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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 philosophies 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 " 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 May or June.
Recent Conferences have been held in:-
Calgary AB (2002), Baltimore, MD.(2003), Merrickville ON (2004), Waukesha WI (2005), Halifax NS (2006),
Winnipeg MB (2007 & 2011), Houston, TX. (2008), (On a Cruise Ship),
Mississauga, ON. (2009), Detroit, MI. {2010}, Williamsburg VA (2012)
In 2013 it was organized by a RBANA committee in Niagara Falls, ON on 19th.to 21st. April.
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 Directors from Canada.
At the 2012 Annual General Meeting in Williamsburg VA,
Tony Grogan of the Winnipeg Club was acclaimed as President.
Robert Boyd of the Heather & Thistle Club Houston TX, was acclaimed as Vice President.
Don Rennicks, of the Winnipeg Club, was appointed as RBANA Secretary/Treasurer.
Don has had to resign due to ill health, & Ron Ballantyne is standing in until the 2014 Conference.


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PRESIDENT
Tony Grogan
       
PAST PRESIDENT
Chrys Ballantyne
VICE PRESIDENT
Robert Boyd
Canadian Directors
 
 
Ron Ballantyne
Acting Secretary / Treasurer
 
Alan McKenzie
Jean Cunningham
 
               
   
United States Directors
     
 
 
 
Kathleen McGlew
Ted Hirtz
Les Strachan
 
 
UPDATED 23RD APRIL 2014