WIN Minutes 7-24-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition


July 24, 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 13 participants today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jeannie Bennet, Rebecca, Emily and Bill Troxel, Virginia Young, Harriet Borst, Audrey Roth, Maryellen Robinson, Beverly Joseph, Tim Horn and Bonnie Reed. We enjoyed king salmon wrapped in bacon, balked with broccoli and brown rice, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese, raisins and nuts and Swiss chocolate and halvah for lunch .

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

PRAYER was lead by Maryellen Robinson, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes posted on the WIN link at and approved as submitted electronically to the WIN email list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guiests; Tim was welcomed back after her travels to Switzerland and Israel.



Dancing In The Streets:  Railbelt has set the date for our annual National Recovery Month celebration: Dancing In The Streets. The date shall be Friday, September 7th. We will kick off the festivities, as usual, with a parade at 4:40 PM, down the main street of Nenana, starting at the mouth of 6th street, by Rhonda Coghill’s big brown house, and ending at the old Depot building. Maryellen has again agreed to take lead on organizing the parade; anyone interested in having a float or participating should contact her. She will contact Vicky or Judy at the Seniior Center to ascertain if they have a float planned. It was suggested that we try to get NSLC to appoint a specific RA tio take lead on their float. Dinner will be at the Civic Center, 5 PM. Mike Anderson will take lead on food preparation. After dinner we will have a DJ with dancing and entertainment. Brianna is sending out invitations.

Envisioning Wellness: Tom Moore has confirmed August 14th as his date for presenting ion the Assembly of God church.Tim and Bill will ask the Reverend Stringfellow if he is interested. Beverly wo0uld like to see Carol Rose present on the work she is doing in the prison ministry. Our VPSO has agreed to do a future EW presentation, once his traning is complete. It was also suggested we ask our new Trooper . Tim would like Brent Mitchel to come speak with us at the end of summer about the work they have done  around Nenana for Soil and water Conservation.We are open to suggestions from the members for future presentations.

WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Every time it rains, it rains pennies from Heaven….


August 3rd will be the start of the Tanana Valley Fair.

Sept 20-22 the Lord family will be hosting the Memorial Pot Latch for Edmund Lord.

Rebecca: Has gotten zucchini from her garden. No ripe tomatioes yet, maybe because not enough sunshine. The kids are happy.

Harriet: Is getting cucumbers, tomatoes and Swiss chard from her garden. She wishes her knee would get better.

Audrey: Her cherry tomatoes are ripening. Shes got pod peas, lettuce and lots of dill. She enjoyed a 10 day visit from her grandson.

Kat: Railbelt was awarded the Rural Human Services grant and so will be able to send Brianna to school. At the end of the RHS program, Brianna will be a certified substance abuse counselor and will be halfway to her Associates degree.

David: Has been having quite the adventure moving his bull Scooter about for stud service. In the process, he bought a 14 month old Dexter/Galloway heifer from Skook Irwin and her partner Roni. He is getting ready to pasture cows and heifers over at Meda Lord Senior Housing. His mom has been moved from hospital in Iowa to a nursing home and is on Hospice Care.

Bonnie: Is getting ready to have 17 family members visit for a week. They will all be going to the Fair, among other activities.

Bill: Emily has started walking this week.

Beverly: Will be leaving next week for York Heights, New Jersey to get her service dog and training. She asks for prayers for herself down there in the big city.

She also asks for prayers for her son, Michael Burk, his wife Eva and their children Jonathan, Michael Jr. and the new baby Eva expects this winter.   Her son has been dealing with multiple health issues and asked for prayer. Beverly asks specifically that they be strengthened and supported in their recovery.

Maryellen: Friday will be the Sobriety Pot Latch at Old Minto Family Recovery Camp. Boats will begin running at ten AM with the last boat heading up the river at 4 PM> Everyone is invited.

Kelly Burk is doing a good job with the kids doing fish camp activites, picking berries, cutting and drying fish.

Maryellen handed out cards for us to fill out and give to local businesses pledging to support their establishments if they opt to go Smoke-Free.

Virginia: Her daughter Margret is pleased with her position with DOT, tallying loads of aggregate, camped out up in Cold Foot.

Jeannie: Would like to set August 3rd for the next Freecycle. She needs to check with Mayor Talerico to see if Project Overhaul can get tonnage donated for 20 tons free dumping ; she would like to do one more big push before the end of summer.

Tim: Book Club meeting will be Monday, August 13th; the book is Magnificent Bastards, a collection of essays. The next book will be Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Teachers have an in-service August 16th, 17th and 20th. The 21st is a work day and classes begin August 22.

There will be a musical devotion Wednesday evening at Bonnie’s house.


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