State Parties – January 2015


Are you a Michigander or Michiganian? Do you want to meet other people in Sun Lakes from Michigan? If so, plan to attend the Michigan State Party scheduled for Friday, March 27 in Cottonwood’s San Tan Ballroom. This fun-filled event begins with a Meet and Greet starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a sit down dinner. Tickets are $23 per person. Purchase your tickets early from the following sales committee: Oakwood/Carol Boddy; phone 586-876-0695 or Arthur Fink; phone 480-883-9402. Cottonwood/Earl Cuyler; phone 480-895-5525; and Palo Verde/Pearl Ryan; phone 480-305-0286.


Minnesotans and friends from Sun Lakes and nearby areas are all invited to the annual Minnesota Patio Party to be 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 Sunday, March 22.

For information or reservations contact the following:

Bill or Judy Rethke – 480-895-5820

Lee Radermacher or Dori Helmer – 480-895-5685

Ed or Ann Bader – 480-883-3955

Harold Lindell or Beverly Shaw – 480-895-5820

Jim or Pat Dubow – 320-492-6309 or 320-492-1253

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

Al or Eileen Baumgartner – 480-699-3002

Bob or Marge Brower – 480-895-5013

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

Jim Mickus – 480-895-2551


Gary Vacin

The Nebraska Dinner planning committee is still taking reservations from Sun Lakes Nebraskans for the February 28 annual Nebraska State Dinner featuring former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne as speaker.

The event will be held at the Oakwood Country Club. There is limited seating and reservations are now open to Phoenix Metropolitan Nebraska friends and supporters.

The event will begin with a pre-dinner reception cocktail party beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Poolside Café. A no-host bar will follow the cocktail party from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with the dinner to follow. Proceeds from the reception will go to Osborne’s TeamMates Mentoring Program.

Tickets for the dinner are $45 per person or $150 for the cocktail party including dinner.

Osborne was head coach at Nebraska for 25 years (1973-1997). He led Nebraska to national championships in 1994, 1995 and 1997. He also served as Nebraska Athletic Director and was elected to three terms as a U.S. representative from the Nebraska 3rd Congressional District. He also served on the 2014 NCAA Championship selection committee.

For additional information contact Jeanne Vaughn at 480-895-2691.

N. Dakota – S. Dakota

Save the date! The North Dakota – South Dakota annual gathering will be held Saturday evening, February 28 in the San Tan Ballroom 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, enjoy great food and together celebrate the 125th anniversary of statehood for both of our great states. The cost will be $20 per person and reservations will be required. For information please contact Ruth Pedersen at 480-802-2145.

Western New Yorkers

We have finalized our event for all Western New Yorkers. It will be at the Poolside Cafe on Wednesday, January 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The cost is $20 per couple and $10 per single. We will have abundant appetizers, prizes and a cash bar. Name tags will be provided.

Checks should be sent by January 14 to Mary Ann Betti, 9607 E. Nacoma Dr., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.

If you have any questions call Pat at 480-895-0914 or Mary Ann at 480-313-1081.