Meeting Minutes: November 2016



November 1, 2016 – 7:00 PM – The NINETY

Present (11 of 19): Martin Buckley, Cameron Collins, Craig Dillon, Michael Dollard, Eric Flatness, Roberta King, Karl Picard, Stephanie Steiner, Brendan Vaughn, Kristina Vaughn, and Steve Wilson.

Via telephone (0): None

Absent (8): Paul Cox, Angelica Germani, Bill Kaczaraba, Thom Kephart, Jeremy Monsivais, Jerry Neil, Jeff Randle, and Daniel Roe.



I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner

II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 10 of 19 Present

III. Old Business

a) Honorary Chair Updated

Under the Constitution, the Alliance Council has the right to choose its own Honorary Chairperson for 2017. This decree would name it Brian Schmetzer.

Amendments → Change the section number to just a reference to the Alliance Constitution.

VOTE TO AMEND: 9 for and 0 against. Amendment passes.

Amendments → Add “Honorary” before Chairperson in the final line and specify that he becomes the chairperson “beginning in 2017.” Another councilmember joined the meeting during this discussion.

VOTE TO AMEND: 10 for and 0 against. Amendment passes.

VOTE TO PASS HONORORARY CHAIR STATEMENT, AS AMENDED: 10 for and 0 against. The statement on a new honorary chair passes.



b) Motion by Cameron Collins to have the floor

Cameron would like to recognize Eric Flatness for all his work on the Council and to thank him for it prior to him moving to Thailand later this week. Eric thanks the Council you for all we have done for him, especially Stephanie. Eric is looking forward to the Sounders hosting the Montreal Impact at home in the MLS Cup final.

c) End of the Year Business Meeting

The Council had been trying to get this conversation going for a long time. We talked to the Front Office over and over about it since March or April. They kept saying it was too early. As previously discussed, Kristina Vaughn had a meeting where the Front Office talked about our expectations. After that meeting with KV, the Front Office kept pushing back the conversation. The Front office eventually did not include the Council in the conversation and they planned the meetiing on their own without our input, despite it being our meeting. The Council is concerned that we weren’t involved in the process for our own meeting. The concern from Councilmembers is whether the Alliance Council is respected by the front office or whether Democracy in sports nothing but lip service?


IV. New Business

a) Article 8 & Bylaw 7: First Reading
It was never discussed before that removal of recognition would mean that a supporter group would no longer be recognized by MLS. This language would revert it back to the old language prior to the change. Ultimately, the question is what is the root to a successful passage of this part of the Constitution? Getting something with which all Supporter Groups are happy. Thus, we will be creating a committee with representatives from each supporter group to come up with a new system to make this a non-issue.

Bylaw 7 → Question of whether we want to discuss it as a Council or do we want to let the committee that comes together deal with it. Consensus that we let that committee come up with everything, but we will begin facilitating that conversation.


b) EOTYBM Presentation

Martin’s presentation on the alliance council year was presented to the council.


V. Adjourn

Motion to Adjourn is seconded and passes unanimously.

Meeting Minutes: October 2016



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 FoundationOne 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”

2017 Planning:

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:

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.

Meeting Minutes: August 2016



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.

VI. Adjourn

Motion to adjourn is seconded, and passes unanimously.

* For purposes of this document NV shall refer to Non-Voting Status.

Meeting Minutes: July 2016



July 12, 2016 – 6:00 PM – Sounders Conference Room

Present (20 of 21): Martin Buckley, Samuel Chesneau (NV), Cameron Collins, Paul Cox, 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, Brendan Vaughn, Kristina Vaughn, and Steve Wilson.
Via telephone (0): None

Absent (1): Brian Prouty (NV)

Next meeting: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.


I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner

II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 20 of 21 Present


III. Season Tickets Renewal – Mikaela Purvis

Renewals will launch on August 1. There are three types of accounts for renewal: those who are auto-renewed, those who opted out of renewal, and those that are new Season Ticket Holders and will be walked through the auto-renewal process. The decision was made to go with more information, rather than “fun,” so that the fans can make an educated decision. Each account will have its own personalized URL for the primary account holder to visit. Most things will go through this website, although Ticketmaster will still be used for processing credit cards to ensure secure transactions. S2 tickets will be include in this process, and the payment plans will be 1) all at once, 2) two payments, or 3) 6 equal payments taken on the first business day of each month.

