WIN Minutes 2-28-12

NenanaWellness Coalition


February 28, 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 eight participants today, including: Tara, Miles Martin, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn and Maryellen Robinson. We enjoyed rpast pork with potato soup, mixed green salad, walnut & raisin bread with butter and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.

WELCOME: By this week’s chairperson, Tim Horn, followed by the


PRAYER was lead by Kat McElroy, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two changes to the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were submitted electronically to the WIN e-list and posted at the WIN link at




Inclusiveness: Tara facilitated a group discussion around the issue of inclusiveness and exclusion. Some of the general questions explored were: How do we recognize when we are being exclusive. How can we be more inclusive? For WIN, how could we make our process more relevant to a greater number of people?  It was noted that our society tends to be product oriented which WIN is not.

Discussion ensued regarding the issue of facing any potentially divisive issue. It was acknowledged that by nature humans fomr In groups and Out groups and tend to view all things from their own narrow perspective while looking with skepticism or even fear on other perspectives. In light of this, how can WIN offer a forum to address seemingly insolvable situations?

It was suggested we could add “Concerns” to that portion of our meetings that addresses “Updates and Announcements?” we discussed how people often do not feel internal or external permission to address flashpoint issues. It was suggested we make an ongoing group inventory to explore: what are we doing well and what can we do better.

Tara described a technique she learned in a non-violent communication training for a way to check out one’s perceptions of what has been said. Kat mentioned using an AA concept called The Right To Be Wrong which helps her to be receptive to ideas that challenge her basic assumptions.

It was agreed that our group has struggled over the years just to be able to agree on what we mean by “wellness.” Naturally there are many possible paths and avenues to achieving same in our lives, our homes, our communities. Group consensus was we should explore this further, perhaps in a study/discussion group.

Tara suggested utilizing materials we could find at:

Maryellen talked about a training she has experienced teaching how to use what is called People First language; this is a tool to help remove stigma and humanize social services delivery. We discussed ways in which people inadvertently may alienate others due to our own presumptions about things such as race, gender, ethnicity, religion, ableness, worldview, or political beliefs.

It was agreed to revisit the issue of inclusion on an ongoing basis towards our goal of enriching our group with the widest possible base.

WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.                 Albert Camus


Kat: Provided contact information for people who are interested in obtaining produce boxes delivered in Nenana by The Homegrown Market in Fairbanks. For more information, you may call 452-6238. She will continue providing information as she receives it.

Tara: Has a new web site and will start an herbal CSA this summer.

Miles: Would like to invite Jack Anderson to come to WIN to present to us about bee-keeping. He is glad to be back from Arizona.

Bonnie: Pot latch welcoming Don Charlie as chief has been postponed due to death of Jerry Duyck and subsequent funeral arrangements.

Tim: Is passing out daffodils for Ayyam-i-ha.

Maryellen: Two PINK members have applied for the training in Anchorage attendance at which would make them eligible to attend the training later in Nome.

Kick Butts Day is March 21st. They will celebrate this with anti-tobacco announcements on the intercom at school/

She will be in Anchorage all next week.

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