President’s Message

Spring 2022

Dear Members,

                I would like to introduce myself as your new, incoming PHC President. My name is Evelyn Madruga-Barandiaran and I’ve been a part of the PHC for over a decade as a Board of Director, Treasurer, and Secretary. It is my privilege to follow in the footsteps of our former President, Therese Garces. I personally want to thank her for doing an amazing job as president over many years. I know I have some big shoes to fill! I am eager to continue the Mission of our organization to Honor, Promote and Preserve our Portuguese culture, heritage, and history. That Mission comes with a lot of responsibility, commitment, and passion. With all three of those qualities, it will be my personal goal to continue and expand our Mission. 

                We constantly share our culture and welcome our community to celebrate our wonderful heritage and special traditions. I know I cannot do this alone and feel blessed to have such an excellent team behind me. Let me introduce them. Our new, incoming Vice President, Jeannie Rodrigues-Athey. Jeannie has been a huge part of the PHC with her many successes including her important role to bring the Portuguese Language course to Pt. Loma High School. Our Treasurer, Rosemarie Madruga-Silva. Rosemarie works behind the scenes as the PHC’s bookkeeper and coordinates with the our CPA to keep our finances in order and in  good standing. Our Secretary, Diana Balelo. Diana is a tireless worker who has also put in many years at the PHC as past President and Board Member. I couldn’t be happier working with this great team and the entire Board of Directors!

                Well, as I have been saying for many years, this little house that is home to the Portuguese Historical Center has a lot going on for such a small space! We serve our community in so many ways: our displays at the museum; our gift shop; assisting our visitors who are in search of a book or photo; and sharing a story or article … that leads to a question … that takes on a new learning path … which our Board loves to research.

                Please stop by Saturdays from Noon-to-3PM for a visit. Or schedule an appointment with us anytime. I hope you enjoy this Spring 2022 Newsletter and remind you to also visit our website for updates. Thank you so much for being a part of our organization!

Muito obrigada,
Evelyn Barandiaran, President