WIN Minutes 4-01-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition

April 1, 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 and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.

There were 12 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Virginia Young, Bonnie Reed, Miles Martin, Rebecca Troxel, Harriet Borst, Tim Horn, Gia Parker, Amie Verhagen and Gayle Ramey.
We enjoyed beef enchiladas, mixed green salad, raisins and pecans, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.

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

PRAYER was led by David Poppe, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda.

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

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Gia Parker introduced herself; she moved to Nenana last year from the Mat0Su area.


Envisioning Wellness: Patty McKenna will be presenting next week on Getting Ready for the Allergy Season. Flyers will be posted. Tim will talk to Brian Blair about talking to us about KIAM radio.

Nenana Youth Activity Group: Julia Sunnyboy continues organizing alternative activities for youth in Nenana. Anyone interested in helping in any capacity is invited to attend a meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 5 PM at the tribal hall for people to come and discuss ideas and help implement plans. The YAG group has already decided to hold a lock-in sleep over at the Recreation Center, April 11th. The YAG group is open to any youth between fifth and ninth grades. Look for informational flyers around town or call Julie at the Nenana Native Council.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: People think other things are more important than prayer, but they are mistaken. Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

Miles: Brought Seeds in for give away. He encourages others to save/exchange seeds, too. One packet always has way more than he needs.
Jessica: Is leaving Sunday for two weeks, Rural Human Services training in Fairbanks. They will be finishing up their case management course, and starting Family Systems and Introduction to recovery.
David: We had some wildfire fire activity up on the hill by Skinny Dick’s, it was small and off the road so no way or need to respond to it but our crew responded and monitored the blaze. His pig came back into heat so apparently the AI didn’t take. He’s looking into a plan B. He has a calf due in two weeks.
Kat: She has bags of overwintered shredded compost for giveaway. She’s been using it for potting soil. Also, she has dozens of pickling cucumber seedlings for giveaway.
Gia: Asked about the community garden. Her mother used to garden and she would like to learn how.
Bonnie: We are all sad to hear of the passing of Leland Alexander. The funeral is planned for Thursday. They are serving dinner tonight at the tribal hall; tomorrow they will be serving breakfast and lunch and there will be singing and dancing. There will be breakfast Thursday morning and a big pot latch Thursday night.
Rebecca: They moved the baby chicks outdoors this week; they are about six weeks old. Bill is gone with Adam on an Elder Retreat to Fairbanks. At Early Head Start, they need a volunteer to change the tires on their turtle bus.
Virginia: Just got back from visiting her daughter in Anchorage. She signed up to get cell service on her farm north of town.
Amie: Thanks everybody for supporting the fundraiser that took place Friday at the Civic Center. Sam and Evelyn will be back on Monday with baby Levi. The Health Challenge starts tomorrow; they have 18 participants signed up.
Tim: NCPS has 11 students and two adult chaperones touring colleges in Minnesota. There will be no school in Nenana on the 11th. She would like feedback on the health fair to take to the planning committee debriefing session.
She signed up for the Fred Meyers Community Rewards card. You have to register your card and then you can determine to what community non-profit you wish to donate the points.
Harriet: Wants to know how early you can start seeds. She has a 4‘x 8’ garden box out behind Meda Lord. How many bags of compost should she add to that? Audrey Borst will be moving to California.



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