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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

Winter Wonderland Adventures to Try with Your Family

The holidays are over, but there’s still a few months of winter left ahead. If you have children, you know how easy it can be to get winter fever while being cooped up indoors for three long months. Luckily, there’s still time to take advantage of the cold season!

If you’re ready for fun and flurries this winter season, check out some of these great winter wonderland adventures to try with your family.

Go sledding.

The first and most classic winter activity is of course, sledding. Sledding is a rite of passage for any childhood memory, and is sure to be one your kids will hold on to for a long time. Pack on the layers, grab your trashcan lid and find the nearest hill—it’s sledding time. 

 

Build a snowman.

If snow permits, make memories with your family by building a snowman (or woman). Or, get creative and build a snow creature of some kind; the more you can think of, the more fun your family will have!

 

Compete in a snowball fight.

If your family likes a good competition, the best option is definitely a solid snowball fight. Make teams or go one-on-one for the ultimate family feud. 

 

Hit up the ice skating rink.

Ice skating is an inexpensive way for your family to go out and have fun in the cold. Find your closest rink and lace up for a great time with the kiddos!

 

Have an indoor beach party.

If the cold is just too much to handle, focus your thoughts on warmer days by enjoying an indoor beach party. Put on swimsuits, break out the beach towels and put on some beach movies to play pretend. You can even make some juicy drinks, or build sand castles for extra fun.

 

Camp out, indoors.

Camping is always a great time, especially if it’s from the comfort of your own home. Find your old tent and pitch it in the living room for a play experience for the kids. Break out the sleeping bags, eat s’mores or even build a fake fire. The goofier it is, the more fun your kids will have.

 

Take time for arts and crafts.

Arts and crafts is always a great time for children, especially if you can relate it to the current season. Look online for simple and enjoyable crafts your family can try to teach your kids about winter, while still having a goofy and wonderful experience.

 

Assemble a blanket fort.

Blanket forts are a small amount of work for a long amount of playtime. Challenge your kids to build the biggest, most elaborate fort they can think of, and watch as their imaginations take over, all while staying indoors.

 

Eat out for a winter treat.

Finally, when your family is ready to leave the house and try something new, enjoy a winter treat at your favorite local cafe or restaurant. Some places have specials just for the winter season, and are definitely worth trying with your kiddos.

 

The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to be! This winter season, beat the cold by embracing it, and go on some winter wonderland adventures with your family. No matter what you decide to do, your kids will make memories that will last a lifetime.

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