Convention resolutions COMMITTEE REPORT
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.
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:
- Can this be accomplished
through the regular action of the National Board of Directors,
a state council, or other VVA leadership?
- 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
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.