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The Rotary Club of Rockford Michigan sponsors or hosts several events throughout the year. 
If you are not sure what a Big Daddy Duck race is, here is the short version: we talk to local businesses and convince them to support our club by donating $100 per duck for the race. They then get a 10" rubber duck to decorate and participate in the race. The participating businesses will have the duck displayed at our booth at Start of Summer (we get a lot of traffic!), they will have their duck in the parade, they will have their logo on our website for 1 year, and they can participate in Duck Prize to see which duck is the most popular in Rockford (online voting).  We award trophies for fastest, prettiest and slowest duck as well.  
 
MOST POPULAR DUCK CROWNED:  PJF's duck won the most popular duck vote finishing with 4427 votes!  That is an all time record for the Duck Prize contest. Congratulations to PJF.  They will receive the most popular duck traveling trophy.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest.  
PRETTIEST DUCK: Luxhoj Consulting (Thanos duck)
FASTEST DUCK: Lipe Industrial Services (via a drawing because of high water)
SLOWEST DUCK: FACT (via a drawing because of high water).
 
More information/notes:
* If you want your duck back, the ducks are available for pick up at Knape Industries - 10701 Northland Dr., Rockford, MI.  616-866-1651. You can stop by anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Monday - Thursday.  Thank you. 
* We will be posting pictures of all the ducks we displayed on the float. However, it will take some time to get all the pictures on the site, so please check back over the next couple of weeks. Thank you. 
 
 
Here is one of the ducks from this year.  This one was created by our President (Ted Sees). He owns Rockford Family Eyecare. If you love Game of Thrones and love his duck, please vote for him when the online voting begins. 
 
Here is Chrome Mechanical's Duck.  Looks great!
This one is from Damar Machinery
Here is Rogue Valley Veterinary Hospital
Here is Luxhoj Consulting's Duck
Here is K&K Nails duck
Here is West Michigan Chiropractic
Here is Ver Wys Home Improvement
If you need some duck decorating ideas to get your creative juices flowing, you can browse the duck picture gallery below.  
 
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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