WIN Minutes 11-21-11

Nenana Wellness Coalition



November 21, 2011


The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.



We had 12 participants today, including: Kat & Leon McElroy, David Poppe, Gary Shields, Tim Horn, Bonnie Reed, Penny Forness, Michelle Godwin, and Rebecca, Ethan & Emily Troxel and Virginia Young. We enjoyed pork with pinto bean chili, mixed green salad, mixed-grain bread & butter, sliced cheese with Ritz crackers and raisins & walnuts for lunch.


WELCOME by this week’s chairperson, Tim Horn, followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT.


PRAYER was led by Rebecca Troxel, followed the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were submitted electronically to the WIN e-list as generated last week with no corrections. 






Nenana Food Box Project: Gary reported that  he and Christine sold Nenana Birthday Calanders and coffee and sweet rolls at the Holiday Bazaar last weekend; Marilyn suggested that they use the proceeds as seed money for fuel costs for the food box project. Also, Dave Shaw has agreed to allow us to use his one tin flatbed pickup truck for hauling the food. Christine continues coordinating with the people at the Fairbanks Food Bank. St Marks will be used as a staging area and for the time being as storage site for the freezers donated by the Senior Center. The intention is still to obtain a trailer to install the freezers upon and use that for hauling/storing the foodstuffs. People can donate to the “Fuel for Food Boxes” account at Coghill’s Store. Christine picking up three to four pallets of food next Saturday and needs volunteers to assist for distribution on Sunday.


Thanksgiving Dinner: Jeannie Bennet has hung flyers advertising our community Thanksgiving dinner, scheduled for the Friday directly after traditional Thanksgiving Thursday, November 25, 4—8 PM. Jeannie said her church will donate a turkey. Kat also has a turkey she will donate. Gary said Christine would bake that one; he will pick it up from Kat’s place today.  Kat and David will make mashed potatoes and perhaps have a goose to cook. Gary said he and Christine would bring spinach salad. Bonnie said she would bring apple pie; Michelle said she would bring pumpkin pie. We will be having a jam session in conjunction with the meal. Please bring music and instruments and plan enjoy and/or participate in making some live music. Virginia said she will build a fire at the tribal hall. Kat will get the keys from Robin at NNC.


Nenana Blood Drive: Tim confirmed with Felicia at the Fairbanks chapter of the Alaska Blood Bank our date for a Nenana Blood Drive, January 11, 2012. We are planning a second blood drive, for October. Tim will confirm with Felicia, hopefully for October 10th. The best time seems to be 10 AM – 2 PM.




DON’T FORGET the rescheduled Community Safety/Village Pride dinner will be TONIGHT, November 22nd, at 6:30pm at the tribal hall.


Rebecca: They got home Sunday night after a fun visit in the Seattle area. They went to the Space Needle and Mt. St. Helens. Emily’s health checked out fine—no cystic fibrosis. It is good to be back. Bill and Aerin stayed in Portland for a visit. Gabrielle took care of their chickens while they were gone and they did okay despite the deep cold.


Gary: Christine is down in Anchorage visiting an old friend; she will be back this evening.


Kat: Handed out flyers to be hung for the Thanksgiving Pot Luck and AA Speaker Meeting scheduled for 6 PM on this Sunday, November 27th, at the tribal hall. The speaker will be Joe F. from Fairbanks.

David: Made a short report about the house fire at Cora Lee’s house this weekend. It was a chimney fire, the response was made more difficult due to sub-zero temperatures of 40 below that night; Nenana Volunteer and Clear Fire Departments responded; there is some water damage but the fire got put out quickly. David said they did a search and rescue last night, locating the missing individual in 11 minutes from the time the actual search began. Meanwhile, he continues “watering” the chickens with fresh snow and they seem to be thriving.

Lastly, he thought people might enjoy this URL:


it is an Alaskan village version of the Hallelujah Chorus.


Virginia: Back from Maui. Her daughter is now officially Brooke Fields. The wedding was lovely. Photos on Brook’s FB page.


Penny: Jan Allen will be doing a class over at the YERC in making winter hats; materials will be provided.


Michelle: Was talking to Darcia at the City library about all the art talent we have in our community. They were thinking that maybe the library could host a local art gallery to showcase the works of locals. Also wondering about the possibility of holding art workshops for our youth.  Just something to think about, how could we do this, from our own resources?

They continue having community Yoga classes at Meda Lord Center each Tuesday and Friday at 10 AM. This is open to anyone in the community.


Tim: Basketball practice begins Monday.

There will be a training for the NCPS’s new prevention grant on Reconnecting Youth next week.

December 2nd there will be a Coffee House at the school library, 7 PM.

Christmas Concert for grades K-5 will be December 12 at 6:30 PM; the concert for grades 6-12 will be December 14th, also at 6:60 PM.

There will be devotions Wednesday & PM at Bonnie’s house; the theme will be Excellence in All Things.




ADJOURNMENT: 2:00 PM (well, really, it was three minutes til two)

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