WHEREAS, it is in the state's interest to enhance the lives of its citizens by encouraging them to live healthy lifestyles; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of the state should have the opportunity to be informed about and participate in activities that result in physical fitness, healthy lifestyles, and an improved quality of life; and
WHEREAS, while there are many successful existing public and private efforts promoting physical fitness and amateur sports, there is a need for a single statewide organization to promote and support these and other activities relating to physical fitness and amateur sports;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Booth Gardner, Governor of the State of Washington, by virtue of the power vested in me, do hereby establish the Washington Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Amateur Sports.
1. Council Membership
The Council shall consist of not more than 25 members who shall represent education programs, physical fitness programs, wellness programs, private business, athletics, state and local government, and citizens with an interest in health, physical fitness, or amateur sports.
Council members shall be appointed to three-year, staggered terms. Members shall be eligible to serve two full terms. Vacancies shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. The Governor shall designate the chairperson, who shall serve at the Governor's pleasure.
The Council, within available resources, shall:
A. Support, promote, sponsor, and coordinate activities that promote physical fitness and physical education among the citizens of the state of Washington,
B. Support and promote the Washington State Games;
C. Recognize outstanding programs, developments, achievements, and contributions in physical fitness and related areas; and
D. Advise the Governor and state agencies on issues relating to physical fitness and amateur sports.
C. The Council may seek the advice of others with special interests or expertise in health, physical fitness, or amateur sports. The Council may work with non-profit foundations and other organizations to further the purposes of this Executive Order.
D. The Council shall be an officially recognized body whose primary aim is, through private resources, to further the duties of this Executive Order. The Council shall have the authority to receive and use gifts, grants, and endowments from public and private sources.