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The purpose of the RBANA website is to provide information exchange between affiliated Clubs and individual members of RBANA and provides an access point in North America for those interested in Robert Burns and his works.  RBANA does not have the expertise to assess the value of Burns Books or artifacts. Those with such enquiries should seek professional advice.  RBANA will not make available membership lists or contact details.  RBANA does not review new publications; song albums; etc. or promote these to member Clubs.  RBANA does not promote commercial enterprises, highland dress suppliers, etc.

About RBANA

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} and Philadelphia, PA {2018}.

The 2019 Annual Conference and General Meeting is being held in Niagara Falls, ON.  Please look under Conferences for information about registering for the conference and reservations at the conference hotel.

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.
At the 2018 Annual General Meeting in Philadelphia, Ken Montgomery of the Medicine Hat AB Club was acclaimed President, and Henry Cairney of the Calgary AB Burns Club was acclaimed Vice President.

A complete listing of the Executive with their club affiliations is here:

RBANA Executive Committee 2018 – 2020

The 2018 – 2020 RBANA Executive Committee

 

Back Row (l to r): Andy Harrower (Can), Bill Fulton (US), Jim Steel (Can), Colin Harris (IPP), Ted Hirtz (US), George McClellan (US), piper for the night Doug Connors.

Seated (l to r): Ken Montgomery – President, Ian McIntyre – President RBWF, Henry Cairney – Vice President.

Pictured at the recent AGM & Conference in Philadelphia. Not present: Tony Grace (Can), Mathew Hill (Secy-Treas).

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.