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Working Today for Our Community's Tomorrow

The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

Established 1991

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The Online Newsletter of PALCUS    

PALCUS 2012 Year in Review


Thanks to you support and that of so many proud Portuguese Americans from coast to coast, PALCUS has concluded another successful year in service to the community.


Here are some highlights of our activities and accomplishments in 2012.
Education Programs
Government Relations
Community Relations
Our Members Make it Possible
International Relations
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Education: Portuguese Language Learning and Career Development 
Adopt a SchoolAuthor Rose King presents her book, "A Cow for the Holy Spirit"

Dennis de Almeida
 First PALCUS Scholarship recipient, Dennis de Almeida. 

Adoption of the Espirito Santo School of Fall River, MA continued with donations of materials and assistance in teacher training sessions in the teaching of the Portuguese language.  Sponsored in part visit of Rose King, author of "A Cow for the Holy Spirit" (left).

Assisted Portuguese community in San Diego in establishing the Portuguese Language Academy operated by the California Historical Center for grades 7 -12 accredited by the University of California System. 

To date, 136 Internships for Portuguese-American college students placed in the U.S. Congress, Portuguese Consulates, and with Portuguese-American professionals and businesses.
Established the PALCUS Mentorship Program providing young Portuguese Americans an opportunity to connect with Portuguese professionals while giving those professionals in turn an opportunity to give back to the community.
Established the PALCUS National Scholarship Fund and awarded the first scholarship to Dennis De Almeida, Seton Hall University of Law (left) at the 16th Annual Leadership Awards Gala in Short Hills, New Jersey.
Partnered with MultiWay, an organization that helps students achieve their goal of studying abroad.
To learn more about PALCUS Education Programs, visit http://palcus.org/programs/education 
International Relations 
US Consulate in Ponta Delgada 

Launched a letter-writing campaign to over 400 clubs and organizations preventing  the closing of the U.S. Consulate in Ponta Delgada by the U.S. Department of State.


Opposed the decision to move the processing of immigrant IV and diversity visas (DV) from the US Embassy in Lisbon to Paris.


Partnered with Leadership Building Consulting for the third consecutive year to host an international delegation of entrepreneurs from Portugal, Brazil, Angola and Mozambique for a business networking event.


Hosted farewell breakfast for President of the Autonomous Region of the Azores Carlos César and Mrs. César during Grandes Festas do Espirito Santo in Fall River, MA.


Maintained communication with H.E. Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal, staff of the Government of Portugal, Portuguese consulates, H.E. Alan Katz, Ambassador of U.S. to Portugal and the Portugal desk of the U.S. State Department regarding issues of concern to the Portuguese-American community.


Government Relations 
US House of Reps  


Added Representatives to the Portuguese American Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators to the Friends of Portugal in the U.S. Senate with bi-partisan support; Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) joined the Friends of Portugal in the Senate in March, 2012


Monitored Portugal's participation in the Visa Waiver Program with U.S. State Dept.
Met with U.S. Senators and Congressmen on Capitol Hill and in the districts regarding Portuguese-American issues. 


Community Relations 
Rosa, Matos, Fraley
Judge Luis M. Matos with PALCUS Chairman Fernando Rosa at the RI State House in June, 2012.

Dia de Portugal 

Portuguese American Gateway

  Jobs for Portuguese Speakers

Promoted the successful appointment of Luis M. Matos, the first native Portuguese sworn as Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court. 


Supported the effort of the Cabrillo Shipbuilding Project in San Diego, CA.


Participated in plans for the People's Museum Project in Washington, DC.


Participated in 2012 Day of Portugal celebrations throughout the communities.


Hosted mixers for young Portuguese American professionals in Washington, DC and California.


Fostered community connections by partnering with organizations such as Leadership Business Consulting, PAPS, the Portuguese consulates, AICEP and the Portuguese Circle to name a few;


Launched the improved Portuguese American Gateway, the online directory for Portuguese businesses, educational institutions, and organizations across the U.S.


