WIN MInujtes 9-24-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition

September 24, 2013
There were 8 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Tim Horn, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Amie Verhagen, Steve and Nick Duplantis. We enjoyed baked chicken with potatoes, turnips, carrots and beets, tomato cucumber 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 led by Steve Duplantis, 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: Steve Duplantis is the new pastor to the Assembly of God church. Nick is his son..

Envisioning Wellness: Amie Verhagen will be presenting next week: Fall Into Fitness. She has sent info to Tim who has made it up into a flyer. Kat will print the flyers and Leon will distribute them about town. Steve Duplantis has volunteered to do a presentation October 22 on his Vision of Unity for Nenana. He will supply details to Tim to make a flyer. Tim suggested that we ask Kathleen Demientieff who has just published a small book The Woman Bear. Tim will contact her

Nenana Blood Drive: Towards our goal of three blood drives a year, our next blood drive is set for October 9, 10 AM- 2PM, in the gym at NCPS. As usual, Susan Kauffman is handling registration applications for those who wish to donate: 832-5464. Flyers have been posted around town. Donors can be as young as 16; under 18, they need their parent’s consent. Tim has some information sheets she got from Felicia at the Blood Bank in Fairbanks. She suggesting giving them to Brianna and Wanda to see if they would do an educational presentation to the high school students to teach them about blood drive.
.City Assembly: There are three empty seats on the city assembly. Elections are next week. Candidates need to have been registered voters in the municipality for one year previous to the election. People interested in running a write-in candidacy should go to the city office and talk to Suzanne.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: If you want to double your money fast, fold it in half and stick it in your pocket. Katie Baker
Virginia: She has finished planting 1500 more peonies. Estimates she has about 6,000 in the ground at this point.
Said she had ever so much fun at the Senior Game Night last week, watching people play Chicken Feet dominoes and herself playing Scrabble.
Kat: David is up in Fairbanks picking up pig meat butchered from Mid-state Meats.
Jessica: Good to be back after two weeks at RHS training in Fairbanks. Some days they had classes for ten hours. She completed the units on personal development and family dynamics. Next they will be studying Alaska Native Values and Rural Counseling, October 20-Niovember 1st.
Amie: Busy working on the house. She’s subbing at the school one to two days a week so is available if people need help with projects.
Bonnie: Friday night is the End of Season BBQ down by the old salmon bake, 6 PM-ish. They hope to be allowed to have a big bon fire.
October 16 at the Senior Center lunch the CEO of Crowley will be there to present the seniors with a deed to the land they have donated over on 9th street for the new senior center.
There will be Bingo every Thursday night and breakfasts every other Sunday at BNSLC as a fundraiser for the students wanting to tour Outside colleges this Spring.
November 11 there will be a spaghetti feed at the tribal hall to honor our vets.
Barbara Carson has moved to Denali Center to continue her recuperation after her fall.
Steve: Glad he was finally able to make it to a WIN meeting. Don’t forget this Sunday there will be a community worship service and sing-along at the Assembly of God church, 6 PM. Light refreshments served. People are welcome to bring a dessert to share. They plan to do this every month that has a fifth Sunday.
Also he is looking for a wood stove to heat the church garage so they can use the space in the winter for butchering road kill or doing car repairs.
Nick: Today is Steve’s birthday. (He is 50 today.) Everyone joined to sing Happy Birthday to him.
Tim: There will be a themed devotion lead by Virginia Young at Bonnie’s house Wednesday, 7 PM.
No school on Friday!
Volleyball practice begins Monday.
Soccer this weekend at Anderson. October 10-12 is the Regional Tournament in Delta.
Monday, October 7th, the book club will meet at Karen Harvey’s, 7 PM.
Don’t forget, the next Blood Drive will be Wednesday, October 9th, at the school.
October 23-24 is parent/teacher conferences.
Lastly, she read on Facebook, on The Soul Pancake page, that the greatest indicator of happiness is………..wait for it,…………..wait for it, GRATITUDE!!!!! They did an experiment and unhappy people who were able to complete a gratitude exercise demonstrated the greatest gain in happiness.


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