State Parties

North Dakota / South Dakota

Save the date! The North Dakota/South Dakota annual gathering will be held Saturday, February 27 in the Saguaro Room at the Cottonwood Clubhouse. Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m. and diner 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 more information please contact Ruth Pedersen at 480-802-2145.


The Iowa Party will be in the Ballroom on March 12. We have the Ballroom booked from 4:00-10:00 p.m. A free dance is planned from 7:00-10:00 p.m. with the Thaddeus Rose Band. It will be a celebration for many in the Iowa group who were born in 1936.

A planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the Puzzle Room. This is a preliminary meeting to set up times convenient for further planning. If you have questions call Paullene Caraher at 602-292-7858 or e-mail [email protected].

We can have a potluck in the back of the Ballroom and decide how we want the tables set up because the free dance will be for the whole 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. 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, Jim or Pat Dubow – 320-492-6309 or 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


Hey, fellow Nebraskans and friends! Save this date, Saturday, February 27, for the annual Nebraska State Dinner. We have a new location this year – the San Tan Ballroom in the Cottonwood Country Club. Your planning committee is busy completing plans for the menu, entertainment and other activities to make this another successful Nebraska event. Watch for more details in the February Splash or call Gordon Burns, event chairman, at 602-620-4456.


We hope you’ll join us for a relaxing, casual late afternoon of fun, fellowship and food on Sunday, March 13 for the first Washington get together since 2012. 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. If you are on our mailing list from 2012, look for your invitation and registration form in the mail around the middle of January. Or you can call a committee member in your neighborhood, have a registration form e-mailed to you and then mail or drop off a check. In Oakwood/Ironwood call Maureen Hagen at 480-998-4822; in Palo Verde call 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]. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Looking forward to seeing you on March 13.