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President’s Article January 2020

President’s Article January 2020

As I have discussed in this column during the last several years, our Club is in a state of flux with several changes coming down the pipe. Over the years, change has been necessary for our Club to remain viable, which has allowed the Club to grow and attract new members. After all, if a club or group does not change to meet the demands of the membership, it will wither and die.

Therefore, several new changes have been announced and discussed at the annual Chapter Congress recently held in Dallas. I will briefly try to summarize each of these changes here.

Due to declining advertising revenue from Roundel, because advertisers wish to advertise in electronic publications, dues will increase January 1, 2020 to $58 a year. You can renew for one year or multiple years prior to January 1.

BimmerLife will be a new publication from the National office. It will be a regional publication released two times a year with articles from each Chapter within a region. This action replaces the requirement that each Chapter publish a newsletter. Our chapter is still debating the future of NewsWerks and how it will look and be published.

Roundel will be reduced from 12 issues a year to 10 issues a year because of reduced advertising revenue. All print magazines and newspapers are experiencing this problem, so the BMW CCA is not immune.

Oktoberfest will change in some way, especially the name. The BMW CCA will continue to offer a national event annually that will be closely related to the past 50 Oktoberfests, but the final format is still in discussion. Possible changes are a shorter event with more ala carte choices for meals and events. These changes have been discussed for several years now, but as our forefathers said, “let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Jolly Holiday Lights – Adventureland Park 4:45pm – Dec. 14

Jolly Holiday Lights – Adventureland Park 4:45pm – Dec. 14
This year’s event will be the third held at this new location (NOT Waterworks Park) with 100% of the $20.00 per car entry fee going to grant wishes for Iowa kids.  Last year it was a great experience and those who attended felt it a unique experience from previous years’ events at Waterworks Park.  Kick off your holiday season with friends enjoying the 2.5 mile drive and the over 100 illuminated holiday displays while benefitting a great cause for kids.  More info on the event can be found here:  https://iowa.wish.org/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/november/event-detail-page

Tickets may be purchased in advance beginning in November at Hy Vee or Casey’s or online now prior to November 1st for a discounted price of $18.00 per car  https://app.tikly.co/events/3480.

RSVP: Please let Rick Talbot ( rickminir59@gmail.com) know if you’re planning on attending so we can have an idea of participants and also, if you’d be staying for the casual dinner following the drive.  Dinner will be at Wig and Pen, 2005 S Ankeny Blvd #300, Ankeny, IA 50023 after the lights tour.  They are known for their deep dish pizza but can see all their offerrings  on their menu here:  https://www.wigandpenpizza.com/ankeny-des-moines-wig-and-pen-pizza-pub/

Dinner Location – Wig and Pen 2005 S Ankeny Blvd #300, Ankeny, IA 50023
(From Adventureland; return to I80, head west to Hwy 69 / East 14th Street and head north past Oralabor to the strip center on the east side of the street at the corner of Hwy 69/ East 14th and S.E. Lorenz Drive.  Restaurant is in the middle corner of the center)

Fall Colors Drive – Omaha, NE – October 5-6

Fall Colors Drive – Omaha, NE – October 5-6

We have completed the planning for the fall colors drive!  The plan is to drive from BMW Des Moines and end in the Old Market in Omaha NE.  We will meet at BMW DSM at 830 with the signing of waivers and drivers meeting at 845 and be wheels up at 9am.  From there we will travel along scenic highways and bi-ways to a small little shop on the pork tenderloin trail (https://www.iowapork.org/tenderloin-trail/) called the Dairy Sweet located in Dunlap, Ia.  They have been on the tenderloin trail for the last couple of years and won Iowa’s best pork tenderloin in 2005.  Don’t let that fool you into thinking that the only thing they are good at is making tenderloins though.  They have delicious fresh ground burgers, chicken, and ice cream for anyone to enjoy.

After enjoying some delicious Iowa comfort food we will continue on our route winding through the Loess Hills to our afternoon pit stop located just west on Highway 30 from Missouri Valley called DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge.  This location is a national wildlife refuge and the home to an ox bow lake that was created when the Army Corps of Engineers moved the main channel of the Missouri River further to the west in 1960.  It is also the location where the steam ship the Bertrand sank in 1865.  Their visitors center has over 250,000 artifacts from the sunken steamer.  The park is also a stop over for migrating ducks and geese but include many other forms of birds and mammals to see.

