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October 2019

New Beginnings - New Horizons



Good Times * Socialize * Great Friends


Nov. 8,9,10 2019




PFSA Annual Convention


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto, CA


209.702.6364 1.866.687.7372


Bernice Armas-Martinez Interim Executive Secretary

Edwarda Costa Alderete Executive Treasurer

Bernice Armas-Martinez was raised in San Jose, CA, after her family emigrated from Mexico. Over the many years of experience in the insurance industry, she strives to provide a high level of excellence in customer service. She is very enthusiastic to grow with PFSA family and gain knowledge of the Portuguese fraternal traditions. Bernice and her husband Juan have three amazing children, Dominik, Christopher and Kat. Bernice and her family are very passionate about helping others .

Edwarda Costa Alderete is Portuguese raised in Manteca, after her family emigrated from Terceira, Azores . She has an extensive background in accounting and customer service. Shortly after college she worked in banking for 15 years. Her and her husband own and have operated a restaurant for 20+ years. With their five daughters grown, she looks forward to expanding her knowledge of the Portuguese community and its rich culture.


IMPORTANT DELEGATE INFORMATION Convention Packages to Delegates - Mailed 1st week of September Delegate Response Submission - October 8th


Fraternal Councils that do not submit their 2018 Annual Report will not receive the 2019 PFSA Convention Delegate Nomination package until such report is received by the PFSA Home Office.

Modesto, California November 8th, 9th and 10th

It is the Fraternal Council and/or Appointed Delegate’s responsibility to submit all required documents. Failure to comply with deadline requirements will result in mailing delays. Documents will be processed in the order received.

1st Prize: $300.00 Cash


2nd Prize: $200.00 Cash 3rd Prize: $100.00 Cash

4th Prize: $75.00 Cash 5th Prize: $50.00 Cash Tickets - Donation $2.00 each Need not be present to win Non Profit Tax ID # 27-1442424

Contact your local secretary or call PFSA for tickets 1.866.687.7372 | THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY 3

INTRODUCING A NEW MEMBER OF COUNCIL 7, GUSTINE/NEWMAN WELCOME TO PFSA Dawson! Are you a New Member and would like to be featured in our next Newsletter? Submit your photo to Dawson Pickett

PFSA would like to thank everyone who attended the Inaugural Ceremony at our new office in Modesto. We welcome you to visit our office, museum, and J.A. Freitas Library as we enter a new phase of our journey. To learn how you can be part of our organization or stay informed of future events, please visit our website at, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter .


October will be a month to recover and to make the final preparations for our great convention at the Double Tree by Hilton in Modesto.

Message from Supreme President Pedro C. Vieira, Jr.

Once again thank you, all members for the support, the friendship, the delicious meals, the great conversations and respect you all showed to me and my wife. She was right when she told me, you are going to love all this travel, you are going to meet wonderful people and delicious meals prepared by our members. Of course, there is always exceptions and we encountered one in this process. No problem. And last but not the least, I just want to thank from the bottom of my heart for all the generous donations you gave to my charity – The American Cancer Society. Thank you and God Bless you all.

Dear Officers and Members; This time I am sitting in front of my computer to let you know about my last official visits and other events. Let’s start out where I left off. We travelled to Artesia on September 14th to be there and ready to spend a great afternoon with our friends from that lovely city. The drive was very nice, traffic was heavy but nothing too much, the weather was good, and we got to our hotel where we rested and enjoyed the evening.

In Fraternalism Pedro C. Vieira 2018-2019 PFSA Supreme President

Then, the next day we went to Artesia and had a great lunch, great conversation with friends and the afternoon was very well spent. The drive back home was over 7 hours since there was an accident and road work on highway 5 in the Grapevine, so we got home around 1:00 a.m. No problem. After this visit we drove to Modesto to attend the Inauguration of the new PFSA office. The building is beautiful, the offices are spacious, the location is right downtown, plenty of parking, shops and restaurants. The day was filled with speeches, entertainment, ribbon-cutting and of course very interesting conversations with lots of old friends, people we have not seen in a while. And, to end a great day the food was delicious, and we had a performance from a group from the beautiful island of Terceira. The next day we had the pleasure to travel to Hilmar to have a double official visit with Councils 11 Turlock and 26 Stevinson/Turlock/Hilmar which the theme was Vindimas. The hall was very well decorated with tablecloths from our islands, there was a lot of grapes and other motifs of Vindimas. The food was delicious, the attendance was very good and there were many Past Supreme Presidents attending and it was a lot of fun. We even had a demonstration on how to make wine and according to the “workers” involved in the process, the result was very good. I take this opportunity to thank both Councils for the great visit, the generous donations to my charity and I am very much looking forward to seeing all of you attend our convention in November. 5

A Friendly



Don’t forget the upcoming event deadlines

Did you miss a deadline?

Convention Packages to Delegates - First Week of September

Delegate Response Submission - October 8th

Participate in the Monthly Challenges and have fun.

