WIN Minutes 11-05-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition
November 5, 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 13 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Harriett Borst, Rose Allen, Tim Horn, Rebecca and William Troxel, Mary Alexander, Jeannie Bennett, Evelyn and Johnny Verhagen and Damitra DuPlantis. We enjoy pork, squash and sweet pepper stew, spinach salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins & pecans and jam stuffed cupcakes for lunch.

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

PRAYER was sung by Harriett Borst, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two additions to the agenda.

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



Supporting Nenana EMS: Kat provided hard-copy of Joe’s five year plan to those who don’t have access to electronic copy. She will email electronic copy to anyone else that wants it. Rebecca reported that a building committee has been formed; Bill is the chair of the committee. They met for the first time last night. Initial items on their agenda, locate property for an upgraded fire-hall in Nenana and identify funding sources. A 24 foot aluminum boat with 95 horsepower outboard engine has been donated to fulfill the boat rescue capability portion of the five year plan. The boat needs some minor repair and a top will need to be constructed. It was suggested that we approach the school shop teacher to see if he would be willing to take this on as a Spring project for shop class.
Jeannie has taken lead on having a table at the Christmas Bazaar the first weekend in December for fundraising. Kat has agreed to make soup. Jeannie would like to see some kind of designer desserts, like mocha cheesecake. Kat suggested they could do lattes and cappuccinos; Rose suggested ice cream.
Envisioning Wellness: Kathleen Demientieff has agreed to speak to us on November 12th. Kat provided copies of the flyer; others took flyers to put up at post office, clinic, library, city office, Coghill’s and the Senior Center. Leon will past the other flyers at the school. Jessi will assist Kat on the presentation on the Bully Project on the 19th ; PINK will be presenting this material to the youth and our goal is to have adults informed about the process to be there as support. Andrew Roe has agreed to present to us about the geothermal home heating systems; he will need a laptop project. Jeannie suggested that perhaps Adam White would have one we could use.

Nenana Blood Drive: Tim is scheduling with Felicia at Alaska Blood Bank in Fairbanks for our next June and October drives. She emailed Susan regarding March dates; it looks like March 26th will work fine and not conflict with anything at the school. We have penciled in June 25th for the Civic Center, then October 8th back in the school again, Lastly, we have reserved February 11, 2015, again at the school.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner: Rebecca has posted to the Nenana Community Facebook page about this event. Kat will bring ham; the DuPlantis family will bake a turkey. Bonnie is bringing her famous apple pie. Jeannie reminded Rebecca to ask Mike to bring cheesecake. Venue is still up in the air but Rebecca will make sure that information gets out as soon as she knows. It was suggested that Rebecca post what foods we do have already arranged so that people will know what else to bring.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Don’t fret, we get that hour back, next Spring.


This just in: Our next Community Pride/Village Safety meeting will be November 20th, per Robin Campbell.

Rose: People should start thinking about Operation Ho Ho Ho. We won’t know when the date will be for a while but it is always mid-December.

Kat: David is enroute to Fairbanks with a load of pigs. Leon’s smart phone has been placed on restriction due to inappropriate FB postings; he is on internet ban for the time being.

Jessica: Is back from two week stint in Fairbanks of Rural Human Services training. She is busy, has three projects due. She got a new little dog, Peanuts.

Bonnie: Monday night November 11, there will be a community dinner to honor our veteran’s; the tribal hall is hosting a spaghetti feed. It is pot luck and everyone is welcome.

Evelyn: Attended the BLM community meeting last night at the Civic Center. It was about resource management. There are 16 million acres of land that the feds are getting ready to surrender back to the state. Every 20 years, they re-open the land management planning process. They will have a series of meetings in communities all along the proposed usage corridor. They have already had a meeting in Fairbanks. It is anticipated they will have another meeting in Nenana due to short public notice, attributed to the government shutdown last month. By our state constitution, Alaska is supposed to be allotted 105 million acres of land for state use; other land is held in reserve for federal use. There are maps available at the library of the lands in question along with contact information for those who would like to have input into this process.

Damitra: Matt O’Brien is in Anchorage having his second round of chemo-therapy. Florida and Charlie are with him but Lily has come back to Nenana and thanks everyone for their support during this family crisis.

Virginia: The Baha’i will be hosting a series of talks on spiritual matters, with topics including: Building Understanding of Scripture: Exploring Prayer; Life After Death. Tonight at 7 PM, at the Senior Center, they will present a “Taster” of that process for anyone interested in participating.

Mary: The have a full house at Meda Lord Center. Wes is kept pretty busy keeping up with electrical and plumbing repairs.

Tim: Tuesday, November 12, is a Baha’i holy day; they will be celebrating directly after WIN at Bonnie’s house, with a youth group at 3 PM.
That evening there is a Talking Circle at the tribal hall, 5:30 PM.
At 6 PM that evening, at the Civic Center, there will be an informational meeting about the borough study.

Jeannie: Will be gone nest week, joining Bob in attending a contractor’s convention in Anchorage,

Harriett: December 2-29th she will be Outside visiting her children for the holidays.
The Christmas Bazaar will be the first weekend of December, the 7th and 8th.


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