The KI Landowners annual Homecoming Celebration 2019 proved to be a huge success. The theme this year was “Honoring Your Roots” which brought out a parade of colorful floats, a lively 44 member marching band from Elyria High School, cars, scooters and a special parade Marshal, Laura Jean Pohorence, who was born on Kelleys in 1928 put the crowning touch on the event.
Food, games, music, dancing, pie contest, pictures, vendors, nature exhibits and a marshmallow golf tournament added to the festivities. The main raffle of $2500 was won by Stephanie Franklin. Islanders Rob Watkins won $1000 and Cindy Leonard won $500.
Mark your calendars now for next year’s Homecoming Celebration which will be held on August 7 and 8, 2020. See you there! Check the Kelleys Life Newspaper for more pictures and more contest winners.
The Annual membership meeting will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:00 am at Estes School community room. All KILA members and everyone interested in KILA and it activities are invited. You will hear the annual report from President Arnold, financial status from Treasurer Feagan, and help elect board members (KILA members only). You all will have an opportunity to ask questions and give suggestions for KILA to help improve & enhance Kelleys Island.
The KILA board meeting will follow immediately until about noon
The Candidates Forum will be held at 1:00 pm in the school Gym.
First, wishing you all a happy Independence Day. It looks like summer has arrived with the typical Ohio high temperatures & humidity. But, that’s an improvement over our rainy spring.
All 2019 members (new and renewed) should have received their KILA Kards in the mail. They were sent last week to those who joined or renewed by June 8th.
KILA Raffle tickets are available for purchase from Board members. They are $20.00 for a chance at a $2500 first prize. Proceeds go to a project to improve and enhance Addison Park. KILA is working with the KI Park Board to identify a suitable project to benefit KI, its residents, and visitors.
The KILA Welcome Back Pot Luck was happy gathering yesterday, May 18th. Wally Christy and his team of volunteers welcomed 55 KILA members & friends to grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and an array of tasty dishes brought by the attendees. The weather was cooperative and we all had a chance to “catch up” with each other.
Thanks to all who attended and volunteered to grill, set up & clean up.
Remember to circle the dates for Homecoming on Friday & Saturday August 9 & 10th.
The snow is done (I hope), lake ice is gone, the ferry is running, so the seasonal folks are opening their cottages. Let the season begin.
KILA will have its first board meeting on Saturday April 27th at the school. And 2019 membership renewal is open. Your $10 annual dues helps keep KILA operating. Please renew by going to the “Join KILA” page this site and scroll to bottom to renew.
The Welcome Back Pot Luck is on Saturday May 18th at 6:00 PM at the Pavilion. Please circle the date. More details to follow……. “Save the Date” It’s not too soon to remind you that Homecoming is Friday evening August 9th and Saturday August 10th.
On Saturday October 20th, the weather looked awesome, the forecast looked dreadful, but the KILA Hayride and Halloween Party went off as planned. The 4-H camp was bustling with families there to enjoy the day. Director Gary Leidheiser, Bev Huston and members of the 4-H Board were there to help us host this special day. The Hayride with straw from Steve and Holly Miller’s farm was loaded on a trailer, courtesy of Jackie and Gary Finger, and many of our guests were delighted to a ride around, behind the 4-H tractor, seeing the Camp’s gorgeous property decorated with Snoopy Halloween scenes painted by Robin Benvenuto. The Boy Scouts built a fire to keep waiting guests warm while Jim Coleman took tickets for the ride.
Soon the wind started howling and the rain came so the party turned towards the indoor activities Over 220 guests came through the door, greeted by Tom Behlen and Drew and Donna Algase. For just $10 a family they could enjoy everything we had to offer. The crackling fire by the front door was manned by KILA President Chris Arnold and there were cookies to be decorated with the assistance of Kiki Arnold.
The 4-H Board provided hot dogs for everyone and there were coney fixings, fresh veggies and apples offered for some healthy alternatives. KILA volunteers June Campbell, Barb and Wally Christie and Joanne Schmoldt were busy in the kitchen serving guests and volunteers.
Halloween crafts are always a big hit with the able help of Sheree Herman, Linda Hostal, Holly Miller and Kim Watkins. Sticker art, jewelry, and sand art were favorites and children went home with a variety of decorations and toys. The Snoopy Cartoon theme was continued with the crafts and toys.
Carnival games filled the end of the room. Popping balloons and squeals of children’s laughter filled the 4-H dining hall as Vicki Finnegan worked hard to keep up with replacing the balloons and Tom Pieratt’s fingers are probable still sore for tying all those balloons. Small stuffed fish and turtles were catapulted into a small wooden Lake Erie to will a prize with Zoe Leonard manning the launcher while her dad Bill Leonard ran a rousing roulette type game which was quite popular. Jeanne Feagan worked the ‘plinko’ game where everyone won and Jim Zeller kept things interesting at the Black Cat bean bag toss.
This all comes together with community spirit from the 4-H Camp and the Kelleys Island Landowner Association (KILA) Volunteers who give a few hours of their time on a fall afternoon each year. Without you, all those families could not have enjoyed such a wonderful time on the island.