WIN MInutes 5–14-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition


April 16, 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 19 in attendance today, including:  Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Brianna Ketzler, Maryellen Robinson, Larry Kairaiuak, Lindy White, Tiffany, Tyrell and Lily Tombaugh, Jenny Eiseman, Luke, Ayla and Jazzie Allen, and Evelyn Verhagen & sons.  We had potato soup with beef, leeks and sweet red peppers, mixed green salad, whole grain bread with butter, and Ritz crackers with sliced for lunch.


WELCOME followed by a recitation of MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Tim Horn.


PRAYER was led by Lindy White, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one addition to the agenda.

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


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Maryellen invited the RMHA Tobacco Program project manager, Larry K.  Tiffiny and Jenny introduced themselves and their children; they will be speaking with us today about essential oils.




NCPS Prevention Program: Brianna Ketzler provided a brief overview of prevention grant activities to date, including: the PINK (People In Need of Knowledge) group, Choose Respect march and dinner, Carry The Cure which was about suicide prevention and the upcoming Summer Carnival, The carnival is being organized by PINK, is co-sponsored by Railbelt, the Native Council and the school and is scheduled for June 29th. The Reconnecting Youth class was run with high school students; next it will be held with junior high students. They have seen an increased GPA with students enrolled in the course which teaches coping skills and strategies for dealing with mood. Brianna shared the survey results from the Choose Respect community dinner (they will be attached with the minutes). Brianna, Kat and Jessica participated in the CAST  (Coping And Support Training, a high school-based suicide prevention program targeting youth 14 to 19 years old.) training. Jessica and Julie have been running a CAST group at the living center. It is a curriculum designed to run in 12 sessions over a six-week period. It is by invitation and they have had about 50% of the students that started finish the groups. .



Tobacco Prevention: Maryellen introduced Larry Kairaiuak who has visited Nenana previously. He thanked us for the good food and stated that he always looks forward to coming to Nenana. He noted that Nenana is one of the few communities that has been able to sustain a weekly wellness coalition. He stated that the tobacco control and prevention programs are undergoing a shift, a change to small local projects within each region. Maryellen reported on her progress to date. She handed out smoke-free requests for people to fill out and forward to local businesses. She gave us an update on her work in convincing the Monderosa to go smoke free. She says that Nick has gone so far as to remove the ash trays from the tables, only bringing them out when requested, if other patrons do not object. She believes that local support for a smoke-free policy would tilt the scales in his decision-making. She talked about the flyers she has been producing locally that have the faces of community members and their various reasons for choosing to be smoke-free.


Do TERRA Essential Oils: Tiffany explained that there are three primary ways one might use essential oils: aromatherapy, which is just smelling the oil or diffusing it into the air; topically, which is rubbing the oil onto the surface of the skin; and internally, eating or drinking. She uses DoTERRA oils, she said, because they are what she calls CPTG (certified pure, therapy grade). She stated that she began using essential oils to address health issues. She has used them successfully for herself, her husband and her children, and as she began to learn about various applications for essential oils, she began recommending their use to friends. She used as an example the topical application of fennel oil to increase milk production as a nursing mother.

Essential oil therapy, she views, is a “first-line defense”, which she has found can be effective instead of using prescribed medications. “I’m not saying I think medication and doctors are wrong, just that there are effective alternative remedies to treat both the physical and the emotional aspects of many maladies. There is a time and a place for everything.” She enjoys traveling and talking to people about the DoTERRA line of essential oils. She encouraged people to research for themselves to see what benefit they may derive from their use.

Tiffany introduced her friend Jenny who said she began using essential oils to treat her fibromyalgia which had not responded to any of the “traditional” modern medical interventions. She experienced such success that she has begun doing what she called being “a healing coach” for others. She recommended people could begin learniung about essential oils on the internet at this web site: and also recommended utilizing if you want to see what the medical research says about the use of essential oils. Both Jenny and Tiffany asserted that they prefer DoTERRA oils because they believe them to be pure and safe and because they believe the company to be an ethical corporate entity invested in providing a sustainable product from original sources. Tiffany passed around various vials of oils and explained some of their myriad uses and people had an opportunity to utilize what they called a zydo scanner which was p[reported to read each individuals bio-magnetic field and thus indicate what essential oils may be found useful.


WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.                                                                                                       John Wooden


Maryellen: Don’t forget the concert at the school tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM

Nenana Clean-up day will be May 17th, starting at 10 AM with the Here Comes The Sun Fun Run. A picnic/bbq will follow.

The next NCPS Prevention committee meeting will be 11 AM May 20th.

Sierra Robinson will be one of the speakers at the 8th grade graduation the evening of May 23, 7 PM. Hurrah Sierra!


David: Moved the 30 baby chicks out of the bathtub and into the green house, most of all because he really needed to take a shower. The piggies are rapidly growing. If anyone wants to come see baby pigs, they better hurry up and come over because these critters are turning into little hogs.


Kat: Will be taking a lot of leave between now and the end of June.

Our Brianna will be presenting at the Rural Provider’s Conference this June in Fairbanks on Domestic Violence and family dynamics. You Go Girl!


Bonnie: May 16th is the planning meeting at the tribal hall, 6:30 PM.

Senior Graduation is May 19th, 2 PM, followed afterwards by a community celebration at the ball park, 4-6 PM.

May 22 the Kindergarten graduation will be held at NCPS in the gym, 1 PM.


Tim: William passed the ETT class.

First Saturday Market is scheduled to be held at the Salmon Bake, 10-2.

24th of May is the last day of school.

May 27th is Memorial Day but Traditional Memorial day will be celebrated Friday, May 31st, up on the hill, starting about 2 PM.

The next Blood Drive will be June 12th, at the Civic Center.






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