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Resolution deadline Feb. 3; resolution-writing webinar online

The deadline to submit resolutions for consideration at the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Green Bay April 5-6 is just a few days away. According to the Society’s Bylaws, members must submit resolutions in proper form to the chief executive officer’s office on February 1 or 60 days prior to the first session of the House of Delegates (HOD) at its Annual meeting, whichever date is earlier. Because February 1 is a Saturday, resolutions will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 3.

To submit resolutions for the 2014 HOD, send them to Rick Abrams, CEO, Wisconsin Medical Society, PO Box 1109, Madison, WI 53701 or via e-mail to Noreen Krueger.

Society staff members John Maycroft and Chris Rasch have created a brief online webinar to assist Society members with writing resolutions.

Please follow these guidelines when drafting resolutions:

  • Select a title that appropriately reflects the action the resolution seeks.
  • Carefully check the resolution for accuracy.
  • The wording of the “Resolved” statement should be able to stand alone as an item to be acted upon by the HOD, because the HOD adopts only the “Resolved” language. The wording in the sections of the resolution that begin with “Whereas” does not appear in the official record of the proceedings of the HOD and will not appear in the Society’s Policy Compendium if the item is adopted by the HOD.
  • The Society strongly encourages, but does not require, that all resolutions contain a statement by the author about relevant existing Society policy or a statement that the Society does not have any current policy on the topic.
  • Resolutions that request the Society’s HOD to forward the policy item to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates for its consideration should contain a statement by the author about relevant existing AMA policy or a statement that the AMA does not have any current policy on the topic.

The Society will add a fiscal note to each resolution if the implementation requires an expenditure of funds not normally included in the Society’s budget. Members who submit resolutions should ensure that a sponsor will attend the reference committee hearings to provide background information.

If a resolution is received after the Feb. 3 deadline it will be considered a “late resolution” and forwarded to the Rules Committee, which will make recommendations to the HOD regarding the resolution’s acceptance at the opening session April 5. Click here for information about the late resolution process, including the information that must accompany a late resolution. The HOD is unable to accept late resolutions unless two-thirds of the Delegates in attendance consent to the acceptance of the item. A resolution presented by the Board of Directors, a constitutional officer, a council or committee will be added to the agenda of the HOD, even if it is presented after the resolution deadline.

For more information about submitting resolutions for the 2014 House of Delegates, e-mail Noreen Krueger or contact her at 608.442.3904 or 886.442.3800, ext. 3904 (toll-free).

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