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Alliance Council Meeting Minutes 6.16.2012


Alliance Council Meeting Minutes
Location: Stadium
June 16, 2012
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.

2.  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.

3.  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.

4.  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 – new voters sent to voting platform
June 22 –upload of new names completed
June 25 – testing
June 27 – voting goes live

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

The following resolution was discussed and approved by unanimous vote of 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 unanimous vote of 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.”

7. Resolution on SSFC Crest  - Mark Winchester

The following resolution was discussed and approved by unanimous vote.

“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.”

8. Election of Secretary

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

9. Meeting with Front Office – Paul Cox

Waiting to schedule meeting.

New Business

10. By-Law language clarification –– Dan Roe

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

11. 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


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