The Belarusan-American Association, Inc. (BAZA)
BAZA* is a fraternal organization whose members share a connection to the Belarusan (also spelled Belarusian) nation through ancestry or strong personal ties. The organization was founded in the United States in 1949 by post-WWII immigrants who fled war and repression in Belarus and wished to enjoy the opportunities for cultural self-expression provided and celebrated in the United States.
BAZA consists of local chapters across the United States in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Connecticut, California, Washington D.C. and other locations. Each chapter is governed by a locally-elected governing body.
BAZA’s National Board of Directors guides the policies of the organization and oversees the local chapters. The National Board and chapters operate under the regulations of BAZA's Charter and U.S. law governing non-profit and fraternal organizations.
BAZA members participate in meetings and other activities of the organization, pay membership dues, and received BAZA publications, such as the monthly newspaper Biełarus and the English-language quarterly Belarusian Review.