Join your neighbors and friends at annual State Parties


Michiganders! Come join us on Saturday, March 5 at Palo Verde’s patio for a Michigan state party. This party is for anyone from Michigan or anyone who lived in Michigan during their lifetime. It’s a great time to meet others in the Sun Lakes/SunBird area that are from Michigan. The Meet and Greet event starts at 4:00 p.m. followed by a sit down dinner with open bar. Tickets on sale now for $15 per person for a buffet dinner. The last date to reserve your ticket is February 29. For more information contact Pearl Ryan at 480-305-0286.


Minnesotans and friends from Sun Lakes and nearby areas are all invited to the annual Minnesota Patio Party held at the Palo Verde Country Club in Sun Lakes. The cost of $15 per person includes a buffet dinner. Come join the fun and win some prizes. The event will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

For information or reservations contact:

Bill or Judy Rethke – 480-895-5820

Ed Bader – 480-883-3955

Pat Dubow – 320-492-1253

Grady or Belinda Anderson – 480-299-4380 or 480-489-9428

Bob or Marge Brower – 480-895-5013

Russ or Mary Sieben – 320-248-7479 or 320-249-4870

Stu or Sara Bennerotte – 612-581-3779


Hey, fellow Nebraskans. After a wet and chilly start to the winter, here’s some good news to warm you up: the annual Nebraska State Dinner is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 27 and we will be going to a new venue, the newly-redecorated San Tan Ballroom at the Cottonwood Country Club. The event has always been popular with Nebraskans living here for the winter months, and year round residents as well.

The event begins with a no-host bar and social hour at 5:00 p.m. Come chat with old friends and meet new Nebraskans. At 6:00 p.m. enjoy dinner of top sirloin steak or shrimp scampi, coffee or tea and dessert. Maddy Paschal and master guitarist Wendell Porterfield will provide country music, great rock and roll and a lot of pickin’ and grinning. Also featured will be a silent auction and raffle prizes. The full evening of food, entertainment and dancing is only $30 per person.

Reservation deadline is Wednesday, February 17. For reservations and more information call Sue Hull-Weinert at 402-690-1582.


The North Dakota/South Dakota annual gathering will be held on Saturday, February 27 in the Saguaro Room at the Cottonwood Clubhouse. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. This is a great time to visit with old friends, meet new friends, and enjoy great food.

The cost will be $20 per person and reservations will be required. For information please contact Ruth Pedersen at 480-802-2145.


It’s getting close to the first Washington State get together since 2012. We already have a lot of people coming and we hope you’ll be there too for a relaxing, casual late afternoon of fun, fellowship and food on Sunday, March 13. It will be a patio party from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Palo Verde restaurant. The cost is just $15 a person. We’ll have a barbecue featuring hamburgers with all the trimmings, grilled chicken, potato salad, coleslaw and for dessert your choice of brownies or lemon bars. Of course there will be some great prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

You can call a committee member in your neighborhood, have a registration form emailed to you and then mail or drop off a check. In Oakwood/Ironwood, call Maureen Hagen at 480-998-4822; in Palo Verde, Colleen Vinje at 480-895-4967; in Sun Lakes Country Club, call Jeanne Syverson at 480-325-4953; or in Cottonwood, call Kit Carlton at 480-639-3164. You can also e-mail Kit at [email protected] If you are on our mailing list from 2012, you got a registration form in the mail around the middle of January. For you, this is a reminder to get your registration in by February 26.

Looking forward to seeing you on March 13.