The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 28 Years!
May 2019
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
In this issue......
  • Vice-Chair Katherine Soares Visits Timor-Leste
  • PALCUS Hosts Young Reporters Go West in NYC
  • Make Portuguese Count™ at Embassy Reception 
  • Applications for PALCUS Scholarships now open!
  • PALCUS INTERN SPOTLIGHT: Sabrina Brum, awarded Católica Fellowship
  • PALCUS at Library of Congress with Poet Ana Luisa Amaral
  • PALCUS at Georgetown University: "Democracy and Populism in Southern Europe"
  • PALITICUS Podcast: Bernardo Goarmon
  • NYPALC Recognizes PALCUS at Annual Gala
  • PALCUS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Conceição Andrade
PALCUS Upcoming Events
  • Luso-American Financial - PALCUS Mixer in New Bedford, MA
  • Save the Date! Annual Leadership Awards Gala in Sacramento, CA
Gateway Featured Business
  • Luso Portuguese Grille
Community News:
  • "Let's Talk About Business" - 4th Workshop & Networking Event
  • Portuguese Historical Museum Now Online
  • Festas de São Jorge 2019
  • Annual "Potluck" Picnic Hosted by Honorary Consul in Houston José Ivo
  • MAPS 2019 Awards Gala 
  • Survey of Portuguese in the World
PALCUS Vice-Chair Visits Timor-Leste
American Council of Young Political Leaders Delegation
April 6-14, 2019

PALCUS Vice-Chair Katherine Soares visited Timor-Leste as part of an ACYPL (American Council of Young Political Leaders) delegation in early April.

The program was filled with meetings, experiences and activities that explored political, social and cultural themes. Among the many officials they met with while on the ground were J osé Maria Vasconcelos, the Prime Minister of Timor-LesteMinister of State, Agio Pereira; J osé Ramos Horta, Former President of Timor-Leste and Xanana Gusmão, Chief Negotiator and Former President of Timor-Leste.

As part of the trip, the members of the delegation were the honored guests at a reception at the US Embassy in Timor-Leste hosted by the US Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick. They also had the opportunity to visit the National Parliament during one of their sessions where they were individually recognized as part of the agenda for that day. As part of the official schedule, Ms. Soares and the other delegates also had the opportunity to climb to the top of the Cristo Rei statue (over 500 steps!), visit the Beloi School, the Resistance Museum, the Heineken Factory and the Cooperative Café Timor plant.  
"This was a life changing trip and I consider myself immensely fortunate to have been selected by ACYPL to partake in this experience and it's all due to my work with PALCUS. I met so many great people and am honored to have been able to learn about this young and vibrant nation. The people of Timor-Leste are hungry for growth and development. The dichotomy between a country that clearly struggles with third world issues and the open minded, first world mentality of a population that wants to be a voice at the international  table is incredible to see first hand. During our trip Minister of State, Agio Pereira said that one of the main philosophies of the resistance to Indonesian occupation was 'you can only exist if you belong' and I can honestly say that myself and my fellow delegates feel as though we now belong a little to Timor-Leste, and Timor-Leste now belongs to us in a small, very sentimental and very permanent way." -Katherine Soares, Vice-Chair, PALCUS
U.S. Ambassador to Timor-Leste Kathleen Fitzpatrick Welcomes ACYPL Delegation in Dili
ACYPL Delegation meets with Agio Pereira, Minister of State

PALCUS Vice-Chair, Katherine Soares, at the Resistance Museum
PALCUS Vice-Chair Katherine Soares with PALCUS Honorary Member Xanana Gusm ão, Chief Negotiator and Former President of Timor-Leste

   PALCUS Hosts Young Reporters Go West in NYC
   April 13, 2019

PALCUS organized a luncheon mixer in New York City for a group of  journalism and communication students from Portugal lead by  Ricardo Jorge Pinto through the project,  Young Reporters Go West (YRGW). 

