WIN Minutes 8-28-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition


August 28, 2012

Don’t Forget to Vote!

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 13 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Ed DeBrocky, Virginia Young, Harriet Borst, Audrey Roth, Maryellen Robinson, Jessi Durtsche, Jeannie Bennet, Miles Martin and Bill & Emily Troxel.

We enjoyed lentil with ham and chicken soup, fresh watermelon, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins and pecans for lunch.


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


PRAYER was led by Virginia Young, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one addition to the agenda.


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


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:  Ed DeBrocky is a new resident in Nenana.


Nenana Blood Drive: The third blood drive of the year is scheduled to occur October 10th, at Nenana City Public School. It is open to the entire community. People are requested please to schedule their donations in advance so the blood bank staff can plan accordingly. Susan Kaufman will be taking lead on scheduling of these appointments; she may be contacted at the school, 832-5464. Students over age 18 may donate blood if they wish. Students under age 18 would need to have a parent present to be allowed to donate.


Meda Lord Pet Petition:Kat and Maryellen brought petitions which are being passed around by various residents of the Meda Lord Senior Housing. The petitions are in support of residents being allowed to have pets in their apartments. Discussion ensued regarding the genesis of the petitions. There has been a checkered history of people failing to attend to their animals or not being willing to follow previous rules set in regards to size or number of pet animals. People were given an opportunity to sign if they so wished.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: There is no fruit which is not bitter before it is ripe.                                                                                                                                     Pulilius Syrus            



Miles Has been gone awhile, attending to the Fair. Has a friend up visiting from Tucson. His friend has purchased a derelict cabin and lot in Nenana and intends to maybe make a summer place.


Maryellen: The parade portion of Dancing in the Streets has been bumped up. New schedule is parade at FIVE, dinner and music to follow. The school has donated money to pay for the DJ and some door prizes.

JOM meeting tonight at the tribal hall at 4 PM; tribal council meeting at 6:30. She will be  presenting at the tribal council to request making the area around the tribal hall smoke-free.

PINK have become Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance members and are writing a resolution supporting a smoke-free Alaska.


Harriet: The Seniors will be taking their train trip to Denali on Sunday.


David: We got 1.5 inches of rain in the past couple of days. Not so good for hay.


Kat: Laura back at work after her honeymoon in Costa Rica. The garden is going great; they are eating artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers in abundance.


Jessi: The second week is going well at NSLC after the chaos of the first week. They had to send three students home due to rules infractions but they have 84 in residence.


Virginia: This will be the last week for the Summer Saturday Market; sales have been steady all summer. She sells out every week on her cinnamon rolls. Jeannie requested that Miles and Virginia make a full report to WIN about the endeavor.


Bonnie There will be a themed devotional at her home Wednesday evening at 7; the theme is God Please Educate These Children.


Jeannie: Mars will be the closest to Earth tonight around 12:30; it will appear near to and almost as large as the moon. It will not be this close to the moon again for several hundred years. (Editor’s Note: Hmmmmmmmm, lists this as false, just saying)





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