An Active Adult Community



In 1974 the first houses in Sun Lakes were built and with many homes completed, the rapid influx of people wanting to buy homes and settle in this small community became apparent.  With a growing population, there was a need for public services.  A most important service for homeowners is fire protection; thus in mid 1974 a group of citizens met and established the Sun Lakes Volunteer Fire Department.  Shortly thereafter, it was decided that a Women’s Auxiliary would be of added benefit and on June 14, 1974 Lucille Havryluke was installed as temporary chairman of the Sun lakes Women’s Fire Auxiliary.  The first election of officers was on February 13, 1975.

A “Fall Festival” and Parade was held in 1974.  This successful event was later re-named “the Bazaar” and became an annual event.  This same year with the cooperation of the developer, work was started on building a fire station.  A recycling project was started with the volunteer firemen doing the loading and hauling in a homeowner’s truck.  In 1980, it was decided to delete the word “fire” from the name and henceforth was known as the Women’s Auxiliary.

1981 brought the first elected officer from Phase II.  In 1984 the name was again changed to the Sun Lakes Women’s Association.  Since its inception in 1974, the Women’s Association has donated to many worthwhile projects including being instrumental in the funding for the first Fire Station.  Other recipients of the good will generated by the Women’s Association are Neighbors Who Care, the Cottonwood Boosters, The Anglers Club, the Fire Station, Security vehicles, donations to the Chapel Fund to help with its completion, the Robson Library and other gifts too numerous to mention.

The purpose of this organization has always been to aid in the health and welfare of our residents and to make this community a safer place in which to live.  Donations to Neighbors Who Care over the years have made it possible for many of our friends to remain in their own homes when health issues arise.  We can all truly be proud to have been a part of these groundbreaking events.  It doesn’t matter whether we live in Sun Lakes Country Club, CottonwoodPalo Verde or IronOaks – Sun Lakes is a community with heart!!!




*Cottonwood Palo Verde at Sun Lakes is an age 55 and older housing community in accordance with the Arizona and Federal Fair Housing Acts.