Join Our Board of Trustees!

If you have an interest in meeting people, sharing project ideas and executing organizational and community projects from start to finish, and you want to connect with your neighbors on issues you care about in Forest Hill, we want you!

Our 2017 trustee elections will be held on May 11, 2017. The Blue Cottage will serve as the polling place.  Proxy/absentee ballots will be available online as well as at the Blue Cottage.  Votes will be counted by the League of Women Voters, and ballots will be retained as corporate records.  I look forward to your participation.

Nominations must be submitted by April 29, 2017.

Forest Hill Home Owners, Inc. is a non-profit, member-governed association, and the board of trustees is the ultimate decision-making center of the FHHO. The board provides overall direction for the FHHO on behalf of the membership, ensures sound management to achieve the goals of the FHHO, and keeps the membership informed about the status of the FHHO.

All Forest Hill homeowners are members of the organization. Each year the members meet to elect our board of trustees, who in turn nominate and elect an executive committee comprised of area residents, to manage the organization.

The organization is dependent upon volunteer contributions of members for carrying out its many responsibilities. Trustees serve without compensation. These volunteers make time in their busy schedules for Forest Hill and donate hundreds of hours of time and professional services to our organization. Through its officers, committees, and trustees, Forest Hill Home Owners, Inc., has established a gratifying record in maintaining and advancing the high community standards of this area.

Qualifications to become a board member are as follows:

  • FHHO member in good standing.
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in community building desirable.
  • Useful experience, education, or skills might include prior work on a volunteer board; financial, business, or legal background management, supervisory, or organizational skills; negotiation, facilitation, and conflict resolution skills; collective/cooperative experience.
  • An interest in meeting people, sharing project ideas and resources to execute our organizational and community projects, and connecting on issues you care about in Forest Hill.

Member in good standing (Membership Information is Available Here)

In order to be in good standing, the trustee must be current on the minimum level of donation ($75), with a suggested contribution level of $150 for 2017.  The candidate must have made the minimum donation by April 27, 2017 to be on the ballot.

Execute the following trustee duties:

Deliver welcome packets

Welcome packets are provided by the Membership Chair.  The trustee is expected to notify FHHO of any new residents, acquire a packet, and deliver it in person to the new resident.  The trustee is expected to point out the dues solicitation, and speak to the positive impact the organization is making to Forest Hill.

Discuss FHHO with residents and solicit support

We currently see resident financial participation approaching 25%.  We need trustee help to solicit donations from non-participating members (residents).

Support FHHO goals and objectives

Once we have established the priorities and goals for 2017, which will be driven by trustee input and executive direction, trustees are expected to support these efforts through volunteerism and encouraging neighborhood involvement.

Report standards violations

The standards team needs trustee help to identify problems or changes related to roofing, siding, windows, gutters, and yard maintenance. 

Represent members to the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee meets monthly.  All trustees are welcome to attend.  If not able to attend, they are expected to communicate any issues to the Chairman of the Board.

Attend 2 bi-annual trustee meetings

The spring meeting is generally focused on agenda setting for the year, while the fall meeting is generally when executive elections are held.

Engage street for block parties

Social interaction is critical to building a strong community.  FHHO would like every block to host an annual block party.  FHHO’s social and street club chair will help trustees establish a block party “team”, led by street trustees.

Trustee opportunities

In addition, every trustee is expected to join an existing committee, or with the approval of the executive committee, form a new committee, or work on a special project.

Communities are stronger when we work together. Forest Hill Home Owners can be what you make it! Interested in joining our board? click here for the fhho board of trustees nomination form.

 

Forest Hill Quick Bits: Barrio opens in Cedar-Fairmount, Shawn Paul Salon extends weekly hours, King James Brings the Land a Crown...

The latest around town:

Barrio is now open in the former Mad Greek space.

After months of waiting, we were excited about the opening of the Cleveland Heights location of Barrio. http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2017/02/24/first-look-barrio-tacos-in-cedar-fairmount-opening-next-week

Tacos and libations at 2466 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

Shawn Paul Salon has extended their hours to Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.

