The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States
Serving our Community for 28 Years!
September 2019
LUS US Newsletter
The Online Newsletter of PALCUS
In this issue......
  • Buy your tickets! Annual Leadership Awards Gala in Sacramento, CA 
  • Silent Auction is Online and Live!  Annual Gala Fundraiser
  • Have you completed the PALCUS INDEX NATIONAL SURVEY yet?
  • Beautiful Azulejo Ornament Fundraiser for Internships 
  • PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE
  • PALITICUS New Episode: RI Representative Thomas Noret
  • PALCUS Member Spotlight: East Newark Elects First Female Mayor Dina Grilo
  • Donating to PALCUS is now easier than ever! 
Embassy Row
  • Programa Portugal no Coração 
  • Exchange Program between U.S. and Portuguese Naval Academies
Gateway Featured Business
  • Luso Grille
Community News:

Gala Weekend Agenda
Friday, October 11, 2019
PALCUS Gala Welcome Reception
(Invitation and Members Attending Gala Only)
6:30 - 8:30 p.m

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Annual PALCUS Members' Meeting (Members Only) 
10:30 a.m. 
Citizen's Hotel

Lusitanian Forum
Topic: Encouraging Civic Participation and
Public Service in the Portuguese Community
Hosted by CPAC
Lunch 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Forum 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Citizen's Hotel

Annual Leadership Awards Gala
Cocktail Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner and Awards: 7:00 p.m.
Elks Tower Casino and Event Center

Sunday, October 13, 2019
Portuguese Wine Tour & Lunch
Carvalho Winery
St. Jorge Winery
Bus leaves Citizen's Hotel at 9:30 a.m.
Returns to Hotel at 4:00 p.m.

Silent Auction is Online and Live!
23rd PALCUS Leadership Awards Gala Fundraiser

Bidding is now open on the following fabulous items:
Visit the 32 Auctions site to view and bid HERE.
You will be notified by email if you are outbid.
Open through Gala evening. No need to be present to bid or win.
Check back often - items added daily!

Annual Breakfast in Honor of the 
Visiting Azorean Delegation to the
Grandes Festas do Divino Espírito Santo 
da Nova Inglaterra

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Fall River, Massachusetts
Sponsored by Frank P. Baptista, Jr,  Rádio Voz do Emigrante

In what has become an annual tradition, PALCUS hosted a VIP breakfast in honor of the Visiting Azorean Delegation to the Grandes Festas do Diviino Espírito Santos da Nova Inglaterra at  Tabacaria Açoreana (TA's Restaurant).prior to the Celebration of the Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.

The event, sponsored with the generosity of  Frank P. Baptista, Jr., Founder and Director of Rádio Voz do Emigrante, hosted approximately 60 community leaders from Massachusetts and Rhode Island representing state and local elected officials, heads of college  and universities, Conselheiros das Comunidades, directors of non-profit organizations  and entrepreneurs.

Dr. Paulo Teves, Director of the Communities for the Regional Government of the Azores, was the Guest of Honor.  Other distinguished guests included Mayor of Ribeira Grande Dr. Alexandre Gaudêncio, Consul of Portugal to New Bedford 
Dra. Shelley Pires, Mayor of Fall River Hon. Jasiel Correia, and President of the Grandes Festas  Mr. John Medeiros.

PALCUS Vice-Chair Katherine Soares served as Mistress of Ceremonies and 
greeted the guests on behalf of Chairwoman Angela Simões.   Marie R. Fraley, PALCUS National Census Director, updated the gathering on the progress of the PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census Campaign.

Many thanks to the Breakfast Committee, Vice-Chair Katherine Soares, Directors Fernando Rosa (CT), Marie Fraley (RI), Lisa Morris (MA) and Dr. Odete Amarelo, PALCUS member and former Director representing Massachusetts for organizing the event with the able assistance of PALCUS Executive Assistant Gracielle Camilo.

Dr. Paulo Teves
Director of Communities of the Regional Government of the Azores.and Guest of Honor
Consul Shelley Pires
Consul of Portugal to New Bedford and Community Representative.
Marie R. Fraley
PALCUS National Census Director.with Vice-chair Katherine Soares looking on

(L-R) Frank Baptista, 
Mayor Alexandre Gaudencio, President John Medeiros

(L-R) PALCUS Directors Fernando G. Rosa (CT), 
Lisa Morris (MA), 
Katherine Soares (NY), 
Marie Fraley (RI), Absent from photo Daniel DaPonte (RI)
(L-R) Fernando G. Rosa, Frank Baptista, Paulo Teves
Have you completed the  

We need to hear from you!

This survey will help us gain a better understanding of our Portuguese-American communities in order to serve you better. In this survey, people who reside in the United States and are Portuguese or of Portuguese descent are asked to complete a short questionnaire that asks about their demographic and socioeconomic characteris tics as well as their community concerns.
  • It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire. 
  • Your participation in this study is completely voluntary
  • Your survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate for statistics only..

Dulce Maria Scott, Ph.D.
Many thanks to  
Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, 
Anderson University 
and PALCUS Research Consultant 
for her work  in the design, analysis and reporting of the 
PALCUS Index National Survey (2017, 2019).

