SHINE ON – The Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally & Show

Sunday, June 16, 2019

At the Stratford Perth Museum

** Registration deadline June 7 2019 **

(Register by May 15th and get an early bird bonus.)

Shine On Car Rally & Show
Sunday, June 16th, 2019
Father's Day

Shine On – The Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally & Show is a joint venture by The Rotary Club of Stratford and the Stratford Perth Museum.

This inaugural fundraiser is also a tribute to the late Dave Blackburn, a former Stratford Rotarian and an exceptional community leader.

The two organizations have a great relationship and have partnered on a number of projects over the years so, it just made sense they would join forces to create what we think will be a great event for years to come.

Besides being a fundraiser for the Rotary Club, this event is also a tribute to the late Dave Blackburn, a former president and proud member of the Rotary Club of Stratford and an exceptional community leader.

For the Stratford Perth Museum, the rally is a perfect fit as it has a historical element. The rally will take participants to a number of historically significant locations around Perth County.

The event promises to be family-friendly, fit for everyone – whether you’re crazy for classic cars or simply out for some classic fun and entertainment.

The day includes the car rally, show & shine, food, music, and a beer garden.

Dave Blackburn

April 9, 1959 – October 8, 2013

“Intense, sincere, concerned and very funny – all at the same time,” is how one friend describes the late Dave Blackburn.

A long-serving Rotarian, banker, devoted family man and quintessential ambassador for the community. That is how Dave is remembered.

It was during a trip to Portugal in 2013 with his wife Katherine Hahn that Dave was first inspired by the possibility of an antique car rally as a potential new fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Stratford.

Dave was always coming up with new ideas to improve his club and his community. He was the driving force behind the creation and implementation of all sorts of local projects, including Junior Achievement, the revitalization of the Block Parent program, the Gift of Life program in El Salvador and the introduction of the Rotaract Club. He was also passionate about bringing new members to the club and one year received the award for having the highest membership increase in the district.

In 2012, he was recognized by the business community and presented with the Stratford & District Chamber of Commerce Personal Excellence Award.

While TD Canada Trust is known for encouraging community involvement, during Dave’s 19 years as Stratford’s branch manager he consistently went beyond even the company’s expectations. “He had so much to give and he gave it so willingly,” says a friend. “He cared so much.”

Rotary runs deep in Dave’s family. He had been a member since 1994 and was past president. His late father was a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honour bestowed by Rotary. His mother is a Rotarian and his son Daniel a founding member of Rotaract, the club for 18- to 30-year-olds. It was also through Rotary that Dave met his wife Katherine, also a member.

Dave was a leader and he led by example. He believed if you worked hard, were moral, ethical and considerate, good things would happen. 

It is in his memory that the Rotary Club of Stratford, in partnership with the Stratford-Perth Museum, has launched SHINE ON, The Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally & Show. With Dave in mind, we are moving forward with commitment, optimism and a sense of fun.

A fellow Rotarian speaks for us all. “He is gone from our midst but not from our hearts”.