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]
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        IN RECOGNITION OF THE CABRILLO CIVIC CLUBS OF CALIFORNIA

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                         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

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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.

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