Resolution Committee’s Update

February 11, 2019

Adopted by the Sertoma Board on February 7, 2019

At the February Board meeting held by a conference call, the Resolution Committee reported their recommendations to the full Board.  The Board adopted the recommendations of the committee.  Of the six resolutions presented prior to the Resolution Committee meeting, the following items came from members and clubs during the Region meetings in the fall of 2018.

Of the six resolutions presented, the committee determined three were Advisory. These will be added to the Board’s agenda for review and consideration.  For technical reasons, three were determined to be out of order.  However, the intent of one of those is being recommended to the Board for consideration even if the proposed action is out of order.  If you have a question about the process or outcome, please let us headquarters know, and they will be shared with the Board and Committee. Sertoma headquarters can be reached at 816.333.8300.

For details on the resolutions process, please click this link. 



  • Aaron Matte says:

    Please explain the resolutions again and why they are out of order. There is a lesson to be learned in the defeat of the dues increase. Please explain in english what the board seems to have an issue with in regards to the ones not agreed or seem to have fault with..

    • Steve Murphy says:


      Resolutions are “out of order” due to specific technical considerations. It has nothing to do with the idea represented by the resolutions.
      As example, one resolution sought to have Hearing Charities of America place the Sertoma logo in all communication. The members of Sertoma cannot directly, or even through the Board make another organization take an action. So the resolution is “out of order” as it requests an action that is not within the power of the Board.
      One resolution was written in a way that it was meant to prevent the Board from making a decision or implementing an action. Members have the right to request reconsideration, or in limited cases to reverse a decision. But to have a resolution written to prevent an action or implementation of a decision is in conflict with the legal and fiduciary duties of the Board, so it is “out of order.”
      Another resolution included a change that would be in conflict with other parts of the bylaws and policy statements. To not be “out of order” there would need to first be resolutions to change those bylaws or policy statements to remove the conflict.

      It believe that covers the situations faced in the most recent round of resolutions. As we have always offered, staff is willing to review resolutions prior to submission to help identify technical issues that would make a resolution out of order.

      As to the dues increase, this is not the first time an increase was not approved on the first or even second vote. It clearly means that the Board needs to have better communication with the members to identify their concerns. Something that hopefully will begin with the implementation of Vision 2020.

      Steve Murphy
      Executive Director (retired)

  • Edwin S. Farley says:

    Please furnish the detail of the considered resolutions regardless of classification; then the classification grouping.
    Thank you.

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