On 29 September 1927, at a meeting presided over by District Governor Charles Rhodes, the Rotary Club of Timaru was Chartered with a membership of 25. The Club has  thirty five members led by President Hugh Perry and they meet at Timaru Town & Country Club, 99 Douglas Street, Timaru on Tuesdays at 6pm. The Club was recently recognised with a District Award for the best website and their projects include:

  • In Community Service:With support from the RJ & CF Moyes Trust, the Club provide a free dictionary to each year 4 child in South Cantebury schools.; Support for Heart Kids and Multiple Sclerosis South Canterbury; and the Club's Helping Hands project set up to provide a rapid response to people in crisis. 
  • In International Service; Donations to Shelterbox; Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC); and Interplast (which provides plastic surgery for patients from the Asoia Pacific region); and in Thailand, assisted with the redevelopment of laundry and bathroom facilities for an orphanage for stateless children 

They rase funds though Garage Sales and a Hot Dog stall at Alpine Energy Stadium where rugby is played.


The Club was Chartered on 17 May 1923 It has fifty five (55) members led by President Bob Cunningham and when possible, they meet on Monday at 12.30 pm at Grande Events Centre , Cecil Brewhouse & Kitchen North Bay; or otherwise by ZOOM. The Club's primary focus is helping children and youth overcome adversity by building handicapped access, mechanical lifts, medical financial assistance or honouring academic excellence, Group Study Exchanges, scholarships and much more, Fund Raising for this comes from Rotary4Kids, Rotary At Home Bingo, Nevada Tickets and Rotary Rose Day for a total of around $175,000 each year. For example the Rotary4Kids radio-a-thon, launched in 2003, raises funds in support of area children and youth with special needs. Each March, a local morning radio host stays on the air for 29 hours, broadcasting live on location. Over the past 17 years over $1 million dollars has been raised allowing for the purchase of assistive devices, home renovations, vehicle conversions, enrollment into various programs, assistance to cover uninsured medical costs and out of town travel and funding for special needs teams. To the two main recipients of the funds are the Nipissing Association for Disabled Youth (NADY) and One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre.

They also provide  direct/indirect involvement and support of RI's projects and initiatives around the world - with the priority currently being the eradication of polio. The Club is also actively involved in Rotary Youth Exchange and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) programs; and its own initiative “Great Student Awards” and with the North Bay Regional Science Fair.