On 1 November 1913, Rudolf Maister was transferred to Celje. He became the commanding officer of the local Landsturm outpost, which was located at the Gaber barracks. He was soon joined by his family. At first, they lived at Gregorčičeva ulica 3 and later moved to Cankarjeva ulica 13.
Soon after arriving, he began to participate in Slovenian societal life. He frequented cultural events at the Slovenian Narodni Dom in Maribor. Maister was introduced to progressive Celje grammar school students (including the Braslovče native Srečko Puncer) by the Cooperative Union’s auditor and national economist Miloš Štibler.
Aided by poet Rudolf Maiser Vojanov, the young students founded the secret students club Kondor. They started publishing the journal Savinja and strengthening national awareness. All five issues of the cyclostyled journal Savinja (the last issue was published at the end of June 1914) were edited by Maister with the help of Srečko Puncer. Even though Maister was transferred to Maribor on 7 December 1914, he had a lasting influence in Celje. He met the Celje students once more during the Battle for the borders – Carinthia.