To see the results of the first PALCUS Index Survey, visit
Beautiful Azulejo Ornament Fundraiser 
for Internships

We have created a one of a kind ornament to help raise funds for our 
Summer Internship in Portugal Program. 

This ornament is beautiful! It will add the perfect Portuguese touch to any Christmas tree and will become a cherished keepsake for years to come.
  • High quality glass
  • Hand painted
  • Round ball ornament
  • Comes in black satin gift box
There is no other ornament like this anywhere!  We hope to make this an annual fundraiser in order to continue providing the unique opportunity of a summer internship in Portugal for our students.

Price: $25 + S&H
We will ship internationally

Please keep in mind, as these ornaments are hand-painted requiring that work takes place well in advance, they will start shipping in October.

All proceeds go to support the  PALCUS Summer Internship Program that provides a fantastic opportunity for a Portuguese-American college student to work in Portugal over the summer. We have partnered with the Study in Portugal Network to provide a full experience that includes housing, some meals and group activities.

Thank you for your support of this valuable program!

Learn more about the PALCUS Internship Program and read essays from past interns here:

PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ Campaign UPDATE

Meet the faces of the next phase of the Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census Campaign!

(L-R) Mikel Santos, Emily Portal and John Santos
Courtesy of Benvinda Santos taken at Memorial Day Farmingville, NY Parade with the participation of the Portuguese-American Center of Suffolk County (Clube de Farmringville), an affiliate of NYPALC.

PALCUS is proud to introduce the three Portuguese-American young adults who depict pride in and enthusiasm for promoting their culture. They will provide the inspiration for the next phase of the Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census Campaign. Here's a little more about these bright, young Portuguese Americans:

Mikel Santos: Mikel's family hails from Leiria and Lisbon, Portugal. He is currently an 11th grade student at Patchogue Medford High School and plays soccer on his high school varsity team and for Susa Academy. He speaks and reads Portuguese fluently, and chooses to celebrate his Portuguese culture by dancing in the Rancho Aldeias de Portugal and by participating as a member of the NYPALC Youth Council.

Emily Portal: Emily's family is from Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal. Emily is studying  at Stony Brook University on the Pre-Med track majoring in Biology and Psychology. Her activities include performing with the Rancho Aldeias de Portugal and playing collegiate level women's tennis.

John Santos and his family are from Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. John is currently studying Technological Systems Management at Stony Brook University's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He celebrates his Portuguese heritage by dancing in the Rancho Aldeias de Portugal.

Watch for them on all new pamphlets, flyers and posters this fall as we call the community to action to:

Pledge to Write "Portuguese" in the 2020 Census!

The PALCUS Make Portuguese Count™ in the 2020 Census is gaining momentum!

With over 162 registered Affiliated Organizations and 52 Captains committed nationwide, the word is out that Portuguese can and will be counted in the 2020 Census. To see them all, visit: 

Thanks to our tireless Captains, the  message is being shared throughout the Portuguese communities this summer at numerous events such as Viva Portugal!, Festas do Divino Espírito Santo, Dia de Portugal parades, festivals, picnics and flag raisings from coast to coast.

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  @Make Portuguese Count

RI Rep. Thomas Noret
PALITICUS New Episode: 

RI Representative Thomas Noret

Today's guest is Representative Thomas E. Noret (D) who was elected in November 2018 to the seat in House District 25 in Coventry and West Warwick, Rhode Island. He talks about taking a DNA test in 2016 and discovering his Portuguese Ancestry and about the great Portuguese population in his district. He discusses the need for greater participation from the community and tells us his impressions on participating in the FLAD Legislators' Dialogue in Lisbon.

Listen here
East Newark elects first female mayor in history - Dina Grilo

Dina Grilo

For the first time in it's 124-year history, East Newark is set to see its first female mayor.
The current mayor has held the office for 32 years, but Dina Grilo's grassroots campaign changed that this week.
"I don't have political aspirations. I was just doing it for the community," Grilo stated today while reflecting on her campaign.
Community members kept coming to her with problems.  The recreation program being closed and a lack of community events were their chief complaints.
A shuttered children's recreation center will be Grilo's first focus as mayor. She also wants to see the revitalization of a massive factory that's located off of Central Avenue. It's been vacant for years.
"Things haven't been moving the way they should be," said one resident. "If you go to our neighboring towns they're all redeveloping and this town is just sitting in the middle with nothing new."
Residents appetite for change resulted in a rush to the polls during this week's primary and the tiny town of approximately 2,700 people -- spanning just 12 blocks -- elected its first female mayor.
"Having won just solidifies that, yes, change is coming," said Grilo.
Grilo is running uncontested in the general election this November, which means she's set to take her seat as mayor in January.

Congratulations Dina!
Donating to PALCUS is now EASIER than ever!

Have you heard of or used Zelle? Zelle lets you send money with just a few taps on your mobile phone. Even better, you probably already have it in your mobile banking app-no additional download necessary. 

