Nenana Wellness Coalition
May 20, 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.
We had eight participants today: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Mary Alexander, Bonnie Reed, Patty McKenna, Tim Horn, Valerie Schleich, and Jeannie Bennett. We enjoyed red bean with beef soup, mixed green salad and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Tim Horn.
PRAYER was lead by Patty McKenna, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.
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: One guest today; Tim introduced Valerie Schleich who is down from Fairbanks to speak to students here about a youth group. She is a student at UAF, from the Mat-Su area.
Nenana Blood Drive: This is still scheduled for June 25th to be held at the tribal hall from 10 AM – 2 PM. Blood Bank of Alaska/Fairbanks like to have 15-20 participants pre-registered. The number on the flyers is Tim Horn’s residence but she will be out of town for significant periods of time during the period for pre-registration. Jessica agreed to be an alternative contact person at Railbelt for people calling to pre-register.
Summer Market: Miles Martin presented to the city assembly last week the request for the use of that cabin currently out at TCCC campus for the Summer Market vendors to store tables, chairs, etc., for those not wanting to haul all their vending gear back and forth from the designated Market spot by the Taku Chief. There was some discussion. Concerns were raised because the city had not allowed previous requests for the sale or use of the cabin. Other unused buildings were suggested and discussed. Concerns were raised regarding vendors paying city sales tax and having state business licenses. Per Kat’s research, vendors not “regularly engaged” in providing “goods or services” appear to be exempt from the requirement of a state business license. Some of the vendors already do possess business licenses. The city tax issue remains unresolved.
Project Overhaul: Jeannie’s husband has obtained a large trailer which he is putting wooden sides onto for her use hauling trash. It does not yet have a rear gate. Jeannie wanted her own trailer so she would not need to coordinate with the Native Council for use of their trailer. Ashe isn’t sure when Rob will be able to complete this task. Jeannie has already been contacted by multiple people with large items to be hauled away.
Public Health Update: There was a lengthy discussion about the Health Challenge just completed last week. There will be another beginning in June. Patty participated long-distance, although she had some issues as she could not access Gmail via her work computer .Patty said that one of their primary public health concerns right now, due to the change in seasons, is the use of bike helmets, motorcycle helmets, float jackets and life preservers and other safety gear and equipment. There have already been multiple motorcycle accident deaths in our state this year due to lack of proper safety gear. She urges everyone to be safety conscious and to encourage others to be so as well.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Our children are our arrows; we are only the bows. Kahlil Gibran
Kat: Is off from work for the next six weeks to put the garden in.
Jessica: Is finished at NSLC for the summer and looks forward to attending to long-delayed home and garden chores.
Valerie: Will be meeting with some youth today to initiate “Animator” training for older youth (ages 15-25) to become leaders for the Junior Youth Spiritual Enrichment Project. She says that this program is for youth ages 11-15, who are just coming into the age of questioning and reasoning and is designed to guide them in that process, to help channel their powers in positive directions to improve conditions in their communities. The Animator training is a three year process. The participants would then begin youth groups of their own, These groups are not religious instruction but are initiated by Bahai’i all over the world.
Patty: Her son is coming up in July. She will be here one Tuesday each month and try to join us for WIN. Her next visit to Nenana is June 24th.
Jeannie: the Freecycle went well. They had a lot of people show up and a lot of things taken away by attendees. Good weather, all around enjoyable event. She has already begun planning for the second annual Gospel Fest to be held July 4th and 5th. It will begin right after the usual field of activities on the 4th: 8:30 AM breakfast; 10:30 parade; 11 AM 4th of July street fair and activities, which usually end around one. There will be a community dinner the night of the 4th, sponsored by Gospel fest, with a menu of pulled pork and pulled chicken.
Tim: Noticed there are new critters on Teddy Bear Hill. Thinks she spotted that large stuffed animal that Miles was giving away.
Kindergarten graduation is Thursday, 1:30 PM, in the gym. 8th grade graduation that night at 7 PM.
Also, don’t forget, Thursday night, at the tribal hall, 7 PM, the Gasline Community Information meeting.
Tuesday, May 27th, 6 PM, the annual Ice Classic meeting.
Wednesday, the 28th, themed devotional on Life and Death, at Bonnie’s.
Monday, June 2nd, the Nenana Book Club will be meeting 7 PM, at Karen Hardy’s, to discuss Little Heathens.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:30 PM