WIN Minutes 09-17-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition

September 17, 2013
There were65 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, Tim Horn, Bonnie Reed, Bill & Rebecca Troxel and Amy Verhagen.
We enjoyed potato soup with ground pork, fresh greens with tomato and cucumber salad, walnuts with raisins, sliced yellow and white cheese and Ritz crackers 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: Amy Verhagen.

PRAYER was sung by Tim Horn, A Song for the Children, 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: No new guests today.

October Blood Drive: Tim has confirmed our proposed date with Felicia at the Blood Bank in Fairbanks; we are set for October 9th. Tim will get flyers to Kat to print and distribute. We will have the blood drive at the school. Susan Kaufman at the school will handle scheduling; people interested in donating blood should contact Susan at 832-5464. We need 15 confirmed participants for them to make the trip down here. Kat will provide soup; Bonnie will provide home-made cinnamon rolls.
Participants have to be at least 16 years of age to donate blood and those under 18 need a parent or legal guardian to sign permission. We have not historically done any PR with the students prior to the event, but Tim suggested we do so, at least to have teachers explain to the students what the blood drive is, and how it works. Tim will ask Susan to make an email to the teachers prompting them to do so.

Envisioning Wellness: It has been suggested that we ask the new Assembly of God church pastor, Steve Duplantis, to provide us with a presentation about their church or ministry. Bill said that they had some ideas for fostering unity amoungst the various church families in our community. The fifth Sunday of the month musical get-togethers is one of these ideas. The first one will be this month on the 29th, 6-9 PM and the next one will be December 29th. It was also suggested that that we ask Brian Blair and Art Thompson to do a joint presentation about KIAM. Another opportunity would be to ask Adam White if he would be willing to talk to us about his experiences with aviation, flying to the bush communities across the Interior.
Amy said she got her degree in Exercise and Wellness. She was asked if she would be willing to do an EW presentation on some aspect of that for us. She agreed to do so and a date was set for October 1st. Tim will make flyers. Consensus was a good topic would be activity to support health. “You have so much control over your health,” Amy stated.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Rebecca: They got home yesterday around 4 PM from their vacation. The kids did well at home. She has gotten them enrolled into home school, and the younger two will begin Early Head Start. She has to pull up her garden and get the chickens ready for winter. She is glad to be home.
Kat: She is a Hay Widow; with David out cutting every night until half-past dark. She and Leon have been busy pulling potatoes and turnips. She’s saving seed and encourages others to do so, also.

Tim: There will be a soccer game tonight at Anderson Tuesday the 17th, 5:30 PM.
Games are also scheduled there for the Friday and Saturday, the 20th and 21st.
Junior high basketball begins Monday the 23rd.
There will be an in-service at the school Friday, the 27th; no school.
The Assembly of God church will be hosting fifth Sunday sing-alongs, the first is scheduled for the 29th at 6 PM.
Monday, the 30th, volleyball practice begins. October 1st is elections. October 3rd the PFD will be deposited.

Amy: They are plugging away at repair/remodel of their house on 7th. Paul is away visiting his mom in Hawaii.

Bonnie: Barbara Carson did break her hip when she fell Friday night. She will be in hospital a couple of weeks as there are no beds currently available at Denali Center.
Mae Speck is in Hospice Care.
Kantishna Roadhouse is closed for the season and has donated all their leftover foods to the Senior Center.

Bill: Will be in the next bridge class to receive his EMT-I certification. He is going moose hunting tomorrow.


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