The Robert Burns Association of North America has a new mailing address:
610 – 54th Avenue SW
RBANA is an association dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the life, works and philosophy of Scotland’s National Bard – Robert Burns, and to promote Scottish culture and heritage in North America.
The genesis for the Association came from a meeting in 1981 of representatives from six Burns Clubs, in Annapolis, Maryland. A committee was formed to further explore their ideas. In 1982 at a meeting in Hamilton, Ontario a constitution was drawn up. The name “The North American Association of Federated Burnsians” was adopted.
At the 2000 Annual General Meeting in London, Ontario the name ” The Robert Burns Association of North America ” (RBANA) was adopted. RBANA is affiliated with the Robert Burns World Federation Limited, in Kilmarnock, Scotland.
Usually taking place in April or May, RBANA Annual Conference and General Meeting is held every year, alternating between Canada and the United States.
Recent Conferences have been held in:-
Halifax, NS (2006), Winnipeg, MB (2007 & 2011), Houston, TX, on a cruise ship (2008), Mississauga, ON (2009), Detroit, MI (2010), Williamsburg, VA (2012), Niagara Falls, ON (2013), Columbia, SC, in conjunction with the University of South Carolina (2014), Calgary AB (2015), Dallas – Ft Worth, TX (2016), Medicine Hat, AB (2017), Philadelphia, PA (2018) and Niagara Falls, ON (2019), Calgary AB (2023)
The business of the Association is conducted by an Executive Committee, which is elected at the Annual General Meeting for a two year term. The Executive consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Immediate Past President, three Directors from the United States, and three Canadian Directors.
Your new 2022-2024 Board of Directors:
President – Paul Kennedy
Vice-President – Mark Ferguson
Past President/Secretary – Henry Cairney
Treasurer – Jamie Osborne
Canadian Directors – Brian Cumming, Charles H. Cameron, Ken Montgomery
USA Directors – Bill Fulton, George McClellan, Phyl Smith
Other RBANA positions:
Tattler Editor/Publisher – Colin Harris
Interim Webmaster – Henry Cairney
We are currently finalizing the new membership forms for the 2023 year. Please keep an eye in your emails for the form coming out in December. We will also have new payment options; more details to follow in December.
44th ANNUAL CONFERENCE & AGM – Mount Holly, USA
Our 2024 Conference & AGM will be hosted by the South Jersey Celtic Society in Mount Holly USA on May 3rd – 5th, 2024. Details and registration forms will be available soon, stay tuned!
Please find the most recent Winter 2023 Edition – The Tattler
The 2020 Robert Burns Association of North America annual AGM to be held in Atlanta, GA, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus-19 pandemic.
Please access the link above to access the most recent publication of the Tattler to read more about the conference cancellation and the points/issues that were intended to be brought up, discussed and voted on.
About our Website
This Website is set up to inform our members and visitors about what is taking place in the world of Burns lovers, both in North America and internationally.
We report on Association and Club activities and also on interesting news items.
The site also provides links to international websites providing access to information about Robert Burns Life, access to his works on-line and resource material for research.
The member clubs are identified and anyone interested in connecting with these can request information.
Individuals are also welcome as members of RBANA, and a membership application form is available on the membership page.
The Association Newsletter “The Tattler” is also available for download.