Serving Our Seniors & KILA Partner on “Transportation Project”

Serving Our Seniors and KILA are working together to experiment how they can help Kelleys Island full-time residents (KI is only residence), ages 60 and older, mitigate the financial burden of air transportation off and on of Kelleys Island, when ferry service is not available, to access unanticipated, recurring medical treatment for up to 8 weeks.  

The total funding available is $3,000.00.   Serving Our Seniors is providing $2,000.00 and KILA is contributing $1,000.00 to study the extent of the need. 

Examples of Eligible Conditions that Qualify for Airfare Reimbursement: 

  • Those who are medically stable and do not require the services of emergency medical personnel.
  • Those who are medically stable and require recurring after care due to unexpected complications.
  • Those who are medically stable and require recurring after care following an emergency or unscheduled life-sustaining surgery, i.e., organ transplant.
  • Those who are medically stable and require short-term dialysis.
  • Those who are medically stable and require cancer treatment.
  • Those who are medically stable and require recurring treatment due to a flare-up/change in condition of illness(es).

Examples of Ineligible conditions for Airfare Reimbursement are:

  • Regular maintenance doctor visits
  • Emergency medical attention
  • Dental
  • Planned elective surgery and after care.
  • Long term dialysis

Serving Our Seniors also has a group of volunteers who donate their time to drive Erie County senior citizens to health care appointments.  The volunteers will pick up the client at the Erie-Ottawa airport, in a Serving Our Seniors vehicle.  The volunteers will drive as far as Cleveland or Toledo to get the individual to their health care appointment.

To participate in this program, you must contact Serving Our Seniors at 419-624-8173 to verify your eligibility for reimbursement prior to your appointments and air travel off Kelleys Island.

For more information call Sue Daugherty, Director, Serving Our Seniors (419-624-1856).

2019 Candidates Forum

Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:00 PM at Estes School Gym

All candidates for KI Village Council, Clerk-Treasurer and School Board are invited to share their views with the public.

Please plan to attend to learn about the candidates and local issues (Referendum and Levies).

This follows the KILA Annual Meeting at 10:00 am and the board of directors meeting

Sponsored by the Kelleys Island Landowners Association (KILA)

2019 Homecoming Summary

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.

Parade float winners were: 1st Sheppard 81, 2nd Lentz, 3rd Beatty, 4th Leonard.

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.

KILA Annual Meeting

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.


Please plan on participating in KILA’s 2019 Homecoming festivities on Friday evening August 9th and Saturday August 10th featuring “Honoring Kelleys Island Roots”.

KILA’s 2019 Homecoming Schedule
Friday & Saturday August 9 & 10
The KILA Homecoming Parade includes a high school marching band

Please support island improvement projects through buying Raffle tickets from any KILA Board member. You have a 1 in 100 chance of winning a cash prize (only 500 tickets sold).

Welcome Summer

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.


Welcome Back Pot Luck – Successful

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.

Dinner time
A happy crowd
Grillman Wojo

Welcome Spring

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.