Meeting Minutes: September 2012

MEETING MINUTES
date: Sat, Sept. 8, 2012

time: post-game

location: stadium

Attendees (14/20): Angeline Bounds, Dave Clark, McKenzie Clark, Paul Cox, Leann Johnson, Roberta King, Evan Kolius, Ron Lamb, Rachel Molloy, Kris Mydske, Likkit Pocinwong, Dan Roe, Mark Winchester, Kevin Zelko.
Front office representative: Bart Wiley

  1. Dave Clark resigned his position on Council due to his new status as contractor to Sounders FC. He will be preparing stories about Council.

 

Old business:

  1. Selection of Two Alliance Charities – Dave Clark

Following Dave Clark’s resignation from Council, Angie volunteered to lead this effort. She will gather information and ideas from Dave.

  1. General Manager Retention Vote– Paul Cox

Paul and Bart Wiley reported on current plans for promoting the vote and the voting process. Sounders FO will make multiple announcements and provide interviews. There will be both in-stadium and online voting options for Alliance members. Council will be helping out at the stadium, and there may be additional voting events. The resolution passed by Council at the July meeting was amended, removing the final paragraph related to amending the Bylaws and coordinating with the Club. The revised resolution passed unanimously.

  1. Alliance STH Scarf Design Competition for 2013 – Daniel Roe
    Due to the schedule and budget constraints, the scarf competition will not go forward this year as originally envisioned. Adidas needs a final design by October 7th. Council approved a compromise plan in which the SSFC design team will provide designs to Council for final selection for the 2013 season. This allows time for the Club to develop an online design submittal option for next year.
  1. Resolution on Banning PA Noise – McKenzie Martin Clark
    Council agreed that stadium PA noise issues have improved.
  1. Resolution on Future Kit Designs for 2014 – Dave Clark
    Bart Wiley provided an update and offered to invite Sue Harris, Sounders FC Director of Retail Operations, to meet with Council to further explain the design process and other factors involved in selecting new kit designs.
  1. Resolution on Championship Banners – Paul Cox
    New banners, celebrating previous A-League championships, were not included in the SSFC 2012 budget. Bart indicated that these could be planned for 2013.
  1. SSFC Crest Resolution – Mark Winchester

Bart Wiley explained that crest design (and any modifications on the kits) is considered a business decision of the Club, not the Alliance.

  1. Council Communications / Alliance Feedback – Roberta King
    Council approved the committee’s proposal to set up Twitter and Facebook accounts to help relay information from Council. Evan will manage the two accounts, with backup provided by Kris.
    Roberta is editing outdated information on the Alliance and Council on the SSFC website; Ron and Dan will help review. Roberta reported that we now have a friendlURLfor the Sounders FC eBallot login page, soundersfc.com/vote

New business:

  1. End of Year Business Planning Committee

Angie , Paul, Kris, Mark and Kevin volunteered to work with the Club to plan the 2012 business meeting. Bart Wiley indicated that December 13 is the tentative date. The results of the General Manager retention vote will be revealed at the meeting.

  1. Next meeting
    The next meeting is planned for October 6thor 14th, depending on front office availability.
  1. Open discussion

Leann Johnson: Jr. Alliance

Meeting Minutes: July 2012

Alliance Council Meeting Minutes

July 17, 2012, 1 p.m.

Stadium

In attendance (12/20): Paul Cox, Evan Kolius, Leann Johnson, Dan Roe, Justin Williams, McKenzie Clark, Kris Mydske, Likkit Pocinwong, Angeline Bounds, Ron Lamb, Mark Winchester, Roberta King

Old Business:

  1. General Manager Retention Vote – Paul Cox

Paul reported on recent conversations with the front office and sought Council input on the voting process and schedule, including minimum votes required and promoting the vote to Alliance members this fall.

New Business:

GM Retention Vote Resolution – Paul Cox

The following resolution on the GM retention vote was passed by unanimous vote. A related amendment to the Bylaws will be determined at next meeting.

