What Food is Your MINI?

by Laura Rettig

I regret to inform everyone that this event has been cancelled. WesleyLife was hoping to get at least 25 people participating to make the event worthwhile. Since that didn’t happen it has been cancelled. This event may be resurrected next year so keep those ideas and materials handy.
I apologize, as does WesleyLife, to those of you who have put in the time and effort to prepare

3rd Annual BBQ – June 12


Janis Fox will once again be hosting our BBQ, catered by Jethro’s, on Sunday June 12 beginning at 12:30 pm.
We’ll furnish the food and have bottled water. We ask that you bring your own drink if water’s not for you and a chair. There is no charge for paid club members. Non-paid members are more than welcome to come but it’ll cost you $5 per person.
More details to follow via email. (Not receiving our emails? Sign up using the link in the right column!)
Be sure and RSVP no later than June 5th so we have an accurate count for food (we’d sure hate to run out!).

To navigate to Janis’ take the 1st street (Ankeny) exit off I-35 and head East.  Turn right on NE 29th St/SE Four Mile Dr (3rd right).  Turn right on SE 17th to Janis’ at 2303.

May Drive – Northern Missouri/Southern Iowa

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When: Saturday May 14 – CIMC Convoy at 8:15 AM from Norwalk, Meet KCME at 11:00 AM in Bethany, MO

Where: Toot-Toot Restaurant 2905 Miller St, Bethany, MO

Join us on May 14th as we once again join up with the Kansas City MINI Enthusiasts for a joint drive in Northern Missouri and Southern Iowa!

James Flowers will be our host for an exhilarating drive through the countryside – from nowhere to nowhere, but with lots of curves in between. We’ll do a “fast” group for the more spirited drivers and a “slow” group for those that just want to relax and enjoy the area.

We’ll have a convoy to the Toot-Toot leaving from Scott’s Foods, 1120 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, at 8:15 AM – absolutely no later than 8:30 AM. After lunch in Bethany (make it light – hills aren’t good for the stomach!) we’ll meet in the Wal-Mart parking lot and begin the drive at noon. Previous stops included Leon, IA, and Lamoni, IA, but who knows what Rally Master James has in store for us this year!

2016 Ice Cream Drives!

3rd Thursday of the Month

April 21st 7 PM

Granny’s Sweet Freeze Shoppe

3417 Hubbell, Des Moines

To ease into the season we’ll start close. One of the 10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Iowa. Flavor of the week will be announced as we approach the date.

May 19th 7 PM

Mar’s Dairy Bar

1421 2nd Street, Perry

Another of the 10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Iowa.

June 16th 7 PM

Hickory Park

1404 S Duff, Ames

Need we even speak about how good this is?

July 21st 7 PM


101 E Green Street, Winterset

Enjoying our treats by the town square.

August 18th 7 PM

Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe

304 W 2nd Street, Prairie City

Flavor of the week will be announced as we approach the date.

With the exception of our initial run to Granny’s, a meeting place and time will be announced prior to future runs for those who’d like to motor together. Arrival and departure time from said meeting place will vary depending on time needed to arrive at our final destination by 7PM.

No worries, you’ll be in the know before we go!

Porsche Club Poker Run – April 9

The Schonesland Region of the Porsche Club of America has invited us and the local BMW Club to join them on a Charity Poker Run in and around the Des Moines metro area on Saturday, April 9th. It’s a morning through lunch event.

If you’ve not done one before, a Poker Run is a driving tour with a number of stops. At each stop (usually a place of interest to we car-minded folk), each participant draws a card. Before long, everyone’s got a full hand, and at a final meeting place we all show our hands, have lunch, and the holder of the high hand wins a prize.

Participants “buy in” to the event, and proceeds from the event go to charity. In this case, we’ll be supporting the Major Ben Follansbee Pets for Vets Memorial Fund. For more information on this very worthy cause here’s a link.

The Poker Run will begin at 10:00 AM from Bierbaum Electric, 26416 289th Place, Adel, IA. The ending point is Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop in West Glen off Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines and we should roll in there a little after noon. The ‘buy in’ is $10 per participant.

Let’s descend on the Porsche Club en masse! We’ll need to be there before 10:00 AM to sign in, get our wristbands and instructions. So let’s gather at MINI of Des Moines around 8:45 or 9:00 AM and plan to depart by 9:15 AM. Should be a 15-20 minute motor down Hickman to our starting point.

Please RSVP via email or on Facebook so we can give our hosts an estimate of how many to expect. Let’s join the Porsche Club for a fun day of motoring and give our support to this charity helping our Vets. We all know how pets can alter our lives for the better!

Third Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt – April 23

photoscavCome join us for our 3rd Annual Photo Scavenger Hunt on Saturday April 23rd.  You don’t want to miss this event.  It’s nothing but craziness.

The fun begins at MINI of Des Moines (MODM).  Grab your co-pilot/photographer/motoring buddy and be there no later than 1:45 PM when we meet up with Jeremy Moyle for the driver’s meeting.  After getting the details for our adventurous afternoon we’ll be cut loose to conquer our quest.  With a strict 2 hour time limit you may want to plan on parking in a strategic place for a fast getaway!

To give you an idea of what you may expect and I say, may, because who knows what Jeremy has come up with this year and what new twists he’s thought up.  In the past we were given a list of phrases with one word missing.  Our job was to not only figure out the missing word but then go photograph that word on any sign, building, etc that we can find.  When you have all the answers, or when the clock runs out, motor back to MODM.  There is a strict 2 hour time limit; out at 2PM, in by 4PM, so keep a watchful eye on the clock.  Upon return to MODM, Jeremy and crew will tally the results to see who comes out on top and wins the prize.

Here’s an example from the past:  Pillsbury Doughboy – Poppin ______
E.g., Fill in the blank and then take a picture of a Subway sign with the word Fresh in your picture.

Be sure to RSVP via email or Facebook.  Our host will need to know how many ‘lists’ to print.  So charge up those cameras, phones, or whatever photo apparatus you’ll be using and join us.

March Membership Meeting

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Where:  Wig & Pen Pizza Pub – 2005 S Ankeny Blvd – (Across Hwy 69 from DMACC)

When:  Sunday March 6 at 5:00PM

The board has been busy, busy, busy so you won’t want to miss this meeting. Come join us for some socializing, food (we do like to eat!) and learn about what the board has been busy doing to make this a banner year for our members.Be sure to RSVP on the Facebook event so we can give our eatery a heads-up. If you’ve not had their pizza it’s worth coming just for that! Hope to see a parking lot FULL of MINI’s!

Bowling Bash Update!

Jake has informed us of an important update on the Bowling Bash this Saturday, February 20th. We will now be gathering at Plaza Lanes, 2701 Douglas in Des Moines. It’s the same time, 3:00-5:00 PM


That’s just west of Martin Luther King and Douglas. Price is the same at $11.00 for two games, including shoes. Hope to see you there!

February Bowling Bash and Members’ Meeting

Saturday February 20 at 3:00pm – 5:00pm

100 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Jake is organizing a bowling outing/meeting for Saturday February 20. This will also be our February Members’ Meeting and we do have some news so even if you don’t want to bowl please stop by and join us. Please RSVP via our Facebook page 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 around $5.50 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.