|What We Do||Posted||on Feb 22, 2017||
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.
|About Us Details||Posted||on Feb 22, 2017||
Club president: Jason Parker
President Elect: Lisa Boyd
Treasurer: Brian McNamara
Song Leader: Ted Sees
Seargent at Arms: Ryan Kelley
Life Leadership Chair: Open
Youth Exchange: Jon Loux
Club Administration: Ramona Hinton
Foundation Chair : Ted Sees
Membership: Tom Visser
Secretary: Erik Luxhoj
|Rockford Rotary thanks these local businesses for supporting the Big Daddy Duck Race||Posted||on Jun 05, 2016||
|Five more Rockford area businesses jump into the Big Daddy Duck Race!||Posted||on May 05, 2016||
|Rockford Rotary thanks the following businesses for kicking off the 2016 Big Daddy Duck Race!||Posted||on Apr 28, 2016||
Do you want to join the race? Go to our Order a Big Daddy Duck page to get yours today!
|Get ready for the 2017 Rockford Rotary Big Daddy Duck Race||Posted||on Mar 25, 2016||
|Big Ducks Almost Complete||Posted by Erik Luxhoj||on May 29, 2015||
We put the finishing touches on our 7 foot tall wooden ducks last night. The ducks will appear in the wild in Rockford in the next two weeks to publicize our Big Daddy Duck race coming up at the Start of Summer celebration on June 13th. Look for the ducks around town, and please join us for the race at 7 p.m. on the 13th. See you there!
|Rockford & Cedar Springs Rotary Clubs Present Check to NKCS||Posted||on Jan 25, 2015||
The Rockford and Cedar Springs Rotary Clubs presented a $6000 check to North Kent Community Services earlier this month.
|Doug Taatjes Presents to Rockford Rotary||Posted||on Jan 19, 2015||
Doug Taatjes, a specialist in Western Michigan Commercial Real Estate, presented to our club at the January 13th noon meeting. Doug did a great job of informing our members and getting us up to date on all the latest developments in Western Michigan Commercial real estate. Join us at our next meeting for another great speaker. We would love to meet and get to know you.
|Rockford Rotary Salutes Local Businesses||Posted by Erik Luxhoj||on Oct 06, 2014||
Rockford Rotary held its annual duck race back in June at the Rockford start of summer celebration.
|Quote of the Week - Who Said It?||Posted by Erik Luxhoj||on Oct 06, 2014||
Don't wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.
|Thought for the Week - Who Said It?||Posted by Erik Luxhoj||on Oct 06, 2014||
“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”
|Rockford Rotary BBQ a Big Success||Posted by Erik Luxhoj||on Oct 05, 2014||
Rockford Rotary held it's annual BBQ fund raiser during harvest fest this year. Lots of people came to downtown Rockford to enjoy the good weather, all the Harvest Fest activities and some delicious pulled pork served up by local Rotarians! The Kraker mobile was fired up
|Welcome to our new website!||Posted by Erik Luxhoj||
Welcome to our Rotary Club!