“Whereas, during the formation of the Seattle Sounders FC, the Club dedicated itself to the ideal of “Democracy in Sports”; and

Whereas, the most direct expression of the wishes of the fans and supporters of the Sounders would be a vote on the proposed retention of the Club’s General Manager once every four years; and
Whereas, the 2012 season represents the fourth season in MLS for the Club; and

Whereas, the Alliance has been formally established by the fans and supporters of the club as the representative organization of the fans, supporters, and overall Sounders community;

Therefore, be it resolved:

That the Alliance Council asks the overall Alliance membership the following question: “Shall Adrian Hanauer be retained as General Manager of the Seattle Sounders FC?”

Be it also resolved that the Alliance Council shall pass a bylaw governing the voting timeline, procedures, and other such details, and shall work in conjunction with the Club to organize, manage, and count said vote. The Council also shall have an independent accounting firm assist with the verification and trustworthiness of the vote. 

Next meetings:

August 5th – 1 pm

September 8th – 45 minutes after end of match

Meeting Minutes: June 2012

Alliance Council Meeting Minutes

June 16, 2012

Stadium

In attendance (12/20): Paul Cox, Evan Kolius, Leann Johnson, Dan Roe, Justin Williams, McKenzie Clark, Mark Winchester, Angeline Bounds, Ron Lamb, Arthur Kim, Dave Clark, Roberta King

Old Business:

  1. Alliance STH Scarf Design Competition – Dan Roe

Dan reported that Bart Wiley is waiting to hear if Adidas has any requirements. Dan will contact Bart.

  1. Council Communications and Integration of Alliance Feedback – Roberta King

Roberta contacted Jeff Richards, Director of Marketing for Sounders, about past surveys of Alliance members, and learned there is potential to add questions from Council to future surveys. The committee will meet immediately after Council.

  1. Selection of Two SSFC charity partners by Alliance – Dave Clark

There are currently five charity partners. The Club has raised the question of how existing partners would be replaced. Council does not have information on agreements the Club may have with partners, and agreed the matter should be referred back to the FO. (Tabled? Until meeting with FO??)

  1. Alliance Council Nominations for 2012 – Paul Cox

The Club has provided their anticipated schedule for Council nominations to restart after updating the system to include newly designated Alliance members.

June 15 – designation period ends
June 18 – voting to go live June 27th
June 22 – voting platform completes upload of new names
June 25 – testing
June 27 – voting goes live

  1. Resolution on Future Kit Designs for 2014 – Dave Clark

The following resolution was discussed and approved by Council.

“Whereas the Seattle Sounders FC recognize that their fans are not just customers, but stakeholders in the Club.

Whereas, the Alliance Council is the formal embodiment of such stakeholders

Whereas the uniform of the Club is a banner for all who call themselves Sounders

Be it resolved that the Club and its apparel partners will present a minimum of three and no more than six near final designs for the 2014 third kits to the Alliance Council. During this meeting between the Council, the Club and the kit apparel partner a consensus will be reached between all present to pick the kit that best represents the Seattle Sounders FC as a soccer club, a democracy in sport and a key member of the great Puget Sound sports community.”

6. Resolution on Championship Banners – Paul Cox

The following resolution was discussed and approved by Council.

 “Whereas, the Seattle Sounders have a long and established history of successes on the field; and

Whereas, the Sounders have banners at their home stadium celebrating their championships in the United States Open Cup in 2009, 2010, and 2011, as well as their championships in the USL First Division in 2005 and 2007; and

Whereas, the Sounders also won the championship of the A-League in 1995 and 1996; therefore
be it resolved that the Alliance Council requests that the Club order and hang banners (identical in design and size and using the proper time-appropriate logos) celebrating the Sounders 1995 and 1996 A-League championships, from the rafters of the stadium. The Council further urges that these banners be completed and hung during pregame for the match on October 7, 2012.”

  1. Resolution on SSFC Crest – Mark Winchester

The following resolution was discussed and approved by Council.

