Read below for very helpful info (in two parts) when
one starts working on resolutions.

Part I: A Primer on Writing Resolutions

One of the real benefits of participating in the democratic process is the opportunity to have a voice regarding the public policy issues that affect our lives.
It is therefore important that citizens understand the correct procedure for drafting resolutions. Some people are intimidated at the idea of writing a resolution. They shouldn't be. It isn't that difficult.

The following guidelines can help you write and adopt successful resolutions:
• A resolution is a statement of policy or position on
   an issue.
• Each resolution should have a clear and concise title.
• Each resolution should address only one issue.

The goal of the resolution is to inform and educate the reader in order to inspire them to take action approving the resolution. To do this, a successful resolution must do two things: 1) identify and explain the problem that needs to be addressed (the WHEREAS portion) and 2) propose a solution that will address the problem as identified (the RESOLVED portion).

The first portion of a resolution identifies and states the problem that needs to be addressed. The problem should be stated in factual terms. Opinions are not expressed in this portion of the resolution. Each fact should be listed as a separate sentence or paragraph that begins with WHEREAS, and is followed by a semi-colon. The final WHEREAS ends with a semi-colon followed by "therefore be it".

The RESOLVED portion of the resolution states the action that you propose to address the problem identified in the WHEREAS portion of the resolution. Because resolving most problems involves an exercise of judgment, this is the portion of the resolution where the author expresses their opinions. If the author proposes more than one solution, each separate solution to the problem should be listed as a separate sentence or paragraph that begins with the word "RESOLVED". When a resolution contains multiple "RESOLVED" statements, they are linked by the phrase "and be it further" at the end of each RESOLVED statement, except the last one. When properly written, this section "stands alone" or clearly restates the problem in summary form and explains to the reader the action necessary to address that problem, without having to refer back to the "Whereas" statements.