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Want another way to support the Big Daddy Duck Race?  We have a raffle this  year.  A $5 ticket will get  you a chance at $1000.  If you are interested, please follow the link below to the ticket order form.  A Rotarian will contact you as soon as they can to sell you a ticket.  Thank you for your interest!
 
Rockford Rotary is proud to announce that it will be hosting a concert on Thursday June 21st (the Summer Solstice). 
The concert will feature Langhorne Slim & the Lost at Last Band and the The Accidentals wsg Roosevelt Digs.
The concert will be at St. Cecilia Music Center - Royce Auditorium in Grand Rapids.  If you are interested in
purchasing tickets, you can do it securely online at the following site: https://m.bpt.me/event/3405139.
It is time again to start preparing for the Rotary Big Daddy Duck race.  We hold the race yearly at the Start of Summer celebration in Rockford.  The Start of Summer celebration starts the last week of school in Rockford and culminates in a weekend of fun on June 8th, 9th and 10th. 
 
WHAT WE DO
We support several local and international projects throughout the 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.
 
Youth Exchange
Our club supports an inbound and outbound international exchange student - often yearly.  Our current inbound student is from Brazil.  We find host families and support the student any way that we can to enrich both the community's and the student's exchange experience. 
 
Life Leadership Conference
Each year we sponsor 6 or 7 Rockford High School students to attend the Life Leadership Conference sponsored by the Rotary International District 6290.  Students are chosen for their leadership potential and scholarship.  Interviews take place in the spring of each year.  To read more about the conference follow this LINK.
 
POLIO Plus
Rotary International's longtime goal has been to eliminate polio worldwide.  We are in fact very close to doing that LINK. We support the district and international Rotary organization's effort in the fight against polio. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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President's Cangeover Dinner
Jun 26, 2018 5:30 PM
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