State Parties


Time to start planning for the 2017 state of Michigan party. The date has not been set; however, targeting late February or early March. This annual party is for all Sun Lakers who once lived in Michigan and want to enjoy a great social event. Need help to organize, advertise and sell tickets. If you are interested in helping to make this a great event and have not already volunteered, please contact Pearl at 480-305-0286.

Details regarding the party will be published in future Splash articles and advertised within each community.


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. Cost of $15 per person includes a buffet dinner. Come join the fun and win some raffle prizes. The event will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. Please contact us before March 20 as we need a head count for dinners.

For information or reservations contact:

Bill or Judy Rethke at 480-895-5820

Stu or Sara Bennerotte at 612-581-3779

Ed Bader at 612-730-5098

Pat Dubow at 320-492-1253

Grady Anderson at 480-416-9584

Belinda Anderson at 480-489-9428

Marge Brower at 320-248-5600

Russ Sieben at 320-248-7479

Mary Sieben at 320-249-4870


Plans are falling into place for the annual Nebraska Dinner-Dance scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at the San Tan Ballroom at the Cottonwood Country Club. The event has always been popular with Nebraskans wintering here and year-round residents as well.

The event begins with a no-host bar and social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Come chat with old friends and meet new Nebraskans. 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 February 17. For reservations and more information call Sue Hull-Weinert at 402-690-1582.

The Dakotas

The North Dakota/South Dakota annual gathering will be held Saturday evening, February 25 in the Saguaro Room at the Cottonwood Clubhouse. Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 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.


A great time was had by all at the first Washington Patio Party last March at Palo Verde. On or about January 12, if we have your email address, you will receive an invitation/registration to the next one, to be held on March 12 at Palo Verde. If we have your Sun Lakes address, but no email address, no worries, we will mail you the invitation. The party is from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and just $15 a person for a barbeque featuring hamburgers with all the trimmings, grilled chicken, potato salad, coleslaw and dessert. If you didn’t receive an email last month asking you to make a note of the date, that means we don’t have your email address, or it has changed. If you’d like to go, please let us know by calling Kit Carlton at 480-639-3164 or emailing us at [email protected] Several people who were at the party last year, but didn’t give us an email address, were called and many had disconnected phones. That might mean that you’ve cancelled your home service and just use your cell phone. Please let us know if that’s the case. There were 230 last year and many were in the dining room. The Palo Verde patio now can accommodate 250 people, so if we have the same number, or even a few more this year, all of us will be able to be on the patio. Wouldn’t that be great?