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 email@example.com with the number of those attending so that he can get an accurate count to give to the Tuscan Moon for lunch.
COME ONE, COME ALL!
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.
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…
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!
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!
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.
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/
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
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.
When: February 9th 2014 @ 5 pm
Where: Lyle’s home at 7320 NW 54th Court in Johnston, IA
After enjoying the “food and fellowship” we will go on a “garage tour” where we will see 5 Mini Coopers…including a 1968 Innocenti Mini (assembled and sold in Italy), a 1965 Mini Cooper S, former SCCA race car…now street legal, a 1964 Austin Mini Countryman “Woody Wagon”…a survivor of a garage fire at Lyle’s house, a 1965 Mini Cooper S, plus, one of the first “new” MINI Cooper S’s in Iowa in 2002, with about 6,000 miles on it already!! Also, they will see a 1958 (the first year) Austin Healy “Bugeye” Sprite, a 1960 Austin Healy “Bugeye” Sprite race car, a 1953 MG TD…and even a 1990 “summertime only” Miata!!
A meal of brats, burgers, baked beans, chips, and soda will be provided. We will also provide the plates, knives, forks, spoons and napkins. Members are welcomed to bring their favorite side dish or a dessert item to share but are also welcome to just bring yourselves.
Please RSVP to me by responding to the club email no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Feburary 6th so we can have enough food available.
RSVP’s can also be done on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/395913443887434
Sunday, December 1st, 2013. @ 5 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
-Club web site
-Club events for 2014
Please RSVP no later than 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 26th 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 Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/248500168638265/
As an incentive, the club has been given a limited number of Motortober Sales event t-shirts from MINI of DM. These will be available on a first come first serve basis for $2. Proceeds will be put into the club’s account.
As a club we would like to start supporting some local charities. This year we are going to start with 2.
- Marine Corp Toys For Tot’s Campaign We will collect toy’s at our December meeting and then deliver them to a drop-off location. Toys for Tots accept only new, unwrapped toys. For more information check out their website: http://des-moines-ia.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/Default.aspx
- Make-A-Wish foundation’s Jolly Holiday Light’s This year Kelly Alliss is going to organize a drive through the light display as a group. After driving through the light display and stopping at Santa’s Wish Shop, will be a stop at a local coffee shop for anyone that wants to. As for next year, we could volunteer as a group to help where needed. We are currently looking for someone that would want to head this up next year. Any takers?