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CASA Volunteer Joanne Tieman

Southeast CASA mourns the death of our dear friend and CASA volunteer, Joanne Tieman. Joanne was a CASA volunteer in Clay County and served from 2015 to 2020. She was a dedicated CASA volunteer and took on some very challenging cases, making a difference in the lives of the children she helped. Donations have been received at Southeast CASA in memory of Joanne's work as a CASA volunteer.


We're Seeking New Board Members!

Southeast CASA is looking for a few talented and caring volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our program of providing free advocacy services for abused and neglected children in southeastern South Dakota. We're seeking adults from communities in Clay, Union, Turner, Bon Homme and Yankton counties who want to make a difference in the lives of local children in need. Learn more about Southeast CASA at www.southeastcasa.org. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership, and are interested in exploring board service, please call the director of Southeast CASA at 605-760-4825 to find out whether this opportunity is right for you.


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!

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First Dakota National Bank
    First Dakota National Bank
  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

How to Practice Self-Love this Holiday Season

The most wonderful time of the year can also come with stress and not as much cheer. The holidays can also be a reminder of the people we are missing or a stressor for all of the things we need to get done. Remember that even though it is a magical time of year, it may not feel that way to everybody. In order to feel and spread holiday cheer, it starts with you! Practice these tried-and-true self-love tips this holiday season so that you can focus on being the best version of you! 

 

Use Positive Talk with Yourself

You’re kind when it comes to helping others, but what about your internal voice? It’s easy to get down on yourself, but proactively realizing how you speak when you’re thinking about yourself is important to your own well-being. Listen to your internal dialogue and catch yourself when you feel like you are speaking negatively. Ask yourself how you can reframe that talk to be more positive! 

 

Let it Go

In the words of Elsa from the hit movie Frozen, some things require the mantra, “Let it go.” In order to feel lighter, find what works for you. Sometimes letting go means forgiving and forgetting, while other times it means mentally choosing to move on. Whatever is weighing on you, try to find a way to feel content. This could mean making peace where there is conflict or simply accepting the things we can’t change. 

 

Don’t Forget to Indulge

Too often, people end up restricting themselves during the holidays and forgetting to have a little fun! This can lead to increased stress. Treat yourself this holiday season and remember that you can balance out those indulgences (that is, if you choose!). A little indulgence won’t throw you completely off track, and it will make you happy. 

 

Remind Yourself Daily

You’ve accomplished so much and will continue to accomplish so much more. Start each day by reminding yourself about the great things you’ve accomplished and what you’d like to accomplish in the future. If it helps, post an inspirational note to yourself that you can look at and repeat each morning. While it may seem silly at first, over time you’ll start to truly believe your mantra. Put your note somewhere where you’re sure to see it each and every morning so that you start your day on the right foot. 

 

Pick Up the Phone

If you aren’t feeling the love this holiday season, remember that you’re never alone. There are tons of other people feeling the same way, or people in your life who are there to lift you up. Pick up the phone and give those people a call. Be open about how you’re feeling and genuinely listen to how the other person is feeling. 

 

While the holidays are about spending time with others and spreading as much cheer as possible, it’s hard to spread cheer if you aren’t feeling great yourself. Don’t forget to practice these self-love tips throughout the holidays and the entire year. In order to do good in the world, you first need to feel good about yourself!

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