“Whereas, the crest or badge of a football club is worn over the heart to signify the importance of the Club to the wearer, the badge of the Seattle Sounders Football Club follows this tradition and appears on the left chest of the various uniforms and apparel worn by the team; the badge represents the organization’s personality, image, core competencies and characteristics; a badge’s design is loosely based on a heraldic shield, which helped identify combatants who were otherwise hidden by their armor; 

Whereas the Seattle Sounders FC badge was developed to represent the partnership between the ownership, the community, the players and the fans; and whereas, the partners are all united under one banner, which carries the team name; and whereas, the Space Needle is a universally recognized icon and symbol of Seattle, therefore be it resolved:

The Seattle Sounders FC Alliance Council believes that the various teams playing as part of the Club should wear uniforms that carry the ORIGINAL badge of the Seattle Sounders FC, namely, the one that appeared on the Club’s uniforms during the inaugural season for the Club in MLS competition in 2009, on their Rave Green home uniform jerseys. This is the white outlined, Sounder Blue shield underneath, with the black depiction of the Space Needle over the top, and Rave Green shield in the middle, all abound by the white banner with the text “Seattle Sounders FC”.

This should be the only badge worn on uniforms by Players on the field of play during all competitions, and only in these original colors. This shall take effect at the start of all competitions beginning in January 2014.  The Alliance Council supports efforts by the Seattle Sounders FC to market merchandise with the original badge, but understands that the badge may not be used on all clothing marketed by the Club.”

  1. Election of Secretary

Dave Clark and Roberta King were nominated to fill the vacant Secretary position. Roberta King was elected by blind ballot.

  1. Meeting with Front Office – Paul Cox

Waiting to schedule meeting. Tabled
New Business

  1. By-Law language clarification –– Dan Roe

Dan will propose language to clarify the start date of term for re-elections of Council members.

  1. Open Discussion

Discussed ideas for instituting a Sounders hall of fame, or equivalent of the Seahawks ring of honor, and how to determine criteria appropriate for SSFC. This will be a topic for next meeting with FO (??)

Paul Cox presented his plan to bring forward a resolution to reward Alliance members who participate in GM vote with a vinyl window sticker declaring their membership and that they voted.

Next meetings:
July 17 or 19th with the intent of inviting ownership/FO, the day before or after Chelsea friendly
August 5 – 1 pm or 3 pm

Meeting Minutes: April 2012

MEETING AGENDA: 
date/time: Sun, April 29, 2012
location: Stadium

Attendees (09/20): Paul Cox, Likket Pocinwong, McKenzie Clark, Roberta King, Ron Lamb, Dan Roe, Mark Winchester, Rachel Molloy, Evan Kolius

Old business:

  1. Elect New Secretary– Postponed until next meeting for quorum voting.
  1. Alliance STH Scarf Design Competition for 2013 – Daniel Roe
    Dan shared the outlined schedule, promotion and recommendations that the Scarf Committee put together and will be forwarding that information to Bart next week. We are recommending only one competition for the “Alliance Member” scarf design, voted on my Alliance members only, with submissions open to anyone. We are also recommending that the FO pick their Top 5 from the eligible submissions. The Scarf Committee and Council would also select their Top 5, and a joint decision of the FO and Council would determine the Top 5 designs that would go to an Alliance vote at the end of the year. A representative of the Scarf Committee is invited to attend the FO discussion/review of the suggestions.
  1. Council Communication and Integration of Alliance Feedback– Roberta King
    The committee has formed and will be meeting/emailing in the next month to formalize a proposal. Results of the most recent fan survey were requested from the front office. The website updates will also be rolled into this committee’s responsibilities.
  2. Selection of Two Alliance Charities – Dave Clark
    Review of charity partner proposals and voting. Tabled until next meeting.
  3. Alliance Council Nominations for 2012 – Paul Cox
    We are still waiting on finalization of the one-seat/one-vote for Alliance members. The Sounders FC and Ticketmaster CRM system integration details regarding account tracking have been holding up the launch of this new designation and voting system. Council reps expressed concern at the continued delayed and voice interest in exploring alternate ways to activate the system more quickly, even if it means slight delays between seat designations and the ability to vote.
  4. Resolution on Future Kit Designs for 2014 – Dave Clark
    Tabled until next month.

