January 25, 2005 - Issue: Vol. 151, No. 5 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 1st Session
IN RECOGNITION OF THE CABRILLO CIVIC CLUBS OF CALIFORNIA; Congressional Record Vol. 151, No. 5
(Extensions of Remarks - January 25, 2005)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E63-E64] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN RECOGNITION OF THE CABRILLO CIVIC CLUBS OF CALIFORNIA ______ HON. DENNIS A. CARDOZA of california in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 25, 2005 Mr. CARDOZA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and honor the Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California upon the celebration of their 70th Annual Convention. The Cabrillo Club is dedicated to the civic progress of Californians of Portuguese descent, to teach and foster Americanization, and to encourage better education and perpetuate the achievements of their forefathers. The Club is dedicated to these ideals in memory of John Rorigues Cabrillo, the discoverer of California. The Cabrillo Civic Clubs, Inc. was organized in 1934 by Californians of Portuguese descent who were proud that a Portuguese mariner had discovered the beautiful state of California. Today, there are fourteen clubs throughout the Golden State with nearly 3000 members. The Club is known for its many charitable activities including blood drives, fundraising for polio and cancer research, assisting candidates for U.S. citizenship, and providing college scholarships for students of Portuguese descent. In addition, the Cabrillo Clubs strive to foster an interest within their communities in Portuguese customs and culture through local events such as ``Festas Portuguesas.'' I am especially honored to recognize this remarkable organization, as I am of Portuguese [[Page E64]] heritage. I too appreciate the importance of celebrating our culture, and embracing the ideals upheld by the Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California. Their 70 years of dedication to preserving our heritage while promoting progress is admirable and certainly deserving of recognition. Mr. Speaker, I wholeheartedly ask that my colleagues join me in recognizing the Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California, an organization steeped in culture and tradition that remains committed to the preservation and progress of the Portuguese community and the State of California. ____________________