Nenana Wellness Coalition
December 4, 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 10 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Jessica Durtsche, Rebecca, Bill & Emily Troxel and Tim Horn. We enjoyed red lentil soup, mixed greens salad, yogurt cream cheese with pita bread, 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: Tim Horn.
PRAYER was led by Rebecca Troxel, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda as presented.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests today.
Restorative Justice: Kat was sick last week and has not followed up with a conversation with Magistrate McLean. She did, however, find a power-point presentation on Circle Justice that does a good job of explaining the basic principles. She continues reading everything she can find about Circle Justice and Restorative Justice processes as used around the nation and across Canada and Alaska. Different communities seem to have shaped the process to fit local needs. She is particularly interested in seeing if there is widespread community support for such an effort in Nenana. She envisions it being used for adults as well as youth and would like to see it in use for domestic violence offenses. This would require a broad base of support to be successful.
Envisioning Wellness: Robin Campbell at Nenana Native Council will not be able to do a presentation for us on December 11, due to a previous commitment. January15th and January 22 are still open. Tim did contact Andreas Droulious who will present to us about his PhD project on January 29th. Tim will contact Reverend Stringfellow to follow-up on his commitment to do a presentation.
Tim continues dialoging with the school regarding scheduling for the next Health Fair. She also suggested that we need to start looking at front work for the next Nenana blood drive which is scheduled for February 13th.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and to sickness, to riches and to poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another.” ~Illusions by Richard Bach
Howard Luke extends an invitation to everyone to attend a Talking Circle at his camp, starting at 2 PM, Saturday, December 8th. If you want directions to his place, contact Kat or David at 832-1078.
Bill: The Christmas pageant for K-5 grades has been rescheduled and will be held December 12th at 6:30 PM, in the Pit at NCPS.
Sunday, December 23rd there will be caroling from 6:30-8:00 PM, starting at the Troxel’s. December 24th, the Troxels will host a Christmas Eve reading of the Christmas Story at their home beginning around 4 PM.
The Nenana EMS is dealing with a budget shortfall; they lack funds for needed supplies and training. Bill encourages everyone to support the EMS; one possible solution is contracting with an independent billing company to help collect for transports. They are good at getting insurance companies to pay. This will likely be addressed at the next city assembly meeting, which will be held December 13th, 6:30 PM at the Senior Center.
David: It’s cold. The cows think it’s cold.
Kat: Handed out Adverse Childhood Experience (ACES) Surveys for people to see. Similar surveys are being used nationally to identify people at-risk for substance use disorders, mental health issues and complex medical problems in adulthood. The benefit of surveying is to thus be able to provide preventative care and resiliency supports.
Bonnie: December 4 was the date set for the next community planning meeting at the tribal hall; this has been rescheduled for December 12th at 5:30.
The Christmas community lunch and bazaar will be held at NCPS December 13, starting at 11AM, in the cafeteria.
December 14th the junior high will have a Madrigal dinner and play, 7PM, in the Pit. People wishing to attend need to purchase tickets as this is a fundraiser.
The 17th will be the first home basketball game.
December 20, school is out for Christmas break.
The 21st will be the Christmas lunch at the Senior Center. That evening will be the gift exchange at the tribal hall.
Santa will host a community Christmas celebration at the Civic Center December 22, 7 PM, with gifts for the little kids.
December 22 also, PINK will be selling pies at Coghill’s Store as a fundraiser.
Christmas Eve services will be held at St. Mark’s church at 7PM and 9 PM; St. Theresa’s will hold services at 6PM.
New Year’s Eve will be celebrated at the tribal hall with a community dinner and live music: fireworks at midnight. Music is scheduled to last until 1 AM.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:20 PM.