Whereas the Seattle Sounders FC recognize that their fans are not just customers, but stakeholders in the club

Whereas the Alliance Council is the formal embodiment of said stakeholders

Whereas the uniform of the club is a banner for all who call themselves Sounders

Be it resolved that the Club and its apparel partners will present a minimum of three and no more than six near final designs for the 2014 third kids to the Alliance Council. During this meeting between the Council, the Club and the kit apparel partner a consensus will be reached between all present to pick the kit that best represents the Seattle Sounders FC as a soccer club, a democracy in sport and key member of the great Puget Sound sports community.

  1. Resolution on Championship Banners – Paul Cox
    Tabled until next month.

Whereas, the Seattle Sounders have a long and established history of successes on the field; and

Whereas, the Sounders have banners at their home stadium celebrating their championships in the United States Open Cup in 2009, 2010, and 2011, as well as their championships in the USL First Division in 2005 and 2007; and 

Whereas, the Sounders also won the championship of the A-League in 1995 and 1996; therefore…

Be it resolved that the Alliance Council requests that the Club order and hang banners (identical in design and size and using the proper time-appropriate logos) celebrating the Sounders 1995 and 1996 A-League championships from the rafters of the stadium. The Council further urges that these banners be completed and hung during pregame for the match on October 7, 2012. 

  1. SSFC Crest Resolution – Mark Winchester
    Tabled until next month.

Whereas, the crest or badge of a football club is worn over the heart to signify the importance of the Club to the wearer, the badge of the Seattle Sounders Football Club follows this tradition and appears on the left chest of the various uniforms and apparel worn by the team; the badge represents the organization’s personality, image, core competencies and characteristics; a badge’s design is loosely based on a heraldic shield, which helped identify combatants who were otherwise hidden by their armor;

Whereas the Seattle Sounders FC badge was developed to represent the partnership between the ownership, the community, the players and the fans; and whereas, the partners are all united under one banner which carries the team name; and whereas, the Space Needle is a universally recognized icon and symbol of Seattle, therefore be it resolved:

The Seattle Sounders FC Alliance Council believes that the various teams playing as part of the Club should wear uniforms that carry the ORIGINAL badge of the Seattle Sounders FC. Namely, the one that appeared on the Club’s uniforms during the inaugural season for the Club in MLS competition in 2009, on their Rave Green home uniform jerseys.

This is the white outlined, Sounder Blue shield underneath, with the black depiction of the Space Needle over the top, and Rave Green shield in the middle, all abound by the white banner with the text “Seattle Sounders FC”. This should be the only badge worn on uniforms by Players on the field of play during all competitions, and only in these original colors. This shall take effect at eth start of all competitions beginning in January the year 2014.

The Alliance Council supports efforts by the Seattle Sounders FC to market merchandise with the original badge, but understands that the badge may not be used on all clothing marketed by the Club.”

New business:

  1. Goals for year – Paul Cox
    Tabled until next month.
  1. May Meeting Date– May 12th at 3:30pm (before the Real Salt Lake game)
  1. Meeting with Front Office– Paul Cox
    Tabled until next month, for Council to internally discuss possible agenda items, focus and tone for any potential meeting to discuss increasing/improving the working relationship and vision with the Club. With the invitation to owners, Peter McLoughlin, Gary Wright, Bart Wiley, etc.
  2. Open Discussion

Meeting Minutes: March 2012

MEETING MINUTES: 
date/time: Sat, March 17, 2012, 3pm
location: stadium

Attendees (quorum reached): Paul Cox, Greg Mockos, Mark Inderhees, Leann Johnson, Daniel Roe, Justin Williams, Angeline Bounds , Kevin Zelko, Ken Wyatt, Roberta King, Dave Clark, Bob Davis, Rachel Molloy, Ron Lamb, Likkit Pocinwong, Aaron Reed, Mark Winchester…
Observers: Drew Carey, Gary Wright, Bart Wiley, Adrian Hanauer, and other staff

Old business:

  1. Secretary By-Law  Amendment – Approved, will go to full Alliance

Council Secretary   
The Secretary shall keep minutes of Council meetings and shall publish those meetings to the Council, Alliance, and general public.  The Secretary shall maintain, and keep current, a record of the Council Constitution, By-Laws, Resolutions, Commendations, and Membership.

