In the first week of January, 1936, the Rotary Club of Saskatoon changed its meeting venue. Since the formation of the organization in 1917, the club had utilized the KingGeorgeHotel for its weekly meetings; however, with the opening of the Canadian National Railway Bessborough Hotel on December the 10th, 1935, the opportunity to move to a new 'state of the art' facility presented itself.

Construction of the Bessborough had been started in 1929, just prior to the start of the Great Depression, and was actually completed in 1932, but the opening was delayed because of the severe economic conditions at the time. The 'Bess' was actually the last of the great railway hotels built in Canada, and has remained the home of the Rotary Club of Saskatoon ever since.