Constitution Chchchanges

By Stephanie Steiner

Ch ch changes… I hope you’re old enough to remember and respect David Bowie.  If not, search for the great one on your phone.

Yes indeed, we have changed the Constitution of the Seattle Sounders Alliance. Tons of changes in fact – most of them are of no consequence. But some of the additions are important to keep us relevant, so that’s why we did it.  <- you can stop reading now, that’s the answer.  If you want more detail, keep going.

More? OK, here goes: The first Constitution was ratified in 2011, and written primarily in 2010.  That’s a long time ago and it was a ton of work.  There’s no way for any of those hard-working people to predict everything necessary in perpetuity. Situations change, and the needs of the Alliance change.

For instance: in 2015, Adrian Hanauer hired a new General Manager: Garth Lagerwey. Our Charter didn’t have language to accommodate a General Manager joining the Club outside of the four-year vote of confidence cycle.  Adrian generously invited the Alliance Council to converse and propose language regarding the vote cycle. In this conversation, we also determined that there was no written language for General Manager Recall procedures, only assumptions.  Additionally, neither of these events existed in the Constitution; GM Vote was only in the Charter.  That alone was a big enough reason to update the Constitution.  Second, was the addition of a new article which created the Executive Committee: a body that could act as a steering committee of the Alliance Council.

Since two major pieces needed to be added to the Constitution, we decided to comb through it in its entirety and look for anything and everything that needed to be updated: where was it verbose? Where was it confusing? Where could we make solid improvements for the Alliance? We clarified ambiguous dates, added some parameters, and cleaned up spelling and grammatical errors.

The Constitution is for us: the members of the Seattle Sounders FC Alliance. This was a cumbersome clean-up task, but the hard work is done on the Constitution. In the future, you’ll see a new article here or there every two years or so – you shouldn’t see huge updates like this again.  But it is a document that will change again as circumstances change and necessitate adjustments in the future. It is the embodiment of our voices channeled together as one: speaking for the betterment of our Club.

Read more herevote here.

Go Sounders!

2017 Constitution – Frequently Asked Questions

5 July 2017

By Martin Buckley

Sounders FC Alliance – Constitution ratification
Frequently Asked Questions
(and their answers)

Q: What is the Alliance?
Q: What is the Alliance Council?
Q: What is the relationship between the Sounders FC, the Alliance and The Alliance Council?

The Sounders FC Alliance (“The Alliance”) was created at the founding of Seattle Sounders FC at the direction of Mr Drew Carey – the First Honorary Chairperson and creator of The Alliance. The Alliance consists of all season ticket members of Sounders FC.

The Alliance is unique in US sports in giving a direct voice to fans about the direction of the Club. The Alliance is a direct embodiment of Democracy in Sports and provides:

  • A vote on the Club’s General Manager approximately every four years
  • The right to advise on the Club’s charitable contributions
  • The right to advise on matters regarding game-day experience
  • The right to advise on matters that primarily affect fan experience

The Alliance Council is the representative body of the Alliance – consisting of members elected from and by the Alliance.

http://ssfcalliancecouncil.com/about-the-alliance-council/

https://www.soundersfc.com/supporters-and-alliance/alliance

Q: What is the Alliance Constitution?
Q: Why does the Constitution need to go out for a vote?
Q: Why did the constitution need updating?
Q: Why did it take so long to update?

The Alliance Constitution and Bylaws determine our processes and procedures. How we vote, officers of the Alliance Council etc.

The original Alliance Constitution was written in 2010 and ratified in an Alliance wide vote in 2011. The Alliance and Alliance Council have been using that document for six years.

As the Alliance and Alliance Council have matured and grown – modifications and changes have been made to reflect this. Clarifications and improved language have helped make the Constitution easier to use and understand.

There were also two major additions to the Constitution. Firstly a description of the creation and role of the Alliance Council Executive Committee. Secondly – and of importance to all Alliance Members – a detailed description of the processes and procedures for the GM Vote itself.

This is a comprehensive review and update to the Constitution – it needs to be ratified by the Alliance.

Looking forward the Constitution will continue to evolve to meet the needs of our changing community, Alliance and Club.

Q: What is the GM Vote? GM Vote of Confidence? GM Recall?
Q: Why does the Alliance get a say in this?

There are two areas where the Alliance has a say in the tenure of the Club General Manager.

Firstly – the GM Vote or GM Vote of Confidence.

This is an Alliance wide vote held after a General Manager has been in role for four seasons.

Secondly – the GM Recall Vote.

This is an Alliance wide vote to Recall a General Manager.

The Constitution clearly and carefully defines the time periods, communications and voting requirements for both of these scenarios.

The Alliance holds a unique position in US professional sports in being able to both give a vote of confidence and a method of recall to the Club General Manager. In the words of Mr Drew Carey “I’m very excited about what we’re doing here in Seattle, where else can the fans fire the general manager? I hope this becomes a model for every professional sports organization in America.”

Q: Was this voted on in late 2016?
Q: What is the updated Supporter Group Recognition section?

The Constitution was originally sent out for Alliance ratification in late 2016. We quickly realized that one of the updates (“Supporter Group Recognition”) would potentially have future impact for Supporter Groups when travelling to away games.

This was resolved with a working group consisting of representatives from our four Supporter Groups (Eastside Supporters, Emerald City Supporters, Gorilla FC and North End Faithful).

