SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC ALLIANCE COUNCIL
October 4, 2016 – 7:00 PM – The NINETY
Present (16 of 19): Cameron Collins, Craig Dillon, Michael Dollard, Eric Flatness, Angelica Germani, Bill Kaczaraba, Thom Kephart, Roberta King, Jeremy Monsivais, Jerry Neil, Karl Picard, Jeff Randle, Daniel Roe, Stephanie Steiner, Kristina Vaughn, and Steve Wilson.
Via telephone (1): Martin Buckley
Absent (2): Paul Cox and Brendan Vaughn.
Next meeting: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner
II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 15 of 19 Present
III. Maya Mendoza-Exstrom, Sounders General Counsel / Executive Director of the RAVE
The Rave Foundation→ One of the challenges the Club has faced has been building a standalone 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that is separate from the for-profit company that is the Sounders. This is their strategic plan moving forward:
a) Now the official charitable arm of the Sounders FC
b) Mission Driven: United in Green
c) “We are Everywhere”
d) Execution of BIG initiatives
e) Leveraged impact in Specific Communities
f) Measure service, leadership, and investment
The 10 Year Plan:
1) Build 5 community-centric small fields → They believe need to do more than just build a field, they want to provide support
2) Build 2 small fields around Seattle
3) Distribute 10,000 soccer balls
4) Support 500+ pop up, free play, small sided soccer games → They believe that soccer is vehicle to empower
→ FIELD 1: @ Yesler Terrace. There will be a 2 acre park there.
– Historic neighborhood. All the parties involved wanted soccer to be a part of the rebuild. There are a lot of immigrants there who play soccer.
– Field desert: there are small pocket parks, but there are no fields.
– High need and opportunity for community leadership, stewardship, and capacity. 250 kids showed up to the announcement of the launch of the field.
→ FIELD 2: @ Pier 62
– Iconic location
– Community vision
– Seattle’s front door/porch
– Seattle is the soccer capitol of North America and Soccer City, USA
– Improve the future of parks and park use in Seattle for all.
→ 10,000 Soccer Balls
– If you give a kid a ball, they will start playing with it. If you give them a really good ball, then it is a real asset and it is something that gets used over and over again.
– A soccer ball, because of the nature of the game, invites inclusion and playing together.
– With a soccer ball, a kid can become physically active, make healthy choices, and grow in creativity and confidence.
→ Free Play
– 500 pickup soccer games in Seattle. Fosters a culture of inclusive, free play, pick up, pop up, small sided soccer in communities throughout soccer.
– The Club believes kids acquire skills to be creative, gain confidence, and learn from kids with other diverse backgrounds.
→ Be the Number 10 in the Community: Big issues of equity in our communities. How can soccer help? Catalyze partnerships with organizations who are already using soccer to address the root causes of inequity in areas: Education, Health and Fitness, Inclusion and Diversity, Nutrition, and Leadership.
2016 In Review: They launched at the end of July and since then they have given out 292 soccer balls, 83 pop up soccer games, and have run several programs including: Waterfront Park, Yesler Park, Westlake Park, Beverly Park Elementary, Occidental Park, Rainier Vista Boys and Girls, La Barra’s “La Copita”
– Sounders have committed to fully fund Yesler field.
– Regular programming in RAVE communities
– Program distributions: Balls + Funds
– Pop Up soccer activities
– RAVE @ Yesler & RAVE @ Pier 62 planning
– Determining where should field 3-4 be?
Learn more at: www.ravefoundation.org
IV. September Minutes – Approved by President Stephanie Steiner
V. Old Business
A. End of the Year Meeting: Front Office is trying to figure out the best date, and we will know as soon as they know. They are aiming for early November.
B. Scarf Vote: As of yesterday, there were over 4,000 votes that have been cast. Right now it is a tight race between two scarves.
C. Bylaw 7: We currently have powers laid out by the constitution, but there aren’t any procedures. This puts the procedures in to place so we actually have an idea of how this is done.
→ Amendment #1: Changes 7.3.1 so that the reviews are biennial for each supporter group, staggering them over that two year period. Changes 7.3.2 to make a causal review require a super-majority vote at a Council meeting where quorum is present.
Amendment 1 passes by a vote of 13 for, 0 against, and 2 abstentions.
→ Amendment #2: Change 7.3.1. so that it says “met or maintained,” instead of just met.
Amendment 2 passes by a vote of 12 for, 1 against, and 2 abstentions.
Bylaw 7, as amended, passes by a vote of 12 for, 2 against, and 1 abstention.
D. Constitution: The vote will likely be timed around the end of the year meeting, possibly being launched at the meeting.
E. Scarf Donations: Having the ability to donate the value of your scarf from your season ticket package in lieu to a charity of he Sounder’s choice, in lieu of receiving a scarf, is in the Sounders’ queue, but it is not something that can happen for next season.
VI. Open Discussion
→ Can the Sounders do a recognition for Dempsey, like they did for Steve Zakuani? This will be brought up with the Club.
→ Do they have a recognition planned for Zach Scott at the final home game? Maybe they city could declare it Zach Scott Day.
VII. Adjournment: Adjourning the meeting is proposed and seconded. Meeting adjourned.