November Rockford Rotary Social Event

Bowling at Rockford Lanes, 117 East Bridge St., Rockford 

Monday, November 13, from 6 pm to 9 pm,

 

We have 4 lanes reserved.  2 games and shoes for $6.00 per person for Rotarians and family.  Guests are welcome and are FREE

Please stop by even if you do not want to bowl or can not stay very long. 

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The annual Rockford Rotary BBQ is September 22-24!
Come on out to enjoy Rockford's Harvest Festival and have lunch and dinner with Rotary!  The event is Friday, Saturday & Sunday - September 22 - 24, 2017 at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford -  across from Arnie's.
 
There is so much to enjoy in downtown Rockford like good weather, Harvest Festival activities and delicious pulled pork meals served up by local Rotarians!   We appreciate all who pre-purchase tickets which helps us to better plan for the BBQ.   You can buy tickets ahead of time from any Rockford Rotarian or, you can buy them at the event.
 
Tickets are $9 and the meal includes:  A pulled pork sandwich, beans and coleslaw.  
 
            BBQ Hours are:
Friday -            11 am -  8 pm
Saturday -       11 am -  8 pm
Sunday -          11 am -  3 pm
 
The Rotary BBQ is one the club's main fundraisers and your support helps them create lasting change in communities around the world.
 
                                      
Annual Rockford Rotary BBQ! Lisa Boyd 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Rockford Michigan sponsors or hosts several events throughout the year. 
 
ANNUAL BBQ TIME!  Join us for the Rotary Fall Harvest Festival BBQ - September 22,23 & 24!
Our fall BBQ happens the last weekend of September each year and is a delicious way to support our community.  We host this event at the Rotary Pavilion across from Arnies Restaurant.  We even have a Drive Thru lane.  Tickets are available for pre-purchase or, you may simply stop by for a meal.  See story for this year's menu and more.  
 
Fruit & Nut Sale
Each year Rockford Rotary sells delicious oranges and grapefruits from Florida and tasty nuts from Herman'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.
 
STRIVE
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.
 
 
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.  Saturday evening of the Start of Summer Celebration, 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 and we created the event to encourage literacy in our town.  Recently, the Rockford Library has taken over the event and hosts it in early June.  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.

 
What We Do Edited by Lisa Boyd org: E. Luxhoj 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Rockford Rotary is investigating claims that a "juiced" Big Daddy Duck has been spotted in the river the day before the Big Daddy Duck race.  Residents were alarmed to see a Big Daddy Duck moving "unnaturally fast" down the river.  One woman claimed that it was able to turn sharply to avoid objects and even seemed to back up at one point.  A local man added his own observations stating that the duck seemed to "have a mind of its own".  He said it was "disturbing" how quickly and smoothly it moved.  Wild rumors circulated that Bill Knape of Knape Industries in Rockford was responsible.  Rockford Rotary immediately dispatched volunteers to the dam area.  However, the spotters only found the usual array of healthy turtles swimming and enjoying themselves.  Rest assured we will keep an eye on the situation and check all race competitors thoroughly before Saturday's 6 p.m. race.  Come downtown Saturday and help us spot the "juiced" duck. 
Rockford Rotary Investigates Rumors of "Juiced" Duck 2017-06-09 04:00:00Z 0
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
 
 
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Rockford Rotary thanks these local businesses for supporting the Big Daddy Duck Race 2016-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Five more Rockford area businesses jump into the Big Daddy Duck Race! 2016-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
Rockford Rotary thanks the following businesses for kicking off the 2016 Big Daddy Duck Race! 2016-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Get ready for the 2017 Rockford Rotary Big Daddy Duck Race 2016-03-25 04:00:00Z 0
The Rockford and Cedar Springs Rotary Clubs presented a $6000 check to North Kent Community Services earlier this month.
Rockford & Cedar Springs Rotary Clubs Present Check to NKCS 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
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.  
 
Doug Taatjes Presents to Rockford Rotary 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2014
Rockford Rotary held its annual duck race back in June at the Rockford start of summer celebration. 
Rockford Rotary Salutes Local Businesses Erik Luxhoj 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Erik Luxhoj 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Erik Luxhoj 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted 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
Rockford Rotary BBQ a Big Success Erik Luxhoj 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0