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Become a Board Member


We welcome and encourage anyone who is interested in serving on the Board of the Summit Hill Association District 16 Planning Council to learn more about what we do and how we make a positive impact on our community! SHA sponsors a variety of activities to engage residents and other stakeholders, maintain and improve the quality of life within the neighborhood, serve as the official “voice of the neighborhood” on City-related matters. SHA strives to recruit a Board membership that is truly representative of all neighborhood stakeholders. We also encourage SHA Board members to view their Board member roles as a means of seeking solutions to critical issues and creating policies that benefit the entire Summit Hill community.

Most Board members are elected by a neighborhood ballot vote conducted at our October Annual Neighborhood Celebration each fall or by a vote of the SHA Board {if openings occur during the year}.  Candidates not elected to an open seat on the SHA Board at the annual meeting automatically become SHA alternates. Alternates may be appointed to fill openings on the Board during the year if elected Board members are unable to complete their full terms.  SHA Board alternates are ranked according to their vote totals at the annual meeting. If there are Board openings and no alternates, SHA will put out a call for candidates to run for unfilled Board seats.

The SHA Board works directly with a small paid staff and a large cadre of volunteers to undertake all of the activities of this community non-profit.  Board member terms represent a serious commitment of up to three (3) years of service.  In addition to monthly Board meetings, Board members are required to serve on at least one standing committee and meet other requirements as laid out in our bylaws and policies.  They may also be asked to volunteer at various community events that SHA holds throughout the year.

More specifically in terms of time commitment, the Board meets once a month (the 2nd Thursday at 7 pm) for approximately two hours. No meeting is held in December. Board members are expected to attend and participate in all board meetings – up to three absences a year in any six-month period with regularly-scheduled meetings are allowed.  In addition, Board members must serve on at least one of the SHA standing committees. Current committees include Zoning and Land Use, Communications, Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Calming, Development, and Environment and Beautification; each has its own meeting schedule and other requirements for committee membership.  Time commitments for each of these committees vary based on their activities. Board members are also expected to participate in the Association’s major neighborhood events, such as the biennial Summit Hill House Tour.

To apply for a seat on the SHA Board, please print/complete the “Candidate Application Form” (it can be filled out online if it is downloaded in Adobe Acrobat Reader) and return it to the SHA Office, Linwood Community Center, 860 St Clair Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105, or scan and email it to  If you would like further information, help completing your Candidate Application Form or just would like to speak to someone about your interest in running for a seat on the Summit Hill Association Board of Directors, please contact the SHA Office at 651-222-1222. 

Your interest in serving on the SHA Board is appreciated!  Participating in the health and vitality of our neighborhood by serving on the SHA Board is a terrific way to meet neighbors and guide neighborhood activities and policies.