It has been a pleasure having this colorful (and community oriented) business in our neighborhood! We recommend checking out their Instagram for daily and weekly specials. Call 216.862.6029 to book your appointment or schedule online by going to the website and clicking the 'appointments' tab!

King James Brings the Land a Crown

Chris Parker, author of King James Brings the Land a Crown, will be at Mac's Backs on Tuesday, March 28th at 7 p.m. to discuss his book about the Cavaliers.

MC GREGOR HOME LOOKING TO EXPAND

The MacGregor home has announced plans to expand their campus, with construction to start in spring of 2018.  Hopefully, units will be available in spring of 2019.  Plans include a three-story, two-section building, having 55 units for independent living and 90 units for assisted living.  Plans will be submitted this month to compete for funds to realize the expansion.  Future meetings will be open to the public for input.

 

NEW HAIR SALON IN ROCKEFELLER BUILDING

The Shawn Paul Hair Salon recently moved from further south on Lee.  The new Salon in the Rockefeller Building is a knockout!  And what a fun/attentive crew!  Also, while your color is processing, you can have tea, pick from jars of candy, work on a jigsaw puzzle or swing in one of for real swings!  Manicure, pedicure, waxing.  Fun!  Parking free on street of $1 in lot.

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Keeping your property green and beautiful

 

 

SPRING BRINGS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET AHEAD OF WEEDS

The dirt is soft.  On a warm day, dig out bothersome weeds.  Cut out deadwood in shrubs and cut out any volunteer trees trying to grow in your bushes.  Don't remove leaves from flowerbeds yet!  Wait until the end of March.  We can still get freezing weather for a while.

 

SUMMER UPKEEP TIPS:

There are a few easy things to make your home look much better!
1) Use a weedwacker or pull the grass in the street gutter in front of your home.
2) Do the same for grass growing in sidewalk cracks.
3) Have your lawn service (or you) EDGE along your sidewalk.
These will make a big difference, quickly!

About those weeds in your front flower beds or other places in your front yard:
For anyone who has contributed to FHHO the suggested contribution or more,
I will help you for TWO HOURS, FREE to weed your front yard and learn what
needs to be done to keep it looking good. You will need clippers and a weed
digger (dandelion digger) when I come. Contact me here: Jan Milic (Chelsea)

Sometimes it takes years for a homeowner to "get the hang of it." Former
apartment dwellers may not even notice that they have a problem. Look at
the front view of your yard and let's make it look great!

FOREST HILL NEWS:

Heights Rockefeller Building Houses nearby businesses:

The Heights Rockefeller Building opened in 1931 as the commercial center of the Forest Hill neighborhood. The first merchants included the Cleveland Trust Bank (in the beautiful space most recently occupied by Forest Hill Kitchen and Rockefeller's Restaurant), a beauty salon, a Kroger grocery store, and a pharmacy. These days you can find a few antique shops, beads & rocks, holistic pet services & products, Starbuck's Coffee, the newly opened handcrafted, culinary knife shop and a beauty salon.

As long-time merchants, Uptown Archeology and Artisan Antiques are well known at the Heights Rockefeller Building. In the past couple years, we've seen Animal Zen expand their services and products promoting a full and healthy relationship between people and their pets. In addition to offering healthy food for your pets, Adrienne Brockway and her team offer pet sitting, training classes and grooming services (thanks again Animal Zen for sponsoring the Forest Hill Monster Garage Sale!). Heights Rockefeller also welcomed Cleveland Rocks and Beads this past year. Jennifer Gerard opened her bead shop in the space formerly occupied by - another bead shop - when its owner retired. It has been a pleasure walking past the bead shop and checking out the rocks and minerals in the window. Jennifer and her staff also offer a variety of beading classes for adults and kids.

One of the newest Heights Rockefeller merchants is Cleveland Cuts. Dee Coker has opened a new shop selling handcrafted kitchen knives and cutting boards. Check out the Edible Cleveland story on Cleveland Cuts and stop by the shop to welcome Dee to the neighborhood.

The Shawn Paul Salon is also now going strong in the former space of Barle's Soup and Sandwich shop.

