WIN Minutes 10-23-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition



October 23, 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 11 in attendance today, including:  Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Harriet Borst, Audrey Roth, Jeannie Bennett, Rebecca, Emily and Bill Troxel and Miles Martin.

We enjoyed mixed bean chili with pork 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 Bennett


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


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two additions to the agenda.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: No minutes generated last week.






Envisioning Wellness: Tim will contact Andreas about doing a presentation on basketball culture in Interior Alaska. He also said he would be willing to do a presentation to the community-at-large so perhaps we could get him invited to present at the next Village Pride/Community Safety dinner. Jeannie Bennett says that Jim Sackett would like to wait until he has more information on the status of the biomass project before he does his presentation. The Reverend Stringfellow will present sometime in November, presumably. Miles suggested and is willing to ask Darcia to present on some of the interesting things she has been doing at the city library which includes teleconferencing equipment which will allow people in Nenana to participate in distance education options. There is also new information he feels it would benefit the community to know about e-books and interlibrary loan. If Darcia is disinclined to do a presentation, perhaps she would be willing to coach one of the Friends of The Library to present in her stead.


Nenana Health Fair: Jeannie said that Endil Moore suggested if we plan to ask Crowley Marine to donate money this year to the Nenana Health Fair, we need to get a begging letter in to him by the end of October to be forwarded to the higher-ups. Kat will generate a letter today. Jeannie will forward her Endil’s email address. This will be our 7th annual Nenana Health Fair, will be held at Nenana City Public School and will be held in the gym at NCPS in March, 2013


Nenana Blood Drive: Our recent blood drive was a success. A total of fifteen blood draws were completed. Consensus after discussion: we could aim to host three blood drives a year. They could be scheduled for October, February and June. Tim will contact The Alaska Blood Bank on Fairbanks to set tentative dates.

WELLNESS THOUGHT:  My Kind Words and Actions are Seeds That Grow Into a Harvest of Love     Anonymous


Jeannie: The Freecycle went well, with lots of food and fellowship. There were a couple dozen attendees in all. The kids enjoyed a movie, Shilo.

They picked up a little over a ton on their last Project Overhaul run. Also, Dave Shaw has donated five more 55 gallon barrels to be used as litter cans. Miles has been volunteering, teaching scrimshaw to kids at the Nenana Student Living Center and offered to work with the students to paint the barrels and help them place them along Sixth Street and other high-litter areas around town. This may hopefully help invest the kids in utilizing the cans for litter.

Kat: Was congratulated on winning a seat on the city assembly.

David: Moved the bulls from Virginia Young’s place to pasture out at the end of 7th street by the new soccer field. Has finished putting up hay for the season. One of their neighbors had a visitor whose dog made off with and killed several chickens; then another was predated upon, presumably by a raven.

Miles: Notes that Chena Hot Springs got a grant to build high tunnels for raising produce. He wonders if Nenana could do that, maybe for the community garden. Perhaps a community root cellar would be an option. He notes he and Irene have trouble finding a way to root cellar their garden produce.

Bonnie: A tea for Donald Charlie is scheduled for next Monday night at the tribal hall.

There will be a sober dance October 27th, at the tribal hall, with live music.


Rebecca: Emily is getting moire new teeth. It has been determined that Em will be getting aa little brother sometime around February 22. He has been tentatively named William Earnest Scott Troxel, after Bill’s grandfather but it has not been determined yet if he shall be a Billy or an Ernie.

They had eight kids for their first AWANA of the season on Monday.

She has about eight chickens she needs to kill. Miles volunteered to take care of that. Kat says she has about eight old hens that need to get canned up for stew meat, too. They decide to make an event of it.


Bill is moving into the church office on the corner of Third and D Streets; he will hold office hours there Thursdays and Fridays.


Tim: The HS Juniors and Seniors have a College Fair up in Fairbanks tomorrow.

Also tomorrow night (Wednesday, October 24) the have a Theme Devotional at her house at 7 PM.

Wednesday/Thursday are parent/teacher conferences at NCPS.

The LDS Harvest Party will be October 31, 4-6 PM at the old court house on the Tortella Building and the Nenana Hallowe’en party 6 PM at the Civic Center.

November 5th, 6:30 PM, will be a community planning meeting at the tribal hall. This conflicts with the book club meeting so perhaps we need to reschedule?


Audrey: Just wants to thank Jeannie for all her efforts with Project Overhaul; the town looks better. Jeannie says thanks go to her many volunteers.






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