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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

Celebrating United Nations Day

The month of October is known for many things: pumpkins, breast cancer awareness, the beginning of fall, domestic violence awareness, Halloween… the list goes on. But did you know it also celebrates the greatest global union in history?

That’s right; October 24th is international United Nations Day, part of United Nations Week, which runs from October 20th-26th. UN Day marks the anniversary of the United Nations charter coming into force in 1945, and has been celebrated since 1948. 

Here’s a few reasons to celebrate this momentous anniversary of United Nations Day, and how you can use it to promote altruism within your own life.

 

History of the United Nations

The idea of a “League of Nations” first came about at the end of World War I with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. However, after World War II broke out, founders soon realized the league needed to take on a different form.

The foundations for the UN developed toward the end of World War II, at the UN Conference on International Organization in San Francisco on April 25, 1945. The United Nations as we know it was officially created with their charter ratification on October 24th of that same year.

 

What the United Nations Does

The United Nations is an international organization made up of 193 member states. Their main offices are in New York, United States; Hague, Netherlands; Geneva, Switzerland; Vienna, Austria; and Nairobi, Kenya. The UN is an altruistic organization committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, encouraging social progress and promoting better living standards and human rights around the world.

The United Nations uses its powers to take action on a range of issues, working towards their primary eight goals: (1) eradicate extreme poverty; (2) achieve universal primary education; (3) promote gender equality and empower women; (4) reduce child mortality; (5) improve maternal health; (6) combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases; (7) ensure environmental sustainability; (8) develop a global partnership for development.

 

How to Celebrate United Nations Day

Around the world today, countries everywhere are celebrating United Nations Day. Food festivals showcase food from different cultures, concerts highlight national music and art is unveiled to promote world peace.

If you and your family want to get involved, try focusing the day on learning about something from a different culture. Go to a local restaurant and try new food, check out cultural fairs within your community or learn more about the United Nations and the global unity it promotes. Find out how your home state is celebrating UN Day and see if you can get in on the action!

 

No matter your nationality, culture or language, happy United Nations Day / Día de las Naciones Unidas / يوم الأمم المتحدة / 유엔의 날 / Tag der Vereinten Nationen. 

 

As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated, “The United Nations works for the entire human family of seven billion people, and cares for the earth, our one and only home.” Celebrate today by caring for our global family and living the best life you can.

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