The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
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LUSUS Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
PALCUS Launches National Community Survey, the PALCUS Index
PALCUS is launching a first-of-its-kind national community survey to be known as the PALCUS Index. The PALCUS Index, will be conducted bi-annually and aims to collect data regarding the issues that matter to the Portuguese-American communities across the United States. In addition, the survey seeks to take note of how connected these communities feel to Portugal. The collection of data on a bi-annual basis will allow for the identification of trends in the Portuguese-American community at large over time as well as provide insight into how to maintain and engage within the communities.

Take the survey here:
" A national survey of this nature is critical for us to understand what matters most to our Portuguese-American communities, " said Angela Simoes, PALCUS Chairwoman.  " This survey seeks to answer questions such as why or why not are people involved in the Portuguese community; what kind of events or new activities do they want to see in their community; how often do they travel to Portugal; are they using Portuguese in their jobs?  These are questions that have never really been asked before, and knowing this information will help all of our organizations plan for the future. "
The responses will be collected online via QuestionPro, and then analyzed by PALCUS Research Fellow Dr. Dulce Maria Scott (Anderson University). Dr. Scott specializes in conducting survey-based research and has assisted us in the past with the national survey about how Portuguese should be classified for the US Census. Along with her team, Scott will establish a database of the data collected and a formal report will then be published to the public. In addition, a Webinar will be conducted to share the results with the community and an infographic will be created to share the findings in an easy-to-read format.
Aside from data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the PALCUS Index will serve as the primary source of information regarding the Portuguese-American community.
" We encourage all Portuguese and Portuguese-Americans living in the US to complete the PALCUS Index national community survey - it takes 10 minutes to complete, but will yield valuable information to help our community grow and thrive for generations to come, " added Simoes.
Take the survey here:
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Ways to Give 

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Help strengthen PALCUS as we continue working for the community!

Please consider including PALCUS in your giving plans in 2017. Also consider using your United Way donation to benefit your favorite national organization. Each tax- deductible donation will be much appreciated and will be acknowledged.

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Save the date! 
We invite you to join us on Saturday, September 23rd for our 21st Annual Leadership Awards Gala. This year's Gala will be taking place at the Portuguese-American Community Center of Yonkers, New York. We are honored to announce that our Honorary Chair will be João Vale de Almeida, the Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations. Tickets may be purchased for $175 per person or $1600 per table. We request that you provide your RSVP by Friday, September 8th. Additional details to be announced on our website
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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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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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