For the last 107 years, the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament has held the title of the largest Portuguese Feast in the world. A New Bedford staple that brings in tens of thousands of people annually.

As most know, each year new members are elected to the feast committee as well as officers of Club Madeirense. On Saturday, January 14th, the 44th annual 'Installation of Officers' was held at Whites of Westport to announce the 2023 board of directors.

Following the traditional Madeira wine toast, dinner was served to all attendees. Special recognitions were awarded, the 2023 board of directors was introduced and the night ended with the installment of officers.

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The 2023 Club Madeirense Officers:

President - Timothy Rodrigues

First Vice President - Carlos J. Nunes

Second Vice President - Brandon Travers

Treasurer (term expires 2023) - James M. Vieira

1st Assistant Treasurer (term expires 2024) - Leonard Quintal

2nd Assistant Treasurer (term expires 2023) - Stephen Paiva

3rd Assistant Treasurer (term expires 2024) - Nelson Quintal

Recording Secretary - John L. Nunes

Assistant Recording Secretary - Aaron C. Souza

Corresponding Secretary - Adriano Almeida, Jr.

Assistant Corresponding Secretary - Adriano Almeida, iii

Master of Ceremonies - Arthur Agrella

Sergeant-At-Arms - John V. Quintal

Dues Collector - Jeffrey J. Coutinho

Assistant Dues Collector - Anthony H. Quintal

The 107th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament Committee:

Feast President- James Gouveia

Vice President- Dennis Freitas

Treasurer- Stephen Paiva

Recording Secretary- Tom Neves

Corresponding Secretary- Paul Ferreira


Including the Feast, the club has six large events planned for this year and will be utilizing the feast grounds to their full ability.

  • St. Patrick's Dinner- March 18th, 2023 (Museum of Madeiran Heritage Fundraiser)
  • Fish Fry Fundraiser- March 31st, 2023 (Vocational Awards Committee)
  • Beer & Wine Tasting- May 12th, 2023 (Scholarship Committee Fundraiser)
  • Country Fest- June 2023 (Club Madeirense Event)
  • 107th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament- August 3rd-6th, 2023 (Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, Inc.)
  • Beer & Food Truck Festa- September 2023 (Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, Inc.)

For more information on upcoming events and membership, visit Feast of the Blessed Sacrament here.

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