Rockford Rotary to Giveaway Books at SOS 2021

Promoting literacy is very important to our club.  We started Reading Rocks in Rockford and normally have our Hook a Book tent at that event to giveaway age appropriate children's books.  Reading Rocks was not able to be held this year due to COVID.  In lieu of that event, we will be giving away free age appropriate books to kids at our booth at Start of Summer.  Please stop by our booth (in front of the Rockford Hemp Co in downtown Rockford), vote for the duck you think is the prettiest (drop some money in a jar to help your duck win), participate in the duck shoot and have your child draw a duck to win a free book (everyone is a winner).  We look forward to seeing you on June 12th!
Rockford Rotary to Giveaway Books at SOS 2021 2021-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Rockford Rotary Helps Plant Trees in Memorial Park

On May 1st, Rockford Rotary helped other volunteers and the City of Rockford plant 27 trees in Memorial Park behind the Community Cabin in Downtown Rockford.    The tree planting is in celebration of Arbor Day and is in line with the City's ongoing sustainability program.  It was a super nice day to be outside doing something active.  We look forward to partnering with the City on more projects throughout the year.  If you want to be a part of future projects like this and are interested in joining Rockford Rotary, please take a minute to fill out our new member form here: LINK
Rockford Rotary Helps Plant Trees in Memorial Park 2021-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rockford Rotary 2021 Big Daddy Duck Race

Rockford Michigan Rotary Big Daddy Duck RaceWe have been selling Big Daddy Ducks throughout the spring and have close to 200 entries for the 2021 race. We will race the ducks this year on Saturday June 12th @ 5pm as part of the Start of Summer festivities. It will start at the dam in Rockford and end in Richardson-Sowerby Park on the other side of the bridge.  Please come down and see the race. It is always a  lot of fun, and it is something that you don't see very often (large rubber ducks - many of which are decorated in all different ways - floating down the river).  Come see the ducks before the race as well.  We will display them all day on the 12th.  You can pick a favorite duck and vote for it with money.  The duck with the most money in its jar at the end of the day will win a trophy for the Prettiest Duck in Rockford.  Look for announcements on this website and our facebook page about voting online for each duck.  Online voting starts on May 31st.  We will award trophies for the fastest and slowest ducks in the river race.  Any person or family or business can enter the race.  To enter the race, you need to make a donation of $100 to Rockford Rotary.  It is still not too late to purchase a duck.  If you would like to purchase one, simply fill out our duck request form HERE.  We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for supporting Rockford Rotary! 
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Rockford Rotary Can Drive Nets Big Check for City - Thank you Rockford!

Due to the generous support by the Rockford community of the Rotary Club of Rockford’s fundraiser, Rotarians Jim Tol, President and Erik Luxhoj, Secretary were able to present a check for $30,000 to Rockford City Manager Thad Beard and Mayor Ed Ross to help fund the new Stage at Garden Park.

According to Beard construction on the new stage is slated for this spring with the goal to have the new stage ready for summer concerts in park.

The Rotary Club has on ongoing can and bottle return drop off site at Knape Industries Inc, 10701 Northland Drive, Rockford. The trailer is available for drop-offs 24/7 to make it easy to donate.
Rockford Rotary Can Drive Nets Big Check for City - Thank you Rockford! 2021-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day 2020 - October 24th

Rotary has done an awesome job ALMOST eradicating Polio. It is really, really close to being a thing of the past but there is still more work to do.  Our club will have a small fund raising activity on October 24th.  Stay tuned and watch for us out in Rockford. 
Here is a video with 5 ways to eliminate Polio.
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2020 Chicken BBQ a Great Success

The 2020 Rotary Chicken BBQ was held over the weekend of September 25th/26th.  We didn't know how it would go because of COVID, and the weather is always a huge variable.  Well, everything went really well. The weather was beautiful, the awesome people of Rockford came out and enjoyed the car show, art show and some BBQ chicken downtown.  We cooked over 1000 chicken dinners in two days on our 4 green eggs.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by to encourage us and buy some chicken.  We really appreciate it!  We did run out of meals. For that we apologize.  If you bought a ticket ahead of time but didn't get a meal, please stop by Knape Industries on 10701 Northland Drive in Rockford. We will be happy to refund your ticket. 

