The RCAF Memorial Museum Foundation was established in 2001 as a registered charity. Its mission is to raise funds to support the operations of the National Air Force Museum of Canada. Since then, the Foundation has grown steadily and now has the ongoing support of more than 900 active members.
In June 2012, the name of the Foundation was modified to the National Air Force Museum of Canada (NAFMC) Foundation. The Foundation will continue to honour the history and traditions of the RCAF by supporting the National Air Force Museum of Canada.
The Foundation sponsors two major fundraisers each year: the annual Charity Banquet and the Foundation Golf Tournament. In accordance with the applicable rules and laws, the funds raised each year are passed on to the Museum in quarterly installments.
The Charity banquet, first held in 2005, has been one of the major social events in the Quinte region. It has had consistent high attendance, with many guests returning annually to enjoy the evening. The Charity Banquet is planned as a formal event and commences with a social hour before dinner, allowing guests to meet and greet friends, old and new. This is followed with a multi-course gourmet meal enhanced by accompanying Canadian VQA wines. Dinner is accompanied by background music performed by local talent and is followed by fine, live entertainment. Later in the evening, more socializing and dancing takes place before the night comes to an end. A silent auction has recently been added to the evening to assist in raising funds to support the museum.
The golf tournament is also an annual event that dates back to 2004 and has drawn golfers from great distances. The tournament is held every June and has proven to be enormously popular. It is supported not only by the players but also by numerous local sponsors. Quinte area businesses consistently provide assistance in the form of goods, services and cash to demonstrate their interest in promoting the Foundation and ensuring the success of the undertaking.
In addition to a challenging game, the tournament provides the opportunity to renew old acquaintances, meet new friends and win valuable prizes. The day is topped off by a steak barbecue with all of the “fixings” and an awards ceremony. This event has been a consistent sell-out. To reserve your spot now call Brigitte at 613-965-7314.
A Board of Trustees, comprised of up to 12 selected volunteers from 8 Wing and Quinte area, manage the Foundation. The majority of the Trustees are retired former members of the RCAF/CF and the remainder are local businessmen and businesswomen who have freely offered their time, experience and expertise in various fields. There are an additional three, non-voting members. Two of these represent the National Air Force Museum and the third is the Administrative Clerk. The voting members elect the Chairman from amongst themselves. The Board meets monthly. Current members of our Board are as follows:
Rod Wartman Board Chair Heather Plane Trustee
Vice-Chair Steve Goodman Trustee
Chris Frazer Secretary/Treasurer