Meeting Minutes: January 2018

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MEETING MINUTES

January 9, 2017 – 7:00 PM – The NINETY

Present (15 of 19): Lisa Angeles, Nicholaus Biela, Nick Biesold, Martin Buckley, Cameron Collins, Todd Cowles, Michael Dollard, Alex Eagleton, Jesse Kilgore, Gilbert Ko, Darla Langdon, Jerry Neil, Stephanie Steiner, Molly Wagner, and Jeff Williams.

Via telephone (2): Karl Picard and Daniel Roe.

Absent (2): Peter Buck and Roberta King.

I. Call to order – Martin Buckley

II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 15 of 19 Present

III. New Member Introduction
New Council Members Jesse Kilgore and Gilbert Ko introduced themselves to Council and the Council Members present introduced themselves to Gilbert and Jesse. They talked about why they joined Council, what they hope to accomplish, and their relationships with the Sounders.

IV. Alliance Council Collaboration Survey – Martin Buckley
The Council was surveyed as to what the best form of communication is to stay in touch and get work done. The responses showed that the current use of email communication with phone contact for urgent communications was the best way to stay in touch with our members.

V. 2018 Meeting Themes – Martin Buckley
The last two Council years, the first half of each Council meeting consisted of a presentation from the Front Office; the second half we carried out Council business. The calendar for the club presentations is based upon the deadlines within the front office. The topics included Food & Beverage (February), Marketing (March), Corporate Partnerships (April), RAVE Foundation (May), Jerseys (June), and Ticketing (July). Other topics the Council would like to see presentations on moving forward include Security, GM Vote, Seat Geek, and Matchday Presentation.

The Council expressed a great interest in a more robust conversation on “Food & Beverage,” focusing on food quality, meal deals, vegetarian/vegan food, and beverage diversity. Mike Dollard will reach out to the Supporter Groups for information on their beers for the upcoming season.

VI. 2018 Alliance Council Projects – Stephanie Steiner & Martin Buckley

Stephanie Steiner discussed what a Council project is and project management within the Council. Current 2017-18 Projects, and the members involved with each, are:

10 Year Anniversary Martin Molly Nicholaus Stephanie
Away Travel Alex Gilbert
Community Involvement Darla
Food & Beverage Alex Jeff Jerry Karl Michael
GM Vote Alex Darla Jeff Martin Nick Peter
Jerseys Alex Cameron Gilbert Jerry Martin Michael Nicholaus Nick Stephanie
Matchday Experience Alex Karl Lisa Michael Peter
Outreach & Visibility Cameron Jesse Karl Nicholaus
S2 & The Alliance Cameron Darla Jeff Molly
Scarf Vote Cameron Darla Jerry Roberta
Sitting vs. Standing Lisa Roberta
Youth Outreach Daniel Darla Gilbert Molly Nicholaus Peter Todd

VII. Other Business

The Council has until the end of the week to work on Alliance information for the media kit. We also need bios and a photo from new Council Members for our Council website.

VIII. Adjournment

Moved. Seconded. Council votes unanimously to adjourn.

Meeting Minutes: December 2017

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MEETING MINUTES

December 5, 2017 – 7:00 PM – The NINETY

Present (15 of 17): Lisa Angeles, Nick Biesold, Peter Buck, Martin Buckley, Cameron Collins, Todd Cowles, Alex Eagleton, Roberta King, Darla Langdon, Jerry Neil, Karl Picard, Daniel Roe, Stephanie Steiner, Molly Wagner, and Jeff Williams.

Via telephone (0): None.

Absent (2): Nicholaus Biela and Michael Dollard

I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner

II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 15 of 17 Present

III. New Member Introduction
New Council Member Peter Buck introduced himself to Council. He talked to by why he has decided to join Council, what he hopes to accomplish, and his relationship to soccer and the Sounders.

IV. Executive Committee Elections – Stephanie Steiner
A requests was made for volunteers to count the votes. Roberta King, Peter Buck, and Nick Biesold volunteered to do so.

President: Stephanie Steiner and Martin Buckley nominated themselves to run for Alliance Council President. After both candidates gave speeches on why they should be elected President, and the Council was permitted to ask each of them questions, a vote was taken.
Martin Buckley was elected Alliance Council President for the 2017-18 Council Year.

