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Convention resolutions COMMITTEE REPORT
Resolved That…

BY FRED ELLIOTT, CHAIR
Get ready, get set, and send in those Convention Resolutions. For the 2007 Convention, we hope to improve further the process of submitting, evaluating, presenting, and finalizing resolutions submitted by members of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Like the committee before us, we are encouraging you to submit resolutions that are workable, concise, and have attainable objectives. We realize that resolutions will—and do—range from the feel-good to the serious, and we will gladly accept them all, as directed by the VVA Constitution.

Each state council and chapter will receive a copy of the Policies and Procedures of the 2007 Convention Resolutions Committee to be used as a guide for the submission of resolutions. Included in each package will be an official resolution submission form. This is the only form acceptable for submissions.

When you are considering a resolution, give it this litmus test:

  1. Can this be accomplished through the regular action of the National Board of Directors, a state council, or other VVA leadership?
  2. Is this something we are already or should be doing? If so, can we get this accomplished through a simple request by a National Officer or Director?
    If the answer to any part of either question is “yes,” reconsider submitting your resolution and follow one of the paths described above. If “no” was the answer, then you should ask yourself: Can we accomplish this without breaking the bank? Does the funding requirement match the priority of the resolution? Does it fit within the long-range goals of the organization? If you can answer these questions with a definite “yes,” then bring forth the resolution to the committee for consideration at the Convention.

Once your resolution has been received at the national office, it will be assigned an official resolution number. A letter of acknowledgment will be sent to the author of the resolution informing him or her of the resolution’s number and the committee or task force that it has been referred to for completion. The proposed resolution then will be reviewed by the Resolutions Committee to verify that the official submission form was used, it was postmarked by March 20, 2007, and the required financial statement of cost and funding is attached (if a resolution requires funding).

When the Resolutions Committee’s review is complete, the resolution will be sent to the appropriate committee or task force. However, if a proposed resolution is found to be incomplete, it will be returned to the author by certified mail, return receipt requested. You will then have until the postmark deadline of March 20, 2007, to resubmit the resolution.

The National Board of Directors will be presented the proposed resolutions at its April 2007 meeting for review and comments. A final package of resolutions with committee and task force recommendations will be sent to all state councils and chapters by first-class mail no later than May 19.

At the Convention, committee hearings will be held to allow the committees, task forces, and delegates time to review all relevant resolutions before they are presented to the delegates on the Convention floor.

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