BY FRED ELLIOTT, CHAIR
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
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
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.