Tom Van Dam Takes Over as Rockford Rotary President
Ramona Hinton was roasted at a small gala at Boulder Creek golf course on Tuesday July 8th. It was all part of the tradition that is Rockford Rotary's transition of leadership every July. Neil Blakeslee gave a complicated and very funny account (mostly fictitious we think) of Ramona's life and past exploits. Tom then took the reins as president and laid out the club's goals for the next year. Rob Vermeer signed on as the next victim for the Presidency in the 2015 - 2016 year. A good time was had by all. Thank you Ramona for a great year of service to the club! Tom, we look forward to your steady leadership in the coming year!
Nancy Martin Awarded Top Prize in Rockford Rotary Charitable Raffle
We held our $200 and Grand Prize drawing for our 2014 Charitable Raffle on Saturday night at the Start of Summer Celebration in downtown Rockford. The proceeds of the 50/50 raffle go to support our projects in the community including the Miracle Field on 10 mile and the North Kent Community Service Center in Rockford. Sales were brisk leading up to the drawing. In the end it was Nancy Martin's name that was drawn at 5 p.m. Saturday night. Right before the grand prize drawing, Tom Schwartz won the last $200 prize of the year. A big thank you to everyone who supported our raffle this year!
Young Insurance Burns the Competiton to Win the Rotary Big Daddy Duck Race
We held our annual Big Daddy Duck race on Saturday June 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford dam. The race started out slowly and with some minor mishaps as the strong river current made starting the ducks a major challenge. Once the ducks cleared Bridge Street, it was a close race between Young Insurance's "One Hot Duck" and Knape Industries "Silver Bullet" duck. Defending champion The Corner Bar was well back in the pack and faded early. Previous year's champion Rockford Ambulance suffered the same fate and never challenged the leaders. As the ducks rounded the bend and approached the finish line, it was too close to call. Finally on the last stretch Young Insurance pulled ahead and touched beak first. A gracious loser, Knape Industries looked shiny in defeat. Young Insurance was awarded the hand carved traveling trophy and will proudly display it until next year. The race raised $2300 for reading scholarships in Rockford. With little overhead, Rotary will be able to donate 99% of the money raised to the program. Check our Photo Gallery page for more pictures of the event.
Rotary Duck Race Nets Three Winners
Our annual duck race was held Saturday night June 14th at the Rockford dam. We dumped approximately 800 ducks off the bridge into the river and raised around $2300 for Summer Reading programs in Rockford in the process. Turn out to watch the finish in the park was good. In the end three ducks were faster than all the rest. Chrystal Newman's duck one first prize and claimed $500. Anson Boyer's duck was a beak slower and finished in second to take home the $250 prize. Marie Smith of Young Insurance capped off a big day for the local insurance provider (they took home the Big Daddy prize 30 minutes before) by winning third and salting away $150 in prize money. The winning numbers were #0419 (1st), #0009 (2nd) and #0346 (3rd). Congratulations to the three winners and thank you everyone for supporting our duck race this year! See you next year at Start of Summer! Go to our photo gallery page to view more pictures from the event.
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