The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 28 Years!
March 2019
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
In this issue......
  • Welcome to the Board of Directors: Gloria Sousa (Florida)
  • PALCUS Vice-Chair Katherine Soares Selected for Timor-Leste Delegation
  • Portuguese Professional Mixer in New Jersey Features MPC 

  • Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign Updates 
  • Thank You: Alexandre Simões Memorial Scholarship  Fund
  • Applications for PALCUS Scholarship now open!
  • PALITCUS Podcast: MA Senator Marc Pacheco
PALCUS Upcoming Events
  • Visit Sunny Portugal: DEADLINE MARCH 14, 2019
Gateway Featured Business
  •  Amaral's Fish and Chips
Community News:
  • Portuguese immigrant Week in California 
  • The Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute Lecture Series: Portuguese- Americans in Valley Agriculture
  • The Arte Institute presents the movie "Soldado Milhões" 
  • Prémio Imprensa Nacional / Ferreira de Castro
  • 33nd Portuguese Language Summer Course
PALCUS Welcomes Gloria Sousa to the Board of Directors

PALCUS is pleased to announce that Gloria Sousa (FL) has been elected to the Board of Directors. She is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty and CEO of KeySolutions Medical Billing, LLC in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
A proud and active Portuguese American living and working on Florida's "Treasure Coast", Gloria is a correspondent for LusoAmericano, immediate past president of the Portuguese-American Cultural Club of Port St. Lucie and a team leader for Team Treasured Chests Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. She is an Executive Producer with Black Triad Entertainment working on a production called "Lawless" that will bring Portuguese talent into the series. She is also a Captain for the PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census Campaign working with organizations along the Treasure Coast.

With a Portuguese population of almost 70,000, Florida will be well represented by Gloria's energy and vision. We look forward to working with her as she engages with Florida's PALCUS members and the community at large.

PALCUS Vice-Chair Katherine Soares Selected by ACYPL for Timor-Leste Delegation in April

Vice-Chair Katherine Soares has been selected by the ACYPL (American Council of Young Political Leaders) to represent PALCUS in its delegation to visit Timor-Leste (East Timor) in April. Currently a Public Information Officer for the County of Union in New Jersey, Katherine has been a Marketing and Public Relations professional for nearly a decade. Her career achievements include having directed marketing efforts in the private sector with global 360 degree placement in Europe and Asia. 

As PALCUS Vice-Chair, Katherine has overseen marketing and social media strategy as well as press outreach and coverage for PALCUS events and announcements. 
"I am honored to have been selected by ACYPL and look forward to learning about the culture and government of Timor-Leste. I'm particularly interested in learning what resources and organizations are available to help be the audible voice of the Timor-Leste people within government." 

This honor is not only in recognition of Katherine's leadership role at PALCUS but also of PALCUS' part in supporting the struggles of Timor-Leste throughout the years.   PALCUS hosted Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. José Ramos Horta for a Lusitanian Forum in 1997 in support of  his efforts to gain the attention of the Clinton administration which ultimately forced UN action to end the atrocities taking place in Timor-Leste at the hands of Indonesia.   Fmr. President and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão was named an Honorary PALCUS Member in 2017 at its Annual Leadership Awards Gala in Yonkers, NY where he served as Keynote Speaker. PALCUS was honored to be present at the signing of the Maritime Boundary Treaty between Australia and Timor-Leste at the United Nations on March 6, 2018.  We are proud that Katherine has been selected to learn more about Timor-Leste as part of this select delegation and to participate in maintaining this historic relationship with Timor-Leste.

About ACYPL Delegations: 
ACYPL programs are designed for bipartisan groups of 7 emerging leaders under the age of 40 to experience another country's political environment for 8-14 days. Participants visit the capital and 1-2 other cities to meet with government officials, political parties, elected leaders, policy experts, and members of the business community. 

Every year, with support from the United States Department of State, international partner organizations, and a wide range of corporations, foundations, and individ
uals, ACYPL conducts a variety of exchanges for rising political leaders from across the United States and around the world. ACYPL has a network of over 8,500 alumni in 128 countries and territories, and many of these individuals have risen to positions of national and international prominence, including: 1 sitting Prime Minister, 1 Cabinet Secretary, 5 Governors, 8 U.S. Senators, and 30 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Portuguese Professional Mixer in New Jersey featured
Make Portuguese Count™ Presentation

What a great turnout for the PALCUS Professional Mixer at the Machado Law Group in Springfield, NJ on February 28, 2019! Organized by NJ PALCUS Directors Cynthia Marques Russo and Anabela Da Cruz-Melo, guests networked, enjoyed wine and snacks and learned about the Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign in the 2020 Census.

PALCUS Vice-Chair Katherine Soares welcomed New Jersey and New York PALCUS members and guests.
Marie Fraley, PALCUS Managing Director and National Census Director, presented on details of the Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census Campaign. 
Consul General of Newark 
Pedro Monteiro, Fmr. Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Sérgio Granados , General Councilor Manny Grova, Jr. of Elizabeth, NJ,, and Elizabeth School Committee Member Maria Z. Carvalho were among those present.  Photos courtesy of Henrique Mano - LusoAmericano.

PALCUS is pleased to announce that the following organizations have registered as PALCUS Affiliated Organizations for the Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign.

