Greetings Summit-University neighbors!
I'm writing today to ask YOU to consider joining the Summit University Planning Council (SUPC) Board of Directors. We are an independent non-profit organization that has been connecting neighbors in our district since 1974.
As Chairperson of the Communications Committee, I have been honored to work alongside talented and caring people as we strive to keep the community informed about and engaged with important developments in our neighborhood. We are looking for other residents with varied talents to help make our organization even better. Do you have an interest in writing or journalism? We are looking for community reporters to help spread the word about SUPC activities. Have you orchestrated a fabulous wedding or birthday party? Come help us plan our community forums and outreach events! Do you have the knack for persuading people to help out a good cause? You could lead our next fundraising campaign! Whatever your skills or interests, I hope that you will bring your enthusiasm, dependability, and desire to help your community to our Board! You can find all the information about filing to run in our Board elections here. Remember to file by August 27!
See you around the neighborhood,
Communications Committee Chairperson
Are you thinking about joining the Summit-University Planning Council Board? Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about joining:
Q: What is the time commitment?
A: All Board Members go to one committee meeting and one board meeting a month. Our board meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month, and committee meetings vary. If you want to do more, we have lots of volunteer opportunities.
Q: Do you have to be a homeowner to join the District Council?
A: No, you just have to be a resident of the Summit-University neighborhood.
Q: Do I need to have any specific credentials?
A: You just need to have a sincere interest in learning about community concerns and neighborhood issues! We need engaged, dedicated people to serve on the Board. If you’d like to learn more about local government, have a voice in city decisions that affect the neighborhood, meet more of your neighbors, and help continue the tradition of Summit-University as a strong, connected community, please consider running for the board.
Q: Are there any fees involved with joining the board?
A: No, but we do appreciate donations from anyone, any time! http://www.summit-university.org/donations.html
Q: Will I be an elected member of the government?
A: While the district councils in Saint Paul work closely with the City of Saint Paul and other agencies, board members are not elected officials and do not hold public office. We are an independent nonprofit, and candidates are running to be elected to the board of directors whose mission is to serve this community.
Q: I'm interested! How do I get on the ballot?
A: Running to join the SUPC board is easy! Just visit our website for instructions:
http://www.summit-university.org/how-to-run.html or call our office at 651-228-1855.
Q: Can I vote for myself?
A: We hope you do! We also hope you encourage your neighbors to vote for you as well.
Q: How do I vote for candidates?
A: Voting begins September 1, 2018. We have a table at the Selby Jazz Fest on September 8 where you can vote, but we also have other options. More information here: http://www.summit-university.org/voting.html
The City of Saint Paul compiles all of the crime incident data for the city, and shares it with the community. View the data.
Here at SUPC, we turn this data into an interactive map every month to help neighbors better understand crime trends on their blocks. Click or tap on a pin for more information about the incident, including date, time, case number, incident type, and call disposition.
Please keep in mind that locations are approximate to protect the privacy of victims.
View July 2018 Summit-University Crime Incidents in a full screen map
The Porchlite is a monthly newsletter and blog that is developed by the SUPC Communications Committee.