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)

2021 Homecoming Celebration a Resounding Success

This was a real “Community Effort” led by KILA.

Starting with the First Annual KILA Fish Fry on Friday (BIG thanks to Jennifer & Joel) and Frank (of Frank & Dean) for entertaining. Over 100 diners enjoyed the fried perch, sides, and desert prepared by KILA volunteers. It was so well accepted, that we await the 2nd annual Fish Fry.

Friday night crowd listening to “Frank” and awaiting Perch dinner
“Perch Fryers” Mike Reeve & Joel Byer

Then on Saturday:

  • The Parade with lots of “floats”, cars, village officials, Parade Marshals Chris Ashley & Jackie Taylor, and the Edison Chargers Marching Band of 75 Middle & High School students. Thanks Tom for organizing a memorable parade and to Lake Erie Shores & Islands (LESI) for a sponsoring grant.
  • Pie Contest with 14 entries (Thanks Vicki)
  • Island Singers – National Anthem
  • The Edison Marching Band concert
  • Fat City Band who played all afternoon keeping spirits high
  • Kid’s games, Twinkie eating, and Marshmallow golf (thanks Janet)
  • The Beer Slide (thanks Dave & Leslie)
  • Bounce Castle (Thanks Jim Z)
  • Great food (Thanks Jim & crew) & beverages (thanks Frank & crew)
  • Booths: local organizations & craft vendors (Thanks Eric),

2021 KILA Homecoming prize winners:


  • 1st: Jones Reunion
  • 2nd: Ellie Kane-“Treasure Island Day”
  • 3rd: Steve Hanigosky – “Putt Putt”

Pie Contest:

  • 1st:  June Campbell
  • 2nd: Morgan Barlage
  • 3rd: Virginia Coyne
  • Like Grandma’s:  Kiki Arnold
  • Most Original: Mandy Barlage

KILA Raffle:

  • Kelly (Schnittker) Sims: Grand Prize $2500
  • Shelly Cousino: $1000
  • Jeremy Grimes: $500
  • Joe Cordaro: $250
  • Kevin Brown: $100

KILA Member door prize (Franklin Sanitation septic tank pumpout):

  • Randy & Jan Garner

Overall Winners: Everyone who participated in Homecoming
Thanks to the many local businesses and KILA volunteers who made this all happen. And thanks to all who attended Homecoming making this a great success.

Edison High School Marching Band along Lakeshore Dr.
KILA Parade Marshals Chris Ashley & Jackie Taylor
Ned Williams & Todd Hanes “Grill Masters” for lunch
KILA Raffle Grand Prize winner Kelly Sims with her children and parents Paul & Carol Schnittker. A real KI connection


KILA’s 2021 Homecoming Schedule 

August 13 & 14 @ Pavilion
Friday 5-9 PMBeer, soda pop, and Snacks
6-8 PM1st Annual KILA Fish Fry (Pre-sale tickets only)
6-8 PMEntertainment by Frank and Dean
5-9 PMCraft Booths & gift market
Saturday 11am-5 PM (times approximate)
9:00: AMPie Contest: Sign in & deliver Pies 8:30am
11:00Parade on Lakeshore – Lineup 10:30 am
Theme: KI Activities, Parade Marshalls: Chris Ashley & Jackie Taylor
11:45Opening Ceremony at Pavilion – Parade & Pie Contest winners
12:00 noonIsland Singers
12:15 Edison Chargers Marching Band
12:30 – 2:00 pmFat City Band
12 -1:00Tour of Fire Trucks and Ambulance
1:00Estes School Picture (@KILA Booth)
2:00Marshmallow Golf
2:15Twinkie Eating Contest
2:2050-50 Raffle
2:30 to 4 PMFat City Band
3 to 3:45Kids Games
4:00Last bids due for Silent Auction
4:00Member’s raffle for Septic system maintenance
4:00Drawing for KILA Raffle Ticket prizes
Until 5:00Snacks, Burgers, Dogs & sides
Until 3:00Snickers Balloon Sculptures
all dayCraft Booths and gift market
all dayBeer and Beverages and Beer Slide
Until 4:00Bounce Castle
5:00 PM Shut Down & Clean up
Sponsored by the Kelleys Island Landowners Association – KILA and Lake Erie Shores & Islands (LESI)

KILA Raffle Tickets

The always popular KILA Raffle will be back this year.  A maximum of 500 tickets at $20 will be sold.  Prizes will be as previously: 1st: $2500, 2nd: $1000, 3rd: $500, 4th: $250, 5th: $100.  The Drawing will be at Homecoming on August 14th.  KILA board members will be selling tickets.  Funding for projects like the trash containers for the village and VFW flags comes from fund raisers like the annual raffle, Homecoming, and donations.  Get yours before we sell out.

New Trash Containers for Village

Donation to VFW

The KI VFW Post 9908 purchased and installed American Flags along East & West Lakeshore, Division, Chappel, and Addison streets. They really dress up the downtown area.   KILA is proud to donate $500 to the VFW toward this project.  The donation was made to VFW Commander Paul Burns at the Memorial Day ceremony by members of the KILA board of directors.

From Left to Right:  Greg Yoscovits, Frank Dodson, Paul Burns, Wallace Christy, Todd Hanes, Drew Algase, Tom Behlen.