History of the Taupo Cosmopolitan Club

After several meetings amongst interested people in 1968 The Taupo Cosmopolitan Club was formed at a public meeting in February 1969.

Clubrooms were obtained above Taupo Industrial Supplies Ltd building in Ruapehu St. The 70 who had signed up were then invited to nominate new members, and the resulting 300 were considered to be foundation members. To assist the Club in raising funds, debentures were issued to members and non – members alike being non interest bearing up to $50 and bearing 5% over that sum.

The inaugural meeting was held on Wednesday 26th February 1969 at the Taupo Football Club gymnasium where plans for the alterations to the Club premises were approved. Office holders were elected and the first Club Patron was chosen in local Police Sergeant Mr Tom Marson.

The first Committee Meeting was held in the Taupo Industrial Supplies building on the 17th March 1969 where the entrance fee for members was set at $10 and the subscription fees were to be set at a General Meeting to be called shortly thereafter.

By 1979 Membership had increased to 692 and the Club’s financial position was reported in the local press as being 'strong'. A change to the Club’s constitution a year earlier had allowed Women to join the Club and Mrs M Twist, the first female member, was elected to the Committee.

In 1982 the Club was redecorated and new premises were bought at 5 Taniwha St.

By 1985 the present location of the Club had been cleared and building of the new Clubrooms had started.