State Parties – March 2015


A Colorado cookout will include hamburgers or brats, potato salad and beans, buns, plates, condiments, beer, wine or soda; the cost is $5 per person (tickets need to be purchased by March 9).

When: Saturday, March 14

Time: 3:00-6:00 p.m. social hour and cookout

Where: SunBird pool/patio area

Bring: Social hour – BYOB

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

All present and former Colorado residents and houseguests are welcome.

North & South  Dakota

Mark your calendars now for the Dakota Roundup on Sunday, March 22 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on the SunBird patio.

The potluck-on-the patio fun will begin with social hour at 3:30 p.m. and potluck at 4:30 p.m. Bob Beckman, Fargo, and the Boys will again entertain. Delicious Dakota home cooking is your admission, with water and dinnerware provided.

Invited are SunBird residents who have lived in the Dakotas and their guests and Dakota friends. Bring an unwrapped door prize if you wish. Advance $2 tickets will be at the SunBird office in March and for $3 at the picnic.

For questions or to share ideas call Jackie Cox at 701-730-6723.


The Iowa Party will be in the Lakeview Room at the Clubhouse on Saturday, March 7; cocktails at 5:00 pm. and dinner at 6:00 p.m.

There will be a sign-up sheet on the board in the Puzzle Room for the potluck. An entrée of Iowa pork loin will be provided at $2.50 per person so bring something delicious to go with that. The Lakeview Room accommodates 50 so be sure to get on the list. We had a full house last year.

If you have questions or want to help with the games call Paullene Caraher at 602-292-7858 or e-mail [email protected]


The first annual states of Michigan/Illinois party will be held on Thursday, March 12 starting at 4:00 p.m. with dinner at 5:00 p.m. on the SunBird Clubhouse patio. All Michigan and Illinois residents, former residents and anyone with ties to Michigan/Illinois are invited to attend and share stories and memories about their lives in their Great Lakes state.

Thanks to everyone’s generosity last year, hot dogs, buns, Coney sauce, onions and condiments will be provided by the party committee. Attendees with last names starting with A to H are asked to bring an appetizer. Those whose last name begins with I to P are asked to bring fruit or dessert to pass. Last names beginning with Q to Z will bring salad or vegetables. Coffee, plates, utensils, cups and napkins will be provided. Everyone should bring their own drinks.

There will be entertainment, a 50/50 drawing and a donation box to help offset the cost of the food for 2016. So mark your calendars for the Michigan/Illinois party on Thursday, March 12. To help the committee finalize their plans, there will be a sign up sheet in the Puzzle Room after February 10.

For further information feel free to call Marge Smith at 480-883-1622 or Janice Fleming at 480-883-6915.


Mark your calendars now – March 13 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. All residents and renters and anyone who has a connection to the northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Western Montana and Alaska) and all of our Canadian friends from B.C. and Alberta are also welcome.

There will be a change in this patio party. We are talking to Julie and her staff about preparing our meal on the patio. There will also be a nine-hole golf outing prior to the meal for those who are interested. Look for details and a sign-up sheet on the Club Activities wall in the Puzzle Room.

Contact Steve Cockrell at 480-802-4251 for additional information.