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President’s Article March 2021

President’s Article March 2021

It’s been nearly a year now since we have had any substantial Club activities, minus one tech session late last fall.

Our Board of Directors has planned a full calendar of events for this upcoming year, and I think most of us are ready to get back out and get involved with face-to-face activities again. Most of us joined this Club to become involved with the events and activities of the Club, and really, that is what our Cub is all about. As people get vaccinated and the health situation begins to get back to normal, I hope we will see a large number of members attending our events again.

What we took for granted has been taken away from us for a while, so when some events and activities begin to resume, I hope our members will be appreciative of what we will be able to do again. I am certainly looking forward to attending Club activities and events again and will not take anything we do for granted. I am looking forward to seeing many of you out to our events and activities soon.

Please continue to visit our website for upcoming events, activities and news from the club.

BMW Informal Social – Merle Hay Food Court, Des Moines, IA at 6:00 pm – February 9

BMW Informal Social – Merle Hay Food Court, Des Moines, IA at 6:00 pm – February 9

Choose Your Own culinary adventure.  Check out the link to the mall website to choose your dinner.  In the past due to COVID the food service had ended at 7:00 so we have moved the time up to 6:00 pm to give everyone a little more time.  Currently the website shows they close at 8:00 but to be on the safe side.

Merle Hay Mall, 3800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50310

https://merlehaymall.com/

Contact email: Alison Bell, alison.bell@bmwia.org

Holy Gemütlichkeit Batman! – We’re Headed to the Amanas Saturday Oct 17th!

Holy Gemütlichkeit Batman! – We’re Headed to the Amanas Saturday Oct 17th!

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 (talbot_e@msn.com), 515-782-1429 or Dale Rupp (bmw2@netins.net)  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.

Adult WaiverMinor Waiver

 

Annual Planning Meeting November 14

Annual Planning Meeting November 14

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.

Iowa BMW CCA Events – we are trying to hold events with reduced exposure risk.

Iowa BMW CCA Events – we are trying to hold events with reduced exposure risk.

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.

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