The mixer, held at Ipanema - a  luso-brasilian restaurant, consisted of approximately 30 students of communication from Universidade Fernando Pessoa and Universidade do Porto. Throughout the afternoon, students were able to share the experience of their visits to New York and Washington as well as listen to the experiences of those who have worked in the US in their professional area of choice. Director Fernando G. Rosa (CT) was on hand to represent  PALCUS at the event.

"Besides having visited TV studios (NBC, NPR, RTP in Washington) and attending lectures (CUNY, UN), it was really important to meet those who are Portuguese and have the experience of working in communications in the US. I believe this encounter symbolizes very much what this initiative is all about: sharing experiences, learning from different cultures, intertwining people and situations." - Ricardo Jorge Pinto, Young Reporters Go West

The Young Reporters Go West initiative, now in its fourth edition,   consists of study visits to the United States where students visit newsrooms, university classrooms and companies to better understand different aspects of American media as well as make professional contacts.

(L-R:  Denise Costa, Multimedia Producer for the Portuguese Unit of UN News Journalist,  
Ricardo Jorge Pinto,  Fernando G. Rosa)
(L-R) José Nunes of MC MediaConsult, 
Journalist Ricardo Jorge Pinto,  Fernando G. Rosa)

   Make Portuguese Count™ at Embassy Reception

H.E.Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal was the special guest at a reception on April 4, 2019 at the residence of Ambassador and Mrs. Domingos Fezas Vital.

On the agenda, was a presentation about Make Portuguese Count™, the PALCUS Campaign that will mobilize Portuguese-Americans to be counted in the 2020 Census.
Director Laurinda Clemente (VA) presented an overview of the campaign's objectives and strategies and its anticipated impact on the Portuguese-American community.

H.E. Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Laurinda Clemente, PALCUS Director (VA)

View Video HERE

PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATES
Watch for our Special Make Portuguese Count™ Newsletter dedicated to all the news about our participation as a community in the 2020 Census.

View the Make Portuguese Count™ promotional video

Visit our Facebook Page  @MakePortugueseCount

PALCUS National Scholarship Applications  NOW OPEN!

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: 
Sabrina Brum.
Sabrina Brum, Admitted to Graduate  Degree Program at Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Sabrina Brum, a 2018 PALCUS intern in the Summer Study in Portugal Network (SiPN) program sponsored by the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), has been awarded the Católica Fellowship for Portuguese-American students. She will be pursuing a Master's Degree in International Relations: Security and Defense at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon in the fall of 2019. The CFPA Fellowship is valued at  6333€ per academic year for the duration of the two year program.

"My internship at the MNE in the summer of 2018 through PALCUS was an eye-opening professional and cultural experience. Spending two months living and working in Lisbon made me fall in love with the city and the culture of Portugal and encouraged me to reconnect with my heritage in a much more personal way. The internship gave me the confidence and incentive to return to Lisbon in the fall and I'm excited to see what new insights this opportunity will bring."

Ms. Brum is a 2019 graduate of Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Modern Languages with a concentration in Spanish and minor in Portuguese. A member of the RIC Sigma Chapter of the Phi Lambda Beta National Portuguese Honor Society and the Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Society, she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is the 2019 recipient of the Nelson A. Guertin Memorial Award in Spanish and the Tegu Polyglot Award (Dept. of Modern Languages). She is of Azorean descent and her hometown is Bristol, Rhode Island and credits her professor of Portuguese at RIC, Dr. Silvia Oliveira with guiding her through the process.
PALCUS at Library of Congress with
Poet Ana Luisa Amaral
Washington, D.C.

PALCUS Director Laurinda Clemente (VA) attended

on Monday, April 8th at the Library of Congress.

Many thanks to Talla Guzman-Gonzalez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Diviision of the Library of Congress for the invitation.

