|Resolution Writing Tips|
Ever written a resolution to the MAFP?
Now is your chance to put your ideas into action.
Have you often thought something would be good for the Academy to do, but didn’t have the time to approach anyone? Maybe you weren’t sure how to go about getting your idea implemented? Or you were afraid being heard would mean you would be put in charge — something you just don’t have time for right now? Well, stop procrastinating and send your idea to MAFP! Writing a resolution is the way to accomplish your goals through the MAFP’s House of Delegates — and it’s easy!
Resolution Writing 101
1. Formulate your idea or subject for the resolution.
2. Organize your thoughts on the subject.
3. Begin writing the resolution using clear, concise language.
The Academy has samples available on the proper format of a resolution. It may look confusing, but it’s really not once you work through the language. As for the “whereas” and “be it resolved” phrases — it’s not as bad as it sounds.
“Whereas” clauses simply explain the problem or situation;
Remember, although it is possible to have more than one “Whereas” and “Resolved” clause, keep focused on what is desired as an end result. Many times one resolution could be broken into two or three separate ones — don’t make it too complicated! One helpful method is to develop your “resolved” clauses first. This makes it easier to limit “whereas” clauses to relevant and necessary background information.
A little more helpful advice:
Title (topic) of resolution: (place title/topic here)
Submitted by: (must be a member or through a local chapter or committee)
WHEREAS (the reason action is needed)
WHEREAS (more information, if necessary, you can use as many WHEREAS phrases as you need)
BE IT RESOLVED that the MAFP (what you want done)
(And if needed for another action)
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the MAFP (what else to be done, if necessary)
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