May is flying by which means that the Duck race is right around the corner.  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 will award trophies for fastest, prettiest and slowest duck as well.  
 
The event is not just for businesses.  If you or your family want to sponsor a duck, just let us know.
 
If you want in on this fun event, please contact any Rockford Rotarian and ask them for a duck. Or you can click on the button below to go to the request form. Once the form has been submitted, a Rotarian will contact you. Thanks! 
 
More info for participants: 
* To participate in the online voting ducks need to be turned in by May 31st. There are several drop off points in Rockford including the Chamber of Commerce offices, the Edge Barbershop and Knape Industries on Northland drive. 
* Online voting begins June 1st.  Tell your friends to vote for your duck.  Online voting will continue for 10 days.  The duck with the most votes at the end of voting will be crowned as the most popular duck in Rockford.  Look for the voting form link here.  Ducks will be displayed in downtown Rockford and area businesses. You can also vote for your favorite ducks using the QR code on the race posters posted around town. 
* Keep an eye out for the Big Huge Daddy Duck around town.  Feel free to take pictures of the Big Huge Duck (23' tall) and post them on social media. Please tag the photos with #rockfordmirotary #bigdaddyduck.  Have fun!
* Stop by our booth at Start of Summer to see all the ducks. 
* The duck race itself will take place on June 15th at the dam in Rockford at 6 p.m.  Spectators can watch the ducks finish in Richardson-Sowerby Park.  It takes the ducks about 12 minutes to go from the start line to the line in the water at the park.  Everyone is welcome!
* If participants are not going to have their ducks voted on during the Duck Prize portion of the event, please turn your duck in by June 13th for display on the Rotary float. 
 
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. 
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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
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 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
Club president: Ted Sees
President Elect: John Mousel
Treasurer: Brian McNamara
Song Leader: Open
Seargent at Arms: Ryan Kelley
Life Leadership Chair: Open
Assistant District Governor: Jon Loux
Club Administration: Open
Foundation Chair :  Open
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
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, 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
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
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