WIN Minutes 5-28-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition

May 28, 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 14 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Dawn & Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Virginia Young, Vern and Cindy Wilkinson, Jeannie Bennet, and Rebecca, Bill, Emily and Willam Troxel.
We enjoyed beef green bean casserole, cole slaw, Ritz crackers with sliced cheeses and raisins and walnuts 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 three additions to the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes from last week were posted on the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list. It was duly noted that the announcements from the meeting last week were inadvertently omitted from the minutes.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Bill Troxel introduced his boss Vern Wilkinson and Vern’s wife Cindy who are up visiting the Troxel’s.


Nenana Blood Drive: This is scheduled for June 12, at the Civic Center, from 10 AM-2 PM. People wishing to donate blood should contact Tim Horn at 832-1047. She is handling the sign-up sheet. Food will be served for volunteers and people donating: Kat will make soup, Tim is baking bread, Bonnie will supply home-made cinnamon rolls. The people at the blood bank want to reschedule the October blood drive from the 9th to the 2nd. Tim has not heard back from the school if this is going to conflict with their scheduling for testing.

Project Overhaul: Jeannie Bennet has been talking with Steven Price with the Yukon Intertribal Watershed Council. He is planning to haul junker vehicles, appliances, electronics, etc. out of Nenana June 17th. If you don’t know how to remove the bio-hazard fluids from a vehicle, Steve will do this. For more information contact Jeannie at 978-9579. Jeannie has Pink Dots to use to mark junk to be hauled away. If you want stuff gone, get it out to the street and get it marked and let Jeannie know.
She will be doing a Project Overhaul run for trash other than vehicles and appliances, like furniture, mattresses, etc., things that did not get hauled away on Clean Up Day, likely this Saturday or the following Saturday. She will need volunteers to assist her loading, hauling, and unloading.

Saturday Market: The issue of whether the Saturday Market can be held in the Salmon Bake building will be brought before the city assembly at the next meeting which will be held the second Thursday of the month. Kat suggested that this information be forwarded to Alex Ketzler at the Cultural Center as he has expressed the feeling of being left out of this decision making process which impacts his duties at the Cultural Center next door.

Envisioning Wellneess: In our ongoing Envisioning Wellness series, our public health nurse, Patty McKenna, has been presenting the multi-part HBO special report video The Weight of the Nation. This video series, recently completed, is being aired nationally, and contains significant information about the “national obesity epidemic.” Find out more about this video project online at:
The web site says this about the series: Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, The Weight of the Nation is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.
The centerpiece of The Weight of the Nation campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity.
Three weeks ago we watched the first film, CONSEQUENCES, which examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese.
Next week we will watch the second of this 4-part video, CHOICES, which “offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain.”
It has been suggested that we reformat the meeting so as to allow time for discussion after viewing the video, which did not happen due to the length of the video segment and our tight time schedule. It was agreed to begin viewing the video by 12:15.
July 2nd we will watch part three, August 6th we shall be viewing part four. Kat will email a head’s-up on the topic to the WIN list. Tim will make flyers for PR.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Everywhere you go, there you are! Ancient hippie wisdom
Virginia: is back from her trip to NYC to help take care of her mother. Had a peasant visit, got to tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also attended the Baha’i national convention and participated in the national elections.
Rebecca: Is building garden beds on pallets. Just completed a new chicken shed to provide shelter in their expanded living area.
Emily: Really likes the cole slaw.
Bill: Found out that the Chaplaincy will provide scholarships for him to attend and become certified in Critical Incident Stress Management.
Tim: Traditional Memorial Day picnic/BBQ will be held Thursday, 2 PM, up on the hill. People are encouraged to bring a side dish.
The youth who went to Washington DC to attend Close Up will be back Monday.
June 3rd, 7 PM, at Karen Harvey’s home, the Nenana Book Club will meet to discuss The Shape of Snakes, which explores themes of race and class in contemporary England.
June 6th at 6:30 POM, there will be a Game Night at the Meda Lord Center. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy socializing and playing.
June 11th, 6 PM, The Friends of the Library will be hosting a pot luck dinner and a puppet show at the Civic Center.
June 29th PINK has their annual Prevention Carnival at the baseball park noon-4PM.
Bonnie: Tonight is the Ice Classic annual meeting, starting at 6 PM, at the Civic Center. Dinner will be served afterwards.
Jessica: Is gearing up to put in a garden.
Kat: Is busy building fences to keep the chickens out of her garden(s).
Linda Saylor has five adult geese she is looking to get rid of. The price is right: Free for the taking.
David: EMS Fire Dept. have been busy. They had four calls in a 24 hour period.
He has been busy roto-tilling and repairing equipment, gearing up for haying season.
Pigs are growing, new chicks are getting their feathers, the cows gotta go out on pasture.
Dawn: Likes the idea we had in discussion last week about organizing volunteers to take care of chores and tasks for elders. Asked input: where would she start to help organize such a thing. Vicky Moyle at the Senior Center and maybe PINK, Jan Allen at the Youth Recreational Center.
She is being encouraged to write her Memoir.
Jeannie: Gave a brief update on Audrey Roth who has been moved up to Fairbanks to receive physical therapy for injuries after her fall.

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