Thank you again for all who helped make this year's BBQ a big success! See you next year.
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2020 Duck Voting

We have a winner! The PJF duck was voted the Most Popular Duck in Rockford! Their duck received 1130 votes which is a ton! Second place went to Choice One Bank with 560 votes. Third place was North Kent Connect duck which just barely edged out Rogue Valley Vet and Gorillatechs. The PJF duck (shown below) will receive a traveling trophy that they can display at their place of business for a year. Thank you everyone who participated! Please come see the ducks race rain or shine on August 8th at 4 p.m. in downtown Rockford at the dam. The ducks will start at the dam and race to Sowersby Park. The race usually takes about 16 minutes, but recent rains could shorten that time. Come out and see all the ducks. Thanks again!
- Rockford Rotary
You can view some of the decorated ducks here: DECORATED DUCKS GALLERY.   If your duck's picture is not shown, please email it to us at  We will be happy to post it as soon as possible. 
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2020 Duck Race Results

A big thank you to everyone who came downtown to see the duck race on Saturday!  We had a lot of fun, and it was a very close finish.  
Here are the results:
Fastest Duck - Car Care Center Cedar Springs - this was an extremely close finish.  Car Care was third with about 60 feet to go. Then the leader (West Michigan Investigations) inexplicably went dead in the water and Care Care caught the current.  The duck touched first and then went under the barrier. We had to lunge for it to stop it from going down river.  It was an exciting finish with a lot of spectators cheering on the ducks.  
Slowest Duck - Sable Homes.  They edged out Heather J. Cadorette's Tiger King duck for last.  
The Prettiest Duck in Rockford (determined by the amount of money collected in the duck's donation jar while on display downtown) is Integrity Tax Service's duck.   
As previously announced, the PJF duck was voted the Most Popular Duck in Rockford. They are a multi-year winner of that title.  
You can see all the ducks and duck winners here:  CLICK.
Thanks again for everyone who came down to watch the race, donated and or participated. We had a great time with the event and look forward to a bigger field of ducks next year.  
Stay safe!
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Bottle Return Program

January 11, 2021
Our bottle return fund raiser has turned into a permanent fund raiser. We have a trailer at 10701 Northland Dr. NE, Rockford, MI where you can drop off cans any time of day.  We will periodically return the cans whenever we get enough piled up to return. Our overall goal is $100,000.  We will put that money back into the community.  Thank you for your support!
All the best – the Rockford Rotary Club
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Rockford Rotary Club New Brief - week ending 04/26/20 2020-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Big Daddy Duck Race

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. 
* Thank you to all the businesses that participated in the 2019 Duck Race. We appreciate your support! See you next year!
Here is one of the ducks from this year.  This one was created by our President (Ted Sees). He owns Rockford Family Eyecare.
Chrome Mechanical's Duck.  Looks great!
Damar Machinery
Rogue Valley Veterinary Hospital
Luxhoj Consulting's Duck
K&K Nails duck
West Michigan Chiropractic
Ver Wys Home Improvement
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Join us for Bowling at Rockford Lanes

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. 

Join us for Bowling at Rockford Lanes 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0


The Rotary Club of Rockford Michigan sponsors or hosts several events throughout the year. 
WHAT WE DO Edited by Lisa Boyd org: E. Luxhoj 2017-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Rockford Rotary BBQ!


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

Rockford Rotary Investigates Rumors of "Juiced" Duck

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

About Us Details

2020-2021 Rotary International Theme
Club president: Jim Tol
President Elect: Erik Luxhoj
Executive Director: Bill Knape
Treasurer: Brian McNamara
Speakers Committee: Jerry Coon/Mike Martin
Public Image Committee: Ted Sees
Seargent at Arms: Open
Life Leadership Chair: Open
Club Administration: Open
Foundation Chair : Jon Loux
Membership: Tom Visser
Secretary: Erik Luxhoj
About Us Details 2017-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
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

Rockford & Cedar Springs Rotary Clubs Present Check to NKCS

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 Presents to Rockford Rotary

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

Rockford Rotary Salutes Local Businesses

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

Rockford Rotary BBQ a Big Success

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