The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
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LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
March 2018 
Table of Contents
  • Summer Internships in Portugal with SiPN
  • PALITICUS Interview: Rep. Dylan Fernandes
  • PALITICUS now available on YouTube
  • Strategic Planning Retreat in San Francisco
  • PALCUS Mixer in San Francisco
  • PALCUS at US-Portugal Chamber of Commerce Reception
  • PALCUS Receives Rádio Voz do Emigrante "Special Award"
  • Webinar with Institute Camoes
  • Featured Gateway Business: Tavira Restaurant
  • A Lingua e o Misterio dos Sotaques - Onésimo Almeida TEDxFunchal
  • Portuguese President picks Prof. Almeida to preside over Day of Portugal celebration
  • Island Ecology: Natural History of the Azores
  • 2018 New York State Portuguese-American Youth Conference

PALCUS Partners with Study in Portugal Network for 
Internships in Portugal  in Summer 2018  

PALCUS has now partnered with the  Study in Portugal Network (SiPN)   to offer 
students an opportunity to complete a Summer internship in Portugal.  
Through  the PALCUS/SiPN partnership, all costs related to the internship and lodging in  Portugal are covered by a grant from the  Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD)

Students are responsible for airfare, meals and personal expenses.
We are now accepting applications for two SiPN Full-time placements in Portugal for June & July (8 weeks).  Deadline for application submissions is March 31, 2018!
Criteria for application:
  • Be a PALCUS member.  (Young Portuguese American $25 annual)  
  • Attest to at least 25% Portuguese Ancestry
  • Minimum G.P.A. = 2.5  Unofficial transcript required at time of application.
  • U.S. passport valid within 6 months of return to the United States


To learn more about SiPN's programs, hear about intern experiences on YouTube, join and complete the application, visit our internship page at: 

PALITICUS Interview with 
Representative  Dylan Fernandes 
Our youngest podcast guest, Rep. Dylan A. Fernandes, represents the Dukes, Barnstable and Nantucket district in the Massachusetts state legislature. Elected in 2016 as a Democrat, he talks about how he feels there is a misconception about the district he represents. 

The fourth generation Falmouth resident speaks about how his family grew up in poverty and that he was the first in his large Portuguese family to graduate from college. Fernandes became involved in politics right out of college and said his drive was always to give back to the community to help those less fortunate. He talks about the large Portuguese community in his district and how he believes that they are looking for new Portuguese leadership. His advice is to get involved and not let anyone tell you that you can't do it. He feels that there's a need for Portuguese leadership in our communities and says that he is always available to talk to anyone interested in getting involved.

Listen to the entire interview:

     PALITICUS now available on YouTube

P ALITICUS podcast episodes are now on YouTube in a playlist on the PALCUS YouTube channel:

You can also listen on Soundcloud or on our website 

Please subscribe, share with your network, and let us know about anyone in public service that we should interview!  

PALCUS Strategic Planning Retreat, February 16, 2018

Directors of the PALCUS Board met in San Francisco to develop a strategic plan for 2018-2020. Discussions focused on a "roadmap" for enhancing community, government and international relations as well as improved member engagement with the goal of serving the community better.  PALCUS is excited about its plans for upcoming events and initiatives!

(L-R): Lisa Morris (MA), Anabela DaCruz-Melo (NJ), Fernando Rosa (CT), Angela Simões, Chair (CA), Diniz Borges (CA), Marie Fraley (RI), Alicia Holley (Facilitator), John Bento (CA). 

 Mixer for Portuguese Professionals and Fundraiser for Internships  
Consulate General of Portugal, San Francisco, February 15, 2018

Consul General Maria João Lopes Cardoso graciously welcomed members of the Portuguese community to a mixer sponsored by PALCUS at the consul general's  residence in February. Over 60 PALCUS members and guests met, mingled and networked while enjoying Portuguese wine donated by St. Jorge Winery in Acampo and delicacies catered by Luisa's Catering of Burlingame, CA.   Proceeds from the event benefited the PALCUS Internship Program.
(L-R) Carlos Abreu, Pedro Leonardo, Julia Coelho, Nelson Ascenco
(L-R) PALCUS Directors Marie Fraley, Diniz Borges and Angela Simoes, and Maria Joao Lopes Cardoso, Consul General of Portugal
(L-R) Roberto Maia, Carla Silva Maia, Henrique Martins & wife, Vasco Morais

PALCUS Attends US-Portugal Chamber of Commerce Reception

The Ambassador of Portugal, H.E. Domingos Fezas Vital, hosted at his residence a delegation from the Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce led by its president, Rodolfo Lavrador, general manager of CGD New York. The evening began with a presentation by Professor Athayde Marques of Católica University in Lisbon regarding the Portuguese economy. A networking event followed attended by members of the Congressional Portuguese-American Caucus: Congressmen Jim Costa, David Valadão and Deven Nunes. Among other attendees were representatives Isabel Gil of Católica University, Manuel Miranda of AICEP and PALCUS former chair and chamber member Fernando G Rosa.
Cong. David Valadão.
(R, CA-21)

