Resolutions - How to Get Started

A resolution is basically a motion or a formal way of introducing new business with the purpose of presenting our concerns or recommendations. A resolution is used to educate, inform, or establish new policy and it usually asks for action of some kind.

Ideas for resolutions can be found every where:

  • Awareness of issues from personal experience

  • Ideas may come from the media; local and national newspapers, magazines, the internet, radio etc.

  • Through brainstorming session with others

Once you have an idea, take these initial steps:
  • First Check - check to make sure the CWL hasn’t already done a resolution on your topic

  • Share - Share your idea with others. Speak to your parish president and ask to have the topic put on the next meeting’s agenda.

  • Form a committee - Ask other ladies with same minded concerns to help. You don’t need a huge committee but try to get at least 2 or 3 to join you.

  • Get the Facts – gather the supporting material. Research your topics using all available resources. Use the internet, the library, people resources etc.

  • Decide - Decide on a title for your resolution as this will help you decide what outcome you hope to accomplish from your resolution.

  • Draft - Create your first draft starting with the resolved clauses first and working your way back up to the whereas clause.

Three Basic Parts of a Resolution

  • WHEREAS - The reason why you want this

  • RESOLVED - Determines what action you want as an outcome.

  • THE BRIEF – The supporting information or argument to convince your audience to adopt this resolution.