WIN Minutes 12-18-12

Nenana Wellness Coalition


December 18, 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, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Miles Martin, Virginia Young and Tim Horn. We enjoyed scalloped potatoes with sliced ham and broccoli, 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: David Poppe.


PRAYER was led by Kat McElroy, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE


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


Sober Housing Report: Kat McElroy reported that the current sober house resident just celebrated 60 days of continuous sobriety. He said that he has not been able to obtain two full months of alcohol abstinence in more than six years and he is grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to him. He continuous volunteering three days a week and picking up odd jobs around town for pocket money. He is looking into a couple of full-time employment options. Since we began sober housing in Nenana, we have had seven residents, four of whom are currently sober, two with multiple years of sobriety, and Kat feels this is something we should recognize and celebrate. Former sober house residents have been able to achieve sobriety, re-establish ties with family, become self-supporting, and recover physically, mentally and spiritually. We owe this to the community of Nenana who have all and each played a part in achieving this success. Kat also said that several times per month she has people inquire about use of the sober house which speaks to the need. She is contemplating construction of another small shelter.


Nenana Blood Drive: We have blood drives scheduled for February 13th, June 12th and October 9th. The February blood drive will be in the school and is scheduled to occur between 10 AM and 2 PM. The June blood drive will take place at the Civic Center, same hours. In October, we will be back in the school. We brainstormed strategies for increasing participation.


Nenana Health Fair: Phyllis Tugman no longer works for Alaska Health Fair, Inc., so we are unsure with whom we shall coordinate health fair planning activities. The Alaska Health Fair Anchorage is actively seeking a replacement for this Fairbanks position but it is Tim’s understanding that this is now a part-time position. Meanwhile our health fair is now scheduled to occur on Wednesday, March 27, per Susan Kaufman at the school, who will be coordinating details from the school’s end. Discussion ensued exploring options if Alaska Health Fairs Inc. is unable to replace Ms. Tugman in a timely fashion.


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 will do a presentation February 19th  about emergency preparedness and food security. Tim is having issues with her computer/printer interface. She will attempt to put together a flyer but is unsure about success.



WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.

Edith Hamilton



Tim: The trial today was cancelled but prospective jurors were instructed to call in Monday for possible jury duty Christmas week.

Don’t forget the steak dinner tonight at NCPS; costs 20 dollars per person and is a fund-raiser for the student group Close-Up.

December 20, school is out for Christmas break, with early release at 12:45PM .

December 20th will also 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. This event is free and open to the entire community.

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.

December 26th there will be a themed devotion at Bonnie’s house, Something About Jesus.

January 7th the book club meets at 7 PM at Karen Harvey’s house to discuss The Tiger’s Wife



Bonnie: The 21st will be the Christmas lunch at the Senior Center.

That evening will be the gift exchange at the tribal hall, at 6:30.


Virginia: The Christmas Bazaar fundraiser for the library was very successful. Thanks to all the generous donations from businesses, the library was able to raise about two thousand dollars.


Jessica: Will be flying out to visit her Mom for Christmas, returning New Year’s Day. Sorry she will miss our New Year’s Eve celebration but nice to get a break from the weather.


Kat: Operation Ho Ho Ho was a roaring success. We provided boxes to 42 families. Thanks to everyone, as always, for their help and support.


David: Glad it stopped snowing. Glad the temperature came up. The temperature in the chicken house was down to about 15 degrees but is back up now.


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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