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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 Incorporate More Positivity into Your Life

When you’re feeling your best, you’re able to put positivity into the world. However, when life gets hard, it can be hard to stay positive. Being positive is just something you either have or you don’t, right? In reality, there are actionable ways you can project more positivity into your life. All it takes is a little practice. Check out these tips to stay positive, and put your best foot forward into the world so that you can be your best self. 

 

Write It Down

Even though life is hard, there is always beauty in the world around you. Consider what you’re thankful for and write it down. It’s easy to focus on the hard or bad things going on in your life and to forget about the good things going on around you. Putting your positive thoughts down on paper can help reaffirm those thoughts for you.

 

Accept What You Can and Can’t Control

Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows—and that’s okay! Change your way of thinking by identifying the things within your control, as well as the things outside of your control. Making a list of the things outside of your control can help you realize where you can take action. 

 

Talk Kindly to Yourself

Positive affirmations toward yourself can help you truly believe the positivity yourself. Practice telling yourself what you like about yourself out loud in front of the mirror. This may seem silly at first, but in order to put positivity into the world, you have to truly believe it yourself. Repeat your positive affirmations every morning before you start your day.

 

Meditate

Sometimes negativity can come from all of the factors surrounding us. Things like social media, pop culture or problems that others are having can influence how you’re also feeling without you even realizing it. Take time to meditate to block out the outside world. Use a guided meditation app or look up videos online to get started!  

 

Cut Yourself Some Slack

It’s an easy response when you’re feeling down to try to fix it immediately or think about how you should be doing something to fix it and you aren’t. This leads to a spiral where you are not only having negative thoughts, but you’re prolonging positivity by thinking about how you aren't being positive. Give yourself some grace. We’re all human, and we all have days where we aren’t productive, or don’t have it in us to do the things on our to do list. That’s okay! Tell yourself that you need the time to rest and recharge, and that you’ll be back better than ever tomorrow. 

 

Find Something to Laugh About

It’s true that laughing authentically isn’t something you can simply do on command. However, there are ways you can try to inject humor into your life. Turn on a show or movie you find to be particularly funny. Spend time with friends or family who make you smile. Attend a comedy show. Think about the things that make you laugh or smile, and make an effort to spend time doing those things. You’ll leave with a smile on your face and a newfound sense of positivity. 

 

Positivity is something you may not always possess, but there are ways to bring it into your life. Surround yourself with positive people, and remind yourself of the positive things in your life and the positive qualities you have. Take the time you need to rest and recharge. In order to do good for the world, you also need to be feeling your best!

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