We meet Tuesdays at 12 p.m.
at the Rockford Community Cabin
220 N. Monroe St.
Rockford, MI 49341
We always welcome visitors!
The Rotary Club of Rockford Michigan sponsors or hosts several events throughout the year.
February - this long standing and successful event was held for the last time in 2017. Couples, individuals, and teams of people dress up and jump into the ice cold water near the dam in downtown Rockford. A panel of judges awards trophies for the best team. This year's couple winner was our President Jason Parker and his wife. The event draws a big crowd and raises money for local charities.
The Big Daddy Duck Race
Rockford area businesses purchase ducks and decorate them for the race. We build a float each year and display the ducks in the parade. We also give out candy which is a lot of fun! The 10" ducks are on display in our booth at the Start of Summer Celebration in downtown Rockford. People vote for their favorite duck by placing coins or bills in the jar next to it. We count up the money and award a "prettiest duck" trophy to the winner. At 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, we put the ducks in the water in front of the dam and race them to Richardson-Sowersby park. We award a trophy for the "fastest" duck. The money raised goes to local programs including sponsorship of the summer reading program at Hillview in Rockford.
Reading Rocks in Rockford
Reading Rocks in Rockford started as a Rotary event. We created the event to encourage literacy in our town. Recently, the Rockford Library has taken over the event and hosts it in the beginning part of the summer. The goal is to get kids excited about reading and to keep them reading all summer. Authors of children books attend the event and interact with young readers. We help setup tents the event, and we staff the Hook-a-Book tent each year. At Hook-a-Book, young readers receive a free book just for throwing their fishing line into the "water" and reeling it back in. It is a very rewarding service experience for Rotarians.
Rockford Rotary sponsors and actively runs a program called STRIVE that pairs adult mentors with senior high school students. The students are identified by the schools as being in danger of not graduating. Many of them simply need more help and/or an involved adult to get them over the hump and keep them motivated. We award scholarships to the students for different things like highest GPA, most improvement, etc. It is a very rewarding experience for mentors and students alike.
Fruit and Nut Sale
Each year Rockford Rotary sells delicious oranges and grapefruits from Florida and tasty nuts from Hermann's Boy to raise funds for the club. If you want some delicious produce to supply you with natural vitamin C throughout the cold Michigan winter, please find a Rotarian and get your order in. The sale takes place in October/November of each year.