State Parties


Mark your calendars for the Dakota and Nebraska Club reunion on Friday, March 10, from 4:00-6:30 p.m. on the SunBird patio! Bring your friends!

The potluck-on-the patio fun will begin with social hour at 4:00 p.m. (BYOB). The potluck is at 4:30 p.m. Live music with Bob Bergman (of Fargo) and the Boys will again entertain us.

Delicious Dakota and Nebraska home cooking and beverage is your admission, with water and dinnerware provided. Those with last names A-L are asked to bring salads or desserts, and M-Z main dishes to serve eight people.

Yes, Nebraska friends are joining us this year! They and SunBird residents who have lived in the Dakotas and their Dakota/Nebraska guests are invited. Bring an Ole and Lena joke and unwrapped door prize, if possible.

Membership and event ticket is $5 at the SunBird office in March, or $6 at the picnic. For questions or to share ideas, call Jackie Cox at 701-730-6723, or Mary Jane Melcher at 605-310-8434.


Arrangements are now finalized for our annual Michigan party to be held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Cottonwood San Tan Ballroom in Sun Lakes. As in past years, we are extending a friendly open invitation to our many friends from SunBird Country Club as well as other surrounding communities. Open bar social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. with an Italian buffet served at 6:00 p.m.

The meal includes sliced tomatoes with fresh basil, sliced mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinegar, Caesar salad, chicken parm, penne pasta, marinara sauce, vegetables medley, garlic bread, tea and water on tables, coffee station plus dessert. Also included will be a raffle, 50/50, music, prizes and games. Tickets for this event are priced at a reasonable $20.00 per person.

With over 380 households from Michigan living in Sun Lakes alone, we expect a nice response. This will be a great opportunity to meet with other Michigan friends, make new friends, socialize and enjoy great food. Please respond by March 20, as we need a headcount for dinner. For tickets, contact Pearl at 480-305-0286, Kathy at 517-937-6505, Carol at 586-876-0695 or Dana at 616-560-5851.

Minnesota Patio Party

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. This event will be from 4:00 to 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, please contact Bill or Judy Rethke at 480-895-5820, Stu or Sara Bennerotte at 612-571-3779, 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, Gary Fuchs at 952-412-0375, Carol Fuchs at 952-412-0370 or Mary Pietrini at 651-308-5717.