State Parties


Colorado State Party

Bill Hook

The Colorado Patio Party will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the SunBird pool/patio area. The social hour will be from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a cook-out. The cook-out will include hamburgers or brats, potato salad, beans, buns, plates, condiments and beer, wine or soda. Tickets are $8 per person and must be purchased by March 20.

For more information, call Bill and Bette Hook at 895-6920.

All present and former Colorado residents and house guests are welcome.

Dakota and Nebraska

Mary Jane Melcher

Mark your calendars now for the Dakota and Nebraska Club reunion on Saturday, March 3, 2018, 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). 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 is your admission, with water and dinnerware provided. Last name A through H, please bring a salad for eight; last name I through P, please bring a hot dish for eight; and last name Q through Z, please bring a dessert for eight.

Yes, Nebraska friends are joining us this year! They and SunBird residents who have lived in the Dakotas, and their guests and Dakota friends are invited. Membership and event ticket is $5 at the SunBird office in February and $6 at the picnic.

For questions or to share ideas, call Jackie Cox at 701-730-6723, Sonja or Al Sjurseth at 701-261-5935 or Mary Jane Melcher at 605-310-8434.


The 2018 Iowa Party will be held Tuesday, March 13 on the Sunbird Clubhouse Patio. Registration will begin at 4:00 p.m. with an hour to socialize and purchase your winning raffle tickets before dinner at 5:00 p.m. Please sign up on the Iowa Party clipboard in the HOA puzzle room by Monday, March 5; record the number in your party and what dish you will bring: vegetable, salad or dessert. An entrée of fried chicken will be provided from the annual Iowa Party Fund that you make possible with your raffle donation. Alcoholic drinks are allowed on the patio. In addition to the raffle, there will be a 50/50 drawing (50% of the money collected to replenish the annual Iowa Party Fund, and two drawings of 25% each for lucky Iowans). To expedite setting up the raffle display table prior to the party, please call Don and Betty Nobling (712-292-0122) or Bix and Mary Bixby (563-543-7974) and we will happily pick up your raffle contribution.

Guests are welcome; however, be sure to sign them up on the Iowa Party clipboard in the puzzle room. If you have questions, text Paullene Caraher at 602-292-7858 or email her at Come for the food, stay for the stories and leave a “winnah!”


The fourth annual Michigan and Illinois state party will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., on the clubhouse patio. All Illinois and Michigan residents, former residents and anyone with ties to these two great states are invited to attend.

Thanks to everyone’s generous donations at last year’s party, chicken will be provided by the party committee this year. To supplement the chicken, attendees with last names starting with A through O are asked to bring an appetizer. Those whose last names begin with P through Z are asked to bring fruit, veggies or dessert to pass. Coffee, plates, utensils, cups and napkins will be provided. Everyone should bring their drink of choice. Donations to help offset the cost of food for next year’s party scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2019, will be graciously accepted.

To help the committee finalize their plans for the party, there will be a sign-up sheet on the board in the puzzle room. For further information or to register for the party, you may call Marge Smith at 480-883-1622 or Janice Fleming at 480-883-6915. Illinois residents may contact Joan Freund at 480-225-3184. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Minnesota Patio Party

The 2018 Minnesota Party is scheduled for Friday, March 9 on the clubhouse patio, beginning at 4:30 p.m. All hot dishes should be ready by 4:30 to preserve the heated dishes. All beverages are BYOB. A sign-up sheet will be posted next to the library. Please list the number of people attending and a checkmark in the list of items to be prepared.

Questions? Call Ned at 651-245-2856 or Floy at 612-220-5606.


Pam Tiffany

For the first time in a few years, the Ohio/Pennsylvania Party will be held on the clubhouse patio on April 6, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Anyone who claims Ohio or Pennsylvania as home is welcome to attend. We will be grilling hamburgers for $3 each. Those attending should BYOB and also bring a salad, dessert or side dish. Table service will be provided.

RSVP to Pam Tiffany at 567-674-0554 or, or to Peggy Albright at or phone 724-388-5286. Mark your calendars and join us.


The Wisconsin State Party will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the SunBird pool/patio area. Potluck-style dining will begin at noon (BYOB) with water and dinnerware provided.

Last name “A” through “H” please bring a salad for eight; last name “I” through “P” please bring a hot dish for eight; last name “Q” through “Z” please bring a dessert for eight. Remember a prize for our raffle.

All present and former Wisconsin residents and house guests are welcome. See you on March 15. For questions, please call Clay or Barb at 715-205-3719.