  You can read more about the historic Heights Rockefeller Building at Cleveland Historical.

 

If you're interested in connecting with your neighbors and engaging in neighborhood improvement activities, but don't know where to begin, you can explore creative ideas here - 25 More Ways to Make Your Neighborhood a Community. Also, reach out to Judy Charlick the new Forest Hill Homeowners (FHHO) Social Activities/Street Club chairperson. Judy is a recent resident to Forest Hill and we are very excited that she and her husband Bob have taken an active interest in the community. Judy is happy to assist anyone who would like to start organizing on his/her/their street to have a street party or a meeting with a City Council person or police rep., or a get-together of a few others to plan another activity. You can email Judy directly at jcharlick@ameritech.net.

Additional resources for starting a street club or association in Forest Hill can be found on the Cleveland Heights city website.

From the Archives

It's been quite fun reading some of the Forest Hill newsletters from the 1950's. Although the Forest Hill Informer, is not a particularly good name for a newsletter (conjuring up images of Joe McCarthy and McCarthyism in 1950's America), there are some articles which seem timeless.

Here is one delightful tidbit from June, 1955 -

"BUSY PEOPLE

It is an honor to be selected by ones neighbors to the Board of Trustees or as an officer of Forest Hill Home Owners, Inc. A trustee or officer is busy with his own business affairs. But at best, a large amount of work is involved in looking after Forest Hill matters, and like many of the necessary chores of life, their doing goes unheralded and unsung.

A job requiring great care and consuming many hours a month is that of following up references and investigating families wanting to become residents of our community, so to speak, picking out our neighbors. Character and reputation are looked into as also is the financial responsibility of the prospect. Previous neighbors in the community where the prospect has lived throw considerable light on applicants. Of course, all matters must be held in greatest confidence.

Someone wants to build a fence or plant a hedge or put in an air conditioning unit joining the house or in the back yard. A permit for these from Forest Hill Home Owners, Ine., is required in the deed and by the city. Permits are issued only after study and consultation with neighbors. To do a job that is fair takes a lot of time of trustees and officers.

Every new house, or addition to existing ones, requires a building permit from the city. Members of our architectural committee care- fully study all building plans. If the proposed structure fits into Forest Hill, approval is indicated by stamping each set of plans. The city building department relies on this stamp. This job of scanning plans is a task that cannot and is not skimmed over lightly. The committee does not approve some plans and in other instances suggests changes all of which involves consultation with the owner, or builder and architect.

Many other chores fall in the lap of officers and trustees, some do not fall they are put there. Dog, cat, rat, rubbish, weed and other nuisances so called by some folks are in this list. These problems, When advisable, usually are channeled to proper places for attention.

Your trustees and officers gladly give their time to make ours a better community. Our hats are off to them!"

Let Us Know

Do you have an event you would like us to add to our calendar? Would you like to contribute to the Forest Hill blog? We are looking for neighborhood writers and photographers! If you have something to share, please let us know!

FOREST HILL NEWS: NEW WEBSITE

Again, welcome to the newly updated, FHHO website. Working on this website has been an interesting and rewarding project and it is far from done (with three memory sticks full of photos and documents still to review). It has been a pleasure meeting so many of the long-term residents of Forest Hill. Hearing the history of the neighborhood directly from some of the original home owners is really a rare treat and getting a lesson firsthand in both the history and the lore of Forest Hill has inspired some new sections of the FHHO website. It's been equally pleasurable meeting many of the newest residents too. Please explore this site at your leisure. We'll be holding a few sessions next month at the Blue Cottage for those who would like a tour of the updated website. Please check the calendar for dates and times. Quick tip: Clicking on the colorful text will take you to a new page.

In the next coming months, we'll be adding a lot more content to site, including new pages to the Distinctive Architecture section of the website. In addition to history and photo galleries, we'll be adding tools to help you research your own home and adding links to historical societies, preservation partners and community partners who are committed to architectural preservation.  If you have news you'd like to share, an event to add to the calendar or questions or comments about editorial content, please let us know.