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FoJMB Newsletter 2009 09

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Friends of John Muir's Birthplace Newsletter No. 11, September 2009
Friends of John Muir's Birthplace Newsletter No. 11, September 2009

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Newsletter No. 11, September 2009
Dear Friends,In my June letter, I expressed the hope that the summer weather would be a good one. Well, at least here in Scotland, it wasnot to be. I trust it was better for you. Perhaps it was the weather butvisitor numbers at the Birthplace have been good with many takingthe time to give glowing and encouraging comments in the visitors’book.Autumn is now just about upon us and we are thinking aboutthe AGM and a calendar of events for the winter session. Susan, our hard working secretary, has again come up with an excellentprogramme and a card giving all the details is enclosed with thisnewsletter. I am particularly intrigued wit the December event. For it to work we need your co-operation. So, if you have a photographor an artefact or an experience you could share with us, contactSusan at the Birthplace. And even if you, yourself, cannot be there,share it with us and send whatever you have electronically or bypost to Susan (we will get it back to you).By the way, Will Collin and I look after the Birthplacereception desk each Thursday on a volunteer basis so please feelfree to look in and say hello.Sincerely,
Jim Thompson 
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace will beheld onWednesday 7
October, 2009 at 7.15pm for 7.30pmJohn Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar 
(i) Report on year’s activities(ii) Filling any vacancies on Council*(iii) Other competent business*
Non-members will be warmly welcomed 
Following the AGM there will be an illustrated talk 
A Scotchman Comes Home
by Will Collin
* Please note that nominations for Council accompanied with the nominee’s agreement inwriting and items for consideration under other competent business should be lodged withthe Secretary, c/o 126 High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1JJ before Monday 5thOctober, 2009
Visitors at the Birthplace
There have been a large number of visitors to the Birthplace this summer,particularly from England and North America. 24 counties of the former and18 states of the later appear in the visitors' book during June and July.Whether due to the weak pound, Homecoming publicity or whatever, numbershave been up by 40% over 2008. The total for the calendar month to 13 Augustwas 1,696.As well as those mentioned later in this newsletter, among the July visitors wasPenny Cole who commented
“An excellent and fascinating exhibition.”
MsCole is environmental editor, critic and writer for A World to Win, a left-wingenvironmental group formed in 2005. She was co-author of 
Running aTemperature: An Action Plan for the Eco-Crisis
Muir Quarter Designer Visits John Muir’s Birthplace
The designer of the Californian Quarter, Garrett Burke,fulfilled a long-held ambition when he visited John Muir'sBirthplace in mid-July. Garret brought with him severalrolls of ‘Muir quarter’ coins that he donated to DJMA.These coins will be used to replenish the rapidlydiminishing stock of the
John Muir and the CalifornianQuarter
presentation packs produced by DJMA as afundraiser in support of John Muir’s Birthplace.Garrett, his wife Michelle and daughter Katie were delighted with the peopleand scenery of East Lothian. The family were treated to guided walks aroundDunbar and entertained by Friends throughout the weekend. Garret’s visit alsocoincided with the Friends of John Muir's Birthplace annual Sand Sculpturecompetition held on the East Beach, Dunbar and so it seemed only fitting thatGarret be asked to judge the competition! A ‘task’ that he readily agreed to.The Garrett family are currently designing and writing a book about thequarter dollar coins that have been produced by the US mint to commemoratethe 50 states joining the Union. [Editor’s note: for Friends that may not recallthe news about the release of the California State Quarter, here’s an extractfrom DJMA Newsletter No. 27, April 2005]
Governor Celebrates the Release of the 2005 California State Quarter 
On Monday, January 31 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated the release the 2005 California State Quarter in to U.S. circulation.Accompanied by First Lady Maria Shriver and U.S. Mint Director HenriettaHolsman, the Governor reflected on John Muir’s contributions to California’sconservation legacy displayed in the quarter’s design. “Muir lit the torch of conservation in our state and he has inspired generations of Californians topreserve our natural beauty. Yosemite would not be the cathedral it is todayand the California Condor would be extinct if John Muir’s ideas were not embraced as central to the California experience,” the Governor said.Recognizing two of John Muir’s grandsons, John and Ross Hanna, who wereattending the event, the Governor addressed them saying “Your grandfather would be happy to know that our commitment to protecting our natural heritage is stronger than ever.”

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