Our History

For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world.

Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It started with the vision of one man: Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905 so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.

Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.

The Princeton Rotary Club was officially instituted on April 30, 1920.  The Princeton Club was sponsored by the Kewanee Club after their recognition of the need and place for an organization in Princeton based on the objectives of Rotary.  The initial 25 Princeton Club members desire, inspiration and determination to encourage and foster the ideal service among the members and community will continue for generations to come.



"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves."

- Paul Harris, Rotary Founder

Member Commitments

Interested in becoming a member?  We offer both individual and corporate membership options.

  • $40 initiation Fee + $135 annual dues
  • Attendance at the weekly luncheon meetings from 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Invitation of a guest speaker one meeting per year with purchase of meal for the guest
  • Participation in at least one committee
  • Purchasing/selling 4 raffle tickets ($120 total) to the annual, primary fundraiser Rotary Auction
  • Selling at least 10 raffle tickets for PHS senior college or trade school scholarships
  • Volunteer your time and talents during community events sponsored by Rotary
  • $75 Initiation Fee + $250 annual dues
  • Designate a Primary member for the business. Primary is listed as an individual member with Rotary International
  • Designation of up to 3 Supporting Members for the business
  • Complete and submit a Corporate Membership Application
  • Includes all individual commitments as well. Corporate members accomplish the individual responsibilities as a group

Service Project Opportunities

  • Grill master for Z Tour bike event
  • Annual Rotary Auction
  • Delivery of Christmas poinsettias
  • 50/50 raffles and fundraisers
  • Soldiers and Sailors park clean-up and beautification
  • Volunteering at local agencies
  • And much more!

Meeting Information

The Princeton Rotary Club meets every Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Our meetings are held at Ye Olde Underground Inn.

Committee Choices

  • Attendance - performed by Club Secretary or alternate member if absent
  • Auction - work with several members on our main fundraiser event which provides funds to donate to several local organizations and internationally
  • Audit - performs quarterly review of club finances
  • Club Assembly - periodically reviews function and purpose of club and officials recognizes new members
  • Community Service - organizes and performs service projects approved by the Board. All club members are encouraged to assist with projects as well
  • Foundation - fundraising dinner for International support of projects approved by the Board
  • Grants
  • Greeters/Collectors - greet and check in members and guests at each meeting, collect money for the meal, balance cash drawer, and give money to treasurer
  • Invocations - volunteer to offer prayer at start of each meeting
  • Membership/Mentoring - provide information about club and Rotary International.  Be available for orientation of new members and available to answer questions about the club


  • Pivot - create and distribute a weekly newsletter that keeps members informed about past, current, and upcoming events, members, guests, and other club information
  • Programs - incoming President schedules club members to bring guest speaker
  • Public Relations - write articles and inform non-members about upcoming auction, recent speakers, and upcoming events via BCR, radio, and social media
  • Scholarship - review PHS candidate's criteria for college or trade school for a few $1000 scholarships.  Invitation to student to attend lunch meeting where they can give a brief biography, including how the money will be applied
  • Scholarship/Fundraising - develop fundraising events for PHS scholarships
  • Sergeant at Arms - announcement of birthdays and anniversaries (each pays $1), collection of Happy Dollars ($1 for each happy announcement), and facilitating the 50/50 drawing at each weekly meeting
  • Special Luncheons - plan, coordinate, and decorate for Special Luncheon events including:  Valentine's Day luncheon, picnic in the park, and the Foundation Dinner
  • Vocational Services - nomination of a few local citizens to receive the Non-Rotarian of the Year Award
  • Youth Program - organize events for local youth