WIN Minutes 09-04-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition


September 4, 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 15 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Rebecca, Bill & Emily Troxel, Gabe Blair, Miles Martin, Bonnie Reed, Jeannie  Bennet, Tim Horn, Jessi Durtsche, Brianna Ketzler, Josephine Bean, Becky Bruntz and Kendra Calhoun. We had beet borscht, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese, and pecans and raisins for lunch.


WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Rebecca Troxel


PRAYER was lead by Jeannie Bennet, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were four modifications to the agenda.


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


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Becky and Kendra introduced themselves. Kendra has been at WIN meetings previously. She is working with the Cooperative Extension. One of her projects has been the ATV Safety Club here in Nenana.



Nenana Blood Drive: Tim continues coordinating this with Felicia Rodriquez at the Fairbanks Blood Bank. The Blood Drive will be held from 10 A.M. through 2 P.M. on Wednesday, October 10th, at Nenana City Public School. Susan Kauffman will be scheduling blood drives; people wanting to schedule may call her at 832-5464. Felicia will get flyers to Tim for us to post around town.

Support For Smoke-free Nenana: Brianna handed out cards for people to fill in if they wished to support Nick Monroe in going smoke-free at the Monderosa. He is in the process of deciding if he wants to create smoke-free policy for his business and the cards could help him get a sense of whether the public supports the bar/restaurant having a no smoking policy in place. People may hand them back to Brianna, or to Maryellen Robinson, or take them directly to Nick at the Mondo.

Envisioning Wellness: Tim has spoken to past Bob who would be the final presenter from various faith communities in Nenana; he would be willing to speak with us—after hunting season. She asked Donald Charlie who is home sick today; he would be willing to speak to us to provide an update on the tribe. Jim Sacket is scheduled for the 23rd or 30th of October to provide an update about the bridge project.

Project Overhaul: Jeannie has had three people approach her requesting she haul away trash and/or junk. Jeannie is willing to do one more push but will need volunteers. She is thinking maybe not this weekend but the next weekend, Saturday. Kat mentioned there is an array of old appliances along D  Street between her place and Debbie White’s house; the tribe no longer accepts old appliances at the recycle center and the transfer station will not accept them either. She also would like volunteers to help clear the lot behind the old cop shop which Jason has said could be used as a venue for the Gospel Music Festival next summer. There are many small trees, two inches in diameter, which need to be cleared out so she needs hands with chainsaws. It was suggested David might park a couple of cows there to do some preliminary clearing.

Dancing in the Streets: Everything is set for this event, with the parade to start at five and dinner to be served around five-thirty. There will be dancing to a DJ afterwards and glo-sticks will be involved. We usually feed around 300 people. Everyone is welcome to come eat, party and celebrate National Recovery Month!

WELLNESS THOUGHT: “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”

                        `                                                                                         ― Jon Kabat-Zinn  



Jeannie: The skeleton of their new shop building is up; things are happening!


Gabe: Shot 98 out of a possible 100! Way to go, Gabe! Sheis looking at a truck to buy, a 1990 Chevy 250 with 4-wheel drive.


Brianna: Baby Brayden is walking, so now they are busy putting up baby barricades.


Josephine:  Leaves on the 15th for Seattle Pacific University.  She got her room assignment today. Yahoo!


Miles: has begun harvesting, drying, canning and krauting.


Bonnie: Next Tuesday is the monthly  community lunch at the school, starting at 11 A.M.  Win will be delayed until 12:30 to accommodate and no lunch will be served to allow people to attend the lunch at the school.


Tim: Spoke to Monica at the Homegrown Market; they have discontinued their veggie box program for the summer but will start it back up again in October. Monica is willing to speak with us at the next community dinner.

There will be a soccer tournament in Healy this weekend. Next weekend they play here against the Delta team.

Next Monday night, September 9th, the Nenana book club will meet at Karen Harvey’s house to discuss Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Also Monday night Alan Dick will be at a meet-and-greet starting at 5:30 P.M. at the tribal hall to speak with constituents in the Nenana area.

 Next Tuesday will start the Baha’is weekly children’s classes open to all youth ages 5-10, 3:00 through 4:30, at Bonnie Reed’s house.

Lastly, mark your calendars, the Edmund Lord Memorial Pot Latch will be September 20, 21, and 22; the family will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at the tribal hall. This event is open to everyone.


David: Enjoyed the train ride to Denali on Sunday. Perfect weather and a scenic tour of the area. The train staff made us all feel welcome. Ate lunch in Glitter Gulch and the highlight of the trip, got mooned by residents of Ferry on the return trek.

Harvested potatoes and beets yesterday. Needs to get the bull back from pasture so he can breed the cows.


Kat: Is all about Dancing in the Streets! Come have fun with us.


Jessica: There are currently 85 students enrolled at Nenana Student Living Center. There are RA positions open. The kids are getting used to the idea of having to do their own laundry.


Becky: Hopes they will be able to continue the work of the ATV Safety Club after the grant runs out in October. Hopes to be working with the new VPSO to continue teaching ATV safety. Yes, by extension, that also means boat safety and sno-go safety.


Kendra: Has been doing activities with Jan and Nenana youth at the YERK. Janet has been very good about working with the youth, teaching various crafts. NSLC has restricted their students from the YERK, not wanting to overwhelm Jan. (Editor’s note: maybe we need adult volunteers to work with the kids at the YERK?)


Bill: Only shot a 94 at the match. A Troxel family vacation is coming up, so plans are afoot. His boss will be visiting September 20th, unfortunately a Thursday so he will be unable to attend WIN. Emily has learned how to sign “Daddy.”


Rebecca: Also harvesting her garden plots and has expanded her chicken fence. She has used the old hay to re-insulated around the underside of the coop for winter. Home schooling is going great with the kids who are enjoying a wide variety of diverse subjects.



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