State Parties – February 2024

Dakotas ‘Round Up’ Party March 7

Steve Perkins

It’s your last chance to get registered for the fun-filled Dakota Party. North Dakotans and South Dakotans and friends from Sun Lakes, SunBird, and surrounding areas are all invited to the annual Dakotas Party held Thursday, March 7, at the Sun Lakes Cottonwood Country Club San Tan Ballroom. Make sure you put it on your calendar. It’s a 40-plus-year tradition!

Act now, as we must have your registration in and paid for by Feb. 28. Our count and guarantee must be made on the morning of the 29th, so please register and pay now. Thank you!

We have already had a fantastic response, so we are expecting a record-breaking attendance. We have many “new” Dakotans already signing up. We are planning a real hoedown big party celebration, just like a good ol’ Dakota rodeo.

Also, in addition to our longtime sponsor Western State Bank (here in Chandler and back home in North Dakota), we have a new sponsor—Sanford Health Foundation. Sanford Health is based in the Dakotas and is the largest rural health care provider in the USA. All this means that we will have even more prizes in our drawing. You really don’t want to miss the party. Grandpa says it’s better than going to the casino.

If you are not getting our emails, then you need to get on our Dakotas Party list. If you aren’t on the list, well, golly, you just ain’t really from Dakota. You get on the list by emailing or calling us at the contact information below. Everyone on the list from last year continues. We have already emailed out (on Jan. 2 and 10) the registration forms with all the details. Remember, you have to be prepaid and registered by Feb. 28, before the party. There are no “walk in” registrations at the door.

The 2024 party will again be indoors at the Sun Lakes Cottonwood Country Club San Tan Ballroom. It is still a casual event, much like our previous outside patio party. No excuses for wimps who think it might be too cold or rainy. Everyone will receive a registration gift. We will have double the door prizes from last year and lots of fun.

First, make sure you are on our annual party list so we can keep you up to date about our annual parties. Second, get registered now. Third, let everyone know. To save money, we are only doing email mailings, so please tell all your Dakota friends about the party. We need your help! Please don’t assume everyone knows about it. Spread the word faster than Grandma’s country party line phone.

The cost is $25 per person (doggone inflation) and includes the buffet dinner. The event will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. Advance tickets only!

For more information, to get on our list, and/or to make reservations, contact [email protected] or call Marianne Perkins at 507-227-2099 or Steve Perkins at 507-920-3532.

Nebraska State Dinner

Carla Teusaw

The annual Sun Lakes Nebraska State Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 2, in the Cottonwood Country Club San Tan Ballroom. Friends from Sun Lakes, SunBird, and surrounding areas are all invited to the dinner. The no-host cash bar will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

The cost of tickets is $40 per person with a choice of prime rib or shrimp scampi, and the deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Feb. 19.

Reservation forms for those on our mailing list will be sent out the first week of February. If you are new to the area, have a change of address, have never been on our mailing list, or have questions, contact Don Teusaw at 402-659-2410.

This is your opportunity to meet fellow Nebraskans, enjoy great food, and participate in raffle drawings and a Silent Auction!

Please spread the word!