WIN Minutes 12-24-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition
December 24, 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, masticate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
We had six participant ts today: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Tim Horn, Bonnie Reed, Virginian Young. We enjoyed beef/three cheese casserole with mixed vegetables, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins and nuts for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jessica Durtsche.

PRAYER was lead by Virginia Young, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one addition to the agenda.

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



Summer Volunteers: Virginia brought forth an idea about summer volunteer activitie4s. She notices that every summer we have visitors to our community who come specifically to perform service work. Sometimes they have to scramble around to find projects. She thinks it would be smart if we were to collaborate across the community to brainstorm service projects: what needs to be done; who would take point on the project; what supplies would need to be assembled? These are questions that if we explored them in advance, efficacy could be increased for people doing volunteer work in the community. After discussion, it was agreed to revisit this topic over the coming months towards a goal of having a project list assembled before summer. One project that was identified was making garbage can stands to help keep animals out of trash and help prevent garbage cans from being knocked over by the wind. It was suggested that this idea be put forward onto the Nenana Community Face Book page, to garner ideas, suggestions and input from the larger community.
Envisioning Wellness: On January 14th we will have a presentation about home geothermal heat systems. Kat McElroy will present on January 28, talking about strategies for helping people in our community who are experiencing addiction to get into detox, and seek treatment.
We would like to have our new VPSO, Clinton Wiehl, do an EW presentation. All we know about him is that he come to us from the village of Beaver. We would still like to have a presentation from Art Thompson, Adam White and/or Brian Blair about the KIAM operations.


Virginia: Being on vacation is nice.
David: When are we doing discussion on the Bully Project? Suggested December 30 and January 7.
Got beef meat back from the butcher, Mid-State Meats; it was killed and cut USDA inspected, so can be retailed. It tastes pretty good. Smells good. No antibiotics, no steroids, no growth hormones. All grass fed.
Kat: Operation Ho Ho Ho went really well. Thanks to all our volunteers; we got out food boxes to 48 families. Won’t be here January 7th, is taking Leon on a tour of the Job Corps program in Palmer and will attend the Alaska Behavioral Health Certification Commission meeting in Anchorage Jan 8-10.
Jessica: Is on winter holiday from both of her jobs. Enjoying some downtime. Doing some baking and sleeping in!
Bonnie: No meals at the Senior Center this week.
Tim: Caroling at Meda Lord on Sunday evening.
Troxel’s have Christmas Eve Open House starting about five.
Sunday the 29th, the Assembly of God church will be hosting a singalong with pot luck dessert, 6 PM.
January 13th, Miles gets back from Club Fed; visitors are welcome but he will be restricted to his house for several weeks.

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