May Ice Cream Social

The May ice cream social is set up!

When: May 21st @ 7 pm

Rita’s Italian Ice
9250 University Ave Suite 109
West Des Moines

Please respond to Kelly at the email address below with the number of those attending prior to the 15th so Kelly can give them an idea of how many and to confirm that we will be there.

Kelly Alliss

May Drive- Northern Missouri and Southern Iowa!

Join us on May 16th as we once again join up with the Kansas City MINI Enthusiasts for a joint drive in Northern Missouri and Southern Iowa!

When:  May 16th 11 am

Where:  Toot-Toot Restaurant, Bethany, MO


We will have a convoy from Mini of Des Moines (MODM) to Bethany for those that are interested. This convoy is optional, but highly recommended! It’s only about 20 minutes slower than driving I-35 the whole way.  The route will be about 50/50 Highway 69 and I-35, jumping on the interstate to skip the boring parts of the highway.
For the convoy, try to be at MODM by 8:15AM on Saturday and absolutely no later than 8:30. The convoy will leave just after 8:30. There will be one rest stop about halfway in Osceola.

If you want to drive yourself, we’ll meet at 11AM in the parking lot of Toot-Toot Family Restaurant. The address is 2905 Miller St, Bethany, MO 64424.
In the Toot-Toot parking lot we can hand out maps and do introductions and wait until 11:15 for any stragglers, then break for lunch. Most of us will go to Toot-Toot if it isn’t too crowded, there is also a Sonic nearby that many have dined at in the past. I suggest you dine lightly. Some of these roads are quite hilly and we’ve had some motion sickness casualties in the past!

We’ll plot on leaving the restaurant around noon unless either the KCME or CIMC convoy is late, and we’ll line up in the Wal-Mart parking lot as per usual. Here’s another link to that location:

There will be a FAST group and a SLOW group, identified by placards on the back of the cars at the rear of the line. Fast group will be on the left, slow group on the right, same as previous years. If you’re comfortable working out your suspension in the curves, line up in the fast group. If you’d rather drive in a relaxed manner, pick the slow group. If the person in front of you is driving slower than you’d like, feel free to pass them when it’s safe to do so and you’ll probably both have more fun. This is a scenic drive and we will wait at every major stop/turn for the last car in the slow group to catch up, so there’s nothing wrong with hanging out at the rear! If you’d like to volunteer for rear car duties, I will have a spare FRS radio for you.

We’ll probably try to leave Wal-Mart by 12:15 and start the drive.

Everybody should bring a FRS radio AKA walkie-talkie if they have one. We’ll use them to communicate hazards on the route and such. Channel to be given out in Bethany.

I look forward to seeing you all there!


Please RSVP to me so I can have an accurate number of cars and people.



Jeremy Moyle

CIMC President

April Drive – Photo Scavenger Hunt – 4/18 @ 2 pm

It‘s time for the first drive of the year!!!
What:  Photo scavenger hunt
Where:  Meet at MINI of Des Moines
When:  April 18th (Saturday)  –  Meet at 1:45
Why:  To have fun and socialize with your fellow club members
Instructions will be given and the drive will start at 2First to return will all the correct photo’s will go home with a prize.
RSVP to me or on our Face Book event.

Jeremy Moyle

CIMC President

March Bowling event/meeting

March Bowling event/meeting

Saturday, March 7 at 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Val Lanes Recreation Center

100 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
(map is below)
Jake is organizing a bowling outing/meeting for March 7th.  Please RSVP to me with the number of those that will be bowling.  Jake says “The food can be really really greasy (I know from experience), however, Val allows food to be brought in if you are wanting to eat during the event.”
It will cost $5.20 per game per person. If our party is 20 or more, we don’t pay for shoes.  We’ll bowl 2 games, so roughly $11 a person.

February Meeting – 2/8/15 @ 4 pm

With the next couple of club meeting we are going to switch things up a bit. For February, we will be meeting at Janis Fox’s house. See the details below. For March, we are working on a meeting/bowling outing. More details on that to come later.


February Meeting details:

When: Sunday Feb. 8th. at 4:00 pm

Place: Janis Fox’s House (see map attached to club email)

2303 SE 17TH ST

Ankeny, IA 50021

Menu: Pizza & Pop will be provided – from TBD – I still need to call the Wig & Pen to see about pricing


Cost: $5 per person to cover the pizza.




-Board of Directors introductions

-Club events for 2015.



Please RSVP with the number attending to Central Iowa Mini Club via email no later than 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 4th so we can order the correct amount of pizza.

RSVP’s can also be done on the club Face Book page.


