Saturday, March 31st, 2018
What would be your reaction upon receiving an invitation to attend the 100th meeting of your department, company or organization? Would you be curious to know when the first meeting was held? Would you be eager to know who among the current team members attended that meeting? How about the content and venue where the meeting was held? I guess these and many other questions would surely cross your mind!
On Tuesday 5th May 2015, the Health Policy Planning and Management (HPPM) department held its 100th departmental meeting. Welcoming the members to the meeting, Associate Professor Freddie Ssengooba, the Chair HPPM department congratulated members upon this achievement. He thanked all team members for their various contributions and for supporting departmental activities that have enabled HPPM to achieve its mandate. As part of his communication, the Chair commended Ms. Enid Kemari (Program Administrator-MPH Fulltime) who captured the minutes of the 5th departmental meeting that was held on 26th November 2003 in the former CDC Boardroom on the Grould floor of the MakSPH Building. Since the minutes of the first four meetings could not be readily traced, the minutes of the 5th departmental meeting served as the baseline record for the HPPM departmental meetings.
Reflecting upon these minutes, the chair noted that a lot had evolved with regard to the HPPM departmental meetings. For example, from four members (Dr. G.W Pariyo (Chair), Dr. Olico-Okui, Dr. S.O.Baine and Ms. Enid Kemari (Minutes Secretary),that attended the 5th departmental meeting, attendance of these meetings has since grown. The Chair also observed that it would be good for members to benchmark the habit of sharing their travel plans in advance as reflected in the deliberations of the 5th departmental meeting. He underscored the importance of minutes in facilitating the successful operations of the department.
The 100th HPPM departmental meeting was not solely dedicated to reflecting about the past. It had other agenda items including; sharing of developments in teaching research and community service, preparations for end of semester examinations, introduction of the High Risk Babies project, contract renewals and procurement requests among others. When these agenda items were thoroughly discussed, it was time to celebrate the 100th HHPM departmental meeting! In case you are asking how the 100th HPPM meeting was celebrated, please visit the photo gallery on our Facebook page.
As you flip through the gallery, it is important to note that it is common practice for HPPM members to serve lunch after the monthly departmental meetings! Additionally, it is an HPPM departmental practice to share chocolates brought by members returning from official travels abroad. Thus sharing these chocolates was neither a special occurrence nor was serving the lunch at the 100th departmental meeting! However, cutting and partaking of the sumptuous cake crowned the fruitful deliberations and celebrations of the 100th HPPM departmental meeting. Thank you to everybody that made these celebrations possible.
As we continue to celebrate this achievement, we invite you to share your opinions (on our facebook page- Health Policy Planning & Management at Mak) as to whether you think meetings are an effective tool to the successful running of a department, organization or company! We also invite comments, experiences of how you would celebrate the 100th meeting of your department, company or organization.
Blog and photos by David Roger Walugembe