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.  http://goo.gl/maps/N2aXq
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:  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=56cozalab&oeidk=a07e9mry85n28862237

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 madmedic@mchsi.com.

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 kelncleo@hotmail.com to RSVP for the ice cream social.

In addition to our club events, there is also MTTS ’14 (http://www.minitakesthestates.com/welcome) going on now and a few other events like the the EIM’s Holy Cross Parade (http://www.easterniowaminis.org/2014/holy-cross-parade-and-festival-august-9th) on Aug 9th or the Keweenaw Mini Rendezvous (http://www.keweenawminirendezvous.com/) 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 rogersitterly@yahoo.com with the number of those attending so that he can get an accurate count to give to the Tuscan Moon for lunch.

Two Great Events for June!

 First Up:



It’s a “FUN RALLYE” Saturday, June 7th @1:00 hosted by Graham and Gail Smith.
This is not a traditional time, speed and distance rally.   No previous rally experience is needed.


Leaving from Southridge Mall parking lot between Toys R Us and Sears.  It would be helpful to have another person with you to read the driving instructions. It could be done alone but a second person would make it easier and certainly safer.  We will be starting each car at 3 to 5 minute intervals so you can go at your own pace. The route is approximately 75 miles long and driven totally on paved roads throughout Warren County. It should not take more than a couple hours or so. There will be an ice cream stop as your final destination.

Graham and Gail just hosted this event for the Iowa British Car Club and they had a great time.  Graham had several ask to do it again so they are also being invited back.  This will be your chance to see some classic British cars.

It should be a really fun afternoon for all.  See you there.
Call Graham or Gail at 515-480-9583 or 515-822-1246 if you have any questions.

RSVP back to me or on the FaceBook event.

Thanks,   Jeremy

But wait, there’s more!


Details are still being worked out but we know Roger will be hosting a drive to the famous Wilton Candy Kitchen in Wilton, IA on June 28th. The Wilton Candy Kitchen is the oldest ice cream shop in the state. Roger is planning to leave the Des Moines area around 9 am and stop for lunch in Kalona. After lunch we will continue on to the Wilton Candy Kitchen for dessert. Get this on your calendars now.  More details to come…
Thanks, Jeremy

KCME-CIMC Joint Drive – Convoy details and new meeting spot


First of all, the meeting location has changed! More on that in a bit. Ric Johnson will be leading a convoy from Mini of Des Moines (MODM) to Bethany. The route will be about 50/50 Highway 69 and I-35, jumping on the interstate to skip the boring parts of the highway. This convoy is optional, but highly recommended! It’s only about 20 minutes slower than driving I-35 the whole way.

For the convoy, try to be at MODM by 8:15AM on Sunday 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’d like to drive yourself, the meeting point in Bethany is no longer Toot-Toot. Instead, we will meet at 11AM in the parking lot of the old Country Kitchen restaurant on Miller St, which is now a “Flowers Bank” (no relation.) The bank has a large parking lot and it’s closed on Sunday, so it’s an excellent spot. It’s just down the road from Toot-Toot. Greg and I scouted out the crowd at Toot-Toot this past Sunday at 11AM and it was packed. Although it was Mother’s Day, we don’t want to risk not having enough room for everybody to attend the orientation. Most of us will probably eat at Toot-Toot if it isn’t too busy, and there has also been a crowd at Sonic every year (just off Miller St. to the west of our meeting spot.)

The address of Flowers Bank, the new 11AM meeting spot, is 3601 Miller St, Bethany, MO.

If you miss either of these timeframes, we’ll be breaking for lunch at 11:15 or so, and we’ll be lining in the southeast end of the Wal-Mart parking lot (also just off Miller St. to the west of our meeting spot in Bethany, look for the sign) at noon or shortly after. If you miss the lineup at Wal-Mart, good luck finding us, because we’re headed for the hills!