Portuguese poet Ana Luísa Amaral participated in a conversation and reading from her new book of poems What's in a name? (New Directions, 2019) translated by Margaret Jull Costa. Amaral is one of Portugal's most exciting poets whose work has been described as "small hypnotic miracles [...] reminiscent of Szymborska and of Emily Dickinson". The event included a display of special editions of authors that have shaped Amaral's literary work and scholarship, like Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. 

Sponsored by the Hispanic Division in collaboration with Instituto Camões and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University. 
PALCUS at Georgetown University
"Democracy and Populism in Southern Europe"
Washington, DC

On Monday, April 29, 2019, PALCUS was represented by Director Laurinda Clemente (VA) at the conference " Democracy and Populism in Southern Europe" organized by the Luso-American Development Foundation at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. FLAD President Rita Faden opened the session along with  Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government and chair of the Department of Government at Georgetown University and Nuno Severiano Teixeira, FLAD Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. The Keynote Address, "The Vices and Virtues of Populisms" was delivered by Philippe Schmitter, European University Institute, Florence, in which he analyzed in a comparative perspective the current situation of democracy in Southern Europe and the rise of Populism in four national cases: Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal. 

Cândida Pinto, of Portuguese National Radio & Television, moderated the first session entitled: "Democracy in Europe."  The second session entitled: "Populism in Southern Europe" was moderated by Pedro Bicudo, of Washington, DC, a former RTP Washington correspondent and PALCUS Member.

H.E. Domingos Fezas Vital, Ambassador of Portugal to the USA, Ana Santos Pinto, Secretary of State of National Defense of Portugal and Hon. Jim Costa, U.S. Congress (D, CA-16) spoke to close the session.
(L-R) António Costa Pinto, Nuno Severiano Teixeira
(L-R) Pedro Bicudo, Laurinda Clemente, Rep. Jim Costa, António Costa Pinto, Nuno Severiano Teixeira, Charles "Buck" Buchanan 

Interview with Bernardo Goarmon

This is the first in a series of PALITICUS episodes in video format  recorded at the Inaugural Portuguese American National Conference in Washington, DC. Today's episode features Bernardo Goarmon of EDP Renewables and the President of Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce.


The New York Portuguese-American Leadership Conference (NYPALC) presented PALCUS with a plaque of special recognition for its support of NYPALC and the Portuguese-American community of New York. The presentation was made at the annual Portugal Day Leadership Awards Gala on May 11, 2019 at the Portuguese American Center of Suffolk in New York. 

PALCUS Vice-Chair Katherine Soares received the plaque on behalf of Chair Angela Costa Simões from NYPALC President Isabelle Coelho-Marques.

Congratulations to NYPALC on another successful gala and many thanks for this recognition of the spirit of collaboration between PALCUS and NYPALC. 

Benefactor Charter Member Honored by Duke of Bragança

Congratulations to José João Morais on this well-deserved and distinct honor.
Posted by Lisa Morais on Facebook, May 11
"Today was a special day for my father, he was promoted to Knight Grand Officer of the Royal Order of Saint Michael of the Wing by His Royal Highness Dom Duarte Pio"


Attorney Patricia Cruz Fragoso has been inducted by the Connecticut Bar Foundation as a new Fellow in the James W. Cooper Fellows. The James W. Cooper Fellows nominate outstanding Connecticut lawyers, judges, and teachers of the law to become James W. Cooper Fellows. The Connecticut Bar Foundation then extends invitations to nominees who have been selected by the Fellows Nominating Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
Congratulations, Patricia!


Histórias da Minha Avó Açoriana
"Stories of My Azorean Grandmother"

Conceição Araújo Andrade was born in Horta, Faial, Azores Islands, Portugal, and lives in Maryland, U.S.A.
Her latest work, "Stories of My Azorean Grandmother/Histórias da Minha Avó Açoriana", is a creative labor of love, putting to paper the traditional oral stories of her grandmother.
A bilingual book of three fairy tales for adults and children alike, these stories were told to Conceição by her grandmother, Francisca, when she was a child in the Azores Islands.
The book also includes a discussion of the author's research on fairy tales and folktales. The preface was written by the distinguished Dr. Alzira Silva, who served as the Regional Director of the Communities in the Azores, as well as a Representative in the Regional Assembly of the Azores. Dr. Silva also introduced Conceição and her book at the Azorean book launch . 
For more information and to purchase the book, please visit her  Website.
Join US!

