THE PURPOSE OF THE ORGANIZATION, DAY OF PORTUGAL AND PORTUGUESE HERITAGE IN RHODE ISLAND, INC. IS:
1) to celebrate the holiday, Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas
(Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities), in the State of Rhode Island;
2) to preserve the traditions of the Portuguese culture for future generations;
3) to promote the contribution of the Portuguese people, language and culture to the rich fabric of the State of Rhode Island.
About the New RI Day of Portugal Logo
Orlando Mateus, the 2017 Vice President and Creative Director, designed a new logo and banner for the 40th RI Day of Portugal Celebration: “We’re kicking off the new year and the Rhode Island Day of Portugal 40th Celebration with a whole new look.”
Mateus explains the inspiration for the design: “My objective was to create an image that evokes the idea of fun while maintaining elements that are true to our cultural tradition. Our new logo retains core elements, fashioned with a modern flare. As the designer, I conceptualized a symbol that is unique, and that conjures emotion.
The colors of the flag drape, protect and raise up the Portuguese coat of arms, serving as a metaphor for the traditional shawl or scarf worn over the shoulders providing protection and comfort. Additionally, the image symbolizes a heart and the deep affection we share for our culture. It’s my hope that this logo will boost the brand’s visibility by being easily identifiable from a distance.”
At the Rhode Island Day of Portugal General Assembly Meeting on June 20, 2013, an ad hoc Nominating and Bylaws Committee was formed and charged with two tasks: 1) to search for a nominee for the 2014 president of the celebrations and 2) to draft bylaws for the non-profit corporation, Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc.
The ad hoc committee was comprised of ten representatives of the Portuguese-American communities of Rhode Island including the corporation's accountant and attorney. Six of the ten members were past presidents of Day of Portugal in RI.
The committee members were Al Nunes, 2013 President and presiding chair, Lídia Alves, António Ambrósio, José Borges, Marie R. Fraley, Luís Lourenço, C.P.A., Susan A. Pachedo, Esq., João Luís Morgado Pacheco, António Rodrigues, and Victor Santos.
The final draft of the bylaws was ratified unanimously by the membership at the General Assembly Meeting on January 23, 2014 at the Clube Juventude Lusitana, 10 Chase St., Cumberland, RI 02864,
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The Board of Directors in its capacity as the governing body of the non-profit organization, Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. (d/b/a RI Day of Portugal) may establish policies and procedures that uphold its mission, protect its reputation and safeguard its status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the IRS tax code.