Vice-President: Stephanie Steiner self-nominated to be Council VP and ran without opposition.
Stephanie Steiner becomes Alliance Council President for the 2017-18 Council Year by declaration.

Secretary: Jeff Williams and Cameron Collins nominated themselves to run for Alliance Council Secretary. After both candidates gave speeches on why they should be elected Secretary, and the Council was permitted to ask each of them questions, a vote was taken.
Cameron Collins was elected Alliance Council Secretary for the 2017-18 Council Year.

At-Large Position 1: Molly Wagner, Jeff Williams, Karl Picard, and Todd Cowles nominated themselves to stand for the First At-Large position on the Executive Committee. After all candidates gave speeches on why they should be elected to the Executive Committee, and the Council was permitted to ask each of them questions, a vote was taken.
Todd Cowles was elected as the first At-Large Executive Committee Member for the 2017-18 Council Year.

At-Large Position 2: Molly Wagner, Jeff Williams, and Karl Picard nominated themselves to stand for the Second At-Large position on the Executive Committee. A vote was taken.
Karl Picard was elected as the second At-Large Executive Committee Member for the 2017-18 Council Year.

The 2017-18 Alliance Council Executive Committee is: Martin Buckley, Stephanie Steiner, Cameron Collins, Todd Cowles, and Karl Picard.

V. Annual Business Meeting – Martin Buckley

The decision was made by the Alliance Council and the Front Office to try running the event as a mainly online event, rather than as the traditional large in-person event. The primary goal of the move was to create greater outreach with the event such that more of our constituents, who often cannot make it to a meeting on a rainy, mid-week evening, can participate and engage with the event. This would also allow the meeting to serve its main purpose of being an informative, yet entertaining, business meeting, rather than simply an event to “hype” the club. Such a move also allowed the Club to move some of the money that had previously been allocated to the ABM to the fan appreciation event the Sounders held in the summer.  While the Council knew it was a potentially risky move, the numbers that came out of the event were very solid.

There were 100 people present in the NINETY from the Alliance Member community. The meeting had 27,000 views from 26,000 unique viewers. It had another 1800 views on YouTube. Based upon the numbers, the Meeting reach four to five times as many people as it typically had.

Overall, the feedback was positive, focusing on the quality of the presentation and content and the questions that were asked. There was some concern from those following the event online about the inability to follow up on answers given to questions. Several Council Members expressed hope that in the future we can expand upon the event and hold it somewhere that can hold 300-400 people such that the atmosphere would be more focused on the fan, and would help the energy in the room. It would allow the number of attendees to be greater than the number of media and Front Office members present.

VI. January Meeting

The January Council Meeting is scheduled to be on January 2, 2018. This meeting will be moved to a better date. Typically, Sounders General Manager Garth Lagerwey joins the Council for the January Meeting, so we will work with the Sounders to set a mutually agreeable date.   

VII. Adjournment

Moved. Seconded. Council votes unanimously to adjourn.

Meeting Minutes: October 2017

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MEETING MINUTES

October 3, 2017 – 7:00 PM – The NINETY

Present (15 of 16): Nicholaus Biela, Martin Buckley, Cameron Collins, Mike Dollard, Alex Eagleton, Bill Kaczaraba, Roberta King, Darla Langdon, Jeremy Monsivais, Karl Picard, Daniel Roe, Stephanie Steiner, Kristina Vaughn, Jeff Williams and Steve Wilson.

Via telephone (0): None.

Absent (1): Nick Biesold.

Guest Observers (3): Lisa Angeles, Todd Cowles, and Molly Wagner.

I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner

II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 15 of 16 Present and 3 guests.

III. New Member Intros
Three individuals who have been elected to next season’s council were present at the meeting. Lisa, Todd, and Molly introduced themselves and talked about why they joined the Council and what they hope to achieve.

IV. Staff Pro Issues

There have been many challenges with Staff Pro. We have been made aware of issues that have been reported and have reported them to the Club. The Club and CenturyLink issued a joint statement. This statement was presented on our website with our comments. As a Council we continue to work for and expect better from all of the parties involved. What we have been told is that the most effective thing that fans can do when these instances arise is for the person affected to contact their ticket rep directly. While we pass the stories along, it is far more effective in terms of getting all of the parties to act. As a Council, we will, of course, always pass along anything that comes our way.

