Rodrigo Alvernaz Fraternal Award of Merit 

As a fraternal benefit society, part of Luso-American’s obligation is to reach out to the communities we are a part of and aid those in need around us through our organization, our families, churches, and community. 

Mr. Rodrigo Alvernaz embodied these ideals of fraternalism in all he did during his several years of dedication to the Luso-American family.

The purpose of this fraternal award is to recognize those members that have gone that extra "mile" in volunteer fraternal service (i.e., Meals on Wheels, disaster relief, hospital work, other fraternal organizations, schools, etc.).  Through their tireless volunteer efforts, the community and Luso-American have benefitted significantly. 

These are people who rarely say, "No!" and are always willing to lend a hand.

Recipients of the "Rodrigo Alvernaz Fraternal Award of Merit"

2014 - Anthony Bettencourt

2015 -  Alice Mattos

2016 - Geraldine Alves

2018 - Rosie Silveira 

2019 - Manuel Rosario

GUIDELINES for the “RODRIGO ALVERNAZ Fraternal Award of Merit”

Nominations from our Councils are accepted each year through May 1st deadline. 



  • The award nominee must be living at the time of selection and a benefit member in good standing of Luso-American Fraternal  (LUSO) or Sociedade Portuguesa Rainha Santa Isabel (SPRSI).  

  • Executive Officers, Directors, Sales Agents and the Home Office staff are not eligible to receive the award.

  • Current Fraternal Directors, their spouses or immediate family members are not eligible.

  • A Member can only be nominated by his or her Council.

  • Nominees of any age are eligible.

  • An individual may be nominated more than once.

  • This award can be won only once by an individual.


Award Description

  • The annual winner’s name will be added to the master Rodrigo Alvernaz Fraternal Award of Merit plaque which will be on display at the Luso-American Home Office in Dublin, CA. 

  • An engraved plaque will be presented to the individual award winner.

  • The program will be publicized in the LUSO Magazine and the winner will be featured.  In addition, this winner information will also be provided on our website at and other media outlets.

  • The Rodrigo Alvernaz Fraternal Award of Merit recipient will also be nominated to the American Fraternal Alliance for the AFA Fraternalist of the Year Award.


Program Procedure

  • Nomination Forms for nominees must be received at the Home Office no later than May 1st.

  • Contest information, promotional data and nomination forms will be disseminated by the Rodrigo Alvernaz Fraternal Award of Merit Committee of the Fraternal Board of Directors.

  • Councils are urged to conduct a search to select their nominee for the Rodrigo Alvernaz Fraternal Award of Merit.

  • Councils are allowed to submit ONLY ONE nomination per year.  

  • The winner of the Award cannot be nominated again in the future.

  • The winner will be chosen by Rodrigo Alvernaz Fraternal Award of Merit Committee.  The   decision of the Committee is final.


Notes on filling Out Nomination Form

  • Each nominee will be judged on his/her own merits.  Previous honorees and their accomplishments should not be the criteria for this year’s selection.

  • When filling out the nomination form, please print legibly, or type, all information requested. This is especially important for narrative information.

A clear and complete narration is extremely important to the selection process.