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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.

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.
An Annual Conference and General Meeting is held every year, alternating between Canada and the United States. Conferences usually take place in April or May.
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 {2014} in conjunction with the University of South Carolina, Calgary Alberta {2015} and Dallas – Ft Worth, TX {2016}.
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 2016 Annual General Meeting in Dallas – Ft. Worth, Colin Harris of the Winnipeg MB Club, was acclaimed as President and Ken Montgomery of the Medicine Hat AB Club was acclaimed Vice President. Ron Ballantyne, Chrys Ballantyne, Jim Cunningham and Jean Cunningham all of the Halton Peel, ON Club were acclaimed Honorary Presidents.

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

RBANA Executive Committee 2016 – 2018

The 2016 – 2018 RBANA Executive Committee

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From left: Ted Hirtz (US), George McClellan (US), Les Strachan (US), Colin Harris (President), Robert Boyd (Immediate Past President), Ken Montgomery (Vice President), Andy Harrower (CAN), Tony Grace (CAN). Not pictured – Janet Thompson (CAN).