WIN Minutes 02-21-12

NenanaWellness Coalition


February 21, 2012


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.

There were 10 participants today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Jan Hnilka, Brianna Jeffers, Art & Terry Thompson, Jeannie Bennet, Virginia Young and Tim Horn. We had chicken tamale pie with mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and walnuts with raisins for lunch.

WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennet.

PRAYER was lead by Terry Thompson, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Jan Hnilicka was welcomed.


Reconnecting Youth:  Jan Hnilicka provided a short powerpoint which explained the Reconnecting Youth alcohol/drug prevention program that is being instituted in the Nenana City Public School. It is being offered in two class periods to high school age youth; one claqss has nine participants, the other has eleven. Jan said that the coalition team membership is open to anyone interested from the community; email her at if you would like to join or be added to their e-list.

Jan said that they had conducted community surveys and interviewed key community members as part of the planning and development stages of this prevention grant. All had identified alcohol abuse as primary issues, hence this is the current focus of their prevention efforts. It is a three year grant and they continue looking for ideas from the community.

The Reconnecting Youth classes are offered daily for one semester, as a health credit, with a focus on mental health and wellness issues. It is taught by a certified teacher with the assistance of the youth advocate. Their goals are to increase school performance, control alcohol and drug involvement and help students learn how to manage mood and emotions. The Reconnecting Youth is a model that has met with great success in Seattle and is considered to be a promising model by SAMHSA. Jan said that the next RY monthly meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 27th, 10 AM at NCPS in the superintendent’s office.

 Nenana Health Fair: Tim made a short report on the planning committee’s last meeting. Jeannie has made a list of people to solicit for donations. Kat will generate a begging letter and forward it to Jeannie to be distributed.  We have been stopping by the Alaska Health Fair office in Fairbanks to pick up and haul back to Nenana needed supplies to save on postage. Next planning meeting will be Wednesday evening, 6 PM, at Rebecca Troxel’s: 832-1000 for information.

WELLNESS THOUGHT:   Time to start your STARTS!!!!  Mother Nature


Per an email from Michelle Goodwin: Jack Dalton, an Alaskan Native storyteller, who grew up in Anchorage, will be at the Nenana Public Library on Wednesday, Feb 22  at  4pm. A large turnout is expected so come early to assure good seating.

David: The book club met Friday night; it was well attended.  Sunday they had company and took advantage of the nice weather to clean out the chicken coop, the pig shed and the cow yard: makes for great compost heaps.

Kat: April 17 & 18th she will be conducting a Warrior Down training in Fairbanks on thinking errors. RMHA continues the cumbersome process of updating their P & P manual towards CARF certification which they hope to have complete by June 2013.

Tim: Basketball tonight in Anderson with the girls playing at 6 PM and the boy’s team directly afterwards.

They will be playing a tournament in SuValley/Talkeetna on Saturday.

Parent/Teacher conferences are Thursday and Friday.

Tara will be presenting next Tuesday on Inclusiveness.

Virginia: Themed devotional the 22nd at 7 PM, at Bonnie’s house. The theme is Race Unity. This is open to anyone in the community.

Christine: She and Gary had absentee volunteers for Morsels in Motion this weekend due to the basketball tournament. There were some problems with people not picking up their food boxes which results in Christine having to take those food parcels back up to Fairbanks as there is no storage space at the parish hall.

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday; this will be celebrated at 7 PM at St. Mark’s.

Art: The joint meeting was well attended. He has heard from Paul Verhagan that funding for  the bridge across the Nenana river has been submitted and accepted. Art provided a short update on the borough exploratory committee of which he has been a part. Their consensus is that Nenana should begin the borough formation process to avoid being subsumed by Mat/Su or Fairbanks North Star boroughs.

Terry: Sad to report her son and daughter-in-law are moving to Washington state. They are organizing a moving sale up in Fairbanks.

Jeannie: Wayne Walters funeral will be Saturday at the Civic Center at 1 PM. There will be a pot luck following the service. Posters will go up later this week.

Nenana has been approved for a feasibility study for a biomass project. She thinks Jim Sackett should be invited to do a presentation on progress to date on this.


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