2020 Conference – Atlanta Georgia

Robert Burns Association North America (RBANA) – 2020 Annual Conference

Robert Burns recognized the growing animosity of some societies against monarchical governments especially in France and the American colonies. Burns’ recognized America’s struggle, and its leader, General George Washington against the British Crown when he wrote his Ode to General Washington.  Georgia was one of the original thirteen British colonies that participated in the American revolution for independence from Great Britain: “To thee I turn with swimming eyes; Where is that soul of Freedom fled.”

The Burns Club of Atlanta, Georgia is honored to host the 40th Annual, RBANA Conference, which will take place in April, 2020.  Plan to join fellow Burnsians, from Canada and across the waters, while enjoying the pleasant refreshing climate of a Southern Spring!

Here is a single-page announcement that can be hung and displayed to advertise the event: Advertising Page

Colin Harris has provided abundant information about the upcoming AGM & Conference in the latest publication of the Tattler.  Here is a link to those specific pages: AGM Registration and Info_Tattler Autumn 19 (31).pub

To participate in the forthcoming RBANA2020 AGM & Conference, a Registration Package is included (Please check the Download folder on your computer after clicking this link to access the Downloaded copy).  The form details how to make a hotel reservation, as well as how to Register, pay by check or by PayPal.  The downloaded form can be filled out on-screen, saved, and then forwarded to rbana2020@gmail.com.

19-11-01 – RBANA 2020 Conference Registration – rev 2 Fillable

The RBANA2020 organizers, George McClellan and Mark Ferguson have selected the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 800 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 as the location for the Conference.  Room reservations must be made directly with the hotel.  Please book online at:

Robert Burns Association of North America-RBANA-Reservations Link


You can also call the hotel directly at 1-800-706-2899 or 404-347-9440 to make your reservations; make sure to mention RBANA 2020 when booking.  Room rates will only last until March 24, 2020.

The conference registration fee of $220 (US) or $289 (Canadian) includes all events, seminars, the dinner and Ceilidh Friday evening, plus the formal Burns Dinner on Saturday evening with the RBANA Presidential Investiture.

Golf for the RBANA trophy will be scheduled for Friday morning at a nearby course, fees and cart rental are the players responsibility at the course.  Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to play.

We are hoping for a very good turnout and, although the hotel has plenty of rooms, we don’t want you to be disappointed and miss these special rates.  SO BOOK NOW!!!  Registration closes on March 24, 2020, and we can’t guarantee these rates after that time.

Atlanta, Georgia, has a strong Scottish element that has figured prominently into the State’s history.  That element remains strong, as seen in its Scottish-influenced pubs and eatery’s, Celtic music and theater, as well as Gael-style entertainment groups. The Ceilidh will show off Atlanta’s Scottish cultural heritage, notably, The Burns Club of Atlanta’s owning the only replica of the Burns Alloway Cottage, the home of the poets’ birth.  An afternoon reception will be held at the Cottage on Thursday, April 23, 2020, for early arrivals, and for those who have never been there before and wish to visit.

We believe the 2020 RBANA Conference will one of the best yet.  For non-conference attendees, visitations to the Atlanta Historical Society’s US Civil War Cyclorama exposition and the World of Coca-Cola museum will be available.

Transportation Options:

From the Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, it is possible to hire taxis that charge a one-person flat rate of $36.50 (US) or, reverse trip for $34.50 (US). Additional riders cost $2.00 (US) each.  Taxi companies are Yellow Cab and Checker Cab.  Uber and Lyft are also available.

Alternatively, another potentially preferable option is the MARTA rail – North Line, from the airport.  It costs $2.50 (US) one way.  The nearest exit to the Conference site is the “Midtown” station.  From there, signs will direct conference attendees to the Peachtree Place/Georgia Tech Stinger (Tech Trolley) shuttle at the pickup-point right outside the station.  The unmistakable shuttle is free to the Conference site, which is only a couple of blocks away.  Attendees should exit the Trolley at the first stop on 5th St. and Spring St.  The hotel is across the street.

Parking for car rentals is next door to the Hotel but not of the Hotels ownership.  Overnight fees cost $18.00 per night.