WIN Minutes 02-11-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition
February, 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 19 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Bill & Rebecca Troxel, Bonnie Reed, Tara, Virginia Young, Lydia Rutledge, Karen Kriska, Patty McKenna, Laura Grage, Chuck Hugny, Jeannie Bennett, Amie, Elijah and Johnny Verhagen, Evelyn Verhagen, and Tim Horn. We enjoyed smoked salmon chowder, fresh garden salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and apples, raisins and pecans for lunch.

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

PRAYER was led Kat McElroy, 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 and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Lydia Rutledge introduced herself; she is new to Nenana. Patty McKenna introduced Laura Grage who is traveling with her today.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: We had announcements first today in the interest of time management due to vide4o presentation.
Tim: Science Fair tomorrow at NCPS; Chuck added that judging of the projects typically takes place in the morning with the public invited to view the projects later in the day.
Monday the 17th , 5PM,will be the fundraiser at the Civic Center to help defray medical expenses for Annalee Coy’s son Quinlan. Donations are still being accepted for the auction.
The Nenana Book Club is reading Heart in the Right Place and will meet the first Monday of the month, 7PM, at Karen Harvey’s to discuss.

Bonnie: The Senior Center will have their annual meeting and elections Wednesday, February 19th, at the Senior Center, at lunch.

Jeannie: Health Fair planning meeting Thursday 10 AM at Jeannie’s.
City Council meeting will be Thursday evening, 6:30, at the Senior center.

Karen: Is concerned about our youth being bored, “Nothing to do.” She is interested in organizing activities for kids to keep them busy, out of mischief. Discussion ensued regarding various activities currently in place. Karen suggested we might want to invite youth into the organizational process. It was suggested we make this discussion a topic for meeting next week.

Non-Violent Communication: How to talk about things without hurting each other: Chuck brought a teaching DVD, one of a set he and Carrie have viewed and used for teaching the principles and techniques of non-violent communication. He framed our viewing by explaining that Myron Rosenberg has taught non-violent communication all over the world as a peace-making tool.
Wikipedia says this: Nonviolent Communication (abbreviated NVC, also called Compassionate Communication or Collaborative Communication), is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. NVC often functions as a conflict resolution process. It focuses on three aspects of communication: self-empathy (defined as a deep and compassionate awareness of one’s own inner experience), empathy (defined as listening to another with deep compassion), and honest self-expression (defined as expressing oneself authentically in a way that is likely to inspire compassion in others).
NVC is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and only resort to violence or behavior that harms others when they don’t recognize more effective strategies for meeting needs. Habits of thinking and speaking that lead to the use of violence (psychological and physical) are learned through culture. NVC theory supposes all human behavior stems from attempts to meet universal human needs and that these needs are never in conflict. Rather, conflict arises when strategies for meeting needs clash. NVC proposes that if people can identify their needs, the needs of others and the feelings that surround these needs, harmony can be achieved.
Nonviolent Communication holds that most conflicts between individuals or groups arise from miscommunication about their human needs, due to coercive or manipulative language that aims to induce fear, guilt, shame, etc. These “violent” modes of communication, when used during a conflict, divert the attention of the participants away from clarifying their needs, their feelings, their perceptions, and their requests, thus perpetuating the conflict.
The video was about a one hour long segment of an all-day training taught by Myron Rosenberg in San Francisco in April, 2000. Mr. Rosenberg explained that he believes that people are born with compassionate hearts but are taught by culture to judge and fear, which leads to violence. Our language becomes imbued with the dualistic belief that things are right or wrong, good or bad, appropriate/inappropriate which places people at odds with one another. He used puppets to demonstrate what he called “Giraffe speak” (non-violent communication) AND “Jackal speak,” (violent communication) and lead the audience through a series of scenarios to articulate the differences.
Discussion ensued regarding video and our various reactions to the material.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Let’s all just be nice to one another, okay? Katie Baker


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