Cong. Jim Costa 
(D, CA-16)
(L-R) Fernando G. Rosa.(PALCUS), Cong.  David Valadão (R, CA-21), Ambassador of Portugal H.E. Domingos Fezas Vital
(L-R) Fernando G. Rosa, Frank Baptista, Fátima Campos Ferreira, Marie Fraley
PALCUS Receives Rádio Voz do Emigrante "Special Award"

PALCUS was honored to receive a "Special Award" at the Rádio Voz do Emigrante 30th Anniversary Gala held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Venus de Milo Banquet Facility in Swansea, MA.  Thirty honorees representing individuals and organizations from across the southeastern New England listening area were recognized before a gathering of 1,000 guests. Special guest was Fátima Campos Ferreira of RTP "Pros e Contras".

PALCUS was recognized with this Special Award because of its advocacy on behalf of the Portuguese-American community at a national level.  Directors Marie Fraley (RI) and Fernando Rosa (CT) were present to receive the award on behalf of Chairwoman Angela Simões and the PALCUS Board of Directors and membership.

Congratulations to Frank Baptista on 30 years of broadcast excellence and integrity!

( L-R) Katherine Soares, Agio Pereira, Marie Fraley
PALCUS at Historic UN Treaty Signing:  Timor-Leste and Australia Sign Maritime Boundary Delimitation Treaty

PALCUS Directors were honored to be invited to witness the historic signing of the Maritime Boundary Delimitation Treaty between Timor-Leste and Australia at the United Nations in New York City on March 6, 2018. After decades of struggle for independence and years of negotiation to settle the rights to oil and natural gas reserves in the Timor Sea, the signing of this treaty was a cause for celebration for the Timor-Leste people.

Pictured at left are PALCUS Directors Katherine Soares (Vice-Chair, NY) and Marie Fraley (Secretary, RI) with Agio Pereira, Deputy to the Prime Minister for the Delimitation of Boundaries, and treaty signatory for Timor-Leste at the reception following the signing.

A special report on PALCUS' role in the Timor-Leste story will be forthcoming.

Webinar: Portuguese Language in the US with Institute Camões

For those that missed the webinar on Portuguese language education in the US, here is the recording! Please view and share! 
PALCUS Gateway Featured Business - 

T his month's feat ured business is TAVIRA RESTAURANT of Chevy Chase, Maryland . Tavira restaurant opened its doors in November of 1999. The name Tavira comes from a beautiful place in Portugal. Since opening Tavira has been included in Washingtonian Magazine's 100 Very Best Restaurants and rated very good to excellent by Zagat. 

Tavira has also been mentioned nationally in Gourmet Magazine, Bethesda Magazine and received favorable reviews from The Washington Post, Washington Times, The Gazette, Washington Diplomat and other local newspapers. Duarte's professionalism, attention to detail and hard work will make your dining experience a delightful virtual escape to Portugal.
To learn more about TAVIRA RESTAURANT, 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.
Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
We are stronger together!

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! 

Onésimo Teotónio Almeida | TEDxFunchal 

  View this TED Talk by Dr. Onésimo Almeida about Language and the Mystery of Accents

A Lingua e os Misterios do Sotaque
A Lingua e os Misterios do Sotaque

Portuguese President selects Onésimo Almeida to preside over Day of Portugal celebration

The Office of the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa  has announced that the Day of Portugal will be officially celebrated, on June 10, in the Azores and the United States.
"These celebrations will take place in Ponta Delgada, in the Azores, and in Boston, in the United States of America," the announcement said.

In the same note the President appointed Onésimo Teotónio de Almeida to preside over the celebrations:  "The President of the Republic decided to appoint Prof. Doctor Onésimo Teotónio de Almeida to preside over the celebrations of the Day of Portugal, Camões and Portuguese Communities this year," he announced.

PALCUS congratulates our Charter Member and former Director on this much deserved honor.

    2018 NEW YORK STATE  

Over 260 people from across the Empire State gathered at the Portuguese- American Cultural Center of the Tarrytowns to celebrate New York Portuguese-American Youth.
Mr. José Freitas, Vice President of the Portuguese-American Cultural Center of the Tarrytowns welcomed all participants to the Center, while NYPALC's President Isabelle Coelho-Marques delivered a message from H.E. Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of Portugal recognizing and reinforcing his pride in our New York Portuguese-American youth.

Learn more about the youth conference and other NYPALC initiatives on their Facebook page.
"A Importância da Língua Portuguesa" [The Importance of the Portuguese Language] panel with children of our Portuguese community schools
The 2018 Youth Conference presenters, representing our New York Portuguese Community.

Help strengthen PALCUS as we continue working for the community!

Please consider including PALCUS in your giving plans in 2018. 

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.

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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 2017 or 2018 dues     page break

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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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