WIN Minutes 9-11-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition


September 11, 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 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, Bonnie Reed, Miles Martin, Gabe Blair, Jeannie Bennet, Eric Gephart, Becky Judd and Bub Coghill. Meeting began at 1230 to allow participants to attend the community lunch at the school.


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


PRAYER was led by Gabe Blair, 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 posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:  Becky Judd works for the State of Alaska, Division of Behavioral Health. She is in Nenana today to work with Jan Hnilka at the school on their prevention project.


Project Overhaul: Jeannie affirmed that she will be organizing one final project Overhaul push, next weekend, Saturday, September 15, starting at her place around 9 A.M. She needs volunteers; some of the items she is slated to pick up for disposal are large and/or heavy—-sofas and appliances.


Nenana Blood Drive: Do not forget to contact Susan at the school if you wish to be scheduled to donate blood October 10. The Blood Drive will be at the school, 10 AM-2PM. Snacks will be provided: soup and fruit. Flyers will be put up around town.


Nenana Biomass Project: Eric Gebhart provided an update for us. He has taken lead writing the grant request to the Alaska Energy Authority, which is due September 24. He will be hand delivering the proposal at that time. The pre-feasibility study was favorable to the project and it is currently envisioned as providing biomass heat to the city building, the school, the YERC, the water plant and the living center. Grants are judged on a points system and part of those points is including documentation of broad-based community support. To that avail, Eric is soliciting letters of support from the public. He provided a template or sample letter with pertinent information. Anyone wishing to provide a letter of support should do so ASAP and get to to Susan Kaufman at the school, to be included in the grant request packet.

Basically the letter heading should be addressed to Shawn Calfa, Grant Manager, Alaska Energy Authority. 813 West Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99503.

First paragraph should say something like: Please accept this letter in support of the “Nenana Collaborative Biomass Heating System Project” application being submitted by the Nenana City School District in collaboration with the City of Nenana and the Nenana Native Council.

Second paragraph should give a brief description of the writer.

Third paragraph should provide some reasons for supporting the project, such as:

Reduces energy costs to te school which will provide more funds for education

Provides alternative/renewable source of energy which helps us reduce our dependence on petroleum

Economic benefit to the school, city and Native Council

Create local jobs

Help manage our forests and mitigate the danger of wildfires

Then an ending, like: Please give favorable consideration to Nenana’s biomass grant application.

Letter should be signed, then your name printed, and then your address at the bottom.

Eric explained that the school does NOT wish to run the biomass plant, they want to be a consumer of the heat. But someone needs to take lead on the grant application. He is willing to provide copies of the pre-feasibility study to any interested parties.


WELLNESS THOUGHT: Don’t Just Do Something–—Stand There.             Anonymous



Miles: Said that he felt better after talking to the mayor about the anticipated short-fall in city revenues due to recent changes made by Crowley; he has been informed that the city plans to defray any shortfall with revenues generated by the fuel pumps being installed at the air strip.


Kat: The Travel Club is selling tickets for a breakfast at NSLC Sunday morning, 9 AM-1 PM. Breakfast will be eggs, hash-browns, pancakes, sausage and bacon with Tang and the cost is 5 dollars. People should attend who want to support the students in the travel Club.


Gabe: Has bought the truck she was looking at.


Bub: Really a great batch of kids this year at the living center, and the community kids are doing really well too. He has been working on ATV safety with the kids and hopes that what they have learned will generalize to snow-machines as winter deepens. He believes he has seen a decrease in petty crime. The Native Council passed a No Smoking rule. Smoking is no longer allowed within 50 feet of the building.

People needing to get ahold of the VPSO may call 451-5100, which is the state trooper dispatch. They will put calls thru to him.



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