The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 27 Years!
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
Novem ber 2018 
Table of Contents

  • Happy Thanksgiving from PALCUS
  • Paul do Forno Elected to Board of Directors
  • PALCUS Director Receives Civic Leadership Award
  • PALCUS Co-Sponsors Fado Event with RI Day of Portugal
  • 2020 National Census #MakePortugueseCount Campaign
  • Upcoming Events: Professional Mixer in CA and more....
  • PALCUS Gateway Featured Business: LaSalette Restaurant
  • New Book Published on Portuguese Americans in New England 
  • Electoral Registration - Recenseamento Eleitoral  
  • José João Morais Publishes Autobiography

With warmest wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving
from the Board of Directors and membership of PALCUS

We are grateful for you and for your support!


PALCUS Welcomes Paul do Forno to Board of Directors

Paul do Forno
PALCUS is pleased to announce the election of Paul do Forno to the Board of Directors. 
He is a charter member and serves on the steering committee of the PALCUS #MakePortugueseCount Campaign for the 2020 U.S. Census. 

Professionally, Paul is a Managing Director at Deloitte Digital, a leader in the Commerce and Content Practice. He brings more than 25 years of experience in strategy, digital experience, consulting and technology,

With deep Portuguese roots and a family tradition of service, Paul's professional skill set will be a valuable addition to PALCUS' diverse Board of Directors. We are looking forward to working with him. 

PALCUS Director Manuel R. Geraldo, Esq.  
Receives Civic Leadership Award

Manuel R. Geraldo, Esq.
The Civic Leadership Awards were established in 2006 by The Community Foundation to recognize, honor and promote outstanding leadership in Prince George's County, Maryland.

The award recognizes individuals and organizations who are unrecognized for their important contributions, unsung heroes who have quietly, tirelessly and unselfishly demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to improving and enhancing the quality of life in our community.  Parabéns!

PALCUS Co-sponsors Fado at the Park with RI Day of Portugal

(L-R) Marie R. Fraley, PALCUS Managing Director, Tania Oleiro, Marco Oliveira, Sando DaCosta, Orlando M. Mateus, RI Day of Portugal President

The sounds of fado were enjoyed on Thursday evening, November 1, 2018 
at  the state-of-the-art .RI Performing Arts Center ("The Park Theatre") in Cranston, RI.
Tania C. Oleiro (fadista),    Marco Oliveira  (lyricist, singer and classical guitarist) and  Sandro Madeira Da Costa (accompanist on Portuguese guitar) delighted the audience with an engaging repertoire of traditional and contemporary fado selections.

The performance was p roduced by David Mendonça and Feligenio Medeiros of the Portuguese/American Cultural Exchange (PACE) who have been bringing young exciting talent from Portugal since 2013 for concerts for the public and workshops for educational institutions.

Thank you to RI Day of Portugal for co-sponsoring with PALCUS as well as the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College, The Portuguese Channel, WJFD-FM and the Portuguese Times for their sponsorship.



Ron Brown, U.S. Census Partnership Specialist, addressed guests at the 22nd Annual Leadership Awards Gala on Saturday, October 6th to announce the Bureau's collaboration with PALCUS as the first National Complete Count Committee in the history of the Bureau. 
PALCUS calls on all 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.

Contact Gracielle Camilo at or call her 202-466-4664 to register your organization.

View the promotional video HERE.


Hosted by California Portuguese-American Coalition (CPAC)
Sponsored by PALCUS and PFSA

November 30, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (PST)
Location:  PFSA - Portuguese Fraternal Society of America
1120 East 14th Street, San Leandro, California 94577

Register HERE

Save the Date!
December 27, 2018
New Bedford, Massachusetts

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
PALCUS Gateway Featured Business -   LaSalette Restaurant

T his month's feat ured business is LaSalette Restaurant of Sonoma, California.

At home amidst the historic buildings surrounding Sonoma's landmark central plaza, LaSalette Restaurant has earned its reputation as one of Sonoma Valley's favorite restaurants since its inception in 1998. Chef Manuel Azevedo's signature Cozinha Nova Portuguesa - "New Portuguese Cuisine" - celebrates the varied and complex flavors of his native Portuguese homeland while adapting them to the immense offerings of top-quality ingredients from his current home in California. The result is a unique cuisine characterized by familiar Southern European comfort ingredients (olive oil, olives, garlic, tomatoes, onions, wine, parsley etc.), exotic seasonings picked up from around the globe during hundreds of years of Portuguese expeditionary voyages, and fresh local and sasonal Californian produce. As the success of LaSalette attests, it's a winning combination for lovers of traditional Portuguese fare and adventurous gourmets alike. 
To learn more about LaSalette, 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.
New book published on Portuguese Americans in New England
James W. Fonseca grew up in New Bedford's North End Portuguese community. Jim Fonseca visits family in New England several times each year where he stocks up on linguiça, chourico and bacalhau.

Electoral Registration - Recenseamento Eleitoral

The Portuguese Consulates inform us that Portuguese citizens registered in the electoral system of Portugal, will soon receive from the Portuguese Electoral Administration, a letter indicating the simplification of the voter registration system for those who reside abroad. This registration will become automatic according to the address declared upon the issuance of 'Cartão do Cidadão'.
Each Portuguese citizen, once having received said letter, has 30 days to communicate otherwise. Any errors or omissions can be reported to

O Consulado de Portugal informa que, em breve, os cidadãos portugueses recenseados no sistema eleitoral de Portugal irão receber da Administração Eleitoral portuguesa uma carta que tem como por objetivo dar a conhecer que foi simplificada a inscrição no recenseamento eleitoral para quem reside no estrangeiro. Esta inscrição passará a ser automática em função da morada declarada no momento da emissão do Cartão de Cidadão.
Cada cidadão português, no momento em que recebe a referida carta, tem 30 dias para comunicar o contrário. Tem igualmente o direito de comunicar a existência de erros ou omissões para

José João Morais Publishes Autobiography
PALCUS Benefactor Charter Member, entrepreneur and community leader has just published his authobiography "Do Sonho Ao Sucesso".
It is a first person account of the trajectory of his life from an immigrant from Trás-Os-Montes, Portugal to success in the United States.

José Morais, in an exclusive interview with LUSO-AMERICANO, revealed that the work is being translated into English and that a possible official launch of the book will take place after this version is ready. He stated that he finished the book at Christmas of 2017, dedicating it "to the wonderful family that God has given me and to the Portuguese communities scattered throughout the world that I am so proud of."

Photos and article in LUSO-AMERICANO in Portuguese HERE
Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
We are stronger together!

I f you agree with the work undertaken at the Inaugural Portuguese-American National Conference to build the social 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! 

More Ways to Give 

There are more ways than ever to donate to PALCUS!

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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

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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