WIN Minutes 06-05-12

NenanaWellness Coalition


May 29, 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.


We had 9 participants today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Elecia Frank, Jeannie Bennet, Bonnie Reed, Tom Paxton, Maryu Alexander, Virginia Young and Miles Martin. We had  green salad with chicken and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.


We had no formal agenda today due to printer issues and computer issues.


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


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week. Tom is visiting from Barrow; he is Tim’s brother-in-law.





Nenana Blood Drive: The Alaska Blood Bank had contacted Tim Horn to see if our community is willing to host another blood drive earlier than the one we anticipated next fall. We polled the WIN list and have at five, maybe six, who are willing to donate blood. The blood bank needs at least 15 to make it worthwhile for them. Tentative date is set for June 15th, 10 AM till 2 PM. Tim talked to Cherrie Forness to arrange for the use of the Civic Center; Kat will make a check for the deposit. We need to get more donors; it was suggested we ask EMS and Crowley and make flyers to invite other community members. Ww will ask the churches to announce this at Sunday services. Kat can make soup; Virginia volunteered to make bread. Jeannie suggested a fruit or vegetable tray. It was wondered of the Blood Bank brings juice and water; it seems they did at the last blood drive.


Freecycle: There will be a BBQ/pot luck community feed and Freecycle Friday the 15th, starting around 5:30; it will be held at the RV Park unless it rains in which case it will be at the Civic Center. People are invited to bring recyclable house wares and clothing. If no one take the stuff you bring, please remember to take them home again with you when you leave.

Project Overhaul: Jeannie is tentatively scheduling the first pick-up day for Saturday, June 16th. She would like to start at 9 AM. She needs strong backs and willing hands to assist her. She would like to be able to use up the remaining 4 tons of free dumping available still from Denali Borough Landfill before the end of their fiscal year, June 30th. On a side note, the Nenana transfer station is now open Wednesday and Saturdays, Noon-6 PM; the price will be$8:50 per load, no matter what size.





Virginia: Is happy to be on her summer work schedule and is busy with the farm. Her children had a good visit but are off now to work for the summer at various DOT positions.

Book Club meets Monday night, June 11th, 7 PM, at Virginia’s place.


Mary: School Board meeting Wednesday night Wednesday evening, 5:30, in the Pit at NCPS. The school board will be doing strategic planning two evenings next week with a facilitator from the AASD.

She and Virginia have been busy planting the farm to school garden at NSLC and are cooking up plans to get more youth involved in this community activity.


Tom: Is delighted to be visiting again. Notes that our local pond doesn’t seem to have been stocked with fish this year.


David: Has put the three pregnant cows out on to pasture over behind the new soccer field; two will birth in the next two weeks. They are happy to be eating fresh green grass, tho the calves are not too pleased to have their mamas abandon them. Just finished putting about a thousand strawberry starts into the ground.


Kat: Invites everyone to come tour their experimental  agricultural station.


Elecia: Has been invited to Fairbanks to help care for a friend.


Miles: Saturday Market is thinking they may expand to include other days. They are getting town traffic as well as tour buses.

Saturday, June 9th, the Library will have a BBQ to kick-off their summer reading program, starting at Noon.


Bonnie: Transit of Venus BBQ and celebration will occur today, right after WIN, 2-8 PM, at the Horn’s residence.



There seems to be some confusion about the ASAP gas-line informational meeting; the flyers say it will be June 13th, 6-8 PM< with refreshments serve3d. The community is invited to attend,



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