Honored 7 outstanding Portuguese American individuals and organizations at the 16th Annual Leadership Awards Gala in Short Hills, New Jersey: 

  • John G. Rebelo - Founder's Award, 
  • Banco Espirito Santo - Corporate Philanthropy Award,
  • Al Dutra - Community Service Award, 
  • Sheriff Armando Fontoura - Public Service,
  • Dr. António Simões - Education Award,
  • Heavy and General Construction Laborers' Union Local #472 - Outstanding Organization
  • Margo Petitti - Young Portuguese American "Promessa" Award


Launched the facebook page "Jobs for Portuguese Speakers" at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jobs-for-Portuguese-Speakers/231635890254129 



None of this would be possible without the support of our membership.


Why should YOU become a member?  Here are some responses from our most faithful members:

  • "I belong because PALCUS cares about the education of Portuguese Americans."
  • "I joined PALCUS because Portuguese-Americans need a national voice and we must make it strong. Each new member is a step in that direction."
  • "To strengthen my Portuguese cultural bonds and knowledge. "
  • "It exposed me to the national community, which was a huge eye opener in terms of the challenges our community faces in different states."
  • "I belong to PALCUS because....it is important to teach our children where their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents came from so that they can be proud of their heritage and the sacrifices their family made for them for a better life."
  • "I am proud to be Portuguese.  PALCUS promotes pride in our accomplishments."
How are my membership dues used?

Your membership dues are the lifeblood of PALCUS. 
Elisabete Martins  
PALCUS Administrative Assistant, Elisabete Martins
(Photo courtesy of Henrique Mano at Luso-Americano)


1) They support the office staff, rent, and supplies crucial to maintaining daily and constant contact with every person who has a question, need or suggestion for PALCUS.  Our Administrative Assistant, Elisabete Martins, is always ready to take your email or call. 


2) They support communication with the community.  Unlike some organizations where a paid membership and a password are required to access information, our website, the Portuguese American Gateway and our E-newsletter, the LUSUS, are free and open to the public. PALCUS published 21 issues of the LUSUS in 2012. Your dues help to keep critical information flowing free to the community.


3) They support programs. PALCUS strives to obtain sponsorships and restricted grants and donations wherever possible to fund internships, mentoring, Adopt-A-School Program, National Scholarship Program and other initiatives. Where those sources fall short, your membership dues bridge the gap.


The members of the PALCUS Board of Directors donate their time on a volunteer basis and receive no compensation for their service.

Won't you join us?  The following membership opportunities are available:




Charter Membership: $500 per year

  • Open to any person of Portuguese heritage
  • Eligible to serve on Board of Directors
  • Eligible to serve on the Executive Committee
  • Vote on Board of Directors' Elections
  • Nominate Portuguese Americans for Leadership Awards
  • Attendance at General Membership Meetings


Associate Membership: $100 per year

  • Open to any person of Portuguese heritage
  • Vote on Board of Directors' Elections
  • Nominate Portuguese Americans for Leadership Awards
  • Attendance at General Membership Meetings


General Membership: $50 per year

  • Open to anyone interested in Luso-American issues
  • Attendance at General Membership Meetings


Young Portuguese American Membership: $25 per year

  • Open to any person of Portuguese heritage under the age of 27
  • Attendance at General Membership Meetings




Institutional Charter Membership: $500 per year

  • For businesses, associations, or organizations
  • Eligible to serve on Board of Directors
  • Eligible to serve on the Executive Committee
  • Vote on Board of Directors' Elections
  • Nominate Portuguese Americans for Leadership Awards
  • Attendance at General Membership Meetings


Institutional General Membership: $100 per year

  • For businesses, associations, or organizations
  • Vote on Board of Directors' Elections
  • Nominate Portuguese Americans for Leadership Awards
  • Attendance at General Membership Meetings


Already a member?   You can help us in two ways:


 1) Please consider upgrading your membership to the next level,

 2) Please consider sending a donation - use the "Donate" button below to easily send a donation online with a debit or credit card!





To join, renew or upgrade you membership or to make a donation, please go to: http://palcus.org/join


OR send your check payable to PALCUS and mail to us with your name, address, phone and email address to: PALCUS, 9256 Center St., Ste. 404, Manassas, Va. 20110


Questions?  Call Elisabete at (202) 466-4664 or email at palcus@palcus.org


Looking forward to hearing from you!  Thank you as always for your support!


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Contact Information


Email: palcus@palcus.org

Website: www.palcus.org

Phone: 202-466-4664


9255 Center St., Suite 404

Manassas, VA 20110  


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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.
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 © 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 advance 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.