NOTE: Date Changed to Tuesday, May 21st

 Luso-American Financial and PALCUS Mixer in New Bedford, MA
Luso-American Financial Office
128 Union Street, Ste, 203, New Bedford, MA 02740
May 21, 2019 / 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for wine and appetizers while networking with other Portuguese professionals 
in the southeastern Massachusetts and l earn about our organizations

Featured topic will be PALCUS' Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign
in the 2020 Census.

Anthony Pio,
Luso-American Financial
Hon. Shelley Pires,
Consul of Portugal
in New Bedford
Marie R. Fraley
PALCUS National Census Director

ADMISSION IS FREE!  RAFFLE TO BENEFIT Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign

Save the Date! 

PALCUS Annual Leadership Awards Gala
October 12, 2019,  Sacramento, California

Luso Portuguese Grille of Port Saint Lucie, Florida
With more then 26 years of experience in the restaurant business, cooking and serving dinners  in the finest restaurants, the owners are excited to present their vision to you and your guests. They serve quality food such as Grilled Meats, Seafood, Pastas and the Portuguese dish Bacalhau( Cod Fish ). Come check out the excellent service in a pleasant and clean place. 
To learn more about Bakers of All Nations , 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.
Portuguese Historical Museum now online!

The exhibits of the Museu Histórico Português can now be viewed online. Since the Museu has begun digitizing its past exhibits, they can been seen by visiting the website at  Hover over "Exhibits" in the menu and from the drop down, select "By Category" or "By Topic".

There are nearly 100 articles online currently, and the selection will grow as more are added in the coming weeks and months. There is so much content entered into the system so that you may enjoy twenty years of exhibits online from your armchair wherever you are in the world!
Festas de São Jorge 2019


O fenómeno da emigração, que marca a história um pouco de todas as ilhas, mas que se fez sentir particularmente na ilha de São Jorge, foi o mote escolhido para as celebrações das Festas de São Jorge 2019, que decorreram em Velas, tendo sido homenageados dois Emigrantes Velenses de duas gerações distintas, sendo estes Germano Matos dos Santos e Nelson Ponta Garça.

(L-R)  Germano Matos dos Santos, Nelson Ponta Garça, Paulo Teves, Diretor das Comunidades do Governo Regional dos Açores
Nelson Ponta Garça
Annual "Potluck" Picnic Hosted by Honorary Consul José Ivo
of Houston

Honorary Consul in Houston José Ivo hosted his annual "potluck" picnic for the local Portuguese community on April 28th. There were approximately 150 guests in attendance,  who contributed with, and enjoyed, delicious Portuguese food. It was a great opportunity for meeting and networking with fellow Portuguese from Houston and elsewhere in Texas.

MAPS 2019 Awards Gala Raises More Than $200K and 
Honors Outstanding Community Leaders

An exciting evening of inspiring award recipients, cultural entertainment, glamorous red carpet arrivals, silent and live auctions, and an elegant banquet helped the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) raise close to $205,000 at the nonprofit organization's 2019 Awards Gala in Cambridge on April 27. 
Congratulations to Executive Director Paulo Pinto and the entire MAPS team on a successful event!

Survey of Portuguese in the World

Please help assess the needs of the Portuguese Community throughout the world by completing this survey entitled "Survey of Portuguese in the World", prepared by the AEP Foundation in conjunction with AICEP and GSECP / GAID. 

  Take the survey here
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:
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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

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.

PALCUS has earned the 2018 Gold GuideStarUSA Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency. Visit our profile HERE
Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States, Inc.
9255 Center Street, Ste. 404, Manassas, VA 20110
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