WIN Minutes 10-08-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition
October 8, 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 11 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Jeannie Bennet, Virginia Young, Steve and Damita Duplantis, Evelyn and Johnny Verhagen, and Rebecca Troxel. We enjoyed chicken and black mushroom with brown rice and sweet peppers soup, raw milk farmhouse cheddar cheese, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins & pecans for lunch.

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

PRAYER was led by Jeannie Bennet, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda.

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

PRAYER was led by Jeannie Bennet, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were four addition to the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted on the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.



Nenana Blood Drive: Will be held in the gym and Nenana City Public School, tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9, 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. Bonnie is making cinnamon rolls. Kat will provide soup. Tim will bring her tea pot. Kat will check to see if Railbelt has paper cups and will arrange to donate the use of the coffee pot. We have 15 registered to give blood; if you want to donate blood, call Susan Kaufman at NCPS, 832-5464.

Supporting An Active Nenana: Tim contacted Rebecca Ulery via Facebook; Rebecca is willing to teach line dancing as an activity. She said if we charge, she would donate the proceeds to a local fund-raiser. Steve asked if there is a place where people can walk in the winter? Rebecca called the school and talked to Susan. The school is open and available for walking M-F from 3-5PM. It is one eighth mile so eight trips around the inside of the school hallways equals one mile. A good hike. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays there is Open Gym. The Recreation Center is open Wednesday-Friday 3-7 PM and there is a weight room. Tae Kwan Doh happens every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at the school. People interested in participating should contact Virginia Brown. Kat would be interested in a stretch and tone class. Tim suggested we could end each week at WIN with a five minute stretch. Good idea. Amy?

Envisioning Wellness: October 22, Steve DuPlantis will present on Finding Unity in Community. Tim has his information and will make flyers to post for PR. She was able to contact Kathleen Demientieff about presenting and Kathleen will check her schedule and get back to Tim to make a firm date. Who will contact the new VPSO, Josh Harville, to ask him to speak with us?
Kat fielded a phone call from Shawna Hildebrande; she had called Robin Campbell at the Native Council and Robin directed her call to Kat. Shawna is the Prevention Coordinator with the TCC Community Development program and would like to do a series of surveys in Nenana regarding community wellness. WIN members wondered if it wouldn’t be better if she is going to do surveys to conduct them at community dinners or other larger events where she might catch a wider demographic sample of our community. It was agreed to invite her to come and discuss this with us.

Community Facebook Page: Tim noticed that Karenn Lord’s Nenana Supports Galena Facebook page was rebranded last week to be the Nenana Community page, this after Amy Verhagen had begun to work on the Nenana In The Know page per our discussion on the convenience of having some FB portal to keep track on Nenana events. Karen opened the page to the public at large and then apparently closed it again. It was suggested we try to merge these enterprises. There are apparently a hundred and eleven registered members of the Nenana Community page.

Nenana Health Fair: Jeannie Bennet has accepted our invitation to be the site coordinator this year. The Health Fair is tentatively scheduled for March 22, 2014. Jeannie will get online and get our event registered with the Alaska Health Fair Inc. folk in Fairbanks. Kat generated and Jeannie printed and sent a begging letter to Crowley. Laura says we have some rollover funds from the 2012 Health Fair for seed money. Laura will be gone to South America this spring but will get us lined out before she leaves for our finances.

Community Thanksgiving: Rebecca is willing to take lead on this again this year. Kat has a nice big smoked ham she will cook and bring. Rebecca asked if we should stick with Friday or change to Saturday after thanksgiving to allow for Black Friday shoppers. It seems that 5 PM Friday should be late enough for those who want to be able to shop AND participate. Set up will begin around 4 PM at the tribal hall.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Anonymous

Virginia: She attended a training with the Foraker Group in Anchorage for the Peony Grower’s Association to learn about organizing and training board members.

David: Hopes the weather stays good; he’s got hay that needs baling, fences that need to be put into place, manure to haul and spread, trees to put down, and bulldozing to do, all before freeze-up. Oh, yeah, and pigs that gotta go to market!

Kat: Jessica and Maryellen are down in Anchorage for the RMHA tobacco prevention grantee training. They will give us a report when they get back.
Kat has to attend a Technical Assistance Teleconference on the Integrated Regulations and Medicaid Billing in the morning so David will bring soup and coffee, etc., to the Blood Drive; Kat should be available after 10 A.M.
City Assembly meeting is Thursday; the election results will be sealed at 6 PM; the regular meeting will begin at 6:30 PM, at the Senior Center.

Rebecca: They hit the ground running after getting back from their vacation. Bill went hunting and they now have a moose cut and wrapped in their freezer, but it is a confiscated moose and Bill had to come back from his hunting trip to help “harvest” it. She had a good time at the women’s retreat; they stayed at Land’s End in Homer. The kids are in Early Head Start and the schedule changes take some getting used to. William is crawling and has begun to sit up.

Jeannie: They moved into the travel trailer parked in their new shop building on Saturday. She still has a load of stuff to get out of the First Street house. In moving she has accumulated a huge pile of stuff for Freecycle. Speaking of which, Freecycle and Mexican food pot luck, Friday, October 25: 30th, starting 5 PM, venue to be decided.
Audrey update: She has been able to take the bus from Raven’s Way for outings. She is walking at home without the cane, outside the home she is still using the cane. Right now she has gone to visit her sister.

Bonnie: The Seniors are taking a PFD bus trip this weekend to Anchorage, leaving Friday after lunch and returning Sunday.
Barbara Carson will be coming home soon after her fall and subsequent broken hoip and hip replacement operation.

Evelyn: Watching the LDS general Conference online, messages from the 12 apostles and the prophet, very inspirational.
Paul is still in Hawaii, tending to his mom. He’ll be back sometime this week, they hope.
Steve: They just started their winter schedule. They have Sunday morning services as well as fellowship worship service in the evening at 6 PM. They are also holding Wednesday evening educational services; they are just starting The Truth Project, a series of 12 units for reflective study and group discussion.
Their next fifth Sunday musical worship service will be December 29th. Last week they had about 40 people with music and then they played games.

Damita: Is taking lead helping organize meals for the O’Brien family. Matt has been diagnosed with stage four cancer and he and Lily are in Anchorage while he receives treatment. You can contact Damita (404) 428-2108 or at the church 832-5539.

Tim: Thursday at the school there will be a community lunch from 11 AM-1PM.
The soccer tournament is this weekend in Delta.
The Fall Concert will be Wednesday, October 16, at 6:30 PM. at NCPS. There will be a pork dinner fundraiser at the school before the concert; tickets are ten dollars each.
Friday the 18th is the end of the quarter, Parent/Teacher conferences will be the 23 and 24, 3:30-6:00 PM at NCPS.


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