Thursday, January 4th - 7 p.m

Stonebridge Estates Clubhouse

SE Corner of Marks and Herndon



Thursday, January 11th ~ 7 - 9 p.m.

Hayden Building (theater and lobby area) 1626 19th St, Suite 23 Bakersfield, CA 93301


Thank you to all of our family, friends, and supporters who attended the Friends of Portugal  events this past January!

FOP Board of Directors and National Leadership were pleased to host several events in January. 

We had a wonderful evening of great food, wine, and desserts while sharing the great work of FOP and how the organization is positively impacting communities in Portugal!

Those attending heard from Otto & Marjorie Ekk, and Hendrik & Maggie von Neissen about their work in country and the opportunities each has had to build relationships with community members and encourage, inspire, and empower them where they are.

Guests also heard from several Board Members who expanded upon the vision of FOP and talked of upcoming opportunities and initiatives, and a fall 2018 Business & Cultural Trip!

If you'd like to find out more about our fall trip or wish to attend, please contact North American Director, Cathy Gallagher at!


Business & Cultural Trip 2018


Portugal was recently recognized as "Best European Destination" in the World Travel Awards.

Join us in fall 2018 for our next Business & Cultural Trip and find out why! We will explore the beauty of this great country with its rich history, and visit with entrepreneurs and industry leaders who have experienced the incredible economic upswing of recent years.

For information email


Swimming with Sharks

In April 2016, Friends of Portugal was pleased to partner with Point Loma Nazarene University of San Diego, CA, and Portuguese Entrepreneurs to host a 3 day seminar entitled, Swimming with Sharks – Critical Skills and Tools for the Entrepreneur, led by Randy Ataíde and Cathy Gallagher. The event took place at NOVA University in Lisbon, Portugal. The speakers focused on developing skills in innovation, entrepreneurship, and negotiation, and encouraging and inspiring Portuguese entrepreneurs to capitalize on their skill sets and look to the future for new ideas.



San Diego


Sunday, January 7th ~ 6 p.m.

Point Loma Living Room

1018 Rosecrans St.