A full description of this work is at http://ssfcalliancecouncil.com/2017/03/28/supporter-group-recognition-doing-the-right-thing-for-all/

Q: I have a Sounders Season Ticket – can I vote?
Q: What is an Alliance Member?
Q: I have a Season Ticket – how do I vote?
Q: How do votes get counted?
Q: When does voting start and close?

All Sounders FC Season Ticket holders are Alliance Members. Alliance membership is a benefit of being a Season Ticket holder.

Full details on voting is at http://ssfcalliancecouncil.com/ratify17

The secure voting platform is hosted and managed by Sounders FC. All votes are online and tied to Alliance Member profiles. Voting opens on 6 July 2017 and closes 17 July 2017.

Details on the voting process are at: http://ssfcalliancecouncil.com/2017/06/02/voting-for-alliance-council-one-season-ticket-one-vote/ and http://ssfcalliancecouncil.com/2017/06/02/voting-for-alliance-council/

Scarves Up! Alliance Scarf Design Contest Returns

30 June 2017

By Roberta King

Once again you, the Alliance will be choosing the winning design for the 2018 Sounders FC Alliance Member scarf. To capture the creativity of Sounders fans, the Alliance Council began sponsoring this scarf design contest back in 2013. These scarves have become a symbol of the passion and loyalty of Sounders fans.

Would you like to design that scarf? The one that’s worn by 35,000+ fans at Sounders matches?

Any fan of the Sounders is invited to enter the scarf design competition, which will take place in July.  The creator of the winning design will also receive a pair of pitch-side seats for a Sounders home match!

The scarf template, with complete instructions for submitting designs, will be available on SoundersFC.com beginning July 10, 2017. Designs will be accepted through July 20, 2017. Alliance Council members will then select the top 5 designs. Scarves will be judged based on theme, colors, messaging, reproduction integrity, originality, and creativity. Sounders FC Alliance members will vote on designs August 1 – September 1, 2017.

Get started on your design ideas now – and submit your design here https://www.soundersfc.com/2018scarfvote

#ScarvesUp

2017 Initiatives and Programs

Sounders FC Alliance Council 2017 Initiatives
Last updated: 3 June 2017

By Martin Buckley and Stephanie Steiner

This is our working list of initiatives and projects that Alliance Council is working on.
As we complete activities – they will be marked with green and strike-through text.

New activities since the previous update will be marked NEW

As an Alliance member – if you have input, want to get involved or want to see us do more – why not join us!

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Alliance Voting

1 June 2017

By Martin Buckley

Today we announced changes to how votes are counted for Alliance Council. This is at the heart of what we mean by Democracy in Sports.

As an Alliance Member – voting is one of the fastest and easiest ways to participate in Democracy in Sports.

Before you start you will need:

  • Your Alliance Membership Number – also known as your Season Ticket Account Number.
  • Email address connected with this Alliance Membership.

Note: your Alliance Membership number or Season Ticket Account number is in the SoundersFC App under MatchPass, on your printed MatchPass or contact your Ticket Rep.

Voting is hosted and managed through The Club. In order to vote first go to the voting site. You can access this directly at https://vote.soundersfc.com or by navigating through the Sounders FC website. Supporters – Democracy In Sports – Nominate and Vote.

Note: the Login/Sign up button on the front page of Sounders FC website is for the MLS affiliated website – it’s worth doing – but won’t help you with nomination or voting.

Once at the Nomination and Voting page you will need to login. This is where your email address associated with your Alliance Membership or Season Ticket is required. You will also need your Account Number.

You will see a list of Available Ballots. This is where all election and votes will be listed – including GM Vote Of Confidence, Alliance Council elections, Constitution Ratification etc.

To vote on the Alliance Constitution – click on Vote Now under “Alliance Constitution Ratification Vote” – review the ballot options, Vote and confirm your selection.

To vote for Alliance Council nominees – click Vote Now. Review the list of Alliance Council nominees, read their bios, talk to them at a game – and then click Choose to vote. Simple.

 

Nominating yourself for Alliance Council

1 June 2017

By Martin Buckley

Today we announced changes to how votes are counted for Alliance Council. This is at the heart of what we mean by Democracy in Sports.

Are you interested in standing for Alliance Council – and representing your fellow fans, Season Ticket Holders and Alliance Members.  Here’s the quick guide.

Before you start you will need:

  • Your Alliance Membership Number – also known as your Season Ticket Account Number.
  • Email address connected with this Alliance Membership.

Note: your Alliance Membership number or Season Ticket Account number is in the SoundersFC App under MatchPass, on your printed MatchPass or contact your Ticket Rep.

Voting is hosted and managed through The Club. In order to nominate first go to the voting site. You can access this directly at https://vote.soundersfc.com or  by navigating through the Sounders FC website. Supporters – Democracy In Sports – Nominate and Vote.

Note: the Login/Sign up button on the front page of Sounders FC website is for the MLS affiliated website – it’s worth doing – but won’t help you with nomination or voting.

Once at the Nomination and Voting page you will need to login. This is where your email address associated with your Alliance Membership or Season Ticket is required. You will also need your Account Number.

You will see a list of Available Ballots. This is where all election and votes will be listed – including GM Vote Of Confidence, Alliance Council elections, Constitution Ratification etc.

To nominate yourself – click Nominate Myself. Fill in the short bio, click Next and Submit. You are done and on the ballot. Next step – talk to your friends and fellow fans and get their votes!