7pm, Sunday, August 18th
Our Lady of the Waves R.C. Church Hall, Westgate, Dunbar
Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace is proud to host the Dunbar premiere of a new feature documentary on John Muir. Independent filmmaker Michael M. Conti will attend the screening of his film for an audience Q&A about the man often hailed as the founder of the world’s first national park system.
This beautifully photographed film explores the remarkable life and influential works of a patron saint of environmental activism. Against a backdrop of some of North America’s most exquisite scenery, the documentary considers the connection between nature and spirituality, using the life and wisdom of John Muir – ecological preservationist and founder of Yosemite National Park – to explore how being outside in nature affects the lives of everyday people right now.
Michael is sauntering along the John Muir Way in the week leading up to the screening in Dunbar and he will be documenting this experience via social media – www.facebook.com/johnmuirmovie/.
* Tickets are available at John Muir’s Birthplace during its normal hours of opening or Our Lady of The Waves R.C. Church hall just prior to the screening.
Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting
Wednesday, 14thAugust at 6:45pm for 7:00pm
John Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar
(i) Welcome and Introduction
(ii) Motion: Waiving of membership dues
Current members will vote on the motion to waive membership dues. Non-members are also welcome to attend as after the EGM business there will be an opportunity to review, and celebrate, the achievements of the charity during the 25 years since its inception on 27thJuly, 1994 and to chat about possibilities for the future.
Some background: as reported in the last newsletter in the Membership News: Early Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting announcement, there has been discussion at several, recent, Friends’ Council Meetings about the question of membership dues and whether or not these should be waived as the number of members has been in steady decline. The income generated by membership dues is now a relatively minor proportion of our income in comparison to funds raised from the sales of Wee Books, donations, etc., so the Council has considered various options to mitigate the amount of effort, and cost, incurred in maintaining membership accounts and the production of paper copies of the newsletter. One possible option being considered is to do away with membership fees and, instead, to concentrate on building up the numbers of supporters (Friends) and to then approach them when a specific project – such as an exhibition – needs donations to help fund it.
Given the importance of this issue and the potential departure from existing practice the Council has arranged this EGM to sound out members and to come to a decision on the way forward. On behalf of the Council I would like to encourage everyone to reflect on what our charity has achieved in the past 25 years and how best to meet future challenges.
Duncan Smeed, FoJMB Convener
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 28thNovember 2018 at 6:45pm for 7:00pm
Council Chambers, Dunbar Town House, High Street, Dunbar
(i) Report of year’s activities
(ii) Filling any vacancies on Council
(iii) Other competent business
Non-members will be warmly welcomed and after the AGM business – at 7:30pm in the Community Room – Staff and Students from Dunbar Grammar School will give an illustrated talk about their adventures on:
The Dunbar Grammar School Visit to California 2018
Nominations for Council accompanied with the nominee’s agreement in writing and items for consideration under other competent business should be lodged with the Secretary, c/o John Muir’s Birthplace Museum, 126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ by Friday 23rdNovember 2018.