What a Day!

We had an amazing first rehearsal workshop day at The Theatre Royal, Dumfries on Saturday. So many wonderful people attended, sang their hearts and brought wonderful grub to share and fuel out shenanigans! The Moving Stories Community Choir certainly had a beautiful birth.

Huge thanks to Kate Howard, Lucy Renwick and everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.

We will be rehearsing every Monday evening now (7.15 for prompt 7.30 start) at Lochside Community Centre, so it’s not too late to join. Here’s a link to a map so you can find it without fluster! See you there!

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Lochside+Community+Centre,+Rankine+Ave,+Dumfries+DG2+9NS/@55.0813862,-3.6396084,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x4862ca005431b161:0xd61abd342459fab1

Tickets are now on sale via the Theatre Box Office or this link: https://theatreroyaldumfries.ticketsolve.com/shows/873591670

so please tell your friends, buy lots and come and share in a magical, emotive and emotional experience which explores the human beings and the stories they carry that is often hidden behind the word ‘migration’.

For more information please contact MOOL or find us on Facebook. 

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Help!

Urgent request! Could any of ourwonderful musician friends (or know of anyone who can) transcribe a couple of songs to dots ASAP? It would be hugely appreciated and we’ll pay you in endless love and cake! It’s for MOOL’s Moving Stories Community Choir rehearsal which is on Saturday. 💖

AGM – 17th May

MOOL is having its second AGM on Thursday 17th May 2018, 7pm at The Stove, High Street, Dumfries.

Highlights include the Annual Report, the Treasurers report and constitutional changes!

Please come if you can!

The Agenda is set out below.

There will be light refreshments served afterwards.

 

Agenda

Welcome and Apologies.

1a. Approval of minutes for 2017 AGM

  1. Presentation of Annual Report
  2. Approval of Annual Report
  3. Presentation of Accounts
  4. Adoption of Accounts
  5. Appointment of Independent Examiners
  6. Retiral of Trustees
  7. Election of Office Bearers
  8. Motions to be put to the AGM

9a. Constitutional change to increase the number of trustees.

Current constitution reads:

14 The maximum number of charity trustees is 6.

15 The minimum number of charity trustees is 3.

45 No valid decisions can be taken at a board meeting unless a quorum is present; the quorum for board meetings is 2 charity trustees.

Proposed changes:

14 The maximum number of charity trustees is 12.

15 The minimum number of charity trustees is 4.

45 No valid decisions can be taken at a board meeting unless a quorum is present; the quorum for board meetings is 3 charity trustees.

9b. Constitutional changes to retiral of trustees

Current constitution reads:

20 At the conclusion of each AGM (other than the first)

20.1 Any charity trustees appointed during the period since the preceding AGM (but excluding those re-appointed under clause 22 during that period) shall retire from office;

20.2 out of the remaining charity trustees, one third (to the nearest round number) retire from office.

21 The charity trustees to retire under paragraph 20.2 shall be those who have been longest in office since they were last appointed or re-appointed; as between persons who were last appointed/re-

appointed on the same date, the question of which of them is to retire shall be determined by some random method.

22 A charity trustee who retires from office under clause 19 or 20 at the conclusion of an AGM shall be eligible for re-appointment under clause 18 at the next board meeting.

23 A charity trustee vacating office at the conclusion of an AGM will be deemed to have been re-elected at the board meeting which next follows unless:

23.1 he/she advises the board that he/she does not wish to be re-appointed; or

23.2 a resolution for the re-appointment of that charity trustee was put to the board meeting and was not carried.

Proposed changes:

20 At the conclusion of each AGM (other than the first), one third of charity trustees (to the nearest round number) shall retire from office.

21 The charity trustees to retire under clause 20 shall be those who choose to stand down, or be determined by some random method.

22 A charity trustee who retires from office under clause 20 at the conclusion of an AGM shall be eligible for re-appointment under clause 18 at the next board meeting.

23 A charity trustee vacating office at the conclusion of an AGM will be deemed to have been re-elected at the board meeting which next follows unless:

23.1 he/she advises the board that he/she does not wish to be re-appointed; or

23.2 a resolution for the re-appointment of that charity trustee was put to the board meeting and was not carried.

9c. Constitutional changes on paid staff being trustees

Current constitution reads:

39: No charity trustee may serve as an employee (full time or part time) of the organisation; and no charity trustee may be given any remuneration by the organisation for carrying out his/her duties as a charity trustee.

