2020 Duck Race Info

The Big Daddy Duck race is fast approaching.  Obviously things are different this year with COVID, but we have 77 ducks at this point and will race them on August 8th.  We will award Fastest Duck and Slowest Duck trophies.  We will display the ducks at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford.  People can vote for their favorite duck and choose the Prettiest Duck.  Then we will race the ducks at 4 p.m. Please come down and see the race. It starts right before the bridge at the dam and finishes in Sowersby Park.  Here is the new timeline for this year's race and other events:
- July 21st - deadline to turn in ducks for online voting
- July 24th - online voting begins
- August 1st - online voting ends - Most Popular Duck title awarded
- August 6th - deadline to turn in ducks for the race
- August 8th - 4 p.m. - duck race downtown Rockford 
See you there!
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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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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

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

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.  
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