Question: Will tickets be in the app again or will there be other options? They are currently looking in to other options besides only having tickets available in the app. Tickets will still be able to be printed through Ticketmaster either way.


IV. June Minutes – Approved


V. Old Business


a) Constitution and Bylaws Updates


Article 5

Proposed change: Changing it to “shall serve up to a two (2) year term” so that it makes clear it isn’t exactly two years, because you could be elected mid-year. Your term would end at the end of the second council business year where you are a member.

Motion to vote. Seconded. Passes Unanimously 17-0.

Article 11: General Manager Vote and Recall – Second Reading

Proposed Change: Formatted into legal format for the Constitution. Added definitions for league so that this would still apply if the league were to change.

Motion to vote. Seconded. Passes unanimously 17-0.

Article 8 & Bylaw 7: Supporter Groups

Motion to table Bylaw 7. Seconded. Passes 18-1.

Proposed change: Updated it to be less complicated because a lot of the language was vague. Eliminated any confusing text to make it short and sweet.

Discussion on the history of why supporter groups are listed in the Constitution. Several members are very passionate that it needs to be in here to prevent interference. Some discussion on what does interference mean and what enforcement does the Club grant to the Alliance Council. AC involvement with Supporter Groups revolved around Cascadia tickets historically.

Motion to table Article 8. Seconded. Passes unanimously 20-0.


Bylaw 5: Creating and Amending Bylaws – Third reading

Proposed change: Completely alters the bylaw with a new set of rules. A four step process that uses the Executive Committee to create a process that anyone can use, even non-council members.

Motion to vote. Seconded. Passes unanimously 20-0.



Bylaw 11 – Third reading

Amended to create a separate category for special meetings and give the ability to reschedule meetings.

Proposed change: Amendment to delete reference to times in the special meeting. Seconded. Passes unanimously. Passes 18-0 with one abstention.

Vote on the whole bylaw. Passes 19-0.


b) Resolutions Updates: Paul Cox on Supporters Liaison Officer – Second reading


Comments on Resolution:

It feels like we are asking for a lot, but maybe we could make a work group.

It feels like the Club has not talked to us about much. This could be a step in that direction.

We have to push the Club and make them work in partnership with us.

Concern that if there is someone in the office that they should go to instead, that they will go to that person, and then it will train the club not to come to AC. That person would end up spending more time with supporter groups.

Agrees with comment that this could hurt the AC and worries about telling them how to do their business. They aren’t customer service focused and we aren’t sure it will make that change.

Having worked at Amazon, there is an empty chair at all Amazon meetings that is meant to represent the customer. The Club needs to change their culture to serve the fans.

Motion to table. Seconded. Passes unanimously.



VI. New Business

a) Bylaws


Bylaw 4: Elections rules for Council – First reading

Request for an amendment to the language to say we need to “create and maintain” a website with the Sounders and to strike July 1 that was accidentally left in the clean version.


Bylaw 3: Method for introducing topics for a binding vote or a non-binding opinion statement – First reading

Introduced new language that mimics bylaw 5 on how to propose things and eliminates any sentence that references it.



b) Work Group Updates

GM Vote and Recall: Work is complete. Only thing left to do is to work on the Charter itself and propose writing a new, updated charter.


Constitution & Bylaws: The changes already voted upon just need to be updated in to the working copy of the constitution.


Visibility: Active on social media. Not much beyond that. Having a meet and greet with AC and the fans that allows for voting and introductions. Come up with a survey for our group of Ninety vs North Courtyard.


Alliance Members Giveaways: We’ve talked about ideas for potentially an alternative to a scarf. Given the cost of merchandise, it is hard to find something valuable that would replace a scarf. A new possibility exists of giving Alliance Members the option to opt out of a scarf and donate the cost to a charitable arm of the Club (the Rave Foundation). They are investigating whether this would be a good option.


Kits: AC Members gave some input. We have some possible neck tape and jock tag design opportunities like in the past.


Outreach: Met with Mikaela to discuss what the AC can do for outreach. One important thing that came out of it was to reiterate that the club needs to have more outreach to the Latino community.


Seating Expectations: No update at present. Need more volunteers for the group. Jeremy joins the seating expectations committee.


Women’s Clothing: No update. Somewhat dependent upon jerseys.