  1. Supporter Group Recognition
    Emerald City Supporters, North End Faithful, Gorilla FC and Eastside Supporters all had representatives in attendance and were able to produce their documentation and speak to their membership numbers and activities. All were approved for recognition for the current season.
  2. Alliance STH Scarf Design Competition for 2013 – Daniel Roe
    Daniel Roe gave a quick update to the progress so far by the working group. Detailed recommendations to be forthcoming next month.
  3. Bylaws Amendment: Binding Votes and Super Majority
    Paul to draft an initial resolution for review (regarding operations, agenda items, supermajority for votes without timely notification, etc ) and possible incorporation into the by-laws.
  4. Resolution urging Portland away game ticket allotment– Paul Cox
    SGs had divided up their allocation by percentage in a prior meeting. Still waiting on final confirmation of ticket amounts (likely 750). There will be 74 tickets available to non SG members this year, which will be distributed by the FO via lottery (2 opposed, all others in favor). Further details to be decided by FO and working group, but may include the ability to access two tickets at once, and require the fans to follow SG and stadium security rules such as meeting in advance of the game to enter as a group. Leann, Roberta and Paul will work in a small group to advice on the issue and report back next month.
  5. Council Communication and Integration of Alliance Feedback
    A communications working group will meet on the issue to compile recommendations and a plan for moving forward.
  6. Selection of Two Alliance Charities – Dave Clark
    There was a discussion about whether allocating Alliance charities would mean bumping current charity partners (something that council members voiced concern about). Tabled until next meeting.
  7. Alliance Council Nominations for 2012 
    Update on the one-seat/one-vote for Alliance members, ETA on form launch “very soon” according to the FO.
  8. Alliance web changes in accordance with Constitution 
    Update on Soundersfc.com progress getting council member info updated, campaigning candidates’ page and SG recognition page/forms. To be rolled into the Communications Committee.

New business:

  1. Proposed Council email list access for Bart Wiley
    Bart has been added to the Council email distribution list

Open Discussion with Council and Ownership:

CARD SYSTEM

Chris from the FO was brought in to answer some questions and hear issues regarding fans getting paper tickets when they requested cards, and vice versus. As well as incorrect “all-inclusive” labels and SG logos on other cards. There will be additional chances for fans to opt into the card system later this year as well, and increasing loyalty programs in the future for discounts and account control as they system evolves.

TICKET REPS

It was also expressed again that it’s important for ticket reps to be giving out a consistent answer when issues or problems arise. Speculating and guessing only adds to the confusion otherwise.

Council continued to push for Qwest for hosting of events, rather than Starfire. And enhanced control and functionality in the Account Manager system.

TICKET RENEWAL ADVANTAGES

2010-2011 STHs have not seen an on-going advantage to renewing, like the 2009 fans. In future 2009 fans may see an increase in ticket prices.

GM VOTE

Drew Carey has begun his “Retain Adrian” campaign, with buttons! There will be a vote at the end of the year to address his retention. A 51% vote of the STH base is required, which will require publicity and turnout.

HAWKS NEST

Council asked about the Hawks Nest. While it is filling, it took longer than expected with slightly lower demand. It remains to be seen how having a large chunk of fans seated in a block will affect stadium atmosphere.

Meeting Minutes: February 2012

MEETING MINUTES: Sun Feb 26,2012 1pm
location: Stadium

Attendees (17/20): Paul Cox, McKenzie Clark, Evan Kolius, Greg Mockos, Mark Inderhees, LeAnn Johnson, Daniel Roe, Mark Winchester, Justin Williams, Angeline Bounds , Kevin Zelko, Ken Wyatt, Likkit Pocinwong, Roberta King, Dave Clark, Bob Davis, Rachel Molloy

  1. Welcoming new members, membership update:
Re-Elected Council Members Newly Elected Council Members
Dave Clark
Rachel Molloy
Kevin Zelko
Lori Ross
Paul Cox
Leann Johnson
Greg Mockos
Mark Inderhees
McKenzie Clark
Ken Wyatt
Bob Davis
Evan Kolius
Likkit Pocinwong
Justin Williams
Ron Lamb
Mark Winchester
Aaron Reed
  1. Electing New Officers for 2012 – McKenzie Clark led the voting