Once done at the park it is a quick interstate jaunt down to the Old Market for people check into their hotel rooms and we will then meet later in the evening to hand out trophies for the winners and not winners seeing who was the most observant along their journey and enjoy another delicious meal.  The prizes are still being worked on, but I can tell you 1st place will receive 100% of their entry fee back, 2nd place will receive 75% of their entry fee back, and 3rd place will receive 50% of their entry fee back.  Yes there is an entry fee it is $0.

There are several hotel options that people can choose from.

Hyatt Place Old Market 540 S 12th Omaha 402-513-5500

Embassy Suites 555 S 10th Omaha 402-346-9000

Overland Hotel 1218 Howard St. Omaha 402-496-0022

Hotel Deco 1504 Harney St. Omaha 402-991-4981

Magnolia Hotel Omaha 1615 Howard St. Omaha 402-341-2500

Sundays options are to meet and take a trip to the world famous The Henry Doorly Zoo or shopping around in the Old Market.

Motorsportreg Registration Link

Tire Rack Street Survival – October 27 – DMACC Campus

Tire Rack Street Survival – October 27 – DMACC Campus

Sunday October 27th 2019, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Des Moines Area Community College 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023

The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too. It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING! Three parents, including Scott Goodyear, former Indy Car Champion, share their perspectives in this video.

All Schools $95.

See our FAQ page at: www.streetsurvival.org/frequently-asked-questions.php  Any questions after reviewing the FAQ page call Tim Beechuk, Program Manager, @ 864-438-2060 (8 am – 8 pm EST)

Parents are encouraged to stay!  Please arrive early.

Vehicles with modifications that alter the center of gravity (i.e. lift kits) are not acceptable. High Center of Gravity Vehicles (HCGs) such as SUVs, SAVs, Trucks, Jeep-type vehicles, and Minivans will need to be verified.  The older HCGs without electronic stability control (not just the electronic traction control) will not be accepted. HCG vehicles may still be limited with respect to the exercises in which they are allowed to participate based on local venue conditions.  Please look up the HCG vehicle safety score. You can research the safety ratings that a vehicle has received at www.edmunds.com  Input the vehicle and year and look at the safety rating in the upper right corner of the web page. Any vehicle with a listing of 3 stars or more out of 5 in the Roll Over test will be allowed to participate in our class. We are concerned about the Roll Over test on the HCG only. We are not concerned about the crash test ratings. Any HCG vehicle listed as “not tested” in the Roll Over test will not be allowed to participate.

ALL COMMUNICATION REGARDING THE SCHOOL WILL BE SENT TO THE E-MAIL ADDRESS ON THE REGISTRATION LISTED AS THE STUDENT’S.

Student Registration Link

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Street Survival – staff ONLY

Registration ends in a month on October 24, 2019 10:00 AM CDT. Street Survival is a community service effort, aimed at teaching teen drivers much more about car control than they ever had the opportunity to see in Drivers’ Education.

Our volunteers serve as in-car instructors, course workers, and other event staff.  Please come on out and give us a hand in helping teens to be better drivers!  The life you save may be one of theirs – or yours.

Staff Registration Link

Iowa Chapter BMWCCA Club Social Event Movie Viewing – Aug 11th, 2:30pm

Iowa Chapter BMWCCA Club Social Event Movie Viewing – Aug 11th, 2:30pm

This Sunday, August 11th at the NEW Palm Theater at 200 Northeast Westgate Drive, Waukee, IA (Location is clearly visible just north of Hickman Road(Hwy 6), past the new Hy Vee as you enter Waukee from the east.
Movie starts at 2:30pm but you’re advised to arrive by 2pm for your reserved seats and to have time to order any food/drinks beforehand. Much like the the Merle Hay Flicks Theater, items are delivered to you at your movie seat.

Link to The Palm Theater for info/reserving your seats/purchasing your tickets online ($8/per adult plus $2 handling or $10 each): https://booking.fridleytheatres.com/login/0002/8950
(You do NOT need to set up an account, you can purchase tickets as a “guest” on the site)

If you’re planning to attend (and we’d love to see many club members in their club attire (Turner Motorsports if you have it…I do!)

Hope to see you at The Palm Theater this Sunday!

Rick Talbot, Membership Chair, Iowa Chapter, BMWCCA
Link to Movie Trailer: https://www.fridleytheatres.com/…/The-Art-of-Racing-in-the-…

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