WIN Minutes 08-13-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition

August 13, 2013
There were 14 in attendance today, including: Kat & Leon McElroy, David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Tim Horn, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Harriet Borst, Margret Sanders, Rebecca, Bill, William & Emily Troxel and Kathy Morgan.
We enjoyed baked salmon with brown rice and zucchini, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins and walnuts for lunch.

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.

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

PRAYER was song by Tim Horn, A Prayer for the Children, 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: Margret Sanders was welcomed back to WIN. Kathy Morgan was welcomed to our meeting. She has been hired into the Behavioral Health Aide position at Nenana Native Council, and has just returned from several weeks of intensive training.

Envisioning Wellness: The new principal at Nenana City Public School, Sherri Carattini, will be presenting to us on September 3rd. Everyone looks forward to getting to know her better and gearing what she has to say. Kathy Morgan was asked to present to us next week on the Assist and Safe Talk trainings she has taken that she is now prepared to offer to the community. Tim Horn got her email address so they can work up a flyer.
Bill suggested we ask someone from KIAM to speak, so we could learn more about the scope and mission of the radio station. Art Thompson is the new Director of Operations; Brian Blair is the station manager. Bill will talk to them about this. Tim would like to have Joe DiGrande speak to us about The Nenana Student Living Center.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Each Day Provides Its Own Gifts. Marcus Aurelius
Tim: Don’t forget, the next Blood Drive will be Wednesday, October 9th, at the school.
Bill: He and Ethan, Joe and Kelly Forness shall be fishing in Valdez for a week.
Rebecca: Is having a good time harvesting her garden. She is busy getting ready for the new school year. Emily is enrolled in Early Head Start.
She noticed in the school newsletter, it says that ProFlight Alaska will be here two times a week this school year providing instructional services for students taking flight classes.
Leon: Got his Learner’s Permit.
Bonnie: Game Night at Meda Lord tonight, 6:30 P.M. Spirit Camp at Twin Bears. For more information, call Robin at NNC. The Seniors will have their Board Meetings, August 19th, 5:30 P.M., at the Senior Center. August 27th will be the annual back to school BBQ, this year it will be a Pig-nic, down at the Pavilion off Front Street, 5:30 PM. Side dishes are welcome.
Kathy Morgan: Is seeking adult advisors and young adult peer leaders to work with her on Sources of Strength which is a new program being used in Rural Alaska to help prevent suicide. The program is intended to act like a safety net and will be meeting two times a month, on a Monday or Tuesday, at the YERC. Her hours at NNC are Mon-Thurs., 9 AM – 2 PM. Her cell is 888-0693.
Virginia: She is in the lull before fall planting, another 3,000 peony roots to go in. She’s been busy mowing and cultivating. “It’s been like heaven, 70 degrees, a gentle breeze.” Her Market Garden is doing well, the fava beans are coming in.
David: His bulls have been voting with their feet, relocating themselves from the pasture behind Meda Lord housing so he’s been busy rounding up loose bulls. On a good note, the GCI pole on 7th street that was leaning over so dangerously has been reset and is again upright!
Kat: She and Jessica fed several cases of out-dated tarts to the pigs last night, it was very comical but the pigs maybe have a sugar hangover.
Brian McMannes funeral will be Saturday at 1 PM, at the Civic Center.
Tim: Bonnie’s 84th birthday is Saturday; they will be having a celebratory dinner Sunday evening.
Monday is teacher work day; classes start at NCPS on Tuesday, August 20. On the 22nd, they will be holding What’s Going On? an informational meeting in the cafeteria for parents to find out about the activities available for youth ages Kindergarten – 4th Grade.

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