Spring 2019

February 14, 2019

Dear Fellow Cabrillians;

It is so exciting to begin this year's journey as your State President. I have received invitations to a variety of Cabrillo Club functions throughout the state for many events including breakfasts, luncheons and dinners.

I am looking forward to Hilmar's breakfast on February 24th, followed that same day by a membership luncheon in Hanford for Kings County. My own Yolo Cabrillo Club's Membership Dinner on Saturday, March 9th, will be followed by Tulare's Membership lunch on March 10th. I've also received gracious invites to Sacramento Cabrillo Club's Valentine Dinner on February 15th and their fabulous Crab Feed on March 2nd.

All of these events are a joyous way of celebrating our Portuguese heritage and fundraising for our important causes. Obviously, this is going to be a very busy and rewarding year. Please let me know when your Club celebrations, events or gatherings are planned, so I may do my best to attend.

In addition, the State Scholarship Screening and State Board Meeting are planned for April 25-27 in San Diego at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. This is a terrific place for a meeting, San Diego is a mecca for visitors and the scholarship screening is always worthwhile and satisfying. The review of the scholarship applications is gratifying and allocating our funds to these deserving students is valuable to our future. Please join us in San Diego for our April State Board Meeting and Scholarship Screening and participate in the important distribution of our scholarships to the outstanding recipients.

Also, there is still time to sign up for the Carnival Cabrillo Cruise on the ship "Imagination" for our October State Board Meeting. We will be setting sail on October 17th (I can't forget that date because it's my 65th birthday) and leaving the Port of LA for the open sea, docking in Ensenada and returning to LA on the 20th. Sign up for a fun filled trip with your fellow Cabrillians!

I look forward to traveling throughout the State this year, speaking with Cabrillo Club members everywhere and listening to ideas that will help energize our Cabrillo Clubs.

It is vital that we build our future together!

Best Wishes to you and yours,

Elizabeth Castro Kemper
2019 State President
State Council Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California, Inc.


Fall 2018

September 1, 2018

Hi Fellow Cabrillians!

Here it is the end of a very hot Summer where our State has experienced a sad situation with so many fires resulting in many losses of property and lives. Our thoughts are with all those affected.

The past six months have been busy and enjoyable all at the same time!

In March, Virginia Correia and I attended the Sacramento Crab Feed. We enjoyed the great and plentiful meal and lots of friendship!

April was State Board in Tulare where our dedicated Cabrillians screened 170 scholarship applications and awarded 129 scholarships totaling $64,500.00. And lest we forget, the “3 Musketeers” were caught playing cards on the balcony, having fun. We ended the evening, while taking over the hotel lobby playing cards, again!

In June, I was pleased to be invited to Hilmar’s Scholarship Luncheon. So impressive were the recipients as they introduced their family members and shared a brief bio of themselves. The kitchen crew did a great job on the barbecue.

July meant staying close to home, while San Diego held their annual Spaghetti Scholarship Dinner which enjoyed a very large turnout, including 11 recipients who also introduced their families and gave their bios. Thanks to the entire kitchen crew, who did an outstanding job!

Also, in July, the “3 Musketeers” and our plus 1(Gene Santos), headed North to Tulare’s annual Scholarship Fish Fry. The kitchen crew worked tirelessly preparing an abundance of food with the fruit being very refreshing! We left Tulare at 9:00 a.m. to return home and arrived into San Diego at 5:15 p.m. Let’s just say, too many cars!

It really is amazing to see so many students of today who have their paths for the future planned!

I’m sure by now most of you have heard we lost State Director Sandi Mascarenhas, a dear friend, Director
and Member of San Diego #16 to a brain tumor, whose services were held in August.

A big thank you to all of you who made my visits so enjoyable! Your hospitality was much appreciated!

I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming October State Board meeting hosted by Hilmar #30 in Modesto.

Love you all!

Joanne Cabral
2018 State President
State Council Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California, Inc.

Winter 2018

December 1, 2018

Hi Fellow Cabrillians!

Here I am again!

In August, Barbara Vargas and I were invited to Sacramento Western Night. We had a lot of fun. There was plenty of food and a live band. I was pleased to be the highest bidder on quite a few baskets from the Silent Auction!

The end of September brought the Cabrillo Festival in San Diego with the reenactment of the discovery of California by our Portuguese explorer Joao Rodrigues Cabrilho, which is always one of the highlights. Thank you to San Diego #16 for the cocktail party hosted in my honor and for the plaque commemorating the event!

Then, it was off to our October State Board meeting with travel buddies Barbara Vargas and Roni Madruga. The road trip was fun and eventful with Barbara instructing Roni to moo every time she saw a cow. As you can imagine, there was a lot of mooing and we were thankful when she fell asleep! We arrived in Modesto and enjoyed the very nice Welcome Reception and a plethora of food. The Hilmar Portuguese Dancers were outstanding and enjoyed by all attendees! Hats off to Hilmar #30 for hosting a great State Board!

The next day we were off to Cabrillo Day at the Races at The Big Fresno Fair. We all had a great time and enjoyed the group dinner at Cattlemen’s Restaurant in Selma. The was fun evening and the food was delicious. Thank you to Fresno #10 and Tulare #12 for the pretty plaque recognizing the event, and bonus, in my favorite color, blue!

Monday we headed back home, but this time there was no mooing!

I have truly enjoyed being your State President and hope to see all of you January 11-13, 2019 at our State Convention in Sacramento,
hosted by Yolo #26.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Love you all!

Joanne Cabral
2018 State President
State Council Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California, Inc.


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