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We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

2019 Friend of CASA Award

The Friend of CASA Award was to have been presented in March during our 2020 Reverse Your Luck fundraising gala in Yankton. Because of the outbreak of Covid-19, that fundraiser was cancelled, and along with it we had to postpone the Friend of CASA Award announcement.

We kept waiting for a time when Southeast CASA was having “something special” so that we could incorporate this award presentation. The pandemic put a stop to any large events, so we used the Nov. 12th Open House at our new office location to make the Friend of CASA Award presentation to Janet Stark of ALC Event Design.

“Janet has graciously assisted Southeast CASA with each of its gala events since we began hosting them in 2015. Whenever we asked for her help, she was quick to say “Yes!” Because of Janet’s generosity, not only did our events look first-rate, but Southeast CASA was able to raise more funds to provide CASA advocacy for local children who had been abused or severely neglected. All of our current and past board members join the Southeast CASA staff and volunteers in thanking Janet for her invaluable support for the CASA kids,” Said Sherri Rodgers-Conti during the presentation of the award.

Office Relocation Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Southeast CASA has moved! Our offices are now at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton.

We celebrated our new office location with an Open House and ribbon cutting on Nov. 12, 2020. The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and some of our board members and agency partners were on hand to see the new office and conduct the ribbon cutting. Thanks to those who attended!

L to R in photo above: Tyler Buckman, Daisey Kamback, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Jesse Bailey, Kaye O'Neal, Emily Monier, and Sara Livingston.

Our New Yankton Office Location

Southeast CASA is now located at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton, just west of Mozak's Flooring at 15th and Broadway Ave.

 

2018 Friend of CASA Award

At the 2019 "Reverse Your Luck" fundraising gala, Tom Andera was recognized as the first "Friend of CASA" award recipient. Tom is the owner of Andera Bookkeeping and Tax Services in Yankton. He has been assisting Southeast CASA with its payroll processing since 2011. Because of Tom's invaluable assistance, Southeast CASA is able to help more abused and neglected children in our area. Thanks for all you do for the CASA kids, Tom!

  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major Sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home

    Annual sponsor

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

5 Ways to Establish a Productive Morning Routine

5 Ways to Establish a Productive Morning Routine

You know the old saying, “The early bird gets the worm.” One 2012 study published by the American Psychological Association found that self-professed “morning people” reported feeling happier and healthier than their night owl counterparts. There’s also a distinct reason why many top executives are early risers. With fewer distractions in the morning, more time for breakfast and the chance to start your day off with a good work out, being productive in the morning matters. And since many workplaces are on the morning-heavy 9:00-5:00 schedule, there’s even the argument that early risers tend to be more efficient employees. 

There’s no doubt about it: the early bird does get the worm, and if you strive to live a more altruistic lifestyle, your morning routine should play an important role. When you have an efficient morning routine, you set an effective tone for the rest of the day. Here are five ways to establish a productive morning routine.

 

1. Keep your alarm away from your bed.

In today’s technological world, many people use their smartphones as their alarm in their morning. They check their phone before bed, plug it into the wall beside their bed, then check it immediately first thing in the morning when the alarm goes off. Instead, keep your phone—and your alarm—away from your bed. Then, when it goes off in the morning, you’re unable to roll over and immediately hit the snooze button. Instead, force yourself to get out of bed, walk over and shut the alarm off. This way, you’re already up and moving, ready for the day!

 

2. Drink a full glass of water.

Water is the most important thing for a productive morning. As soon as you are out of bed, drink a full glass of water to help spike your energy levels both mentally and physically. Drinking water first thing in the morning immediately hydrates your body and provides natural energy which can last the whole rest of the day. If you add a slice of lemon, you could even pack in more nutrients, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants. This doesn’t mean you can’t still have some coffee, but save that for later with breakfast.

 

3. Save time for exercise.

Whether it’s a 10-minute walk on the treadmill or a more intense workout, set aside time to exercise during your morning routine. Researchers at the University of Bristol recently found that people who exercise during the day have more energy and a more positive outlook on life, which are both critical to productivity. In fact, one article by the U.S. News & World Report even stated that working out early in the morning increases your mental clarity for 4-10 hours afterwards. Exercising first thing in the morning starts your day off on a high note and improves your self-control and energy levels throughout the day.

 

4. Enjoy some quiet time.

In a busy and bustling world, we rarely, if ever, enjoy any quiet time. By waking up earlier and focusing on a productive morning, you can make space for quiet time. Spend the time reading, meditating or setting goals for the day. How do you envision this day, and how will it influence your larger goals in life? Think about the things in life you are grateful for, and consider what you want to achieve moving forward. By enjoying quiet time, you can clear your mind, focus on the day and feel less anxious as you head to work.

 

5. Eat a real breakfast.

Finally, this can come as no surprise: eat a real breakfast. According to the Huffington Post, about 31 million Americans skip the most important meal of the day. Instead, you can start off on a higher note simply by filling your belly early on. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, more likely to have stable blood-sugar levels and tend to be less hungry throughout the day. Whether it’s a protein shake or eggs and bacon, a healthy breakfast gives you energy, improves your memory and helps you concentrate on the rest of your day.

Establishing a productive morning routine is an important step in living an altruistic lifestyle. When you feel more efficient throughout the day, you can create more opportunities to give back to others. Use these tips to help establish your routine, and soon enough, you too can be an early bird. 

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