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Golf outing honors Rockford man


This year’s golf outing will honor a founding member of the Rogue River Community Theatre group, Mike Jonkman.

This year’s golf outing will honor a founding member of the Rogue River Community Theatre group, Mike Jonkman.

The annual golf outing to support Rogue River Community Theatre Company enters its third year in September, with a new title in tribute of a community icon who left us far too soon.

The 2015 Mike Jonkman Memorial Golf Outing, set for Saturday, Sept. 26, honors a founding member of the theatre group and two of his passions—community theatre and the game he continually tried to master.

Jonkman, 58, died last October while pursuing another passion—bow hunting. The Rockford man left behind his wife of 32 years, Mary Beth and their two sons.

“Mike had a competitive spirit, from hunting to horseshoes to golf,’’ Mary Beth Jonkman said. “He  especially enjoyed all his years in theatre and the friends he made. Combining two of his passions in one event is a tribute to Mike’s memory.’’

The Mike Jonkman Memorial Golf Outing is a nine-hole scramble at Scott Lake Country Club, in Kent County’s Plainfield Township, with 8 a.m. registration and a 9 a.m. start. The 27-hole course on Hayes Street NE, off of Pine Island Drive, is easily accessed from the Post Drive exit off U.S. 131.

Registration is $50 and due by September 10. Registration includes golf, cart, and a buffet lunch. There will also be prizes awarded, along with a raffle for goods and services donated by the business community.

It’s an important fundraiser for RRCTC, which formed in September 2012, as the successor of Rogue River Theatre, launched in the 1990s.

Jonkman, who participated in more than a dozen productions under both groups, was an ambassador for community theatre in Rockford.

He worked tirelessly as a board member for the new group, serving as vice president of its executive board. Watching it grow as a successful non-profit organization dedicated to community theatre intensified Jonkman’s enthusiasm, RRCTC Secretary John Bagin said.

“Mike’s excitement, not to mention his grin, were infectious,’’ Bagin said. “He looked forward to the golf outing not only because he was good at the game, but because it allowed people of all skill levels to have a great time while benefitting the community.’’

For more information, visit its website at rrctc.org or email questions to RRCTCROCKFORD@gmail.com. Players can RSVP at info@rrctc.org or contact Stephanie Gamble at (616) 540-9165.

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