October 2019 Council Challenge - Get ready to carve your pumpkins and get your costumes! See page 11 October 14, 2019 In observance of Columbus day the Home Office will be closed.

See page 11 .

If you require proof of insurance to host your Official Visit, notify the PFSA Home Office 30 days prior to the event.

Don’t forget to apply for the Members in Action Program.

Youth members can apply for the Youth Sponsorship Program.

November 2019 Council Challenge - Plan a Potluck and/or Donate a turkey and canned goods for a family in need this Thanksgiving. See page 11 November 8th - 10th, 2019 PFSA Annual Convention at the Hilton DoubleTree in Modesto, CA See Page 7 November 9, 2019 Annual Corporate Meeting Hilton DoubleTree in Modesto, CA See Page 7

Are you planning a council event? Send the event details by the 20th of each month to get the information published in the Monthly Newsletter. Share your photos or tag PFSA #mypfsa or email to

December 2019 Council Challenge - Host a Christmas Party and/or collect toys for a local charity. Why not have an ugly Christmas Sweater Contest too? See page 11 December 2019 Scholarship Applications will be available online at or contact our office.

Schedule your Council Official Visit for the Term 2019-2020 Letters were mailed to the Fraternal Councils. Deadline is January 1, 2020 Please contact: Monique Vallance PFSA Supreme Vice President

Don’t forget to submit your schedule of events for your 2020 Festa

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November 8-10, 2019

Modesto, California

Friday, November 8, 2019 10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Registration Past Supreme Presidents and Spouses Association Annual Meeting

3:00 PM 7:00 PM

Youth and 20-30’s Game Time! PFSA Supreme President Pedro Vieira Charity Fundraiser

(Complimentary Lunch for PSP’s & Spouses)

The Board of Directors invites PFSA Members to attend the 2019 Annual Corporate Meeting Date:

Saturday, November 9, 2019


2:00 pm

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 1150 9th St, Modesto, CA

Saturday, November 9, 2019 7:30 AM 8:30 AM

Registration Opening Ceremonies – Fraternal Business Session Begins

9:00 AM

Youth and 20-30s Welcome Session and Election of Officers Lunch Break Continuation of Session – Election if needed Annual Corporate Meeting No Host Social Presentation of Officers, Grand March and Grand Ball (Formal Attire and Regalia Required)

(Business Attire & Regalia Required)

12:00 PM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM

Sunday, November 10, 2019


10:00 AM 10:30 AM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM

For the presentation of the Financial Condition and Membership Status reports and valuable information of our Society

4:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM

There will be a Question and Answer period for members to ask questions to the Board of Directors PFSA Non Delegates are entitled to attend the Annual Corporate Meeting on a voluntary basis with no lodging or travel reimbursement.

Memorial Service Mass No Host Social Luncheon; Visitors' Hour; Fraternalists of the Year; Portuguese Community Service Award and Council Recognition Tour of PFSA Office (Optional) 20-30s Social Hour—Wine Tasting No Host Social Banquet and Installation of New Officers (Formal Attire and Regalia Required)

Adjournment and Final Roll Call




Youth & 20-30s Lunch

Lunch and afternoon fun Saturday, November 9 Hotel Lobby 12:00 pm Return to hotel 3:30 pm

Delegates between the ages of 21 and 39 are Invited to taste regional wines from Portugal Sunday, November 10 at 5 pm

Discover a taste of Portugal!


The officers and members of PFSA would like to express sincere condolences to the bereaved families of PFSA Officers and Members





Fraternal Council

Adeline E. Perry Bette C. Gaestel Caroline June Fernandes Debra L. Caldon Don C. Hodson Eduardo Soares da Silva Ezaltina C. Pereira Genevieve Giannandrea Javier R. Espinosa Joe B. Miranda Joe R. Pedrozo Joseph N. Lourenco, Sr. Josephine M. Jones La Verne J. Soito Manuel Fonseca Margarida B. Miranda

108, Madera 20, Merced 5/36, Hayward 84, San Luis Obispo 34, Clarksburg 30, Monterey 14, Mountain View 66, Visalia 11, Turlock 26, Stevinson/Turlock/Hilmar 20, Merced 69, Manteca 21, Los Banos 16, Newark 138, Stratford 26, Stevinson/Turlock/Hilmar

Maria D. Cabral

12, Oakland 24, San Leandro 27, Santa Clara

Mary Silva Mary Ann Davis Paula M. Smith Penelope I. Hadsel Richard J. Gularte Robert J. Camacho Rose A. Beltran Shirley J. Weidenbach Theodore A. Pedrozo

118, Elk Grove 16, Newark 20, Merced 27, Santa Clara 84, San Luis Obispo 11, Turlock 38, Modesto 12, Oakland 20, Merced

Theresa A. Faria

108, Madera 26, Stevinson/Turlock/Hilmar

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