by Mark Richert
I'm very appreciative to Mitch Pomerantz for appointing me to serve as ACB's resolutions committee chair; what a privilege. And speaking of privileges, we are so very fortunate to be part of an organization that not only welcomes but actively encourages each of us as members to exercise leadership in formulating our organization's positions on matters of policy and nurturing the democratic spirit that continues to breathe life into ACB's mission and work. I'm talking about ACB's resolutions process undertaken at each year's conference and convention. In preparation for that important work, here are a few things to know and some tips on getting involved in the process even before July.
The resolutions committee will be meeting in person during this summer's Columbus, Ohio, conference and convention for four consecutive nights, Sunday, July 7, Monday, July 8, Tuesday, July 9, and Wednesday, July 10. Please consult the convention program for the meeting location and each night's start time. Unlike previous years, the resolutions committee will not be meeting immediately following the opening session of the convention this year.
To have your resolution considered by the committee, I must receive it from you no later than 7 p.m. Monday, July 8, but I strongly encourage you to submit it to me well in advance of that deadline. Any ACB member is welcome to submit a draft resolution to me at any time up to and including during the July conference and convention, so long as I receive your submission no later than 7 p.m. Monday, July 8. Now, if you are working with or representing a group that wishes to submit a resolution, and your group will not be conducting a business meeting until after 7 p.m. Monday, July 8 (as scheduled in the convention program), I am nevertheless asking that you submit a draft "place holder" resolution of some kind to me as soon as you can but no later than 7 p.m. Monday, July 8. If such a placeholder draft is received in a timely manner, the committee will consider the group's near-final draft resolution provided that I receive such a draft no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. Drafts that are not received in a timely manner will only be considered by the committee at the committee's discretion. Thank you.
Now let me ask this of you, and while I'm serious about this, I hope this makes you smile. A draft resolution will only be regarded as having been received if I myself have received it; drafts, partial drafts, rumors of drafts, drafts merely existing in someone's consciousness, drafts that are only titles of resolutions, drafts that are merely a couple words scribbled on a soiled napkin, drafts that have been sealed in clay jars and buried in the Judean desert for millennia, or anything else that is transmitted to another person other than to yours truly by 7 p.m. Monday, July 8, will not be considered received. While you need not worry at all whether your resolution is in properly edited condition when you submit it to me, the thing you submit to me must clearly be a communication that says that you want the communication to be considered as a resolution by the resolutions committee, and the communication must, at a minimum, be written so that it plainly declares what you believe ACB should say or do.
You may submit your draft resolution to me via e-mail at MRichert@afb.net so long as you make it clear in the subject line and/or the body of your message that you are indeed submitting a draft resolution for consideration by the committee. I will also gladly receive brailled copies of draft resolutions that you may hand to me during the conference and convention, and I will also gladly receive commonly used word-processed electronic files handed to me. Please do not ask another person, even someone whom you believe to be on the resolutions committee, to turn in your resolution for you. Between my e-mail address, my general availability during this summer's convention, and the regular hours during which the committee will be meeting, you should have plenty of opportunity to convey your draft. If none of these means for communicating your draft resolution meet your needs, I'm sure the ACB national office would love to hear from you and help you out.
If you have any questions about the preparation of your draft resolution or about the resolutions process, please do not hesitate to e-mail me or to call me on my mobile phone, (571) 438-7895, including during convention week this July. My hope is that by the time you read this article, your resolutions committee will have already met at least once by phone to get organized for this summer's work and to begin discussing resolutions submitted in advance of our conference and convention. I look forward to working with all of you. Bring 'em on!