2019 Convention Committee Report

RESOLUTIONS

BY DICK SOUTHERN, CHAIR

The purpose of the Resolutions Committee is to fulfill Article I, National Provisions, Section 7, Committees, Paragraph A.4. of the VVA National Constitution:

“The Resolutions Committee shall report the resolutions to be addressed by the delegates assembled from among those submitted by the Chapters, State Councils, standing committees, membership, or other sources. Provided, however, that any such resolution shall be filed with the Resolution Committee at least one-hundred twenty (120) days prior to the commencement of the National Convention, at which resolutions are to be addressed.

“The Resolutions Committee shall review proposed resolutions received, and shall, not less than sixty (60) days prior to the commencement of the National Convention, forward to the Chapters and State Councils copies of all proposed resolutions submitted to the Committee pursuant to this section along with the Committee’s recommended action with regard to each proposed resolution. Resolutions not reported by the Resolutions Committee may be brought to the floor for debate and action upon the motion of any delegate and concurrence by a majority of the delegates.”

WHAT’S A RESOLUTION?

A resolution is a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent voted into being at a National VVA Convention by the delegates to that Convention. It sets a goal or objective for one or more VVA National Committees. A resolution should be written in a very clear manner, so that the appropriate body may establish a specific plan for implementation of the resolution. Some resolutions require several committees and national staff working together to achieve the desired result and may be an ongoing process over a long period of time.

WRITING A PROPOSED RESOLUTION

The top section of the VVA Proposed Convention Resolution Form asks for basic information.  All blanks that apply should be filled in and any blank that does not apply should have “N/A” (not applicable) inserted.

The lower section applies directly to the resolution. If you know the National Committee that your resolution applies to, place an “X” by the appropriate committee.

The ISSUE section should contain the title and issue you would like to address. For example: “Over 100,000 Americans who served in the armed forces during World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and Desert Storm are still listed as Missing In Action.”

The BACKGROUND section should contain a description or overview of what VVA’s past involvement has been, if any, on this issue and the reason for the resolution.  One example: “This nation is deeply indebted to its veterans for their courage and sacrifice and should demonstrate its dedication to those missing and to their families for the fullest possible accounting of those still missing.”

The PROPOSED POSITION section should contain a statement of VVA’s commitment to the issue and how VVA should implement the resolution. For example: “Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., at the National Convention in Reno, Nevada, August 9 to August 13, 2005, desires that Congress enact legislation that requires the continuous flying of the POW/MIA flag at all U.S. owned and operated national cemeteries.”

DEADLINES FOR RESOLUTIONS

Proposed Resolutions must be received or postmarked no later than March 17, 2019. The Resolutions Committee mailing of the package of proposed resolutions with the appropriate committee’s recommended action for each proposed resolution to all state councils and chapters will take place no later than May 17 by first-class mail.

Proposed resolutions must be submitted to the National Resolutions Committee on the official resolution form, which is located at Convention Resolution Form

Forms shall be emailed to shodge@vva.org or mailed or delivered to:

Vietnam Veterans of America
ATTN: Resolutions Committee
8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Only proposed resolutions submitted on the official resolutions form will be accepted.