©2019 by GDMVA, Iowa's Walking Club


GDMVA, Iowa's Walking Club sponsors walks and bike rides based on the the concept of "volksporting." Volkssporting started in Germany and, simply defined, is a personal fitness sports and recreation program offering noncompetitive walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, and in some regions cross-country skiing. You choose when to participate, and can participate in the sport at your own pace.  Walking – also called “volksmarching” – is the most popular of all the volkssporting activities.

Routes often include historic and scenic sites. Trails are carefully laid out and marked and easy to follow directions or maps are provided. Trails are rated based upon the challenge the route presents. The designated Start Point is open for several hours to allow you to begin your volkssporting adventure at your leisure. Trails have checkpoints along the route and are monitored for security and safety.

In the volkssporting tradition, you frequently find volkssporters gathered at the Finish Point where they take time to enjoy friends, and at some events, entertainment or refreshments.

Iowa's Walking Club is a non-profit run 100% by volunteers. The club was established in 1985 and has more than 150 members. We are associated with the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and the International Federation of Popular Sports (IVV). 

All of our events:

  • Are open to everyone - you don't have to be a member to participate.

  • Are non-competitive - go at your own pace.

  • Can be done on your schedule.

  • Can be done for a nominal cost ($2-$3)



We meet on the third Monday of each month for a business meeting, guest speaker, food, and conversation.  Meetings are held at 6:30 PM at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, 511 Des Moines St, Des Moines. Map  Street parking is available; members have access to off-street parking. 

Jan 21   Minutes

Feb 18   Minutes

Mar 18  Minutes

Apr 15   Minutes

May 20                               

June      No Meeting

July 15   Minutes

Aug 19   Minutes     

Sept 16  Minutes

Oct 21    Minutes

Nov 18

Dec 16   Christmas Party Potluck, 6:00-9:30 PM



Iowa's Walking Club is run by volunteers. The term for the officers runs from July 1 to June 30.

President. Diana Ronk   515.491.8903 ronkdr@mchsi.com

Vice President. Jan Knock 641.340.0114 knockfamily@gmail.com

Secretary. Barb Stone 515.249.5594 brrbunch@dwx.com

Treasurer. Susan Pinneke 515-277-3653 susanpinneke@gmail.com

Historians. Phyllis Olson and Norma Wessel 515-270-6920 paolson@mchsi.com

Director of Strategic Planning. Nora Hudson 435-640-4982 nhudson@iastate.edu

Director of Programs. Deb Gaskins 515-238-2486 gaskins.deb@gmail.com



Trail Master. Peggy Watts 515-708-0405 peggywatts@mchsi.com 

Newsletter. Diana Ronk 515-491-8903 ronkdr@mchsi.com

Web Site. Susan Pinneke 515-277-3653 susanpinneke@gmail.com and Diana Ronk 515-491-8903 ronkdr@mchsi.com

Alerts. Diana Whited 515-783-5251 diwhited1969@gmail.com