|NACOPRW-SoCal Website 2013
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary
Chartered in 1998
¡Saludos y bienvenidos!
Please visit our website and see all the wonderful things we've accomplished throughout these years. We have had great times celebrating and preserving traditions; mentoring our own Boricuas and
other Latinas in our communities; networking with others and supporting our women and children by way of fundraising and educating through workshops. In 2013 NACOPRW- SoCal is celebrating 15 years
of service and going strong.
In October 1998 our chapter was chartered by the National Board after two very passionate Puerto Rican women decided to join in on the fun of celebrating their culture and giving back to their
communities as so many other Boricuas were doing throughout our nation. So, they joined the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women and set out to recruit other Boricuas who shared the same
desire and passion for their culture and communities. Thus, creating our Southern California Chapter.
This year will be a year of much celebration. In a time when our country and communities are in restoration, it is important to celebrate our accomplishments, celebrate life and move forward by
setting new goals that will take us a step further. We will be increasing our social networks; reaching out to more communities; joining in on celebrations of our local Boricua sisters'
accomplishments; mentoring more Latina women and finding more ways to demonstrate our cultural pride. But most of all, we hope to be making new friends in the process and growing stronger. We
encourage you to take a look at our calendar of events. Come and join in on the fun and help us celebrate. We would love to share great times with you!
Luz Minelba Machado
NACOPRW-SoCal President 2013
The guanín is a symbol of leadership used in the Taíno culture by the chief or cacique.
NACOPRW-SoCal uses the guanín as a symbol of our heritage and leadership. It passes on
from president to president in the tradition of the Taínos.
Taíno society was matrilineal. Name and status were inherited from one's mother and social
standing was reckoned such that women might outrank men, even if men usually held political
power. The caciques and their families were at the top of the social hierarchy. The mothers,
sisters and grandmothers held especially high status. NACOPRW-SoCal's guanín is a design and
creation of the chapter's co-founder, D.E. Castro Paden.
NACOPRW-SoCal Executive Board 2013
L. M. Machado, President
D. E. Castro-Paden, 1st Vice President
S. Wooton, 2nd Vice President
C. H. Flores, Secretary
L. Vizcarrondo, Treasurer
NACOPRW-SoCal Purpose and Goals
The NACOPRW-SoCal chapter strives to:
- Educate Puerto Rican and other Hispanic women of their rights; identify and develop leadership skills as a way to enhance their status as members of our society.
- Assist its membership in taking responsibility for the development and maintenance of their Puerto Rican heritage by providing networking opportunities, enrichment activities and a supportive atmosphere.
- Organize educational, social, and cultural events to: disseminate, promote and increase community awareness of the Puerto Rican culture (including but not limited to its manifestations in the arts, literature, economy, government, traditions, education, sports, history, geography, language); establish and maintain ties with other Puerto Ricans to maintain our ethnic identity; preserve and promote the use of the Spanish language as an essential part of our cultural heritage.
- Provide unity, and cohesiveness within the Puerto Rican communities; develop awareness of our contribution to the welfare of the community.
- Collaborate with other organizations, foster close ties among NACOPRW chapters, and establish a network for the accomplishment of our purpose and goals.