RBWF – Committees

Sub Committee Conveners, Chair their thematic committees.
There is provision for up to twenty members to serve on each committee but the only Committee with this number is the Education Committee. There are an average of 8 members on the other Committees. Members for the committees are drawn from Districts though Individual Members are entitled to put their name forward for nomination to committees. Email admin@rbwf.org.uk

Conveners stand for election each year at present. Committee members usually serve for about 2 years.

Clubs are part of a geographical District usually known as an Association:
e.g. Ayrshire District has approximately forty clubs in their District, Dumfries & Galloway – 27, Edinburgh - 24, Yorkshire – 18, etc. There are 21 Districts in the U.K.
International Clubs are served by International Board Directors who keep Clubs informed of what is happening by tabling reports and sending minutes of meetings, etc. into the Headquarters.

The number of Clubs within each District determines the number of nominees put forward for committees:
Districts having up to 9 (affiliated) Clubs – 1 Nominee
Districts having up to 10-25 (affiliated) Clubs – 2 nominees
Districts having over 25 (affiliated) Clubs – 3 Nominees

Quarterly Meetings - Four times a year a general meeting of representatives is held, either 'in person' or via the internet, or both, to discuss the direction of the work of the Federation and to listen to the ideas, opinions and points of views of the membership.

Marketing Committee - Responsible for identifying potential commercial activities and sponsors. Identifying fund-raising initiatives.

Heritage Committee - Keep a watching brief over all Memorials relating to Robert Burns, his contemporaries and Scottish heritage figures. The members identify potential problems with heritage artefacts and advise the authority responsible for its upkeep. They also provide help in maintaining such Memorials.

Literature Committee - Pursue and actively become involved in the review of Scottish publications.
They examine potential projects including :
a) Audio recording of the poems of Robert Burns.

b) The creation of information and work sheets to assist with frequently asked questions about Robert Burns.

c) Design and research of brochures on Burns topics and related Scots Leid matters, in association with the Heritage Committee.

Events / Conference Committee - Identify potential events for the interest and engagement of members. Seek suitable venues for the annual Conference taking into account cost and accessibility. Also responsible for arranging accommodation and reserving meeting rooms for delegates.

Education Committee - This is a very busy committee, who arrange schools competitions and ensure that talented Children in Scottish Schools are given a platform to perform the works of Robert Burns in Music, song and recitation. The National School Festivals generally take place in April and May when winning pupils throughout Scotland who have taken part at local level, compete in their various disciplines of Song, Recitation and Music. There is also a Choral Festival which takes place in April.

Project work and special categories for children with additional support needs.  Art is high on the agenda and the standard of work produced is outstanding.  A high proportion of office administration time is dedicated to sending out schedules to Local Authorities and certificates to Schools in the early stages of the competitions. It is estimated that around 80,000 children take part at this stage (further details can be found in the annual report).

Lifelong Learning - This committee is also mandated to develop educational provision for all ages and to think outside the box when delivering tailored educational and learning opportunities.

Educational resources such as Quizes, Packs and Courses are envisaged.

Burns Chronicle - The Burns Chronicle began in 1892 and is the official publication of the Federation and is published annually and from 2020 will be published by Edinburgh University Press. It is an excellent tool of communication and with the website undergoing change, The Robert Burns World Federation is well placed to take our heritage to the world.

Digitised Chronicles - In addition past editions of the Chronicle are being sponsored to enable the Federation to digitise and make these available to the public for research and interest. If you are interested in sponsoring a particular edition please contact us at admin@rbwf.org.uk.

Resume - The above is a brief resume of the work of the Robert Burns World Federation and there are many more tasks carried out to provide a service to those people wishing to know more about the life and times of Robert Burns and Scottish Culture and Heritage. We are the first point of contact for all matters relating to the Bard and around the January Season we are inundated with requests for information.

We also provide “free” consultancy to agencies with ongoing projects relating to Robert Burns.