2017 ANNUAL MEETING - FINAL RESOLUTIONS
The results have now been collated and the NFWI Board of Trustees has agreed the final resolutions that will be taken to the Annual Meeting. The following two shortlisted resolutions will now be put to a vote of delegates at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Liverpool:
This meeting calls on every WI and the NFWI to work alongside health and social care providers and their local community to raise awareness of the causes and impacts of loneliness, thus ensuring better identification of lonely people in order to be able to offer them the appropriate assistance and support.
Plastic Soup: Keep microplastic fibres out of our oceans
Microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic clothing with every wash and are the main contributors to microplastic contamination of the oceans. The NFWI calls on Government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem in order to stop the accumulation of microplastic fibres in our oceans.
The full list of resolution voting results can be downloaded here.
Final briefing notes and further resources to help you and your WIs debate these resolutions will follow in the March mailing. They will also be made available at the end of February on the WI Moodle and the NFWI website.
Members now have the opportunity to educate themselves and debate these issues. All WIs get one vote for each resolution, and need to vote FOR or AGAINST each resolution.
This means that WIs can vote FOR both resolutions if they support them both, or AGAINST both if they support neither – WIs should NOT vote for one resolution over the other, but need to look at both resolutions independently and vote FOR or AGAINST each of them. If both resolutions achieve a majority of votes FOR, then the NFWI will pass both resolutions, and the NFWI will campaign on BOTH issues.
Only votes cast for and against the resolutions will be counted, in accordance with the voting procedure set out in the NFWI Memorandum and Articles of Association. Abstaining means that a delegate would not cast a vote, and therefore this abstention would not be counted.
Would WIs please be aware that they can give discretion to the delegates to decide how to vote after the for and against speakers’ presentations and the debate at the Annual Meeting.
The NFWI has published a range of supporting materials to support discussions on the 2016/17 resolutions shortlist. The NFWI has also now published interactive online quizzes on each shortlisted resolution and paper versions of the quizzes which can be used at WI meetings and federation discussions.
The full set of materials include:
Briefing notes on each resolution, including background information, arguments for and against and sources of further information
PowerPoint presentations that can be used to explain the resolutions in Federation and WI meetings
Videos that can be played to illustrate the issues
Online quizzes on each topic
Paper versions of the quizzes
A frequently asked questions document regarding the resolutions process
A discussion guide with ideas about how to approach resolutions discussions within meetings
The resolutions briefing notes can be found on our Form Downloads page, and all other materials can be downloaded from the NFWI website at: www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/news-and-events/current-news-and-events/resolutions-2017