Scarf Vote: A lot of discussion is on the back-burner until ticket renewal goes live. But back and forth on the vote and concerns about how it was run last year and getting “screen time” in the stadium.


c) Proposal from AC President & the Club – Stephanie Steiner

Proposal to set it up so the first hour of most meeting is a strategy session with the Front Office on one topic. Different topic at each meeting. One concern from club is that we will NOT be voting on business of club. The Club will be proposing the calendar and it will start this year.

One worry from AC we could be seen even more as a focus group, we’ll have to make sure the FO staffers do not come in with ideas already firm and try to sell them to us.

One pro: We will have more people involved in more conversations and the ability to work ahead of the FO’s deadlines.


d) Alliance Resolution on Recognition of Drew Carey

Since we have the ability to select the honorary chairperson, as stated in the Constitution, this resolution would recognize Drew Carey as the original chairperson in any Alliance statement or resolution relating to the chairperson so that there is a distinction in the event that we begin naming a new one annually.


VII. Adjourn

Motion to adjourn is seconded, and passes.

* For purposes of this document NV shall refer to Non-Voting Status.

Meeting Minutes: June 2016



June 7, 2016 – 7:00 PM – Sounders Conference Room

Present (13 of 20): Martin Buckley, Cameron Collins, Paul Cox, Craig Dillon, Eric Flatness, Bill Kaczaraba, Roberta King, Thom Kephart, Jeremy Monsivais, Jerry Neil, Stephanie Steiner, Brendan Vaughn, and Kristina Vaughn.

Via telephone (0): None

Absent (7): Samuel Chesneau, Michael Dollard, Angelica Germani, Karl Picard, Brian Prouty, Jeff Randle, and Daniel Roe.

Next meeting: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.


I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner

II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 13 of 20 Present

III. Old Business

A. Constitution & Bylaws Updates. In an effort to complete all the required changes so that the Constitution can go out for an Alliance-Wide vote at the same time as the scarf vote, the Council is tackling the remaining Article updates.

Article 3: Cleaned up the language plus updated MLS to “The League” so that the Constitution would still apply even if the MLS becomes a new league. Second reading. Passes Unanimously.


Article 7: Takes all references using language of the business world and updates to proper language for the council and correcting grammar. Second reading.

Proposed Amendments: 7.4.2 – Strike sentence referencing one year.

7.5 – New language proposed to say: “The Term for an Executive Committee Member shall be from election until a new executive committee is elected at the beginning of the next alliance council business year, unless a member dies, resigns, or is removed from office.”

The Amendments are seconded. Pass unanimously.

Article 7 passes unanimously as amended.
Article 6: Clarified language for each of the officer positions.

Discussion ensued concerning whether we should be referencing “Alliance money” or “Alliance Council money” in the provisions relating to the treasurer. To whom does the money, if it were to exist, belong?

Proposed Amendment to 6.5: Change reference to “Alliance Council” to “Alliance.” Seconded. Passes Unanimously.

Article 6 passes unanimously as amended.


Article 5: Update to language in 5.1 Council Eligibility and 5.3 Business Meetings. Aligns the Council business year to be the same as the Club’s year, with the first meeting of the year taking place in December. Second reading.

Proposed Amendment to 5.1: Add “Alliance Council” prior to the words code of conduct to make clear that this would be an internal code of conduct and was not referencing the league’s code of conduct. Seconded. Passes unanimously.

Proposed Amendment to 5.3: Change the language that reads “scheduled in December” to “held in December.” Seconded. Passes Unanimously.

Article 5 passes unanimously as amended.


Article 4 & Bylaw 11: Updates language in 4.1 Alliance Eligibility and creates a bylaw 11 so as to allow the council to amend language relating to Alliance membership.

Proposed Amendment to 4.1: update the language of “season ticket package” to “multi-match ticket package.” Seconded. Passes unanimously with one member out of the room.

Article 4 passes unanimously as amended, with one member out of the room. Bylaw 11 passes unanimously with one member out of the room.


Bylaw 8: Replaces mistake in language referencing the “Executive Council” with proper language referencing “Executive Committee.”

Proposed Amendment: Change language stating that each committee “shall present” at each Council meeting to “may present.” Seconded. Passes unanimously.

Bylaw 8 passes unanimously as amended.



Bylaw 10: New bylaw giving the Council President the ability to call special meetinfs and to cancel or reschedule meetings when necessary.

Discussion occurred on whether notice should be required for a meeting to be call. Discussion on whether we need to do this so we can reschedule the July meeting, as it falls on a match day.

Proposed Amendment: Add a 3-day notice requirement before a special meeting can be called. Amendment withdrawn.

