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BY LESLIE DeLONG, CHAIR
July 1 marks the opening of the constitutional amendment process, which will end next year at the 14th National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Constitutional amendments may only be submitted electronically using the online form available on VVA’s website, vva.org

Any VVA member, chapter, or state council may submit a proposal for a constitutional amendment. The support of a chapter or state council is not necessary but may increase the likelihood that an amendment will be accepted by the delegates at the Convention. In cases where an individual member, chapter, or state council-sponsored amendment duplicates an amendment submitted by a national committee, that amendment will not be reported out, but delegates will have the opportunity to debate and amend the committee-sponsored amendment on the floor of the Convention.

The deadline for submission of proposed constitutional amendments is March 28, 2009. Afterward, the committee will meet in open session, review all proposed amendments, and prepare its report to the membership.

The committee’s report will be made available no later than May 28, 2009. The committee will hold an open hearing at the 2009 Convention before the amendments are presented to the delegates. We encourage everyone to attend this hearing and make their opinions known.

To submit proposed amendments to the VVA Constitution:

  • Step 1: Go to vva.org and click on “Forms” then click on “Constitutional Amendment Form” under “Amendment and Resolution Forms.”
  • Step 2: Fill out the form.
  • Step 3: Click on “Submit” when you have completed the form.

You will immediately receive a message indicating that your submission has been received.

Be sure to include your membership number on the form. This is the way we insure that only VVA members submit proposed amendments.

 

 

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