Nenana Wellness Coalition
April 29, 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 eleven participants today: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Rebecca & Ethan Troxel, Rosemary Allen, Ray Kent, Jeannie Bennett, Harriet Borst, Miles Martin, Virginia Young and Amy Verhagen. We enjoyed beef stew with mixed green salad for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Rebecca Troxel.
PRAYER was lead by Jeannie Bennett, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no 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: Miles reported on the first organizational meeting held last week regarding the Summer Market. It was decided to take the city up on their offer of the use of space by the Taku Chief which is well located with good visibility from the highway. Miles talked to the mayor and agreed to present to the city assembly at their next meeting a request to move and utilize the small log cabin currently in place at the old T Triple C campus which would be relocated to the space by the Taku Chief and reutilized as a center of operations for the market vendors. Discussion entailed regarding the need to obtain electrical power: perhaps a drop cord could be run to the visitor’s center and the market could reimburse the cost of electricity used, or a small “whisper” generator could be used. There was also discussion on “Big Picture” questions: would they limit vendors to a farmer’s market with produce and crafts only or would they want to open it to others who may want to vend second hand merchandise? Tail-gate sales? And should they have it on Saturdays only or open it for other days as vendors may want? It was agreed that a 10% commission on sales would be requested and that funds generated would be donated to Project Overhaul or youth activities or other community events or projects, by consensus agreement. Their target date for first sales is Traditional Memorial day, Saturday, May 24, 9AM-4PM. It was agreed to keep the Nenana Summer Market as a running item on the WIN agenda.
Nenana Clean-Up Day: Jeannie contacted Annalee at the school and was informed that Annalee had arranged to obtain the bright yellow plastic bags for cleanup day. Jeannie does have bags if people need them. All trash in the designated yellow bags can go into the Denali Borough landfill for free the Saturday following Clean-Up Day, which is slated for May 16th in Nenana.
This event will begin with the Here Comes The Sun Fun Run at ten AM which is being organized this year by Donna Mather at the school. Community BBQ begins at 11 at the school. The Freecycle will begin that evening at 5:30 at the RV Park or if the weather in inclement at the Civic Center. Everyone is invited and people are encouraged to bring a food dish to share and any items for give-away.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Spring has sprung!
Rose: Would like for RMHA to have a BBQ to say Thanks to WIN.
Miles: He got the wood stove going out in the greenhouse. He wants it in the minutes that he has launched his boat already and was the first one from Nenana out on the water this year. Irene is recovering well from laser cataract surgery that she obtained down in Mexico and can see well again without glasses!
Virginia: Got to go out to her farm for the first time this season. Her new teepee will be here in a week or two and she is going to have it set up with all the comforts of home. She plans to have an outhouse with a wash stand and running water via a long black hose from the big house which means hot water by day’s end.
Kat: Will be gone next week, attending Annual School May 5-7 and then the Alaska certification Commission meeting the 8-9, so someone else will need to see to lunch.
Jessica: Also going to the Annual School.
Rebecca: Mel Harvey is fixing her green house. Her youngsters really like being able to go outside. Little William’s latest word is “GO!” Emily has found a great project, retrieving all the little colored air soft pellets shot off by previous tenants. They are saving them all in a jar. Their new district representatives from their village church mission were here for a visit and it was great getting to know them.
Don’t forget the Ice Watch Picnic tomorrow at one PM over at the tower on Front Street.
Harriet: Thursday they are going to try her angioplasty procedure again. She will need to be up in Fairbanks Thursday by 8 AM. Susie will be driving her.
She has three more blocks to sew to finish baby Williams quilt. She believes she will have it completed by Christmas.
Amy: So happy they finished the installation of their kitchen, which has freed up so much space in the rest of the house. They are just finishing week four of the six-week Health Challenge. It is hard to change old habits so they have all experienced some successes and some difficulties.
Jeannie: Tomorrow Gabe is going to help her replace the liners for the trash barrels all around town and get them moved back to their proper places from where they migrated to over the winter months.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:45 PM