Matt Palmorino, the Knights of Columbus ever-present bingo manager on Wednesday and Friday evenings, is the Council 6168 Knight of the Year.
“Matt is faithful and hard working,” Grand Knight John Uva said. “He is an astute manager. His leadership made it possible for the council to exceed $40,000 for charity again this past fraternal year.”
Bingo is the primary source of funds for charity that the Council distributes. To support bingo, Matt often is at the hall from 2 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, not to mention additional time spent ordering and receiving supplies, accounting, banking, etc.
As an AFS director and master electrician, he also helps keep the Knights of Columbus Hall itself humming, whether it’s the air conditioner or other equipment (the AFS Corporation is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of property used by the Knights).
Matt joined the Knights of Columbus about six years ago, and quickly advanced to third degree. He was and remains inspired by the Knights’ commitment to charity, he said.
In 2005 Matt and his wife, Rocio, left work, St. Peters, Missouri, and the St. Louis area to settle in Pine Ridge Estates. Both are immigrants to the United States, he from Canada and she, from Colombia. She holds a degree in clothing design and is an expert seamstress.
They subsequently registered as parishioners at Our Lady of Grace Church in Beverly Hills where Matt is a hospitality minister at 10:30 a.m. Sunday masses.
At the height of his career when Matt traveled on union jobs to Phoenix, Denver and other U.S. cities, they traveled together. They lived in a 26-foot mobile home they towed.
Among Matt’s career accomplishments are work on the then-controversial Denver International Airport, finished in 1995 to accommodate super large passenger aircraft and the ultra-clean Intel chip factory in Phoenix.
Matt and Rocio have four daughters and eight grandchildren.