WIN Minutes 11-06-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition


November 11, 2012


Election Day—Don’t Forget to Vote!


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, Virginia Young, Harriet Borst, Gabe Blair, Jeannie Bennet, Miles Martin, Tim Horn, Rebecca and Emily Troxel.

We enjoyed Cuban black bean soup, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins and pecans for lunch.


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


PRAYER was led by Jeannie Bennett, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one addition 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 Health Fair: Kat asked if we shouldn’t generate begging letters to Ice Classic and Coghill’s now (before December). Jeannie agrees, Sherrie at the Ice Classic had asked that requests be placed by December. Kat will generate letters to Ice Classic as well as to Coghill’s Store. A lists needs to be made of other potential donors. Tim emailed Susan Kauffman at Nenana City P:ublic School with our suggested range of possible dates; once a decision has been made as to which date would work best for NCPS, Tim will forward a request to Phyllis Tugman at Alaska Health Fair, Inc., in Fairbanks.


Envisioning Wellness: Rebecca said that as a Friends of the Library board member, she has accepted the task of assembling and presenting to WIN a PowerPoint presentation about the changes being made at the City Library. Tim suggested, as the result of hearing last night at the community planning meeting about various projects the tribe is currently involved in, that we invite Robin Campbell to do an Envisioning Wellness presentation for us.


Community Planning Meeting Update: Tim said that the turn-out was fairly small for the community planning meeting last night. There were representatives there from the city and the tribe and the community. They focused on economic, education and infrastructure development priorities. She brought some hand-outs from Krista Heeringa listing work to date in the planning process (see attached). Further tasks include developing a vision statement and a mission statement. Krista had suggested that a mission statement should be brief, short enough to fit on a t-shirt, for instance. There will be an opportunity for people to help create a mission statement at the New Year’s Eve celebration at the tribal hall. The next community planning meeting will be Tuesday, November 4, 6:30 PM at the tribal hall.


WELLNESS THOUGHT: And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.                                                                              The Bible, Book of John      



Jeannie: Has Miles found out about NSLC youth helping to pain the barrels to be used for trash cans around town? Miles needs to talk to Karen Harvey about getting the pain. Jeannie has the barrels, donated by Dave Shaw.


Tim: City Assembly meeting Thursday, November 8th at the Senior Center, 6:30 PM.

 Ice Cream Classic basketball tournament Thursday-Saturday at the school.

November 12, 7PM, book club meeting, at Karen Harvey’s, 7 PM.

November 13th, NCPS community lunch, starting at 11 AM; WIN will meet afterwards, starting at 12:30 to allow participants to attend the community lunch.

Nenana Book Fair the 12-16 at NCPS with Family Reading Night Thursday the 15th, dinner at 5:30 and Bingo For Books beginning at 6:30.


Kat: Provided training to the teachers at NCPS on Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Railbelt completed their annual audit.


David: Is participating in EMT refresher training up in Fairbanks, thru the month.

The cows were grouchy this morning due to the cold.


Gabe: Quiet at the firehouse.


Miles: Says Bub resigned from the city assembly as he was concerned that working as a VPSO he may have a conflict of interest. Now he is rethinking that. Also was talking to Bub about his (Bub) wanting to look into creating some manner of Nenana housing authority to make us eligible for grants to build housing—apartments, duplexes, and homes.


Bonnie: The Lion’s Club will start selling pies November 20th, 10 A.M.

AA community dinner and speaker meeting the Sunday after Thanksgiving, at the tribal hall, starting 6 PM.

Winter Concert November 28, 6 PM, at the school gym.

December 1st and 2nd  will be the Christmas Bazaar at the Civic Center.


Virginia: Also, at the Xmas Bazaar, the library has their annual fundraiser, a silent auction. People are welcome to donate items to the auction. The will also have an angel money tree for donations.

She notes that there is a shuttle bus service soon being established from the Rex Bridge area to Fairbanks.


Harriet: The Senior Bus is sick. It had to go to Hal’s shop for repair. One of the belts was shredded. The water pump needs to be replaced.


Rebecca: Miles did butcher several of the Troxel’s chickens; it worked pretty well and Rebecca cooked one already, stewed overnight in a crock pot, which she declared to have been “tasty.”

Yes, she is willing to help plan a community thanksgiving dinner for the Friday after traditional Thanksgiving, if the community wants and if others are willing to help. Kat says they will cook a goose. Perhaps they could bring board games for after dinner entertainment.

Kat suggested the keep this as an agenda item.




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