Nenana Wellness Coalition
February 4,, 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, 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, David Poppe, Rebecca Troxel, Bonnie Reed, Tara, Virginia Young, Miles Martin, Jeannie Bennett and Tim Horn. We enjoyed beef stew, fresh garden salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins and pecans for lunch.
WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Jeannie Bennett.
PRAYER was led Rebecca Troxel, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no changes to the agenda as presented today.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list. Rebecca mentioned that last week’s minutes were mis-dated; Kat will correct on the web site.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests today.
Nenana Health Fair: Nenana Health Fair 2014 is scheduled to be held March 22, at the Civic Center, and will focus on adult health issues. That’s six weeks from now! Jeannie Bennett has agreed to be our site coordinator and has submitted our application and our site fees have been paid. Jeannie is having weekly Health Fair planning sessions at her place, Wednesdays, 10 AM. She is seeking feedback: GMO-Free Alaska wants to have a booth at our health fair. Is this too “political”? Consensus of the group was that so long as they are not using the venue to collect signatures, it shouldn’t be a problem. Jeannie will check with Sharon at Alaska Health Fair, Inc., in Fairbanks. Question: Do we have anyone slated who can provide information about the Affordable Health Care process? Tara provided a name and phone number of the person who assisted her at Interior Community Health Center: Cassie—458-1544. Jeannie will look into this; she will start by asking Sharon at AHF, Inc. It was suggested that WIN might want to host a community event at some point to help get information out as there is much confusion and concern. Kat will check with Laura at Railbelt and get details about our current financial situation and get that information to Jeannie.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.
Miles: Is glad to be back. He was able to take classes while incarcerated, a total of 400 hours. He learned a lot about horticulture and pesticides and was able to work in the garden. He would like to share information he brought back with us.
He tried to make productive use of his time in; he read a lot, and walked; he lost 20 pounds. He tried to focus on the positives.
He and Irene will be going to Tucson; Miles will be able to spend some time with his mom. Irene will be traveling to Mexico to attend to some medical issues.
Rebecca: Is getting 5-6 eggs every day from her chickens. Emily is getting potty-trained. Keep Evelyn Verhagen and co. in your hearts and prayers; they will be going to Salt Lake City for medical care due to complications with her pregnancy. Baby will be born March 2.
Tim: People are planning on having a fundraiser for the Coy family, to help with expenses; Annalee’s baby, Quinlan, was in the NICU unit in Anchorage; they are home now. There will be a spaghetti dinner with all the fixings, gift baskets for raffle and a dessert auction/sale. The date is tentative, looking at February 17, 5pm at the Civic Center.
Envisioning Wellness presentations scheduled to date: next week, 2-11-14, we will have a presentation on Non-violent Communication; Carrie Farr has the DVD’s.
Tim will let them choose either March 25 or April 8th for the Couples Enrichment.
Amie Verhagen is slated for March 18 to present on the Nenana Health Challenge.
No school Thursday or Friday, due to the Nenana Invitation Tournament. Be sure to turn out for the championship game on Saturday.
No school on Monday: teacher in-service day.
David: He is enjoying the warmer weather, as are the cows.
He was talking to his brother Mark down in Iowa; it was 16 below down there, with a wind blowing while it was 16 above up here. Mark is paying five dollars a gallon for propane (up this year from a dollar-something a gallon!) to heat their home, going thru 7-9 gallons a day. He thinks he needs to rebuild the house to get better heat retention.
Tara: Read that the incidence of birth defects increases dramatically within ten miles of a drilling site for natural gas.
Kat: Just learned this morning that one of their family friends from Delta is one of the deceased from the apartment fire up in Fairbanks; much sadness.
Virginia: Back from visiting her new grandson in Eagle River. She also attended the Peony Grower’s Conference while she was down there. There were some very good speakers including: a man who presented about hand-tools from a place called Slow Hand Farm, a person from Seward who makes all organic natural fertilizers (primarily from fish) and Jeff Lowefels, who has been a journalist with the Anchorage paper for decades and had lots of information and an entertaining PowerPoint.
Her kids all pitched in and bought her a tablet, which she likes.
She had lost her wallet, with driver’s license and credit cards; drove home with no ID. Her daughter just called her to let her know they found the wallet—-in the diaper bag!
ADJOURNMENT: 1:45 PM