The Iowa Chapter of the BMW Club of America is planning a one-day drive from Des Moines to the Amana Colonies. Our route will begin at BMW of Des Moines (9631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322) with registration / waiver signing beginning at 8am and departure by 8:30am. Face coverings will be required at registration so we all can remain as safe as possible.
Our planned route will take us northeast with a pit-stop in Marshalltown and then generally follow the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway (https://www.traveliowa.com/trails/iowa-valley-scenic-byway/8/) with a planned arrival in the Amanas around noon. Upon arrival in Amanas, we’ll either dine at local restaurants (conditions permitting) or enjoy our own (brought from home) lunches at a nearby park…details still to be finalized. Following lunch, all are encouraged to explore the many shops and attractions the Amanas have to offer….just for instance….Millstream Brewing…if we’re lucky, not ALL of the Oktoberfest bier will have already been consumed. Then there’s the Amana Furniture Shop…where furniture is made locally of solid wood! For those who may enjoy local wines, several wineries in the Amanas offer tastings as well as bottles for purchase. Then my wife reminds me of the Christmas Shop, bakeries and ice cream shop, etc. There’s also plenty of “unique” photo opportunities! We are not planning a group return drive so everyone is free to set their own afternoon schedule and desired departure time.
Please let either Rick Talbot (email@example.com), 515-782-1429 or Dale Rupp (firstname.lastname@example.org) 515-238-9118 know if you intend to join us so we might have some idea on attendance and can anticipate your arrival at BMW of Des Moines 8am Saturday, October 17th.
P.S. Come with a full fuel tank and face covering!
P.P.S. Gemütlichkeit in German, refers to a feeling of coziness, contentedness, comfort and relaxation. We ALL need more of that these days!
If you are going to attend you can print a waiver out in COLOR and sign it. We will have them available the day of the event as well.
We are working on how to have our annual planning meeting. This may end up being one of those online meetings we have all become so a custom to today. Stay tuned for more details.
The BMW Car Club of America is excited to announce a brand-new event—MX1 Enthusiast Weekend, presented by Michelin—which is set to take place April 9–10 at the world center of all things BMW in upstate South Carolina.
Event website: https://mx1.bmwcca.org/
Registration website: https://web.cvent.com/event/6bec821d-9b22-43ae-be03-d6ca1c653ed0/summary
Each year the National Board holds elections for the Board of Directors. Regional vice-presidents are elected for three year terms that rotate so the entire Board does not turn over each year. This year the North Central Region is open and our current RVP, Tim Beechuck is not running after serving two terms. Therefore, I have decided to run for the National Board and my statement will be published in the Roundel in the near future.
After joining the BMW CCA in 1999, I was elected to the Iowa Chapter Board of Directors in 2005 and was elected President in 2011, which is the position I currently hold. I am also one of two Assistant Regional Vice-Presidents to the current RVP.
Gaining valuable leadership experience since I joined the Iowa Board of Directors, I feel the time is right to offer my expertise and knowledge to the National Board of Directors.
I feel the duty of the Regional Vice-President is to represent all chapters and members of the region to the National Board. The Regional Vice-President should communicate Board decisions to Chapters and members when major decisions affect Chapters and members involving regional and National events. The Regional Vice-President should also promote Chapter growth and retention, which includes strong support of Chapter, regional and National events. The Regional Vice-President should be the liaison between the National Board to the local Chapters in order to maintain positive and visionary leadership to build strong and healthy Chapters.
During my tenue as President, the Iowa Chapter achieved the #1 ranking for all Chapters in the North Central Region in a 2013 National BMW CCA survey. The Iowa Chapter historically ranks in the top five for all National chapters in member retention since the inception of member retention programs, which include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube, maintained by our Social Media Committee.
In an effort to serve all of our members in Iowa, I worked to create a sub-chapter to better serve our members in the extreme Eastern area of Iowa.
The Iowa Chapter has been a strong supporter of Street Survival, Longest Day Driving School, monthly social gatherings and a strong selection of quarterly tech sessions.
We have had to cancel some of our events out of an abundance of caution. Up coming events may be canceled if we think the risk is not worth holding the event. We will monitor the state of COVID cases and try to give as much advanced warning as possible if an event is canceled. As the temperature cool we may find it difficult to hold events.