Screening of The Unruly Mystic: John Muir

7pm, Sunday, August 18th
Our Lady of the Waves R.C. Church Hall, Westgate, Dunbar
Tickets*, £8

The Unruly Mystic: John Muir film posterFriends 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.

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Extraordinary General Meeting

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting
Wednesday, 14thAugust at 6:45pm for 7:00pm
John Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar

Agenda

(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

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Summer 2019 Newsletter

The articles in the Summer 2019 issue of the Friends’ newsletter include:

  • Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting: 7pm, 14th August
  • 25th Anniversary of DJMA/FoJMB
  • Screening of The Unruly Mystic: John Muir, 7pm, 18th August
  • Current Birthplace Exhibition: John Muir, Writer
  • John Muir First Editions on Permanent Display
  • John Muir Way Concordat Signing in Dunbar
  • A First for Friends in USA
  • John Muir, Poet?
  • John Muir Misquoted
  • John Muir’s Birthplace – News
  • Visitors to the Birthplace
  • Visitor Comments
  • Stop Press: Launch of the John Muir Way Passport
  • Membership News

For the complete contents of this newsletter please see FoJMB Newsletter #45, Summer 2019

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Spring 2019 Newsletter

The articles in the Spring 2019 issue of the Friends’ newsletter include:

  • Current Birthplace Exhibition: John Muir, Writer
  • John Muir First Editions On Permanent Display
  • Celebration of John Muir’s Birthday; the John Muir, Writer Exhibition; and the Permanent Display of the John Muir First Editions
  • John Muir Way Concordat Signing in Dunbar
  • Dunbar Community Woodland Group: Celebrating John Muir’s Birthday
  • John Muir Day Celebrations 20-28 April 2019
  • John Muir’s Birthplace – News
  • Stop Press: Robert Burcher’s Visit to Dunbar
  • Muir News: University of the Pacific celebrates Muir-Hanna family’s gift of John Muir Papers
  • Membership News
  • Early Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

For the complete contents of this newsletter please see FoJMB Newsletter #44, Spring 2019

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Winter 2018 Newsletter

The articles in the Winter 2018 issue of the Friends’ newsletter include:

  • Annual General Meeting – Convener’s Report
  • Dunbar Grammar School Visit to California 2018
  • Friends’ Next Birthplace Exhibition
  • Great granddaughter and great great granddaughter to visit Dunbar
  • John Muir Keyrings
  • Exhibition: Silva
  • John Muir’s Birthplace – News
  • Muir News: In the Footsteps of John Muir
  • Muir News: A Different Type of Nature
  • John Muir Day Celebrations 20-28 April 2019
  • Year of Green Action
  • Membership News

For the complete contents of this newsletter please see FoJMB Newsletter #43, Winter 2018

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Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 28thNovember 2018 at 6:45pm for 7:00pm

Council Chambers, Dunbar Town House, High Street, Dunbar

Agenda

 (i) Report of year’s activities

(ii) Filling any vacancies on Council[1]

(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

[1]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.

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Autumn 2018 Newsletter

The articles in the Autumn 2018 issue of the Friends Newsletter include:

  • Notice of Annual General Meeting
  • Inspired by Muir
  • Dunbar Grammar School Visit to California 2018: Trip Report
  • Dunbar Grammar School Visit to California 2018: Trip Report by Heather Cameron
  • John Muir – Writer?
  • Grant Awarded for the ‘John Muir – Writer’ Project
  • A Long Life Lived to the Full
  • Inspired to Spiritual Saunters
  • Visitors to the Birthplace (and visitor reviews)
  • John Muir’s Birthplace – News
  • Day Conference: John Muir: Spirituality, Politics and Psychology
  • The Unruly Mystic: John Muir
  • Muir Wilderness-Discovery eBooks
  • Dunbar In Pictures Photo Competition
  • Membership News

For the complete contents of this newsletter please see FoJMB Newsletter #42, Autumn 2018

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

The articles in the Summer 2018 issue of the Friends Newsletter include:

  • Obituary: Dan Cairney
  • Community Council Award for Jim Thompson
  • Friends’ Birthplace Exhibition: William Keith and John Muir: Kindred Souls
  • An Ingenious Whittler: John Muir the Inventor
  • Visitors to the Birthplace (and visitor comments)
  • Dunbar Grammar School Visit to California: Presentation of Wee Books
  • John Muir’s Birthplace – News
  • Muir-Themed Sculpture Commission For The New East Lothian Community Hospital
  • Day Conference: John Muir: Spirituality, Politics and Psychology
  • Dunbar Conservation Volunteers: Robin’s Walk
  • JMB and USA Links
  • Membership News

For the complete contents of this newsletter please see FoJMB Newsletter #41, Summer 2018

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Spring 2018 Newsletter

The articles in the Spring 2018 issue of the Friends Newsletter include:

  • Jim Thompson, President of Friends, Retires
  • A Visit to Dunbar in 2009
  • Friends’ Current Birthplace Exhibition: William Keith and John Muir: Kindred Souls
  • Friends’ Photo Sharing Evening
  • John Muir Trust Celebrates John Muir Award 21st Birthday
  • Celebrate John Muir Day 2018
  • Celebrate John Muir Day the John Muir Way
  • Tern Fence – John Muir County Park
  • John Muir’s Birthplace – News
  • Membership News

For the complete contents of this newsletter please see FoJMB Newsletter #40, Spring 2018.

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Winter 2017 Newsletter

The articles in the Winter 2017 issue of the Friends Newsletter include:

  • Annual General Meeting – Convener’s Report
  • Peering into the Abyss of Time: Siccar Point
  • Inspired by Muir
  • Oldest Visitor Views Muir Link
  • Friends’ Next Birthplace Exhibition
  • 21 Years Ago: National Launch of John Muir Award Scheme
  • John Muir Award – 21 Years On
  • John Muir Award – Turning 21 Exhibition
  • John Muir Country Park
  • John Muir’s Birthplace – News
  • Membership News

For the complete contents of this newsletter please see FoJMB Newsletter #39, Winter 2017 or go to the next page for a link to the Scribd version.

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