V. Food & Beverage – Alex Eagleton

Alex sent out an email with an outline of his project where he rates the food quality, presentation, temperature, and how long it takes to get food in the stadium. He has laid out the schedule of the games remaining and his plans in terms of reviewing some of the food. He is open to comment and having volunteers who can help.

VI. Annual Business Meeting – Martin Buckley

We have moved to an online End of the Year Business Meeting. There will be limited in-person attendance at the Ninety. The Alliance Council will have representatives present, but will not be present as a body, so as to allow for others to attend. Front Office, media, representatives from Supporter Groups will be in attendance, and the rest of the seats will be for fans in a Matchpass style giveaway. We will be taking question in advance and live, and will triage the questions and filter out ones that have been asked and answered.

Because it is a primarily online event, there are couple of things that will be done differently. Rather than it being presentations and PowerPoints, it will be a set of stories with different viewpoints. Some of it will be live and in person; some of it will be pre-produced videos. Five or six stories will be throughout the event and there will be questions throughout. We want the questions to be representative of the fanbase as a whole. By being online, the goal is that it will be accessible to everyone, rather than just those that can make it to Seattle on a rainy winter weeknight.

Because the Annual Business Meeting is Wednesday November 8th, the Council is canceling our meeting on Tuesday, November 7th.

VII. Adjournment

Moved. Seconded. Council votes unanimously to adjourn.

Meeting Minutes: September 2017

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC ALLIANCE COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

September 5, 2017 – 7:00 PM – The NINETY

Present (14 of 16): Nicholaus Biela, Nick Biesold, Martin Buckley, Cameron Collins, Mike Dollard, Alex Eagleton, Roberta King, Darla Langdon, Jeremy Monsivais, Karl Picard, Daniel Roe, Stephanie Steiner, Kristina Vaughn, Jeff Williams and Steve Wilson.

Via telephone (0): None.

Absent (2): Bill Kaczaraba and Karl Picard.

I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner

II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 14 of 16 Present

III. Lamar Neagle and Head Coach Brian Schmetzer visit the Council: Council Members were able to ask questions and spend time with the coach and Lamar.

IV. Council Members-Elect

Several People who have been elected to next year’s Council have asked if they can sit in on this year’s council to start getting involved. They would come in as volunteers to start engaging on projects, but would have no ability to vote.  This would be inviting these individuals for this year only, and does not set a precedent for future councils having to follow suit.

Martin Buckley proposes that the Council maintain the ability to ask these individuals leave for a portion of a meeting should something sensitive or confidential need to be discussed.

Moved and seconded. Allowing Council Members-Elect to attend the remainder of this Council year’s Council Meetings passes unanimously by a vote of 14-0.

V. Stars for All – Martin Buckley

Martin spoke to Sounders COO Bart Wiley for a long length of time, and we believe the Stars for All issue has been solved. There were three main concerns we needed addressed as part of the Stars for All campaign: (i) stars on all jerseys for this season, both replica and authentic, (ii) stars on jerseys moving forward, whether silver or gold and silver; and (iii) stars for all the other teams in Major League Soccer as well.

(1) Stars on Jerseys for this Season: We were able to achieve this goal earlier in the season.

(2) Stars on All Jerseys in Future Seasons: Whether silver or both gold and silver, the club has agreed that it will provide Stars for all jerseys in 2018 as well. It will purchase the necessary stars and make them available to local mom and pop stores, if required, so that they can take part in providing stars on jerseys for their customer. This will likely only be an issue for the 2018 season, as there may be a new solution beginning in 2019, as per conversations with the Club.

(3) Stars for All Clubs: The Sounders have agreed to support any other MLS club who wishes to put stars on all of their jerseys in the same manner that the Sounders have. While the club in question would have to do so on their own, the Sounders will provide all necessary information to such a club as to the process they went through to order and distribute Stars to fans’ jerseys.

VI. 2019 Sounders Kit: The Council had previously provided feedback to the club on what they thought the direction of the 2019 kits should go. The Council were shown the inspiration for the jersey at this meeting. This information is confidential.

VII. Revisiting the Recognition Brainstorming Project – Stephanie Steiner
The Council reviewed a compiled list of a list it had anonymously brainstormed of “What reward would each Council Member give to the Member to that Member’s right?”

