WIN Minutes 1-07-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition
January 7, 2014

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 14 participants today: David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Tim Horn, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Evelyn, Johnny and Ephraim Verhagan, Amie Verhagan, Mary Alexander, Tara, Jeannie Bennett, Rebecca Troxel, and Maryellen Robinson. We enjoyed taco salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins and nuts for lunch and chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter balls for dessert.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennett.

PRAYER was led by Rebecca, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: Added blood drive and health fair to the agenda.

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


The Bully Project: Maryellen Robinson gave an update on when the community showing of “Bully” movie will be. She asked for those willing to please bring some finger food to share.
Unfortunately we are not immune to bullying here in our great town of Nenana. In an effort to come together to counteract this unfortunate acts of unkindness we will be having a community showing of the movie “Bully” created by Bully Project. We will have finger foods for all to enjoy and great conversation following the viewing. If you want to check out their web site it is
Where: NCPS Pit
When: January 17 at 7pm
The movie is pg-13, you may want to consider this when bringing young children.
This is being organized by PINK, if you have a desire to help out please contact a PINK member or Maryellen Robinson.
Jessica Durtsche led continued discussion from last week; some of the discussion was that we need to introduce healthy behaviors to see healthy changes in behaviors. In the same respect we need to make sure those who are bullying are not being demonized but are teaching them and showing them new skills.
There will be further discussion to build on this after the viewing of “Bully” on January 17 in the Pit at 7pm.
Blood drive- Tim Horn: the next blood drive was not able to be scheduled on Valentine’s Day as hoped. The next local blood drive will be March 26, at the school. Followed by one on the 25 of June and one October 8.
Health Fair- Jeannie Bennett: the health fair will be March 22 in the Civic Center. The planning meetings will start next week on the 16th of January at 10am, at her place. All who are interested in the planning of the health fair need to contact Jeannie Bennett.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. —Aristotle
David: Kat and Leon are in Anchorage. Leon is visiting the job corps down in Palmer and Kat is at a meeting.
Maryellen: We will have the showing of “Bully” January 17 at 7pm in the NCPS Pit. A special speaker, Michael George Patterson, will be coming to Nenana January 21. He has been featured in CDC commercials throughout the USA. He will be sharing with the youth 4th grade to 12th at the school at 1pm. That evening he will be sharing with the community at the community meeting at the Tribal Hall at 6pm. There will be a dinner along with door prizes at the meeting. It was requested that please have a sound system set up. It is hard to hear when someone is trying to share. Maryellen said she would do her best.
Evelyn: collecting baby booties, hats, and blankets for families who may be in need. They can be homemade or store bought. It does not matter all donations will be greatly appreciated. They can be dropped off at the old court building on the 12, 19, or 26 of January, from 11-4. There will be a box right inside the door for them to be put in. If those times do not work for you, you can give them to Evelyn any time.
Rebecca: The Nenana Community Church is doing a showing of a series on conflict resolution. This is on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8pm at the senior center.
Virginia: Her first Grandbaby was born! She also has a pedestal sink for sale if anyone is interested
Tim: Andrew R will be doing presentation next Tuesday the 14 on Geothermal heating systems.


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