SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC ALLIANCE COUNCIL
August 2, 2016 – 7:00 PM – The NINETY
Present (11 of 21): Martin Buckley, Cameron Collins, Craig Dillon, Eric Flatness, Angelica Germani, Jerry Neil, Jeff Randle, Stephanie Steiner, Brendan Vaughn, Kristina Vaughn, and Steve Wilson.
Via telephone (0): None
Absent (10): Samuel Chesneau (NV), Paul Cox, Michael Dollard, Bill Kaczaraba, Thom Kephart, Roberta King, Jeremy Monsivais, Karl Picard, Brian Prouty (NV), and Daniel Roe.
Next meeting: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner
II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 10 of 21 Present
III. July Minutes – Approved by President Stephanie Steiner
IV. Old Business
a) Introduction of Steve Wilson → Steve Wilson is our newest Alliance Council member, attending his second meeting. Steve comes up from Olympia and works for the State. He is excited to be on the Council.
b) Constitution & Bylaws
→ Bylaw 4: Election rules for Council – Second reading
Cleaning up language so that the references to dates follow those that have already been made to our new Business Year. The new dates will be on our Alliance Council calendar and we hope to have the Sounders place them on their website.
Proposed Amendments: Change language that says “prior to” to “on or before” and change “years” in paragraph 4 & 5 to “Business Years.”
Vote to Amend Bylaw 4 seconded and passes unanimously 11-0. Vote to pass Bylaw 4, as amended, seconded and passes unanimously 11-0.
→ Bylaw 3: Introducing Topics for Voting – Second reading
Introduced a new method for bringing up topics for the Alliance Council to discuss. 3.2 and 3.3 switched places.
Proposed Amendments: Proposal to add ‘or executive committee’ after the words vote by the Council.
Vote to amend Bylaw 3 seconded and passes unanimously 11-0. Vote to pass Bylaw 4, as amended, seconded and passes unanimously 11-0.
→ Bylaw 8 & Article 7
New Amendment to add a line in the Article stating that Alliance Council will maintain standards and procedures for recognition.
Does this bylaw need to exist? One of the issues is that this article doesn’t have teeth. But by eliminating it, we would then give up the ability to control who becomes a supporter group to the Club, and there is no fan involvement in the process. Many feel it is good to not give up control. The reason Stephanie is against limiting supporter group participation in the AC is that when people care enough to get elected, they are more likely to be involved and work. We had previously removed the language for withdrawing recognition in the Bylaw because there was no process.
Does this language change anything? What about moving the Bylaw language to the Article? One concern about moving it to Articles is that it could blow up the entire constitution vote if people take it the wrong way.
Motion to table discussion of Bylaw 8 is seconded and passes. Motion to discuss Article 7 is seconded and passes unanimously.
Proposed Amendments to Article 7: Change the language of the 2nd sentence to: “The Alliance Council and Supporter Groups have separate and unique relationships with the Club, and each shall make a good faith effort to avoid interfering in the business of the other.” “Or withdraw” eliminated from Article 8. And add “This Recognition grants privileges as determined by the Club.” at the end.
Motion to vote on amending Article 8 is seconded. Passes with 9 in favor, 1 against, and 1 abstention. Vote to pass Article 8, as amended, is seconded and passes with 9 in favor and 2 against.
Vote proposed to continue working past 9 PM is seconded and passes unanimously.
c) Resolution to Recognize Drew Carey – Second Reading
Presented at last meeting. Motion to vote on is seconded and Resolution passes unanimously 11-0.
V. New Business
a) Update from Kit Work Group: Kit group has been discussing whether we should have something on the Neck tape or Neck hit. Alliance Council gets to choose one to design. Group favored the neck hit (back of the neck). Alliance Council also gets to place something on the jock tag.
b) Attendance Updates: Nick Gibson has already been voluntarily removed from the Alliance Council through the accumulation of absences. Sam Chesneau has gone to non-voting status due to absence accumulation. He said he was on the phone for the third meeting, but the Secretary listed him as absent, and no one was aware of his presence. He may challenge the minutes if he wishes to change that. That opportunity was explained and provided to him. Brian Prouty is also currently at non-voting status. Both Sam and Brian have 60 days from their last missed meeting to respond or they voluntarily resign from Council.
c) End of The Year Business Meeting Update: EOTY group and the front office are currently discussing dates for the event.
Motion to adjourn is seconded, and passes unanimously.
* For purposes of this document NV shall refer to Non-Voting Status.