Honorary Chairman
Drew Carey elected honorary chairman – all in favor

Council President – 1 year term
Paul Cox, Dave Clark – nominated
Paul Cox – elected as president by blind ballot

Council Vice President – 1 year term
Bob Davis – nominated and elected as Vice President by vocal vote

Council Secretary   
Angeline Bounds , Roberta King – nominated
Angeline Bounds – elected as Secretary by blind ballot

Proposed Secretary Bylaw Amendment:  for a vote on next month’s agenda – Rachel Molloy
The Secretary shall maintain, and keep current, a record of the Council Constitution, By-Laws, Resolutions, Commendations and Membership.

Old business:

  1. Formally vote on any Actions, Commendations and Resolutions Passed in 2011 – Rachel Molloy
    Formal recognition of the Commendations and Resolutions passed during the interim between the Council passing the Constitution and Charter, and its official ratification by the full Alliance. (Commendation Open Cup, Away Tickets Resolution, PA Noise Resolution, Scarf Competition Resolution) – All favor and formally approved
  2. 2012 Budget Discussion – Paul Cox
    FO is granting funds to the Council on an “as needed” basis, with requests for funding formally made to the front office. Whenever possible, Council will get requests in before Aug/Sept for budgeting.
  3. Supporter Group Recognition – Paul Cox
    No changes were proposed to the Supporter Group “minimum standards” outlined in the ratified by-Laws. The March meeting has been set aside as the earliest possible date to recognize SGs for the 2012 season. Formerly recognized SGs will be contacted and invited to apply for formal Council recognition at that meeting and an open call will go out for interested SGs who wish to apply. On-going renewals will happen in October for the next year. Formal recognition by Council allows the SG to negotiate directly with the FO on issues, allows them access to away-game SG ticket allocations, and places them formally on the SoundersFC.com website as a recognized Supporter Group.

Dave Clark will work to update SoundersFC.com website info, and will create a google doc space for SGs to check off that they meet each “minimum standards” requirement. SGs attending the March meeting must have two leadership representatives in attendance to speak on behalf of their SG.

 “Bylaw 7) Supporter Groups recognition

Supporter groups are an integral part of the Sounders community and gameday experience.  As such, the Alliance wants to encourage the growth of existing groups as well as the formation of new groups.

The relationship between supporter groups, the Alliance, and the Club, has a unique nature.  As such, it benefits all of these parties to have a set of minimum standards for groups to attain, demonstrating their commitment.

Therefore, for formal recognition as a supporter group, groups must meet the following standards:

  • At least 25 identified, paid members
  • Identified group leadership who are responsible for coordination and can speak on behalf of the group
  • Organized participation as a group in activities like songs, chants, tifo, etc.
  • Established history of conducting supporter group activities for the Sounders
  • Have registered articles of incorporation with their local state

Supporter groups may apply to the Council for recognition, and the Council will invite the leaders of the group to a meeting for discussion prior to a vote.  A majority vote of all Council members present is required for recognition.

Supporter groups may annually request renewal of their recognition from the Council; renewal is automatic (assuming it is requested) and will be schedule yearly in October.

Recognition may be withdrawn by the Council with a two-thirds vote of all Council members present and voting at a meeting; such votes will always be taken with at least one month’s notice to the supporter group in question.”

  1. Resolution Banning Vuvuzelas – Paul Cox
    The Team Store is no longer selling them , and the Front Office has said they are already “banned” from the stadium. Issue tabled.
  2. Resolution Banning P.A. Noise – McKenzie Martin Clark
    The front office responded they will no longer have orca noises on corner kicks or Virginia Mason ads during run of play in 2012. And staff in the booth will be confirming that no other artificial noises are introduced during the run of play. The Council was very happy with this response.
  3. Alliance STH Scarf Design Competition for 2013 – Daniel Roe
    The front office offered two options in response to the resolution…selling a fan scarf in the team store or planning a 2013 scarf. Council voted to continue to work towards a 2013 STH scarf design. A small working group was put together to work out the details (Dan Roe, Angeline Bounds, Rachel Molloy, Roberta King, Likkit Pocinwong) and report back on progress at the next meeting.

