WIN Minutes 11-19-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition
November 19, 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, masticate, celebrate, and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.

There were 9 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Mary Alexander, Bill & Rebecca Troxel, David Poppe and Virginia Young. We enjoy moose barley soup, rhubarb crisp, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins & pecans for lunch.

WELCOME , by this week’s chair-person: Virginia Young, followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT by Jessica Durtsche.

PRAYER was led by Bill Troxel, 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 Fire/EMS: Kat accepted a position on the fire department board; she will represent the city assembly. She will be meeting tomorrow with Joe and Brent Mitchell to talk about funding strategies. Kat would like to see if there is a policy and procedures manual and what the actual organizational structure is. Joe has identified getting fire-fighter I certification for some of our responders as a priority as we have none and this technically cannot enter into a burning structure to fight a blaze which limits attack response capabilities dramatically. This training is expensive and not available in the state yet.

Envisioning Wellness: Richard Coleman, who wrote The Homestead Kid, has accepted our invitation to come speak to WIN next week, 11-26 about his new book, Two Worlds Trail. Mr. Coleman lives in Fairbanks, grew up in Alaska, and is married to an Athabascan woman, Lillian Coleman. Tim made up flyers which Kat printed and will get Leon to distribute around town for PR about this event. Our next scheduled EW speaker will be January 14, 2014, and we will learn about geothermal heat.
The O’Brien Family Fundraiser: This event will be held tonight starting at 5:30 PM, at the Civic Center. It is a Navajo Taco feed and people have donated many items for the auction. Damita is coordinating meals for the O’Brien family as Matt is in hospital in Anchorage and Lily has again joined him there.

The Bully Project:: Jessica handed out some material she printed off at this web site about The Bully Project. Maryellen Robinson is taking lead on getting The Bully Project started in the Nenana City Public School. Due to time constraints we were only able to watch the first half of the DVD. Discussion ensued regarding personal experiences with bullying and whose responsibility it is to stop bullying in schools. Because we have a presentation scheduled for next week, we will have to wait until 12-03-13 to watch the second half of the video.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. Emma Lazarus

Kat: Enjoyed her weekend at Chena Hot Springs. Hoping to go back next month.
City Assembly meeting Thursday, 11-21-13, at the Senior Center.

Tim: There were 14 last night at line dancing. There will be a demonstration Wednesday night at the Village Pride/Community Safety dinner. 6 PM, at the Tribal Hall.
Miles wrote to Carl and says he enjoys reading the WIN minutes.
Tim got a phone call fro the Blood Bank in Fairbanks; the need type A blood.
Wednesday evening there will be devotionals at Bonnie Reed’s house, 6 PM.
Next Tuesday night will be the Madrigal Dinner at Nenana City Public School.

Bonnie: Fundraiser tonight for the O’Brien family.
Thursday, 11-21 there will be a Thanksgiving meal at the school for the community beginning at 11:30 AM.
Monday, starting at 10 AM the Lion’s Club is hosting a pie sale at Coghill’s Store and there will be a Thanksgiving meal at the Senior Center.

Bill: Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
Adam White will be teaching the basic “Peace-Makers Course” in conflict resolution; time and place TBD.
Joe Forness is planning another ETT training; people interested in taking this training should contact Joe.

Rebecca: The school Winter Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 PM.
12-13 is slated for the Christmas Nativity.
Sunday the 22 there will be Christmas caroling, starting at 6 PM.
December 23, Santa will be at the Civic Center to give presents to the young children.

Virginia: Attended one day of the Alaska Farm Bureau conference at Chena Hot Springs.
Tuesdays at 7 PM the Baha’i host a study circle at the Reed residence; tonight the topic will be Trustworthiness—The Foundation of all Human Virtues.

David: The roads are in better shape last week it took him two days to do the Full Circle Foods run.
Cows need to come home from Virginia’s.
He needs to bed the pig in really well as it is gonna get cold tonight.


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