WIN MInutes 12-11-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition


December 11, 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 7 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Miles Martin, Virginia Young, Evelyn Verhagan and Tim Horn. We enjoyed lima bean with ham soup, pickled beets, 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 David Poppe, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were one addition to the agenda as presented.

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.


Operation Ho Ho Ho: Railbelt was notified yesterday that Santa’s Clearing House has scheduled us as a go for Friday, Decemebr 14. That’s THIS Friday. We have organized vehicles to meet at Santa’s Clearinghouse at 10:30 AM with a turnaround ETA at the Civic Center in Nenana of Noon. Recipient lists have been prepared; potential recipients have all been contacted so they are aware to expect boxes. We need volunteers, as always, to organize and deliver boxes. Railbelt is providing lunch; Subway submarine sandwiches have been ordered and will be picked up when we get the foodstuffs Friday morning from Fairbanks. A good time shall be had by all.



Envisioning Wellness: Robin Campbell from Nenana Native Council will do a presentation for us on January 15, 2013.  Andreas Droulious will present to us about his PhD project on January 29th. Evelyn Verhagan is interested in long-term emergency food storage and will do a presentation February 19th towards her goal of helping to educate our community on this important issue.


Borough Formation Exploratory Committee: Miles reports that the meeting last night was well attended. However, he said, there is a lot of confusion and contention. Many participants at the meeting assume that the goal is to jump in and form a meeting. People do not seem to be aware that the funding obtained was for the purpose of exploring various options our community may wish to pursue. A committee of people who have shown interest in the issue was formed made up of representatives from Nenana North, Nenana South and the city proper. A chairperson was selected. Miles was unsure of the date of the next meeting. Jason put a proposal for bids on the project to explore our various options (to do nothing, to form a stand-alone borough, to be incorporated into Denali or North Star Boroughs, or to join other small communities to form an incorporated multi-community borough) and to look into our tax-base, resources, time-frames, etc. There was only one bidder so apparently it will be put out to bid again.

There was discussion regarding the difficulty of addressing hot button issues such as possible formation of a borough, how to support an information-gathering and decision-making process when so many people are already highly invested in their own opinion and are unwilling to participate in consensus building.

WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.                                                       Albert Einstein


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.


Evelyn: December 20th will be the Christmas Nativity at the Civic Center at 7 PM. There will be a run-through at 4 PM. There will be a dress rehearsal on the 19th at 6 PM. There will be a rehearsal for those who have a musical part of the 15th. This event is free and open to the entire community.

David: Bought a new yearling heifer from Skook Irwin, named Bessie. This makes cow number 13 for the herd.

Kat: Everything is all about Operation Ho Ho Ho.

The next city assembly meeting will be held December 13th, 6:30 PM at the Senior Center.

Bonnie: December 12 (Wednesday) for the next community planning meeting will be held at the tribal hallat 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. This is a fundraiser; tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased from Mindy Jacobson at the school.

The 21st will be the Christmas lunch at the Senior Center. That evening will be the gift exchange at the tribal hall.

Tim: December 17th will be the first home basketball game.

December 20, school is out for Christmas break.

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.

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.

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.


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