NOT FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION OUTSIDE OF COUNCIL AT THIS TIME:

The team may not be having a scarf for fans in 2013, or may have an opt out option for fans who are tired of getting scarfs and would prefer something like a bonus to the team store, etc.

  1. Bylaws Amendment: Binding Votes and Super Majority – Paul Cox
    Tabled until next meeting. Paul to draft an initial resolution for review/discussion and possible incorporation into the by-laws.
  2. Resolution urging Portland away game ticket allotment – Paul Cox
    Tabled until next meeting with formal proposals to be submitted by council members for consideration. It does look like we may have additional tickets allocated in response to the away ticket resolution…formal announcement to come from the Front Office if so. The Council confirmed they are excited to accept the tickets and will be deciding how to allocate them in future meetings. General options and ideas were discussed…including a lottery for a non-SG ticket allocation, SGs only deciding how their tickets will be divvied up between recognized groups, and discussions surrounding GA seating versus seated tickets and how that will affect traveling fan experiences/expectations.

NOT FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION OUTSIDE OF COUNCIL AT THIS TIME:

This year another 300 Portland and 750 Vancouver away game tickets will be allocated to Sounders fans. (800 Portland / 1250 Vancouver …exact numbers to be confirmed later)
1) how many, if any should go to non-supporter group ticket holders
2) how to divide remaining tickets among supporter groups

  1. Soliciting Alliance Feedback Next Year – Roberta King
    Tabled until next meeting. Roberta suggested a “communications working group” to tackle this issue (regarding getting wider Alliance feedback and involvement either through FO emails or surveys to the wider Alliance, end-of-year question requests, integration of any feedback from last year’s EOY meeting into council agenda, review of sounders survey results, etc) and the related council communications issue (regarding getting the word out on resolutions, commendations, etc). She’ll be bringing a formal proposal next meeting.

New business:

  1. Selection of Two Alliance Charities – President
    Dave Clark will formalize proposals for next meeting, begin organizing a committee to tackle the issue, and will take suggestions from other council members on who and how to decide Charity Partners.
  2. Golden Scarf Ceremony – President
    FO recommends giving two Scarves away in 2012 – one on opening night and one at the last regular season home match on Oct 21st. FO requested Council’s feedback on the matter. Dave Clark proposed the opening match and the Cascadia Cup games for the golden scarf ceremony (three total). Majority voted in agreement…though there were a few who abstained or voted nay.
  3. Alliance Council Nominations for 2012/2013 – Paul Cox
    Still no ETA for actual launch of the one-seat/one-vote for Alliance members…though reportedly the technical system is in place. Voting will continue to be suspended.
  4. Resolution on Future Kit Designs for 2014 – Dave Clark Tabled….next meeting
  5. Resolution on Pre-Season Open Practices – Dave Clark
    Tabled
  6. Alliance web changes in accordance with Constitution– Angeline / Dave Clark / Dan Roe / Roberta
    Team will report back next month on updates to the Sounders FC site information for Councilmembers, Supporter Groups, and campaigning candidates.
  7. Recognition of former councilmembers – Dave Clark

Dave will write a thank you on the blog.

  1. Public Alliance & Council Communication – McKenzie Clark
    There was a general discussion around the need for publicizing Council resolutions, recommendations and agreed upon Council positions or facts via public media (twitter, the blog, website, facebook, traditional press, etc). It was agreed that this currently fell under the President’s responsibility according to the by-laws to disseminate or delegate (not personal opinion as the Blog or personal twitter accounts allow, but for council-only dissemination). Paul will move forward with setting up a Council Facebook page and the Twitter page, and the other Council officers will have admin access. Some of these plans may also overlap with on-going Communications Work Group plans or proposals, and will be revised as needed by Council.
  2. Discussion on Club/Council conflicts of interest – Paul Cox
    There was a discussion on the issue of council members possibly attempting to get jobs with the Club and whether Council should have a policy about that. At this time, the council doesn’t feel that it would cause a conflict of interest, but did encourage those on Council to openly disclose if they were involved in future. If a councilmember would like to bring a formal resolution or amendment they can add it to a future agenda.