Motion to table this discussion until the next Council meeting. Seconded. Fails by a 5-6 vote.

Council looks to the Constitutional Article relating to meetings. We currently have the ability to change meetings by a council vote.

Proposal to table this discussion until the next Council meeting. Seconded. Passes 10-1.
Bylaw 9: Eliminated words and updated language for clarity

Proposed Amendment: Strike 9.1.1 because it is repetitive and the language exists elsewhere. Seconded. Passes 8-0 with 3 abstentions.

Proposed Amendment: Proposal to change the language such that eligibility will be stated in the positive, rather than discussing the negative. New language would read, “All Council Members, except those who have missed fifty percent (50%) or more of the preceding meetings of that council year (by the Members’ fourth eligible meeting or later) or who have missed the previous three (3) meetings consecutively, are eligible to attend meetings with owners.” Seconded. Passes 10-0 with one abstention.

Proposed Amendment: Proposal to streamline the language in 9.2.3, as it is covered elsewhere, by striking “Meetings with Ownership/Senior Management &” from the title and “attend meetings with ownership and/or senior management, or” from the body of the section. Seconded. Passes 10-0 with one abstention.

Proposed Amendment: Proposal to move the language of 9.1.4 to 9.1, then removing section 9.1.4. Seconded. Passes 10-0 with one abstention.

Bylaw 9 passes unanimously as amended with one abstention.


Motion to table old business and move on to new business due to time constraints. The time was already 9pm and there was new business to discuss. Seconded. Passes 10-1.
IV. New Business

A. Supporter Liaison Officer Resolution from Paul Cox

Paul Cox put forth a resolution calling for the Sounders to hire a Supporter Liaison Officer to speak on behalf of the fans in the Front Office. Now that the club is separate from the Seahawks, there is nobody talking to the fans in advance to see what the fan response will be. The people in the Front Office are so busy. The way big clubs handle this is that they have a liaison officer for the fans. It is written in to the documents as recommended in UEFA.


How many MLS teams have this? Zero.

How many Premier League clubs have one? Almost all of them. Each club is encouraged to have one, but it is not necessarily enforced by UEFA.

What’s the difference on what we have with the Sounders currently, where multiple people are responsive, and having one person do it? In Europe, they have realized the way we are doing things in the USA currently doesn’t work. So they have moved towards this type of program.


Comments from members of the AC:

This is a cultural issue in this front office and it is up at the Bart level. Suggesting we create a separate role does not change the culture that Bart is implementing.

The club has said that the Alliance Council would have this role. If this exists, does this hurt the Council’s power? Should we be asserting this power for ourselves? If this position were to exist, could this position answer directly to the Council?

Should we call them to the carpet and use this power ourselves?
Motion to table further discussion until the next meeting. Seconded. Passes Unanimously.



B. Moving the July Council Meeting

Our July meeting falls upon the friendly date. Should we reschedule to July 12 or July 19? July 12 passes unanimously.


V. Adjourn

Motion to adjourn because we are twenty-five minutes over time proposed, is seconded, and passes.

Meeting Minutes: May 2016

May 3, 2016 – 7:00 PM – The NINETY

Present (16 of 21): Samuel Chesneau, Cameron Collins, Paul Cox, Craig Dillon, Michael Dollard, Eric Flatness, Bill Kaczaraba, Roberta King, Angelica Germani, Thom Kephart, Jeremy Monsivais, Jerry Neil, Karl Picard, Daniel Roe, Stephanie Steiner, and Kristina Vaughn.

Via telephone (2): Brian Prouty and Jeff Randle.

Absent (3): Martin Buckley, Nick Gibson, and Brendan Vaughn.

Next meeting: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner (Executive Committee President)

II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 16 of 21 Present

III. April Minutes – Stephanie Steiner Made official.

IV. New Business

 A. Constitution Updates

→ Gender Neutrality: Updated all his or hers in every one to “member” or “councilmember” as previously voted upon. Made Bylaw 9 change from they or themselves. Question about previous plan to ask groups what would be appropriate We found a way to structure it so that it was not necessary to refer to any specific pronoun when speaking of an individual on council, so input was not necessary.

→ Article 3: MLS to League; #7: shorten sentence. Article 3 clarifies the Aims and Objectives of the Alliance. Is the League specific enough? Council feels yes. Further edits just to clean up superfluous language.

