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

Highlights from the Annual 2013 Members Meeting

San Diego, CA


Dear Members,


Welcome to our first issue of the "Members Only" newsletter. As a PALCUS member-in-good-standing, you are receiving this special edition as a benefit of your PALCUS membership.  These newsletters will contain information, invitations and other items that are reserved for those who support the organization through membership.  PALCUS would not exist without its members, and this is one more way we hope to add value to being a PALCUS Member.


This special edition will give you information that was shared at the Annual Members' Meeting  held in San Diego on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 as part of the 17th Leadership Awards Gala weekend.  You can see a full report of the Gala program of activities here.


During the annual meeting, Chairman Fernando Rosa, Vice-Chair Marie Fraley and Secretary Angela Simoes shared updates on what PALCUS has accomplished over the past year, and our goals for 2014.  Some of these updates include:

  • Chairman Rosa travelled to multiple community events, visiting Portuguese communities in 7 states,
  • International relations activities, especially with regard to supporting the Lajes Air Force Base in Terceira, and the US Consulate in Ponta Delgada,
  • The PALCUS report on the community survey and study regarding whether Portuguese should be considered Hispanic by the U.S. Census Bureau,
  • Educational program updates including the 2013 class of interns, scholarship recipients, the mentorship program, and the new PALCUS webinar series,
  • Community relations update around our new webinar series, increased social media presence (21,000+ followers!) and engagement with local Portuguese communities via mixers and other special events
  • Collaborations with more than 20 other Portuguese organizations and government agencies

We encourage you to view the full presentation here.


After 22 years of existence, PALCUS has never been in a better position to advocate for and inform  our community about  so many different topics.  We have a strong, working board, with each board member taking responsibility for a particular program or initiative. .  We have increased our presence online to reach many thousands more in the community.  And we are collaborating with more and more organizations to foster a greater sense of unity amongst our community.


Among our goals for 2014  PALCUS is planning to:

  • Continue to advocate for the community relative to the Lajes Air Base in Terceira,
  • Enhance government relations with the U.S. Congressional caucuses, Department of State and the U.S. Census Bureau,
  • Engage more young Portuguese-Americans through program outreach and professional mixers,
  • Reach out to Portuguese-American veterans' associations to honor their service,
  • Continue to disseminate information about the teaching of the Portuguese language and culture from pre-school through university level.

We are excited about the year to come and all that there is to accomplish.  To do all that needs to be done, we need the continued support of  an engaged community.  Thank you to all of those who have continued their support through membership dues.  We ask that you encourage your family, friends and colleagues to also become a member, or Make a Donation.


We also ask that you tell us what issues are of most concern to you.  Please send us an email or give us a call - we need to hear from you in order to know what matters most to you.  We are here to serve you - the community - and we want to hear from you!


Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you.



PALCUS Board of Directors

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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 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.