To send a donation for any of our programs, buy tickets or pay for membership dues, use Zelle by sending your payment to
Programa Portugal no Coração
Exchange Program between U.S. and Portuguese Naval Academies

In 2015 the Superintendents (Directors) of the U.S. Naval Academy and Escola Naval established a cooperative engagement and investment in the future leaders of our two navies by establishing a semester exchange program. Each fall semester, two students from each naval academy participates in this exchange program.  For the U.S. Naval Academy, this also includes embarking on the Portuguese Navy Tall Ship, Sagres as part of the professional orientation.
Tiago António Gonçalves and Luis Nobre Serodio are representing Portugal this year in this prestigious exchange program. Working #SidebySide along with 4,400 colleagues Tiago and Luís will be immersing themselves in a rigorous academic program while integrating into the leadership of their assigned company of 150 midshipmen and further their understanding of how leaders are developed.

Follow the US Embassy in Portugal on Facebook! 
Embassy of Portugal in the U.S.

Are you connected with the Embassy of Portugal in the US?  Sign up for their newsletter on their website, or follow them on social media.


Luso Grille of Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Luso Portuguese Grille, The Authentic Portuguese Restaurant,  serves top quality food such as Grilled Meats, Seafood, Pastas and the Portuguese dish Bacalhau ( Cod Fish ). 

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 all your guests. The caring and committed staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience.
To learn more about Luso Portuguese Grille,  visit her  Website or Facebook .
To look for more Portuguese businesses and organizations throughout the US (or add your own), please visit the Gateway  online.



Fabric Arts Festival  is a celebration of art, music, community and the city, that takes place in Fall River, Massachusetts.
The first edition will take place on September 25-28, 2019.

Fabric Arts Festival proposes to engage the city through a unique and multidisciplinary experience, with an arts circuit stretching over a central area of the city with music concerts, site-specific projects and murals.

In the Festival's first edition, artists are challenged to reinterpret Fall River, filter it through their artistic language, and create a tangible legacy of contemporary art that will transform the city's physical and cultural spaces with permanent and ephemeral points of interest. A conscious effort is made to preserve Fall River's industrial heritage, freshen the city's cultural bond with Portugal, and promote collaboration between local cultural agents and the Festival's artists.

Casa dos Açores de Nova Inglaterra (C.A.N.I.) is the local lead organizing entity of FABRIC Arts Festival.
Save the Date: Associação de Amizade  Portugal - EUA (AAPEUA)  realiza um Almoço-Conferência com o Chefe do Estado-Maior-General das Forças Armadas Senhor Almirante António Silva Ribeiro 

Azorean Maritime Heritage Society Awards $6,500 in College Scholarships
The Azorean Maritime Heritage Society has awarded $6,500 in scholarships to six Greater New Bedford students.
The scholarships were presented by our Scholarship Committee, led by Chairwoman Barbara Traban, during the Society's annual Friends & Family barbecue on July 28th at Community Boating Center in New Bedford.
This year's AMHS scholarship winners are:  Noah Quintin,  Taylor Alves, Cata rina Pereira,  Christopher Ng, R uth Valesca Barbosa Amado and  Cody West. 
Many of the funds for these scholarships come from an Annual Scholarship fundraising dinner dance held every February. The annual fundraising dinner is a fun way to support these scholarships, meet new people, and enjoy a night out with friends.
The Azorean Maritime Heritage Society promotes Azorean culture and shared whaling heritage by raising awareness and pride within New England's Portuguese-American community. The Society participated in the 10th International Azorean Whaleboat Regatta this July in the Azores, and will be hosting the 11th International Regatta in New Bedford in 2021. The community is invited to come out for a free row or sail on these magnificent boats in Clarks Cove this September. More information can be found on the Society's website at
Hugo Santos: A sense of self rooted in the immigrant experience - Interview by Millicent Accardi
Meet Hugo dos Santos, a Luso-American writer, editor, and translator based in the Iron-bound area of Newark, New Jersey. A co-founder of the Brick City Collective and associate editor at DMQ Review, Hugo is the author of Then, there (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019), a collection of Newark stories, and the translator of A Child in Ruins (Writ Large Press, 2016), the collected poems of the Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto titled A Criança em Ruínas, which translation was a staff pick at Paris Review Daily.

 Read the full interview here
NEW BOOK LAUNCH: Vulcanismo e Humanidade. Açores: História Vulcânica e Humana" / Volcanism and Humanity. Azores: Evoking the Vulcanic and Human History

Last August 9th, at the inauguration of the Casa dos Vulcões (ilha do Pico), a bilingual book (Portuguese and English) entitled "Volcanism and Humanity" was launched. Azores: Volcanic and Human History "/ Volcanism and Humanity. Azores: Evoking the Vulcanic and Human History ". 

The book was sponsored by the Government of the Azores and its commercialization is being done exclusively through the Casa dos Vulcões (ilha do Pico), and the benefits are accrued by Azorina, SA - Society for Environmental Management and Conservation of Nature, SA. 

To purchase a copy please email:  or call (+351) 292 644 328   
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!

Newsletter Archive

Read past issues of the LUSUS Newsletter at!lusus-newsletter/cbac 

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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.

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
Email:   PH: 202-466-4664   Web:
EIN: 52-1739459
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