Proposed change:

  1. No charity trustee may be given any remuneration by the organisation for carrying out his/her duties as a charity trustee. Paid staff shall not make up more than one third of the total number of trustees and no employee can be an office-bearer.
  2. Any Other Business

Make some (beautiful) noise!

Exciting times!

Hello! We are looking for people to form the MOVING STORIES COMMUNITY CHOIR!

The lovely (and extremely talented) Lucy Renwick is writing some music as part of our Moving Stories Project in collaboration with MOOL, our founder Moxie, and photographer Kim Ayres.

We’re creating an exhibition and community choir performance for Refugee week 18-24th June, with the focus on promoting diversity, inclusion and friendship between cultures. It’s going to be a lovely thing, with some beautiful images and sounds. Please come and be a part of it!

If you’re interested in doing some singing, please get in touch.

**NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!!**

The lovely Kate Howard, director supreme of Cairn Chorus will be on hand to lead the way. Just enthusiasm, an open mind and an open mouth required!

You can find out more and register your interest via email or our Facebook page:

https://m.facebook.com/Moving-Stories-179965402796083/

Help Us Warm The Hoose!

We are delighted to announce that we are moving some of our operations into a beautiful office space in the heart of town. This will enable us to offer more workshops, gatherings and classes in a better suited environment. It’s been a long, hard struggle to find something in town for us to call home, but it’s sure to be worth it and we’re over the moon.

The Depot will still be in action for the collection, distribution, sorting and packing of donations, but meetings etc will now be held at our new HQ.

To celebrate, we are holding a Hoose Warming drop in on Monday 12th March between 11am and 1pm. We’d love you to stop by and help us launch with love and laughter.

We’ll be working on growing our Unity Banner, catching up with old friends and welcoming new. It would be wonderful if you could join us as we venture into this exciting new phase.

There will be refreshments and a vegetarian buffet, but please feel free (but not obliged!) to bring something to share.

Please note that, unfortunately, the new office is up two flights of stairs and so is not accessible by wheelchair, pushchair or for those who have difficulty walking. This will be taken into account when planning future events though, and we will aim to be as accommodating as possible to enable full participation.

This event is free.

The depot will be closed on Monday 12th to ensure everyone can attend.

To find out more visit www.mool.scot email office@mool.scot or phone/text 07497 080 557

Chris with MOOL Volunteer, Mel, and Treasurer, Jay.

We had a lovely visit at the Depot from Humanist Celebrant Chris Simm on Monday; who came bearing gifts in the form of an incredible financial donation. Of their visit, Chris said:

“As Humanist Fellowship of Scotland Celebrants, we donate 10% of our earnings to the charities we support. It was a massive honour for me to deliver a cheque to a deserving local charity this morning and to see just how far they’ve come! We’re delighted to support the great work being carried out by their dedicated and caring Volunteers.”

We’re very grateful to the Humanist Fellowship of Scotland Celebrants for their support, and for the continued support of Chris who has been lending a helping hand since MOOL began! A huge thank you to you from the MOOL Crew!

You can contact Chris for all enquiries relating to your celebrant needs here: Happy Humanist Celebrations

Thanks again, love really does make the world a better place!

Kindness is the Way Forward!

Guys, gals and non binary pals! Look how much you’ve raised! We’re nearly halfway to our target already. You ROCK!

Time is running out though, so could you share, share and share again to give it that extra push? We’d be ever so grateful! (And so would the families we help!)

PS – We’re also starting to open again on a Friday! Tell the world!

You can donate funds here:

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/johnanddami

 

Breadline Kids

Many of you were moved to tears by the BBC Scotland’s Documentary “Breadline Kids”. It really threw a spotlight on the devastating poverty that far too many people are living in right under our noses, and made people want to take action to help.

MOOL has helped support this lovely family since they arrived in the area, along with other wonderful organisations like First Base, and we’d love to continue helping them & other people that find themselves in desperate need.

We’ve spoken to Christiana and financial donations would be of most help right now, in order for them to keep a roof over their head, pay bills, and help John go on an upcoming school trip. A small freezer would also be helpful.

If you could donate any amount, it would be gratefully received. Once we’d covered their immediate needs then we’d direct any excess monies to other people in similar circumstances here in Dumfries and Galloway. If you need help yourself, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you have food to donate, please contact First Base. If you can donate furniture, household items and clothing then please contact us and we’ll get it to where it needs to go. Many thanks!

https://mydonate.bt.com/events/johnanddami/456612

There’s a link to the episode on the donation page.