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CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE REPORT
Condensing And Streamlining
BY PHIL LITTEER, CHAIR
The 2003 National Convention
Resolutions process is under way. This term, the Convention
Resolutions Committee will be aiming toward streamlining the
process wherever possible. Often, resolutions cut across several
areas of concern within VVA, and it seems only natural that
overlapping resolutions should be condensed into fewer, more
comprehensive mandates. Our task also includes weeding out those
current resolutions that are no longer appropriate or that
mandate goals that are not obtainable. Resolutions in this
category will be recommended for retirement.
In short, we propose that the resolutions process be condensed
and streamlined into workable, comprehensive, and reachable
objectives. However, we recognize that familiar feel-good
resolutions are important, and that they could - and perhaps
should - be addressed by our leadership as an ongoing
responsibility when the need arises.
The approved form that must be used for submission of proposed
resolutions is available at
http://www.vva.org/Forms/resolution2003.pdf Please keep in
mind that the committee will be looking for comprehensive and
achievable proposals. Members should avoid proposing resolutions
that can be accomplished through regular action of the Board of
Directors, State Councils, or other VVA leadership. When
considering an issue, please consider this question: Is this
proposal something that VVA already should be doing, and if so,
can a request or demand to the appropriate level of VVA
leadership get the job done?''
If the answer is "yes," why not use that avenue? Remember, the
convention is not your only opportunity to offer suggestions or
to address issues that are important to you. Convention
resolutions should only be used for establishing the most
important priorities for all of our members and for the overall
mission of VVA.
Proposed resolutions will be reviewed upon receipt by the
Resolutions Committee. If the resolution form is found to be
complete, it will be assigned to the responsible committee(s) or
task force(s) and assigned a number. An acknowledgment letter
will be mailed to the resolutions author. In future
correspondence, reference should be made to the proposed
resolution by its title and number. Any resolution form that is
not completed properly will be returned. The deadline to return
the properly completed resolution form is March 31, 2003.
All proposed resolutions should be reviewed by the appropriate
committees and task forces prior to the April 2003 Board of
Directors meeting in Silver Spring, where they will reviewed.
Proposed resolutions in their final form will then be made
available to delegates prior to the convention. Each committee
or task force will address submitted resolutions at convention
hearings and again as each resolution is presented to the
delegates in general session.
We hope to provide the delegates with a smooth and efficient
resolutions process, while insuring that delegates can voice and
send their most important priorities to our leaders.
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