WIN Minutes 10-30-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition



October 30, 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 seven in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Evelyn Verhagan, Miles Martin and Tim Horn. We had moose soup, red cabbage cole slaw, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese, roasted pumpkin seeds and pecans and raisins for lunch.


WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Bonnie Reed.


PRAYER was lead by Virginia Young, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.


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


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






Nenana Health Fair:  Kat has received a two hundred dollar donation through Endil Moore from Crowley Marine to be used as seed money for our 7th annual Health Fair. It will be at the school this year and will focus on youth issues. Kat suggested we ask the school prevention grant people to coordinate with the health and science teachers to encourage student presentations around youth wellness issues. Miles suggested we work with Jeannie Bennet to get anti-tobacco messages on some of the new trash barrels around town. Kat suggested that Jeannie might want to coordinate with Maryellen Robinson and the PINK youth group on this. Tim suggested March 27th as a tentative date for the health fair; she will check with Phyllis Tugman with Alaska Health Fairs, Inc. in Fairbanks. She will also explore this date with Susan Kaufman at the school to see if there are potential scheduling conflicts.


Nenana Blood Drive: We still want your blood. Always. Again. Group consensus ahs been we could do three blood drives a year. We have identified February, June and October as our target months with 02-13-13, 06-12-13 and 10-09-13 as our target dates. Tim has spoken with Felicia at the Blood Bank about these dates. We will coordinate with Susan at the school for the February and October venues and use the Civic Center for the June drive.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Each and every thought, be it of depression or happiness, irritation or calmness, anger or serenity, does actually cut subtle grooves in the brain cells and strengthen the tendencies either towards illness or well-being.



Evelyn: Their harvest Festival will be held at the old Court House on Hallowe’en, 4-6 PM. There will be games in the main room and desserts and juice will be served. Children will go from room to room for treats. They request no masks, please, and no scary costumes. This is a Family Friendly event.

The school will host a Hallowe’en party open to all in the community, at the Civic Center the evening of the 31st, 6-8PM.

Paul, Josh and Mary Verhagan played parts in a video about Jesus Chris, which they much enjoyed. You may find out more about the video series at


Virginia: Daughter Margot married her fellow from Bulgaria weekend before last; they are honeymooning in Fairbanks. Son Roland arrived safely in Haifa.

After December 1, Virginia will start working only half-time at the school. She will also be working setting up accounting for Toghotthele who will be working with Doyon on the Minto Flats gas project.

She is looking for someone who wants to work about four hours a day this summer weeding peonies; they need their own transportation.

Interior Weatherization finished blowing insulation into her roof; they also replaced the fan in her bathroom and the back door and installed new stove pipe and a roof jack on her wood stove.


Miles: Will ask Darcia to give us a presentation about the changes she has instituted and new resources developed at the city library.


Kat: Is busy making LOTS of cheese.


Tim: Monday night, November 5, is the final community planning meeting. Tim will check with Karen Harvey to change the next book club meeting to November 12th so it won’t conflict.


Bonnie: November 2 the city fire department will be hosting a ghost house at the fire hall. For information, call Joe or Kelly.

November 8th is the city assembly meeting, 6:30 PM at the Senior Center.

November 9-10 is the Ice Cream Classic. School closed Friday, the 9th.

November 13th, starting at 11 AM, the school will host their monthly community lunch, with a Thanksgiving meal.

November 14, Art DeLane will be at the Senior center to assist people’s applications for Medicaid.

November 15, Bingo for Books, at the school, in the pit and the library, with dinner served at 5:30 and Bingo beginning at 6:00 PM.

November 19th there will be a Thanksgiving meal at the Senior Center.

November 25 (the Sunday following Thanksgiving) the Nenana group of Alcoholics Anonymous will host a community dinner and AA speaker meeting. This will be at the tribal hall and is open to everyone in the community.

November 28, 6 PM, will be the Winter Music Concert for grades 2-12 at Nenana City Public School.







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