander Dias - Founder & CEO of Ginja9

Where were you born?
I was born in Fall River, MA. I moved to Lisbon when I was 5 years old.
How did you become interested in ginjinha and what gave you the idea of starting a company?
Ginja was always my to go spirit when I was living in Portugal. Although the real idea of importing our Portuguese delicacy came to me when I was working at JP Morgan.   With the surge of Tourism in Portugal in the past years, a few of my customers were visiting Portugal and coming back asking where they could find ginja to buy in the U.S. After looking for the best Ginja in the market, Ginja de Óbidos, I realized there was none available in the market.   After more and more inquiries about ginja from my customers, I saw that there was a real demand for it. So I went to Portugal and partner with Licobidos (probably the best producer of ginja in Portugal) and r elabel their brand to the U.S. Market  and that's how Ginja9 was created ...
Did you always want to be an entrepreneur?
Inspired and fascinated by my grandparents business, since I was in my teens I always had the desire to become a business owner, it did happen, but at age 40.... Hehehehe!
What has been the most exciting part of this adventure?
The most exciting event till now was the day I held the first bottle of  Ginja9. It was the fruition of 3 years of hard work. It was a very special and emotional moment, only superseded by the birth of my son!
What's been challenging, and how have you overcome those challenges?
Honestly everything in this Industry is super challenging. From getting the importer, distributor and label licenses, to where you can store your product, taxation and finally to be able to put product in a shelf. Daily there are a lot of road blocks, and a lot of doors closing on you. Like in any other business you need to be persistent, never take "no" for an answer and move step by step. Create d aily goals, monthly goals and make sure you check them all. At the end of the day all your hard work will payoff. The outcome is an amazing feeling of joy and a job well done! 
Any words of advice for anyone thinking about starting their own business?
I'm probably not the best person to advise new entrepreneurs or new business owners, since I'm in an early stage of my business, but what I can say is you need to be passionate about what you are about to start, do your research on that Industry, your potential customers, find your niche and connect with the right people. Then be ready to work hard, very hard, long days, long weeks. You will have days of feeling very lonely and that the world is against you, but the reward... is amazing- there's nothing like it!!!

Ginja9 is a sponsor of the PALCUS 21st Annual Leadership Awards Gala.

To learn more about Ginja9, visit

Bucaneira - Um Arriscado Resgate
Do y ou like pirate stories?  The book Bucaneira innovates by highlighting an incredible woman who, with her courage and wits, wins the respect of fearsome pirates and the admiration of a captain as they sail in search of a treasure.  

This work is written by the Brazilian author Silvio Melo and is being distributed in Portugal and Brazil initially, within a program that includes all Portuguese-speaking countries.


Help strengthen PALCUS as we continue working for the community!

Please consider including PALCUS in your giving plans in 2017. 

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 2016 or 2017 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
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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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