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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

Celebrate Self Improvement Month this September

Another month has come and gone, and it’s time to wish you all a happy September! This month is recognized as Self Improvement Month, and today we’re talking about impactful ways you can celebrate. Just as the leaves change, so can our habits and how we feel about ourselves. Use this as a time of renewal to reset for the rest of the year and work on being the best version of yourself. The time to reflect is now, so check out these steps you can take to celebrate Self Improvement Month this September. 

 

Reflect on the Year So Far

Believe it or not, we only have a few months left in 2022. Think back to the sense of renewal you may have experienced in January. Who says you can’t feel that same sense of renewal now? Take time to reflect on what you have accomplished. This could be related to your personal life, your work life, your altruistic life or any other aspect of your life you can think of. Write it down. Be proud of those accomplishments! Seeing how far you have already come will help inspire you to keep pushing forward to achieve even more the remainder of the year.

 

Consider Your Goals, New and Old

Consider the last time you set goals for yourself. When was it? Did you achieve them? Why do you think you did or didn’t reach those goals? Understanding how you operated in the past can help inform your future. Now that you’ve reflected on your year so far, it’s time to build new goals based on what you learned in the past. Maybe you need to create smaller goals to lead to a bigger goal. Or, maybe you easily completed your former goals and you need to set your sights higher this next go around. 

 

Find Somebody to Look Up To

No matter your age, you can always learn from others around you. A common misconception about mentorship is that it has to be adults mentoring youth. Find somebody in your life that you look up to, and ask to have a cup of coffee with them, or grab a bite to eat. Pick their brain about topics that are important to your self improvement that you admire about your peer. Chances are, they look up to just as many qualities that you possess! 

 

Read a Book

Knowledge is something that nobody in the world can master. That’s because there is always something new to be learned, no matter how much you may already know. There are all types of books you can read to improve, including self-help books, goal-setting books, a book about a hobby you want to learn or virtually anything that strikes your interest. This is your sign to get lost in a book. Then, challenge yourself to discuss it with others around you to help spread what you’ve learned! 

 

Give Back to Others

Self-improvement spans beyond yourself. Being the best version of yourself means you’re also spreading kindness into the world. Use September to think of the ways you want to give back to your community and the world. This could be as simple as performing a random act of kindness each week. You could also sign up to volunteer in your local community. Become a mentor for a child at a local school through their mentorship programs. Think of ways to give back that would be most fulfilling to you, and then find out how you can put them into action.

 

This September, remember to focus on you and your personal growth. Even small steps can add up to huge results over time. It all starts now! Take the time you need to reflect, define new goals and surround yourself with the people and resources you need to succeed. Most of all, remember that self-improvement spans beyond yourself. Give back what you hope to get out of the world!

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