WIN Minutes 3-05-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition


March 5, 2013

There were 12 in attendance today, including:  Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Virginia Young, Rosemary Allen, Sharon and Kerri Phillips, Jeannie Bennet, Miles Martin and Briana Ketzler.

We enjoyed moose chicken vegetable soup, mixed green salad and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.


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.


WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Tim Horn


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


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted on the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Sharon Phillips is with the Alaska Health Fair, Inc., in Fairbanks. Kerri is her daughter-in-law.



Nenana Choose Respect Campaign: Brianna Ketzler is working with the youth group PINK (People In Need of Knowledge) this year to organize the Choose Respect community event, March 28. They will have a community march starting at the train depot and traversing Nenana to the school. This will start at 10:45 AM and the school will participate. This will be followed that evening by a community dinner at the tribal; hall starting at 5:30 PM. This dinner is a pot luck and everybody is encouraged to come out and participate. PINK will be facilitating Community Café discussions at each table on issues such as sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Brianna has constructed and laminated posters to support Choose Respect. They have been posting these around town. The posters say Our Business Chooses Respect, or Our Family Chooses Respect, etc. anyone wanting a poster for their home, business, etc., should contact Brianna.  They will also have a poster activity at the YERC for youth to make signs for the Choose Respect March. Anyone wishing posters or for more information, contact Brianna at Railbelt, 832-5557.



Alaska Health Fair: Sharon Phillips is Phyllis Tugman’s replacement at the Alaska Health Fairs, Inc., in Fairbanks. She stated this position January 11th. Nenana’s Health Fair (March 27th, our 7th annual) will be her first community health fair. She told us that she came from a back-ground primarily as a care-provider for people experiencing Autism, dementia and cancer. She also has a background in child-care and in mail delivery. She has four children and eight grand-children. Kerri came today as her assistant. She was here today primarily to deliver supplies to Tim, who is the on-site coordinator for our health fair. She brought flyers and handouts.

Sharon said that Alaska Health Fairs Inc. is 32 years old, and with Colorado Health Fairs, Inc. is the last two of what began as 50 state Health Fair organizations. Alaska Health Fair Inc. is a service organization and they also have a lending library of health related information which can be utilized by teachers, schools, libraries, etc. there is no charge for materials if they are returned undamaged. They will supply the medical supplies and personnel, including phlebotomists. The blood draws will be from 7-8:30 AM and do require a 12 hour fast. The health fair will run from 9 AM – 1 PM



Starting Where You’re At, Nenana Urban Farm: David Poppe ran through his 20 minutes power-point slide show which he will present next week at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Fairbanks. It included photos of the large and small livestock being raised at Nenana urban Farm and provided background information about the operation, high-lighting some of their successes and challenges. Discussion ensued.

WELLNESS THOUGHT:  And the least shall not be last. Sufi wisdom

The Minnema’s are taking orders for their Pick It Yourself operation. People interested in ordering should contact Rebecca at 832-2021.

Virginia: People really enjoyed the Card Night at Meda Lord; it was so much fun that residents there arewanting to make it a regular Thursday evening activity.

Miles: It’s getting on to garden time. He has Black Prince tomato seeds, fifth generation Nenana planted, for anyone interested. They have adapted nicely to local growing conditions, he says.

Kerri: Is just listening today.

Sharon: People should check out the Home Show in Fairbanks at the Carlson Center, March 22, 23 and 24.

Tim: The next Health Fair meeting will be Thursday, 10 AM, at Jeannie Bennet’s place.

UAF is having an Open House this Friday, Wanda Haken is taking our senior and junior class students to tour UAF and learn about college there.

Don’t forget to Spring Ahead Saturday night.

NCPS will be on Spring Break, no classes. Parent/teacher conferences will be March 21 and 22, 3:30-6:00 PM.

There will be an alumni game on Saturday, March 23.

Kat: The book club will be reading Death of the Archbishop; next meeting is April 1st.

Bonnie: Bingo For Books is March 7th, 6 PM at NCPS, in the Pit.

The Seniors have been invited to judge the elementary classrooms doors,  Friday the 8th, after lunch, which have been decorated with a Dr. Seuss theme. On the 12th, the Seniors will take the bus to Fairbanks to see the Ice Carvings. On March 19th, they will go up to town to get their taxes done. On St Patrick’s Day, March 15th, they will have a corned beef lunch.



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