A resolution is a written motion adopted by a deliberative body. The final written product is a policy-making proposal that informs JWV membership and others of JWV’s position on an issue or topic, as well as inform our Legislative Priorities presented before Congress. Resolutions are discussed and debated on a post level and then elevated to a national level through the National Resolutions Committee.
At Convention this year, JWV set out it’s legislative priorities with a series of resolutions that aim to make life better for our Veteran and Jewish communities.
How to submit a resolution
Generally, resolutions are crafted within a Post and submitted at the Department convention. Resolutions passed at the Department level are then forwarded to the National level to be reviewed by the National Resolutions Committee. However, members of At-Large Posts, or members unable to attend Department conventions, can also submit resolutions for national consideration.
The National Resolutions Committee meets annually at the National convention. If a proposed resolution is passed by the Committee, it is brought to the convention floor and voted on by the convention body. That resolution will inform JWV’s Legislative Priorities for the coming year.
All resolution(s) must be submitted to National at least 10 days prior to the convention opening. Any resolutions submitted after this date WILL NOT be considered.
How to write a resolution
As you know, any good debate begins with well-informed debaters. You’d expect there to be a fair amount of researching and talking with those experienced in the issue. That is also how you begin a resolution. Gather information and summarize. You need to give a little background on the issue, but it must be concise. For example, if you wish to talk about the VA claims process, you might inform us of the typical wait times, how many people are involved, and common types of claims.
Having explained the background, clearly state the issue. In the above example, you might say, “The VA claims process is unnecessarily lengthy to the determent of the veteran’s mental and physical health.”
Finally, offer solution(s) to address the issue. For our sample, “The VA must incorporate community partners to expedite the claims process and set the maximum length of processing time at 8 months.”
Each component of the resolution – background, issue statement, and proposed solution – should be clear and to the point. The final touch is to format the writing, so that all statements about the background information and issue begin with the word “WHEREAS” and all solutions begin with “THEREFORE.” Use the enclosed 2016 resolution as a guide.
Note that only one topic or issue is addressed. You might, for instance, have several VA-related issues to address. Each issue requires its own resolution.
Three components of a resolution
- Title/name of the resolution (the issue)
- Pre-ambulatory clause: Explanation of the issue, including background and an issue statement. Begin the explanations with WHEREAS. Each “Whereas” statement should only address one fact or supporting argument related to the issue or problem.
- Operative clause: Proposed solutions to the issue. Begin the solutions with THEREFORE. Each “Therefore” statement should describe a separate action to be taken or proposed solution to resolve the issue or problem.
Need additional guidance?
Contact the National Resolutions Committee Chair PNC Michael Berman by emailing Executive Assistant Christy Turner.