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 eluxhoj@luxhojconsulting.com.  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

June 2, 2020
Rockford Rotary is holding a Bottle Return project.  If you have returnable bottles and cans in your garage, please consider donating those to our club. We will return the cans and/or bottles and put the money back into the community.
 
 
We will have a semi-trailer setup at Knape Industries at 10701 Northland Dr. NE, Rockford, MI on a future Saturday - please check back here to see when that is. We will collect bottles and cans right before the stores re-open their return centers. You can drop off returnables between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on that date. If you have questions, please call Jim Tol at 616-328-3642 or email him at jetnet1@att.net.  
 
 
Thank you for your support of Rockford Rotary. We look forward to seeing you around town once the lockdown is lifted. Please stay safe and healthy.
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. 

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WHAT WE DO

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. 
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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
 
 
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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

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.
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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.  
 
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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