WIN Minutes 08-07-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition


August 7, 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 in attendance today, including:  Kat and Leon McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Jeannie Bennet, Maryellen Robinson,  Rebecca Troxel and Jessica Durtsche. We enjoyed cream of broccoli, spinach salad with feta cheese, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins & pecans for lunch.


WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Jeannie Bennet


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


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda.


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


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Jessica Durtsche just moved to Nenana; she will be working at the student living center.





Envisioning Wellness: Tom Moore will be speaking to us next week. If Tim has flyers, Leon would be glad to distribute those around town.

It was suggested we get someone from the library to speak to us regarding the new video teleconferencing equipment Darcia got for the city library. Rebecca will ask Virginia to look into this in her role as a library board member.

It was also suggested we ask Jim Sackett from Toghotthele to return to speak with us about the biomass project. We would like an update.

Discussion ensued about progress on the biomass project. Has anyone received results from the survey implemented at the last community planning meeting? Kat will contact the TCC organizers and ask them to forward that information to her; she will addendum it to the minutes or send it under separate post when she receives it. The TCC staff attached to our community development process is Krista Heeringa.

Lastly, we would like to have Michelle or Joe from Nenana Student Living Center do a presentation for us about that program.

Dancing In The Streets: Maryellen continues taking lead on DITS this year. They have contracted with a DJ, Dan Socha who will be providing a wide variety of music. Mike has provided us with a menu and will take lead on the food prep. Community members are welcome to bring side dishes. Maryellen has flyers up requesting donations of fish. Mike wants cleaned fish, please. She and Brianna are soliciting entries for the parade: the ATV Club, the Seniors, the City Library, Project Overhaul, the Native Council. Maybe Jessica could take lead on organizing afloat with NSLC youth?


WELLNESS THOUGHT:   You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late.                                                                Ralph Waldo Emerson



Rebecca: There will be a kid’s craft Thursday at 3 PM at the City Library.

Her and Bill’s 5th anniversary of being in Nenana will be celebrated with a pot luck on Sunday, August 19th, 4-6 PM, at Jeannie Bennet’s.

School starts in two weeks!


David: Was Outside for 10 days attending his mother’s funeral. He’s glad to be back. He said the services for his mother were nice. While there, he witnessed some of ravages of the drought. An example of this would be 50 bushel an acre cornfields that last year were producing 180 bushel an acre corn. He returned with boxes of mementos including baby photos, old report cards, school pictures, and other family memorabilia.

Kat: Beverly Joseph has called from Anchorage were her son Michael Burk is being treated. She asks for our continued prayers.

Laura is getting married Saturday!


Jessica: She moved here August 1st. Born in Fairbanks, she was raised in northern California and Colorado. She worked in Child Protective Services for five years, and most recently has been working in Palmer.


Bonnie: The Alaska Railroad is offering a special round trip Nenana to Denali and back for 25 dollars on Sunday, September 2. Interested parties should contact Vickie at the Senior Center.


Maryellen: She has generated a letter to the Lion’s Club to see if she can get them to donate giveaways for the parade and door prizes for the dance.

She is soliciting community members as volunteers for the prevention coalition. She would like to see the school offer their prevention activities to a wider range of youth, to include home-schooled students and to focus as much on the community as the student living center youth.

Maryellen passed out notices: they are looking for people who have experienced significant health problems due to tobacco use and 2nd-hand smoke who would be willing to travel to New York City to be part of a video project about the dangers of tobacco use.


Jeannie: The next Freecycle is scheduled for Friday, August 17th, 5:3o PM< at the RV Park. She will ask about using the Civic Center in case of inclement weather.

It was suggested to have a Mexican food theme. Kat volunteered to make enchiladas and refried beans.




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