VIII. Revisiting Food & Concessions – Alex Eagleton
Alex, along with many other members of the Council, feel that the concessions have not lived up to the expectations that were set for the Council at the beginning of the season. All of the food has also suddenly changed with the start of the Seahawks season. Alex is going to start doing “Food Tours” around the stadium and blogging about his food and beverage experiences.

IX. Scarf Vote Results – Kristina Vaughn
Winner of the scarf design was scarf #1, City of Seattle. It received 45.3% of the vote. It will be announced at halftime of Sunday’s match. The Council suggested to the Front Office that the scarf have a star on it, and while many in the front office agreed, the Marketing Department decided that it would not have a star. They have ordered it with no star.

X. Adjournment
Moved. Seconded. Council votes unanimously to adjourn.

 

Meeting Minutes: August 2017

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MEETING MINUTES

August 1, 2017 – 7:00 PM – RAVE Green Conference Room

Present (12 of 16): Nicholaus Biela, Martin Buckley, Cameron Collins, Alex Eagleton, Bill Kaczaraba, Roberta King, Darla Langdon, Jeremy Monsivais, Daniel Roe, Stephanie Steiner, Kristina Vaughn, and Jeff Williams.

Via telephone (0): None.

Absent (4): Nick Biesold, Mike Dollard, Karl Picard, and Steve Wilson.

I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner

II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 12 of 16 Present

III. Council Initiatives

A. Constitution Vote – Martin Buckley: The Alliance-wide vote on the new Constitution has concluded. The Constitution was approved by the Alliance in a weighted vote of 96% in favor of the new Constitution and 4% opposed to the new Constitution.

→ Cameron Collins asked what the process would be now that S2 season ticket holders are now members of the Alliance under the new Constitution. Martin stated that, as this was approved mid-season, next season they should enjoy full member rights.

B. Scarf Vote – Kristina Vaughn: Kristina thanked all involved in the Scarf Vote Group. There was very little turnaround time, but running the vote on our own website made it a seamless process. Vote is now live and will be sent out as part of renewals.

When an Alliance Member renews, they’ll get an email telling them to vote for the scarves. On August 14, a link to the vote will be sent to everyone that is a designee and/or has yet to renew. The Council were then shown the final five scarves that will be voted upon by the Alliance.

C. Council member Rewards – Stephanie Steiner: On the survey given to Alliance Council Members, which was discussed in the July meeting, current Council Members said they were not on Council to receive “stuff.” But that doesn’t help the Council figure out what to offer as rewards. Thus, Council Members present were presented with a new survey to fill out on what do we think the person to our right deserves as a reward. This will help the Council approach the Front Office with ideas, and there will be a meeting of the minds on things they can offer us of which we are currently unaware.

D. Survey Results from Current Members – Stephanie Steiner: Overall, there was a lot of discussion of Constitution, but we are done with that, so it should rarely come up. There are some issues that could be addressed moving forward, but they are small changes that don’t require the kind of overhaul we just did.

→ Questions include:

  • What do you like most about serving on the Alliance Council?
  • What motivates you to do work for Alliance Council?
  • What would help us get more projects completed?
  • What would you like to do next year?
  • What is your wish list?

One major takeaway was that it may be worth rethinking how we interact with one another. If a Council Member is in a group and are not hearing from others in the group via email when attempting to have discussion, there is a list of members and their phone numbers on our Google Drive that can be utilized. Council Members must be more proactive.

IV. Monthly Call with Front Office & Meeting with Gary Wright, Sounders Consultant and former Sounders Senior Vice President – Stephanie Steiner & Martin Buckley

A.    Monthly Call: The call focused on the relationship between the Front Office and the Council and how to make it as productive as possible. It was a robust conversation and Martin and Stephanie voiced the wants and needs of the Council.

B.    Meeting with Gary Wright: Gary has been very responsive to working on the relationship between the Club and the Council. This conversation focused on that relationship, challenges, and an Alliance Member concern regarding diversity.

V. Open Conversation

A. Food & Beverage – Alex Eagleton: Alex has made an effort to eat at many places around the stadium, and the food lacks quality. Cameron Collins spoke on the limited vegetarian and vegan options being worse than before, despite promises to the contrary and Martin. Alex also has found that while they claim to have many different drink options, that often the specialty options, especially in beer and wine, are not ready during the match or not available at all.

B. Ticket Renewals – Dan Roe: An update from Dan on news concerning ticket renewals.

→Pricing: 75% of tickets are going up in price. 25% are going down. Those tickets closer to the center line and closer to the field will now be more than those that are not in those locations.

