December 2012 Newsletter

December’s Offline Happenings!

December 1 – 31, 2012
Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Drive sober or get pulled over!!

December 6, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board/SPF SIG Committee
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

December 7, 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ethics:  Practice What You Preach

Please note: The class size is limited, and is expected to reach capacity. Please register early to ensure you get a seat.  Cost is $35, payable in advance. Deadline: December 1, 2012
Jackson Recovery Centers, 800 5th Street, Sioux City, Iowa
Contact:  Christy Stinger at 712-234-2308, Fax: 712-234-2398

December 8, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.
Agape Dinner 2012

Santa, Presents and Clothes
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 12th and Douglas, Sioux City, Iowa
Enter through alley door off 12th Street

Happy Holidays!!


MYTH:  It is no big deal to drink a few and drive.
FACT:  Buzzed driving is drunk driving.
Source:  NHTSA

Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Local law enforcement will be promoting this national campaign through local papers and television stations throughout the holiday season.  We encourage all of you to drive responsibly and have a safe holiday season!

Reminder:  12 ounces of 5% beer = 5 ounces of 12% wine, = 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor.  The glass of wine you get at many bars and restaurants is 8 ounces and it may be more than 12% so that one glass may actually be two drinks!!!  Impaired driving crashes are preventable.  beSomebody and don’t drink and drive.  Celebrate with care this holiday season.

During the holiday season, and year-round, take steps to make sure that you and everyone you celebrate with avoids driving under the influence of alcohol.  Following these tips can help you stay safe:

· Plan ahead.  Always designate a non-drinking driver before any holiday party or celebration begins.

· Take the keys.  Do not let a friend drive if they are impaired.

· Be a helpful host.  If you’re hosting a party this holiday season, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.

Information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)


Congratulations to our 2012 Top Twelve Young Ambassadors

Roy Barker, Riverside
Juliana Benitez, North Middle
Elizabeth Clay, Sacred Heart
Drake Coupland, Hunt
Kaylee Henn, Home Schooled
Mariah Lanning, Liberty
Alex Miller, Bryant
Ashley Olveda, East Middle
Shay Sargent, Leeds
Brandon Schroder, West Middle
Taylor Strawn, East Middle
Stephanie Warnstadt, Leeds

Sponsored by the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission in cooperation with Siouxland CARES

Local beSomebody YouTube Contest a Success

Thirteen entries were submitted for the beSomebody YouTube competition. Schools then voted for one entry per school to be judged for the contest. Schools submitting videos were Bishop Heelan High School, North High School, East High School, East Middle School, North Middle School and Bishop Heelan Sacred Heart School.

Bishop Heelan High School and North High School were honored as the top view getters in the 2012 beSomebody YouTube contest, sponsored by Briar Cliff Enactus, Siouxland CARES, and the United Way of Siouxland. Each team received a $250 award. Members of the team are:

Bishop Heelan: Ben Linden, Joe Kipp, Alex Linden and Sadie Elbert

North High: Deontre Dean, Matt Bennett, Xavier Scarlett, Faris Najdawi



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Siouxland Fact

438 10th and 12th graders (20%) reported drinking and driving in 2012.  This percentage is too high!!  Please help us educate the teenage drivers in your household!
Source:  Siouxland CARES Metro Area Survey

 Bullying Information
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
1-800-273-8255 or
A Youth Counseling Hotline,
Additional Resources:

Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at or or Like us on beSomebody Facebook page.

Tri-State Curfew

The following curfew is now in effect in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, and Woodbury County, Iowa, North Sioux City, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota County, Nebraska. Please enforce these times in your home.

 10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 14
11:00 p.m. for minors ages 14 and 15
Midnight for minors ages 16 and 17  

About Siouxland CARES.

Siouxland CARES (Community-wide Awareness, Resources, Education and Support) About Substance Abuse is a community coalition comprised of 350 volunteers. Volunteers for Siouxland CARES (representing 12 community systems) and staff contributed 16,845 hours in 2011 to CARES programs and services. The mission of CARES is to improve the quality of life in Siouxland by eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related violence.

The Anti-Drug is Communication.
Ask Who? Ask What? Ask Where?
It’s not pestering, it’s parenting!

Trustworthiness:   Think it.  Be it.
Respect:  Give it.  Get it.
Responsibility:  Take it.  Teach It.
Fairness:  Share it.  Practice it.
Caring:  Show it.  Receive it.
Citizenship:  Have it.  Honor it.
Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!!


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