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FoJMB Newsletter 2010 12

FoJMB Newsletter 2010 12

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Friends of John Muir's Birthplace Newsletter No. 15, December 2010
Friends of John Muir's Birthplace Newsletter No. 15, December 2010

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Newsletter No. 15, December 2010
Dear Friends,Well, winter has arrived and even in sunny Dunny we havehad snow. Is this a forecast of the months ahead? We will have towait and see. But the celebration of Christmas is almost upon us andthis is something I always look forward to. It will start early withThe Friends’ evening of sharing our photographs and memories on8th December and made even more pleasant with some mulled wineand mince pies..Finally, if you are looking for that little special something toput in a Christmas stocking, do not forget the gifts available fromthe Birthplace shop, particularly the Friends ‘Wee Books’. A 10%discount is available to members of Friends on all purchases.May I wish all of you and yours a Happy Christmas and aPeaceful and Prosperous New Year.Yours Aye,
Jim Thompson 
Friends’ Christmas Social
Wednesday 8th December, 7:15 for 7:30pm
Given the success of the 2009 Christmas Social, we are repeating theformat of that event where, in addition to the mince pies and mulledwine, we hope to have a selection of members’ favourite photographswith a short story attached. For further details see inside this Newsletter.
Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace AGMConvener’s Report
Each year I begin my AGM report by stating the aims of the Friends of JohnMuir Birthplace’s as given in our constitution. These aims are:
To advance the education of the public concerning John Muir, as the Dunbar-born pioneer of world nature conservation, and his belief in the unique and irreplaceable value of wild places and wild creatures; to implement JohnMuir's philosophy practically by conserving, restoring and enhancing landscape and wildlife in East Lothian and Scotland and supporting the work of the staff of John Muir’s Birthplace.
 Over the past year we have continued to further these objectives by:
Conducting pre-arranged guided walks for both adults and young people,including groups from abroad, around ‘John Muir’s Dunbar’;
Delivering a programme of talks and other events on John Muir andenvironmental topics, both within and outwith John Muir’s Birthplace.Examples include involvement in practical conservation with the Dunbar Community Woodland Group at Lochend Woods and another geology walk;
Publishing ‘
Walking the John Muir Way’ 
, a guide to the trail along the EastLothian coastline, written by one of our members Robert Russel;
Meeting with people of influence in Scotland in general and East Lothian inparticular. Treasurer Will Collin and myself are members of East LothianCouncil’s John Muir Strategy Group (JMSG) as are Friends Liz McLeanwho represents the Birthplace Trust, Jo Moulin as Birthplace Manager andRobert Russel who represents the John Muir Trust. JMSG
aims to raiseawareness of John Muir, develop educational and other links with the USand promote Muir-linked tourism in East Lothian;
Looking to celebrate the 30
anniversary of the town’s twinning withMartinez in April 2011 and have invited local schools and organisation toparticipate in this by contacting their opposite numbers. We have arrangeddiscussion meetings to promote this;
Being involved in local environmental initiatives such as Dunbar WoodlandGroup, ‘Transition Town – ‘Sustaining Dunbar’, beach tidies and other environmental projects;
Providing volunteers on a regular and ad hoc basis to support JMB staff andto promote JMB both locally and further afield;
Issuing on a regular basis our newsletter containing items regarding JohnMuir, environmental issues and the work of JMB, circulated to members andavailable at the Birthplace;The number of visitors to the Birthplace continues to increase, coming from allcorners of the world, particularly North America and England. Most of thesevisitors come to Dunbar to visit the Birthplace and no doubt by doing so helpthe economy of the town.As convener, my name appears at the head of Friends’ matters. However, asalways, the work is done by others and I thank the council for their tirelesswork in promoting Friends and the Birthplace. Susan, who works extremelyhard as secretary, Will as treasurer, Birthplace Trustee and the newsletter,Duncan as membership secretary and the newsletter, Liz as Chair of theBirthplace Trustees and Jo who represents the Birthplace and its staff onFriends’ Council. Finally, and most importantly, I pay tribute to the staff of theBirthplace. It is their endeavours that have made the Birthplace the success thatit has become, including maintaining their Gold ‘Green Tourism’ award andbecoming a Scottish Tourist Board five star visitor attraction.James Thompson, Convener, FJMB6 October 2010
John Muir Birthplace Trust AGMReport from the Chair 
2010 seems to have passed quickly and after a very busy 2009, activity at theBirthplace during the past year has focused on developing our core activities inline with our main objectives. It is worth restating JMBT’s aims which are to
promote knowledge of John Muir’s life and legacy
encourage participation in conservation and
inspire people to follow in Muir’s footsteps

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