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Convention Resolutions Committee Report

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Get ready, get set, send in those Convention Resolutions. This year we hope again to improve on the process for submitting, evaluating, presenting, and finalizing Convention Resolutions submitted by you, the 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 range from the feel-good to the serious. We will gladly accept them all, as directed by the VVA Constitution.

Each state council and chapter will receive the "Policies and Procedures" of the 2005 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--the only form acceptable for a submission.

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, my state council, or other VVA leadership? (2) Is this something we are already or should be doing? If so, can we get this accomplished with a simple request of a national officer or director?

If the answer to any part of these questions is "Yes," reconsider submitting your resolution and follow one of the paths described previously. If "No" was the answer, then you should ask yourself: Can we accomplish this without breaking the bank? Does the funding required match the priority of the resolution? Does it fit within the long-range goals of the organization? If you can answer all with a definite "Yes," then bring that 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 assigned 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 be sure the official submission form was used, to be sure it was postmarked no later than the postmark date of April 11, 2005, and to be sure the required financial statement of cost and funding is attached when a resolution requires funding. If a proposed resolution passes the committee's review, it will be sent on 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 April 11, 2005, to resubmit your resolution.

The National Board of Directors will be presented the proposed resolutions at their April 2005 meeting for review and comments. A final package of resolutions with a committee and task force recommended action for each proposed resolution will be sent to all state councils and chapters by first-class mail no later than June 10, 2005.

At the Convention, committee hearings will be held to allow the committees, task forces, and delegates to review all resolutions pertaining to that particular committee and/or task force before the resolutions are presented to the delegates on the Convention floor.

The 2005 Convention Resolutions Committee is chaired by Fred Elliott. The other members are Darrol Brown, Region 9 Director; Lee Fisher, At-Large Director; Ned Foote, NYSC Treasurer; and Sharon Hodge, Staff Coordinator.


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