1925 – Club chartered on Oct. 20th with 19 members. This was the 2156th organized
club, third club in NH after Nashua and Keene.
Major A. Erland Goyette was the first president and the group met at a small
table in the back room of the Tavern in Peterborough.
Depression years – Club adopted the so-called Bellows Falls Plan, when
annual dues were eliminated and the treasury received a percentage of the
weekly luncheon tickets.
1933 – Sponsored the formation of the Monadnock Region Association – tourism
1936 – Club sponsored the local Boy Scout Troop
1938 – A hurricane, flood and fire devastated downtown Peterborough. Rotarians
took an active role in helping with rehabilitation of the town.
War years – highlight was a visit from Rotary founder Paul Harris in 1944. Last
meeting at the Tavern was held in 1942 as it was closed for the duration of
the war. Meetings were held in the Unitarian Church parish hall during this
1950 – A 25th anniversary celebration of the club was held at the Town House. 150
1952 – Rotary, along with the local Lions club and the American Guernsey Cattle
club, sponsored the first and only Gubernatorial milking contest. Maine
Gov. Burton Cross defeated NH Gov. Hugh Gregg in the event.
1956 – The Roclarion listed statistics of the club. The average Rotarian was 54 years
old, married 26 years, had 1.03boys, 1.02 girls, 1.45 grandchildren and had
been a member of the club for 11.8 years.
1971 – The Interact club was organized at Conval High School under the guidance
of Pres. John Coombs.
1974 – The first Easter Sunday Pancake Breakfast was held at the NHBB cafeteria.
Richard Fernald was President.
1981 – Rotarians purchased Christmas tree lights to establish the tree lighting
ceremony in town. Jack Burwick was President.
1984 – An annual softball tournament was begun against the local Lions Club. Joe
Cummings was President.
1985 – The club was cited by the District Governor for having the best international
project in the district, which was a project in Ethiopia.
1986 – Rotary took over the responsibility of organizing the annual Operation Santa
1988 – Ellen Dinerstein became the first female member of the club.
1990 – The Monadnock Rotary Club, with 18 members, was formed and sponsored
by the Peterborough Club.
1991 – The annual Teacher of the Year award was initiated.
1992 – The monthly Student of the Month award started.
1993 – A Duck race was held during Peterborough Days as a fund raiser.
1994 – Christmas banners were added to town decorations.
Preserve Planet earth committee – Tree Farm
1995 – First Youth Exchange Inbound Student
70th Anniversary celebrated
River clean-up Program started
1996 – First Youth Exchange Outbound Student
1998 – World Service Project – Well in Python, India
1999 – World Service Project – Joint project with club in Palo-Alto, CA – Building a
school in Guatemala.
2000 – Celebrated 75th Anniversary
2000/01 – Rotary Fun Rides
2006/07 – Meltdown Countdown
? – Service project with Belize
? – Walk-A-Thon in Keene