Nenana Wellness Coalition
April 22, 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 eight participants today: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Chuck Hugney, Miles Martin, Tim Horn, Bonnie Reed, and Virginia Young. We enjoyed chick pea with smoked ham soup with mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins and nuts for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennet.
PRAYER was lead by Bonnie Reed, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two additions to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no reported issues.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No guests today.
Nenana Summer Market: There will be an organizational meeting this afternoon, 2:30, at Jeannie Bennett’s to discuss details of having an Open Market this year. Flyers were posted around town. A couple of items for discussion: how many and what days would we want a market to be open? What will we call the market (River Market, Open Market, Summer Market, contingent upon the final vision for the summer’s enterprise)? Where will it be located? Will there be a charge; if so, how much? How will this be handled financially?
Kat suggested we appoint someone to be the Money Keeper. It has been suggested that we charge a small fee and use that money to fund various community projects: the EMS squad, Project Overhaul, youth activities, etc. Chuck and Miles would both like to see live music be part of the regular market activities, highlighting local musicians, especially youth musicians. Miles wondered if we might have a swap meet type market as there may be people who would like to buy/sell used goods.
Miles will ask Jason about the old cabin now at the old T triple C campus. If we can obtain the use of that, could we get Toghotthele or Crowley to help us move it to our location? We discussed some pros and cons of various venues: by the Taku Chief on A Street; the parking lot in front of Rose’s Shop (which would require a 10% fee to Bo Hawkins); the lot across the Parks Hwy. from the A-Frame owned by Penny Forness where the coffee hut used to be. Kat likes the idea of the small cabin being placed next to the Taku Chief; it is visible from the highway and with flowers planted it could be a real attraction next to the Visitor’s Center.
Soccer Field Project: Chuck Hugney said that there are only a few things that need to be accomplished for our new soccer field to be complete and ready for games. The new dirt that was hauled in and dumped needs to be graded flat. Grass seed needs to be planted. A fence or barrier of some manner needs to be erected then to keep ATV’s off the property while the grass gets established. This project has been a long process involving many entities across the community.
Freecycle: Jeannie has scheduled the next Freecycle for May 16th, which is also Clean-up Day; The Here Comes the Sun Fun Run will be held that day, also. Jeannie has arranged for the use of the RV Park for Freecycle and BBQ. The Civic Center will be alternate location in case of inclement weather.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: What goes around, comes around. Hippie
Chuck: Passed out flyers which have also been hung around town regarding Alternatives to Violence training being held at Stone Soup Café this weekend in Fairbanks. This training was developed by the Quakers and has been used working with people in incarceration nationally. This training will be Friday from 6:00-9:00PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9AM-6PM; the cost is $100.00 but there is a sliding fee available and there are a few scholarships. Personally, Chuck would like to use the training with incarcerated youth at Fairbanks Youth Authority.
Virginia: Got her walk-behind tractor.. She’s busy; it’s payday week.
Bonnie: Ice Watch Picnic Friday, at Noon, at the Watchtower.
Jessica: Just back from two weeks RHS training. They completed units on case-management, family systems and mental illness & recovery. She likes the trainings, it really adds to what she learned in college. She took in Leland’s cat who is an Elder. She is looking for a home for Peanuts, an overactive Jack Russell terrier. He needs more space, kids or other dogs to romp with.
Miles: Is looking for a river boat dog. He bought visqueen to recover the community greenhouse. “It’s that time of year.”
Tim: Students are leaving Thursday for Music Fest in Anchorage.
Wednesday, the 30th, they have a themed devotional: The Divine Springtime, at Bonnie’s house at 7 PM.
May 1st will e the Exhibitions of Learning at NCPS.
May 2nd ends their Ridvan celebration and they will be going to Chena Hot Springs.
May 3rd is the Prom at NCPS.
May 5th, the book club meets at Karen Harvey’s, 7 PM.
May 14th will be the Spring Concert, in the gym at NCPS.
They are in the third week of their Health Challenge. She has found it inspirational to be doing this with other people.
Kat: Will be going to Anchorage with Leon for Music Fest Thursday-late Saturday. She just put leave slip in. Except for Tuesdays, she will be gone for the last two weeks of May and most of June. She will be putting the garden in and she hopes to edit the White Trash Cook Book with the idea of seeking Kindle publication.
Kat and Jessica will both be gone May 5-7 to attend the Annual School in Anchorage, so someone will need to take lead for WIN that week.
ADJOURNMENT: 1: 50 PM