Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) held its second Annual General Meeting (AGM) since the organization’s formation, from the 17th to the 21st January at an undisclosed location, with the participation of forty members and the help of one facilitator. The AGM was coupled with the leadership institute and the completion of a five year strategic planning for FARUG.
The Executive director gave welcome remarks and members were directly thrown into an exercise and thereafter they presented their findings which helped relay the individual and group dynamics in relation to FARUG as an organization. Participants learnt the benefits of working together as a group, group cohesion, solidarity and sisterhood.
“LOVE BEYOND THE SHEETS”
Most participants shared similar expectations from the workshop, most of them were similar like learning more dialogue, meeting friends, sharing, voting board; some participants had a vision and were hopeful that after the AGM farug would have a clear road map to the future by the end of the workshop.
Members were yet again engaged in another task of drawing up a timeline mapping out the achievements and challenges of FARUG and the general LGBTI community since 2003 and the events that led to the formation of FARUG to date.
The facilitator also took participants through temperaments of AIR, FIRE, EARTH and WATER.
“We are all different as individuals and view the world differently, that the uniqueness in all of us. It’s from understanding yourself and others that we get to work together as a group for the good of FARUG” she said.
Participants also learnt how the different polarities could best work with each other and what everyone brings to the table.
The constitution of FARUG was studied in detail. Some articles there in were amended, and participants also made some recommendations to be incorporated into it. The Issue of identity also came up with controversy on the constituency of FARUG, what FARUG does and who exactly is FARUG.
1) Members of FARUG must limit drinking and substance abuse because it affects performance and ruins a person’s image.
2) All participants agreed unanimously that membership fee be increased to fifty thousand and paid by all on a yearly basis be it in installments or lamp some.
3) It was agreed upon that it was impossible to have board elections because the participants were emotional and anxious and also the constitution had no provision for rules guiding voting for board but instead have an Extra-ordinary General Meeting.
4) The strategic planning should include but not limited to; networking, advocacy and lobbying, research, membership support and leadership development.
5) The staff should not be members of FARUG as this would interfere with the chain of command.
6) Participants recommended that social Friday be limited to once a month and exclude drinking alcohol to enable members engage in crucial organizational concern.
7) Start the transition process for the Incoming executive director immediately so that by the time the current one relinquishes the seat in July, she is well prepared.
The five day workshop was a great success with a lot learnt and shared. There was no police interference during the conference nor during leisure hours for the participants.
FARUG is grateful for all the help that made this AGM a success. The funders who without their aid the AGM would not have taken place, the facilitator for her passion and commitment to helping FARUG, the members who sacrificed their time to take part in the AGM and the secretariat for organizing and coordinating the AGM.
Thank you all.