→ Article 4: Changing the definition of who is a member of the alliance. Suggestion: from 50% to any commercial season ticket package. Further membership criteria is then established in a new bylaw.

→ Article 5: Cleaned up language to reference a bylaw and took out all the language about ownership meetings so that the Article is easier to read and understand. deleted text here. BUSINESS YEAR? Proposal to change it to starting in December instead of February. Questions on how that changes? What happens to votes? Request that this be tabled so that it can be discussed at the next meeting. Seconded and passes.

→ Article 6: Clarifying language for 6.2: President and 6.5: Treasurer Article 6 edits are to clarify the language to set the agenda. Removes dates from Business year in case changes are made. 6.5 added language about treasurer that existed with the other officers. 6.2 says end of Business Year. Make 6.3 and 6.4 and 6.5 the same. Other capitalization needed throughout.

→ Article 7: Changes to verbiage to so it says executive committee or executive committee members, rather than board and directors. Sets a new maximum number of people on the executive committee to 9. Secretary becomes automatically on the exec committee. Corporate records changed to council records. Other small changes requested to have proper grammar and language consistency throughout the document. Question about how many do we have right now? 5 currently on EC. This would allow a Treasurer to join the EC if elected. Question on term? Is it indefinite? No, the Executive Committee is a term of one year.

→ Bylaw 5: Cleaned up language so it is laid out the proper order for things to be presented on the schedule. Question on the passive language concerning president scheduling the agenda: Should it be automatically on schedule? Discussion: what if it the schedule is full? What if they keep putting agenda stuff forth to stop a GM vote? But, what if the president is trying to stop a vote on that topic? This is specifically for amending Bylaws. We would need to put it for resolutions too PROPOSAL: after for scheduling… “on the agenda within two regularly scheduled Business Meetings”

→ Bylaw 8: Replaces “council” with “committee”

→ Bylaw 9: Eliminated the example in 9.1. Capitalized member throughout. A lot of other language cleanup.

QUESTION: Why can’t people on the phone vote? You cannot under Sturgis unless it is specifically written that way in the Constitution. Roberta and Karl will discuss writing up a change on this rule for the Council to consider.

→ Bylaw 10: When we were going through the Bylaws, we realized that there was officially no way to move meetings around, (like if a meeting was on a gameday) or call a new meeting. So this was created.

B. Agenda: By rule, our agenda has to be published two weeks prior and it is in place. It cannot be changed. However, there is always space in the new business portion to bring a new topic to the meeting. No one on Council asked to add the new bag rule to the meeting. Brendan Vaughn asked that a different topic be brought to the meeting, and it was declined because we discussed it 8 months ago and we already knew the answer (club pricing going a la carte). So, he was given all that information to pass along to those Alliance Members. But, if you have something you would like to bring to the Council, anyone on Council can bring it. If we need to write the resolution or the opinion statement, an AC member can write one and then the president will figure out what the AC member needs to get the proper resources and scheduling (per the rules in the Constitution). People can bring up anything else prior to the Agenda being published or during new business.

C. Bags: Eric expressed several concerns about the new bag rule for those who need to carry laptops and are coming to matches directly after work, or taking public transportation. Others shared their experiences regarding diaper bags, etc.

QUESTION: Do we know who proposed adopting the Seahawks bag policy? Councilmembers believe Sounders don’t care about customer service and treat people poorly. One heard the comment: “The Sounders are The Comcast of the MLS.” Paul Cox speaking on all the recent uproars: Historically, we have refrained from getting too much in the Club’s face. But they aren’t listening to the fans. They need someone specifically in the office to address fan needs. 2 things against us: 1) they get butts in the seats and 2) we haven’t asserted ourselves saying that they need to listen. Each person in that office should be watching out for the fans. But the main part of every person’s job who works for the Sounders is to make more money for the Sounders. That’s how their employees are evaluated. Supporters Direct in England highly recommend clubs have a position that is Supporters Liaison Officer (SLO) to talk to ALL supporters (not just SGs). It’s time for this Council to assert itself a little more on a couple of these issues. Stephanie Steiner on the Council’s relationship with the club: Club takes resolutions they like and ignore the ones they don’t like. We also have a place on our own website that we can put pressure on them through our blog. We can do this AND do resolutions and opinion statements. This is an especially effective tool for showing differing sides to an issue: not all Council members agree, just as not all Alliance members agree on how issues should be addressed.

V. Adjourn Motion to adjourn because way over time proposed and passes.