WIN Minutes 6-18-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition

June 18, 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 eight participants today, including: Jessica Durtsche, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Jeannie Bennet, Bill Troxel and Tim Horn. We enjoyed meat loaf with baked potatoes and garden vegetables, raisins with walnuts and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.

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

PRAYER was lead by Bill Troxel, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two changes to the agenda.

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



Supporting our EMS providers: Kat McElroy said that she had a series of discussions last week with the chief of Nenana EMS services, Joe Forness, and the Mayor, Jason Mayrand, regarding equipment upgrades needed by our EMS responders. The conversation was precipitated when the Nenana 911 translator went down, which happens about once a month. Joe has been forwarding the 911 services through to his personal cell phone when this happens but voiced concerns that they might miss vital 911 calls when he is in cell phone dead zones. Repairing the translator is difficult; the manufacturer is defunct, so there is no technical support. As a temporary fix, Joe has replaced the faulty translator, which is about 8 years old, with the old-old translator, which is about 30 years old. In the interim, Joe has located someone at the state level in Public Safety that is willing to “loan” Nenana Emergency Services a “temporary” replacement translator.
Because she feels it is a poor use of Joe’s time to have to beg for funding, Kat is interested in forming a community-based organization to help support our EMS, along the lines of the Friends of the Library group which has been helpful in raising funds for Nenana City Library. She has been discussing this with various community members. To start, we would need to make a list of various stakeholder entities that potentially utilize and thus may be willing to financially support Nenana EMS services: Toghotthele, Doyon, TCC, Alaska Railroad, Princess Tours, and Crowley Marine come immediately to mind. Joe would need to put together a needs/wants list to help us assist him in bringing his vision of a well-provisioned EMS squad to fruition. We would need to identify others who might be interested in furthering this project.
Kat requests that WIN participants discuss this with their friends, neighbors, church families and anyone else they feel may have significant input. She will carry Supporting Our EMS on the agenda for further discussion.
Virginia suggested soliciting the Ice Classic seed money. She said perhaps we could organize an annual fundraiser, like a Gala. If needed services cannot be paid for by the tax base, then community members are called upon to step up.

Saturday Market: Virginia Young reported that she presented a request to the city council at assembly meeting Thursday evening that the Saturday Market be allowed to utilize the old Salmon Bake building. This engendered lively debate. Due to concerns expressed by Alex Ketzler regarding the logistics with the tour buses at the Cultural Center next door, the request was denied. Traffic flow problems need to be avoided if the tour buses are going to make the Cultural center a regular stop. Alternate locations were suggested including the pavilion.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” Albert Einstein

David: We have a new bull calf, Scout, a sturdy vigorous fellow. He plans to move the bulls over to Meda Lord Center. All of the cows are out at Virginia Young’s farm. He cut his hair all off, “Too hot!”

Kat: it’s all about garden, fencing, making dirt. She got sunburnt yesterday.
Jessica: Her cucumbers are turning yellow. From the heat? Some of her peppers got eaten by the ravens. But sunflowers, potatoes, peas, raspberries all doing good.

Bill: They may be moving to a rental home on 7th avenue. He is trying to learn Spanish, utilizing a web site Duo Lingo. Aerin gets her braces off tomorrow.
Bills says that he has been holding batting practice on Fridays.

Bonnie: Harriet Borst is replacing Audrey Roth on the Senior Center board.

Virginia: Is enjoying her weeder-geese which are effectively keeping the horsetail down in her market garden and the peonies.

Tim: We had 15 register for the blood drive and 13 units of blood were taken. Soup and cinnamon rolls were enjoyed by all.
There will be a graveside service for Buck Allen at the Veteran’s cemetery followed by a memorial softball game being organized by Debbie Allen.
She attended the Nenana Supports galena meeting last night. They will have a tournament on Wednesday with a final game on July 4th, to be followed by a pot luck at the tribal hall. Minto and Tanana will be bringing youth to participate. The age range is 6-16.
The Prevention Carnival will be held June 29th, 10 AM-4 PM, at the baseball field.
Nenana Youth Fish Camp will be held from July 8-August 2.
She has an exercise bike that needs a new home.

Jeannie: Audrey is doing well. She has started on a wheeled walker. Her physical therapy is focusing on gait.
She has planter boxes filled with flowers to be used to decorate the stage at the Gospel Music Festival. Pepsi has donated large outdoor signs posted along the highway north and south to advertise the event.


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