The first record of an attempt to form a Rotary Club in Taumarunui was in the local newspaper of April, 1925. The newspaper heading reports that “Endeavour to form branch of Rotary”.
The inaugural meeting of the Rotary Club of Taumarunui eventually took place on the 15th August, 1945 and the meeting was held at the Theatre Royale annexe. There were between 30 and 40 visiting Rotarians at the gathering represented by New Plymouth, Hawera, Stratford, Taihape, Te Awamutu and Hamilton. Past President of the New Plymouth club, Don Saxton, presided and in the opening remarks referred to the imminence of the fall of Japan and at this suggestion the Rotarians rose and sang the National Anthem.