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2010 National NOW Conference

Resolution Format

Conference attendees have the opportunity to pass resolutions, which become part of NOW's policy. Only credentialed delegates to the conference vote on resolutions; however, all members are welcome to participate in all discussions and to vote in Issue Hearings. Ideas for resolutions are voted on during the issue hearings scheduled on Friday and Saturday. Conference attendees will discuss, amend and vote on proposed resolutions in the Plenary Sessions on Sunday.

Resolutions can also be submitted to the Resolutions Committee through signature gathering prior to the Saturday deadline for submission of resolutions.

Resolutions must be written in the specific format listed below:

TITLE:  CENTERED, BOLDED IN CAPS

WHEREAS, the "WHEREAS" paragraph(s) give relevant supporting facts both about the issue and why the National Organization for Women (NOW) should relate to that subject; and

WHEREAS, both the "WHEREAS"  and the "RESOLVED" phrases are in bold and all caps; and

WHEREAS, all acronyms (such as NOW) should be spelled out the first time used and abbreviated thereafter; and

WHEREAS, the last word of the paragraph should be followed by a semi-colon and then the word "and" in the first and each succeeding "WHEREAS" paragraph; and

WHEREAS, the last "WHEREAS" paragraph should end with a semi-colon but no "and";

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the resolution should state in this and following paragraphs what action NOW will take or what policy will be instituted; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the end of the paragraph should be followed by a semi-colon and the word "and" for the first and each succeeding "RESOLVED" paragraph; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all resolutions must be typed, single or double spaced, on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper and should be no longer than one page, one side in length; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all margins (top, bottom, left, right) must be at least one inch and type size must be no smaller than 10 point; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that NOW should . . . and end the final paragraph with a period.

Submitted by:
(Option 1) Issue Hearing __________________________ (fill in name of hearing)
Chair: Jane N. Charge, chapter or state affiliation, hotel room number or local phone number if not staying in hotel
OR
(Option 2) Petition with _______ signatures (fill in number before submitting)
Mary Sendit Around, chapter or state affiliation, hotel room number or local phone number

For more on Resolutions, see Proposed Conference Rules.

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