Standing Committee on RESOLUTIONS
CFUW is a grass-roots organisation that advocates for public policy changes based on resolutions that are approved by our membership at the Annual General Meetings/Policy Sessions each year. Resolutions that are national or international in scope, and conforming to CFUW’s purpose and mission, are researched and proposed by CFUW Clubs or National Committees. The subsequent adopted resolutions or “CFUW policy” form our framework for action and advocacy. The adopted resolutions make up the CFUW Adopted Resolutions Book, which houses resolutions adopted by our membership since 1964.
How the Process Works:
The Resolutions Committee is charged with the responsibility to manage the resolution process for the year from one Policy Session to the next. In early fall, the Committee, along with Proposers at that year’s Policy Session, present a Workshop about the schedule, and about developing a resolution concentrating on the intent, resolved clauses, background, implementation and bibliography.
After the Intent has been reviewed by the Committee and approved, proposers prepare the full resolution which is reviewed and revised by the Committee before being made available to all Clubs. Clubs are encouraged to study the draft resolutions and submit amendments to improve a resolution and give it a better chance of success at the upcoming Policy Session.
Resolution proposers consider all proposed amendments in consultation with the Resolutions Committee and discussion with Amenders as necessary. When proposers have revised their Resolutions, they inform Amenders of their decisions and reasons for accepting amendments or not. About four to six weeks prior to the Policy Session, the Committee presents a Proposers and Amenders Resolutions Workshop with Clubs to enable a full discussion of proposed amendments and the resultant changes to proposed resolutions. If not in agreement with the proposer’s decisions on their proposed amendments, amenders may present arguments for their inclusion.
Following the workshop and in consultation with the Resolutions Committee the final draft of the resolutions is submitted to the National Advocacy and Policy Specialist. A Policy Session Practice meeting is held to help the resolution proposers present their resolution to the delegates in the required two minute format.
During the Policy Session, Amenders whose amendments were not accepted may choose to present them once again. Voting is done on the Resolved Clauses only, and if adopted those resolutions are then entered into the annually renewed Adopted Resolutions Book. They help create CFUW policy.
Schedule of Dates for 2023-2024 Resolution Process
Here you can access information and guidelines regarding FCFDU 2020 resolutions (French version).
LEADING UP TO NOVEMBER 15:
Club involvement in planning a proposed Resolution and submission of Resolutions Intent with the Club’s authorization. Training sessions announced through Club Action News for Proposers/Amenders-Clubs.
UP TO NOVEMBER 15:
Submission of Intent to Submit a Resolution
NOVEMBER 15 – NOVEMBER 22:
CFUW Resolutions Committee reviews submitted Intents and provides comments to Proposers. Staff arranges translation. Committee member(s) may be assigned to specific Resolution Intents.
NEXT CLUB ACTION NEWS:
Resolution Intents published
Resolutions including Resolved Clause(s), Background, Implementation and Bibliography due to Resolutions Chair and National Advocacy and Policy Specialist.
FEBRUARY 9 – FEBRUARY 23:
CFUW Resolutions Committee reviews submitted Resolutions and provides comments to proposers.
FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 10:
Proposers review comments from CFUW Resolutions Committee, make any needed changes, confirm all Bibliography hyperlinks are active and submit revised Resolutions to National Advocacy and Policy Specialist and to the Committee Chair for publication. Staff arranges translation.
BY MARCH 12:
Resolutions published for Club review and possible amendments.
MARCH 12 – APRIL 24:
Clubs Review Resolutions and send any amendments through Google form which confirms receipt and arranges access by relevant Proposer. All proposed amendments are recorded automatically and Proposers decide whether or not amendments are accepted and for what reasons.
Deadline for Proposers to advise Amenders regarding acceptance or rejection of their amendments.
Publication of revised Resolutions to the Clubs.
Proposers and Amenders Workshop with Clubs to discuss amended Resolutions and explain why proposed amendments were accepted or not.
All amended Resolutions to be forwarded to the Resolutions Chair and National Advocacy and Policy Specialist who arrange any further edits to French translation for publishing in the Policy Session Booklet.
Proposers and Committee ensure, records of amendments are up to date for use by Presiders at CFUW Policy Session.
~UP TO ONE WEEK BEFORE POLICY SESSION:
Policy Session Practice for Proposers, with Committee and Presiders of Policy Session.
CFUW Policy Session – Proposers attend to present Resolutions.