WIN Minutes 10-15-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition
October 15, 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 8 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Jeannie Bennett, Amie Verhagen, and Rebecca Ulery. We enjoy baked silver salmon with brown rice and sweet peppers, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins & pecans for lunch.

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

PRAYER was sung by Tim Horn, 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.



Supporting An Active Nenana: Rebecca Ulery brought a flyer that was created for a line-dance activity she did last year in Anderson. Jeannie will use it as a template to create a flyer for our event. Rebecca will lead a community dance activity. The date picked is October 24, a Thursday evening7-8:30 PM, at the Civic Center. Kat texted Cherrie Forness to see if it would be all right to use the Civic Center. We will advertise it as a By Donation event and put up a donation can. If people want, they may pay. Rebecca wants the money to go to the student fund for students to go Outside sand tour possible college campuses this spring. It is anticipated that we do this on a regular basis, monthly or quarterly to be determined by public participation.

Envisioning Wellness: Pastor Steve will speak next week on Finding Unity in Community. Bonnie took flyers to put up at post office, Coghill’s and Senior Center. Leon will past the other flyers. Kathleen Demientieff has agreed to speak to us on November 5th. Kat and Bonnie both spoke to the new VPSO, Josh, telling him we would like him to attend WIN and to speak to us about his experiences in community policing. Who was going to ask Mel Harvey if he would be willing to do a presentation on the new heat system the Harvey’s installed in their home?

Nenana Blood Drive: Was held in the gym and Nenana City Public School, Wednesday, October 9, 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. We had a total of 21 registered to give blood, including six high schoolers; 16 were successfully able to donate, of whom four were in high school. Every blood drive our numbers increase slightly. We have tentatively scheduled February 12th, 2014 for our next blood drive. After discussion with Susan at the school, we decided to use the concession room instead of the gym. It is quite large enough for our purposes and that way the kids will not be denied access to gym for PE. We will schedule with Felicia at Alaska Blood Bank in Fairbanks for our next June and October drives.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: We move towards and become like that which we think. Don Coyhis/White Bison Foundation

Grandma Barbara is home; she is getting around well.

Kat: Went up to Fairbanks yesterday to attend the Regional Tobacco Coalition meeting. They are working on policy change; their goal is to get smoke-free air legislation supported and passed. Towards that goal, they identified businesses and agencies to target for a request of support. Maryellen and Danielle were there. Danielle is the new hire in our Healy office. Diana Grum has tendered her resignation and is seeking employment in Oregon. She served in our Healy office for seven years.
David is all about making hay. Because of drought this summer, there is not enough hay in Interior Alaska to feed stock on hand. People are importing hay from Canada, which many cannot afford to do and thus are having to get rid of stock.

Jessica is back from her week long tobacco prevention grantee training in Anchorage which she attended on behalf of WIN. There was a lot of information about how to get policy change to happen. She learned about their four year plan. She leaves Sunday for two weeks in Fairbanks to attend Rural Human Services training. She caught some kind of crud down in the big city.

Bonnie: Game Night tonight at Meda Lord, 6:30 PM.
Crowley representatives will be at lunch tomorrow to present the seniors with the deed to property they are donating for construction of a new senior center.

Amie: She is training for the mail route as Cory has gotten another contract for a Fairbanks based route. She is eager to present on topics of sleep, stress and hydration for wellness.

Tim: 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.
October 24th, our community dance activity at the Civic Center!
Freecycle and Mexican food pot luck, Friday, October 25: 30th, starting 5 PM, at the Civic Center.
Cindy Ronnander volleyball tournament will be held at the NCPS on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26th, in the gym.

Jeannie: Invites people to bring their musical instruments and their voices to participate in a sing-along after the Freecycle.
The Christmas Bazaar will be the first weekend of December, the 7th and 8th.


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