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Turning Your Ideas into Actions

If you’ve got an idea for something ASDA could or should be doing for it’s members, consider writing a resolution that will create or update association policy. Resolution writing may seem daunting but if you follow these easy steps, you’ll be on your way to making your mark on ASDA.

  1. Do some research. Review ASDA’s Current Statements on Position or Policy – there might already be a policy in place that captures what you want to do (or you might find a similar policy that you believe needs a revision). You can also check out recently adopted resolutions. Here are three recent examples of ideas that turned into policy: 

  2. When you’re ready to write your resolution, ASDA can help. There are sample resolutions, a fill-in-the-blank template for you to use and other tools available in the resources section below. You must use the official template to proceed to step 3.

  3. When your draft resolution is in the proper template, reach out to your district trustee or Speaker of the House to discuss your idea. These national leaders have dealt with ASDA policy and governance in detail, so they’ll be able to help you focus your idea into a concrete resolution.

  4. With input from your trustee or the Speaker, it’s time to submit your resolution! It’s best to submit prior to the January 2015 board meeting. The board will discuss the merits of your resolution and, if necessary, will provide you with feedback so you may revise your submission before it goes to the House of Delegates. If you can’t meet the first deadline, you can submit your resolution at Annual Session on Thursday, Feb. 27 to In this case, your resolution will go straight to a reference committee onsite without board review.

  5. At Annual Session, your resolution will be assigned to a reference committee. Reference committees are comprised of an executive committee member, trustees and delegate reviewers from each district. The reference committees are tasked with reviewing each resolution before it goes to the House. Resolutions will be presented during an open forum at Annual Session called hearings at which all members may comment on the resolution. Resolution authors are strongly encouraged to attend the hearings so they may answer any questions about the intent or direction of the resolution. Immediately following the hearings, the reference committee will meet to discuss the testimony received and offer any revisions or substitutions.

  6. The resolution will then be brought before the House on the final day of Annual Session. Delegates from every chapter will discuss and debate the resolution and you’ll see how far your idea will go! If adopted, your resolution will be made official ASDA policy.

Resolution Writing Resources

Return to House of Delegates resources 

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