Resolution Writing 101
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How to Write a Resolution

Where to Start

  • Step 1: Formulate your idea or subject for a resolution.
  • Step 2: Organize your thoughts on the resolution topic.
  • Step 3: Begin writing the resolution using clear, concise language.

Tools You Can Use

What Are “Whereas” and “Resolved” Statements?

  • “Whereas” statements simply explain the problem or situation.
  • “Resolved” statements clearly explain what action should be taken.

It’s possible to have more than one “Whereas” and “Resolved” statement, but keep focused on what’s desired as an end result. Often, one resolution can be broken into two or three separate resolutions.

Don’t make it too complicated! One helpful method is to develop your “Resolved” statements first. This makes it easier to limit “Whereas” statements to relevant and necessary background information.

Tips for “Whereas” Statements

  • Limit the number of whereas statements in your resolution (no more than 10).
  • Carefully check facts and verify data.
  • Avoid editorializing.
  • You may support your whereas statements with additional information/references (up to 20).

Tips for “Resolved” Statements

  • Write the resolved statement(s) first (no more than five).
  • Write resolved statement(s) to stand alone (i.e., self-explanatory).
  • Only call for action the Academy has some control over.
  • Limit each resolved statement to one action.
  • Provide fiscal notes if needed.
  • You may support your resolved statements with additional information/references (up to 20).

Resolution Preparation Worksheet

Use the Resolution Preparation Worksheet to compose and prepare your resolution for submission via the online form.

Please note: Resolutions will only be accepted through the online form.

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