Our Alumni

“What a trip”, is how Carol Regier, Executive Director, of Keystone Treatment Center in Canton SD describes the last 40 years and she would know since she and her husband Dr. Gene Regier have been here since day one! “We started as a small group of patients and staff. We learned together and grew together”.
Keystone just celebrated its 40th anniversary on August 3, 2013. The event started with a client/staff softball game and meetings were held throughout the day. That evening a banquet was held and Carol presented the Alumnus of the Year Award to all of the Keystone Alumni. The entertainment that evening was a Native American music group Burle’ who gave a wonderful testimony for all mankind through song and dance. Kind words of attribution were given to Carol and the Keystone staff by Andy Eckhart, Jerry Rhodes, and Joe Procopio. Linda Robinson a representative from Senator Tim Johnson’s office who read a letter from Senator Johnson congratulating Carol and Keystone for all the people they have treated and for being the pioneers in the CD field.
Since 1973 Keystone has added several programs and over 20,000 patients have gone through Keystone Treatment. Through all these programs, we have stressed 12 Step programs. Keystone is in the process of adding 22 beds to make it 122 bed facility in October 2013.

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Keystone Celebrates 40th Anniversary & Alumni Reunion

Saturday, August 3, 2013
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Keystone Treatment Center

1010 E 2nd St • Canton, SD

Celebration Begins: 1:00 P.M.

Alumni/Staff/Patient Softball Game: 1:30 P.M.

Recovery Call-Up Meeting (Fireside Room): 2:00–4:00 P.M.

O’Gorman High School Our Gift to You!

3210 S Kiwanis Ave • Sioux Falls, SD

*Banquet: 6:00 P.M.

Brulé (PRIVATE PERFORMANCE): 7:00 P.M.

* RSVP required to attend banquet.

RSVP by July 15, 2013 to Cindy Nichols (605-334-5850)
or Phyllis Bauerle (605-335-1820).


Winter Conference a Success

This year’s Mini Conference was the beginning of Keystone celebrating its 40th year of “Rejoicing in Recovery” and helping many people find recovery and a new chance to live life on life’s terms and enjoy doing so.

johnOn Friday February 1, 2013 John McAndrew went to our inpatient facility and shared his personal story with music. He was an inspiration to all of the clients in treatment and even got the adolescents to perform a song with him. He took the time to talk to the clients and sign autographs after his performance.

On Friday evening a beautiful young lady shared her experiences, strengths and hopes in her journey to and during her recovery. She was able to give hope to every person who sat in the room that evening.

bobSaturday morning Pastor Paula presented the spiritual opening which blessed us all. Melanie shared her view on Step 10. Bob Bogue presented a lecture on “The Promises.” We ended the day of presentations with a panel discussion. The audience wrote questions throughout the conference and with the help of Carol Regier the panel did an excellent job in answering those questions on an array of topics pertaining to addictions and treatment.

carolA banquet was held Saturday evening for the alumni, family and friends. We numbered close to 275 very excited people. The meal was delicious. After dinner Carol shared with the group the beginnings of Keystone Treatment, how it was started, who started it, and all the important events that lead the right people to name Keystone. Check our Keystone history article and pictures. She shared some of the changes that have occurred during the last 40 years as she and her husband Dr. Gene Regier have been with Keystone since its beginning. Carol will continue the story at our annual reunion on August 3, 2013. Ending our very inspirational time together was a performance from John McAndrew. He told his personal story of recovery, through word and music. We were so very fortunate to have John celebrate with us, and it will be a conference we will not forget. John put together a couple of surprises bringing up the marketing team to help play a few songs and his own written ballad to mother Carol of Keystone (Carol Regier). We thank all those that shared and were in attendance to start Keystone 40th year of “Rejoicing in Recovery.”

Phyllis Bauerle

Alumni President.

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Keystone Celebrates its 35th Year With an Alumni Banquet

Keystone Treatment Center in Canton, S.D. celebrated its 35th year of helping alcoholics and addicts with its annual alumni dinner and activity day on August 2, 2008. Included among the activities were a softball game between patients and staff and alumni, a recovery call-up meeting held throughout the day and an alumni banquet. Among those in attendance at the banquet were many alumni, including the first patient who completed treatment at Keystone in 1973 and who remains in sobriety today.

Several awards were given out during the evening’s activities including a special award for service to the recovering community by former Keystone Medical Director, Dr. Donald Frost. Highlighting the evening was the presentation of the Alumnus of the Year Award which went to Keystone alumnus and outpatient therapist Phyllis Bauerle. Phyllis completed treatment at Keystone 23 years ago and since that time she has dedicated her life to helping others as a substance abuse therapist. She currently works at Keystone’s Outpatient Treatment Program in Sioux Falls as the Assistant Director where she does group and individual therapy with adult patients. Phyllis is always willing to go the extra mile and can always be found with a smile on her face. Her family was in attendance at the banquet to share in this honor with her. In addition to her role as a Keystone therapist, Phyllis is also the current President of the Keystone Alumni Association. Congratulations Phyllis on being named Keystone Alumnus of the Year!

The evening was capped off by an inspirational talk given by another Keystone Alumnus, Matt Lynch who currently works as the Adolescent Boys Unit Coordinator for Keystone. Matt spoke of his own recovery and his love for Keystone and the great focus at Keystone on the healing of the spiritual as well as the physical side of addiction.

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