MURRIETA – The Rotary Club of Murrieta named Patsy Orr as its 2019-2020 Rotarian of the Year, the highest honor the club bestows for service above self. As 2019-2020 president Jacqui Dobens said, “Patsy was always ready to step up and help.”
The club’s Face Shield Project is the latest example of how Orr has stepped up for the community. As the project began in the early stages of the COVID-19 shutdowns, she offered to help in delivering supplies to those manufacturing the shields on their home 3D printers and delivering the completed projects to hospitals and others that needed them. Before long, she ordered her own 3D printer and began manufacturing products to add to those being distributed throughout the community.
A Rotarian since 2003, Orr served as Murrieta Rotary’s president in 2013-2014 and as an assistant governor for Rotary District 5330 from 2014-2016. She also has been involved in Children’s Health International Projects, which was comprised of Rotarians. She is a three-time Rotarian of the Year, having previously been honored with the title in 2019 and 2006. She currently serves at the club’s treasurer.
A native of Colorado, Orr graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in science, leading to a career in medical technology. Later, with her husband, Al, she became a small-business owner in Temecula. The Orrs served as a mentor couple for a Habitat for Humanity family while owning their business. On her travels in the United States and abroad, she sought out archeological sites as her major interest.
The club serves the city of Murrieta and surrounding area and is involved in international projects in cooperation with Rotary International which has as its ongoing theme “Service Above Self.” Chartered April 28, 1992, the Murrieta Rotary Club is known for several signature projects including the Murrieta Field of Honor, which will celebrate its 12th year in November. Murrieta Field of Honor is a display of American flags and serves as a fundraiser that enables the club to proactively help in challenging times, provide scholarships, assist foster care youth, support teachers with grants to offset expenses, co-host an annual special needs adult dance and much more.
Rotary is one of the largest international humanitarian service organizations in the world, with 1.2 million members in some 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. Rotary began in 1905 in Chicago and serves the needs of local communities around the world.
Submitted by Rotary Club of Murrieta.