WRAPUP: Almost 70 MINIs from The Chicago MINI Motoring Club, Milwaukee MINIs, M.I.N.I. and Northwest Indiana MINIacs participated on an epic drive to the to the Jelly Belly factory and then on to Lake Geneva. The weather was cool but sunny. We explored many twisty curvy roads, and everybody got lost at least once on the drive (and a few people, more than once) but a great time was had by all. Lots of old MINI friends and new MINI friends made for a fun lunch hangout after we invaded most of the remaining empty parking spaces around Lake Geneva.Huge thanks to the many people who put in a great effort to make such a fun event.. Paul for the route (except for the wrong turn listed on the beginning directions, which was my contribution), Jenny for working on lunch arrangements, and Rose for bringing coffee and donuts for everyone in the morning. Tom reported a large success collecting items for the two hospitals!!Send links of your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them here..
Time to shine up your MINI and change out those winter tires.
Saturday April 17th will be our 8th annual Spring Drive!! We will again be joining up with the MilwaukeeMINIs plus the Minis In Northern Illinois (M.I.N.I.) Clubs for a fun day cruising around some Southern Wisconsin area back roads..
UPDATE 04/06/2010: Check out the bottom of this post for a special request from club member Tom.
Chicagoland people will meet up in the Libertyville area and we will meet up with the Milwaukee Club at the Jelly Belly factory. After a break there, we will take back roads to our final destination of a late lunch in the Lake Geneva area.
Here are the details:
WHAT: A Saturday drive on some fun back roads, with a bunch of MINI (and Mini) friends.
WHERE: Chicagoland start is at the first parking area inside the one way drive in the Old School Forest Preserves 28201 North Saint Marys Road, Libertyville, IL 60048
WHEN: Saturday April 17th, departure is at 9:am
WHY: Just for fun
WHAT TO BRING: A full tank of gas, camera, optional FRS radio tuned to Channel 1, Subchannel 1, change for metered parking in Lake Geneva, money for lunch in Lake Geneva, and treats at Jelly Belly, your favorite MINI clothing, and a smile!!
Please add a comment to this post so we know how many people to expect.
Special request from Tom:
I don’t know if you guys recall, but last year at Easter, I dropped off some goodies for folks in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Froedtert Hospital (adults) and the Hematology/Oncology/Transplant Unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I had wanted to do the same thing this year, but alas, a live virus vaccination prevented me from visiting either unit. With the help of some friends, I am hoping to drop of stuff later this month, sort of a tardy Easter Bunny sort of thing.
I am wondering if people were interested in donating items. They could bring stuff to the April 17th Spring Drive and I could collect from there. It would be great if people could shoot me an email beforehand (email@example.com) just so I know what to expect.
Here are some ideas for items:
DVDs (these can be 2nd hand)
lifesavers, hard candy, and gum (for dry mouth)
puzzles (for the common lounge area),
Kids (ages range from infant to 18):
candy (individually wrapped is preferred)
squirt guns (NOT Supersoakers!!)
coloring books, crayons, etc.
Wii games (age appropriate)
magazines (for parents or teenagers)
new toys (if the unit won’t accept these, we will donate them to the Ronald McDonald House Toy Closet).
Thanks for your help!