→Section 100NA:  The upper portion of section 100 has typically been non-alcoholic. The Club has contacted the 13 season ticket members currently sitting in that section to see if they truly valued the section being non-alcoholic. The overwhelming majority said it did not make a difference to them, so, in order to sell out that section, the Club will be removing the NA tag and allowing alcohol in that section. They are looking to advertise it as a more family friendly section, however.

→ ECS & resale: ECS has requested that members not sell their tickets for more than face value. The club has crafted language to help message that to people with season tickets in the section, and will allow for people to move if necessary. The statement will read, “The ECS supporter sections are priced in a way to ensure affordable ticketing options are available to those wanting to join the supporter culture. Members within these sections are asked not to sell tickets for more than the single match price. If you disagree, relocation is always an option.”

→ S2: For the 2018 season, the south side will not be available for season ticket purchase at S2 matches. Due to attendance in past seasons, the focus will be to fill the North Side to increase matchday atmosphere. This will also increase efficiency from a staffing perspective so the Club can provide the best matchday customer service. There are 9 season ticket members affected by this change and they will receive priority relocation to make sure they find satisfactory seats for next season. Cameron Collins lamented that, with the move, he is sad that he will no longer be sitting by coach Schmetzer and won’t hear his running commentary on the game.

→ Visiting Supporters: Visiting supporters will no longer sit in section 203. Instead, qll visiting supporters will be placed in Section 300/301/302, where Portland and Vancouver supporters are already seated.

VI. Adjournment

Moved. Seconded. Council votes unanimously to adjourn.

Meeting Minutes: July 2017

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MEETING MINUTES

July 10, 2017 – 7:00 PM – The NINETY

Present (13 of 16): Nicholaus Biela, Nick Biesold, Martin Buckley, Cameron Collins, Mike Dollard, Alex Eagleton, Roberta King, Darla Langdon, Jeremy Monsivais, Karl Picard, Daniel Roe, Stephanie Steiner, Kristina Vaughn, and Jeff Williams.

Via telephone (1): Bill Kaczaraba

Absent (2): Nicholaus Biela and Steve Wilson.

I. Call to order – Stephanie Steiner

II. Roll – Cameron Collins: 13 of 16 Present

III. Ticket Renewals: Mikaela Purvis, Director of Membership Engagement & Retention

A. Retention → Their top goal is retention. They hope to increase ticket member retention by enriching the ticket members’ lives and creating moments through soccer. The goals break down in to six areas: 1) relationship with club, 2) customer service, 3) sales, 4) engagement, 5) events, and 6) benefits.

a. Relationship with club: Focus on creating camps and other opportunities for kids and the community; supporting the supporter groups and the Alliance Council; and the matchday experience.

b. Customer service: Focus on reactive problem solving and proactive communication.

c. Sales: Focus on referrals, group premium outings, and upselling.

d. Engagement: Focus on social media, rewards, touchpoints, and “wow moments.”

e. Events: Focus on access to players and bonding with other fans.

f. Benefits: Focus on savings, access, and rewards/experiences.

B. Midseason Survey: The Club sent out a mid-season survey to Alliance Members to see how they are using their benefits, what their satisfaction is with benefits, and the likelihood that they would renew.

a. The top 3 benefits were Options to Resell, Alliance Member Scarf, and Pro Shop Discount.

b. People were highly satisfied with mobile ticketing.

c. People were satisfied with the Alliance Council.

d. The only area of dissatisfaction was Matchpass Perks. Only about 25 to 30% of Alliance Members use their Matchpass Perks and people are primarily entered in to random drawings.

e. Although people aRe fond of their Alliance Member Scarves, the Club liked the opportunity the Council proposed where Alliance Members could forego their scarf, donating its value to charity. In 2018, this opportunity will be available during renewal. Decisions are for the entire account; Every ticket must give up the scarf for the entire account. All donations will be used for Rave Foundation’s soccer ball program. Delta Airlines will be matching the donations. The Council would like the Club to ask Delta Airlines if they can also match Alliance Member donations directly to Rave Foundation, as a Member may not want to forego their scarf.

C. Season Ticket Member Celebration: on August 13th, the Sounders will be having an event at CenturyLink Field from 11 am to 2 pm to celebrate the fans.

