WIN Minutes 5-21-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition
May 21, 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.

We had 7 participants today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Dawn & Jessica Durtsche, Miles Martin, Phil Biddle, Bonnie Reed and Tim Horn. We had vegetable beef soup, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins and walnuts for lunch.

WELCOME: By this week’s chairperson, Bonnie Reed, followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT.

PRAYER was sung by Tim Horn, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes posted at WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-mail list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week.

Don’t forget the Doyon Drilling community meeting this evening at the tribal hall, 6:30.
Nenana Blood Drive: Our next blood drive will be held June 12th, 10 AM-2PM, at the Civic Center. Tim Horn will be managing the sign-up list. We need 15 people pre-registered to donate blood. To sign up, call Tim Horn, 832-1047. For the blood drive, Kat will make soup. Tim will make bread. Bonnie will make cinnamon rolls. Tim has emailed the flyers to Kat to print off. Miles will post them around town once printed.
Joint Meeting: There were representatives from Toghotthele, Nenana Native Council, Nenana City Public School Board and the City of Nenana. Each gave reports and updates. Copies of the working draft of the Community Plan were provided for citizen comment. The draft was approved. People enjoyed chili and watermelon.
Envisioning Wellness: Patty McKenna is scheduled June 4th to present part two of the Weight of The Nation. Tim suggests that we reformat the meetings on those days so as to allow time for discussion afterwards. Tim will contact Chuck Hugney to schedule him to present on the Couples Enrichment group. She will also contact Bob Stringfellow to present about the Nenana Bible Church.
Discussion ensued regarding the Borough Study and strategies to reduce polarization.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: When you don’t know what else to do, go clean the bathroom. Katie Baker

Tim: Wednesday, 1 PM, Kindergarten graduation at NCPS, in the gym.
Thursday, 7 PM, 8th grade graduation, also in the gym.
Friday is the last day of school. Also Friday, those students participating in the Close Up trip will be departing for Washington DC.
Thursday, May 30th, Traditional Memorial Day will be celebrated with a picnic/BBQ up on the hill, starting around 2 PM.
Monday, June 3, Nenana Book Club will meet at Karen Harvey’s at 7 PM to discuss The Shape of Snakes.
Thursday, June 6th, Game Night at the Meda Lord Center, 6:30.

David: The school concert was great; he thanked Mr. Mudge for doing such a good job teaching music to our kids. Graduation was wonderful; he thanked Bill Black, who received special recognition from the student body.
Went down to Delta yesterday to look at some farm equipment; surprising to see how Delta has rebounded after the hard times they experienced.
The cows are anxious to get out onto pasture. Pigs and the chicks are getting bigger.

Kat: Will be taking a lot of annual leave over the next month.
Tara just texted her, would like to announce, she found a chart that indicated the lowest mortality rate for adults is amoungst those with a BMI of 25-30. Overweight is considered 25-29-5. Lowest rates of all: Non-smokers.

Jessica: Her last day of work is Friday. She will ask to see if we can use the building for meetings thru the summer. There will be people staying here, so maybe it won’t be a problem. She has started running again and is up to two miles a day.

Bonnie: Ice Classic Annual Meeting will be May 28th, 6 PM.
Francis Boisseau will be at the Senior Center tomorrow at Noon to answer questions any veteran might have.

Phil: Has been watching the PBS special All About Exercise. He recommends everybody watch it—very interesting how exercise dramatically affects the body. He will be back and see us again next year.

Miles: Thinks the kids did an excellent job on Clean up Day but wonders why there were not more people from the community at large involved. Suggests we explore the idea of having some kind of Clean-up day Coordinator.


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