Dear Members, Friends and Colleagues,At the FARUG’S Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held in January this year, one of the issues of contention was SOCIAL FRIDAY.
In the past, every Social Friday, it was a space where members gathered at office to discuss matters concerning the organization and the community at large. Topics ranged from health, The Anti Homosexuality Bill, general well being, sex and relationships and the women struggle, among others.
At Social Friday, movies were screened in the resource center, registered members borrowed and read books and had a drink. Social Friday was famous for Malwa, a local brew. Social Friday attracted members and people from the entire LGBTI community.
During deliberations at the AGM, members expressed worries of security threats that social Friday presented, since all people were allowed to come in and out as they pleased. They also expressed the fact that since there were people from other organizations and the community at large, they couldn’t freely express themselves or freely discuss internal organization issues/ problems.
Some members also noted that Social Friday, happening every other week was expensive since they had to have enough money to transport them to and from their homes. They thus suggested that Social Friday be moved to every last Friday of the month.
All these suggestions were left for secretariat to decide and after a meeting: this is what was decided upon concerning social Friday:
- That social Friday be held every last Friday of the month, from 2:00pm to 8:30pm. Drinks will be provided for everyone present (including Malwa) and as usual movies will be screening in the resource center. Members are allowed to borrow these (movies) from the office Admnistrator.
- That social Friday be limited strictly to members only unless on special invitation. There will be times when topics of discussion require expert opinions and that is when some people of the community will be invited for their input.
- The subsequent three Fridays of the month, members are allowed to come to office from 2:00pm to 7:00pm to borrow books, movies and have minor discussions. There is internet in office and a computer will be availed to those who want to use it.
Communications will be going out every Wednesday via mail and every Thursday on phone and on social media for members to confirm attendance. Members are encouraged to come in big numbers when ever called upon and volunteer to organize social Fridays to make them a success. Enlisting the help of members gives them ownership and responsibility of activities of the organization.
There is a security guard at the gate and security will be guaranteed.
We are grateful to the entire community members who always came to join us every Friday and their contribution is highly appreciated. We regret that due to some un avoidable circumstances, we can no longer be with them.
Kind regards and be well.