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!


KCME-CIMC Joint Drive – May 18th


First of all, you can RSVP on the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/247309765472772/

UPDATE: We’ll meet in the parking lot of Flowers Bank, just down the road to the East of Toot-Toot and on the North side of the street. The address is 3601 Miller St, Bethany MO and here is a Google Maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/JQCNp

At the bank 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 and leave room for dessert in Lamoni. 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: http://goo.gl/maps/LqqCz

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.

Also, the rough road that we’ve driven on the past few years has received some attention from MODOT finally. It’s still dirty in places due to agricultural use so you’ve got to be careful, but there are far fewer large patches of gravel and potholes.

I look forward to seeing you all there!


April Driving Event – Photo Scavenger Hunt

Jeremy has offered to host our first driving event of the year, a photo scavenger hunt. Pam and I took part in this last year and had a lot of fun. – Ric

Where:  Meet at MINI of Des Moines
When:   Saturday April 19th – Meet by 12:45
Why:  To have fun and socialize with your fellow club members
What you need: Your MINI, a digital camera, and your thinking cap. (Sense of humor optional but helpful)
Instructions will be given and the drive will start at 1. There will be a 2 hour time limit. First to return with all the correct photos will go home with a prize.
RSVP to me or on our Face Book event.

March 1st – Detail Day at MODM


Have you been driving your MINI/Mini this winter? Ready to get you MINI/Mini back on the road for this summer? Well, MINI of Des Moines has a special event for you and you and you.

Below are the details from MINI of Des Moines:

We’re holding the 1st ‘Detail Day’ at MINI of Des Moines, where CIMC/EIMC and other MINI owners can come in and use our facilities to get rid of all the winter grime from your MINIs!

All you need to bring is your MINI and your appetite—we’ll be providing detailing supplies, music, food, and fun! We need not worry about the weather, either, because we’ll be taking over the MINI service area indoors!

The detail event will run from 9am-1pm, and we can even do a photo shoot/car show after we’re exhausted and fed.

RSVP on the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1436751109895196/


March 23rd Meeting – Rob Melick Presentation


When: March 23, 2014 – 4-6 pm

Where: In Grinnell at The Grinnell Steakhouse (map)

What: MINIUSA Regional Rep Rob Melick will be here to give us a presentation on some secret things going on with MINI. Ok, maybe not so much secret as cool. In Rob’s words: “I will have a lot of information on the new F56 (HT) and will also have more information on MINI Takes the States 2014.”

Please, please attend this one, it will be fun. The Eastern Iowa MINIs will be joining us. Rob said to “let everyone know that I will have a special offer at the end of my presentation for both clubs.” That sounds interesting. What could it be?

RSVP on the Facebook event page


2014 CIMC Board Of Directors Announced

The Board of Directors members for 2014 were elected at the January membership meeting. A meeting of the board was held prior to the garage tour on February 8  and the following placements were made:

President – Jeremy Moyle
Vice President – Kelly Alliss
Treasurer – Janis Fox
Secretary – Laura Rettig
Website & Social Media – Ric Johnson
At Large – Graham Smith

The 2014 Board Members are excited to begin planning the CIMC 2014 calendar. Please let us know if you have any ideas for fun group events or if you have any questions about the Central Iowa MINI Club overall.