D. Autorenewal: a large percentage of accounts are still set to opt-in, but following this renewal period, every account will be set to autorenewal. With autorenewal, if you choose not to renew, you simply fill out an online form that deals with the process.

E. Renewal Process: The renewal period is August 1-September 1. Relocations will take place September 11-29. Must have renewed current location to be eligible for relocation. Playoff Tickets & new sales will take place in October.

F. Sitting vs. Standing: The Council brought up the perennial topic of Sitting versus Standing. The current conversation has been that the Sounders do not want to dictate whether a section sits or stands. It is majority rules. If the majority choose to sit, it is a sitting section. If they choose to stand, it is a standing section.

a. The issue that several members of the Council raised is that in the stands, as a practical matter, it is “monkey see, monkey do.” People do not necessarily know they have the ability to have their section be a sitting section, and if people in the front row stand, it means everyone will end up having to stand.

b. Because everyone believes they have to stand, how will the Club communicate that this is an option? Could a survey be part of the renewal process?

c. A survey could potentially show that this is not a major issue, that it is a vocal minority who raise the issue.

d. The Council noted that the Club would likely worry that asking as part of the renewal process could open a can of worms and set the expectation that change is coming, and that there would need to be a plan in place on enforcement in a section. Currently, in the Club sections, security handle the issue when someone stands in the sitting sections. The Front Office will discuss this matter further.

IV. Alliance Council Survey

Martin Buckley Alliance Council Members from 2015 – 2017 were asked to take a survey on what they thought the Council did well, and what they thought could be improved. The survey had a 74% response rate. The focus was on perception, open-ended responses, improvements, areas of strength, and areas of weakness.

A. Would you recommend joining the Council? Common themes included historical tedium of the Constitution, Front Office perceptions, Council Member expectations, and Work vs. Fun. People either loved or hated being on Council; there was very little in-between.

B. Alliance Council on the Front Office: Three years of the Alliance Council spoke and felt that the Front Office did not take the Council seriously, primarily treating the Council as a focus group rather than as a partner. Roberta gave the historical perspective that in the beginning, the relationship was very adversarial, so the Council got off on the wrong foot from the outset. The feeling was that it does seem to be getting better.

C. What would make the Alliance Council better? There was a wide range of ideas on how we could improve. The main takeaways were outreach so that the Alliance could know more about Democracy in Sports, having a budget to help with independence and potentially forming a non-profit, and better follow up from the body of the Council.

V. Council Initiatives

A. Scarf Vote – Kristina Vaughn & Roberta King: It is coming up quickly. All members of the committee should be ready to vote because it will require a quick turnaround to narrow all of the entries down to the five that will be presented to the Alliance for a vote.

B. 10-year Anniversary of the Alliance – Roberta King & Bil Kaczaraba: Roberta presented that she has made an outline of topics and requested volunteers to work on the project. The work will include writing articles, filming interviews, and more. Bill and Roberta will be collaborating with President Steiner on how best to move the project forward.

C. Constitution Vote – Martin Buckley: The Alliance-wide vote on the new Constitution is ongoing. Thus far, of those who click through to the Alliance Council webpage, 60% follow through to the voting site.

V. Monthly Call with Front Office

Stephanie Steiner and Martin Buckley had their monthly scheduled call with the Front Office. In the call with the FO, they focused on their frustration that the email sent to the Alliance about Constitution Voting being live had a subject line about Bowling with Players. Many people did not even open the email because of that headline. More traffic came to the Alliance Council webpage than came from twitter than came from their email. If Democracy in Sports is going to be a pillar of the organization, they need to treat it as such, rather than as a pillar of marketing. Stephanie and Martin also expressed the Council’s frustration that the Constitution vote did not receive equal billing with the Rave Foundation’s bowling event in an email nor in the stadium. The Club interpretation was that in our relationship we have very high highs and very low lows. We need to work on the low so that they do not happen in the future. They understand that the Council relationship with Gary Wright has been created to help improve the relationship between the Club and the Council.

VI. Open Conversation

A. Council Tables at CenturyLink Field: In August, we have the opportunity as a Council to have tables on the concourse at two matches: 8/12 & 8/20. We will use the opportunity to promote the Alliance Council and create more visibility, as well as promote the Scarf Vote.

VII. Adjournment

Moved. Seconded. Council votes unanimously to adjourn.