The Tolkien Reader by J.R.R. Tolkien was published by Ballantine Books in 1966. This is the First Edition, third printing paperback. The book is in fantastic condition and appears unread. The illustrations inside are by Pauline Baynes. This is the third printing from October, 1966.
What you need to start a Tolkien society, mainly, is a way of letting other Tolkien readers in your area know that you want to start a society (or club, or group, or moot, or association etc.). Then make sure you keep in touch by having meetings and (if you wish to) publishing a bulletin now and then. This is how The Tolkien Society started in 1969. Our founder Vera Chapman put a small advertisement in a widely-read literature and current affairs magazine asking people to contact her, and then arranged a meeting at an inn in London. Then someone volunteered to host a meeting in their house, and so it went on.