How to Write a Resolution
What is a Resolution, and why would you want to write one? Because our local Party--Yamhill County Democrats--require a formal written Resolution in order consider endorsing any issue. Resolutions have the benefit of laying out quite clearly WHAT the issue is, WHY the issue is important, and WHAT THE BODY agrees to do about it.
Below are guidelines to help craft a Resolution that will answer these questions. Being succinct is a virtue.
A resolution is a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent by an official body or assembled group; a declaration submitted to an assembly for adoption. All YCD resolutions must be in writing, preferably in electronic form as a Microsoft Word document. Handwritten or verbal resolutions will not be accepted for consideration.
SUBMISSION OF RESOLUTIONS AND PLATFORMS
Resolutions may be submitted for discussion by making a motion during our monthly Central Committee Meetings, or they can be submitted directly to the Executive Committee for consideration.
STRUCTURE OF RESOLUTIONS
A resolution usually is written in four parts: a succinct title, a preamble, a resolving clause (or clauses), and a submission statement.
A succinct title reflecting the content of the resolution should appear centered and in capital letters. The resolution title should begin with the words “A RESOLUTION …”
“A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A STYLE GUIDE FOR FUTURE RESOLUTIONS”
A preamble is a brief statement of background or rationale coming before the resolving clause(s). The purpose of a preamble is to provide information without which the point or the merits of a resolution are likely to be poorly understood, or where unusual importance is attached to making certain reasons for an action a matter of record, or the like.
Although it is not mandatory to include a preamble with every resolution, the inclusion of such information usually strengthens the understanding and importance of the resolution.
However, a preamble generally should contain no more clauses than are strictly necessary. Too many clauses often detract from the force of the resolution.
WHEREAS, The … (text of the first preamble clause); and WHEREAS, … (text of the next to the last preamble clause); and WHEREAS, … (text of the last preamble clause); now, therefore, be it
WHEREAS, Resolutions are an important part of the Yamhill County Democratic Party and its proceedings; and
WHEREAS, The process for writing a resolution for consideration by the Yamhill County Democratic Party is unclear; and
WHEREAS, Members of the Yamhill County Democratic Party would find a guide to writing resolutions useful in their activism; now, therefore, be it
A resolving clause indicates what action(s) is to be taken given the “WHEREAS” clause(s) in the preamble. Each resolving clause, written as a separate paragraph, begins with the word “RESOLVED” followed by a comma and the word “that” with a capital “T.”
If there is more than one resolving clause, each of them should begin with the words “RESOLVED, that” just as in the first resolving clause. However the final resolved clause can begin with “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That,” but this is optional
RESOLVED, That … (stating action to be taken); RESOLVED, That … (stating further action to be taken); and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That … (stating the last action to be taken).
RESOLVED That the Yamhill County Democratic Party will consult Roberts Rules of Order and other documents to gain an understanding of the resolution-writing process; and
RESOLVED, That Yamhill County Democratic Party will produce a style guide to writing resolutions to be considered by the precinct, county, district, and State Executive Committees; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we Democrats commit our actions, time, ideas, energy, and treasury toward ensuring electoral success for Democrats up and down the ballot henceforth and forevermore.
At the end of the resolution, the following submission statement must be included to clarify who is submitting the resolution and to which body it is being submitted:
Submitted to the [name of Party Entity] by [Person(s) submitting the resolution and county] [Date]
Submitted to the Yamhill County Democratic Party Central Committee by Mr. John Democrat, March 12, 2018