WIN Minutes 10-02-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition


October 2, 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 8 attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Terry Thompson, Rosemary Allen. Tim Reed, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, and Bob Murray.

We enjoyed roast pork with potatoes, carrots and onions, pickled beets, mixed green salad, 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: Bonnie Reed.


PRAYER was sung by Tim Horn, 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:  No new guests today



Nenana Blood Drive: The Blood Drive will be at Nenana City Public School, October 10, 10 AM-2PM. Snacks will be provided: Kat will bring soup and fruit; Bonnie is bringing cinnamon rolls; Tim will bring home-made bread and butter. There was a request for coffee/tea. Kat will see if this can be arranged. Flyers have been put up around town. Susan is making reservations for donors; call the school at 832-5464 to speak with her. We have eight people signed up, we need 15 donors in total. TIM SUGGESTED TO Felicia at the Blood Bank in Fairbanks that they ought to contact any regular Nenana donors to alert them to the blood drive.


Envisioning Wellness: We have no EW presentations currently scheduled. As always, we are open to suggestions. Tim will contact The Reverend Stringfellow, in November, per his request, to schedule him. Jeannie is taking lead on scheduling Jim Sackett. David Poppe has been invited to present about raising cows in a rural urban setting at the Sustainable Agricultural Conference in Fairbanks in March, 2013. Tim asked David to dry-run his presentation for us at WIN. David agreed to do this.


WELLNESS THOUGHT: Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Viktor E. Frankl



Terry: Feels like she played hooky all summer. In their travels, Art acquired a pipe organ which he intends to repair and install.


Virginia: She and Roland are in the process of planting the last of their 3,000 new peonies. She intends to plant vegetables for market as well, next summer.  Her daughter Margrat Powers will be getting married in October to a Bulgarian man she met while working out at Kantishna. His name is Stanislav Osiprov.


Kat: Railbelt staff will be spending four days up in Fairbanks working with staff from the behavioral health center in Tok. Their task is to rewrite their P&P towards their goal of obtaining CARF certification by 2015. CARF accreditation assists service providers to improve the quality of their services and meet internationally recognized standards.  The state of Alaska has mandated all behavioral health service providers to obtain CARF accreditation.


David: Has begun to tackle his To-Do list. He got the bull-dozer going and has begun to clean up the debris from their lots on 7th and D Streets. The goal is to expand the cow yard. Major and minor repairs on the dozer were required over the summer before he could begin. He has a lengthy list including moving the chicken yard and changing the fences. For the time being he will move some of the cows over to Meda Lord housing to graze. He would like two more weeks of good weather with no snow.


Bob: There was a large turnout last week for Josh Hockin’s funeral which was held in Fairbanks. The Lion’s Club in Anderson hosted a fundraiser for the widow.


Bonnie: Don’t forget to vote!

October 5th is the end of the year bar-b-que at Crowley’s at 5:30 PM.

Same night, there is a Greek Night dinner at the school hosted by the students Travel Club; they will serve Greek food and show slides of their trip to Italy and Greece last year.


October 9th the Senior Bus will be going to Fairbanks.

Same night will be the Welcome to Nenana Community Dinner at the tribal hall at 6:30 PM.


October 10th is the Blood Drive at the school, 10 AM-2 PM.

Same date at 11 AM there will be a person at the Senior Center to assist veterans or veteran’s family members.

That night, everyone is encouraged to attend the Community Planning meeting at the tribal hall. It starts at 5:30 PM.


October 11th is the City Assembly meeting, 7 PM AT THE Senior Center. At 6 PM, same place/same day, they will have the canvasing board to seal the election results.


October 15ht is the last day for purchasing propane at the RV park.

Jeannie: The first weekend of December, the 1st and 2nd, will be the Christmas Bazaar, at the Civic Center. This is a Saturday and Sunday.

Project Overhaul last weekend hauled about two thousand pounds of trash, in three loads.


Tim: Last night the book club meet to discuss 13 Reasons Why; the next book is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, an American Classic. Next book club meeting is November 5th at 7 PM at Karen Harvey’s house.



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