Our Guest today was James Smith, President, Prairie Gleaners Society - James provided the following definition - Glean: to pick up and gather what is left behind.
Prairies Gleaners was established in 2009, but was inspired 18 yrs ago by the hunger and need of a Rwandan boy. 
 
Today Prairie Gleaners operates 4 days per week, 52 weeks/year in the former Cypress Packers Plant on Range Road 63 south of Medicine Hat.  They receive vegetables and legumes from local greenhouses, Bow Island bean plant, and local potato and corn producers.   The products are all fine nutritionally, but unmarketable due to visual defects.  Volunteers pare, chop, dehydrate and package produce for shipping all over the world.  In dehydrating the produce, a 40-foot container has enough food to produce 1.3 million cups of soup.  More recipes are being developed and translated for their products.  They still use the truck that the 4 Medicine Hat Rotary Clubs purchased, and he is very thankful for that.  Prairie Gleaners runs on a very small budget, with only one part-time paid staff.  They depend on volunteers for labour and donations to keep running.  Demand for their product is always present somewhere in the world.  Currently volunteers are needed Wed – Sat from 8:30 – 12:00.  Groups and individuals welcome.
 
Ted R. reported that we hit the goal of $4000 in (pre) Stampede raffle ticket sales!  Way to go!
 
Sandy R. is our newest Paul Harris Fellow!  Thanks Sandy for your contributions to Rotary and dedication to making the work of Rotary possible.
 
50/50 was a carry over this week…Milvia just couldn’t find that ace.