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NACOPRW-SoCal Website 2014
Celebrating its 16th Anniversary
Chartered in 1998
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President's Message

Luz Minelba Machado ¡Saludos y bienvenidos! We are so pleased you have stop by to learn who we are and/or what we do. We encourage you to read through our history, our mission statement, and scroll through our activity pictures. Take a look at all the wonderful things we have done in these past 15 yrs. This group is composed of professional Latina Women who come together every year not only to celebrate and preserve our Boricua traditions, but also to be of service to others by offering free educational workshop; scholarships; and charitable giving to our community organizations and worthy causes in support of to the Latinas in our communities, and to just simply have fun.

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 NACOPRW-SoCal will continue to expand our horizons by increasing our social networks; reaching out to more communities and finding more ways to demonstrate our cultural pride with the hopes of making new friends in the process and growing stronger. We encourage you to take a look at our calendar of events and come join in on the fun. We would love to see you there…

Cordially,

Luz Minelba Machado
NACOPRW-SoCal President 2014



President's Guanín

Guanín Presidencial 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's Executive Board 2014

2014 Executive Board

L. M. Machado, President
D. E. Castro-Paden, 1st Vice President
C. H. Flores, 2nd Vice President
L. C. Almodóvar-Solé, Secretary
L. Vizcarrondo, Treasurer



NACOPRW-SoCal Purpose and Goals

The NACOPRW-SoCal chapter strives to:

  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. Provide unity, and cohesiveness within the Puerto Rican communities; develop awareness of our contribution to the welfare of the community.


  5. Collaborate with other organizations, foster close ties among NACOPRW chapters, and establish a network for the accomplishment of our purpose and goals.