Executive Committee Conveners are Chairmen of their various committees.
There is provision for up to twenty members to serve on each committee but the only Committee with this number is Schools. There is an average of 8 members on the other Committees. Committee members are drawn from Districts and Individual Members are entitled to put their name forward for nomination to committees.
Conveners stand for election each year. Committee members are elected every 2 years.
Clubs are part of a geographical District:
e.g. Ayrshire District has approximately forty clubs in their DistrictDumfries & Galloway – 27, Edinburgh - 24, Yorkshire – 18, etc.There are 21 Districts in the U.K.
Overseas Clubs are served by Overseas Board Directors who keep Clubs informed of what is happening by sending minutes of meetings, etc.
The number of Clubs within each District determines the number of nominees put forward for committees:
Districts having up to 5 Clubs – 1 Nominee
Districts having up to 15 Clubs – 2 nominees
Districts having up to 25 clubs – 3 nominees
Districts having up to 35 clubs – 4 nominees
Districts having over 35 Clubs – 5 Nominees
Responsible for identifying potential commercial activities and raising public perception. Identifying fund-raising initiatives.
Keep a watching brief over all Memorials relating to Robert Burns and his contemporaries. They identify potential problems and advise the authority responsible for its upkeep. They also provide help in maintaining such Memorials.
Pursue and actively become involved in the review of Scottish publications.
At present they are looking at a number of 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.
Identify suitable venues for Conference taking into account cost and accessibility.
They are also responsible for arranging accommodation and reserving meeting rooms for delegates.
This is a very busy committee. They arrange competitions and ensure that talented Children in Scottish Schools are given the 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 from 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.
We have Project work and a special category 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).
The Burns Chronicle is the official publication of the Federation and is published annually. It is an excellent tool of communication and with the website undergoing change The Robert Burns World Federation is well placed to “Talk to the World”.
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. 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.