2020 KILA Annual Report

All KILA members.

This last year has been a challenge for sure. Unprecedented cancellations of island activities due to COVID-19. Even though we had a tough year we had some great highlights all should be proud of. First we had a great 2019 family hayride with record turnout. Thanks to all the volunteers.

Coming into 2020 KILA we went to all virtual meetings like today’s for safety reasons. We had the difficult decision to cancel both the homecoming 2020 and parade. Annual hayride for this fall was also cancelled. We fully plan on resuming in 2021 and better than ever!!

In November I was asked to attend the Park Board meeting to discuss KILA’s project we pledged to give to the community. In 2018 the board voted to raise funds for a community project similar to the light the park project we successfully achieved. We approached the park board with an idea of a 20’ x 20’ splash pad to be put in one of the parks on the island. The idea was voted 4 to 1 against accepting this gift from KILA and the community. The reason was the cost of maintaining it. We are sponsoring a sign for the park on Addison St. Once the park board decides on the name of the park, KILA will pay for the sign to be erected.

The board came up with great ideas on how to Keep Kelleys Safe. First we bought reusable face masks in April and distributed them in late May; 2 per family and also donated to many island businesses that requested them. Also in June we voted to buy the yellow signs you see all over the island with the masked smiley 😊 face with a mask on asking people to “Keep Kelleys Safe”.

I’m very proud of KI being as safe as we have been keeping COVID at bay and proud of KILA being involved up front to help.

The financials are attached below. We did not have any activities to generate any income, beyond dues. We only really had expenditures for the masks and the signs and donations for Fireworks and Film Fest this year.

Here’s looking forward to a safe, healthy, and enjoyable 2021.

Chris Arnold

President, KILA

September 19, 2020

(Please download the full report for financials)

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