More organizations are coming onboard. 
Won't you join us?
PALCUS is calling on over 650 Portuguese-American civic, social and faith-based groups and organizations to join with us in establishing a nationwide network that will help us work together in mobilizing our community to be counted in 2020.
PALCUS will provide information, materials and support through a regional captain while the organization agrees to work with us to create a unified message and instructions for completing the 2020 Census questionnaire.
Join us and register your organization today.  It's simple and takes 5 minutes!
 Download the Guidelines for participation.
Why do we ask for registration?
1) To secure your permission for working with us and to share your link;
2) To verify your correct contact information to send campaign materials;
3) To keep you updated on all current census information.

Questions?   Contact Gracielle Camilo at or call her 202-466-4664.

View the Make Portuguese Count™ promotional video HERE.

Visit our Facebook Page  @MakePortugueseCount

Alexandre António DaCosta Simões
Memorial Scholarship

With Gratitude

The outpouring of concern and love for the Simões Family
expressed through donations to this scholarship fund have been overwhelmingly warm and generous.
On behalf of PALCUS and the family, we thank you for your support.

Thank you for your generosity in Alexandre's memory.

PALCUS National Scholarship Applications

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.

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: 
PALITICUS Episode 19 - Senator Marc Pacheco

Join us as Massachusetts State Senator Marc R. Pacheco, the body's longest continuously-serving member, talks about his start in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1988 and from there the Massachusetts Senate in 1992. He talks about the biggest changes he has seen throughout these years and the importance of the relationships developed between Portuguese-American elected leaders and the Portuguese Government.
September 13-22, 2019
10 Days - 14 Meals
Optional 4 Night Madeira Island Post Tour Extension


  • $100 Discount for PALCUS members in good standing at time of booking (Associate and Charter Members)
  • Double: $3,899
  • Single: $4,699
  • Triple: $3,869
Contact Collette at 800-581-8942.  Refer to booking #914486

Contact Gracielle Camilo for the full brochure!
Proceeds to benefit PALCUS
T his month's feat ured business is Amaral's Fish and Chips  of Warren, Rhode Island.
Amaral's Fish & Chips is an informal traditional Rhode Island "clam shack" serving New England and Portuguese style food. The menu includes seafood, chowders and soup, clam cakes, stuffies, and an extensive selection of dinners and grinders. All items are available as take-out. The restaurant also offers catering services specializing in large groups. 
To learn more about Touch of Class, visit their Website or Facebook
To look for more Portuguese businesses and organizations throughout the US (or add your own), please visit the Gateway online.
Sacramento, California
Fresno, California

The Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute Lecture Series Portuguese-Americans in Valley Agriculture: Family, Heritage, Community and Commitment 

Wednesday, March 13th March, 2019 6PM @ AG 109-Lecture Hall Free admittance - Everyone is invited 

A panel of Portuguese-Americans Leaders in Valley Agriculture will share their stories and their vision for such an important economic sector in the San Joaquim Valley.

Fred Fagundes, Owner/Partner, Fagundes Farms and Dairies. Richard Machado, President, Agrian Antonio Nunes, Dairyman and Kristine Nunes, Underwriter, Zenith Insurance Company Maria Silveira, VP of Labor Relations, Foster Farms The PBBI

Lecture Series are sponsored by the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) Celebrating Portuguese Immigrant Week in California (March 9-16th)
Nearest parking - lots P15 and P16 (parking permit available at any permit dispenser)
Newark, New Jersey

The Arte Institute presents the movie "Soldado Milhões"

The Arte Institute is pleased to present the movie "Soldado Milhões" with the presence of the actor Ivo Canelas at Rutgers University, on March 27 at 6.00 pm.

March 27, 6.00 PM
John Cotton Dana Library
The Dana Room, 4th floor
185 University Ave, Rutgers University, Newark

A Portuguese soldier, who got stranded from his team during the La Lys battle, struggles by himself through dozens of German offensives so he can guarantee the safety of his companions.

The movie will be followed by a Q&A with the actor Ivo Canelas.
Portuguese Consulate in New Bedford
New Bedford Free Public Library
UMass Dartmouth - Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture
Rutgers University.

Watch the trailer
Prémio Imprensa Nacional / Ferreira de Castro

Este prémio é dirigido a cidadãos portugueses e lusodescendentes residentes no estrangeiro que poderão concorrer através da apresentação de textos inéditos nas áreas da ficção, poesia e ensaio. 

O Prémio Literário " Imprensa Nacional/Ferreira de Castro ", é o resultado do estabelecimento do Protocolo de Cooperação entre o Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros e a Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda, com o objetivo de selecionar, alternadamente, trabalhos inéditos de grande qualidade dos domínios da ficção, poesia e ensaio. Tem ainda por finalidade preservar, valorizar e difundir a criação literária em língua portuguesa, desenvolvida por portugueses e lusodescendentes residentes no estrangeiro, bem como identificar, realçar e homenagear o contributo e a herança cultural dos portugueses da Diáspora, razão pela qual o nome escolhido para este prémio seja do escritor e emigrante, Ferreira de Castro. A data de abertura do concurso, composição do júri e demais disposições poderão ser consultadas ao abrigo do Regulamento do Prémio Literário " Prémio Imprensa Nacional/Ferreira de Castro".

University of Macau

33nd Portuguese Language Summer Course

The Department of Portuguese of the University of Macau is welcoming applications for its 33nd Portuguese Language Summer Course. This year our program will offer courses in five different levels (beginner, basic, intermediate, advanced and superior) .
The Summer Course of Portuguese Language and Culture gives participants from different countries an opportunity to improve their skills in Portuguese or to start learning the language.

Period: July 15 to August 02, 2019
Deadline for Applications: April 19, 2019

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:
Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
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.

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