WIN Meetiung 3-26-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition


March 26, 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 12 in attendance today, including:  Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Rebecca & Emily Troxel, Jeannie Bennet, Audrey Roth, Miles Martin and James & Carolyn Brelsford.

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


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


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.

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


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:  James and Carolyn Brelsford were introduced. They have been up visiting the Bennet and the Troxel family.




Community Planning Meeting: Krista Heeringa emailed to remind us that the Nenana Community Planning Review session is still scheduled for tonight, Tuesday March 26th, 5:30 at the Tribal Hall.

Please come with comments for the Draft Nenana Community Development Plan. (see attached).


Per her email, these are the meeting objectives:

Nominate the Nenana Place Statement from ideas submitted at the December 31, 2012 Community Meeting.

Review October 10th Health & Wellness meeting summary and identify specific priorities.

Review and revise Nenana Community Planning priorities.


October 10th Nenana Community health & wellness vision statement.

In a healthy & well community of Nenana: Anyone who wants to work has a job,

There are effective solutions to issues of abuse available (substance abuse, domestic abuse, and sexual abuse),

Public Safety and Public Services are adequate and well supported,

There is adequate physical and mental healthcare available,

People take personal responsibility of their own wellbeing,

There are culturally relevant recreational opportunities, The community is actively engaged in the life-long educational process,

We like ourselves, care for, and support each other,

There are opportunities for spiritual enrichment

There is a responsive justice system with open communication,

Diversity is celebrated,

Resources are appropriately managed for the benefit of all generations.


Nenana Health Fair: The Fair begins tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7 AM, with blood draws until 8:30 AM. Anyone having blood drawn should remember to fast for 12 hours prior to that. If you wish to have a blood draw and cannot afford one, see Tim Horn to arrange a free blood draw. Exhibits will begin at 9 AM. Tim says we have a nice mix of exhibits planned with many coming directly from our junior high and high school health and science classes.

Jeannie will start set-up this afternoon around 3:30 in the gym. David and Leon will help her to haul tables from the tribal hall and Civic Center. Table set-up is planned for 4:30-5:00 PM this evening at the gym.

Tim says we have 16 slots for  15 minute massages from our massage therapist coming down from Fairbanks for this event and we have many very nice participation prizes, including: gift cards and gift certificates from local and FBX businesses, passes to H2Oasis and family passes to Mary Siah or Hamme Pool.

WELLNESS THOUGHT:  ~Acceptance~ Until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have.   Doris Mortman


Audrey: It’s always nice to be here, fun to come to WIN.

Miles: Seed starting time. He has Russian cucumbers and tomatoes started he will share. He talked to Brent about the idea of a community root cellar. There is space on the land at the old TCCC site. We would need to get some Conex boxes, some dirt work, maybe use lumber to divide the Conex into separate bunkers so people could lock up their part of the community root cellar. This is an idea we keep coming back to as a way to extend the storage of our summer produce.

David: The critters are irked at this cold snap. They are ready for spring, There was an ambulance run Thursday, actually two different vehicles ended up sidewise in the ditch on that 45 mph stretch of the highway just past the fireworks stand. Slow down out there, the roads are icy.

Kat: RMHA is in the midst of writing a new tobacco grant and a new behavioral health grant so it is all hands on deck and a pile of paperwork.

She also was talking to Brent, about Mile’s idea of making a pond out of that lot behind his property on the corner of 4th and C. It is part of what used to be the slough and water naturally drains there. With very little work, rain runoff and snow melt during breakup could be encouraged  to run there. Miles said he’d like to try to cultivate water plants and create a small nature walk and meditation spot. Perhaps even fish could be raised there  Brent said there’s no grant money he knows of for such a project but it could be completed as a community project.

Jessi: Her herb seedlings are coming up: basil, cilantro, parsley. No rosemary yet, tho.  They  had a dance Saturday at NSLC with live music by our local WMD band. The kids had a pretty good time. Everyone is gearing up for the Senior Prom which will be held in Nenana this year.

Tim: Virginia will be hosting a themed devotional at Bonnie’s house Thursday evening, 7 PM. The theme is yet to be determined.

Choose Respect March Thursday starting at 10:45 AM at the train depot with a community pot luck dinner that  night at the tribal hall, starting at 5:30.

April 1st the book club meets at 7 PM at Karen Harvey’s to discuss Death Comes to the Arch Bishop.

Next week there os testing at the school Tuesday-Thursday.

Thursday April 11th there will be a community luncheon at NCPS with a Talent Show scheduled that evening.

Bonnie: There will be an Easter Party at Nenana City Library Saturday, Noon-2PM.

Friday will be the Easter Luncheon  at the Senior Center.

Rebecca: Has had a very interesting couple of weeks between bleeding late night EMT emergencies showing up at her door step, malfunctioning vehicles, and a trip to Glenallen.



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