Rotary Club of Woodinville's Rotarian of the Year Pat Ford likely got the award because of her penchant for keeping busy. 

"I don't like sitting back and doing nothing," said Ford, who recently turned 79. "I like to jump in and participate." 

She moved to Woodinville in 2014 to become a partner in the Hideaway Lodge Bed & Breakfast, and joined Rotary soon after. 

But for her, it's not enough to just join a club, she wants to be as active as possible. 

She is now the chairperson of the annual warm coat event, which this past year had to take place in a drive-thru manner for the first time ever. Ford worked closely with the Northshore Rotary to ensure the families received food and coats for children in a safe, no-contact manner. 

"Rotary is very committed to making a difference in the community, and that's one of the reasons I love being a part of it," she said. 

She's also chairperson of the environmental stewardship committee, because she's passionate about helping address climate change, she said. Her committee was one of the groups involved in providing a solar-powered refrigeration unit for small-scale farmers who need cold storage for fresh produce. 

Despite her active participation in some significant Rotary initiatives, Ford didn't expect to be recognized as Rotarian of the Year. 

"I was really surprised and appreciative of being called out," she said. 

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