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The Rockford Rotary participated in the Rockford Community Expo on Saturday March 19th.  It was a fun day. Many small ducks and candy were distributed along with a few Rotary branded tape measures.  We also gave away between 150 and 200 books to kids as we  continue to promote literacy in our community. As part of the Expo we held a raffle just for fun.  We drew names and gave the winners a choice of $25 in Rockford cash or (4) meal tickets for our Rotary Chicken BBQ in September.  The winners of the drawing were:  Chris Melton, Holly Fiser and Brittany Gemke. 
We have notified the winners, but if for some reason you did not get our message, please call Erik Luxhoj at 920.850.0543.  Thank you! 
Thank you also to everyone who stopped by our booth, took some candy, chatted with us and entered the raffle.  We enjoyed talking to you!
We kicked off sales for our 2022 Duck Race February 8th.  The duck race will take place at the dam in downtown Rockford at the Start of Summer Celebration on June 10th and 11th.  Race time is 5 p.m.  The ducks will be displayed in downtown business windows starting May 31st with online voting for the most popular duck starting the same day.  Trophies will be awarded for the Most Popular Duck (online), the Prettiest Duck (most money in the jar at the booth) and Fastest and Slowest duck (river race). If you are interested in purchasing a duck for this year's race, you can sign up HERE.  
Take a look at last year's decorated ducks HERE.  
Last year 206 area businesses decorated ducks.  We are shooting for 325 this year, so sign up now and get to work on that duck!  
Rockford Community Can Drive to benefit the Rockford High School Marching Band
Event coordinator/contact: Deb Davis, Rockford Lions Club member, 616-723-1178
What:     Rockford Community Can Drive
When:    Saturday, February 19, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:   Parking lot at Great Lakes Ace Hardware
             643 Northland Dr NE, Rockford, MI 49341
Why:      The can collection trailers for the Rockford Lions, Rockford Rotary and the Rockford High School Band were all robbed on Saturday, February 12, Monday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 15 (Three different locations; multiple robberies each day)
The Rockford Lions and the Rockford Rotary are teaming up to host this can drive to benefit the Rockford High School Band in replacing their lost revenue from the robberies. The Band is gearing up for a trip to the Rose Bowl Parade in 10 months and we want to give the Rockford community the opportunity to help us turn this negative incident into a positive event!
Community members are invited to drive through the drop off area between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and volunteers from the Lions, the Rotary and the Rockford High School Band will be on hand to accept their donations of returnable cans and bottles. 
Spokespersons for the Rockford Lions, and the Rockford High School Band and Boosters will be available for comments at the event and prior. Please contact Deb Davis for further information. 
Please note: While the owners of Great Lakes Ace Hardware are supporting this effort with the use of their property for this event, no spokesperson will be available regarding this event. Thank you for your attention to this detail. 
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