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SHORES & ISLANDS OHIO AWARDS EVENTS GRANT to KILA

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SHORES & ISLANDS OHIO AWARDS EVENTS GRANT TO

KELLEYS ISLAND LANDOWNERS ASSOCIATION

 
KELLEYS ISLAND, OHIO, JULY 15, 2023 — Kelleys Island Landowners Association (KILA) is proud to announce it has been awarded an Event Grant to support the promotion of KILA’s Homecoming Weekend festival and parade by the Erie County Visitors & Convention Bureau, Inc., part of Shores & Islands Ohio, the destination marketing organization for Erie and Ottawa counties.

This grant is to help with the promotion KILA’s biggest event, which has been held annually since 1974 and is a family friendly event.  This year’s Homecoming is August 11-12 and will be held at the Kelleys Island Community Park on Addison Street.  Landowners and visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in the festivities. 

Friday evening there will be a Perch Fry dinner and professional musicians for entertainment beginning at 6:00 pm.

Saturday morning festivities begin at 11:00 am with a parade. KILA has received confirmation from Edison High School and Crestline High School that their marching bands will be performing in the 2023 parade. The bands also will give a concert at the Kelleys Island Pavilion after the parade for the festival goers.

At the festival venue on Saturday from noon to 6:00 pm there will be games, vendor tents, additional professional music, a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, and refreshments. 

“KILA is very appreciative of the continued partnership with Shores & Islands Ohio. The funds from this grant will enable us to fully promote our Homecoming and encourage more people to visit and enjoy our beautiful island” said Chris Arnold, KILA president.

For more information on Homecoming, please go to our website at www.kila.rocks.com.

Please see Shires & Islands Ohio web site for more area information. http://www.shoresandislands.com/

2023 Homecoming

KILA’s 2023 Homecoming Schedule 
 August 11 & 12 @ Pavilion
EVERYBODY WELCOME
Friday 6-8 PM3rd Annual Fish Fry:  Tickets by pre-sale only ($30) SOLD OUT
Friday 5:30-8 PMMusic by Frank & Dean
Friday 5-9 PMBeer, Craft Booths and gift market & 50-50 Raffle
Saturday 11am-5 PM
9:00: AMPie Contest – Sign in & deliver Pies 8:30am
11:00Parade on Lakeshore – Lineup 10:30 at West Dock
Theme:   The Spirit(s) of Kelleys Island
11:30Opening Ceremony at Pavilion – Parade & Pie Contest winners
11:45Island Singers & Edison Band encore
12:30 – 2:30Fat City Band
12 -1:00Tour of Fire Trucks and Ambulance
1:00Estes School Alumni Picture (@basketball court)
1:301st annual Corn Hole tournament
2:00Marshmallow Golf
2:30Twinkie Eating Contest
2:3050-50 Raffle
2:45 to 5 PMFat City Band
3 to 3:45Kids Games
4:30Last bids due for Silent Auction –  for Marching Band 
4:30Drawing for KILA Raffle Ticket prizes
Until 4:00Food: Brats, dogs, Hamburgs & picnic sides (until we run out)
Until 4:00Snickers Balloon Sculptures
Until 5:00Craft Booths and gift market
Until 5:00Beer and Beverages and Beer Slide
Until 5:00Bounce Castle
Sponsored by the Kelleys Island Landowners Association – KILA and

KI Phone Book

Good afternoon KI residents and businesses! My name is Lisa Fujita and I will be updating the Kelleys Island phonebook in the next few weeks. If there are any property changes, if you are a new build, or even a vacant lot, please message me with any address updates, including a telephone number, and email address if applicable. While I have several resources to pull information from I will be literally driving down streets to get a visual on each street, (this is how it has been done the past).  I know many of you have cameras on your properties and want you to know ahead of time if you see me cruising your neighborhood it’s just me doing this  job. I am starting the driving process alphabetically, and I have already noticed that while most homes do have a physical address posted on the property there many that do not or are difficult to see. So, please personal message me with any new updates, property images so I can connect the address to property and any other changes to your phonebook information. 

Thank you and best wishes in the new year!

KILA – Request for Support of KI Projects

To: KILA members, Kelleys Island residents and community organizations:

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 2023 projects must be received by May 1, 2023.  Please send requests to info@kila.rocks 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, 20 2023 BoD meeting (10 AM at Estes School).  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 Family Hayride

The winds were howling, the sun was shining, tractor engines were humming, and children were laughing as they boarded the hay wagons, filled with straw from Steve Miller, for a trip around the grounds of the 4-H camp, decorated with Halloween Snoopy murals painted by Robin Benvenuto. Thanks to Bill Leonard for using his tractor and trailer to provide the second wagon so the line was not too long waiting for a ride.   Inside the dining hall there were carnival games, crafts, cookies being decorated, marshmallows being toasted, and hot dogs and baked beans served to hungry goblins.   Over 400 guests attended this fun event for families on Kelleys Island. Thanks to Bev and Chris Huston who make the use of the 4-H camp possible, as well as the tractor and driver for the hay wagon and the Fingers for coordinating the loan of the hay wagon. There were over 20 Kelleys Island Landowners who volunteered in many ways as well as 4-H staff and volunteers including Boy Scouts, who all worked together to make this a great tradition of family fun on Kelleys Island.  And a big thank you to Jennifer Pieratt who coordinated this event for the last nine years and made it fun for everybody.

Another KILA Project

Each Year, KILA selects projects to “improve and enhanced KI”. For 2022, we selected two main projects. The first project is for the Community Park playground equipment. This will purchase & install a saucer swing and a solo swing as part of the phase 2 for the new playground. The successful & sold out KILA Raffle will allow for this purchase.

The second project was suggested by KILA members Mike & Donna Schuessler. This was to put 4 trash receptacles at the trailhead of Scheele Preserve, North Pond, East Quarry, and North Loop trail. The receptacles were installed in late July and are in use to keep litter off the trails and neatly and easily disposed of.

L to R: Donna & Mark Schuessler-KILA members, Drew Algase – KILA V.P., Tom Pieratt – Park Board Chairman

For 2023 projects, we request proposals for our support as follows:

KILA – Request for Support

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 info@kila.rocks 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.