WIN Minutes 2-12-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition


February 12, 2013

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, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Audrey Roth, Harriet Borst, Rebecca & Emily Troxel, Miles Martin, Virginia Young and Tim Horn. We enjoyed chicken/black mushroom/wild rice soup and 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 Virginia Young, 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.


Suicide Prevention: Kat said there are two suicide prevention activities being planned to be held at the school and as community events. She continues emailing with Eric Morrison from the state Suicide Prevention Council regarding the “Listening Sessions” they would like to do in Nenana at the end of February. Additionally, Eric Gebhart forwarded her information about the Carry the Cure/Broken Walls presentation which will be here Monday, March 4 to do a suicide, physical abuse, drug abuse prevention program/concert. This group is internationally renowned. This year’s tour is going to follow the “Serum Run”. There will be an assembly for secondary students as well as a concert in the evening for the community.

Discussion ensued regarding the visit from the Suicide Prevention Council. Consensus opinion appears to be that the event would work best as a community meeting rather than dinner. WIN members will prepare/provide finger foods. Key community people will be invited. WIN will generate flyers or Kat will ascertain from Eric Morrison if he has flyers for PR for the event. She will reserve the use of the tribal hall for the event. The best date for this event would be Monday, 2-25-13, 7 PM.


Nenana Blood Drive: We have the blood drive scheduled for tomorrow, February 13th, between 10 AM and 2 PM. Tim affirmed that we have 14 blood donors. Kat will provide snacks: soup, fruit, and muffins. Tim will bring bread. Bonnie will bring cinnamon rolls.


Nenana Health Fair: Our health fair is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, March 27 at Nenana City Public School with a focus on youth issues. Tim has talked to the high school and junior high school health classes and they have indicated interest in presenting on issues as varied as gaming addiction, domestic violence and bullying.  Chuck Hugney will be presenting on blood donations. Susan Kaufman at the school is coordinating details from the school’s end. The next planning meeting will be Thursday, February 21st, at Jeannie Bennet’s house, 10 AM. There are vouchers for blood-work and PSA tests which Tim will leave with Nenana Clinic staff to distribute as needed. First come, first serve so anyone needing blood work without the resources to pay please refer them to the clinic.


The Totchaket Road Project: Jeannie Bennet read a letter she received via email from Jim Sachett at Toghotthele requesting WIN generate a letter of support regarding the Totchaket Road upgrade. They are requesting Roads to Resources money from the state to extend and widen the road. The benefits to this would be extending access to the area which would allow agricultural and mineral development. Some of the concerns are in regards to accessibility, would the road be available to anyone’s use or would use be restricted, and the wisdom of opening the area for development. Discussion ensued. Consensus was that WIN should invite Jim to the March 5th meeting to answer some of the many questions the community has about the pros and cons of this project.


Envisioning Wellness: Evelyn Verhagan will do a presentation February 19th  about emergency preparedness and food security. Tim needs to get a photograph from her to put together a flyer. David Poppe will dry run his SARE conference presentation March 5th. The presentation is limited to 20 minutes.


WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Large winds from empty caves blow. Anonymous



Miles: has been looking at seed catalogs. Is interested in going together with people on seed orders. Is especially interested in strawberries.


Virginia: Will be at the Peony Growers conference where she will present. The Baha’i will be holding a game night at the Senior Center Thursday the 28th, at 7 PM, to celebrate Ayyám-i-Há.


Harriet: Mentioned that it was the result of blood work at a health fair she discovered she has diabetes.


David: Attended the anti-borough meeting last night. Said he thought there were about 30 people there, mostly vehemently opposed to even exploring any borough options whatsoever.


Kat:  Leon’s phone went missing and was found a week later in the washing machine, having gone thru wash and rinse and spin cycles. David took the phone apart and put it into the vacuum machine (food saver) and charged it and darned if the thing doesn’t work ok now despite the extended bath.


Rebecca: Will have her baby next Thursday if he doesn’t arrive sooner. Aerin and Ethan went snowboarding this weekend and they had a blast.



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