Beginning in 1999, the community of Brantford and surrounding areas were first introduced to an Airshow courtesy of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Since then, the community has embraced the tradition of an Airshow the Wednesday prior to Labour Day as a family friendly summer activity for the whole family. The event has grown in size and proudly showcases military and civilian performers.
This widely popular event raises funds for two worthwhile local charities – the Rotary Club of Brantford and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum - while also entertaining spectators and showcasing the thrill of aviation.
The Rotary Club's membership consists of people who live and work in and around Brant County. All of their club's fundraising dollars stay in the local community where it can ensure that people in Brant County are directly benefited. Much of the donated funds go to benefit such organizations as The Boys and Girls Club, Lansdowne Children's Centre and the W. Ross Macdonald School to name a few.
The Rotary Club of Brantford has the reputation of being one of the most active and successful clubs in their Rotary District. This reputation, of which they are very proud, has been gained by the "can and will do" spirit of rotary club members. Members are expected to participate, to the best of their ability, in club projects to accept and diligently perform duties reasonably requested of them.
The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal business and community life;
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
Additional information at the Rotary Club of Brantford's website.
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum was founded in 1972 and is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to acquire, document, preserve and maintain a complete collection of aircraft that were flown by Canadians and the Canadian military from the beginning of World War II to the present. Their role is to preserve the artifacts, books, periodicals and manuals relating to this mandate. The Museum, located in Mount Hope at the Hamilton Airport, now houses almost 50 aircraft, an extensive aviation Gift Shop and Exhibit Gallery.
"We couldn't do it without our volunteers" is a phrase quite often heard at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. On any given day, you could see volunteers assisting in every facet of the Museum's operation. Volunteers have been an integral part of the operation and the support received from them are essential to the successful operation of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum as a world class facility.
Additional information at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's website.