Jeremy Moyle

President, CIMC

Club Meeting – December 7, 2014

When: Sunday Dec7th. at 6:00 pm

Place: Wig and Pen Restaurant, 2005 South Ankeny Boulevard – it’s across US 69 from the main entrance to DMACC

Cost: Dinner will be billed on individual tickets

-Order dinner from their menu
-Board of Directors nominations will be accepted with the upcoming elections at our January meeting.
-Club web site
-Club events for 2015
-More Socializing

Please RSVP to me no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 4th so we can let the Wig and Pen know how many they will need to seat in the meeting room.

RSVP’s can also be done on the club Face Book page.

Jeremy Moyle
President, CIMC

MINI Jolly Holiday Lights Tour & hot beverage! – 2014 edition

         Smokey Row
MINI Jolly Holiday Lights Tour
WaterWorks Park, Des Moines
Monday, December 1st – 6:00 pm$10 per car at event – Purchase advanced tickets at your local Hy-Vee (must purchase before November 25th)

More info on Jolly Holiday Lights can be found here:

Meet inside the entrance to WaterWorks Park in parking lot north of the main road where the fountain runs in warmer weather.We will plan to stop at Santa’s Wish Shop at the end of the lights tour for anyone wanting to sit on Santa’s lap and then make our way to Smokey Row Coffee shop for a hot beverage.  The coffee shop also has a variety of sandwiches and salads for those that would like a bite to eat.
Here is a link to a map of where to meet and the expected route through the lights and to Smokey Row.
Please RSVP to me or on the Facebook event no later than 5:00 p.m. Sunday,  November 30th. 

Oct. Ice Cream Social – Oct 15th @ 6:30 pm

The October ice cream social is set up!What: Ice Cream Social (and dinner if you want)

When: October 15th @ 6:30 pm

CARAVAN:  For anyone wanting to drive up together we are meeting in Ankeny at Mills Fleet Farm at  5:45.

Where: Hickory Park
1404 S Duff Ave.Ames, IA 50010

Please respond to Kelly at the email address below with the number of those attending prior to the 12th so Kelly can give them an idea of how many and to confirm that we will be there.

Kelly Alliss

August Events


“Dinner and a Movie Night” at Van Wijk Winery in Sully, Iowa

*Special Ticket Price of $5 (plus optional choice of foods to be ordered online). Wine, Craft Beer, Espresso, Tea, and other No-Alcohol Beverages sold separately at the event.

To register with the winery click their online registration link here:

Date: Saturday, 23 August 2014


2:30pm – Gather at McDonald’s (1055 Sherrylynn Blvd, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327) for the drive to Sully
3:00pm – Leave starting point
4:00pm – Arrive at Winery – Wine tasting – Free
6:00pm – Dinner – Preregister online to order meals – preorder with the link below
6:30pm – Movie – “The Italian Job”

*Meals need to be preordered online.   Do this when you register.

*Two Wine Baskets will be offered in drawing. Must be present at movie to Win.

Please contact Brad or Carol Bristow with any questions at

And help me thank Brad and Carol for all the time they put into organizing this dinner and a movie night!

As for our other event, we have an ice cream social on Aug 20th @ 7 pm.  Where you ask?  Well this month it is at Snookies Malt Shop (1810 Beaver Ave. Des Moines)


I need to let you know that they only accept cash, no cards.  Look for us parked at the church next door and walk over to Snookies.  Email Kelly Alliss at to RSVP for the ice cream social.

In addition to our club events, there is also MTTS ’14 ( going on now and a few other events like the the EIM’s Holy Cross Parade ( on Aug 9th or the Keweenaw Mini Rendezvous ( Aug 14-17.

Candy Kitchen Timeline


Here are the details for the June 28th drive to the Wilton Candy Kitchen:

7:45 am – Meet at the McDonald’s in Pleasant Hill (1055 Sherrylynn Blvd) for coffee and breakfast.

8:15 am – Pre-drive assembly; hand out route directions, discuss route.

8:25 am – Depart Pleasant Hill

9:25 am – Arrive Montezuma Casey’s

9:25-9:45 am – 20 minute rest break

9:45 am – Depart Montezuma

10:50 am – Arrive in Kalona

11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Lunch, social time at Tuscan Moon in Kalona

12:30 pm – Depart Kalona

12:40 – 12:55 pm – Arrive Riverside; Photo op with Star Ship Enterprise

12:55 pm – Depart Riverside

1:45 pm – Arrive Wilton Candy Kitchen

2:00 – 3:00 pm – Ice cream and treats at Candy Kitchen

3:00 pm – Depart for home on your own.

Please RSVP to Roger Sitterly at with the number of those attending so that he can get an accurate count to give to the Tuscan Moon for lunch.