Welcome Back

Welcome back to Kelleys Island and KILA.

Please remember the Welcome Back Pot Luck on Saturday May 21st, 6-8 PM at the Pavilion in the KI Community Park.

There is a lot to see at the park. It’s new name is Kelleys Island Community Park. KILA donated the new sign for this park that should be installed in time for the Pot Luck.

The playground equipment has been removed to due safety issues. The Park Board is in process of replacing it with a modern playground for everyone. Please see the plans at the KI Park Committee Facebook page:

KILA is supporting this plan by donating the Saucer swing and solo swing w/ tot seat in the Phase 2

Swings to be donated by KILA

Please remember to renew your membership, join KILA, or donate to improve and enhance KI.

Donations to KILA

KILA relies on several sources of revenue to support our projects and initiatives to improve and enhance Kelleys Island.  These include membership dues, fund raising activities, and donations.  In addition to supporting these projects, your donation to KILA, a 501.c.3 charitable organization, has some tax advantages per IRS regulations. 

1.   Your donation may be deductible when you itemize expenses. 

2.  But, if you claim the standard deduction in 2021, you may still claim a deduction, in addition to the standard deduction, of up to $300 per individual or $600 for joint filers.

3.   You may make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) directly from your IRA to KILA.    This direct donation does not count as ordinary income to you as a distribution from your retirement plan usually would.  This QCD will count towards your required minimum distribution (RMD) for those of you older than 70.5.  However, the limit of the contribution (QCD) is $100,000 per person.

It’s not too late to consider a donation to KILA in 2021.

Please consult with your tax advisor to be sure you understand the tax issues with these donations.

Request for Support from KILA

The Kelleys Island Landowners Association (KILA), a 501.c.3 charitable organization, is interested in improving and enhancing Kelleys Island.  We ask that KI organizations or individuals with a specific project or initiative that will further this interest and wish for support from KILA, please submit a Request for Support to KILA.  This support may be financial and/or through efforts of our members and volunteers.

We have no formal “grant application process”, but do require a type-written request of no more than two pages (8 ½ x 11 paper; 11 pt. font size minimum) containing the following information:

  1. Requestor’s name and contact information
  2. Title of project
  3. Concise description of project including what is the project, who benefits from it, and how it “improves or enhances” KI.
  4. Approval or support by the Village of KI, if applicable (i.e. Mayor or Village Administrator) or property owner (e.g. park, preserve, school, etc.). 
  5. Type (financial and/or volunteerism) and amount of support requested.
  6. Any other information to help “sell” your proposal.

Please use this link for an on-line request form. You may fill it out on-line or print it and send via email or snail mail.

Requests for 2022 projects must be received by May 1, 2022.  Please send requests to or PO Box 22 Kelleys Island, OH 43438-0022.

Submissions received by the due date will be reviewed over the winter and considered by the board of directors at the May, 21 2022 BoD meeting.  Requestors may be asked to present their proposal at this meeting.

Selection criteria are:

  • Demonstration of Improvement or Enhancement of KI (audience benefitted, environmental impact, etc.)
  • Feasibility of implementation (necessary written approvals, zoning, public support)
  • Implementation effort for KILA volunteers (fund raising, acquisition and installation, project management, etc.)
  • Funding availability (usually proceeds from the Annual Raffle, other fundraising efforts, and direct donations)
  • Visibility of KILA’s contribution.

KILA Hallow-Ride 2021

  • It is a year for trying new things.  The last Family Hayride event at the 4-H Camp hosted 374 participants.  That is a lot of people, children & adults, coming in and out of the camp’s hall.  So, this year we are spreading things out.  The same fun components of games, crafts, hot dogs, marshmallows, and hay will all be there.  The families will get to tour the Island to find them and win a chance at the Grand Prize.
  • A map with all the stops marked will be given to each family.  Families will pick up the map in Downtown Memorial Park any time after 12:00 noon on October 16.  They will then travel all over the Island picking places on their maps to stop and be treated. A treat can be a game; a craft; or a bonfire with marshmallows. Some of the stops will have clues which will take the families to their final destination and a chance to win the Grand Prize.  There is no charge for this event, but free will donations are gratefully accepted.
  • KILA needs volunteers to offer their Hallo Island yard and host one of the stops. We have some carnival games and supplies to help you but you decide how you would like to have fun hosting one of the stops that day.  This is a completely outdoor event.  Please contact to volunteer.

2021 Candidates Forum

The Kelleys Island Landowners Association (KILA) is again hosting an annual Candidate’s and Issues Forum at 1:00 P.M.  Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Estes School Gym.  All voters, landowners, and interested persons are invited to attend to hear from the candidates and village officials about their candidacy and the issues (levies) on the ballot and ask questions of them.

We hope you all can attend.

Thank you,

KILA Board of Directors


The following issues have been certified by the board of the Erie County Board of Elections for the November 2, 2021 General Election:

  • Kelleys Island Village- Renewal, current operating expenses, 1.75 mills, for 5 years, commencing in 2021.
  • Kelleys Island Village- Renewal and increase, emergency medical services, 1.57 mills, for 5 years, commencing in 2021.
  • Kelleys Island Village- Additional, providing and maintaining motor vehicles, communications and other equipment used directly in the operation of a police department, 0.36 mill, for 5 years, commencing in 2021. 

Kelleys Island Village Council, 4 to be elected:

  • Max Eaton
  • Mary Gaither
  • Eric Longbrake
  • Greg Ritchie
  • Scot A. Smith
  • Joe Wolfe

 Kelleys Island Board of Education, 3 to be elected:

  • Thomas E. Beck
  • Debra A. Haig
  • Kathleen Phinney

Kelleys Island Board of Education, Unexpired Term, 1 to be elected:

  • Nataliya Makarova-Skeans

2021 Annual Members Meeting

The KILA annual meeting will be on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at the Estes School. The agenda consists of:

  • Election of directors to the board – 7 positions
  • President’s Report of the highlights of KILA since the last Annual Meeting
  • Discussion about future activities of KILA

The Board of Directors meeting will follow the annual meeting with the newly elected directors. Nominations for a director position should be sent to the Nominating Committee at Any active KILA member may be eligible to be nominated.

The following Board members terms expire in 2021:

 NameElection Date
1Algase, Drew2001
2Arnold Chris2015
3Beck, Tom2017
4Behlen, Tom2015
5Christy, Wally2013
6Coleman, Barb1973
7Pucek, Eric2021(appointed)